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Torchwood - Series 1 Part1, Episodes 1-5 (2 Disc Set) [2006] [DVD]

John Barrowman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Barrowman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Greek
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2006
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GRU0ZC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,821 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The first five 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 included: 'Everything Changes', 'Day One', 'Ghost Machine', 'Cyberwoman' and 'Small Worlds'.

Synopsis

Torchwood follows the adventures of a team of investigators led by the enigmatic Captain Jack. Set in present-day Britain, the team use scavenged alien technology in a very real world to solve crime - both alien and human. Separate from the government; outside the law; beyond the United Nations. Everyone who works for Torchwood is under 35. Some say that's because it's a new science. Others say it's because they all die young....


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sci-fi series that is fun and sexy 8 Jan 2007
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I don't normally enjoy science fiction shows, so I was surprised to find myself being drawn into this one.

I initially started watching because I liked John Barrowman but by the time the series had come to an end, I'd enjoyed the whole series. It's fun science fiction that doesn't take itself too seriously, it's much more character driven than most other sci-fi shows and all of the characters bring something different to the show, as well as being rather nice to look at.

If you like your science fiction to focus on character relationships, rather than aliens and alien artifacts, and you don't have any problems with bi-sexuality, then Torchwood is a very entertaining and somewhat different science fiction series. It isn't a series for sci-fi geeks.

Captain Jack - Leader of the group, 51st century time agent who's currently working on modern day Earth, handsome, flirty, can not die using conventional methods.

Owenn - medic, a bit full of himself, not afraid to speak his mind, likes the ladies.

Toshiko - Computer expert, perhaps the most 'normal' of the group, feels like a bit of an outsider.

Gwen - the ex-policewoman who accidentally stumbles upon Torchwood, views situations from a human view point rather than a hardened view point, struggles to mix her professional life with her personal life.

Ianto - is to Jack what Alfred was to Batman, takes care of the Hub whilst the others are away, young and sexy, likes to wear a suit, quiet and sensitive, keeps his emotions bottled inside until a crisis occurs.

Some people have accused Torchwood of having too much sex. This simply isn't true. Apart from episode two which is a bit fruity, Day One, the sex is kept to a minimum and is never graphic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining 19 Dec 2007
By Rose B
OK, so I know as a Torchwood fan how mixed the reviews are, but in light of it's iminent return I thought I'd add my opinions.

Torchwood was meant to be the more adult version of Doctor Who. It has achieved this, in Sci-Fi terms at least. There's sex, guns and violence. There's homosexuality, there's adultery, there's plenty of snogging, basically. Torchwood employee's seem to be obligated to snog their boss/colleauges a lot.

But once you get past a few dodgy episodes (Sex gas, anyone?) Torchwood comes into it's own. The first DVD, this one, is a good introduction, but I would urge anyone who watches it not to judge it just on what you see here. As the series goes on, the episodes get steadily better.

The first series of Torchwood was entertaining, but also a learning experience for the writers and producers. We've learnt things such as we now realise Chris Chibnall should never be allowed to write episodes.

I'd reccomend Torchwood less to hardcore Sci-Fi fans, who will probably be very dissapointed, but more to people who are fans of Doctor Who, but would like to experience something less aimed at children.

I can only see Torchwood improving in it's second series, and as long as Chris Chibnall is allowed as little control as possible, it should be great!
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very much like marmite - and i love marmite 27 Nov 2006
You are either going love or hate Torchwood -it's just one of those programmes. I personally love it, but can see where people have problems with it.

It is certainly not conventional, in the Si-Fi sense, and sometimes leaves a little, well a lot, to be desired on the scripting side, but I am willing to give it a chance. I can see that Russell T. Davies was so in love with this project that he has gone overboard, from the surreal , to ridiculous; but why should that be a problem?

The acting is good, with John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Burn Gorman being the best, and I personally feel that Mr Davies' most amazing achievement is making Cardiff look like Las Vegas.

