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Charlie Jade - Complete Season 1 Box Set (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD]

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lace Group
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 993 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012GTPPM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,238 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 20 episodes from the first season of the sci-fi series about a private detective who operates in three parallel universes named Alpha, Beta and Gamma. While on an investigation, Charlie Jade (Jeffrey Pierce), a private detective from Alpha, stumbles across a secret desert facility. A massive explosion propels him from his own universe, Alpha, to a strange parallel universe, Beta. Struggling to find his way back, Charlie soon becomes involved in a conflict between Alpha, Beta, and another pacifist universe, Gamma. Episodes comprise: 'The Big Bang', 'Sand', 'You Are Here', 'The Power of Suggestion', 'And Not a Drop to Drink', 'Dirty Laundry', 'Diamonds', 'Devotion', 'Betrayal', 'Identity', 'Thicker Than Water', 'Choosing Sides', 'Through a Mirror Darkly', 'The Enemy of My Enemy', 'Things Unseen', 'Can of Worms', 'The Shortening of the Way', 'Spin', 'Bedtime Story', 'Flesh' and 'Ouroboros'.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth persevering with 31 July 2008
By shpadoinkle VINE VOICE
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This is an ambitious sci-fi show, original and intriguing. Charlie Jade is a great character, played well by Jeffrey Pierce. I was expecting a slightly cheesy show, because of the shiny action-man cover of the DVD, but this is distinctly cheese-free. This is a story-arc show, like BSG or LOST or Jericho, and there are only a couple of vaguely stand-alone epidodes. I liked this, and it definately draws you into the world.

However, there are flaws. It takes a long time to get going, and the tone is so serious and often grim, I nearly gave up after a few episodes. I think they really could have condensed the whole show into a few less episodes, to keep the viewers interested. And too much time is spent exploring the lives of characters we dont care about. Another thing I think would have really helped ease of viewing is if they had occasionally lightened the tone. There have been many sci-fi shows that have juxtaposed serious drama with humour (Stargate, Firefly..), and very successfully. It even enhances the serious bits, because you become more attached to the characters if they have shown a bit of a sense of humour. Plus it's just creates a more fun show.

Charlie Jade is worth watching, but it won't keep on you on the edge of your seat (until maybe the last couple of episodes). But if you are prepared to work a little for your sci-fi, you will enjoy this.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best series you've never heard of 8 Mar 2008
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When the series Charlie Jade started on the FX channel I had a quick Google about the series and the title of this review was one of the things I found. Best Sci-fi series you've never heard of. Now I've watch the series I've got to say I agree 100%

The camera techniques used throughout the series and particularly its use of colours (each of the three universes or verses has their own feel, alpha where everything has a sickly green tinge, beta, slightly washout and over exposed feel, and gamma with its vivid primary colours) are exceptional and at times the series has an almost art like feel to it.

Also the series is intelligent in how it approaches both the characters and the story in general. Whilst occasionally the story can jump (at one point it actually jumps back and slightly changes how the previous episode ends, or at least puts a massively different spin on it) it always keeps you thinking. Have no doubts, if you like stories being spoon-fed Charlie Jade is not the series for you! You'll find yourself think about what has happened between episodes, and in my case discussing the social/political differences between the worlds with my wife (she's an understanding sole, but she loves the series too).

The series develops the viewer's relationships with the characters brilliantly, with your understanding of characters growing as you watch, and in one case completely turning on their head every few episodes (with 01 Boxer).

That being said this series isn't perfect! There are a couple of really duff episodes, and really I'm referring to the first episode here! Watching it was like having my teeth pulled without anaesthetic! It just picks up slightly towards the end but if I hadn't the second waiting for me on the planner I might not have bothered again.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Otherworldly 26 Jan 2008
By Fantasy Lore TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The first thing I'd have to comment on about `Charlie Jade' in a review, something that greatly contributes to it's alien/futuristic/otherworldly atmosphere (to me as a British viewer at least) is the fact that the series is filmed largely in South Africa, Cape Town with the majority of the cast coming from that country. There are a few notable exceptions including the title character himself, played by Jeffrey Pierce, who's American. I really like the accent, occasionally it's a little distracting in the beginning, but you quickly get used to it. So as the first South African-based TV series I've ever watched, it's really quite impressive and as other reviewers have mentioned- the cinematography is particularly effective, with the use of different hues to distinguish between the three main parallel universes (known as the Alpha, Beta and Gamma `verses') in the story. The camera work is also inventively sharp and adds to the fast pace of the show, while showcasing the visceral action very well. And last but not least- the theme tune and music in general are just awesome!!!

