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The Dresden Files: Complete Season 1  [DVD]
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Based on Jim Butcher's best-selling novels, The Dresden Files chronicles the cases of no ordinary detective. Harry Dresden (Paul Blackthorne) is a wizard, the only one listed in the Chicago phone book. He's got a handle on the crimes that can't be solved by anyone else. Paranormal? No problem. Dresden deals in all matters of supernatural threats. If you need a little hocus pocus or some other worldly advice, Dresden's your man.
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While it starts weakly -- and is rarely faithful to Jim Butcher's novels -- "The Dresden Files" manages to whip itself into a solid supernatural-mystery series, with a pretty good cast and some genuinely twisty-turny mysteries. And, of course, a snarky ghost living inside a skull.
Harry Dresden (Paul Blackthorne) is Chicago's only wizard-for-hire, with a tragic past, a hockey-stick staff, and a companion spirit named Bob who lives in a skull (Terrence Mann). He's also perpetually in bad with the wizard council, and moderately famous among the supernatural crowds lurking around Chicago.
As the series opens, Harry is approached by a young boy who claims he's being stalked by otherworldly forces -- and his mother confirms that he's been followed by blackbirds, crows and ravens ever since he was born. Even worse, a skinned body is found in a nearby apartment -- and the malevolent skinwalker who stole the woman's dermis may be after the boy as well.
Arguably the premiere is the weakest of the series, since there's little actual detecting going on. But things perk up in the following episodes. Harry tackles a hellspawn in love, a serial killer murdering werewolves, a bodysnatching murderer, a fertility clinic with a dark secret, a bunch of young thieves using deadly magic, and an attempt to frame Bianca, the sultry vampire club-owner.
Things get even worse when Harry is trapped with a bunch of hostile wizards inside a deadly cloud, which can only have been conjured by one of them. And when Bob is stolen, Harry finds himself confronting his cruel uncle Justin -- whom Harry "self-defensed to death" five years ago.Read more ›
I haven't read the Butcher novels, but I gather liberties are taken with them. If sanctity of the canon is something that bothers you you'll need to be aware of that. But for the rest of us, this is excellent entertainment.
Harry's spirit helper Bob is more 'physical' in the TV series [i.e. you & Harry can see him], which makes him less creepy than the talking skull of the books. Many of the changes are for the better, and simply fit in with the visual requirements of film [the convenience of a live actor playing long dead Warlock Bob and the opportunity for special effects]. The cast are great, the storylines and special effects are pretty good, and the flashbacks to Harry as a young boy fill in Harry's background details. You don't need to know the books to follow the TV series, it's familiar ground to Buffy and Charmed fans, but with a Sam Spade Private Eye twist. Despite the handsome & sensitive male lead, the series still appears to be girl friendly [perhaps because of the handsome & sensitive male lead]. There's plenty of ladies in key roles as well, both as cop/love interest and demons.Read more ›
I know that people complain about Bob having a body but I feel that it works really well on tv and helps to back up the books relationship between them.
I watched the series with my wife who has no interest at all in scifi sci fantasy and wouldnt look at lord of the rings or star wars if you paid her. However she really got in to this series and even dreamed about it after having watched it. So you can imagine how she felt when I told her that despite improving ratings it had been canned.
So next steps were to sign the petition to get it back and encourage more people to watch the series in the hope that the dvd sales will continue to show that there is an audience out there for the show to go on.
So finally if youre reading this tv exec's bring back the Dresden files please!
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The series is not based based on the books, but from the characters within the stories. This is a good thing as it adds a new dimension to the to the Dresden Series. Read morePublished 5 days ago by David Wharton
Sometimes you have to risk it and hope that every other reviewer was wrong :(
Love the Jim Butcher Dresden Files - so much that have both the books and the audios. Read more
I've read all of the books and the only things the same are the people, but having said that I really enjoyed every episode. It exceeded my expectationsPublished 2 months ago by mazza
Enjoyable series but I found the books to be far superior. The series has too many changes from the books which gets irritating to say the least.Published 2 months ago by Laugh-a-lot