Is the DVD worth buying?

This BBC/BBC America miniseries, filmed in Toronto, was broadcast on 2 November 2006 on BBC1 in the UK, and in the US in February 2007.

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Is the DVD worth buying?

Post by Moira » Tue Mar 13, 2007 7:58 pm

I haven't read any reviews of TSW, for fear of spoilers. So I don't know what you all think of the series.

I'm considering ordering the DVD. Is the show good enough to own?

Thanks!

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Post by kjshd05 » Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:58 am

Moira:
I purchased the UK DVD back in January, then I just bought the US DVD a few weeks ago...Yes, it is definitely WORTH buying...You will love it!
Take my word, I wouldnt steer you wrong...When you watch it for the first time, try to watch all 6 episodes at one sitting. It will make more sense...
The US DVD and the UK DVD are identical in content.

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Post by Ob$e$$ed » Wed Mar 14, 2007 2:53 am

Why would you not buy it?
It's rare enough Jason gets a major role in anything so from someone who buys dvds of movies he's only in for 20 seconds I'd say of course it's worth buying.

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Post by Marie » Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:08 am

The technical aspects of the series are a bit lacking (sound is not very good) the budget seems to have been spent on the airline explosion (but that was very dramatic and well done) That is about the only really bad thing I have to say about it. It is an action/political/intrigue kind of plot. Some imagination required but overall I have a much harder time believing the stuff on 24 or CSI Miami than I did TSW. My husband and I both enjoyed it quite a bit.

The plot line about the execution of a British citizen was the best of the series. It was excellent. Just plain excellent!

I would (and I did) buy this on DVD - I plan to lend it to some of my freinds and my parents who did not get to see it on BBCA. Plus I would watch it again in the future.

Another plus is that the DVD has the series intact - BBCA had to cut out some scenes for commercials.

There ..... Buy the DVD - sit back with some popcorn - and enjoy it (just for the plain fun of it!)

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Post by Hilary the Touched » Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:18 am

I'd echo Marie on this one--this was one of the rare Jason Isaacs productions I've been able to enjoy sitting on the sofa with my husband. (He's a very critical viewer, and lots of other JI stuff don't make the cut!)
Having the DVD means that when you didn't quite catch something, or you think you did and now you're REALLY confused! you can pause or go back and rewatch a segment.
It's pretty quick-moving; I thought it was very smart and well done. There were scenes that seemed a bit cheesy or unrealistic--the ambassador's bathroom is right out of a rest area on the Pennsylvania Turnpike!!!! but overall, I found it very convincing.
And there's tons of Jason in it (including scrummy shirtless Jason!). Amazon's got it for $23.99; order something with a pal, and you get free shipping.

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Post by Moira » Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:26 pm

Ob$e$$ed wrote:Why would you not buy it?
It's rare enough Jason gets a major role in anything so from someone who buys dvds of movies he's only in for 20 seconds I'd say of course it's worth buying.
I don't buy everything JI is in. Most of the things I have with him in it came from when I was working at a used book store, and I got them either for free because they were going to be thrown out, or for 50 cents.

I got the DVD of Brotherhood for free because Barnes & Noble had a Buy One TV DVD Set, Get Another Free sale. I wouldn't have paid $30 for a TV show I'd never seen, even with JI. I enjoy his work, but I'm a fan, not a fanatic.

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Post by catloveyes » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:47 am

As Kj said...."it is definitely worth buying" and I guess I am a fanatic because I think anything with Jason in it with such a great role and looking "scrummy and shirtless"...thank you Hil...is fantastic!!

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Post by Helen8 » Fri Mar 16, 2007 10:56 am

try to watch all 6 episodes at one sitting.

Yeah. Tried that. Fell asleep at the beginning of ep. 6. Still don't know how it ends 'cause I haven't had the time to watch it. :mad:
And I've got Casino Royale to watch, too.
So many hunks, so little stamina. :furthermore

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Post by Moira » Fri Mar 16, 2007 1:27 pm

Helen8 wrote:Yeah. Tried that. Fell asleep at the beginning of ep. 6. Still don't know how it ends 'cause I haven't had the time to watch it.
Lordy, I don't have time to do anything other than work for six hours in a row. Not even sleep!
So many hunks, so little stamina.
That's why I limit myself to one. ;-)

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Post by Helen8 » Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:14 pm

That's why I limit myself to one.

