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5.0 out of 5 stars a favourite childhood series, 21 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: V (Original Series) - The Complete Collection [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
I have been promising myself the DVDs of this series for years, then hearing that there is going to be a remake (to be shown in 2010) I decided that the time was now.

The box contains:

V - Mini Series (1983)
V - Final Battle (1984)
V - Complete Series (1985) - 19 episodes (though only 18 were originally shown in the UK)

This was one of those programmes that when I was younger I used to stay up late for.

Created by Kenneth Johnson, it was something completely different to anything else on TV - remember this was the time of Dallas and Dynasty.

*** Possible Spoilers ***

*V*

It starts with a number of spaceships arriving over various cities around the world. The "Visitors" - who appear to be human - are lead by "John" (Richard Herd) and his Second in Command "Steven" (Andrew Prine), along with Science Officer "Diana" (Jane Badler). They "come in peace" or so they say. They offer cures for cancer, and other diseases, but never come up with anything. Journalist Mike Donovan (Marc Singer) smells a rat (or something similar) and decides to launch his own investigation into these friendly Visitors, getting what he finds to the public proves difficult and makes him a wanted man.

Meanwhile Dr Juliet Parish (Faye Grant) and some of her colleagues have become disenchanted with the visitors seeming inability to come up with the cures they promised, and the way that are taking over. They launch a mini underground movement to undermine the Visitors. As time passes they come into contact with Donovan and the truth starts to come out.

*The Final Battle*

We are introduced to Ham Tyler (Michael Ironside) and his sidekick Chris Farber (Mickey Jones) who are the men that the US Government turned to when they needed someone to do the dirty work. They hook up with the resistance and finally give some military planning to the fight against the Visitors.

*The Series*

Follows on from the Final Battle and introduces new characters such as Kyle Bates (Jeff Yagher), Nathan Bates (Lane Smith) and Elizabeth (Jennifer Cooke) as well as continuing on with already established characters.

*** End of Possible Spoilers ***

Interestingly, a viewers pole done at the time of the favourite characters of the shows (both mini series and the episodic series) threw up a surprise for the studios - they had expected Juliet and Donovan to be top with Kyle Bates (Jeff Yagher) and Diana (Jane Badler) also in the top 5. What they hadn't expected was the top two to be Willie (Robert Englund) and Ham Tyler (Michael Ironside) - both actors, at the time, were mainly known for bad guy roles.

The cancellation of the series came a somewhat of a surprise, especially as it was doing so well in the ratings. So sure were they that they would be renewed that scripts had been completed for season 2.

Yes, the scripts and back stories had some problems and holes; and some of the special effects look a little dodgy in comparison with the current CGI effects, but it's still a great series.

I haven't regretted my purchase. In fact I have thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this series from my youth - unlike many I have returned to this one has lived up to my memories of it.
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Initial post: 23 Jul 2012 17:27:24 BDT
gR4H4m says:
caution: this review is not for this product. I ordered and was disappointed to find it is just the series of 19 episodes on 5 discs, not what this reviewer has described.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2012 00:18:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jul 2012 00:40:06 BDT
Su says:
This review is for this set and was posted on the "V (original series) - Complete collection [DVD] -

What page did you order yours from as amazon have a habit of crossing the reviews to similar (and not similar) products.

The complete set comes in a black box and contains the original Mini Series, V - Final Battle mini series, and the tv series. - V (Original Series) - The Complete Collection [DVD]

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2012 16:47:23 BDT
gR4H4m says:
Hi Susan, I'm not saying that your review is wrong, just that Amazon have added your review to a different product and wanted to warn others about this. Amazon have added this to 'V - The Complete Series', this is silver with a red V on front holding 5 DVDs. I now realise of course it is not the product you have referred to which is the complete collection... Regards, Graham.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 01:48:50 BDT
Su says:
Hi Graham

Unfortunately your comment was non-specific and will show on the correct item page too.

Amazon review crossing is one of the truly irritating things on this site.

If you look at the top of each review there is an Amazon label "This review is from" if the rest of the line black then it was posted on that page, if the rest is blue then it was posted on a different page, click on the blue and it will take you to the item page where the review was posted.

I've been caught the same way so I can understand the frustration, just as I hope you can understand mine.

If you feel so enthusiastic about the problem of review crossing then you could always join the campaign and email Amazon customer services and let them know that their crossing of the reviews made you purchase the wrong item. You might even get your money back.

Su

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 13:49:59 BDT
Rich says:
I wish Amazon would stop doing this. Where V is concerned, judging from the reviews it's clear that many people are confused about what is on the various releases. E.G. buying the complete series which followed the two mini-series and thinking they would get everything together. Merging all the reviews on both listings for the complete collection AND the complete series just makes it all the more confusing for everyone.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 16:56:21 BDT
Su says:
I agree completely - I've emailed amazon customer services to complain, and I know of many others who have emailed for the same reason. Please contact Amazon Customer Services and let them know how you feel and why, and maybe if enough of us complain they will stop this stupid review crossing.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2012 09:45:05 BDT
Rich says:
I've complained and had a ridiculous response from them. They see no problem with it. In the case of V, it seems a glowing review for the Complete Series, lends itself to the Complete Collection. They rave about the small line which tells you if the review was originally on a different listing. A feature which is in itself is at times very confusing. Amazon have no plans to stop doing this. It is crazy.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2012 17:52:40 BDT
Su says:
Unfortunately, it seems that they won't do anything until they receive a massive amount of complaints.

Another reviewer suggested that we all write to the head office in the USA, but I'm not sure that it would work either.

I am really starting to dislike the ridiculous automated responses from Amazon
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