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Lexx - The Movies - Series 1 Vol.2 [DVD] [1999]

Brian Downey , Michael McManus    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brian Downey, Michael McManus, Jeffrey Hirschfield, Xenia Seeberg, Tom Gallant
  • Writers: Paul Donovan
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Contender
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2001
  • Run Time: 185 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056KPD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,800 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A "Light Universe" and a "Dark Zone" keep good and bad apart for the characters of Lexx, even though it's often hard to tell the difference between the two in this offbeat and unique sci-fi show that delights in its own nastiness. The show's Canadian creators, "Supreme Beans" Paul Donovan, Lex Gigeroff, and Jeffrey Hirschfield--partnered with German money and studio facilities--intended every episode to be, in their words, "a nasty adventure". With flashes of nudity and surgical gore, and a collection of extreme hairstyles and accents, the overall look is often akin to a sci-fi Eurotrash. Aboard the stolen 10-kilometre-long spaceship Lexx (designed to look like a dragonfly) are the "Dirty Three-and-a-Half": insufferable coward Stanley H Tweedle (Brian Downey), the Edward Scissorhands clone and 2000 years-dead Kai (Michael McManus), decapitated and lovestruck robot head 790 (voiced by writer Hirschfield), and the skimpily wardrobed Zev (19-year-old Eva Habermann). It's with the last of these characters that the show generated its main audience and proved itself totally indifferent to regular boundaries of TV formatting. A disregard both for genre conventions and good taste makes the show a constant series of surprises. --Paul Tonks

On the DVD: The first films's disc features a behind-the-scenes documentary with the show's creators talking generally about the intent of the films, a text interview with Jeffrey Hirschfield on his dual role as writer and voicing robot head 790, plus a hilarious "Purity Test" quiz to see how much of a fan you are. The second film's disc features a gallery of 12 stills, a Sci-fi Channel featurette and another documentary containing a very frank interview with director Robert Sigl and hilarious outtakes from Malcolm McDowell. --Paul Tonks

Product Description

Further instalment of the American space saga. In 'Eating Pattern', after landing on a garbage planet to feed, the Lexx crew encounter the malevolent Bog (Rutger Hauer), who attempts to liquify Zev. In 'The Giga Shadow', Zev is dying, and it is up to Zev and Kai to return to the Cluster, from which they escaped in the first episode, to obtain the vital proto-blood necessary to save him. Stan wants no part of the mission, however, and matters take a turn for the worse when the Lexx crew come up against one of His Shadow's senior clerics, Yottsky (Malcolm McDowell).


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Update 2011: You can buy the four movies in the Series One Vol.1 and Series One Vol.2 sets in the Lexx - The Complete Series (1997 to 2001) four season box which has all the episodes of Lexx ever produced.

The Lexx is a rather fantastic organic space warship using technology derived from the Insect Wars. Lexx is `the most destructive force in the two known universes'. The excellent TV series runs to three seasons and beyond, although in many respects the spin-off TV series never quite re-captures the startlingly dark and surreal world shown in the original `films'. These films are now available over four DVD's numbered 1.1 to 1.4. This set has DVD's 1.1 and 1.2 (you do need the second twin DVD set for 1.3 to 1.4). To some extent the films have an `ending' so can be viewed happily without any knowledge of the subsequent Lexx TV series. In these two films `His Divine Shadow' is introduced, a rather nasty ruler of the League of 20,000 Planets. He is a being who can transfer his essence from one body to another, making him effectively immortal. His Shadow took over after the Brunnen-G had destroyed the insects in a great war thousands of years ago. Kai, last of the Brunnen-G, has been His Shadow's most deadly assassin for the last few thousand years and is on-board the Lexx when Stanley H Tweedle (a lowly security guard), Zev Bellringer (part human, part Cluster Lizard) and 790 (an android head with `love-slave' programming) come aboard. The series is a strange mix of dark SciFi (in the more recent Tales of Riddick mould), black humour and German soft-porn movie. But it works. If you haven't seen any Lexx, get these two DVD sets now (if you have, no doubt you have these DVDs already). If you can't find it to buy, try renting or ebay. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Update 2011: You can buy the four movies in the Series One Vol.1 and Series One Vol.2 sets in the Lexx - The Complete Series (1997 to 2001) four season box which has all the episodes of Lexx ever produced.

