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Survivors - Series 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD]

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Product details

  • Actors: Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Paterson Joseph, Zoë Tapper, Phillip Rhys
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 750 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG7PX2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,592 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 12 episodes from series 1 and 2 of the BBC science fiction drama based on the novel by Terry Nation. 95% of the world's population has been wiped out by a freak plague, leaving the remaining survivors to rebuild civilisation. Awakened into a surreal nightmare, where basic commodities such as food and water are in scarce supply, a group of disparate strangers led by Abby (Julie Graham), Anya (Zoe Tapper) and high-security prisoner Tom (Max Beesley) must put aside their differences, combine their talents, and learn to adapt to the daunting situation in which they now find themselves.

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This remake is definitely not in the same league as the original BBC series. It's very much a precis of the original and as such lacks essential details regarding character and plot. I appreciate that thirty years separates the original from this remake - it could still have been so much better than this attempt at contemporizing Terry Nation's brilliant ideas about the decimation of the human population by The Death. I am disappointed with this recent BBC attempt at post-apocalyptic Britain. I'll go back and watch the original!
I recently viewed the original BBC series, Survivors, from 1975-77 and thoroughly enjoyed this extremely good, character lead drama. Each episode was very well produced by Terence Dudley and based around a theme which all characters responded to in their own unique way, touching some very ethically difficult areas as they proceeded to a great finale. There was no grandiose Sci-Fi based around research scientists in high security bunkers, which plays a key role in the remake! Observing how people would realistically react to the end of the world on a day by day basis made the original series so much better.
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What a wasted opportunity. The titular characters lurch from crisis to crisis without ever learning from their mistakes. 'Look there's a car crash. Let's stop and help. Oh no! It's a trap... Again!'
The problem with nearly all post-apocolyptic dramas is that they rely on the hackneyed trope of all survivors turning ferally competitive. In fact, after every major disaster, people pull together and look out for each other.
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I originally watched the original Survivors bu Terry Nation on TV many years ago in 1975 and found it spellbinding. Years later I bought the complete box set and have since watched it all over agin twice. I watched the remake with Julie Graham when that came out and have recently bought the box set to watch again. The remake is not as good as the original series which is longer and to my mind better but it is still a good series that is well worth watching if your into "end of the world virus" scenarios
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I bought this after watching the TV series and thinking it was ok. I then Bought the original 1970's series and realised just how bad it is compared to the original so I gave this series away.
To much was centred around returning to the old system that had just been destroyed through the plague, where as the original spent most of the 3 series on Survival and the different groups that had set up.
I have watched the original many times again and if you want to watch the survivors I would recomend buying that series instead
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Last week when I was snowed in at home and couldn't go out I watched the 1970s "Survivors" Series 1-3 from beginning to end without a break except to sleep, eat and to do you know what so I was able to compare it to this 2008 version and for me it confirmed just how good the earlier version was in comparison to this one. Although now rather dated in its style and allowing for some episodes being better than others the 1970s version is more thoughtful and subtle and examined in a more considered and intelligent way the implications of a plague wiping out most of the human race forcing the survivors to become self sufficient, to learn old skills from bygone ages because modern technology was now useless and how radically different conditions lead to new types of relationships and communities being necessary in order that people could live, protect themselves, adapt and survive.

The 2008 "Survivors" is very much a product of the modern age - flashy, action packed and superficial with little time for anything cerebral and not exactly guaranteed to strain the brain too much but it is enjoyable and entertaining. The casting with its emphasis on a neatly balanced ethnic and social mix is rather artificial and some might call this politically correctness but I suppose this more accurately reflects the makeup of modern society. To me the 2008 "Survivors" is essentially a wasted opportunity and this is sad. It could have been and should have been so much better but it is well worth watching although there is nothing that stays in the memory like some of the scenes and characterisations in the 1970s version and I cannot imagine it having the same long standing appeal of the "old" survivors.
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I had to go on line and purchase this series as our commercial televsion only showed season one late at night and as I now know in an abridged version. Liked the series when it was on TV enough to buy it. The DVD's are much better than the television version which cut a lot of relevant scenes. It was good to watch both season one and two together. There are only six episode in each season but gets through a lot of character development.
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This modern retelling of "Survivors" seems to suffer from lazy writing. Episode after episode expects huge leaps of faith from the viewers over and over again, with our characters behaving unrealistically, and worst of all, truly outlandish and unbelievable coincidences happening far too often.

The writers seem to overlook the true story to tell here, a world where most people have died and which is now slowly crumbling with all the infostructure gone. Instead they seem more concerned with introducing unecessary nemesis after unecessary nemesis for our survivors to overcome... The gem of the series goes to "evil coal mine owner" who captures fellow survivors in order to force them to mine coal. Here we see the true lengths the writers are willing to sink to in order to create yet another villain for the survivors to face. In reality every coal power station, every coal mine and coal depot would have huge mounds of coal, just lying there waiting to be taken, but instead the inept writers decide to ignore this obvious reality, in order to contrive another story.

Contrived plots, littered with outlandish coincidences, happens over and over and over such that it all becomes mushy, unbelievable and ultimately forgettable.
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