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Dark Angel: Complete Season 1 [DVD] [2001]

Jessica Alba , Michael Weatherly    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn, J.C. MacKenzie, Valarie Rae Miller
  • Writers: Charles H. Eglee, James Cameron
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Finnish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 919 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007LZ6H
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,149 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



One of TV's more interesting tough-girl action shows, Dark Angel is a distinctive blend of the personal, the adventurous and the politically aware. Cocreators James Cameron (yes, that James Cameron) and Charles Eglee present a complex scenario of biological super-science and social collapse in which their gene-manipulated heroine and hacker/journalist hero can genuinely make a difference. In this first series they also provide an adversary who is a lot more than just a conventional villain.

Jessica Alba is impressive as Max, bred and trained as a super-soldier but reclaiming her individual humanity; Michael Weatherly is scruffily attractive as Eyes Only, who sits semi-paralysed in his eyrie above Seattle uncovering crime, corruption and other skulduggeries and sending the woman whom he hopelessly loves out on deadly errands. Jon Savage has real authority as Lydeker, a man who has stretched his conscience to breaking point, but is not personally corrupt. Some of the best episodes here--"Prodigy" for example--are ones in which Lydeker and Max are forced into temporary alliance. Early on the relationship between Max and the other workers at Jam Pony--the courier firm that provides her with a cover identity--is a little forced, but later on the two parts of Max's life are more successfully integrated: "Shorties in Love", for example, is a genuinely touching tale about Diamond, the doomed criminal ex-lover of Max's lesbian roommate. Dark Angel was never a perfect show, but at its occasional best it manages to be simultaneously funny and dramatic.

On the DVD: Dark Angel, Series 1's Region 2 DVD is ungenerous with special features, providing only short interviews with James Cameron and Charles Eglee and with the stars, and giving us a preview of the Dark Angel computer game. The episodes are presented in widescreen and have excellent Dolby Digital sound which gives vivid presence to both the dialogue and the hard-driving contemporary rock score that is part of the show's style. --Roz Kaveney

