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Ultraviolet - Complete Series (2 Disc Set) [DVD] [1998]

Jack Davenport , Susannah Harker    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack Davenport, Susannah Harker, Idris Elba, Philip Quast, Colette Brown
  • Format: 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: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Contender
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053W5J
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,815 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In the six-part British "vampire-slaying" mini-series Ultraviolet we discover that UV light is used (both in surgery and via high-tech weaponry) to identify people who have been infected with a disease labelled "Code 5". It's transmitted via a bite to the neck, but at no point in the series is the word "vampire" used. Instead, in the second episode ("In Nomine Patris") the nickname "Leech" is introduced. We learn that it was this disease, these "Leeches", that were responsible for the Fire of London, and that one in 20 people are already infected. In the opening episode, policeman Michael Colefield (Jack Davenport) is recruited into the secretive CIB. He meets its introverted priest-chief Pearse (Philip Quast), the emotionally driven Dr Angela March (Susannah Harker) and the bullish heavyweight Vaughan (Idris Elba). Spinning around Mike's suddenly complicated life are his best friend's jilted fiancée Kirstie (Colette Brown) and old flame Frances (Fiona Dolman). In later hard-hitting episodes we see a 12-year-old boy stab his teacher priest to death ("Mea Culpa") and the capture of a "Leech" ("Persona Non Grata"). This intriguing series ends having tied together most of its threads, but dangles worrying implications at the viewer... not so much to suggest a sequel as to hammer home everything at stake. --Paul Tonks

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DVD Special Features:

PC Screensaver
Gallery of Stills
Cast and Writer-Director Biographies
Picture format: 4:3
Sound: Stereo

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the finest vampire TV series ever made 18 April 2013
Ultraviolet ran for six episodes at the tail end of 1998 and rapidly picked up enormous critical acclaim. Unfortunately, various factors combined to mean that a planned sequel series never went into production. The series was the brainchild of Joe Ahearne, who wrote and directed all the episodes (the exhaustion brought about by which, and C4's request he do the same for the second season, is apparently the key reason why it never happened). Ahearne had formally worked on the acclaimed BBC-2 series This Life and more recently has directed several episodes of the new Doctor Who.

