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Utopia [DVD]

Alexandra Roach , Nathan Stewart-Jarrett    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alexandra Roach, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Paul Higgins, Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Adeel Akhtar
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Mar 2013
  • Run Time: 316.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,728 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The central concept of Utopia remains, right to the end of the final episode, its strength. The idea is that the Utopia of the show's title is a cult graphic novel, one that's said to have predicted a collection of terrible disasters. The manuscript to it finds its way into the hands of a group of seemingly everyday, normal people, and the problems start from there. Are the group being paranoid? Are they being followed and watched? Are the conspiracy theories correct?

It's an interesting collection of questions, and Utopia is happy to tackle them. Set across six episodes, the plot tends to be a little all over the place at times, but there are so many interesting threads to follow, that that's an easy thing to forgive. Furthermore, the execution is strong, with some excellent direction eking the most out of the concept.

When you get to the last episode of Utopia, there's much to ponder and discuss. And there's an argument that the show doesn't ultimately live up to its intriguing concept. However, it does deliver, and delivers very well. At its best, it's gripping television drama, and it arrives on a disc packed with interesting extra features. The highlight? Try the audio commentary that comes with the first episode, or The World Of Utopia feature. You get a good deal for your money here... --Jon Foster

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Utopia is a cult graphic novel rumoured to have predicted the worst disasters of the late twentieth century. Dismissed as the fevered imaginings of a madman by most, and idolised by a handful, only one thing seems certain about Utopia: come into contact with it and you won't be safe for long. When a small group of normal people (including an IT consultant, student and child...) find themselves in possession of the manuscript of Utopia, they realise they are at the centre of a nightmarish conspiracy turned real. Targeted by a shadowy organisation known only as The Network, they are left with one option if they want to stay alive: they have to run, avoiding even being caught even on CCTV. The Network is everywhere: in government, in business, in charge. A secret organisation constrained neither by borders nor common morality. Nobody knows what their plan is, just that they will stop at nothing to find the original manuscript of Utopia... Utopia asks what if the conspiracy nuts are right? What if people are trying to control our lives, doctor our food, experiment upon us, kill us? Fast, terrifying, funny and brutal, it is a massive new drama/conspiracy thriller... ...Utopia - 2-DVD Set

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 20 Feb 2013
Absolutely stunning in every way, superb cinemtography, acting, plot, and the soundtrack is beautifully crafted and sets the very dark and chilling atmosphere perfectly, there is very strong violence throughout, and the whole premise of the plot is disturbing and poignant.

Totally recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 26 Feb 2013
This is essential viewing and without doubt one of the most interesting and compelling dramas I have seen for ages. The acting was top drawer and the pace of each episode was perfect. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who enjoys good drama and excellent acting. It in no way bothered me, but some of you squeamish types may not enjoy the violence.
I think a special mention must go to the actor Neil Maskell - the character of Arby is a really interesting mix of chilling and childlike. As I said though all the acting is first class! Please, please, PLEASE give this a watch - you will not be disappointed.........
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 21 Mar 2013
This has gone right up there in the pantheon of 'best ever British TV dramas'. Visually stunning (how often can you say that about UK TV drama?) shocking, funny, exhilarating and very, very clever. The opening episode may lead you to believe you are watching a sensationalist-violent for the sake of it- show however stick with it and it morphs into something very different actually quite moving, the nasty characters aren't necessarily as bad as the first appear and the sympathetic ones not as white hat wearing as you may think.
It also has an 'evil masterplan' that makes you pause for thought about how evil it really is.
The real masterstroke however comes in it's final episode, quite often the 'journey' in these twisty turny things is more involving than the destination but the conclusion is almost entirely satisfying and surprising in its tone- there are a few threads left dangling, certainly enough to warrant a second series...which has just been announced.
Not for the faint hearted and some people may find its ultra stylised tone offputting but personally I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I felt moved to write this review as this series kicked me sideways, and exceeded any expectations I had or any British drama, let alone anything to come from Channel 4 (a channel that since the late 80's has lost it's way somewhat).
Put simply Utopia is perfection.
The plot is highly original, fresh and engaging, and stays with you long after viewing, the acting and characterisation is perfectly observed and subtle, It's breath taking to look at and has an almost art house sensibility in it's cinematography, and it has the production value and pace of a well crafted feature film. Do yourself a favour and buy it, watch it, and share it. More television should be made like this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best British series in a decade 22 Feb 2013
Great story, stunning photography, superb score and excellent performances by the cast. Channel 4 have excelled themselves this year with 'Utopia'
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars when paranoia becomes a way of life 23 Feb 2013
By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER
As ever, the less you know about the plot, the more you are likely to enjoy it. A motley group comes together, and despite the brutality and cruelty, at the end we are left with some hope for humanity, and some faith in human decency.

