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Good series, good fun, good picture quality,
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This review is from: The Invisible Man [DVD] (DVD)
*This review is for the Acorn Media (2013) DVD release*
After getting by with a sub-standard unofficial release of the series for the last few years, I was delighted to discover that this release has good picture & sound quality, along with English subtitles. The extras are filmographies of David McCallum, Melinda Fee, Jackie Cooper and Craig Stevens, along with a 1-minute picture gallery.
Broadcast from 1975/76, THE INVISIBLE MAN was a short-lived sci-fi/crime TV series made up of only twelve, 47 minute episodes (plus the pilot TV movie) which introduces Dr. Daniel Westin (David McCallum) who works for the Klae corporation which is run by Walter Carlin (Jackie Cooper - to be replaced by Craig Stevens in the series) which is involved in scientific research. While experimenting on inanimate objects and animals, Westin manages to make himself invisible, after which the doctor is portrayed as a victim. The subsequent series moves away from the dark tone of the pilot to a more light-hearted and humorous feel, with the invisibility angle sometimes humorously punctuating the more serious aspects of the show.
While often assisted by his lovely wife, Kate (Melinda Fee) Westin faces a variety of crimes, including the likes of political intrigue, kidnap, and a corrupt little town where even a minor violation can land you in big trouble. The series features a respectable line-up of guest stars, including Nehemiah Persoff, Scott Brady, Farley Granger, Loni Anderson, John Vernon and Henry Darrow. All the performances are good, with the regular cast embracing the change of tone from the pilot movie very well. After all these years the special effects still look good. This is solid albeit unspectacular 70s entertainment - good fun. Each episode is a stand-alone story which means the series lacks continuity, and a pity the series was cancelled before we could discover if the afflicted doctor managed to find a cure for his condition. For fans of 70s retro TV I would say this series is well worth a look. The Invisible Man [DVD]
Here is a list of the episodes (an episode synopsis is available on the IMDb)
*Pilot: The Invisible Man (70 minutes).
*The Klae Resource.
*The Fine Art of Diplomacy.
*Man of Influence.
*Barnard Wants Out.
*Go Directly To Jail.
*Stop When Red Light Flashes.
*The Klae Dynasty.
*An Attempt To Save Face.