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5.0 out of 5 stars Cancelled before its time, but at least we have DVD, 25 Feb 2006
This review is from: Miracles: Complete Series [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
'Miracles' is a little gem of a series. It only ran for 13 episodes before cancellation in the US, but it looks amazing, the quality of the episodes is very high, and the final episode ties up enough ends that, although you'll be left wanting more, it isn't exactly a cliffhanger, and it isn't going to keep you wondering unbearably what-happened-next forever. The pilot episode on its own is a haunting piece of filming worth the price of the box set.
The series treads similar ground to 'Sea of Souls' in the UK, focusing on the investigations into the paranormal of Paul Callan, disenchanted former miracles-investigator for the Church, parapsychology academic Alva Keel, and ex-cop Evelyn Santos. The three leads are great, compelling characters, and although it would have been nice to know more about Evelyn, presumably that would have happened if the show had been allowed chance to grow a bit more.
Unlike 'Sea of Souls', the paranormal events don't feel overly-melodramatic, they feel researched and portrayed with realism. The commentaries provide interesting anecdotes about sources used for the stories, and it's clear that real research went into this series. All the extra features are very good, and I don't think you could ask for a better presentation of this series on DVD. It's a pity you still need region 1 to view it as I'm sure this series would have a lot of appeal outside the US and it really ought to be more widely available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Diamond, 5 Oct 2012
Mr. B. Trotter "The Nightfly" (Broughton Gate, Buckinghamshire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Miracles: Complete Series [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Let's Start with the bad news, G.W.Bush caused this series to be cancelled, that's a fact. This series coincided with the invasion of Iraq,which was to take out those non existent chemical weapon factories, but I'll shut up, no politics.
It coincided with the aforementioned event, 3 out of 4 weeks it was bumped for news reports, by the time the war was over it had lost most of its viewers, and ABC cancelled it.
I won't go into the storylines or plots! Plenty of reviews out their that can do that job batter than me.
I'm just going to give an opinion why you should buy, steal or borrow this DVD.
The individual episodes are in the most extremely clever. There is a constant story arc, which of course never gets resolved. The main characters are all wonderfully understated, but all of the actors hit it out of the ground.
Hector Elizondo, Skeet Ulrich and Angus Macfadyen, are all perfect in their roles. Each episode is fresh and smart, and all the supporting actors are exceptional.
All in all, a must see TV series. Unfortunately it went the way of Firefly and Terriers, great TV series that studio execs decided to can, and let's be fair, if most of your audience are uneducated and stupid, it's easy when you have the likes of the XFactor and such like to fall back on. TV is a business and I understand their decision, but they missed a trick with this one, it could have a similar. Following as True Blood, Fringe or Supernatural.
Anyway if you want 13 episodes of pure entertainment get it.
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