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Merlin - Complete Series 1 Box Set [DVD]

Colin Morgan , Bradley James , James Hawes , Ed Frainman    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Anthony Head, Santiago Cabrera, Angel Coulby
  • Directors: James Hawes, Ed Frainman, Jeremy Webb, Stuart Orme, David Moore
  • Writers: Howard Overman, Ben Vanstone, Jake Michie, Julian Jones
  • 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: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 565 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NN413A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,687 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The creators of Merlin position their hero as the original Harry Potter: a headstrong young wizard with mixed feelings about--and sometimes outright hostility toward--the destiny that's been thrust upon him. Merlin is a reboot of Arthurian legend, starting when all the heroes and sorcerous folk were teenagers, bursting with hormones and wrestling with the powers-that-be, particularly Arthur's heavy-handed father, Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head, best known as Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), a benevolent tyrant who's banished magic from Camelot. Merlin (Colin Morgan, an impish lad with prominent ears) comes to the kingdom with high hopes and innate magical powers. He's taken under the wing of the court physician, Gaius (Richard Wilson, One Foot in the Grave), but additionally becomes the servant of young Arthur (Bradley James), a handsome and talented fighter who's also a bully and a snob. Rounding out the main cast are Morgana (Katie McGrath), who will one day be Merlin's foe but is now Uther's ward, and Gwen (Angel Coulby), a.k.a. Guinevere, the woman who will one day be the center of a legendary love triangle--but who is now Morgana's maid. Clearly, Merlin wants to shake up any preconception about these stuffy old stories, presenting a multi-ethnic Camelot with contemporary language and attitudes.

Despite all this, Merlin quickly becomes addictive. The dialogue and special effects can be cheesy (particularly when the CGI monsters have to interact with actors), but the cast is charming and the stories, while a tad formulaic, keep things moving. Morgan is appropriately dweeby (but also has killer cheekbones), James combines football-quarterback good looks with a hint of sensitivity, McGrath is luscious and impetuous, and Coulby has earthy spunk. The heavy lifting, acting-wise, is ably handled by Head and Wilson. The first season deftly explores the origins of the pillars of Arthurian mythos, from the sword Excalibur to a very dashing (but born of peasant stock) Lancelot to the mysterious birth of Arthur himself. Add to it all an imprisoned dragon, voiced by John Hurt (Alien, The Elephant Man) and prone to cryptic but sometimes helpful advice, and you have an engaging fantasy series.--Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

Product Description

Set in the mythical city of Camelot, in a time before history began, this magical adaptation of the Arthurian legend follows young Merlin's enthralling encounters with the young Prince Arthur.

The kingdom of Camelot is a realm of legendary beasts and mysterious peoples. In this dangerous world, magic has been banned by the ruthless tyrant, Uther Pendragon. Merlin, who was born with extraordinary magical powers, is taken as an apprentice to the court physician Gaius and as manservant to the headstrong Prince Arthur. However, with the practice of magic punishable by death, Merlin must take care when and where he uses his talents.

The Great Dragon, who lies imprisoned under the castle, informs Merlin that his gift has a purpose - to aid him in his destiny to protect Prince Arthur, who will one day lead a great and just kingdom. But Merlin has already discovered that following his destiny is not always an easy task.

Whatever the future holds, Merlin, along with Arthur, Morgana and Gwen, face many great dangers and exciting challenges as terrifying beasts and ruthless enemies stalk the kingdom of Camelot...

Episode One: Merlin, a young country boy, arrives at the great city of Camelot to find a young man at the gallows - the result of King Uther outlawing magic in his kingdom. As Merlin makes his way to find Gaius, the Court Physician, he begins to realise that the world he has entered is full of danger.

Episode Two: Valiant arrives in Camelot intent on winning the infamous sword tournament. As a disgruntled Merlin gets to grips with his arduous duties as Arthur's new servant, he notices the fighter has an unfair advantage.

Episode Three: As a magical plague takes a deathly grip on Camelot, Merlin takes pity on Gwen, whose father is dying with the disease. Evading a curfew, Merlin risks his life to deliver a magical power to cure her father. However, his pleasure soon turns to shock as Gwen is arrested for using magic.

