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Defiance - Season 1 [DVD] [2013]

Grant Bowler , Julie Benz    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Jaime Murray
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • 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: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 15 July 2013
  • Run Time: 14 hours
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,751 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Defiance isn't the first science fiction television show to find the planet Earth in a bit of trouble, but it does still have identity of its own. The setting here is the near future, where Earth has been all-but-destroyed after a war with aliens. Lawkeeper Joshua Nolan, played by Grant Bowler, has the job of trying to keep piece in one of the remaining frontier towns, but he name of Defiance. It is not, as you might expect, an easy job.

Defiance is a show that firmly hits the ground running too, courtesy of a strong opening. The episodes that follow, and there are 13 in all here, are a little bumpier, and the show finds it firmest footing when it's dealing with the fighting and politics between the cast of characters. That proves to be more interesting than the straight-out science fiction elements of the show, although some of the effects are terrific to look at.

Still, it's a consistently interesting series this, that does take a while to fully find its feet, but it's worth bearing with. The disc package is rounded out with a selection of deleted scenes and a gag reel too, which prove to be fun diversions. A solid series in all, with some strong moments. --Jon Foster

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Defiance is the story of courage and survival in a place unlike any other you could imagine. Set in the wake of an alien conflict, a completely transformed plant Earth is inhabited by human and Alien survivors, forced to live and work together in the aftermath of this global catastrophe.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Defiant 31 July 2013
Defiance is an American post-apocalyptic sci-Fi series set in the Missouri town of Defiance. To make it clear from the outset, Defiance has very few similarities to Firefly, despite at least one negative reviewer's expectations. The show bears far more similarity to Farscape or Alien Nation - hardly surprising considering the heavy involvement of Rockne S. O'Bannon in all three shows. The main strength of Defiance is its exceptionally well thought out setting - Defiance is detailed, its history explored beyond any direct relevance to the story, and there is an interesting picture painted of the world beyond its walls. Even more impressive is the characterisation of Defiance's alien races, each of which possess a distinct culture, history and, thanks to linguist David J. Peterson, full languages that are spoken frequently and fluently. Combined with a generally excellent cast (including standout performances from Tony Curran and Jaime Murray as the ambitious and ruthless local crime family), Defiance creates a thoroughly engrossing and captivating world.

Story-wise the plots are generally above average, though unfortunately for every time the writers truly excel themselves (and there are some extremely good twists and subplots), there's a time that they seem to slump into tired and cringe-worthy sci-fi cliches. The ongoing intrigues and power struggles between the characters are often more entertaining than the main plot of an episode. Also, as might be expected in a relatively low budget SyFy series, Defiance's ambitions often outweigh its technical capacity (especially in the pilot episode, which features some very dodgy CGI effects).

Overall, Defiance is a very promising show with a few rough edges. I gave it 4 stars - if I could have given it 4.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I defy you not to enjoy this! 17 Sep 2013
I took a gamble when I saw this released in a local HMV - always one for DVD boxsets and willing to try out new shows, I purchased it with only a minimal degree of awareness (I had heard of Defiance but knew very little about it). My gamble paid off, having just finished all 12 episodes of series 1 I can safely say that this is a 'good un!'

Unless I've missed it there is very little background history revealed so far (although check out Wikipedia first and it fills in all the blanks for you), thirty years ago an alien collective made up of several races came to Earth believing it to be uninhabited, there was a series of wars - the 'Pale Wars', the planet was terraformed, and now humans and aliens co-exist on a world unlike we know it today.

Grant Bowler plays lawman Joshua Nolan who we follow from the start of the Pilot episode with his adopted daughter Irathient born Larisa as he arrives in the former St Louis - now renamed 'Defiance'.

The show builds gradually over the course of its twelve episodes and characters are perfectly established and defined - Tony Curran is particularly good as Dai Tak Tarr, the local Crime Lord. Grant Bowler is perfectly cast as the hero of the piece and fits the role of lawkeeper to a 'T'.

A second series has been commissioned and I would encourage anyone wanting to delve into a new sci-fi show to give this one a try. And I defy anyone not to enjoy this!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable if somewhat unremarkable Sci-Fi fare 10 July 2013
Set in the near future, through war with an Alien species that fled it's homes after destruction they came to Earth to find refuge. But as tensions flared, war ensued & the Earth became terraformed with inhospitable Alien life after a tragic accident. Eventually peace was made & now the Alien (Voltan) races try to co exist with Humans in scattered Cities/Town's across Earth. Through one such City, Defiance, once known as St.Louis (USA). We follow the lives of the inhabitants, in particular ex-solider, lawkeeper Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) & his adopted Alien, Irathient race, daughter Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), as they try to get along enforcing order & peace, but it's harder said then done with such a mixture of cultures, past deeds & suspicion between races.

The series opened with impressive pilot episodes which were brilliant IMO, worthy of being a film in their own right. Once it moved into more formulaic episodic stature, things slowed down & it did become a little less shiny in a way. There are the usual cliche stories in here, a Romeo & Juliet love story, murder mystery & the meat & potatoes, the clash of cultures & wonder of these Star Wars/Trek-esque Alien's. Still, they had to resort to putting British hottie Jaime Murray into scantily clad thong outfits & the like, along with a local brothel, that is quite possibly only there to keep a certain target audience on tender hooks (*cough*). Over it's 13 episodes the show has crammed a lot into them, so much so that it will be interesting to see where they will take things next if a second series materializes. But it's Sci-Fi after all, so they can pluck whatever they want out the sky...literally. And with developer Rockne S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a dissappoinment 12 Jan 2014
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we had seen one of the episodes om scyfy channel and decided to get the DVD as the series had almost ended. It was brilliant (if that is your kind of thing).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Worth while
The series starts off on a future earth, where the landscape has been forcibly Terra formed and altered by an alien species. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Robyn K
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Series
This is a must see series as it is a great sci fi with a gripping story line set in an interesting take on how the world could be in the future. Looking forward to the next season.
Published 1 day ago by R24601
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware watching this with wife and kids
I expected more.

Here is why. You rarely see a scene with the alien flora and fauna, you only see it in the beginning, or in some a few second lasting... Read more
Published 5 days ago by G. M. Philipp
3.0 out of 5 stars defiance what can i say????
I was under the impression that this was going to be a good tv show, with a good cast it had a good shot, but no, will not get season 2
Published 8 days ago by Donna Mills
2.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance
Seen it all before. And done so much better. Sat through the series hoping it would get better, it didn't.
Published 8 days ago by Hodge
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok show
Kind of like a "Cowboy" future. A little like "Firefly." So if you liked that show, then this would be something for you.
Published 10 days ago by Peer Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars cant wait for s02
Arrived promptly. TV shows are great and the quality is just fine. This was a good buy. I recommend this highly.
Published 22 days ago by Mohammed87
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Rubbish
Take the "Lord of the Rings" characters & update it to a post apocalyptic world where most of us live harmoniously (in a pigs ear). Read more
Published 26 days ago by The Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars brilloant
A good scifi series that is well worth the time spent watching it. It's goodies versus baddies a future western that is fun to watch. Read more
Published 29 days ago by JimmyG
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sci-fi
I thought it was a great series and will be buying Season 2, and as many as they can make.
Published 1 month ago by Dark Storm
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