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Ravin' about Raven !,
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This review is from: Raven - The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
So, Raven on DVD at last. Its not quite as I remember as is the case with many of these shows that us nostalgics hanker after. Still, it was ahead of its time compared to lots of other kids TV for teenagers. Its quite well acted with some established thesps taking part, often being filmed on location; it also had (for then) quirky and advanced graphic effects sequences used to create the required 'other worldly/supernatural' feel.
Its quite a 'new age' theme and plot - it centres around attempts to dump Nuclear Waste underground in ancient caves, which locals are opposed to. The caves are currently being worked on by Archeologists due to Ancient/Arthurian artifacts and links with the Knight of the Round table.
Phil Daniels as Raven fine - a stroppy teenage orphan on probation from borstal slowly realising that his purpose in life is not quite what he was expecting. His name came from the bird which was watching over him as an abandoned baby! Why the Raven was doing this is not clear, but theres a lot of symbolistic stuff going on throughout the series, often with birds; in particular, Merlins. Plus raven keeps a stuffed Raven with him too...
The quality of the DVD is average - its straight from video though so its to be expected. However, it still has the commercial breaks sections. Why ..? The graphics are dated to modern eyes but impressed me back then. However, the plot still works, excellently; many themes raised are in essence true even now - taking care of the past helps protect the future. Overall, i enjoyed it second time around once my adult eyes stops being so old. A fun and watchable bit of TV from the past with an above average storyline. Four stars are due to the picture quality and ropy editing. (I know.. picky..)
If you liked Children of the Stones, then get this - its written by the same people!
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Initial post: 30 Jun 2012, 20:36:39 BST
Miss Marple says:
The commercial break bumpers are left in for completists. They are inherent in the master and as such are therefore more desirable to collectors of archive television left in than cut out. Pretty much all Network DVD titles are authored in this way as the people at Network know their audience and therefore what the vast majority of their customers prefer.
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 15:55:07 GMT
L. D. Chappell says:
Thanks for that. It explains why my other 'network' releases have this.
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