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Alcatraz - The Complete Series [DVD] [2012]

Sarah Jones , Jorge Garcia    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English, Castilian, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: Castilian, Spanish, Dutch, English, French, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 546 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ZCB58O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,188 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

From executive producer J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Lost, Star Trek) comes Alcatraz, a chilling new drama revolving around America's most infamous prison, the one-time home to the nation's worst murderers, rapists, kidnappers, thieves and arsonists.

When San Francisco Police Department detective Rebecca Madsen is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: Jack Sylvane, an Alcatraz inmate who died over 30 years ago. Given her family history -- both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, Ray Archer, were guards at the prison -- Madsen's interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent Emerson Hauser tries to impede her investigation, she's doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast Dr. Diego "Doc" Soto to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The two discover that Sylvane is not only alive, but he's loose on the streets of San Francisco, exacting decades-old revenge and leaving bodies in his wake. And, strangely, he hasn't aged a day since 1963 when Alcatraz was ruled by the iron-fisted Warden Edwin James and the sadistic Associate Warden E.B. Tiller.

Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Hauser and his technician, Lucy Banerjee, to stop Sylvane's vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Madsen's own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first to reappear from Alcatraz, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won't be the last.

Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Hauser has been awaiting the prisoners' return for nearly 50 years. Soto will witness his life's work -- the history of Alcatraz -- come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiancé, Jimmy Dickens, at arm's length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family's past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from history's most dangerous criminals.

Synopsis

In 1963, all prisoners were transferred from Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary. Or so we were told. Now America's worst criminals – known as the 63s – are returning to the streets of San Francisco to repeat their grisly crimes. It's up to top-notch Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) and Alcatraz expert Diego "Doc" Soto (Jorge Garcia) to work with FBI Agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) and Dr. Lucy Banerjee (Parminder Nagra) to learn why the 63s are back and to uncover a much larger, more sinister threat. Get locked into The Complete Series of this suspenseful, mysterious and action-packed drama from executive producer J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Lost).


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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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Absolutely loved this series with the plot twists and turns which you would expect from the guy who brought us Lost!
Each week giving a new perspective of what is happening and to new characters every week. It is a shame they only made 12 episodes it could have been better if there were 24 for the amount of prision escapees we had to endure. Even more gutted that they have cancelled the series after only 1 Season when it was left on a Cliff Hanger! Too many decent series are being cancelled too early for my liking, thank god we still have Dexter! On a positive note I thought it was very clever and amazing to give us a Final Episode which mirror imaged the green VW beetle chase that was in the Famous 'Bullitt' Steve McQueen movie, Anyone notice that?
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars alcatraz 29 Dec 2012
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gripping storyline. briliantly acted by all cast members. hooked within the first 2 episodes. definately worth adding to your collection.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pity. 13 Jun 2013
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What a pity they only made on series of this fantastic show. It was just beginning to get to the back story. Still at less than a tenner this series is well worth watching.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This debate will run 5 Feb 2014
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Contains Spoilers.
If you employed a mason to build a wall in your garden and he half built it and walked away you'd be unhappy.
Equally,if you bought a tin of baked beans and upon opening the tin you found it was half empty you'd be unhappy.

In both cases we,the customer,would have some form of redress against the builder and manufacturer in the above examples.

But NOT AT ALL with this series;the producers have stopped the production after 1 season with the story incomplete and hanging on the edge,and it seems to me that they can get away with it.That's wrong but legal.

I have mixed feelings about Alcatraz; I found it very episodic:each segment involved an inmate reappearing after 50 years 'in limbo'(somewhere)and reenacting his crimes from the 1950/60's and then being killed or tracked down by using modern crime detecting methods.The odd clue was given towards the reasons for the disappearance of the inmates and staff 50 years ago,though never really leading to our understanding of the situation: a government experiment? a hidden agenda of the Chief Warden? Alien abduction?

Much of the acting is very wooden,even from Sam Neill who looked so uncomfortable in his role.
The lack of a romance between our heroine,Sarah Jones,and even a pet cat may explain why there was no spark in her performance.

The only star for me was the outstanding turn by British actor Jonny Coyne as the Warden;his diction was perfect and he was blessed with the meatiest dialogue of any of the cast.Sadly he wasn't on screen enough to give the series gravitas.
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I enjoyed Alcatraz. However, by the last couple of episodes it felt as though it was just picking up momentum and then it was over!
I felt there wasn't a great deal of character development, this would probably have come in subsequent series.
The backdrop of the Alcatraz prison worked really well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars alcatraz the complete series 8 Mar 2013
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i never saw this when it was on tv so i decided to give it a try it is excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series shame it got cancelled. 25 Feb 2013
By Tads
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I have bought this as a present for my sister who doesn't have cable and was gutted to have missed this series. Only to find it has been cancelled so there will be no more. This is a shame as it was quite good except it should have been more involved about the story of why they suddenly appeared in the future and they were just touching on that and it ended. For people who loved Lost would enjoy this but would be annoyed that they drag out the story too long for you to get to grips with it and I think that is why it was cancelled.
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By Cambria
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Brilliant good story's and really thought riveting but what the hell
You get to the best episode and cliffhanger ever. And they cancelled it
Where's the sense in that............
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quality!
Published 4 days ago by Graham Shuttlewood
2.0 out of 5 stars ALCATRASH !!
What absolute drivel! Fabricated, risible, nonsense about the mysterious return of some inmates of Alcatraz from 1963 to the present day who haven't aged because you don't need to... Read more
Published 5 days ago by E. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series pity no sequel............
Published 20 days ago by blakes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great DVD.
Published 23 days ago by Reggie Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Series that was obviously left Open Ended to enable ...
Very good Series that was obviously left Open Ended to enable further Series to be done, for some reason unfortunately that hasnt happened.....so far.
Published 1 month ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good. If you have not see it you should
Published 1 month ago by kyle alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story line
Good story line, and kept us interested throughout. The ending was a bit odd - left you wondering if there was going to be a sequel..
Published 1 month ago by Honey1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 2 months ago by Donald J Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Alcatraz dvd
I bought this as a birthday gift and was very pleased with the fast service. It was packed securly and there was no damage and was as described .
Published 2 months ago by emzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great watching
It was a brilliant series and I can't wait for the second series to come out. I chose this DVD as it is made by the writers of lost and it is my kind of thing.
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth Hall
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