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Sapphire And Steel : Special Edition Complete Series 1-6 Box Set [1979] [DVD]

Joanna Lumley , David McCallum    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Joanna Lumley, David McCallum
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 850 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V6AEP4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,754 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Box set featuring all six adventures from the 1980s ATV sci-fi series starring Joanna Lumley and David McCallum as Sapphire and Steel, the mysterious agents charged with protecting the Universe from the malevolent forces of Time with their uncanny powers.


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186 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly unique 25 Feb 2009
By M Evans
Format:DVD
Sapphire & Steel was one of the most genuinely original, not to mention thought-provoking, atmospheric and unsettling, series ever broadcast. All but forgotten now, except by those who saw it when it was on air, it really is ripe for rediscovery. Very slow moving and extremely minimalistic by today's standards, this is actually one of it's greatest strengths as it allows a superbly foreboding atmosphere to build up and the fact that nearly all the episodes were filmed in the studio with sparse sets and a very small cast, helps to add to the claustrophobic and spooky feel. The characters of Sapphire and Steel are wonderfully mysterious and enigmatic characters, it's never really explained who or what they are or where they come from they just turn up at the start of each adventure and the occasional oblique references to 'other elements' just makes them all the more tantalising. Joanna Lumley and David McCallum are superb in their roles and have an extraordinary chemistry together. The stories themselves are all highly imaginative and thought-provoking, dealing with such concepts as time being a physical force that can break into the present and cause havoc, a malevolent 'darkness' that feeds on the emotions of dead WW1 soldiers, a couple from the future living in the present in at time bubble as an experiment but being terrorised by the force that keeps them there, a faceless shape that exists in every photograph ever taken.....that's just a small example of the sheer strangeness and imagination on display in this wonderful series. Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Series 19 Nov 2010
Format:DVD
Never seen Sapphire & Steel before, but my better half raved about it from when she was a wee bit younger.
A definite 60'/70's feel to it, but well written, and, very welcomed in this modern age, not at all rushed. Plenty of time is given to tell the story, and characters actually have time to develope subtly, rather than in your face development of both plot and character.
The concept and stories are interesting, meandering to their conclusions, with enough surprises along the way. Mysterious and unexplained.
Don't expect to get everything (or indeed anything) explained for you. These need a bit of brain. Nothing is spoon fed, and if you can't both think and use your imagination, you will be left thinking 'what just happened?'
Gets the thumbs up from me......
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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have been assigned! 6 Feb 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I barely remember Sapphire and Steel on TV. I was only 6 when it endedon ITV. I still have great memories of being scared by the faceless man!

This DVD has the complete and unedited episodes and includes the original "End of Part One/Part Two" captions. The picture is very clear although the sound is still in mono.

There are two commentaries from the creator/writer and producer, a nice booklet to read about the shows history and a 25 minute documentary that interviews Lumley, McCallum and the producers about why it was successful and who they think Sapphie and Steel really were.

This show maybe slow for today's audience but the fact its tightly written and each assignment set in an isolated place (Train Station, Garage cafe, house) makes it more effective and spooky. My personal favourite will always be Assignment 4 with the Faceless man and the photos.

Then of course theres the end. Shame we never had a resolution to the cliffhanger at the end of Assignment 6 but great shows always go out with a great ending.

Buy this NOW!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
As the previous reviewer attests, this boxset is indeed a gem and to be recommended.

I have fond memories of Sapphire and Steel from childhood (originally broadcast 1979-1982)and watching this brings it all back for me. In fact the entire series has already been released on DVD (comprising six stories in all) but I'm pleased to say this version is far superior, certainly in terms of picture quality. I don't know if it's been digitally remastered (there's nothing in the packaging mentioning this and the sound definitely sounds like mono) but the picture on this Network release is significantly better than the Carlton one. There's some nice extras too including a documentary (admittedly rather short) and a wealth of photos from each "assignment". I also like the way that they've kept the "End of Part One" / "Part Two" bits for some of the assignments (gives you time to go and make a cuppa) and the "ATV" logo/intro as well (I kept expecting it to break into the "Crossroads" theme tune though). Nostalgia ahoy!

What about the programme itself? For the uninitiated, the best way to describe Sapphire and Steel is as a kind of UK precursor to the "X Files". Sapphire and Steel are two detectives from another place and time (we never DO find out their precise origins!), assigned to investigate "breaks in time" and related to this, various supernatural and unexplained events. As Sapphire describes it, "Time" is like a corridor, populated by creatures and "beings" who are constantly looking for ways to break into the present day and cause trouble. Elements from the past - e.g. old photographs, a ghost from World War 1 haunting a railway station, even something as simple as a child's nursery rhyme - act as triggers which allow the creatures to break through. And that's where S & S come in!
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5.0 out of 5 stars He was absolutely delighted with it
It was a present for my husband. He was absolutely delighted with it. The old memories returned.....
Published 7 days ago by Kasia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 7 days ago by Mr. Michael B. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars If you ever saw it on TV then it is ...
If you ever saw it on TV then it is a real nostalgia kick. If seeing it for the first time, it is slow, thoughtful and there is no resoloution to the overall 'Assignments'. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Szulecki
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gift.
Published 1 month ago by S. G. N. Day
1.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia isn't what it used to be
I expected to be wafted back to an era of typical seventies drama, fashion and TV production with wobbly sets and 'iffy' script. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Clements
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past.
Born in 1971, this really bought back some memories! It was released back in 1979. The DVDs are not the best made, it looks like someone has downloaded the episodes from TV at... Read more
Published 1 month ago by West Cork
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 2 months ago by kvn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good series
Published 2 months ago by grahame j brice
5.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense. The train Station and soldier are the ...
One from the eighties. Great suspense. The train Station and soldier are the stories everyone remembers. Really creepy. Great acting.
Published 2 months ago by paulilian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great product
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