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Torchwood: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]

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Torchwood: The Complete First Season (BD)

Separate from the government, outside the police, beyond the United Nations, Torchwood sets its own rules. Led by the enigmatic, ever watchful Captain Jack Harkness, the Torchwood team delves into the unknown and fights the impossible. Everyone who works for Torchwood is young. Some say that's because it's a new science. Others say it's because they die young.

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More than a spin-off of the Russell T. Davies incarnation of Doctor Who, the BBC series Torchwood is a wholly enjoyable blend of drama, science-fiction thrills, and mature subject matter that never fails to deliver its main purpose: to entertain on a weekly basis. John Barrowman, who captured the imagination of Who fans during the Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant eras as 51st-century adventurer Capt. Jack Harkness, returns as the dashing, immortal time traveler; here, he's the head of Torchwood, a covert organization that investigates extraterrestrial and supernatural events on Earth without the help of the British government or United Nations. Eve Myles is a police constable who joins the team after discovering them in the middle of bringing a stabbing victim back to life (in the debut episode, "Everything Changes"), and she brings a decidedly human touch to the Torchwood team's tech-driven investigations. Among the mysteries encountered over the course of the 13-episode series: an alien gas that absorbs humans during sex ("Day One"); a half-human, half-Cyberman female with a connection to Torchwood support man Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) in "Cyberwoman"; a rash of cannibalistic murders ("Countrycide"); a very different kind of fairies than the ones of legend ("Small Worlds"); and most impressively of all, a skyscraper-sized demon that threatens to plunge the Torchwood team--and the world itself--into chaos ("End of Days," which features an off-screen cameo by a certain Time Lord). What separates Torchwood from the most modern television science fiction (save, say,

Heroes and Battlestar Galactica) is the frankly adult tone of the series: The violence is plentiful and occasionally graphic, and there are frequent bedroom couplings between the team members and supporting players. There's also a maturity to the relationships that exceeds the usual scope of sci-fi, most notably in the affecting "Captain Jack Harkness," which sends him back to the London Blitz, where he meets and falls in love with a handsome American pilot who happens to share his name. Their love affair, like the majority of Torchwood's "grown-up" storylines, is handled with taste and real emotion. Extras on the First Series Blu-ray are remarkably plentiful; entirely new behind-the-scenes featurettes explore the main characters and their major story arcs, location shooting, the impressive SUV that the team drives, and the show's extensive special effects and alien creations. Barrowman also contributes a very funny "Captain's Log," which invites viewers to join him on one of the final shooting days of the series. Torchwood Declassified is a 13-part program that explored each episode on BBC Three and the BBC's Torchwood website. Commentaries are offered for all 13 episodes, with Davies, Barrowman, Myles, Burn Gorman (who plays Torchwood's medical officer, Owen Harper), David-Lloyd, producers Richard Stokes and Julie Gardner, and various episode writers, directors, and producers all lending their voices. A small battery of deleted scenes and outtakes round out this impressive set. --Paul Gaita

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Special Features

Disc 1: Episodes 1-2 - Everything Changes / Day One plus EC: Welcome to Torchwood / Torchwood on the Scene / Torchwood Out of this World: Weevil, Sex Gas / Deleted Scenes / Welcome to Torchwood - Part 2 (pre-series trailer) / Torchwood Declassified: Jack's Back, Bad Day at the Office/ Audio Commentaries / Blu-Ray set up guide

Disc 2: Episodes 3-5: Ghost Machine / Cyberwoman / Small Worlds plus EC: Torchwood Out of This World: Ghost Machine, Cyberwoman, Fairies / Torchwood Declassified: Living History, Girl Trouble, Away with the Fairies / Audio Commentaries

Disc 3: Episodes 6 - 7: Countrycide /Greeks Bearing Gifts plus EC: Torchwood: Sex, Violence, Blood and Gore / The team and their troubles: Ianto & Evan, Toshiko & Mary / Torchwood Declassified: The Country Club, There's Something About Mary / Audio Commentaries

Disc 4: Episodes 8-9: They Keep Killing Suzie / Random Shoes plus EC: Torchwood on the Road / The team and their troubles: Owen & Suzie, Gwen & Eugene / Deleted Scenes / Torchwood Declassified: Beyond the Grave, Dead Man Walking / Audio Commentaries

Disc 5: Episodes 10-11: Out of Time / Combat plus EC: Torchwood: Moments in the Making: A Wing and a Prayer, Fight Night / The Captains Log / Torchwood Declassified: Time Flies, Weevil Fight Club / Audio Commentaries

Disc 6: Episodes 12-13: Captain Jack Harkness / End of Days plus EC: Torchwood Moments in the Making: Officer and a Gentleman, Bombing the Base / Torchwood On Time / Deleted Scenes / Outtakes / Torchwood Declassified: Blast from the Past, To the End / Audio Commentaries


Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 628 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,439 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AEF6IQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,468 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 30, 2007
Format: DVD
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TORCHWOOD, a spinoff of DOCTOR WHO, is yet another television show with nifty science-fiction and paranormal elements, and it IS a marvelous and fun show. The premise: the Torchwood Institute is a covert organization given the responsibility of being Great Britain's watchdog against all things malicious and extraterrestrial. This series revolves around the amazing exploits of Torchwood Three, a branch of the Torchwood Institute which operates out of Cardiff, Wales.

