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Harper's Island - Complete Season [DVD]

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Elaine Cassidy , Christopher Gorham    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham, Matt Barr, Gina Holden
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 520 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UHL1QI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,440 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The DVD shelves are creaking with television shows waiting to be discovered, and here’s another. Harper’s Island is a clever, twisty drama thriller that’s nominally about whittling 25 potential suspects down to reveal one killer. Taking place across 13 episodes, the tightly-plotted narrative leaves room for many jump out of your seat moments, but crucially, it keeps you interested and guessing right through to the final episode.

The event that brings the cast of Harper’s Island together is a wedding at the island of the show’s title. The same island where a series of murders had been committed seven years earlier and gone unsolved. And when more people start dropping dead, the accusations begin, and the mystery intensifies.

Building up its tension extremely effectively episode after episode, and benefiting from the lack of star names--along with actors who were primarily getting their scripts on a week-by-week basis--Harper’s Island emerges as a terrific, engaging season of television drama. It’s inevitably a dish best served as cold as possible, and it does in truth borrow conventions and ideas set down by one or two previous shows. But heck, it works very effectively here, and is the kind of show where once one disc is finished, the next gets swiftly thrown into the DVD player. A cracking, and complex, whodunit… --Jon Foster

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Harpers Island - Season 1


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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An addictive and essential series 11 Sep 2009
By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This 13-part series is about the wedding of Henry Dunn and Trish Wellington, which takes place in Harper's Island. One of the guests, Abby Mills, is still haunted about the murders that happened seven years before, caused by John Wakefield. Suddenly, the wedding guests are killed one by one, and everybody is a suspect.

A friend of mine who lives in the US raved on about this show so much that he sent me the recorded show a few months ago and once I started watching, I just couldn't stop and I had all 13 episodes finished in just 2 days - it is so addictive! The style is a bit like SCREAM or I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER mixed with the whodunit style of AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. Apparently each of the actors didn't know their character's fate until they were given the script for the episode, so when this was being shown in the US, it was a complete secret to everyone about who was going to be killed each week (generally one or two characters per episode). The murders are all very gruesome which was unexpected at first as this is just a TV show, not a film, after all. The acting is good, I only recognise one actor from the whole cast (Richard Burgi from HOSTEL 2 and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) but they are all excellent and play their parts well. The story is very well presented, starting off quite slowly, helping you to get to know the large cast of over 25 characters and as a bit of a dark comedy (in a very similar style to SCREAM) and then moving on to being a more serious, fast-paced and suspenseful thriller.

Overall this is without a doubt one of the best shows I have seen in 2009 and I am really glad this is now being shown in the UK and is being released on DVD. This is a must see for anyone who loves a good murder mystery that will keep you thinking right until the end.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a 13 hour horror film!! 11 Oct 2010
By BookBliss VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this series, even though I watched half of it from behind my hands.

I admit the premise for the series isn't original, the run up to a wedding is interrupted as the guests are slowly picked off one by one. It is the sort of thing you would normally find in a film and reminded me of "I know what you did last summer" and "Scream".

The viewer is given hints as to who is responsible for the killings but there are twists and turns along the way which kept me guessing right up to the end.

The only thing I didn't like was that there was a number of people disappeared and no-one seemed to bat an eyelid and just went along with the idea that they'd decided to head home without mentioning it to the bride and groom.

I'll be buying this for a number of friends/family as I don't believe it's been on British tv and I'm very certain they'll really enjoy it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing show 31 Jan 2010
By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This 13-part series is about the wedding of Henry Dunn and Trish Wellington, which takes place in Harper's Island. One of the guests, Abby Mills, is still haunted about the murders that happened seven years before, caused by John Wakefield. Suddenly, the wedding guests are killed one by one, and everybody is a suspect.

A friend of mine who lives in the US raved on about this show so much that he sent me the recorded show a few months ago and once I started watching, I just couldn't stop and I had all 13 episodes finished in just 2 days - it is so addictive! The style is a bit like SCREAM or I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER mixed with the whodunit style of AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. Apparently each of the actors didn't know their character's fate until they were given the script for the episode, so when this was being shown in the US, it was a complete secret to everyone about who was going to be killed each week (generally one or two characters per episode). The murders are all very gruesome which was unexpected at first as this is just a TV show, not a film, after all. The acting is good, I only recognise one actor from the whole cast (Richard Burgi from HOSTEL 2 and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) but they are all excellent and play their parts well. The story is very well presented, starting off quite slowly, helping you to get to know the large cast of over 25 characters and as a bit of a dark comedy (in a very similar style to SCREAM) and then moving on to being a more serious, fast-paced and suspenseful thriller.

Overall this is without a doubt one of the best shows I saw in 2009. This is a must see for anyone who loves a good murder mystery that will keep you thinking right until the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new angle for the slasher genre. 11 Oct 2009
By Mr. K. Arts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very little to say about the plot, as other reviewers covered this admirably. (golden rule of the slasher genre, dont give away the twists) Suffice to say I liked the show enough to add my own humble opinion, though the previous reviewers are right on the money.
The trouble with slasher movies is you litterally have under two hours with the cast as they get whittled away by the psycho one by one. This usually ends up meaning most of the cast being bland cyphers that are merely there as cannon fodder for a series of gory murders, acting as the suspense scenes for the movie, here with 13 episodes at about 40 mins each you actually get time with the characters that allows them to break free from the cliche stereotypes and allows you actually care about their fate. I was initially dubious about a slasher tv series after hearing about the concept, but fortunately it works, the whole thing feels almost formula in places, but is fun the murders are pretty brutal and The characters are good. As i said before, the format actually gives you the opportunity to care about the characters and root for them which is pretty new to me as quite often I find myself rooting for the killer.
Overall then the series is worth a look for fans of slasher movies, and other u.s tv fans may get a kick out of it too as long as they can stand all the killings. The series comes in a snazzy slipcase with commentaries and making of, and is pretty slim packaging so won't fill up the shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all good
Published 1 month ago by Den
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Amazing value and very height quality
Published 1 month ago by Mr Robin A Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
As great as I remember. Partner had not seen it so hard bought so we could watch together. great we are really enjoying. its creepy, has comedy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by cheryl elexa stead
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!
This started out okish, but we soon got tired of it, lots of holes in the 'plot', didn't bother to watch it all, found it very tedious and a total waste of money
Published 3 months ago by SUE
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
When this started I was drawn into watching more and more but as it went on and the deaths became far-fetched I lost interest. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Gore-ious
Great series set on an island where a group of friends come together to attend a wedding. Unfortunately for them, there's a serial murderer on the loose and he wants to make sure... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jaz-zing
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Really enjoyed this series i kept trying to guess who the murderer was but kept on getting it wrong. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stephen Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Load of Rubbish
Reading the reviews I was looking forward to watching this box set. However within 15 minutes of the beginning I knew it was going to be dreadful. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sarah Gillen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, casting and writing
This box set is extremely entertaining, each episode ends with an ending that demands you watch the next one! Read more
Published 9 months ago by joanne c williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok
I have bought this as recommended by a colleague as excellent but not watched yey so cant commit to 5 stars, but arrived fast
Published 9 months ago by Lynda G
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