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  • Actors: Vincent Ventresca
  • Directors: Breck Eisner, Carlton Prickett
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Contender
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar. 2003
  • Run Time: 560 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AWQX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,613 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Episodes:
The Pilot (Parts 1 & 2)
The Catevari
Ralph
Tiresias
Impetus
The Devil You Know
Liberty and Larceny
The Value of Secrets
Separation Anxiety
It Hurts When You Do This
The Other Invisible Man

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The Invisible Man first appeared on American TV just a couple of months in advance of Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man in 2000. But unlike the rather overly serious movie, the idea of this series was to have as much fun with the concept as possible. Thief and con man Darien Fawkes (Vincent Ventresca) is apprehended and offered the choice of either being imprisoned or becoming a guinea pig in a scientific experiment run by his own brother. The result is the successful insertion of a Quicksilver Gland in his head, a device that secretes a substance able to bend light, causing him to become invisible at will. Unfortunately it also starts to send him insane. The mysterious Official and his Agency offer a solution. They can regularly administer an antidote, so long as he agrees to work for them in secret.

Thus the series begins to explore the possibilities: Fawkes poses as a child's imaginary friend to get information; he stalks a stalker; and, of course, he does a lot of spying. In the background of the individual stories is a constant build-up of tension as both the audience and Fawkes wonder where the Agency's loyalties lie and what the constant use of the Quicksilver may do to him. At the midway point of the first series, the show adds an even weirder twist when a suspected additional Invisible Man turns out to be Fawkes himself, channelling the memories and violent temperament of the first test subject to have hosted the gland. Unpredictable and engaging, this is a show that deserved to go beyond the mere two years it managed before cancellation.

On the DVD: The Invisible Man comes to DVD in a four-disc box set containing the first half of Series 1. Some weblinks and scripts of shows are accessible as DVD-ROM features, but the real score for the DVD's producers is an hour-long interview with cast members Vincent Ventresca, Paul Ben-Victor and Michael McCafferty. Much more is promised for the next box set comprising the second half of the series. --Paul Tonks

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug. 2004
Format: DVD
I was about to buy these DVDs when someone bought them for me. That in itself says a lot - no one ever knows what to buy me but on this occasion more than one person knew just what I wanted! A fan of a lot of popular Sci-fi and Fantasy based series, this one has quickly come to be my most loved collection of all.
On The Invisible Man Darien Fawkes quotes at the beginning of every episode that after the operation he subjected himself to was a success, everything started to go wrong. The fact is things went disastrously wrong when the unconscionable decision was made to cancel this wonderful series that is quite simply a rare treat in television.
The story concerning one petty thief inadvertently turned secret-agent, thrives on great comical play, primarily between its two main characters, Fawkes and Hobbes, yet supported by a great cast, any member of which would be sorely missed. Possibly suffering from previous, various attempts to bring it to television, the latest and best adaptation of The Invisible Man can all too easily be overlooked and dismissed ... by all but anyone who has seen and quickly come to love the show. Fans were not only surprised by the show's cancellation - they were devastated. I-man was taken well before its time, but don't let the fact that the show ran for only two seasons put you off buying it - quite the opposite!
Only recently seen in the UK, many aren't even aware of this excellent programme. The two seasons of I-man that exists are precious and may be gone before we know it, yet fans are currently out there fighting for the show's resurrection and there are rumours of a possible movie. I can only advise everyone to seek out information about the show and snap up anything that comes available before it disappears - no pun intended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2003
Format: DVD
There have been many versions of The Invisible Man, but this is easily the slickest - well paced, exciting and amusing by turns, it also provides a plausible sounding explanation of how invisibility can be achieved. Quicksilver gland anyone?
Vincent Ventresca oozes charisma as the flawed (bungling burglar) but hugely likeable I-man. Paul Ben-Victor is perfect as Hobbs, struggling for financial recognition from the Agency's Official. By the end of the pilot episode it seems Hobbs is going to be totally eclipsed by his new partner who just happens to be able to turn invisible and cost The Agency an awful lot of money.
The relationship between the two has echoes of the Ray and Benton dynamic in "Due South", and like "Due South" it is the interaction of the two unlikely partners that provides much of the humour. There is definitely a lot of fun in this series from the unlikely Agency sponsorship to the names of those working on the Quicksilver project - "Doctor Who" fans might find some familiar, and obviously you can have a lot of fun being invisible. . .
As the series progresses it explores the curse that can come with "gifts" - in this case the Quicksilver madness that ties Darien to the Agency - and the shady nature of secret agencies and their mysterious funding arrangements. Tight scripting and likeable characters make this an excellent series that deserved to go much further than the two years it was given.
The DVD producers have excelled themselves releasing this exciting but little-known series. The four disc packaging is both clever and stylish; the hour-long cast interview is great fun with excellent quicksilver titles; add to this the episode scripts in PDF format and you get an excellent DVD with production values you'd expect to see on a much higher profile series.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Hickman on 13 April 2003
Format: DVD
On April 7th the second Box set of the TV show The Invisible Man was released. Would it match up to the first one? Yes indeedy is the answer. This time round we have the back 12 episodes, part two of the interview with Vincent Ventresca, Paul Ben-Victor and Mike MsCafferty, episode commentary and an interview with Eddie Jones who plays the Official in the show.
We also have the alternate ending for the episode Money For Nothing which at the time of airing in America, the fans were invited to choose what ending they would like to see.With this footage being unseen in the UK it's a real bonus.
Again we have all the scripts on DVDROM, Make Up gallery for the episode Cat and Mouse and Mike's episode notes and trivia.
All in all this second set is equal if not superior to its predecessor, the episodes are wonderful to watch and it begs the question; Why was the show cancelled?
Whatever the reason, this Box Set speaks for itself and this fan would be extremely happy to see the second season end up on DVD in the same delightful professional format.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "tuvok3of11" on 7 April 2003
Format: DVD
The second box set of the little known series 'I-Man' is every bit as good as the first. Featuring episodes 11 - 23 of Season 1, this dvd is packed with great Humour, action and contains over 8 hours of light bending entertainment!
The set also features a wide variety of extras including cast commentaries, and previously unseen footage!
To sum up, if you enjoy television then chances are that you will enjoy this too! My sister also really enjoyed this series and she isn't usually a fan of action series. Great value for money, well worth a purchase.
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