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Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror - Series 1 [DVD]

4.3 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Rory Kinnear, Lindsay Duncan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 153.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006B893B2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,304 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A cross between The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected, Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror looks at the consequences of the rapid advancement of technology on society. Each of the three episodes is a completely self-contained story, but there is an over-arching theme.

1) ‘The National Anthem'--the least sci-fi, in that it's set very much in the present day. Inspired by news events that get whipped up in the social networks and Twitter, and everything feels like it's rattling slightly out of control...

2) ‘15 Million Merits'--(co-written with Konnie Huq) is set in a dystopian, sarcastic version of the future, in which everyone is compelled to live a life of physical drudgery, and the only real means of escape is by entering a kind of talent show, of a type which may seem familiar to visitors.

3) ‘In Memoria' (written by Jesse Armstrong). You know when you have an argument, and everyone's fantasised about being able to rewind and go, ‘Here's what you said earlier,' or ‘Look how you embarrassed me' or what have you? Well, this is set in a world where everybody has got the ability to do that--you've got the equivalent of Sky+ for your head, so that you can rewind and replay your visual feed.

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Ignore the negative reviews you may have read above. This is a piece of landmark TV that, years from now, will become a cult classic. This is not a comedy (although there are darkly funny moments in it). This is not particularly uplifting viewing. In fact, some of it is ugly or painful to watch. And that is the point. What it is, is TV to challenge you - which is something rare in this day and age. When the writer of several episodes, Charlie Brooker, was asked about Black Mirror (BM) he said that what he was aiming for was something dystopian, unnerving and uncomfortable. A modern, updated, long-lost cousin to The Twilight Zone. That's exactly what he's achieved. BM taps into that unspoken unease that many people feel with modern society; the relentless quest for fame and interactive programming, public obsession with technology and 'content', corporate brainwashing and, even, contemplates what makes us human. This is challenging stuff. It's not for everyone. Like listening to a challenging album like 'Kid A', there will be some who simply don't connect with it - or thinks that all TV should make you 'feel good'. And that's fine. But for those who do connect with it there's rewarding television and some great ideas.
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Was not sure what to expect with these three short films but I enjoy watching the Weekly Swipe as Charlie Brooker is not only humorous but very observant and astute so I thought I'd give it a go. The first, The National Anthem was I think the best. My shock was as real as if it had actually happened and I found watching it tense, gripping, bleakly amusing and also sad. Brilliant cast, especially Rory Kinnear and Lindsay Duncan. Spotted some rising stars in the rest of the cast - later to be in Downton. The second was less successful and actually dragged and was quite boring. However, the talent show premise was scary and the judges - especially Rupert Everett were disturbing. Future Downton cast members also featured and the ideas for this 'talent show' future were thought provoking. The last episode recovered the series and presented another thought provoking episode with another strong cast.
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I was looking for an original TV-series to follow and had found the trailer interesting. How disappointed I was with these three first épisodes which all savours of the 1990s in terms of tempo and acting. It is not always original (and rarely enough) to simply revisit the past. Also, I found neither of the three storylines engaging or even original. Smacks of low budget to boost. A disappointment.
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This was highly recommended by a friend but we found the stories too far fetched
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A superlative sci fi thriller
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I saw an episode of the second series and really liked it so I ordered the first series. I was disappointed.
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Watching Black Mirror is a bit like seeing a horrific car crash. It's bleak, frightening, horrific; but somehow, you just can't look away. These three individual tales of a dark dystopian future are all equally compelling. The first is a twisted political fairytale, the second a commentary on reality TV and the third, a look at the way technology has started to impact on things we could hardly imagine, like memory. Each offer up a terrifying future not altogether unrealistic given our reliance on technology. Each tale is also tragic- nobody ends up happier or better off for using whatever technology is showcased.

I think the first episode was the most terrifying because it's set in the present day, and the technology that leads to the tragedy is freely available as I type. I also thought it was the most compelling episode, waiting to see whether or not the PM would have to commit the 'indecent act' and seeing the story unravel.

The second was, I think, the weakest. It's still fascinating because the concept is familiar; every year more and more reality TV shows are churned out for every 'skill' you can think of, and the idea of us as zombies glued to the TV screen is one bandied around in current media. When you think about it, the reality in this episode isn't exactly a million miles from now. Loved the judges from Hot Shots!

The third episode was the most intriguing concept to me. I hear that it's been optioned for a Hollywood film, which I think will be one I will go and watch to see how the concept of being able to replay memories with video clarity will play out in feature length. We've all cursed the fallibility of the human memory at least once. Wouldn't it be great if you could just rewind your thoughts and see where you left your keys? Maybe, but this episode showcases the perils of video-graphic memory to the extreme.

Thought provoking and shocking, I will definitely be watching the upcoming series 2.
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I would argue this is a must have for any sci-fi fans, more so than it is for fans of comedy, although funny in its bizarre and very dark ways, the series is more focused on highlighting the irrelevance and stupidity that modern society lives by. There are also warnings about our future if we continue to let aspirational brainwashing, courtesy of the television (for more on this see 'How TV Ruined Your Life') control our lives and the common sci-fi reflections of a world obsessed with technology to the point of loosing our humanity.

Each episode is extremely well written and beautifully shot, with some truly amazing performances from all actors. Fans of books like 1984 or A Brave New World should really love this. One of the most fresh and important things on British TV in a long time.
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