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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 20
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5YMT2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Contains all 52 episodes from the 4 series plus DVD Special Features.

Complete box set only available from Amazon.co.uk

Created by Doctor Who veteran Terry Nation, Blake's 7 was the hit BBC space opera launched in the wake of Star Wars, though with a grittier sensibility and produced on a fraction of the budget.

In the third century of the second calendar, after the chaos of the intergalactic wars, a powerful dictatorship has risen to dynamic proportions and engulfed most of the populated worlds. Liberty has become a crime punishable by death, and the majority of the population lives in a drug-induced state of docility. This tyrannical authority fulfils George Orwell's prophecy of 1984 to its most terrifying extremes. This government is known as the Federation. Each world has its share of rebels who either turned to crime or the Resistance.

This is the story of one such group of rebels, led by a man named Blake. His group is largely composed of escaped convicts, thieves and smugglers, who are thrown together by chance. With even the good guys being criminals, including murderers, this was a galaxy far, far away from previous screen space opera.

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jean-paul Kneip on 9 Aug. 2011
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The only subtitles available on these DVDs are dutch and this, paired with not so great audio, makes this pretty annoying to watch if, like me, you're not a native speaker or, worse, hard of hearing. It would behoove Amazon to make customers aware of this. Other than that, Blakes 7 remains a great series and well worth watching, but it deserves a better DVD release.
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154 of 167 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Sept. 2011
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THIS IS A HONEY TRAP! I have one complaint about ordering these, and that is until close inspection they are not clearly sign posted as Dutch. The item name (Blake's 7 complete collection) is misleading and should be re-labeled (Blake's Zeven- complete collection- DUTCH)

I love Blake's 7- and so when I saw this and realised it was cheaper than getting each series individually I jumped on the opportunity and ordered....... without making absolutely sure what I was buying were the English DVDs- so when they arrived I was a bit surprised to see they were Dutch subtitled imports. Needless to say I then checked the reviews and the product information more closely and realised I had made a dreadful mistake. If you want to just watch the episodes- subtitle free and without the assured quality of the real boxsets then this is for you- if not- spend a bit more money and don't fall into this honey trap.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lyon on 2 Dec. 2013
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It's the cause of some surprise to me that this saga isn't accepted as part of the Whoniverse; Terry Nation was, apparently, all in favour of employing the Daleks in the series (the cliffhanger at the end of Series Two seems a logical place!), and I understand that Tom Baker and Paul Darrow shared a wish to turn up in each other's corridors - I only wish they'd done it; would have been sublime.

In fairness, Blake's 7 started off as rather the more serious stab at sci fi, peeling off two of Who's more serious talents - David Maloney and Chris Boucher as producer and script editor respectively - to realise an idea by Terry Nation: 'The Dirty Dozen in Space'.

The first few episodes are reasonably sensible, though it becomes fairly obvious fairly early that the series' spiritual home is space opera, and it heads there at about Standard by Seven.

It has moments of awfulness, and some of these are inexcusable, but when on form, the Seven deliver an exciting and handsome product. The first episode is particularly good, setting up the idea of a Fascist totalitarian Earth government that doses the population with suppressants, drugs their dreams and summarily executes dissidents. One such is Roj Blake who, after seeing his friends gunned down, is arrested, convicted of child abuse, and shipped off to the prison world of Cygnus Alpha (if it were made today, Blake would have to be killed by his fellow prisoners on the way, so the series would be only two episodes long).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MR DEAN FLETCHER on 19 Aug. 2013
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All 52 episodes on 16 disc's for under £40,yes it is a Dutch import but who cares at this price.
Excellent.
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75 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Peacock VINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2006
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Of all the tv shows i've ever seen, Blake's 7 absolutely undoubtedly would be in my top 3. So why haven't so many people even heard of it? And how come alot of people who did see bits of it originally think today in hindsight that it was just rubbish?

Well Blake's 7 has a sad reputation of being a "geeky sci-fi" and full of wobbly cardboard sets which look ridiculous. I've so far found that the people that think this have never actually seen it themselves or only caught glimpses of it 30 years ago. The fact is, is that Blake's 7 isn't really a sci-fi; if you say sci-fi is what star trek or babylon is. Blake's 7 deals with morality, friendship, betrayal, love, vengeance, pride, death, regret and all of the biggest, greatest themes you could imagine. It is primarily about people.

I had heard frequently the claim aboout Blake's 7 being full of poor production values and terrible sets, much like some people attribute to certain Doctor Who episodes (featuring the same corridor over and over). But i was wildly suprised by the reality of the matter! The sets in Blake's 7 are huge, complicated, and extremely interesting; because the series features so much planet or spaceship hopping it is essential each location is entirely unique in the series - which is extremely refreshing.

However it must be noted that, like Doctor Who, Blake's 7 DOES feature alot of disused quarries; but these tend to become less frequent as the series get's deeper.

Blake's 7 logo is a sort of reverses startrek one, and this is incredibly true to the series. Whereas Star Trek is episodic, fairly light, good vs evil- Blake's 7 is the reverse.

It's one long story with very little time missing between each individual espisode.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By chads_mad on 14 Nov. 2011
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Excellent value and still a full £20 cheaper than buying the four series on their UK release individually. I, like others, fell into the 'trap' of not realising that they were Dutch releases. As far as watching them goes - just turn off the Dutch subtitles in the disc menu and they're fine. Picture and sound quality (for a show that's 33 years old) is pretty good and probably better than when I watched them on a slightly fuzzy 26" colour TV within sight of the Crystal Palace transmitter back as far as 1978. That said, if you are a true collector (I'm not really), the UK releases are worth the extra, if only for the much better disc menus (you can operate Zen!) and the extras (Lesley Judd showing you how to make a teleport bracelet from a cereal box - ironically exactly how the BBC props department made them!). I haven't found any of those on this release and enjoyed them when I rented a few discs from Lovefilm a couple of years back. The sleeve notes are also all in Dutch and some of the episode titles are slightly mis-translated. Despite all that, this is a bargain price to own all the B7 ever made. My six-year old son already knows the theme tune so it's been a worthwhile investment!
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