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Torchwood - Series 1 - Complete [2006] [HD DVD]

John Barrowman , Eve Myles , Jazz Dhiman , Brian Kelly    Suitable for 15 years and over   HD DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori, Gareth David-Lloyd
  • Directors: Jazz Dhiman, Brian Kelly, James Strong, Andy Goddard, Colin Teague
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: BBC
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00153NORM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,384 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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While occasionally clumsy in the way it goes about things, the first season of Torchwood ultimately makes good on its promise to be a science fiction programme for an older market. So while it’s spun out from the more family-friendly Doctor Who, it does carve out an edgy, entertaining niche for itself.

The programme follows the adventures of the Torchwood agency (who we met in far more prestigious form at the end of Doctor Who’s second series), a small team led by John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness who investigate the extra terrestrial and the paranormal. And across the thirteen episodes of this maiden season, they have a lot to look into, from the likes of a sex-craved alien and cyberwoman, through to cannibalistic foes and strange, spooky fairies.

Admittedly, particularly in the early stages when Torchwood is finding its feet, there are a few missteps, and a little too much side-indulgence in exploring material that the more mainstream Doctor Who wouldn’t allow. But it’d be to your folly to write Torchwood off: by the time it gallops into the second half of this first season, the quality is strong, the storylines are interesting, and the show proves to be a real winner.

Intertwining with the narrative of the main Doctor Who show, Torchwood nonetheless then works as an independent programme in its own right, replete with a strong cast of characters (led by the terrific Barrowman) and scripts that have more of an experimental edge to them. It’s certainly one of the most interesting science fiction shows Britain has produced in the last decade or two, and there’s much to enjoy again and again in this box set. --Jon Foster

Product Description

All thirteen episodes of the popular Doctor Who spin-off series set in Cardiff. Captain Jack, from Doctor Who is in charge of Torchwood - a disparate crew of investigators, each an expert in his chosen field, searching desperately for alien debris that has fallen to earth. They're beyond the rule of law - hired by the UK government and in a race to find the technology before the UN does, so that they might use it to fight crime here on earth. Episodes include: 'Everything Changes', 'Day One', 'Ghost Machine', 'Cyberwoman', 'Small Worlds', ' Countrycide', 'Greeks Bearing Gifts', They Keep Killing Susie', 'Random Shoes', 'Out Of Time', 'Combat', 'Captain Jack Harkness' and 'End Of Days'.


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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than you probably remember. 7 Nov 2008
By G. Thomas VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
It's odd but I sometimes feel like I'm the only person who thought Season 2 of Torchwood was a big disappointment. It was an often shameful dilution of something really original and quite remarkable

I've just re-watched this Season 1 boxset (blu-ray version) and it really is truly astounding with only a couple of weak stories.
Episodes like "They keep killing Suzie", "Random Shoes" and "Out of Time" are still some of the best TV drama I've seen for years and perhaps will ever see again but I could wax-lyrical about aspects of most episodes to be honest.
This series is beautifully and intelligently scripted with uniformly excellent performances throughout.

Grim and unrelenting at times but remarkably honest and totally unafraid to explore real themes that lesser dramas don't seem to have the courage or emotional intelligence to tackle. Such candour is a breath of fresh air in an increasingly stale and cotton-wool-packaged TV world.
Sadly Season 2 lost most of the ground Torchwood gained with Season 1 which makes this all the more special.

The HD picture quality is obviously consistently high and utterly, absolutely, astonishing at times. The extras are comprehensive and include all the "Declassifieds" plus short features and deleted scenes for every episode. There is also a basic but effective use of the pop-up menu system which is always nice to see.

I once again found myself moved to tears by several episodes and awestruck at the sheer level of honest insight into the human condition.
Which leaves me wondering.......why does Season 1 get such bad press?
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Darkside of Who... 22 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
The greatest thing about the new-Who series is that it focused on an aspect of Doctor Who that had never really been addressed before, the worlds that the Doctor leaves behind him, the influence he has on the world and how he changes it for the better, or for the worse. Examples of this include the new series episodes: Bad Wolf, Love and Monsters, Blink, Army of Ghosts and (to a lesser extent) the Year Five Billion trilogy. It makes us look back on what might of become of some of the characters from the earlier stories in the franchise, like the humans in 'Dalek Invasion of the Earth'. In the case of Torchwood we get to see the things that lurked in the shadows of Kaldor city, or that were just out of site when Nerva mad a full orbit. Specifically we see the world that the Doctor created when he offended the wrong monarch and dropped off the right, brilliant toothed action hero.

The world of Torchwood is one when we get to see what the camera pans away from in the regular Doctor Who series, mixed with a terriffic cast of actors that have you believing every second of the programme. John Barrowman in particular is a firecracker in a great coat, with a flawless charm and a hilariously liberal attitude. You can't help but love him. That came out wrong...

