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Fringe - Season 1 [DVD] [2009]

Anna Torv , Joshua Jackson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • 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: 7
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 1039 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,131 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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7DVD Uk Version // W/ Anna Torv

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108 of 111 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly hit and miss, but mostly excellent 15 May 2009
By Anna
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. There's the mysterious, unseen William Bell, Walter Bishop's former lab partner; there's a shadowy, seemingly emotionless, hairless man who seems to be everywhere you look; Nina Sharp, the secretive face of "Massive Dynamic", a huge science and technology conglomerate started by William Bell; Olivia Dunn's past: the tests she went through as a child, and Bell and Bishop's involvement; the big mystery about Peter's childhood and "death"...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's more than one of everything 14 Sep 2010
Great series, I think, and friends I've passed it on to / watched episodes with agree.
Yes, you're a bit more likely to enjoy it if you like sf-type shows, but the acting is good and the ever-building narrative is terrific - always enough momentum to get over the sporadic holes in the plot!
Plus if you like this, you will certainly want to get Season 2 ...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars X-Files with extra budget! 17 Feb 2011
By Poppy
I love the X-Files. LOVE it. And this strikes a similar balance - weird sciency, far fetched but you '(I) want to believe', action, just the right amounts of comedy and a cool blance of characters, only mostly not so alieny.

It is like the X-Files and it knows it - it even pops a few X-Files jokes in there so you know it's not taking itself too seriously. It's just got a bigger budget than Mulder and Scully started out with, which makes it less endearing in a way, but no less enjoyable.

Buy it for Olivia Dunhams sexy deep sultry voice, Peters cute chubby cheeks and high up trousers, Asterix's all round amazingness and Walters weird penchant for strange foods at inappropriate times! With characters called 'Walternate' what more could you want!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, well written sci-fi 29 Mar 2010
Being a massive fan of the sci-fi genre, I picked up this boxset just last week (good decision too as it has now gone back up in price!). However, I had already watched the first season. In fact, I am currently watching season two, which will be coming to an end soon.

Firstly, the show is just great. It's refreshing to see a show perfect the sci-fi genre so well. The explanations for each scenario are complete nonsense but when you're watching, it just passes you by and you forget to care about it. The cast is fantastic, a great ensemble of characters that you would never think to see working together yet are thrust into the same team.

The show focuses on a team of investigators (an FBI agent, genius scientist who spent 17 years in a mental institution and his wayward son) working on mysterious, odd cases which are all part of "The Pattern". These include mind control, teleportation, alternate universes, astral projection, mutation and many other situations that are simply out of this world. Some of the episodes are genuinely gory and creepy, so this is probably not something to let the young ones watch! The show also has a very interesting story arc that continues through each episode and also into season two.

The stories are great, the writing is great, the cast are great. To put it simply, if you like sci-fi and enjoyed watching the x files when that was on television, then Fringe is certainly for you. It's modern, funny at times and genius at the same time.

However, there is one thing I must bring up that is not a positive. It is not regarding the show itself, but again, the packaging it comes in. My packaging might simply be a one off but the first time I opened each DVD case, a handful of small pieces of black plastic came tumbling out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Wow! 19 Dec 2013
Ok I loved Lost, I am crazy about Supernatural and I was totally gutted when 'The Event' and 'Flashforward' were cancelled. I've been looking for something to fill the void and that something is FRINGE!
I discovered this by chance and had never heard of it before. It starts where something very horrific happens on a plane and a scientist (incarcerated in a mental institution) is basically drafted in to help. I was rather dubious at this point as I really couldn't see how this could be pulled off unless he had a miraculous recovery. However how wrong was I. Not only has he pulled it off but he's definitely the best character in the show! The actor John Noble should surely get some kind of award for his portrayal.
I haven't even finished the first series (two more episodes left) but I had to write this review as i am soooooo excited! The last time I felt this much suspense was watching Lost! I recommend you buy this box set as in my eyes this is definitely one of the best series I have seen in a very long time! If you want normality and fact then this isn't for you. If you want weird and wonderful buy it now! Fabulous!!
If you like my review please like this if not please tell me how to do better next time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fringe - Season 1 [DVD] [2009]
Fantastic science fiction series totally different from anything else, warmed to the characters quickly, couldn't wait to see the next episodes, totally hooked. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. M. Marcou
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average sci-fi series.
I have recently tried several new [ to me ] sci-fi series which have scored well in star ratings . I have been very disappointed by 4 series and approached Fringe with some... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brad bee
5.0 out of 5 stars The Calm Before the Storm
Fringe is a sc-fi show but not just that it has drama, emotion, depth, compelling police cases. It centers around Agent Olivia Dunham, scientist Dr Walter Bishop and his son Peter... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Emily
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it
Didnt bother watching it all, unusual for me !
Shallow boring story lines
Didn't leave me wanting more
When there are such excellent books that would make brilliant... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars worth buying all seasons
Love these series me and my husband have been hooked and have now watched all all seasons. good entertainment especially when yo have to stay in in evenings because of kids
Published 4 months ago by jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful
Fringe is great. There is a lot of weird and wonderful goings on and so a team made up of a scientist, FBI and someone with a dodgy past get put together to try and work it all... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr S Watts
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good series
I've seen all the series and wanted to show my kids the first series. Really enjoyable sci-fi tv that gets better as each series progresses.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. D. G. Medley
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy
Good price for an excellent series. A must watch for sci-fi fans. A modern day x files. Look forward to watching it all.
Published 5 months ago by mrmuscles
4.0 out of 5 stars A very underrated Sci-Fi series...
This series first caught my attention when I was in HMV and saw the DVD for the 4th series featuring the three main characters on the cover. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gatekeeper197
5.0 out of 5 stars Different
Like and updated X Files, but its truly watchable and I loved it all, season 2 was just as good as well.
Published 6 months ago by Ms A P Ratcliffe
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