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4.0 out of 5 stars Is it a bird?...is it a panther?.....why it's MANIMAL!
Producer Glen A. Larson's crimefighting TV series of the 80s were typically a fusion of sci-fi & fantasy (Knight Rider, Automan etc). "Manimal" is basically a continuation of the genre. Central character, Dr. Jonathan Chase (played by the late Simon MacCorkindale) possesses the secret of 'metamorphosis' (a la "Maya - Space 1999") and offers his unique talents to assist...
Published 10 months ago by Alan James "Maebuschfan"
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2.0 out of 5 stars A great idea ruined by stupidity
Manimal was a great idea, taking 'Werewolf' to the next level. Dr Chase could turn into ANY animal. The trouble was that it never had a proper origin pilot, and it made the most ridiculous goofs relentlessly. He would rip out of his clothing, Hulk-style, when he was transforming into an animal that was far SMALLER than he was, and said clothing would be completely...
Published 15 months ago by Eroswish67
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is it a bird?...is it a panther?.....why it's MANIMAL!,
This review is from: Manimal The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)Producer Glen A. Larson's crimefighting TV series of the 80s were typically a fusion of sci-fi & fantasy (Knight Rider, Automan etc). "Manimal" is basically a continuation of the genre. Central character, Dr. Jonathan Chase (played by the late Simon MacCorkindale) possesses the secret of 'metamorphosis' (a la "Maya - Space 1999") and offers his unique talents to assist the police in a variety of cases.
Chase most commonly morphs into a hawk or panther, but you also get the occasional horse/snake/grizzly bear thrown in for good measure. Joining Chase in his crimefighting endeavours are NYPD detective, Brooke McKenzie (Melody Anderson) and Tyrone Earl (Michael D. Roberts) who served with Chase in Vietnam. I kinda like the 3 main characters, Simon MacCorkindale is the quintessential English gentleman abroad, immaculately spoken, groomed & attired, while also bringing more than enough charisma to his role. Melody Anderson twinkles brightly as the streetwise detective, while Michael D. Roberts injects some warm humour into the series with his occasionally nervy character. A good team - good performances.
Most of the eight (seven, 50-minute) episodes are made up of familiar crime themes, including murder, espionage, gang violence etc, with the more offbeat "Female of The Species" seeing Jonathan offering sanctuary to a wild-girl raised by wolves in the wilderness... While running scared through the big city, the young woman discovers an affinity with Chase's persona, as our hero protects the girl from death threats. The episode "Breath of The Dragon" tells the story of a martial-arts criminal gang terrorising local businesses in Chinatown.
The most obvious anomaly in regards to "Manimal" is the fact that no detailed prologue to the series is provided.... How did Jonathan Chase acquire his special powers? Apart from a rather short exchange between a young Chase & his dying father in the opening credits of each episode, there's no detailed explanation offered. The 71-minute pilot episode was the perfect opportunity to present a thorough introduction to the character. Instead, the viewer is thrown in at the deep-end with a gun-running crime tale.
The more cynical viewer may point out the implausibility of Chase returning from his latest animal incarnation fully-clothed, but that would be nit-picking (besides, 'The Hulk' always managed to keep his trousers on didn't he?).... Many fantasy series require a "suspension of disbelief" from the viewer - a loosening of the grip on reality so to speak. The pre-CGI "morphing" special effects were expensive & still look good. Poor ratings contributed to the premature demise of the series. Not a great series maybe, but better than some critics would have you believe. Good entertainment - good fun!
The picture & sound quality is very good. There are no subtitles. Here is a list of the bonus features....
*MAN TO ANIMAL: A 17-minute interview with Glen A. Larson.
*CONCEPT & PRODUCTION NOTES.
*BIOGRAPHIES: Featuring Simon MacCorkindale, Melody Anderson, Michael D. Roberts & Donald R. Boyle.
*ILLUSTRATED 18-PAGE EPISODE GUIDE BOOKLET.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 years later, FINALLY! And the list of all "classic" Manimal episodes and air dates in the US!,
This review is from: Manimal The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and this show has been a classic 80's one a lot of brazilians have been waiting for a long time! Me included!
