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The complete 'ASBO' super-brats science fiction TV series DVD set, with all five seasons, subtitles and a load of extras
on 31 March 2014
Misfits: Series 1-5 on DVD: This 12 DVD set has all the episodes of Channel 4's critically acclaimed urban SciFi show 'Misfits'. Season one started screening in November 2009 and season 5 concluded with the final episode in December 2013. This British comedy-drama television show follows five young minor offenders sentenced to work in community service who suddenly appear to develop superpowers after a strange electrical storm. Being teenagers with 'issues', dealing with their new random superpowers doesn't always go exactly to plan, so predictably their swearing soon gets a lot worse (it is a comedy-drama show though, albeit with dark humour). The series was filmed in South East London, mostly on location around the Southmere Lake & community centre in Thamesmead. Misfits is often compared to Skins Series 1-7 [DVD], more for the fact that both shows are classy, gritty & original fun TV programs that deservedly reached older audiences outside the target young adults age group, rather than for similarities in plot. I got this set for my teenage daughters 19th birthday, and we both enjoyed watching the series together. Misfits is a surprisingly powerful drama, being moving, funny, & disturbing and often all at the same time.
The twelve DVD set has English audio only (in Dolby stereo) with HoH English subtitles (no other languages). The TV aspect is 16:9 widescreen, and the disks are PAL UK Region 2 locked (although you can often view region locked DVDs on a PC DVD drive anywhere using videolan.org's freebie open-source & multi-region 'VLC Media Player' software player). Total run time for all 37 episodes is 28 hours 24 minutes. Plus there's another 5 hours 15 minutes of extras ranging from 'behind the scenes' for every season, to mini-documentaries such as: 'The making off', 'casting', 'working with puppets', and the gag reels. There's also the hi-res Misfits Series 1-5 Blu-ray UK region B set available. The TV show is rated age 18+, for violence, swearing, sex scenes & occasional drug use, although for seasons 3 & 5 the rating drops to 15+. The set's cardboard outer sleeve is quite flimsy, but the five plastic DVD cases within it are fairly solid with 2xDVDs in season 1, 2, & 5, and 3xDVDs in seasons 3 & 4. The Christmas Special and the two 10 minute shorts 'Vagas Baby' and 'Erazer' are included. We thought this DVD set was good value at the £40 we paid.
Many consider Misfits season 4 to be the weakest in terms of story-lines, but then the other seasons do set high standards. Both the Misfits series and its writer Howard Overman were nominated for RTS Awards in March 2010. The series won the 2010 BAFTA Television Award for Best Drama Series, and Lauren Socha also took home the "Best Supporting Actress" BAFTA for her part as Kelly. The show was nominated for "Best Comedy Drama" at the British Comedy Awards in 2011, but lost to Psychoville, although it did pick up the 2011 RTS award for digital effects. So all agree, Misfits is great TV. Another excellent 'young adults' TV series to check out is the BBC series Being Human - Series 1-5 Boxset [DVD] - werewolves, vampires, and a ghost all 'living' as mates in a house-share, and is rated age 15+.