This programme isn't setting out to change the world, it is a little bit of sex-fuelled fun on a Sunday night, which doen't happen very often in my house.

I hope I am right in predicting that this programme will get better as it goes along, as many programmes have in the past. Don't forget that Coronation Street was slated by reviewers and critics alike for the first six weeks, and has now become a national institution.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better with each episode 15 Nov 2006
By D. I. Shipley VINE VOICE
Like many other fans of dr Who, I wondered just how good (or bad) Torchwood would actually be. The first episode was anything but poor, however, it had the not so easy task of setting the scene for the rest of the series, and that it successfully did. The first episode sees the introduction of Gwen into the Torchwood team of Owen, Toshiko, Ianto, and Suzie. Heading the team is the enigmatic Captain Jack, again played by John Barrowman who reprises his role from the first series of Dr Who.
Gwen finds out that Torchwood's role is to investigate any signs of Alien activity on Earth and that researching such activity is anything but boring....

Since then we have had a sex crazed alien entity wreaking havoc in downtown Cardiff... Then a piece of alien hardware which shows ghostly scenes from the past which have a very deep impact on those who possess it. Following that is a story concerning a partly constructed cyberwoman who survived the Cyber/Dalek war at the end of the last episode of the second series of Dr Who, and who now wants to start upgrading humans again...
However, in my opinion the best episode so far is the most recent as of the date of writing, and that is titled 'Small Worlds.'
Here we see the team investigating the sightings of 'Faeries'.... However, they turn out to be anything but nice and in fact are ancient, malevolent, and powerful beings that bitterly resents the encroachment of mankind on their territory. Into this mix come an ostracised and bullied little girl and an elderly lady who turns out to be a former lover of Captain Jack. This episode packs an emotional wallop too reminiscent of fine episodes from Dr Who such as The Girl In The Fireplace and Father's Day.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? ACTION all around
After David Tennant left Doctor who (I know it was years ago) I was very much disappointed in Matt Smith (My personal views) So I got into Torchwood and WOW it is great, The only... Read more
Published 12 months ago by jakelomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool
I wasnt keen on buying the complete series, just wanted the first 5 episodes,as i watched it on tv afew years ago and liked it, its doctor who strickly for adults!!
Published on 14 May 2011 by tjdevon
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets Better as it Progresses
If you love Doctor Who, you'll love this.
However, if you any very young children, don't let them watch it, as it is full of sex, artirial spray, and expletives. Read more
Published on 4 May 2008 by F E G
2.0 out of 5 stars Problem in Episode 1
When I was watching Episode 1 and when I came to a certain scene it suddenly froze and then went on to another part of the episode. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2007 by POS
5.0 out of 5 stars anagarm
what a clever show....anyone realize that torchwoood is an anagram for doctor who...in the usa credits there is a fast jumble of the title screen letters which in slow mo shows... Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2007 by S. J. Nardozzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Dude
Sorry J. Punter "jeff punter", but if you type 'torchwood' into the DVD search engine on AMAZON.CO.UK, you'll see there is a complete series coming out in November. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2007 by Edward
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks!
This also is not a review but a thank you to the previous reviewer. I have been looking for the full series assuming there would be one! Read more
Published on 5 July 2007 by J. Punter
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next series
I haven't watched Dr. Who since I was a child, not after seeing cybermen for the first time and saw a man in a dustbin...basically a Blue Peter attempt. That was many years ago. Read more
Published on 17 May 2007 by Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Captain Jack, the ever living!
I have viewed this series as an independent entity rather than "from the makers of Doctor Who". After all, this has a different target audience and is on a good few hours later on... Read more
Published on 23 April 2007 by @GeekZilla9000
5.0 out of 5 stars Torchwood
when i first heard about a new series been developed by the makers of doctor who, i was glad because in the lull between series the tv schedule can look very boring. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2007 by K. Stephenson
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