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The Chocky Trilogy [DVD]

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  • Actors: James Hazeldine, Carol Drinkwater, Andrew Ellams, Penny Brownjohn, Zoe Hart
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Revelation Films Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UFYOS6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,343 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

All three series of the classic sci-fi show that terrified a generation of children in the 1980s in one great DVD set!

Based on the 1968 novel by John Wyndham (The Day Of The Triffids), meet Chocky, the alien entity that has taken up residence inside the mind of young Matthew Gore, opening his eyes to an existence far removed from our own.

Join Matthew, young mathematical genius Albertine and Chocky's other chosen children from around the world, in their dangerous quest to uncover the secret of cosmic energy. With a fantastic cast including Carol Drinkwater (All Creatures Great And Small), James Hazeldine (London s Burning) and introducing Andrew Ellams as Matthew, The Chocky Trilogy is set to captivate a whole new generation! Features all 18 episodes!

SPECIAL FEATURES: Questions & Answers with Andrew Ellams (Matthew Gore), Michael Crompton (Luke) and Glynis Brooks (the voice of Chocky) + Image Galleries

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Who could resist this? I was about eight when I first saw this show and thought I'd spend a happy few hours perusing Memory Lane and see if it rang any bells.

I am left with mixed feelings. Series one, based on an excellent John Wyndam novel, is engaging, rather well acted, and has a plot that leaves you gripped. Well, that's where it ends, really.

Series two and three are, to be completely frank, total rubbish...

Series one tells the story of a twelve year old boy who suddenly develops an imaginary friend called "Chocky", who turns out to be the entirely real mental projection of the mind of an extra-terrestrial, scouting the universe.
Chocky attempts to school Matthew in advanced knowledge, but with depressing predictability, something so valuable, instead of being valued and venerated by the human race, is regarded as something to squabble, kidnap and threaten over.
For Matthew's sake, Chocky departs his life forever (yeah, right!) saying to his father that all she'll do in the future is prod earth scientists in the occasional right direction over a century or two.

Chocky's Children then explodes that entirely and retcons Chocky's intentions. Although she hasn't been directly communicating with anyone else, she has been prodding them with a much larger stick than she said she would at the end of series one. This produces, among others, a girl called Albertine who is a maths prodigy who it proves can communicate telepathically with Matthew.
The last two episodes rehash Matthew's fate at the hands of government forces in series one, with the exception that Matthew rescues Albertine and the evil bad guys are laid low with some bizarre powers. (They are somehow knocked out with mass telepathic mumbling.
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Picture quality wise, there's no difference really. This review is more on the differences in the extras for those who are thinking of upgrading. Firstly, be warned that the Revelation DVD's question and answer sessions are text only features so disappointingly no talking heads and seeing what the cast look like now. That said, they are quite interesting as are the image galleries which weren't on the original Second Sight DVD's. Where Revelation really falls down though is that on the Second Sight Chocky DVD there's a twenty minute interview with Anthony Read (the writer/adaptor) who this time actually appears in vision. It's a very interesting interview too as it covers all three Chocky series and if you're a Dr Who fan he also mentions the time he was script-editing that show. This is easily the superior extra (hearing from the writer is always more interesting than hearing from the actors, who, after all, are only performing what the writer has written) for this reason I would recommend the Second Sight DVD's over the Revelation ones.
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When I was a dreamy pre-teen, I watched Chocky and, as a result, a rose tinted memory of it has stayed with me ever since. That was until I brought this box set and shattered my illusions i.e. that it was a well-acted, technically advanced and scary series. Alas, I now know how easily pleased we were back in the eighties. By today's standards of children's tv, Chocky seems shockingly poor...do not buy it unless you are over 35 years old and want to laugh at how bad special effects were 30 years ago! The flying scene with visible wires is particularly good/bad. Still, I love the eighties synth effects music and the first series is relatively well acted (compared to the school play style dialogue and acting of the later episodes). If you remember this series as being great and you want to keep those memories, then avoid this dvd...it will shatter your childhood memories.
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I am now 55, I had never seen this series when broadcast but heard about it, at first I thought was about a boy that heard voices, strange for a children's series I thought, then it turns out the voice he hears is an extra terestrial non corporial entity, that's a being with no physical body, it was written by John Wyndam of Triffids fame, with this kind of pedigree expect a higher form of story telling, largely it nearly pulls it off, his parents seem to except this situation somewhat readily, his mother played by Carol Drinkwater is a classy act, at least you can understand the script, it is'nt laden with hip sounding speech, and the psuedo science does sound plausable, the special effects do'nt match up to modern expectations, they used the then CSO system to project the image on the screen in post production, the effect quivers with the characters voice, these are kept to a minimum and relys on the story to get it's message across, the first series was John's original idea, but it proved popular enough to extend to a second and third series for which they obtained permission from the John Wyndam estate, as A children's program it lacks a certain punch, but it does it's best to convey a message about ourselve's that could make the younger genration think about their place in the world and their reponsibilty in it, name a modern program that does that, Sarah Jane being the top one out of the hat.
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