The magnificent casting, coupled with a no-holds-barred sexual tangent make for great viewing and really treat the long-term Who fans with getting to see things that they'd always wished Leela would do when they were fifteen...

Despite these strong sexy and violent elements in the programme, it doesn't stop it from providing heartfelt storylines like Out of Time and Random Shoes. Nor do you lose out with psychological thrillers like Small Worlds, in which you feel the whole fabric of your world shaken just a bit...
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who For Us Adults 11 Jan 2008
By Andrew Kerr TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The 21st century is when it all happens and Captain Jack Harkness and his team are arming the human race for the future. At first I wasn't expecting much from Torchwood, as a life time Doctor Who fan, I felt that any spin off would be substandard. And as I expected I didn't really like the first two episodes of Torchwood but I stuck it out and before I knew what happened, I was hooked and left wanting to watch more. Torchwood has a certain quality about it, which I found addictive. Maybe because it essentially Doctor Who for adults (i.e. more scare, sex, and swears.) Despite some of the episodes being a bit disappointing (such as `Random Shoes') and slightly unbelievably (a dinosaur verses a cyberwoman?) the program generally delivers on a silver platter and each story is powerful and involving. The acting from the lead characters is nothing less than astounding. Especially from John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) and Gareth David Llyod (Ianto Jones). Also the special effects and props have been done to a high standard. Torchwood is full of emotion and everything considered I feel that it is a great program and a great sci-fi show fit for the 21st century. I eagerly await series 2.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, inconsistent, entertaining 3 July 2008
Format:DVD
I came late and backwards to Torchwood; I watched the first episode before I'd ever watched any of the relaunch Doctor Who episodes. I quite liked it but mainly I wanted to watch what they'd done to Doctor Who. The revamped Who was so great that it kept me busy until I saw all of it, then I went back to watch Torchwood.

It's a great idea for a series but unfortunately, the writing remains very inconsistent. To my mind, the show is at its weakest when there's a lot of running around after scaly-skinned beasties, and at its best when it stops to think a bit. The series finale, for example, is a disaster - overblown, humourless and silly, it's redeemed only by some subtle acting, mostly from John Barrowman and Eve Myles. However, only a few episodes earlier there was the wonderful 'Out of Time' episode, a quiet and rather sad tale which began at a point where most shows would have ended the story and which dared to be about people rather than about monsters. Elsewhere, the grim farce of 'Countrycide' is a witty homage to slasher movies, just as 'Combat' is an unimaginative and unconvincing rip-off of 'Fight Club'. But there's a refreshingly 21st century openness about sexuality. Captain Jack will flirt with anything that exhibits sentience, and when he finally gets to have a big old snog (with a WW2 airman as chiselled as himself) it's a moment of old-school romance. Elsewhere, both Eve Myles and Naoko Mori's characters find themselves curiously aroused at different times by persons of the same sex. It's a long way from the chaste (but increasingly lovelorn) world of the Doctor.

The acting is as mixed as the writing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Torchwood, Box Set, Complete Series DVD
A gift for my daughter, she loved it. It is an interesting series and has the very handsome John Barrowman in the lead role.
Published 14 days ago by Lee Hazelwood-Pike
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series... but no Dr Who
I eagerly bought Torchwood as soon as I realised it existed as a spin off of the Superb Dr Who series and starring the ever loveable Handsome Captain Jack. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Frenchie
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Jack and co
Loved this series - spin off from Dr Who a bit more for grown ups Love the humour in it.
Published 3 months ago by Beverley Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool stuff, cool casing, cool delivery
Would buy again. Did in fact, Season 2 is in the mail. Quick, easy, everything works. Can't say much more than that really.
Published 9 months ago by Mikko
5.0 out of 5 stars god
Hurtig levering og kanon god serie ikke sidste gang jeg handler hos jer godt godt godt godt godt ogdt godt
Published 10 months ago by jane
5.0 out of 5 stars great item
great item just watt I wanted help with my model making and add to my dvds I wanted for some time
Published 11 months ago by A West
5.0 out of 5 stars best box set ever bought
i bought this product in about 2010, so was 4 years behind (as it was released in 2006). i must say the series is just amazing and it is definitely worth the money! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Swimming!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I am a massive Doctor Who fan and thought I'd give Torchwood a go, it was so good I ended up buying all four seasons
Published 14 months ago by EmmaLou
5.0 out of 5 stars really pleased
i am really pleased with what i have bought .the condition is good , good dvds and just really pleased with it
Published 14 months ago by jackd14
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Watch
I would recommend this to any adult fan of Doctor Who, or just Sci-Fi in general. It has great story lines and there is great humour throughout. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Helen Morgan
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