The Lexx is a rather fantastic organic space warship using technology derived from the Insect Wars. Lexx is `the most destructive force in the two known universes'. The excellent TV series runs to three seasons and beyond, although in many respects the spin-off TV series never quite re-captures the startlingly dark and surreal world shown in the original `films'. These films are now available over four DVD's numbered 1.1 to 1.4. This set has DVD's 1.3 and 1.4 (you also need the first twin DVD set for 1.1 to 1.2). To some extent these films have an `ending' so can be viewed happily without any knowledge of the subsequent Lexx TV series. In these two films `His Divine Shadow', the rather nasty ruler of the League of 20,000 Planets, causes even more jip, defying prophesy to create the Giga-Shadow. He is a being who can transfer his essence from one body to another, making him effectively an immortal god. His Divine Shadow took over after the otherwise peaceful Brunnen-G had destroyed the Insects in the great war thousands of years ago and then isolated themselves in their home-world behind the great barrier. Kai, last of the Brunnen-G, has been His Shadow's most deadly assassin for the last few thousand years and is on-board the Lexx when Stanley H Tweedle (a lowly security guard), Zev Bellringer (part human, part Cluster Lizard) and 790 (an android head with incidental `love-slave' programming) come aboard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 1 Mar 2003
Format:DVD
Since I first saw the series on UK tv I was hooked. I got this and the rest of the 'movie' series with the original Zev (all day I dream of my lovely Zev Zev :) and loved it. A definite collectable. This is in a league of its own. And the bizaar, arty (and I imagine very low budget) cgi and effects only seem to add to this cult beyond all others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST THING SINCE..... WELL SLICED BREAD 12 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Lexx is the best Sci-Fi programme that I have seen in years, and long may it continue. It is about time that Lexx Was released on DVD, with the easy to access scenes etc
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see before you die! 26 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This DVD is amazing. Lexx it'self is amazing. I Started to watch the show a little less that a year ago and already I've caught up to every episode aired. I was hooked after 10 minuets. Stories from the Dark Zone/Lexx/Tales from a Paralell Universe or what ever you call it in your country is a must see sci-fi stunner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No sci-fi collection is complete without Lexx 11 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The first two Lexx episodes are TV movies, totalling over three and a half hours worth of running time. If you ever wandered how the crew met and ended up on the beast this is where you'll find out. The world of Lexx is intriguing yet also quite disturbing, and much of this is not for the feint hearted. In fact there are times when you are watching the show that you really start to question whether or not the creators are somewhat depraved. And that leads into the next point, both dvds have documentaries and the usual standard of stills, biographies and trailers. It's good to get an insight in to the show especially as here the documentaries are presented by the creators. You realise that the creators of the show don't take the show too seriously and that they're not trying to explore deep social or humanitarian issues. This show isn't your usual sc-fi; its not overly produced and the show clearly doesn't have the budget of some more high profile sci-fi shows. But if you like lighthearted sci-fi and a bit of humour then this is definately worth a look. However if you like your sci-fi to be full of character development and human conflict then this probably isn't your cup of tea. Lexx is far from perfect but it definately stands out in the crowd.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd died first !
I was looking for sci-fi series to watch and was attracted to Lexx because of the 4.7 star rating . One reviewer thought it was a series everyone should see before they die . Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brad bee
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
You MUST see this, it is too good for words, it is by far the best thing I have seen on Television since I was born. Read more
Published on 31 May 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars farewell Lexx
Lexx has gone now with the 4th series not shown on UK TV, and no video release date for it - as the previous series didn't sell. Are people crazy? Read more
Published on 28 July 2003 by S. Bentley
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird Poetry & Strange Dreams.
Twilight:
There are lots of reasons to love this episode, the quirky, bickering family who inhabit the planet (I especially liked the bratty teenage daughter who takes a shine... Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Great wee episodes
Lafftrak is a great original episode. FRom the beginning with the funny special effects of the two ships battling to the confessions on Xev, and like all Lexx stories had a dark... Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Compare
This boxed set of the most excellent Lexx movies 1.3 & 1.4 was no disappointment. After watching the first two movies, I didn't think that the next two movies would match up,... Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2001 by m.raye@btinternet.com
4.0 out of 5 stars A good set up for the series to come.
This was my first experience to Lexx although I enjoyed its very quirky and unique style and interesting plots so completely fresh and original to boring StarTrek series and their... Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant sci-fi adventure, not to miss!
After seeing these episodes on channel 5, I just had to buy. If you've never heard of Lexx, where you bin all this time. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The crew get into even more trouble.....
First is episode three "Eating pattern" When the Lexx is running low on energy and can no longer produce food for Stan and Zev, it changes its course and lands on a... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2001 by S Barrand
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