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I love this series so I'm really not one to write an impartial review. That said, the first season is my second least favourite of the series (season six is horrid, don't bother with it, and this comes from a pretty big fan.) As with many series, the first half of the season flounders around. The second half of the season is much better, bringing David Abramowitz in helped immeasurably.
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Liz C. (lizzard) from HOLLY HILL, FL Reviewed on 11/9/2009...
I love this series. You actually learn a bit of history
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Swashbuckling Adventures Through Time!!!
Mr. JKW | Honolulu, Hawai'i | 12/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Highlander Season One, a 9-disc DVD Collection, collects the entire 22-episode first season (1992-1993) of the syndicated action series based on the cult-favorite film.THE STORY "Highlander" tells the tale of a race of "Immortals" who battle one another throughout history for "the Prize." The "Immortals" game is simple -- take the heads of all other Immortals and receive ultimate knowledge and power. In the end -- there can be only one.In 1986, the first Highlander the film, starring Christopher Lambert as Connor McLeod hit theatres. In 1992, Highlander: The Series debuted in syndication to tell the Highlander's tale anew. The series followed the adventures of a new Highlander, Duncan McLeod (Adrian Paul), a kinsman of Lambert's Connor from the original movies.THE DVDS:Here are the contents of each DVD.Disc 1 Episode 1: The Gathering - Connor McLeod returns to "pass the torch" to kinsman Duncan McLeod as he helps Duncan prepare for a deadly Immortal who's set sites on Duncan's head. Episode 2: Family Tree - Richie searches out for his long lost father and runs afoul of a con man and the mob enforcer sent to collect from him. Can McLeod save him in time? Episode 3: The Road Not Taken - When Richie's friend dies from an apparent drug O.D., McLeod suspects an old Immortal friend of his. Disc 2Episode 4: Innocent Man - McLeod searches out an Immortal who took the head of a good friend.Episode 5: Free Fall - McLeod trains a "new" immortal woman. All is not as it seems though.Episode 6: Bad Day in Building "A" - Highlander goes Die Hard as McLeod takes on a bunch of criminals who have taken a courthouse hostage. Disc 3Episode 7: Mountain Men - McLeod goes Survivor when Tessa's kidnapped by a bunch of survivalists in the mountains. Episode 8: Deadly Medicine - A psychotic surgeon takes McLeod prisoner to study his miraculous healing powers.Episode 9: The Sea Witch - Richie helps an ex-girlfriend outrun the drug dealers whom she double-crossed.Disc 4Episode 10: Revenge is Sweet - A master swordswoman seeks revenge on McLeod for the death of her (Immortal) lover whom she believes McLeod killed. Episode 11: See No Evil - McLeod searches out a serial killer who patterns his killings after an Immortal McLeod beheaded in the 1920s.Episode 12: Eyewitness - Tessa's life is endangered after she witnesses a murder by an Immortal who's "above the law." Disc 5Episode 13: Band of Brothers - McLeod's old friend Darius sends warning that a deadly Immortal, clearly beyond McLeod's league, is coming for McLeod's head. Episode 14: For Evil's Sake - McLeod takes on Kuyler, the Immortal Assassin, who's one-upped McLeod a few times in the past.Episode 15: For Tomorrow We Die - McLeod takes on Xavier St. Cloud, an Immortal killer with poison gas and no regard for mortal lives. Disc 6Episode 16: The Beast Below - A "beast-like" Immortal is threatening Richie's new girlfriend. Can McLeod save her?Episode 17: Saving Grace - McLeod comes to the aid of Immortal Dr. Grace Chandel, an old-flame, who's being stalked by her Immortal ex-husband.Episode 18: The Lady and the Tiger - Will Amanda, an old friend and lover of McLeod's, sacrifice his head to save her own?Disc 7Episode 19: Eye of the Beholder - Richie falls for a model who's associated with a beauty obsessed Immortal who will do anything to collect and keep beautiful things, including killing Richie.Episode 20: Avenging Angel - McLeod takes on a new Immortal who believes he is on a Holy Mission to destroy all sinners.Episode 21: Nowhere to Run - McLeod and the gang must defend the arrogant and maladjusted son of Tessa's friend who is accused of raping the step-daughter of a dangerous Immortal.Disc 8: Episode 22 and ExtrasEpisode 22: The Hunters - Season Finale. MacLeod and Fitzcairn investigate the recent disappearances of several Immortals and uncover a deadly plot.THE DVD EXTRASBy far, this set clearly has one of THE best DVD extras packages you'll ever see.COMMENTARY AND NOTESALL EPISODES include commentary from producer Bill Panzer and "Watcher" notes. The producer commentary provides great insight into the situations surrounding each episode production including location, special FX or the actors and actresses. The "Watcher" notes gives additional background and provides more insight into "Highlander" canon with reference to events and characters. In all, these two features alone make purchase of the DVD well worth it. BUT, there's more...BLOOPERSDisc 8 includes the "Highlander Blooper Reel." Nearly 20 minutes of stunts gone wrong, lines flubbed and other hilarious outtakes featuring our favorite "Immortal" stars. BEHIND THE SCENESThis is the half hour documentary used to promo the series before it debuted in 1992. Like most "behind the scenes" features we get the standard on-location footage and interviews with the cast and production crew.THE SCRIPTSDisc 9 includes the finalized shooting scripts for ALL 22 episodes in season one. The scripts are presented in Flash format. The scripts are a Highlander completist's dream as it includes all the lines and all the stage directions. THE VERDICTThis series may have passed by a lot of people's radars due to syndication, but lovers of action-adventure and romance are bound to fall in love with this series. The "historical" flashbacks to earlier time periods in the Immortal's lives are something unique not seen in TV before or since. The martial arts and swashbuckling action will fix most people's action craving and the countless romantic "love scenes" featured in the series will reel in the ladies too. If you've never been exposed to world of Highlander before check this series out and see what Highlander fans have known for years, "In The End, There Can Be Only One" -- and this series is it!!Highest Recommendation"
Finally Highlander DVDs.
