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Fringe - Season 1 [Blu-ray] [2009]

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  • Actors: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, Lance Reddick
  • Directors: Akiva Goldsman, Alex Graves, Bill Eagles, Bobby Roth, Brad Anderson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 1040 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00275FV9Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,246 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Created by J.J Abrams (the man behind Alias, and Lost), Fringe is a television drama centered around a female FBI agent (Anna Torv) who is forced to work with an institutionalised scientist in order to rationalise a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.
Teleportation. Mind control. Invisibility. Astral projection. Mutation. Reanimation. Phenomena that exist on the Fringe of science unleash their strange powers in this thrilling series, co-created by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias), combining the grit of the police procedural with the excitement of the unknown. The story revolves around three unlikely colleagues – a beautiful young FBI agent, a brilliant scientist who’s spent the last 17 years in a mental institution and the scientist’s sardonic son – who investigate a series of bizarre deaths and disasters known as “the pattern.” Someone is using our world as an experimental lab. And all clues lead to Massive Dynamic, a shadowy global corporation that may be more powerful than any nation.


Easily one of the most interesting and unusual science fiction shows of recent times, Fringe comes from J.J. Abrams, the very same man who had a hand in Lost, Alias and the quite brilliant recent Star Trek movie reboot. And while this may be lower profile than some of those projects, it’s nonetheless equally as worthy of attention.

The central concept is actually quite similar to The X-Files, with a core of three main characters investigating what they call ‘fringe science’. This manifests itself with a series of unusual situations and happenings, that the team proceed to investigate and try and get to the bottom of.

The Fringe crew consists of FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop and the quite brilliant creation that is his father, Walter Bishop. Walter, played expertly by John Noble, is like every mad scientist in the world wrapped into one wonderful character, and Fringe is often at its strongest when he’s is stage centre.

This first season of Fringe runs for 20 episodes, all of which are included on this set, and it does occasionally struggle to find its feet. That’s no surprise given the show’s infancy, but it also hits some spectacularly good highs, including a marvellous cameo in the season finale that’d be remiss to spoil here. It also throws in a smart underlying narrative, and leaves things finally poised for the already-commissioned second season. In short, a strong show, and one with real potential to get even better. --Jon Foster

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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 15 May 2009
Format: DVD
There's no denying it, really: Fringe treads precisely the same ground as The X Files. Except, where X-Files was almost uniformly supernatural or alien-y, Fringe approaches it all with science. Or, rather, "fringe science". So while it deals with the same topics, (such as telekinesis, telepathy, ghosts, "alien" parasites, spontaneous combustion and even vampires) each is given an entirely earthly scientific explanation. The explanations are, of course, as fanciful as any explanation given in the X-Files, and that's a part of its charm.

It has 3 leads, really: Anna Torv as Olivia Dunn, an FBI agent, Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop and John Noble (the unmitigated gem and joy of the entire series) as mad scientific genius, Walter Bishop. Walter is Peter's estranged father, and watching their relationship gradually develop is really very lovely.

Fringe is a complex and wildy twisty series, so describing any one part of it is immensely tricky as it's a little like a knotted ball of string, so everything is connected to everything else.

Each episode is stand alone in terms of topic, ie, telepathy, but arcing throughout the series are multiple threads and you need to watch every episode to keep a handle on them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Watts on 29 July 2010
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This show has real promise! A must for anyone who likes a good conspiracy/mystery, this show rockets along with a self sustaining momentum. The set up is simple enough, FBI agent Olivia Dunham goes about her job, falls in love with her all american partner and is a damned good cop. But everything is not as it appears. Her partner John Scott is injured in an explosion triggered by a man he's chasing in relation to a very unusual plane crash. Then his skin goes see through. This calls for a scientist! But not any scientist will do, the only one who seems like he could possibly help worked for the government doing very unusual, top secret and morally dubious experiments in the seventies in a field called fringe science (basically anything weird like hypnosis, ESP, teleportation, etc). The only problem is that he's properly mental, and has been in an asylum since that time!

This scientist is Walter Bishop, a quixotic and capricious character, who can only be released under the supervision of his only living relative, his estranged but equally brilliant son Peter Bishop. Olivia convinces Peter to get Walter released so he can save John. We find that Walter's ex lab partner, William Bell, is the founder of the biggest company in the world, Massive Dynamic, which is at the forefront of scientific development, and Massive Dynamic seem to have a hand in John Scott's transparent skin. A shan't ruin the end of the episode, but this is the basic template for the rest of the show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Willy Eckerslike on 20 Feb. 2011
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Despite its conceptual similarity to the X-files, this series manages to avoid being a re-hash of an old format. The `science' is without doubt `fringe' (more like totally far-fetched) so it doesn't do to watch this with a rational scientific head on but it is still entertaining and the Massive Dynamic and `the pattern' back plots are sufficiently engaging to keep a hint of conspiracy running through the series. As with most TV series' there are, of course, a few duff episodes but the fine performance of John Noble (the nothing-like-mad-enough Denethor from Lord of the Rings amongst other things) as the scatty Walter Bishop and the I've-just-walked-off-the-set-of-The-Wire performance of Lance Reddick maintain the strongly character based storylines thus ensuring that the pseudo-scientific nonsense does not intrude on the central narrative. It's a well written and entertaining TV show with a clever bit of plotting and we're very much looking forward to the arrival of series two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane V. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2012
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Just finished watching Season 1 after a recommendation from a friend who's a bit of a Sci-fi addict! WOW, easily the best Sci-fi series I've seen for years. Not that it doesn't have the occasional flaw but nothings perfect! I think people tend to forget it is science FICTION not science, so of course we're expected to suspend disbelief.

As per the Amazon description there are some similarities to the 'X files' but the series has a faster pace and the characters are warmer and more likeable. Walter Bishop, the scientist emerging after 17 years spent in a secure mental institution is the 'archetypal' mad but inspired scientist, who is very endearing yet clueless on a social level. The part is played quite brilliantly and injects a much needed element of humour which really sets the show apart from the intensity of the 'X files' The rest of the cast are also convincing, no wooden acting here as so often found in Sci-fi.

Unlike the 'X files' where the underlying narrative is often obscured by episode after episode focussing on the particular investigation to hand, the characters, the individual cases and the central precept are developed hand in hand so by every third episode or so you move closer to an understanding of the bigger picture. This is quite ingenuously linked to the gradual recovery of memories long since buried as Walter Bishop recovers from his long incarceration and comes to terms with his past.

A highly recommended series for all Sci-fi buffs, can't wait to see how the story develops in Series 2!
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