Episode Four: Suspecting it is poisoned, Merlin drinks from Prince Arthur's cup. He falls into a com and can only be saved from certain death by a flower that grows deep within the forest of Balor. Arthur is ready to defy the King and embark on the quest, but is he prepared for the trials and danger he will encounter?

Episode Five:
A great fighter by the name of Lancelot arrives in Camelot, but despite his bravery and skill, his ambition to be a knight is thwarted by his low birth - only Arthur and Merlin appear to recognise his true worth. Meanwhile a terrifying winged beast approaches Camelot leaving the kingdom in desperate need of a hero.

Episode Six: When a physician, the scarred Edwin, saves the dying Morgana and impresses Uther with his skills he is soon supplanting Gaius's position in the court. But soon Merlin and Gaius make shocking discoveries about this mysterious stranger.

Episode Seven: When Arthur becomes besotted with a mysterious girl he could lose more than just his heart.

Episode Eight: A young druid boy, on the run in Camelot, is condemned to death by Uther, but Merlin, Arthur and Morgana feel compelled to help him.

Episode Nine:
A mysterious Black Knight crashes his horse in through a window to challenge the knights of Camelot to single combat.

Episode Ten: Merlin's village is under attack from a ruthless group of bandits but can Merlin, Arthur, Morgana and Gwen save them?

Episode Eleven: When Arthur kills a unicorn - a prize beast - his knights celebrate, but the prince has inadvertently brought a curse upon Camelot.

Episode Twelve: When Gwen's father is arrested by Uther for helping a sorcerer, Morgana reveals a surprising side of her character.

Episode Thirteen: As Arthur's life hangs in the balance, Merlin is the only one who can save him - but at what price?

Special Features

  • Behind the Scenes
  • Cast Video Diaries
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Wallpapers
  • Photo Galleries



Customer Reviews

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112 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of magic goes a long way 7 Oct 2009
By Lhara
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The thing about Merlin, is that it's not a flawless show. There are times when I think it could have pushed the boat out a bit more in terms of storyline and characterisation. But the thing is... I love this show. In fact, I'm verging on teen-obsessed on it, and I am not a teen anymore.

So why do I love it? For the one thing, I find the actors captivating. Merlin definitely wins the charm award, and comes across as a mixture of Frodo (the good parts), Harry Potter (the initial innocence part) and Clark Kent from Smallville (the hero part). He's not arrogant, or self-righteous. In fact, he plays his role as a young Merlin, wonderfully. I couldn't have asked for better. Arthur is the opposite to Merlin. He's arrogant and brattish, but I can't help but *love* that about him. His child-like manner (and humour) makes him extremely likeable. Too likeable. They've taken a gamble with Gwen in terms of status (here, she is a servant), and I know some people will raise eyebrows over her race (but I hope people are sophisticated enough not to care. The actress does a brilliant job, and that's all that matters) but the gamble pays off, and Gwen comes across as an extremeably likeable heroine.

Other characters such as Morgana, Gaius and Uther comes cross well, although there isn't nearly enough screentime with them. It is a bit strange seeing Anthony Head as a mean king, and not a stuffy librarian, and he does come across well, although sometimes I wish he were more dynamic in that role (maybe the fault of the script rather than him).

There's usually a baddie-of the week plot line (featuring some familiar faces. Dr Bashir from Deep Space Nine, anybody?). And for now, that works well. What I like most, is the interaction between Arthur and Merlin.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in every way! 12 Oct 2010
By Arwyn
Format:DVD
I'll be brief. Merlin is a great series in every way. It's a kind of wonderful fun you love to watch over and over again. From production values to stories, characters and acting, this is pure gem! And the DVD box set is just beautifully made, a bit tricky to open, but when you get inside, your jaw drops at the choice of design and pictures! I think this is the most beautiful box set I've ever bought!