L. Eustace-Berlakovich | McGuire AFB, New Jersey | 12/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an amazing set. All 22 episodes with a short interview about the making of the episode and a blooper reel. It was released originally through the Highlander website this time last year for Christmas (Dec 01) but the package was really horrid. All the disks had their own box making the entire set an most a foot wide, just a touch smaller than the original VHS box set. Thank goodness they listened to our complaints 'cause this set looks so much better and at a much better price. This set has all the episodes at the entire release of 48 minutes which is the way they were released for TV in Canada and overseas. Those of us here in the states can finally see the entire episode the way it was released since we lost about 4 minutes for the TV formatting. Also there is a DVD with the original shooting scripts for this season. For those of us who just want to watch the Quickenings, there's a button on the menu of each episode that takes you right to the start of the scene. Little things that makes this set nice. Now if we can only get the Highlander producers to release the rest of the series. We're ready for season two!"
"Don't lose your head"
Sebastian Fernandez | Tampa, Florida United States | 06/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this series and have watched most episodes, but it is great to be able to go back and see them again, in order. Most people know the basics that serve as foundation for the story; Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul) is a four-hundred-year-old immortal who can only die if someone cuts his head. The problem is that there are other immortals out there, and when they kill one of their own they absorb his power. In the end, when the time of the Gathering arrives, there can only be one; and this moment is getting closer and closer. Since the goal is to cut their opponent's head, the fights are mostly with swords, and the choreography used in these scenes is believable and entertaining to watch.
In order to give this series continuity with the movies that serve as the basis, there is a brief appearance by Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod, who is Duncan's "cousin" and mentor. From that moment on, the series stands on its own, and besides Duncan, the main characters are Tessa (Alexandra Vandernoot), his mortal girlfriend who sells antiques, and Richie (Stan Kirsch), a kid who loves to get in trouble with the law.
The series has a good continuity, but most chapters stand pretty well on their own. Of course my recommendation is that you watch them in order, so you can maximize your enjoyment and understanding of what is going on. Especially since one of the aspects I enjoyed most was to learn the rules that govern the lives of the immortals. These rules are revealed little by little and every time we come across a new one, we find ourselves thinking about past episodes and understanding things better.
Most episodes follow the same basic pattern, with a situation presenting itself to Duncan (usually involving another immortal), the tension building up and at the same time Duncan remembering an event from his past related to the present one, and a grand finale with an all out confrontation. The good thing is that even though this pattern is pretty consistent, the creators provide us with enough variety to keep us interested. One fact that may help in this sense is that there are several different writers across the various episodes. All of them share a trait though, and that is the ability to infuse each installment with a high level of suspense, usually through the endangerment of Duncan or someone he loves.
It was very interesting to me to watch the evolution of the actors in this series, since in the first half of this season I found Adrian Paul and Alexandra Vandernoot to be a little stiff and unnatural in their performances. But as the series progressed, they became much better and at ease in their roles. The case of Stan Kirsch is different, since he fits the role to the T since the first episode, and he fulfills the task of bringing some humor to the series in a highly proficient manner.
Due to the nature of the series and of the different places in which Duncan has lived throughout the years, we get to see a huge variety of settings. The creators of the series really excelled in this aspect, especially during Duncan's flashbacks to ancient times. In terms of the present action, the first half of the season develops in the US and the second part in Paris, allowing for the introduction of new secondary characters and even of the way the story progresses. Finally, another attractive feature of this series is the music, with a main theme by Queen that fits the mood very well.
For those of you that are already fans of this series and want something extra besides the episodes, you will get a behind the scenes feature that is pretty interesting and some bloopers during filming. If you like action series in a fantastic setting, you cannot do better than with this one! "
Beautiful, but flawed
Rene | 08/24/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The first season itself is wonderfully done, with excellent stories and nice effects. This season, much more so than any of the others, reminds me of the first movie. It's larger than life and loads of fun. I would rate the first season as 5 stars, but...
The discs are neither captioned nor subtitled, and no additional languages are available in any form, either through subtitles or audio. Since I have a hearing problem, I frequently turn on either captions or subtitles. I'm more than a little annoyed this has neither. Also, it's more than a little interesting to watch "The Gathering" in French, since Christopher Lambert dubs his own lines. :-) In general, I find watching DVDs in foreign languages educational and helpful in relearning a language I no longer understand as well as I'd like. Unfortunately, no foreign language options are available with these discs.
On another note, I have no idea why someone decided it was a good idea to use half a box to hold 3 sets of 3 discs each, but the half box idea was dumb. A full box works so much better to hold and protect the disc sets.
So, 5 stars for the episodes, but 1 star off for packaging and lack of text and audio language features. I'd be inclined to take off more stars if my hearing were worse."