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Taken [DVD]

Heather Donohue , Catherine Dent    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Heather Donohue, Catherine Dent, Dakota Fanning, Ryan Hurst, Alonso Ayarzun
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 885 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041A7OU4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,578 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Steven Spielberg's alien abduction opus Taken is what happens when you cross-breed Close Encounters of the Third Kind with The Waltons. Obviously flushed with the success of the TV mini-series Band of Brothers, Spielberg's Dreamworks studio has created an equally epic 10-part story chronicling 50 years of habitual abduction over several generations of three American families.

Beginning with the most notorious alien cover-up in US history, the 1947 "crash" at Roswell, New Mexico, Taken introduces the "Greys" and the families they routinely abduct, probe and, in a couple of cases, impregnate over the course of the ten hour-and-a-half-long episodes. The three families are: the Keys, from which first Russell, then his son Jessie, then grandson Danny, are all abducted; the Clarkes, who are descended from a liaison between lonely put-upon housewife Sally Clarke and one of the Roswell crash survivors; and the Crawfords, the ruthless G-men who are committed to uncovering the purpose behind the alien visitations at any cost.

But even though the Greys' actions are at best ambiguous and at worst hostile, Taken is basically a soap opera, lacking the sinister undercurrent of either Dark Skies or The X-Files despite its science-fiction trappings. Nevertheless, this is an engaging series which has decent performances--most notably Joel Gretsch as psychotic Owen Crawford--special effects and an engaging enough storyline to make it entertaining, if somewhat disposable, TV. --Kristen Bowditch

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Taken is a sweeping sci-fi adventure that weaves together the story of three families over three generations ù and their crucial rol es in the history of alien abductions. Set against the backdrop of actual history and UFO lore, Taken creates a powerfully emotional and evocative tale of mankind's encounters with extraterrestrials.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Stuff 13 Feb 2006
By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I first saw this on the BBC a couple of years ago. I'm been thinking of getting the Taken DVD boxset for a while but decided to wait until the price came down to something I could manage! Thanks for Amazon, this series is now a steal. You'll get the story from other reviews and as someone else pointed out Dakota Fanning (who also starred in Speilberg's War Of The Worlds) is excellent throughout.
You really won't believe how quickly 12 hours of television can be. Brilliant.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good, but not quite out of this world. 1 Feb 2004
Well, we've finally finished watching Taken, which is no mean feat after 10 one and a half hour episodes. On the whole, this series has a lot to recommend it, with strong work in most areas, it's usually engaging and mostly quite exciting. There were a couple of distinct downsides to the concept however which really ought to be noted, which I'll try to do without spoiling the plot at all. The Steven Spielberg influence is fairly apparent, each episode has a blockbuster resonance, but it does occasionally suffer from having slow periods where an awful lot of time elapses without too much happening, something that's especially obvious in the later episodes; I felt, in fact that the series started well; some of the earlier characters were excellent, but with this being set over several decades, the later replacements were for me a whole lot weaker, both as characters, and as actors. I started to notice a slightly stilted edge to some of the interactions later on, with conversations appearing unnatural and awkward. This aside, in my opinion, the last episode almost ruined the whole project, being deeply cheesy and far too sentimental, although I guess for some, they don't have a natural tendency to cringe horribly at monstrously americanised 'let's love everybody' nonsense. I also thought that one or two of the characters acted almost totally out of character in the final instalment, it seemed a shame to spend so much effort in building a persona throughout several hours of filming only to completely undermine that impression at the final hurdle. I only say this because in fact, if the series had ended more in the spirit with which it had begun, then I feel that the effort would have been almost flawless, since for the most part, it was gripping, thought-provoking and well made and despite its later flaws, is still recommended as a worthwhile investment.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Taken' Brilliant 5 April 2003
This is a must-see science fiction series that has been made by Steven Spielberg. Teh series aired on the BBC with ten, one-and-a-half hours programs and follows the generations of 2 families over 50 or so years of alien abductions, to come to a stunning and brilliantly written finalie which will guarantee that there is not a dry eye in the house. The character of Allie, the little girl who narrates the story of her family throughout the entire ten episodes and stars in the last half of the series is played by Dakota Fanning who is possibly the best eight-year-old actress that has even been given a starring role in a television series to date. She brings a view of the world to the program that ensures that the ending is all the more moving.
A must buy, but remember to buy a box of tissues to go along with the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding TV 1 July 2012
By Beres
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This is being repeated on TV at the moment, but it comes on so late at night I thought, "Why don't I just go and purchase the DVD boxset?" I did, and here I am. I just watched the whole thing and it is an outstanding piece of television. Powerful,moving and educational (I got to really know about the Fibonacci numbers!) The whole cast were exceptional but it was Dakota Fanning who stood out as the half alien child Allie.I saw this boxset going at a reasonable price and went for it.Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic mini-series 7 May 2011
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Taken is one of the best TV mini-series I have ever watched, I think it was first shown on TV in about 2002/2003, and when I randomly found it while browsing Amazon a few months ago I knew I had to buy it!

