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Sapphire and Steel: The Complete Series (Repackaged) [2008] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Joanna Lumley, David McCallum, Steven O'Shea, Tamasin Bridge
  • 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: 26 May 2008
  • Run Time: 850 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BHTN6S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,231 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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193 of 196 people found the following review helpful By M Evans on 25 Feb 2009
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 By S M A S K on 22 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
I bought this as I remember how much I enjoyed it as a child. I sat and watched it straight through and enjoyed it just as much - the station is just as spooky as I remember,the old house where time stops can put you off nursery rhymes for life! However, this is not for you if you require spoon feeding or have the concentration span of a gnat, there are no easy answers -in some cases no answers at all. This is for people who can see round the fact that the special effects were what were available for television at the time and that this was not made with a million pound Hollywood budget. If you can't then don't buy. To buy something made in the late 70's early 80's and then say the special effects are dated says more about the reviewer than it does about the item reviewed.
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Abbott on 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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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon Johnson on 17 Dec 2007
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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