I'm not a kid, I'm in my thirties, and yet I'm completely under Merlin's spell. From what's inside to what's printed outside, I recommend this box set with all my heart!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this drama is hard-to-quit! 1 Aug 2010
By silvan
Format:DVD
when i watched this series on TV, i was excited and addicted.
actually i didn't know much about the legend of King Arthur.
since then i was really interested in it, however this isn't the real legend.
and also some of actors are new comers and they are great, i think.
i recommend this for from children to adults, people of all ages.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story line, set and character development! 10 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
This is by far one of the best TV series I have seen in a very long time. It quickly draws you into the relationship between Merlin and Arthur. You begin to see how one person can influence another for good over the long haul (and Arthur needs it)! The relationship between Merlin and Gaius is also delightful to watch. These three actors are phenomenal and certainly carry the show. The sets are amazingly authentic...you feel like you are right there in the middle of it all. For a TV show it is certainly beyond what I have come to expect and is great family entertainment (except for young children due to some scary themes/scenes).
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big smile of satisfaction 3 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
Yes, it's simple, but it's fun and every episode makes me laugh. Bring on the Colin-Bradley double act... All 13 episodes in one place, some comedy audio commentaries and a number of laugh-out-loud moments on the video diaries. Good effort with the packaging - makes it a special gift for a mini. Thoroughly recommended.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I had never watched Merlin before then one night I tuned in by mistake and found myself hooked! So I immediately went on to Amazon and ordered myself the box set. I then spent a number of hours watching it and I loved every second of Merlin magic! Beautifully acted, I think we have found two bright sparks in the talented Colin Morgan (Merlin) and Bradley James (Prince Arthur). I think they have very promising futures.

The presentation of this product is very appealing and appropriate to the series. The special features are very good and the cast video diaries are hilarious! All in all this is a great product and I would recommend this to ANYONE!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sorcerer is Back! 16 Nov 2009
Format:DVD
This is a wonderful adaptation of the famous Arthurian legend. They have taken it to a new level and transformed it into this TV series which is full of good special effects, great story lines and funny comedic scenes. I know there are some of us who don't like our favorite stories being changed but for those who do, I think you may find this series worthwhile.

They have made a few changes to the original story, like for example, the title character, Merlin, is portrayed in his younger years, around the same age as Arthur Pendragon (wheres in the legend, he is portrayed as an very old sorcerer.) They also added a character that is completely original to the series, the Great Dragon who is voiced by a great actor, John Hurt.

In my opinion, the chemistry between the main characters is fantastic. I love the relationship between Merlin and Arthur, their friendship is characterized with insults and playing tricks on each other, though there is a good bond between them.

For all fans and those who like Merlin and you want to get the whole first series, this is a great product for you to buy. All those who are not too keen, well, you don't have to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
The additional scenes and added bits about the making of the series are a useful bonus compared and of course all the episodes of the TV series are there so what more could you... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love the Merlin series and bought this with a voucher from my grandparents. In fact I bought series 1-3. They came in good time and were packaged well and not damaged.
Published 2 months ago by B. Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Merlin the young magician
We now have all the series and both my husband and myself watched it - Colin Morgan is fantastic as the boy with special powers who goes to his mentor Gaius to learn the art of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sally T
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Merlin is one of the best shows on tv i have ever watched. Even the kids love it. I would say definitely buy this and also the following seasons because it's a great show.
Published 3 months ago by mika
4.0 out of 5 stars good box although text is not in finnish
I recommend this serie all who are interested in fantasy stories. Also lot of comedy in these series. Seen them all.
Published 3 months ago by Irene Heikola
5.0 out of 5 stars Merlin
I think this is a great gift to give to anyone who likes this series as much as me and my daughter.
Published 3 months ago by Alison
4.0 out of 5 stars merlin dvd
arrived in time and in good condition,as it is for xmas it has not been watched yet but I am sure we will enjoy it :)
Published 3 months ago by Lyn Tailby
3.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
Like the Freemantle Media version - so a little disappointed with what we got. But no problem !
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Published 4 months ago by Shouko Kaneko
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
I bought this series to keep me busy over the holiday period, as honestly it was worth watching. Full of entertainment, twists and turns
Published 4 months ago by PUE
2.0 out of 5 stars The magic failed
I ordered the box set so i could watch with my grandaughter as we both loved Merlin. I was very disappointed when several of the dvds started to freeze on playing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by norma kelly
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