This is an unusual example of a distinctly niche programme delivered with confidence, conviction and a decent budget. The initial scenario relates to a missing graphic novel, which should narrow down the potential audience dramatically, the first episode includes a lot of violence, including the most sympathetic character being tortured in uncomfortable detail, though not full-on torture porn detail.

Often on screen violence is actually quite entertaining, instead here we have seemingly endless innocent bystanders murdered, sometimes interrogated first. The eventual effect is that we risk becoming as brutalised as the characters themselves. The mix of brutality with casual expediency, is convincingly unsettling and probably much closer to how the world actually operates than the far more usual dramatic heroics.

Apparently viewing figures dropped very dramatically after the first episode. However this is unfair, if you can make it to the end of the first episode, then this is definitely worth sticking with. It does drag at times, and is uncomfortably tense viewing pretty much all the time, but it gives us characters, situations and twists that engage and provoke. This probably sits with Shadow Line as demanding but rewarding fare, but with a far more satisfying conclusion.

Although billed as season one, it is not yet clear whether there will be another series, if there is, it will be hard pressed to keep up the quality of this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars England DOES Make Good TV 16 Jun 2013
This strikingly shot and intricately plotted thriller focuses on a bunch of ordinary joes who accidentally uncover a massive nationwide conspiracy. Their subsequent efforts to find answers and avoid a one-way trip to the morgue fuel this ambitious and original Channel 4 series. I really enjoyed Utopia- it grabs you by the throat and never lets up, piling on the twists and peppering the action with some fairly gruesome violence (eye-watering scenes of torture and more headshots than a John Woo boxset). The mixed-bag cast range from great to good to outright irritating. With her blank, pouty expression and annoying babyish voice, Fiona O'Shaughnessy definitely belongs in the last category. Simon McBurney is always an unwelcome presence (imagine Roman Polanski's ratty little twin brother), but he's tolerable here. Alexandra Roach and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett are good as the unlikely heroes, and veteran thesps Geraldine James, Stephen Rea and James Fox are all rock-solid as assorted government toffs. But it's Adeel Akhtar and particularly Paul Higgins who give the best performances. As an increasingly alarmed civil servant who's completely out of his depth, Higgins is really outstanding. Utopia is an excellent series, so check it out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but Oh that sound track
This is an interesting series as many other reviewers have stated. However, I think the soundtrack is appalling and unnecessary. Read more
Published 18 days ago by W. Hutchinson
1.0 out of 5 stars tedious
Not sure what the fuss was all about. Seem an empty story about uninteresting people suffering from a type of fictionalised paranoia that never seems to connect to anything that... Read more
Published 18 days ago by The Cognologist
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal but brilliant
I got hooked by this series pretty early. Having rented it on dvd I ended up watching episodes 2 - 6 in one sitting, as with so many tv series these days it works best as one extra... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to import
Watched this show and knew I had to have a copy. Imported it to the US.
It won't play on my PS3 for some reason, but works on my roommate's Xbox One (it's region free, so it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars This is tv at it's best
What can i say? saw this when it came out on the box and was totally blown away by it. Brilliant script and acting and the subject is very chilling regarding plans by our wonderful... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Simon Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertaiment
Just watched the first episode and I have to say that it was amazing. If you like suspense and british culture you should definitely get it. Enjoy it!
Published 2 months ago by SapMan
5.0 out of 5 stars a good d.v.d
i gort theis for a xmas present for a young lady she loved it so miuch well worth the money
Published 3 months ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing looking show following a group of people on the run to uncover and stop a pharmaceutical company from sterilising the population
Published 3 months ago by Dave Matteo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series!
Utopia is an amazing series - one of my all time favourite British ones. It hooks you in straight away and keeps you guessing throughout. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gemma Bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great price for a fab programme!
I bought it because the series was brilliant, different from any thing else on TV . Well worth a second look!
Published 4 months ago by Lynne
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