There are 10 episodes, beginning with the crash in Roswell New Mexico in 1947 up until present day (well around 2002/2003)! It essentially follows 3 familys : The Clarkes, the Crawfords and the Keys. Each of whom are connected in some way to the aliens. It is really interesting to see the plot weave in between these 3 families and the one thing that is in common - extraterrestrial life. The cast were really good, especially two of the young stars Anton Yelchin and Dakota Fanning who are both fantastic.

The plot is really good, it may be slightly far-fetched but it is good escapism and a series that could be watched over and over again. I finished it last month and have started watching it again and I am picking up details I missed before!

This is an excellent price for such a well written and thought out Sci-fi series. Highly recommended!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I ended up stumbling over this mini-series having developed an interest in the UFO phenomenon. Amazing how much historical reporting has been woven into this intense "fictional" narrative. This side of things made the series more enjoyable for me to watch and echoed all that I had been researching over the last six weeks.

I agree with a previous reviewer about how addictive the series is. Both my wife and I were hooked after the first episode and are now watching it through again! I think it is also true that episodes occasionally plod along, as another reviewer suggested, but I didn't find this to be a weakness. On the contrary the somewhat slow pace of the episodes gave you plenty of time to gather and formulate thoughts of your own. When you have read a significant number of abduction cases then it becomes clear that there is much to reflect upon. For me the abducted characters were simply portraying this post-reality paradigm shift.

Well worth watching, therefore, from beginning to end, with a great cast and some downright evil characters. If there are such beings as "ufonaughts", "space people", or "aliens", then one gets the impression from this series that they are not half as bad as the humans who walk this earth - once you get over what they reportedly look like!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by colin tier
4.0 out of 5 stars Extra Terrestrial family fortunes....
I put off watching this for years, but saw it, at a bargain price, and couldnt resist buying it... Though predictable in parts, it is still highly entertaining, and worth watching,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lezmar63
4.0 out of 5 stars First 8 episodes were great
I really enjoyed the first 8 episodes of the 10, then it just became very cheesy and over sentimental. Characters behaved completely out of character. Read more
Published 2 months ago by yampycat
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
A great box set of this TV series telling the story of the Roswell UFO incident up to the present day. :-)
Published 3 months ago by Ray
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, overly sentimental and brimming with plot holes
I'll get straight to the point: Taken absolutely REEKS of Spielberg. He may be responsible for some of the greatest films of our time, but let's be honest; the man couldn't do... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. C. J. Hateley
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I watched this originally on TV. I decided to buy it and watch again. It is an okay series but looking back I cannot understand what the fuss was about when originally on TV. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars A mysterious rollercoaster spanning over decades
A true masterpiece brought to you by Steven Spielberg. The story spans over (I think) five decades, from the infamous Roswell crash to 'present day' and tells the tale of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kelly Parks
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice new sci-fi feel Tv series
If it's not enough that Spielberg created this then please go on the fact that it is a great new sci-fi feel series, with elements of x. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars very gripping series
After the first episode I was hooked and watched the whole series over one weekend.
The story lines make you think of the possibility that this could happen in real life... Read more
Published 4 months ago by pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Taken dvd
Really good series. I remember watching it on TV some years ago. A shame there was not more of it.
Published 5 months ago by borg
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