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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 (164 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 (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,195 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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Fringe - Season 1

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109 of 112 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 14 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and imaginative series 9 April 2011
By Lucy
This series is well worth watching. As an X-Files fan there hasn't been anything close to being as good as that series until Fringe came along. The first season does take a while to get going but boy when it does it grabs hold and doesn't let go!

Mystery, intrigue and well rounded characters you care about, not forgetting Gene the cow. It has a whole series story arc so it works better watched as a box set rather than episodic tv with concentration breaking adverts.

Give it a go, and to all you Bowie fans there is obviously a Bowie fan on the writing staff...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TANTALIZING AND ADDICTIVE 4 April 2011
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Scientific genius Walter Bishop specialized in experiments which extended the boundaries. The work took its toll. For seventeen years since he has been in a mental institution. Now extraordinary events are baffling the experts. A department is set up to investigate, Walter's great talents again in demand....

Yes, there are reminders of "The X Files", but "Fringe" stands firmly on its two feet - intriguing cases, a fine cast, much excitement, lots of gore and, perhaps surprisingly, many laughs.

The three central characters are well off the beaten track: Walter himself, still a genius but badly affected by all the time locked away; Peter his son, initially wanting nothing to do with him but gradually softening (and putting his own dodgy skills to far better use); FBI agent Olivia, severely shaken by the loss of her partner and allegations he was a traitor. Dispirate they may be but their chemistry is good, a major reason why everything works so well.

20 episodes - pilot eighty minutes, the others around fifty. In fact this boxed set is exceptional value, especially well endowed with bonuses. One of those bonuses tells how some seemingly preposterous storylines are not as farfetched as may be thought - mindboggling projects far more advanced than publicized. Surely these cannot include men walking through walls, butterflies causing a business executive's death plunge, someone dying of old age within hours of his birth, a hand emerging from a computer to boil the user's brain? We can but speculate.

Much grabs the attention and thoroughly entertains, especially the hints we have seen nothing yet - Season 1 representing just the tip of the iceberg, something far more substantial about to be revealed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, well plotted and entertaining. 20 Feb 2011
By Willy Eckerslike TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange things happen at the Fringe
I missed it when it was first on but Fringe is a really interesting show. If you liked The X-Files you'll like this.
Published 5 days ago by Country man at heart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great as described
Published 14 days ago by Petrina Swaine
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 26 days ago by woo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great item & price!
Published 1 month ago by Ms NA Collins
2.0 out of 5 stars The main character is pretty
I am a big fan of jj Abrams since watching alias which is why I bought this. It started off ok but I soon started to feel it was getting a bit far fetched. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Miss B. A. Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars What more can I say after the brilliant reviews it has already had
What more can I say after the brilliant reviews it has already had? The acting is great, the characters are complex and it is not all just sci fi and effects. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vanessa M
2.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural, this is not.
Tried this series as it's one of the most commonly watched, according to IMDB, when people have enjoyed watching Supernatural. I didn't like this at all, which is a shame. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Sci Fi
We have enjoyed all five series of Fringe so much - this is the first series where the characters are introduced, we start to expect a monster an episode format, only to be... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stella Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, fun series
I love this series. It's quirky, funny, exciting and well-made. The science has some serious schoolboy errors (where they're not total fantasy! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Valkyrie
3.0 out of 5 stars Like X-Files without the chemistry.....
I quite enjoyed this, and the characters grew on me as the season wore on. But I was never really hooked. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jonathan
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