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First Born [DVD] (1988) (Tv Mini-Series)


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  • Actors: Charles Dance, Philip Madoc, Julie Peasgood, Jamie Foster, Gabrielle Anwar
  • Directors: Philip Saville
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 24 July 2006
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FPV8JM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,500 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Charles Dance stars in this BBC horror miniseries as geneticist Edward Forester, a genius scientist obsessed with creating a human/ape hybrid. When he succeeds in creating Gor, a human/ape baby, he is ordered to destroy it by the authorities. Unable to do so, Edward manages to pass the child off as his adopted son, teaching Gor to walk and talk, and blend in to human society. But it isn't long before Gor's ape nature finally breaks free, with devastating results.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kali on 27 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
Charles Dance gave one of his best performances in this made for TV mini series, that came out in the 1980s. It was quite daring for its time and I remember the contraversy it courted because of the subject matter. Dance plays the scientist Edward Forrester who experiments on a gorilla called Mary, to see if she is able to give birth to a hybrid offspring which she does.

At first Edward is indifferent to the hybrid child that is born, it is just an experiment to be kept in a cage but as time goes on he sees the humanity in the child and finds he cannot kill it and instead he "adopts" the child, calls him Gor and tries to erase the past and his part in it.

The unknown Jamie Foster plays Gor brilliantly, a boy who has physically looks human but who on a genetic level is a gorilla, he is incredibly strong, very dextrous and it is no suprise to anyone when he says is going to join the army, but Gor is not violent by nature (Gorilla's are not normally violent unless in danger) and when he starts to fall in love with his foster father's beautiful daughter the truth about his heritage is revealed to him and tragedy ensues, as man and his biological mother meet for one last time.

All in all a really good watch though I would have preferred a better ending than the one we got, it was somewhat predictable but then this series was made in the 1980s remember and as daring as it was, it was not daring enough to take it one step further, to where the first born married and had children of his own...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sally tarbox TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 April 2014
Format: DVD
Loved this on TV many years ago and have finally found a copy of the DVD - brilliant night's viewing!
The story of a genetic scientist at the Ministry of Defence who succeeds in breeding a human-gorilla hybrid via an animal in his laboratory. When ordered to destroy it after a few weeks, he finds himself unable to do so, and has the human-looking boy brought up in a foster home...
(spoiler alert) Deeply moving as Gor reaches adulthood and turns away from the warlike ethos of the military academy he attends, and toward the priesthood. And towards love with Forester's daughter Nell. But when his parentage becomes known, the church dismisses him as an abomination before God, and a human relationship becomes unthinkable...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A variation on the Frankenstein theme, Man's attempt to play God and create new life sadly going awry. No monster here, though, Gor seemingly a teenager like any other. But why troubled dreams full of wild creatures and tropical scenery? Other matters also suggest he is somehow different. How will he cope on learning what we have known from the start - he is in fact a gorilla-human hybrid?

Charles Dance exudes quiet authority as Forester, the pioneer of new ground who ignores official demands the result be destroyed. Philip Madoc impressively makes the most of the showy role as his boss. Jamie Foster moves as the increasingly disturbed adolescent.

Originally in three parts, this controversial 1988 BBC serial is here shown in one go. There is much to enjoy in the earlier sequences - especially that exhilarating moment in the tree tops when young Gor first speaks. Everything nosedives a little with an unconvincing (and rather silly) abduction subplot but revives for a devastating climax.

No extras on disc but a very interesting and informative booklet accompanies. A bonus is the reminder of days when music did not saturate and when cast lists could be read.

The fine drama still packs a punch. Recommended.
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By Anna Griffin on 23 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Brought as a present for my brother as we call him a character from film so bit of a joke, but everybody in family wanted to watch it. As we all remembered from our childhood. Very pricey but worth it .
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