It took exactly 29 YEARS to be released to the public (it's from 1983)
Only lasted 8 episodes, as follows: (with the air dates)
1- Manimal (pilot, 90 minutes-long TV movie) - 9/30/83
2- Illusion - 10/14/83
3- Night of the Scorpion - 10/21/83
4- Female of the Species - 10/28/83
5- High Stakes - 11/4/83
6- Scrimshaw - 12/3/83
7- Breath of the Dragon - 12/10/83
8- Night of the Beast - 12/17/83
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quick delivery.,
This review is from: Manimal The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)recieved this product in perfect condition,,in fact i purchased two copies,one for me,the other for my nephew who never seen it when it was first shown on television,i,m sure he,ll enjoy it when he watches it,also recieved it very quickly.
5.0 out of 5 stars So happy to see my childhood crush again!,
This review is from: Manimal The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)I attended Dragon Con 2013 in Atlanta and went to a special panel to celebrate Manimal's 30th anniversary. That started to bring back some great memories for me as a kid. Then I found out about this DVD set, so I pounced on it (sorry for the bad pun). After watching all eight episodes, I felt like I was eight years old all over again. Sure it was weird about Dr. Chase losing his clothes when he changed into the panther and then getting all the same clothes back when he was human again, but sometimes one just has to suspend logic and simply enjoy the ride.
I'm overall satisfied with the quality of the DVDs, and the extras are definitely worth it.
The only thing is, I agree with previous posters as to why the sequence with a younger Chase and his dying father were never really shown in the pilot. That would've easily tied things together.
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing. Just buy!,
This review is from: Manimal The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)I always loved this program when I was growing up, and to have it in perfect video quality, is sheer delight. I'm bias though. I think Miss Anderson who plays Brooke is gorgeous.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this series when it was on tv,and still love it,
This review is from: Manimal The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)If you liked this series years ago just buy it,you won,t be sorry,that is if your a fan of the 70s and 80s tv shows.
4.0 out of 5 stars Real classic series,
This review is from: Manimal The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)I remember when it was first on tv and thought it was good. Loved the opening sound track music and the special effects were amazing then. Now they do look quite dated. I also had a serious crush on the gorgeous Melody Anderson (truth to tell I still do).Sadly, it was a short lived series that was never allowed to develop. That said it's great to see it released I already have my copy and have indulged ina some serious retro tv enjoyment.
4.0 out of 5 stars At last!,
This review is from: Manimal The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)I have been waiting for this series to be released for a very long time!
I watched in awe in the 80's as a man turned into so many animals! I watch it now and realise that it was only 2 or 3 animals after all!
Yes - it is cheesy. It has dated a little (certain Melody Anderson outfits in particular!). However it still retains a certain charm for a certain age group and is completely inoffensive, entertaining viewing for everybody else.
A worthwhile release with the late, lovely, ever-charming Simon MacCorkindale. Enjoyed muchly!
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manimal Complete Series,
This review is from: Manimal The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)Many thanks to Fabulous Films for releasing this tv series, I usually don't take the time to write reviews but I felt it was important to show gratitude to Fabulous Films for making this DVD set a reality for retro tv fans everywhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars manimal is back classic 1980's tv gold rare show,
This review is from: Manimal The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)about time too to see one of the 1980's rare t.v classics from the u.s.a manimal, it was about a guy named johnathon who could turn in to a panther or eagle or a snake to name a few if any of his friends were in trouble with the bad guys this series was very similer to the incredable hulk show that starred bill bixby where he could turn in to a green monster of a man from the 70's/80's and run for five seasons unlike this show the man turned in to anaimal only run on itv for one series way back in 1983/84,in a way to replace the incredable hulk that ended a year early, the u.s.a t.v company fought it did not pick up as well like the u.k did and the show was a big hit here unlike the u.s.a and the show in the end was axed which was very sad, i was also sad to here the guy who played him simon macormac has since past away in last year or so this show should come back as a movie or a t.v comeback which would be a big hit for the kids and family for the next generation i was only 7 years old when i use to watch it on a satuerday afernoon on i.t.v and me and my mum and dad was great fans of the show my fav was the black panther i even liked the t.v theme song as well.
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