Merlin - Series 1 Volume 1 [DVD]
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Merlin, the BBC’s outstanding re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, comes to DVD in this 3 disc set containing six episodes plus a superb package of bonus features: 'Behind the Magic' feature, cast video diaries, audio commentaries and more.Set in the mythical city of Camelot, in a time before history began, this magical adaptation of the Arthurian legend follows Merlin’s early adventures in the court of King Uther... and his 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, a young man gifted with extraordinary powers, arrives at the gates of the city. Though bright-eyed with wonder, the young sorcerer quickly makes enemies, including the headstrong Prince Arthur. Guided by Gaius, the wise court physician, Merlin is soon using his talents to secretly defend the Kingdom and unlock Camelot's mystical secrets. Soon he discovers that his destiny and that of Arthur, the future King, are inextricably linked. Starring Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Anthony Head, Richard Wilson, Katie McGrath and Angel Coulby 'Episode One' Merlin, a young country boy, arrives at the great city of Camelot just in time to witness an execution – 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 its renowned 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. And, though Arthur is not exactly impressed with Merlin’s talents, he might just need his help before taking on Valiant in the final... Episode Three As a magical plague brings death to Camelot, Merlin takes pity on Gwen, whose father is dying of the disease. Evading a curfew, Merlin risks his life by using magic to cure her father. However, his delight soon turns to shock as Gwen is arrested for sorcery… Episode Four A mysterious servant girl tells Merlin that Arthur is about to be poisoned. Merlin seizes Arthur’s cup and drinks it himself. He falls into a coma 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 new physician, the scarred Edwin, saves Morgana from a mysterious illness, Uther is impressed by his skills. Soon, Edwin is supplanting Gaius’s position in the court. But Gaius makes a shocking discovery about this mysterious stranger. Can a weak old man and his young apprentice prevent Edwin from committing the ultimate crime?
The latest classic tale to be dragged up to date by the BBC, the decision to revive Merlin as primetime entertainment was just about rewarded, even if it does manage to ride roughshod over history in the process.
For just as it did with its updating of Robin Hood for Saturday nights, the legend of Merlin has undergone something of an overhaul here, and sticklers for authenticity will have plenty to pick at. The occasional narrative bumps don’t help, either, and the special effects clearly leave it thirsting for a Doctor Who-like budget.
And yet, warts and all, Merlin really is quite good fun. The BBC has wisely wheeled in some experienced thesps to work alongside the likes of Colin Morgan in the title role, with Richard Wilson and Anthony Head happy to join in the fun. Don’t knock the aforementioned Morgan, though: he carries the show well on his young shoulders, and has a blossoming career ahead of him.
This DVD pack contains the first six episodes of Merlin, and they gradually introduce us to the land of Camelot, and the mysterious characters that lie within. They also offer a solid amount of rounded family entertainment, that sets the scene for an intriguing second half of the series. What’s more, there’s just enough here to suggest that young Merlin may have further adventures even beyond then. --Jon Foster
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If however, male eye candy is not an inducement to watch this show then what is? Well firstly, forget everything you know about Arthurian legend. This show doesn't adhere to it. At all. They took the names "Merlin" "Arthur Pendragon", "Camelot", "Guinevere", "Lancelot" etc and made a smallville style series about young men discovering their destinies and so forth. Thats not to say its a bad thing, after all, Arthurian legend is part of British heritage and at least this is helping to keep it alive by introducing it to a new, younger generation who probably haven't (and wouldn't) read Mallory or T.H. White. But if you approach this series thinking that you're going to see a faithful adaptation of Arthurian Legend, you are going to be sorely disappointed.
If, however, you want a bit of swords 'n' sorcery fun (along with slightly dodgy-looking CGI monsters), swishy sword fights, a romantic-looking castle setting, fantastic costumes, a few familiar faces in the pantheon of British TV acting talent (Hello Giles from Buffy, Zoe Slater from Eastenders and Victor Meldrew!) and, of course, a few hot-looking young men (Santiago Cabrera who stars in one epsiode as Lancelot is pretty easy on the eye as well!) then you'll enjoy this.Read more ›
If you missed this series, Merlin is a young 20 something and so is the future King Arthur.
This is the first 6 episodes from the first series and although formulaic...A saves B from C....it's all good entertainment.
Merlin may well be a famous wizard but in this series he's not allowed to use magic because they've takes serious liberties with the original storyline despite using all the original names and characters of Arthurian Legend. Frankly, this is a good thing because although you know that good will prevail, you're never quite sure how.
This DVD has only the first 6 episodes of series 1. It's more than enough to get a handle on the key charachters and how they are progressing.
It's really endearing to see how Prince Arthur progresses from a "Royal Prat" to a future legendary king through his friendship wih Merlin.
The CGI graphics are a bit pants but the series is more about the characters and for that reason alone I'd recommend it and ask you to suspend your disbelief. The young actors are fantastic but Anthony Head and Richard Wilson add real body to the episodes with the strength of their performances.
When the second part of the series is released, I would recommend that too because Arthur really becomes a young man you would be willing to die
I was delighted that the BBC commissioned a second series, if for no other reason than it keeps my kids enternained for many an hour but I worry that they may have set the bar too high.
I'm already prepared to die for Arthur, how much more can he achieve?
Merlin is my cream cake. It's cheesy, fluffy, ruins the traditional Arthurian legends, is loaded to the gills with poor special effects, high levels of improbability and daft one liners, but...
But I love it. I shoudln't, but I do. Reality has never been my forte and forty five minutes watching the adventures of a young Merlin with real character, and a young Arthur who, unlike most of his predecessors on screen, actually does something heroic once in a while, just makes my week.
Magic, from start to finish. And an absolute oasis in the desert of current tv schedules. There should be room for imagination, and young kids need stuff like this to bring the Arthur legends to them before they are forgotten. As a kid I longed to find Camelot, to ride out on a horse and fight monsters (not bad, for a girl, I learned to ride but never stumbled over any griffins), and I'm delighted someone is bringing this dream to the next generation.
Thank you BBC for finally spending my licence fee on something I actually want to watch. Bring on Season 2, and more dragons this time!
I'm starting to sound negative here! For all that it's well acted, reasonably well scripted and the costumes, CGI and good pacing make the episodes a good watch. They are all, at least, as good as your better Doctor Who adventures.
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This was and still is one of the best serials to come from the BBC, that really says it all.Published 7 months ago by Mike1
So made up with it, thank you! The box is in perfect condition and so are the disks inside! :D
How dare you, I'm obsessed with this show thanks to you guys ;)