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on 26 November 2012
If you remember David Macallum taking on HG Wells' titular transparent hero in the 70s then you're in for a treat.

All episodes of the original series are here. The first episode is frankly not brilliant picture wise, grainy and almost VHS like in places. But from ep 2 the pictures recover, and off we go.

Fairly nondescript packaging, which hides a tv gem inside.

I was surprised to learn from the credits that one of the writers was Stephen Bochco, of Hill Street blues and other dramas fame.
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on 16 December 2012
my wife knows of my fondness for classic 70's sci-fi shows that I watched and enjoyed as a kid so I was amazed and delighted
when she found and ordered this on Amazon uk for me .Im happyto be transported back to those happy times and have my son enjoy this series as much as I did back then.
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on 16 April 2013
Finally after so many years, about 3 decades i was able to re-watch my fav childhood-series once again. perfect nostalgic TV! Recommended material for all who were kids in the 70'ies!
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on 3 January 2015
Excellent arrived on time no problems at all
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on 21 August 2016
Thank you I watch all ready no problem at all very satisfied with blu-ray and a service and packing as well
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on 11 May 2015
Very happy with this order.
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1975's The Invisible Man boasted some top TV talent - producers Harve Bennett (The Six Million Dollar Man, Rich Man Poor Man, Star Trek II), Leslie Stevens (The Outer Limits) and Steve Bochco (Hill Street Blues, McMillan and Wife, L.A. Law) and the other Man From U.N.C.L.E, David McCallum, with music by Henry Mancini - but still only lasted 13 episodes before being cancelled. It's certainly an enjoyable show but, like The Six Million Dollar Man, one that shows clear signs that the studio hadn't really made up their mind how to approach it when they went into production: while it doesn't have the three feature-length pilots with wildly differing tone and approaches that the bionic man did, there's a very noticeable move from the anti-authoritarian cynicism of the pilot episode to the subsequent series that sees our transparent hero part of a corporate family subcontracting to a benign government on impossible missions.

The pilot is easily the best episode, with a much darker tone tying in with the political paranoia of the day as McCallum accidentally discovers invisibility as a by-product of different commercial research and finds that boss and backer Jackie Cooper can't wait to break his word and sell it to the military. Add to that his phone being bugged and shadowy figures keeping watch on him and its no surprise that he wigs out and sabotages his invention, but not before temporarily rendering himself invisible. Only this time it turns out not to be temporary...

It's quite a bleak approach with much more emphasis on the characters. McCallum's scientist may not be dangerously mad but he's an unfocused character, mind rushing off in different directions, never thinking his actions through because he's already mentally racing ahead and subsequently driven by despair. By the end of the pilot the basic premise is established - in return for access to the resources he needs to find a cure he'll hire out to perform special assignments suited to his particular unique abilities - as is his fractious, mistrusting relationship with Cooper that's driven purely by necessity. Yet by the second episode the tone has lightened considerably as Universal tried to turn the show into an invisible Six Million Dollar Man. The backstory has been changed in the credit sequence - this time it was an accident rather than deliberate sabotage that destroyed the machine - and Jackie Cooper has been replaced by the more Oscar Goldman-like Craig Stevens, with McCallum and screen spouse Melinda Fee more of an undercover espionage version of McMillan and Wife, dispensing banter between dangerous assignments involving reluctant traitors, crooked truckers, penitent defectors, phoney psychics, corporate kidnappers, escaped madmen, card sharks and drug-dealing prison wardens. Yet if you can accept the sudden u-turn, it's a fun show, playing its fight sequences largely for laughs as heavies are winded or sent flying by invisible sucker punches or Ross Martin's randy but unconscious diplomat-cum-art thief is moved around like a puppet by our translucent hero.

Guest stars include Henry Darrow, Robert Alda, John Veron, Bobby Van, Nehemiah Persoff, Paul Shenar, Nancy Kovack, Farley Granger, Monte Markham and Oscar Homolka all but reprising his loveable Russian premier from an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E, this time evading assassination attempts from hard liners while in an American hospital for secret plastic surgery.

Perhaps it was all too similar to The Six Million Dollar Man and the producers' other shows to thrive in the ratings at the same time, with its small episode count keeping it out of circulation for years even in syndication. And sadly that indifference has carried over to VEI's disappointing US NTSC DVD release, which has extremely problematic picture quality with a lot of motion issues - that look as if every 18th frame or so has frozen that isn't so noticeable when someone is walking towards the camera but looks horrible staggered in panning or tracking shots giving it a kind of stop/start juddering every few frames on any horizontal movement in most episodes. Even if you can live with that, the picture quality isn't that good either - no remastering here. There's even a bad mid-shot layer change in the pilot that skips over a couple of words of dialogue. The only plus that can be said for the DVD is that, unlike the atrocious Blu-ray release from the same company that puts every episode onto a single disc and presents them in shoddy widescreen versions, at least it's in the original fullframe ratio. No extras either. By all accounts all the other edtions of this title released by other labels in Germany, Australia and the UK are apparently much better picture quality. Certainly the English language German Blu-ray, splitting the show over two discs and including both a shorter synicated version of the pilot and the uncut version as an extra, is much better quality with none of the motion issues despite a bit of visible noise reduction.
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on 14 May 2012
I've always been a great fan of David McCallum, so I'm really glad that this series has finally been released. It's just a pity that it was so short-lived, with only 13 episodes having been made. It was entertaining enough, but perhaps it just wasn't getting the ratings.
In this version of 'The Invisible Man', David plays Dr. Daniel Westin, a scientist working for the KLAE Corporation, who stumbles upon a formula which can make him invisible. What he doesn't realise is that his research has, to date, been funded by the government and that the military would like to get their hands on the formula.
Veteran actor Jackie Cooper plays Westin's boss in the pilot episode which is much more serious than the rest of the series. Craig Stevens takes over the role for the other 12 episodes and his character is more good-natured. Melinda Fee plays Westin's attractive wife and fellow scientist Dr. Kate Westin.
The music was composed by the great Henry Mancini.
There is one minor problem with these discs. As mentioned by reviewer 'FRED' on Amazon.com, there is a very slight jerkiness to the actors' movements in some episodes, particularly episode 2. This really is unforgivable.
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on 19 May 2013
VEI made a bit of a hash of releasing this series on home video. The dvd's are faulty with a glitch at 50 minutes on the pilot and there are strange jerky movements on several episodes . Then they bodged the Blu-ray by cropping it to widescreen when most people wanted it in its original format. What made it worse was that some parts of the pilot were actually stretched and not cropped although I think the only stretched shot on the episodes is the opening shot of the Klae Corporation building . Despite the entire series being on one disc these are all genuine 1080p/24 and are not upscaled tosh ( like you'll get with the upcoming release of The Time Tunnel).
Finally VEI listened and remastered the Blu-ray in its correct ratio so now you can get it as good as its likely to ever be but you'll need to order on Amazon.com or Amazon.ca where VEI are marketplace sellers and buy direct as you can specify whether you want 16:9 or 4:3 . Even Amazons own stock was supposed to be 4:3 but I got 16:9 twice . The Bluray is great quality ( bar the video based effects scenes but thats impossible to change)and its got to be a better bet than either the Australian or UK dvd releases
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on 10 November 2012
I took a chance buying this as the reviews were quite poor,but i'm glad i did.The aspect ratio has been enhanced for widescreen tv's to some people's annoyance as the original run was shown in 1.33 full screen.But to be honest the picture quality and sound are pretty good and for £14 inc postage from the usa you can't complain to much.The show only ran for one season and would only have a limited cult following so i suspect this is the best we can expect.
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