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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We also have the alternate ending for the episode Money For Nothing which at the time of airing in America, the fans were invited to choose what ending they would like to see.With this footage being unseen in the UK it's a real bonus.
Again we have all the scripts on DVDROM, Make Up gallery for the episode Cat and Mouse and Mike's episode notes and trivia.
All in all this second set is equal if not superior to its predecessor, the episodes are wonderful to watch and it begs the question; Why was the show cancelled?
Whatever the reason, this Box Set speaks for itself and this fan would be extremely happy to see the second season end up on DVD in the same delightful professional format.
On The Invisible Man Darien Fawkes quotes at the beginning of every episode that after the operation he subjected himself to was a success, everything started to go wrong. The fact is things went disastrously wrong when the unconscionable decision was made to cancel this wonderful series that is quite simply a rare treat in television.
The story concerning one petty thief inadvertently turned secret-agent, thrives on great comical play, primarily between its two main characters, Fawkes and Hobbes, yet supported by a great cast, any member of which would be sorely missed. Possibly suffering from previous, various attempts to bring it to television, the latest and best adaptation of The Invisible Man can all too easily be overlooked and dismissed ... by all but anyone who has seen and quickly come to love the show. Fans were not only surprised by the show's cancellation - they were devastated. I-man was taken well before its time, but don't let the fact that the show ran for only two seasons put you off buying it - quite the opposite!
Only recently seen in the UK, many aren't even aware of this excellent programme. The two seasons of I-man that exists are precious and may be gone before we know it, yet fans are currently out there fighting for the show's resurrection and there are rumours of a possible movie. I can only advise everyone to seek out information about the show and snap up anything that comes available before it disappears - no pun intended!Read more ›
Vincent Ventresca oozes charisma as the flawed (bungling burglar) but hugely likeable I-man. Paul Ben-Victor is perfect as Hobbs, struggling for financial recognition from the Agency's Official. By the end of the pilot episode it seems Hobbs is going to be totally eclipsed by his new partner who just happens to be able to turn invisible and cost The Agency an awful lot of money.
The relationship between the two has echoes of the Ray and Benton dynamic in "Due South", and like "Due South" it is the interaction of the two unlikely partners that provides much of the humour. There is definitely a lot of fun in this series from the unlikely Agency sponsorship to the names of those working on the Quicksilver project - "Doctor Who" fans might find some familiar, and obviously you can have a lot of fun being invisible. . .
As the series progresses it explores the curse that can come with "gifts" - in this case the Quicksilver madness that ties Darien to the Agency - and the shady nature of secret agencies and their mysterious funding arrangements. Tight scripting and likeable characters make this an excellent series that deserved to go much further than the two years it was given.
The DVD producers have excelled themselves releasing this exciting but little-known series. The four disc packaging is both clever and stylish; the hour-long cast interview is great fun with excellent quicksilver titles; add to this the episode scripts in PDF format and you get an excellent DVD with production values you'd expect to see on a much higher profile series.
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.Read more ›
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Was looking forward to this DVD. Unfortunately was sent the wrong DVD. Spoke to supplier who refunded the payment. Good service shame about DVD.Published on 28 Sept. 2013 by milk
I first saw this series when it showed on the SciFi Channel (in the USA) in the early 2000s and I admit when it first aired, I thought, "Just another cheapo SciFi series" but I was... Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2010 by skunktrain
Great show. I'm in the US, and they dont have it here, so I had to buy it from UK. Got mine from the marketplace, and the quality was ok. Read morePublished on 19 July 2006 by Arvin
Not a bad set. My son spends many a happy hour watching these over and over.Published on 27 Sept. 2005 by Amazon Customer
I thoght the season (BOX SET 1)was great and really entertaining.the first episode was good as was the second, but was hard to get into. Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2005
Who would have thought you could make a good version of the invisible man? This is it though, the main thing is that for the first time the explanation is ~believable. Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2004 by Robert Lucien