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  • Actors: Paul Darrow, Michael Keating, Gareth Thomas, Josette Simon, Steve Pacey
  • Directors: Mary Ridge, David Maloney, Vivienne Cozens, Brian Righthill, David Proudfoot
  • Producers: Vere Lorrimer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 5
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2006
  • Run Time: 663 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C6EQIO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,240 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Intergalatic adventure with an interplanetary resistance group battling for survival against a totalitarian super-power. Roaming a universe of boundless space and restrictive discipline, freedom-fighter Blake, with the crew of the spaceship Liberator, is locked in combat with the all-powerful forces of the Federation.

Containing all thirteen episodes from the fourth series:

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I've just finished watching series 4 and am left again with that hollow feeling that no doubt everyone feels after watching the last episode. But that is why this is the best series ever. No other show dared to end on such an unfulfilling note and it is hard to see one doing so in the future.

People find fault with this series for a number of reasons, some well-founded but others are just misconceived.

Paul Darrow's over-acting? He's been doing it in every series and if he didn't then Avon simply wouldn't be himself. The character of Avon continues to develop and change in this last series, which is one of the reasons this is such a great show. Forever a cold-hearted pragmatist, Avon finds himself adopting a leadership role in Series 4 which he never really wanted but nevertheless feels compelled to take - what else is he going to do? Criticism has been levelled at Series 3 (in a great review on DVD times, I think? anyway) on the grounds that in the absence of Blake, the remaining crew just wander about relatively aimlessly and Avon, not a natural leader, is left without a real agenda. But I thought that was exactly the point and why series 3 is so interesting - Avon is forced into situations and associations for which he never planned and you get to see him struggle to find a purpose in the absence of Blake's 'simple-minded certainties'. After being so badly swindled in TERMINAL, it is clear that Avon is now hell bent on striking back in whatever way he can. So most episodes in Series 4 develop along the lines of Avon seeking to enlist the aid of various experts and specialists to get him the weapons/capabilities needed to fight the resurgent Federation - and finding himself double-crossed every step of the way.
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By Kwinko Kwanko VINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2006
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Finally we can complete the set with this release of the final series of "Blakes Seven" on DVD. It has been a pretty slow process, with the four compilations being released over more than two years and the bonus material has hardly been worth waiting for, none of the previous three has contained the much touted "Making of "Blakes Seven"" documentary. Perhaps we`ll get it this time. The programmes themselves have more than made up for any shortcomings by being as good as they ever were. Yes, there wasn`t much money but the ideas and scripts are sparkling and are very easy to get caught up in.
Series four could be the best of the lot. Episode for episode, the stories are all very strong and there is a loose theme of Blake`s crew rebuilding after the destruction of the Liberator and trying to find allies in the fight against the Federation. In particular the episodes "Headhunter", "Assasin", "Gold" and "Blake" aren`t just amongst the best of "Blakes Seven", but within the whole sci-fi genre as a whole and stand up to repeated viewing. The whole series was always dark but this is darker still, with even the "good guys" killing without remorse and plenty of double crossing in the plots. My only complaint, although a small one, is the voice of Slave. I can`t stand the quasi-Dickens humbleness, especially after the excellent voice of the emotionless Zen. I don`t mind anything else, even the early 80`s Toyah wigs which crop up a few times or the hideous mole on Egrorion`s face in "Orbit".
No review of this series would be complete without mentioning the ending. Although the trailer included on the Series Three DVD pretty much gives it away, I won`t. If you`ve seen it, you know about it and if you haven`t, I don`t want to spoil it.
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The final series of Blake's 7 contains, fittingly, seven of the best episodes of TV SF ever made. With the exception of Animals, which is slightly below par, these are supported by five eminently watchable episodes - Rescue, Traitor, Games, Gold and Warlord.

At the time of broadcast, this series held the UK gripped to its seats -- more than one person in every five in the whole of Britain watched the final episode. During the '90s, though, it suffered an unfair reputation as being low-budget space opera that did not compare with American offerings such as Star Trek the Next Generation and Babylon 5. Both of these series were milestones in television science-fiction, and millions of viewers enjoyed them and continue to enjoy them. However, Blake's 7 was actually _better_ than either of them in terms of its script and acting, with vastly more memorable dialogue. Naturally, the earlier Blake's 7 had weaker visuals than either of the later series -- just as these now compare unfavourably with more recent offerings such as Voyager, Lexx and Farscape. But this is the inevitable fate of all television SF - to be visually superseded by the next generation of effects.

I recently rewatched this boxed set, and, as an experiment, asked a 23 year old who had grown up with all the assumptions of the '90s to watch it with me. From a sceptical beginning, he was absolutely astonished by how good it was.

First, the visuals are nowhere near as bad they are reputed to be. The modelling of the ship Scorpio was excellent, and the use of real-world landscapes for most of the action means there are few visual gaffes. There are some issues with the special effects and the space backgrounds, but these are short sequences and don't distract greatly from the overall effect.
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