But after what I felt to be a promising story in the pilot episode in `Big Bang' (7/10), I struggled to remain gripped by the following few episodes stretched across the first and second discs. It was only the charisma and conviction of the lead character that kept me playing each new episode. Before episode eight the writing is not of a particularly high standard- the main problem being the lack of explanation of the greater themes in the series, which is still the case in later episodes, but in the beginning it's irritating, while later it's balanced by simple good story-telling. This means in the beginning the viewer has to work a whole lot harder than with the average sci-fi show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow build-up to great climax 16 Sep 2010
By M. Bond
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Just finished watching this. I only caught this on DVD from Amazon so I'd never been influenced by any TV screening. This series takes a while to build up into the story, and the lead character, Charlie, does come over as a piece of self-interested, whiney, idiocy at times, with the typical seedy, low-life Private Investigator chip on his shoulder, but as you reach the climax you finally "get it" with his background in the "Alphaverse" and it's oppressive social environment, even so, he's not all that sympathetic a lead at the beginning.

As I said the story takes time to develop, this is 20 episodes with one principal story arc throughout, which probably contributed to its lack of mainstream exposure around the world, so settle down to enjoy the ride to a fulfilling climax.

The different "Verses" are nicely-realised, with distinctive colour styles for each, from twisted, dark, shadowy Alphavers, reminiscent of "Blade Runner", through our very own "Betaverse" to the richly green "Gammarverse", and beyond...

It's a pity there was no second season, although the scripts were supposed to have been written, perhaps one day?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs a network to pick up the 2nd series
This is a fantastic series why no network has picked up to do the 2nd series is beyond me. The storyline revolves around Vexcor and the three alternate places of Alpha, Beta and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Taramichelle McGeown
5.0 out of 5 stars Waking up in a new 'reality' fraught with peril and strangers.
A PI investigates a corporate espionage plot and gets thrown into a new reality - the twist is that this new reality is in a new galaxy that is similar but so different. Read more
Published 20 months ago by I like clean movies
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, slow and instantly forgetable
I tried and I tried and I tried so hard to watch this tv series but I had to give up before I lost the complete will to live. Read more
Published 22 months ago by JBK
1.0 out of 5 stars Woof woof...Avoid this one
Cinematography great, but shot using a bad digital camera or an appalling transfer to DVD. Story so complicated it could not easily be told. Read more
Published on 28 May 2011 by A. G. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars A great intelligent series that deserves more recognition
I only discovered this by browsing through Amazon reviews, and what a find! In a world where there's far too much mindless fodder for the masses, here's a series that's thoughtful,... Read more
Published on 2 May 2010 by Nick
4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Jade grows on you - An interesting SciFi series
Three universes are about to destroy each other, but Charlie Jade doesn't look like he can stop them as he doesn't have clue what is going on - luckily he's an extra tough PI who... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2010 by K. Maxwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Jade complete boxed set
Excellent value for all the series one episodes. But what about Charlie Jade? Well, if you didn't watch the series on TV, I can't imagine that you'd be buying the DVDs, but, just... Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2009 by K. J. Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars A nice try but very dull
I bought this having read some of the rave reviews on Amazon only be disappointed. Charlie Jade falls into the trap that many recent US sci-fi series have done in that the plot is... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2008 by Calliphygian
5.0 out of 5 stars go for it!
I have to agree with the positive reviews on this show. It is well worth persevering past the first - difficult to watch/see/understand/tolerate - episode. Read more
Published on 27 July 2008 by C. de Vito
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Rubbish
This Sci-Fi series is without doubt the worst I have ever attempted to watch.
I had read a caution in one (glowing) review that episode 1 wasn't the best so stuck with it for... Read more
Published on 6 July 2008 by J-DAWG
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