Product Description

The complete first series of the James Cameron-produced TV show. In 'Dark Angel (The Pilot)' we are introduced to Max, a young bike messenger and thief and who was raised as part of a Top Secret Government genetics program and who is now attempting to find those who also underwent the same process. 'Heat' has Logan lead Max to one of her siblings, unwittingly exposing her to an attack by government agent Lydecker. 'Flushed' finds Logan and Original Cindy attempting to help Max when she ends up behind bars. 'C.R.E.A.M.' sees Max help Sketchy take his revenge on a crooked casino owner. '411 on the DL' has Logan's wife re-enter the picture. 'Prodigy' finds Max and Lydecker attending the same genetics conference. 'Cold Comfort' sees Max joining forces with Lydecker in a battle against a mutual enemy. In 'Blah Blah Woof Woof' Max becomes the most wanted woman in Seattle. In 'Out' Max and Logan arrange their first date, only to have Logan bow out at the last moment. 'Red' has Max provide protection for a Federal witness. 'Art Attack' finds Max accompanying Logan to a family wedding. 'Rising' sees original Cindy kidnapped in a plot to get at Max. 'The Kidz Are Aiight' has Zack escape from Lydecker, while Max and Logan continue to edge closer to each other. 'Female Trouble' finds Logan on the trail of a specialist doctor. 'Haven' sees Max and Logan visit a town with a hidden secret. In 'Shorties in Love' Original Cindy's old boyfriend, Diamond, returns for a visit. 'Pollo Loco' has Max forced to deal with a dangerous serial killer. 'I and I am a Camera' finds Max and Logan investigating the murders of some recently paroled inmates. 'Hit a Sista Back' sees Max and Tinga attempt to rescue the latter's family from Lydecker. 'Meow' has Lydecker acquire the technology which will allow him to capture his ultimate prey. Finally, in 'And Jesus Brought a Casserole', Lydecker helps Max and Zack in their plans to attack Manticore.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than sci-fi 26 Jun 2003
By A Customer
When friends of mine told me they were into a sci-fi series called Dark Angel I was not really interested but I only had to watch one episode before I was compleately addicted. This series goes far beyond your average sci-fi, girl kicks ass show. Its blend of action, humour and warmth coupled with a gripping, conceivable storyline, fantastic characters and quality acting (especially Jessica Alba) ensures a series that has something for everyone. Such a crime that it was discontinued.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel of the best sort 16 Jun 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I thought that this would be something similar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel when I started to watch it, but I was pleasantly surprised! This is a kick-ass programme, with an ideal heroine. It features a startling representation of what the world could turn out like in the near future, and the idea of there being genetically modified people amongst us is fascinating. It takes science-fiction and reality, blends them together in a mix that would be thought to be risky at the least, and throws out a stunning group of people and a storyline to astound the viewer and make them think!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
I do not remember why I missed "Dark Angel" when it originally aired, but now that I have seen the first season I am willing to admit I made a big mistake (Mea Culpa, James Cameron). The story is set in Seattle, Wasington, in the year 2019, which is afer "The Pulse," an electromagnetic bomb that basically pushed reset on the United States. However, that is only the setting, because the star is Jessica Alba as Max Guevera, who at first glance has a day job as a bike courier, and at second glance works as a cat burglar at night, bit at third glance and closer examination turns out to be a genetically enhanced superhuman created by the government who escaped from a military training school ten years earlier.
"Dark Angel: The Complete First Season" has a couple of plot lines that make Max both the hunter and the hunted. Max is always on the lookout for her "siblings," the other kids who escaped from Manticore, while Lydecker (John Savage), the head of the secret program is trying to find both them and Max to return them to government service. Meanwhile, Max's days as a cta burglar are over when she tries to rob Logan Cale (Michael Weatherly), a rich kid who is the secret cyber-journalist known as "Eyes Only," who enlists her into his idealistic crusade to clean up corruption in Seattle. Of course, the two are made for each other, but we have to wait for them to catch out to this rather obvious fact. What really makes "Dark Angel" work is the extent to which this futuristic dystopia has been worked out. This is not so much a series where the mythology emerges over time as it is one where the premises are so strong that they sustain multiple episodes and provide compelling sub-text for the rest.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 1 July 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Absolutely compulsive viewing and up there with the best of the US fantasy series (at least as good as Buffy, and probably in many ways better than Angel and Taken). Complex and fascinating. You won't regret investing in both seasons. The only downer - what happened in Terminal City after they axed the series?? We should be told!! (it's a conspiracy?)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This girl can act! 5 Mar 2011
Jessica Alba has unfortunately been type-cast as the usual glamorous but dim "totty" in recent times, but she's hiding her light under the proverbial bushel, if you ask me. I missed this series the first time round, and heard rather negative reviews from people who actually hadn't seen it, regarding anything she had been involved in as something to be avoided, after her recent outings. Happily, I'm not like them, and decided to jump right in and buy both series 1 & 2 together, and having only seen half the first series, I am firmly of the opinion that the movie world has seriously short-changed this woman with her recent roles. The story is engaging in the extreme, and strongly reminiscent of "Soldier," starring Kurt Russell, in that children are genetically engineered to become super-soldiers, but unfortunately are more human than their masters. The characters in this series at first appeared somewhat stereotypical, but as I got further into the episodes, they became more fleshed-out, with complex personalities and very real life problems, just like everyone else. However, it's Miss Alba who has captured my attention mostly, as she is seriously wasted in her recent roles, as she not only can play a whole gamut of emotions, but is a seriously good action star to boot. Gone is the fluffy-headed bimbo we're more used to seeing, and in her place is a woman with a dark secret, at first hiding her true self from those around her, but slowly emerging from her shell after finally finding someone who sees her for herself, and not the specially-bred killer her masters wanted. Her fellow characters are just as well developed, but you need to keep watching to fully appreciate them, as they lead lives just as complicated as our heroine. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sci-Fi TV series ever 5 Dec 2009
I am a huge TV science fiction/fantasy watcher. I've seen almost every one of them, from here and from England and this is the single best season of such series that I've seen. The only one that could match it is Firefly but that show got cancelled before we could see if its quality could be as consistent. Looking at the total run of a series over many years, I'd give the edge to Buffy, Angel, Deep Space Nine or Farscape, but for a single season, this is the one season I'd watch if I could only take one season of one show. The hardest thing about such a show is to avoid pretension (See most of Galactica), bathos (most everything in the genre from The original Star Trek to Warehouse 13), or campiness that is mostly due to a lack of respect for the genre (Lost in Space, anyone?). And to avoid these traps AND add a well thought-out background and a complex romance, that is an accomplishment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why did they cancel ?
everything as it should be, apart from not going on
Published 26 days ago by Kevan White
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not aged well unfortunately
Published 1 month ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as advertised
Published 1 month ago by Leia B
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect, does what it should, looked good, good delivery
perfect, does what it should, looked good, good delivery
Published 1 month ago by becky
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Angel
Easy to watch series with plenty of action,humour and developing story lines. The setting and characters are entertaining . Good if you enjoy Famtasy and Sci Fi.
Published 2 months ago by lesley mckay
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Delivery
I actually bought this as a present for someone. It came very quickly with no incident. Seems to be in good condition no rough handling.
Published 5 months ago by James Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars recommend
finally I have the collection, season 1 to go with season 2. I love Jessica alba. the quality is very good and its widescreen which I was hoping.
Published 6 months ago by Mohammed87
5.0 out of 5 stars dark angel series 1
i bought dark angel series 1 & 2 from the same seller since it is my favourite tv show from when i was young and i really wanted to own it on dvd. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mia
3.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is the Best TV Show. I can see it again and again. I Like Series from this Type. My Regard
Published 13 months ago by RSFRabeea
1.0 out of 5 stars No insert CArd
I gave 1 star not to the seller, not the series but to AMazon - Most peoile who brought this, had an insert card explainig all the episode in that season. Read more
Published 14 months ago by arsenal
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