- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 20
- Classification: 12
- Studio: 2 Entertain Video
- DVD Release Date: 6 Nov. 2006
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000I5YMT2
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Blake's 7: The Complete Collection (Exclusive To Amazon.co.uk) [DVD]
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Contains all 52 episodes from the 4 series plus DVD Special Features.
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Created by Doctor Who veteran Terry Nation, Blake's 7 was the hit BBC space opera launched in the wake of Star Wars, though with a grittier sensibility and produced on a fraction of the budget.
In the third century of the second calendar, after the chaos of the intergalactic wars, a powerful dictatorship has risen to dynamic proportions and engulfed most of the populated worlds. Liberty has become a crime punishable by death, and the majority of the population lives in a drug-induced state of docility. This tyrannical authority fulfils George Orwell's prophecy of 1984 to its most terrifying extremes. This government is known as the Federation. Each world has its share of rebels who either turned to crime or the Resistance.
This is the story of one such group of rebels, led by a man named Blake. His group is largely composed of escaped convicts, thieves and smugglers, who are thrown together by chance. With even the good guys being criminals, including murderers, this was a galaxy far, far away from previous screen space opera.
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I love Blake's 7- and so when I saw this and realised it was cheaper than getting each series individually I jumped on the opportunity and ordered....... without making absolutely sure what I was buying were the English DVDs- so when they arrived I was a bit surprised to see they were Dutch subtitled imports. Needless to say I then checked the reviews and the product information more closely and realised I had made a dreadful mistake. If you want to just watch the episodes- subtitle free and without the assured quality of the real boxsets then this is for you- if not- spend a bit more money and don't fall into this honey trap.
Well Blake's 7 has a sad reputation of being a "geeky sci-fi" and full of wobbly cardboard sets which look ridiculous. I've so far found that the people that think this have never actually seen it themselves or only caught glimpses of it 30 years ago. The fact is, is that Blake's 7 isn't really a sci-fi; if you say sci-fi is what star trek or babylon is. Blake's 7 deals with morality, friendship, betrayal, love, vengeance, pride, death, regret and all of the biggest, greatest themes you could imagine. It is primarily about people.
I had heard frequently the claim aboout Blake's 7 being full of poor production values and terrible sets, much like some people attribute to certain Doctor Who episodes (featuring the same corridor over and over). But i was wildly suprised by the reality of the matter! The sets in Blake's 7 are huge, complicated, and extremely interesting; because the series features so much planet or spaceship hopping it is essential each location is entirely unique in the series - which is extremely refreshing.
However it must be noted that, like Doctor Who, Blake's 7 DOES feature alot of disused quarries; but these tend to become less frequent as the series get's deeper.
Blake's 7 logo is a sort of reverses startrek one, and this is incredibly true to the series. Whereas Star Trek is episodic, fairly light, good vs evil- Blake's 7 is the reverse.
It's one long story with very little time missing between each individual espisode.Read more ›
In fairness, Blake's 7 started off as rather the more serious stab at sci fi, peeling off two of Who's more serious talents - David Maloney and Chris Boucher as producer and script editor respectively - to realise an idea by Terry Nation: 'The Dirty Dozen in Space'.
The first few episodes are reasonably sensible, though it becomes fairly obvious fairly early that the series' spiritual home is space opera, and it heads there at about Standard by Seven.
It has moments of awfulness, and some of these are inexcusable, but when on form, the Seven deliver an exciting and handsome product. The first episode is particularly good, setting up the idea of a Fascist totalitarian Earth government that doses the population with suppressants, drugs their dreams and summarily executes dissidents. One such is Roj Blake who, after seeing his friends gunned down, is arrested, convicted of child abuse, and shipped off to the prison world of Cygnus Alpha (if it were made today, Blake would have to be killed by his fellow prisoners on the way, so the series would be only two episodes long).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased for my dad for his birthday, he was very impressed. He's Currently binge watching the first series.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just the episodes in English to enjoy on DVD. Just what I wanted, a great series.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
OK except tricky cancelling the subtitles - bringing back memories of two beautiful actresses.Published 6 months ago by Mr D C PIDDINGTON
am very pleased with my order and am enjoying watching themPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer