The Invisible Man, Series 1 (Box Set 1) [DVD]
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The Invisible Man first appeared on American TV just a couple of months in advance of Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man in 2000. But unlike the rather overly serious movie, the idea of this series was to have as much fun with the concept as possible. Thief and con man Darien Fawkes (Vincent Ventresca) is apprehended and offered the choice of either being imprisoned or becoming a guinea pig in a scientific experiment run by his own brother. The result is the successful insertion of a Quicksilver Gland in his head, a device that secretes a substance able to bend light, causing him to become invisible at will. Unfortunately it also starts to send him insane. The mysterious Official and his Agency offer a solution. They can regularly administer an antidote, so long as he agrees to work for them in secret.
Thus the series begins to explore the possibilities: Fawkes poses as a child's imaginary friend to get information; he stalks a stalker; and, of course, he does a lot of spying. In the background of the individual stories is a constant build-up of tension as both the audience and Fawkes wonder where the Agency's loyalties lie and what the constant use of the Quicksilver may do to him. At the midway point of the first series, the show adds an even weirder twist when a suspected additional Invisible Man turns out to be Fawkes himself, channelling the memories and violent temperament of the first test subject to have hosted the gland. Unpredictable and engaging, this is a show that deserved to go beyond the mere two years it managed before cancellation.
On the DVD: The Invisible Man comes to DVD in a four-disc box set containing the first half of Series 1. Some weblinks and scripts of shows are accessible as DVD-ROM features, but the real score for the DVD's producers is an hour-long interview with cast members Vincent Ventresca, Paul Ben-Victor and Michael McCafferty. Much more is promised for the next box set comprising the second half of the series. --Paul Tonks
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Actually contains a flipper disc - side one contains episodes 1 to 4
side two contains episodes 5 to 8
missing are the bank raid,strange partners,odds against death,picnic with death
Vol 3 ( released on its own ) has episodes 13 to 18
The remaining episodes do not appear to have been released by this company however network have released the entire series in a boxset that I can't comment on as I have not seen it.
So avoid these releases unless you want to check it out before spending out on the full set - better to waste £1.30 than £15
The premise is more than a bit far-fetched and goofy. Our hero, petty criminal Darien, gets a weird "gland" implanted that can make him invisible at will. (It was either get the experimental gland implanted or a long time in prison thanks to the "Three Strikes" law.) Then things go crazy and after a series of events, our hero ends up working for a government agency with continual budget problems, and he's paired up with a neurotic but fiercely loyal partner, Bobby. (Or "Bobby Hobbes," as Bobby often says.)
The plotlines, and especially some of the technology and science fiction elements of the plots, barely hold up even to the most lax scrutiny, but who cares? This is too much fun to watch! Lots of funny situations and characters that you grow to really care about.
My main regret is that there has never been a DVD release of the second season (series to you in the UK) of this show. And I still don't understand why the show was released on DVD in the UK but not (last I checked) in the USA.
great stories, great characters, its even funny to. Probably one of the best series out of America in years, I don't know why more people don't know about it.
Darien wakes up from his operation to find he has had a gland installed in his head. One that allows him to go invisible at will – but with a nasty, unexpected price tag attached.
This box set contains the first half of the first season of this series. We are presented with a cast of misfits as Darien goes to work for “the Agency” the budget-priced government department which funded the gland experiment. His new boss is “the official” with his side-kick Eberts, Darien’s new partner is the paranoid Bobby Hobbes, and the “Keeper” is in charge of Darien’s gland and his health.
The cast of this show is particularly well meshed. The repartee between Hobbes and Fawkes can be particularly funny and the ad-libbing which took place during filming lends a lot of these episodes a freshness that is rare in scripted drama today. The invisibility special effects of Darien’s quicksilver are also wonderful to watch.
This box set has been put together for the fans of the show. It’s packed with extras. There’s a wonderful cast interview with Vincent Ventresca, Paul Ben-Victor and Mike McCafferty and its easy to see that the cast chemistry extended behind the scenes as well as what you see on TV. In addition to this there are also scripts and trivia facts for each episode.
The episodes are presented in full screen format and are cystal clear and uncut. Wonderful to see.
If you love SF, mystery, spy stories or have a secret fascination with invisibility then this series is highly recommended on all accounts. It’s a gem that should not be missed.
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