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The Dresden Files: Complete Season 1 [2007] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terence Mann, Raoul Bhaneja, Conrad Coates
  • Directors: David Carson, Michael Grossman
  • Producers: Jonathan Hackett
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RWDY68
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,304 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jun. 2007
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Imagine if Harry Potter grew up to be Philip Marlowe, and you'll have a pretty good idea of what "The Dresden Files" is like.

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.
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With every fantasy series these days seeming to stretch itself over an unfeasibly long story arc, it's good to see a series which returns to the old formula of largely standalone episodes. Each of the episodes is thoroughly entertaining and by the end of the season, a nice cast of characters is assembled ready for a kicking second season which may or may not happen.

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.
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This series is quite different from the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher, which is great as it would rather introduce spoilers to those who love reading these books. So you get a series of twelve new stories made specially for TV. The themes are the same though: Magic, Spirits, Vampires, Werewolves, Ravens, etc.. For some reason the odd character's name has been changed as well, although fortunately Harry Dresden and sidekick Bob [Robeth] keep theirs. In general there's a bit more magic weaved by Harry in this TV series, for example he escapes handcuffs by magic on TV, whereas in the books he uses the tricks his stage magician dad taught him. Harry certainly has the 'gift' in both though, and he is the only Wizard listed in the Chicago telephone directory - his real magical powers come from his mothers side.

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.
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Like many others I read the books before seeing the tv series, now unlike many others I was very happy with what I saw, there was no way they would duplicate the whole of the depth of the written series so taking what they did and using it is fine with me.

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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