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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 18.8 x 14.22 x 3.3 cm; 358.34 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : 5014503117627
- Director : Michael E. Briant
- Media Format : Import, PAL
- Run time : 663 minutes
- Actors : Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, Michael Keating, Robert Beatty, Robert James
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : BBC
- ASIN : B000085RK5
- Number of discs : 5
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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Intergalatic adventure with an interplanetary resistance group battling for survival against a totalitarian super-power. Roaming a universe of boundless space and restrictive discipline, freedom-fighter Blake, with the crew of the spaceship Liberator is locked in combat with the all powerful forces of the Federation. Contains all 13 episodes of the first series: 1. The Way Back 2. Space Fall 3. Cygnus Alpha 4. Time Squad 5. The Web 6. Seek-Locate-Destroy 7. Mission To Destiny 8. Duel 9. Project Avalon 10. Breakdown 11. Bounty 12. Deliverance 13. Orac .Blakes 7 - Series One - 5-DVD Box Set ( Blakes Seven ) ( Blakes 7 - Entire Series 1 )
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I bought this set in 2009 and just rewatched it in 2020...
Amazing start to the Season with The way back followed by other good eppies.
My favourites here being The Way back, Space fall, Cygnus Alpha and The Web.
It nose dives quie a bit as this Season goes along imo, but it's always very watchable, dosen't dip below good - a lot of the early buget was spent on the first episode.
The Cast are excellent in general.
Paul Darrow is memorable and Gareth Thomas as Roj Blake is fabulous.
That reflects in my score overall for this Season ...
I still think Blakes 7 is worth a visit for any fan of classic Sci Fi TV.
Terry Nation gave us The Daleks and the Survivors but his greatest gift will always be B7 for me.
The show is Classic.
Back in January 1978, this new show hit BBC1 at 7.20pm on a Monday night. And the nation was never the same again.
In the near future, Earth and other worlds are ruled by an organisation called the Federation. Which has some pretty ruthless soldiers. Ordinary worker Roj Blake [Gareth Thomas] who lives in a domed city on Earth, is going about his ordinary life when he finds out it's all a lie. There are rebels out there. He was once one of the most successful. Until the Federation brainwashed him to forget.
Now they have no option but to frame him for heinous crimes, and send him off to a prison planet to live the rest of his life in exile.
Fate offers him, and other prisoners, a chance when an alien spaceship is found. Escaping on board this vessel, which they christen the Liberator, Blake can now take the fight back to the Federation. Even though some of the rest of his new crew might not be quite so enthusiastic about the cause as he is. But the legend of Blake's Seven is about to be born.
But they don't have it all their own way. As a pair of ruthless Federation officers want them stopped...
This comes from an age of cheap visual effects, and does look so much like many Doctor Who stories from the 1970's. Model shots. Cheap sets. Location filming done In quarries. And the occasional visual effect that doesn't quite come off. Since a film called Star Wars was due to come out around the same time, the producers did worry how this would compare to that.
But Blake's seven made an impression on people. One that has never been forgotten. Because it wasn't about the visuals. It was about the characters. Paul Darrow makes an instant impression as coldly logical computer expert Avon. Michael Keating gets the laughs as expert thief and self presever Vila. Sally Knyvette and Jan Chappell never quite get the character development they deserve as pilot Jenna and alien guerrilla fighter Cally, but they do make an impression. As does David Jackson as gentle but very strong giant Gan. Peter Tuddenham provided voice work only for computer Zen. But his was a voice you never forgot as he gave a machine character.
On the Federation side Stephen Greif makes an effective nemesis for Blake as Space Commander Travis. Leather clad soldier with an interesting look and a memorable weapon. But the one everyone remembers is Jacqueline Pearce as the glamorous, well spoken, and incredibly ruthless politican Servalan. There was nothing like her before. That and the quality of the character and the performance means she is still well remembered.
Blake's seven had great character interaction and dialogue and humour with it. It was a superb action adventure series - and a bit more violent than they might allow pre 9pm nowadays. Plus it had moral issues at it's heart. Is Blake a freedom fighter or a terrorist? There's no easy answer to that, which is why they left it up to the viewer.
The season takes four episodes to set everything up, and could possibly do with merging the first two together. As the writer once said. After that the episodes are mostly stand alone. Some are filler - ideas that ran short so the script editor had to flesh them out - but all are very watchable. The final two episodes do form a two part story, that ends on a memorable cliffhanger.
The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:
Being quite an old release, it's a bit sparse on extras.
Three commentaries on various episodes from cast members. Plus one with the producer.
Disc five gives us:
Two out takes, a missing scene, one robot, two flat feet, and a blooper. A fun seven minute long feature, with narration and short interviews, showing some deleted scenes and a few things that didn't quite come off.
Another seven minute long feature comes from bbc children's show Blue Peter. Which always showed you how to make replica things. In this case one of the teleport bracelets seen on the show.
There is a section of episode synopsis. Which are no more than three paragraph summaries of each episodes.
Plus nine character introductions. Which run for two to three minutes, and introduce each character via selected clips. These can be watched individually or all in a row.
The extras have their moments, but the quality of the episodes makes this a five star release anyhow. Quality cult tv, and it should be in the collection of every fan of that.
It is slow to get going the tale will enthrall you, not the models or sets, made today Special FX would detract from the ideas. Waste a few hours one Sunday watching this newbies I hope will want more, old hands? Well, we never forgot.
a star wars type of genre ,they wouldnt
Be far wrong, the bbc could never hope to pay for the
effects available in the states also had to
Do with model space kits and dodgy effects, that out
of the way the series is very good you had
The rebel rog Blake, a brainwashed x freedom fighter
. Up against servalan and travis both equivalent
Of emperor Palpatine, servalan,and travis a cross
between a Borg and psycho, the black clad fed
troopers were quite cool(notice the Derry boots they wears,
look it up ) some time over the seasons
The federation, went to war with invaders from
another galaxy ,rumours were that the original
Premise was that the invaders were meant to be the
daleks but discounted during this
Time both Blake,Jenna and gan left the show and
the federation won the war
And renamed the empire but For reasons.
Unknown to them selves the bbc cancelled the show , not
before bringing back blake in the last episode.
In this episode most of the crew were killed off in an
ambushed by the Fed, ....er. empire with one possible
Survivor..rumours are circling the net that the series will be
launched in the next couple of years or sooner