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  • Actors: Liam Cunningham, Hermione Norris, Amy Manson, Daniel Mays, Ashley Walters
  • Writers: Ben Richards
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2011
  • Run Time: 470 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004M5J7XU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,916 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Settled in the town of Forthaven on Carpathia, the Outcasts are passionate about their jobs, confident of their ideals and optimistic about the future. They work hard to preserve what they've built on this planet they now call home, having embraced all the challenges that come with forging a new beginning. They are led by President Tate and his core team of Stella, Cass and Fleur--they took charge and settled here first alongside Expeditionaries Mitchell and Jack. The planet offers the possibility for both corruption and redemption; while they try to avoid the mistakes made on Earth, inevitably our heroes cannot escape the human pitfalls of love, greed, lust and a longing for those they've left behind. As they continue to work and live together they come to realise this is no ordinary planet... Is there a greater purpose at work? Mystery lurks around them and threatens the fragile peace of Forthaven.

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Outcasts was a series that was a long time coming. Originally announced in 2007 it took till 2011 to get on the screen. So it looks like it had a shaky start, which unfortunately translated to the screen. But despite the flaws it was a very interesting, adult aimed and character driven sci-fi show. The pace is slow, something I appreciated, too much sci-fi is flashy and noisy with no thought to the plot. Outcasts jumped in without giving a lot of exposition and back story, so you were just there in the story and then took its time to build. Introduced the characters, then some mysteries and gave you the backstory as it went. I liked this approach, but obviously it's not for everyone. Some people accuse it of having nothing happen, I disagree, many things happen and everything changes within a few episodes.

Personally I would say it looks great, for the most part the acting is great, and the overall story is compelling. Though there are some stumbles at the beginning by episode 4 everything is moving at a fantastic pace. The marketing people decided to say it wasn't a sci-fi, but if you watch it's clear by the 4th episode this is very much a solid sci-fi story, it's just a shame a lot of people had tuned out by them. If you're a fan of adult sci-fi drama give it a go, it's only 8 episodes so you're not losing much time by giving it a shot. The only thing you have to lose is regretting it was cancelled when you get to the end.
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Outcasts is an intelligent, slow-paced, low budget and ambitious BBC SF series about a colony trying to survive on the earth-like planet of Carpathia. Most people live in Forthaven, a settlement with a structured community led by President Tate, played with restrained intensity by Liam Cunningham. The series explores many issues, in particular the concept of genetic engineering and the morality underlying the creation of humanoids designed to help perpetuate humankind on other worlds. As a result of presumed catastrophic nuclear destruction on earth the prime objective of the colonists is the survival of the human race. However, Carpathia is not a benign planet and as evidence of its past and present inhabitants is gradually uncovered it is evident that any secrets and schemes individuals living in Forthaven might have are inconsequential compared to the threat posed by a mysterious indigenous alien intelligence. Despite knowing that Outcasts stopped after 8 episodes I rented the series intrigued with its underlying premise, and although some of the acting, dialogue and clichéd plotlines grated at times there was enough SF substance there to sustain my interest. Had there been a second series I would definitely have watched it.
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I have read with great interest the other two reviews and I must say that they are both right. I can't say they are being unfair in their judgement. There are indeed great inconsistencies in the setting on Carpathia and the way it would have really been like after ten years had the story been "real". I have however been totally engrossed so far, captivated even ,at some points. The beauty of the photography for one and the quality of the acting did the trick.It is probably not enough for most but I have found it rewarding up to now. The characters themselves might have been drawn with more originality but the actors are, in my opinion, doing a very good job and I have found their presence on the screen compelling. I cannot agree with those who say it is on a par with soaps. I can't watch soaps. The minute I hear any line in the dialogue I am ready to develop a rash. This is far far better even if it is also far from perfect! I am not sure that it will be able to finish as well as it started but I hope that there are still some interesting bits to look forward to!
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Outcasts seems to have split Sci Fi fans.

It's a bit slow to get going. Seems to have some bizarre and unexplained goings on at first, and a very "annoying" villain. After the first few episodes, I wondered where it was going. A couple of episodes later, I thought "this is getting really interesting". By the finale it had become something not to miss. I was really looking forward to the next series.

There are those that have complained about the props, complained about the acting and complained about it's qualities in comparison with US Sci Fi series.

A lot of US shows are clones and while there are themes in this show that are resonant with some US series, it has a very differrent feel. Most US shows I now find boring clones and Outcasts was differrent.

The show has fallen victim to a lot of viewers having problems finding their feet in a show that requires some thought as a lot of things happen quite bizarrely until some of the threads are brought together towards the end. I think this cost the show BBC1 viewers and attracted a lot of hostility for supposed SciFi fans brought up on the US SciFi show factory.

I recommended it, but only if you don't want some US clone, are prepared to think, and will forgive a few silly faults and production shortcuts.

I loved it.
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Outcasts engrossed me, from the very first. And I usually avoid everything that is even close to sci-fi...
Why engrossed, then? Mainly because it's a good drama, whichever label you want to box it in with. Phenomenal camerawork. Tense acting. Intriguing issues to deal with. Smart twists. And I like the rough container-recycling of the set.
There are some completely unbelievable parts of the set, like plastic chairs etc. But I do not mind. After all, it's the relationship between people that is at the core. How do we build a society? How do we define "civilized structures"? Where's the balance between so called democratic participation and autocratic despotism? How do we rationalize our decisions? What makes us, yes, human?
I've now seen 4 out of 8 episodes. I do look forward to the coming 4... and ceratinly hope for a series 2!
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