In the debut episode "Everything Changes," Policewoman Constable Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) witnesses a deceased stab victim's temporary return to life. This becomes her introduction to a hidden world of frightening monsters, incomprehensible alien technologies, and extreme paranoia. She meets the very charming Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), a man displaced in time and leader of Torchwood Three. Oh, and he can't die. He obligingly places Gwen in the loop: "We don't just catch aliens. We scavenge the stuff they leave behind, find ways of using it, arming the human race against the future." Fairly soon, after some fairly interesting - not to mention, harrowing - moments, Gwen finds herself recruited as the group's police liaison. And with a spacetime rift located in Wales, she and the other Torchwood members remain up to their necks in weirdness and peril. On a more personal scale, Gwen struggles to maintain a normal relationship with her lived-in boyfriend. It's not easy being Scully.

I happened to stumble onto this dark, moody series on the On Demand's BBC America channel and became speedily hooked. It's done by the Brits and they bring their sensibilities to the table.
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Torchwood is the most-times dark, sometimes gory, adult tie-in to the new Doctor Who series, but that hardly matters as it is the most unique TV you'll ever see. ..Dr. Who producer & two-time Hugo-nominated writer Russell T. Davies created the series as an opportunity to do more than just family fare, part CSI, part X-files and the remaining part is out there on its own. In Dr. Who there have been hidden references to the "secret" organization TORCHWOOD (the name which is an anagram of DOCTOR WHO) since season one (an answer given by the ANNE DROID in BAD WOLF episode 12 ), then appearing more physically throughout season two, even featuring the origin of the organization created by Queen Victorian herself to defend the Earth from alien threats, including The Doctor. The series takes place over a hundred years later as Jack says on the promos, "In the 21st century, everything changes." Captain Jack Harkness (played BRILLIANTLY by the dashing John Barrowman, best known to Americans as the singing Nazi lead in the "Springtime for Hitler" number in the Producers musical) is a character introduced during season one of Dr. Who, an ex-time agent, con-man, the Doctor & Rose meet in the 1940's and turn towards the path of good and righteousness, well almost.

Jack is originally from the 51st century, which is intended to explain his oversexed ways (i.e. he is very liberal in who he "SNOGS"& "SHAGS" ) His background is really complex, even before he meets the Doctor, but he is missing some of his memories from his time as a time-agent, during the "Parting of the Ways" the first season finale of Dr. Who his character becomes even more interesting, but I won't say more without spoiler warnings.

I know I've referenced Dr. Who, a lot, but WATCHING DR.
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I've never watched a single episode of Dr. Who, so if you are feeling a bit undecided on TW because it's a spin-off of Dr.Who and you've never watched the Dr. any way, then don't be. I have been watching TW since the 1st episode and I love it. It has a lot of action, drama, humor and there is some same-sex snogging(kissing) so if that bothers you don't watch. It all centers around a group of people that work at TW an organization that was formed to deal with alien threats on Earth. There are a few TW offices and this one happens to be in Cardiff, where Captain Jack says there is a rift in time and "things" from "out there" keep popping up in Cardiff. The series begins with the introduction of Police Constable Gwen Cooper, our link to TW so to speak for we are as lost as Gwen is when she stumbles on them. There is Captain Jack Harkness a guy from the future and the past, Ianto Jones the "gopher" coffee/tea maker but he will become much more then that in due time, Owen the doctor and resident ladies man, Toshiko the computer wiz.
To give you an idea of the series here are the episodes and a brief discription, no spoilers promise,and rating 1star worst 5 stars great.:
Epi.1: Everything Changes- Gwen Cooper comes across TW, and Jack discovers that rules aren't always followed. 5*
Epi.2: Day One- TW has to stop a sex addicted alien as it leaves a trail of dead bodies.5*
Epi.3: Ghost Machine- Gwen gets hold of an alien object that gives you visions of past crimes.4*
Epi.4: Cyberwoman- Ther's a dark secret in the basement of the Hub. Even jack is unawareof it, but Ianto knows.And he'll go to any lengths, sacrifice anything and anyone, to protect what's down there.5*
Epi.5: Small Worlds- A withdrawn child has some very gruesome friends.4*
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