Ultraviolet is a modern take on the vampire myth. As it was airing at the same time as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the writer clearly wanted to take a different approach (borrowing a fair bit from The X-Files as well). Ultraviolet is more realistic than Buffy, delving more into science of how vampires might work and showing in some cases greater fidelity to the myth (for example, vampires do not appear on camera as mirrors are part of the camera's focusing mechanism, whilst in Buffy they do) and taking it to new levels: these vampires cannot appear in any form of electronic recording, and cannot use phones either. Also, to avoid certain connotations of the word they never once use the term 'vampire' in the whole series, instead using the phrase 'Code 5' (which is rendered as 'Code V') or the nickname 'leech'. Ultraviolet does have a wry sense of humour, however, especially in the use of carbon bullets and ultraviolet-emitting detection gear (which replicates the effects of sunlight) to replicate more traditional vampire-killing weapons.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A shame there was only one series ... 4 Feb 2002
By A Customer
"Ultraviolet" is about vampires though it never calls them that (referring to them as "Code 5's" or, in a more derogatory fashion, as "Leeches") but they are vampires all the same and the series was shown on UK Channel 4 television about 3 or 4 years ago.
True to all vampire tales it is the church (the Catholic Church) that is involved in defending humanity and though crucifixes, bibles and such do work against them (implying that there must be a spiritual element) the series tries to approach vampires from a more scientific viewpoint. The series rapidly makes the viewer aware that "Code 5's" are another "race" or "species" that rely on us for their food, that they cannot be seen in mirrors, that they cannot use hi-tech devices to communicate such as phones, radio etc. and that they are determined to stop us destroying ourselves if they have to take control of us to do so. Like other series the leeches require human assistance since they are vulnerable to daylight (somewhat combustible), the usual spiritual deterrents and stakes through the heart (presumably churches too as our heroes HQ is set up in one) but the "good guys" use ultraviolet light (the component of sunlight the leeches can't handle and the reason for the cool choice of name for the series), hardened charcoal bullets instead of stakes and gun mounted scanners that can highlight vampires by showing them to be invisible through hi-tech equipment.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a shame... it will be missed 30 Dec 2005
By Rachel
being 19 i am too young to remember the first airings of ultraviolet and until now my parents have never let me see it
i watched it, transfixed, for the whole 6 episodes. and at the end i was crying out for more!!
it amazes me that no one "influential" saw the potential in this series and didnt make it a movie or at least another series!
i know i am not the only one who will sorely miss it. R.I.P ultaviolet
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHEER QUALITY!! 19 Jan 2006
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I enjoyed watching Ultraviolet when first shown on Channel 4 & have just treated myself to the DVD. Even with the 7 or so year gap it is still just as amazing to watch. All in all brilliantly made, written and acted. It's a shame it was not continued by C4, Ahearne et al. Don't compare it with other vampire shows, it's unique and can stand up on its own.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultraviolent 29 April 2001
Ultraviolet was one of the most original pieces of TV to appear on our screens :: better still it was British.
The first episode sets up a great story line for this six part mini-series - which built on the fears of issues at the time, and broached an explanation around a conflict between vampires and a British government agency.
The setting has brought about a fresh look on the tired genre of vampire films, and the way in which the story is built brings about a feeling that it is all possible.
No gimmicky futuristic weapons, high flying mortal combat antics, or arcane rituals come to pass - as the slogan says there's no defence against religion but folklore has some truths :: wooden stakes are out, and instead high calibre carbon ammunition comes as standard in CIBs arsenal.
Each of the episodes is complete in itself, but leads you on towards a strong compelling ending..
The DVD offering is excellent with Screensavers, trailers and the option to watch [or not] the reminder snippets at the beginning of each episode - and compared with the VHS versions is also well priced.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value
I'd had a memory of seeing the first episode of the series, before it went to the late night time slot, and then cancelled. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Raccani
4.0 out of 5 stars Cult classic
Finally saw it. It was just as good as everyone has been saying. Dark, moody and suprisingly political - in a good way. Enjoy!
Published 1 month ago by Philia
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb series
I'm only sorry they didn't continue with it, but maybe it was ahead of its time. Great actors, including Susannah Harker, Jack Davenport, Idris Elba and Philip Quast as the team... Read more
Published 2 months ago by P.A. SHEPARD
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best "Code V" Series Ever.
A great cast in a very grown up and contemporary approach to the vampire genre. Scientists, priests, Code Vs, police, soldiers, good guys ? Bad Guys ? Friends ? Enemies ? Lovers ? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shrewlord
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloodlines
I reviewed the Channel 4 1998 TV series ‘Ultraviolet’ DVD volume several years back and bemoaned that I wish there were more extras. This edition has them! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Geoff the SFCrowsnest guru
5.0 out of 5 stars Best vampire series' ever
Superb series with a great atmospheric soundtrack. Utterly criminal that a second series wasn't made. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fraz
2.0 out of 5 stars Come back Christopher Lee...
... all is forgiven! Happily I bought this second hand - if I had paid full price for it, I think I'd be more than just a little miffed1 This is supposed to be an adult, dark take... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept let down by stop start method
In some ways this series is refreshing to come back too after a few years. Mostly this is because instead of showing us endless tortured soul vampires who are redeemed by love... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike R
4.0 out of 5 stars make your own mind up
its one of those series were you just cant make up your mind to yes or no. still got two more to watch.
Published 4 months ago by patp
5.0 out of 5 stars They look like us. They act like us.
It's been years - since this was last aired, in fact - since I last saw this series. I've just picked up the DVD and it still remains astonishingly good. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. K. P. Shinn
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