The Tomorrow People - Set 1
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Series creator Roger Price (later the man behind You Can't Do That on Television and other Canadian programming shown on Nickelodeon, where the Tomorrow People also aired in the '80s) penned the six serialized stories compiled here (three are co-written with Brian Finch), which pit the Tomorrow People against a shape-shifting robot ("Slaves of Jedikiah" and "The Medusa Strain," the latter featuring an appearance by David "Darth Vader" Prowse), an evil military organization ("The Doomsday Men"), and a villain who attempts to change the course of history ("A Rift in Time"). Modern teens might guffaw over the show's primitive special effects, but the stories are engaging and exciting enough to win over even diehard CGI fans; older viewers should appreciate the care with which this program has been preserved on DVD. All 26 episodes of the first and second season are presented here, with cast members Vaughn-Clarke, Nicholas Young (who played John), and Sammie Winmill (Carol) contributing commentary on "Slaves of Jedikiah." Bios for the cast round out the extras on this entertaining collection. --Paul Gaita
- All 26 episodes from the first two seasons
- Commentary by Nicholas Young, Peter Vaughan-Clarke, and Sammie Winmill on "The Slaves of Jedekiah"
- The Origins of the Tomorrow People
- Cast biographies
Top Customer Reviews
First, it might not stand up to today's TV, but then again most TV today doesn't stand up to what came out in the 80's anyway.
I do not, not for a second, regret getting this. I recall watching it on Nickelodeon. It was after I found Tom Baker's Doctor Who, but before I really got *INTO* British Sci-Fi. This series broke the mold that the British had more to offer than Doctor Who.
OK, the effects aren't stellar. Maybe the writing needs more. But it had something else people forget: atmosphere. As Jeremy Bentham wrote: 'it's all about putting aside reality for 30 minutes and immersing yourself in the story' (I paraphrased that a bit). Don't expect it to be Citizen Kane!! Put your expectations to one side and just remember it as a series trying to find it's feet and get a new concept out. Watch it for the joy of your youth, or the joy of finding something new. For those of you who regretted it, there is always eBay.
I am intrigued by the removal of the commentaries. The UK boxes describe these as the funniest commentaries on DVD. Quite a claim but I think I might just agree. They are hilariously bitchy and embittered (time was not terribly kind to the TP stars after the show finished, well at least as far as their acting careers went). The comments on other actors and the production team are unbelievably cruel (but hysterically funny); and yes, ribald is the word. They are also very non-PC. At one stage you hear the sound of beer cans being opened (which might explain much) and not infrequently someone says "that will be edited out." The worst of the expletives are bleeped out but it seems that's about as far as the editing went. Was it all a terrible mistake?
I warned her that it would probably appear cheesy and about it's low budget nature. While some things were almost laughable compared to today, overall it was better then I was expecting. The stories were more complicated then I remember, the stories do tend to suck you in and make you care about what happens to the characters. It was pretty cool about the things that Tim can do, with him being a biological computer, I was surprised that they even understood about that back then, the way that he can create food, tap into hospital and other computer before the advent of the internet and much more.
Some of the acting is worse then I remember, you can tell that some of the lines are spoken too fast, some direction needs work and such, but again, for a kids show in the early to mid 70's, it was fairly well done. I'm Glad that I bought this first set and will probably get the second set too. My G/F also enjoyed it and thought that it was pretty cool too.
My being into the mind, Qigong, Chinese Gung-fu, meditation and internal force energy, science, astronomy and sci-fi in general, this show always held a special place with me. As a child that grew up being bothered and picked on, this show was a huge escape for me and helped me to understand many things and inspire me in my training and in overcoming myself.Read more ›
However, we DO get a better buy this way. $50 US is an excellent price. I, like a previous reviewer, found them at Best Buy...
They DO include the excellent feature of the "Teaser" at the end of the episodes. Very much UK! (As the commentators point out: "It is because the eposidoes ran short on time!")
A&E, talkbackThames, THAMES, FreemantleMeedia, NewVideo -- listen up: INCLUDE ALL COMMENTARIES IN THE FUTURE! We deserve it and there is no downside for you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I grew up with The Tomorrow People, so this is a loving romp down memory lane.
If you don't have fond memories off this show from the 1970s when it was first airing, or... Read more
Series is just a I remembered it from my youth....dated and effects well below today's expectations; but the themes and stories as on track as they would be today.Published on July 14, 2014 by G. Capek
Again I got the wrong DVD I wanted the latest version that is out currently and got some old version from the distant pass. Again I think it was my fault more than yours. Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by Goose
glad I found this obscure series from the past. I like the new series they remade from this one. But I always like to go back and watch these. Just plain funPublished on June 18, 2014 by Dennis King
I bought this set of DVDs when I heard that the CW was going to remake this series for modern television and I remembered how much I liked the show as a kid. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by A. Hall
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