Besides Helen the Gullible, I'm also known as Helen the Masochist. :shock:

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Post by Gillian » Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:57 pm

I don't buy everything either, but I do administrate this board (plus spend copious amounts of time searching for news.)

Don't know if that classifies me as a fanantic. Maybe just a little bit *off*. :D

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Post by Moira » Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:01 pm

Oh dear, I didn't mean to offend. I don't want to sound as if everyone who watches everything JI has done is a fanatic, in the negative aspect of the word.

Believe me, I lived for many years in an apartment in Fanatic Land. I used to be a huge fan of a particular actor. I spent far more than I should have on CDs, posters and programs of musicals he was in. I drew cartoons of his characters, and friends in England, where he lives, gave them to him at the stage door. I sculpted a small bust of him in character. If a Kleenex he'd sneezed into had been auctioned on eBay, I would have bid for it. I even went across the pond to see him in a one man show, and asked him for a photo at the stage door, when the poor bugger was dripping sweat, completely knackered, and literally up to his chest in an ocean of females demanding his attention, when quite obviously he just wanted to get on to an after-show party with his wife and mates. I had it baaad.

(Coincedently, an unknown person captured the moment on film and put it online. I'm in there --I won't say where-- embarrassed as hell. http://www.luinalda.de/philip/divas-bilder.html)

But that fandom helped me through a terrible period. It distracted me, and gave me a community to hang with while I patched my life together. It ended when I realized that I was devoting too much of my time admiring someone else's talents, and it was time for me to try to do something with what little talent I have. I'm completely over that fandom, but I remember it with fondness, and I'm grateful for how it helped me endure an awful time.

I certainly understand anyone spending as much time admiring JI as I did the other actor. Hey, I'm hanging out here a lot, too. ;-)

But now I view fandom differently, for myself. Meeting a person whose work I admire at a stage door or on the street isn't a true human connection, to me. It's forced and artifical, with one person held as having more significance than another. I would much rather meet such a person one on one, over coffee, at some sort of shared professional gathering, or converse by email. I'd want to talk, to discuss, to laugh, as equals, as I would with a coworker or any person I met who I found interesting, and who found me interesting. But you just can't do that in a "fan" and "star" situation.

(To be honest, the least interesting people I've ever met were actors. Too often their favorite subject is "I, Myself." The most interesting person I've known was the founder of a wildlife rehabilatation center. And writers, such poets Rebecca Majesdatter http://scifiwriting.meetup.com/2/photos ... oId=323916
and Terry A. Garey
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two of the Lady Poetessess From Hell, who read at science fiction-fantasy conventions. Given the choice between having coffee with Jason Isaacs or Blake Masters, I'd chose Masters in a heartbeat.)

The difference for me is, if I ever did see JI in person, I wouldn't want to disturb him. And I wouldn't bid on his used Kleenex. :D

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Post by Gillian » Sat Mar 17, 2007 11:15 am

I don't think that I would either because, you know ..... eeeeoooooowwww.
Which kind of makes a great segue into one of my favorite examples of onscreen fanaticism -- Priscilla, Queen of the Desert -- and Felicia and his Abba turd.

"I said, NO MORE FUCKING ABBA!"

*cough*




Yeah.
Anyway, my own personal JI experience stemmed from a "there's that 'guy'" moment. And after being totally struck by his eyes and how he managed to steal every scene he was in, landing on a fan site hoping to get some answers. Which I did. But also being impressed by the level of intelligence I found in the posters, and their humor, and making some of the best friends I have ever had (and continue to have ) in my life. And along the way being impressed with Jason as a person and how wonderfully accommodating he was with the fans, and the distinct lack of ego he displayed in all the accounts I read. It was so refreshing. Here's a guy who hadn't lost sight of what was important and could still have a laugh about the absurdity that fame can sometimes bring.

So that kind of hooked me, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Getting involved with this site was simply a natural extension of that. Plus I'm one of those kinds who enjoys the hunt. I get a thrill out of it. Whether it be tracking down ways to make the board work more efficiently, or looking for harder to find news. I love doing it. Not just because of Jason, in fact, a lot of it doesn't have to do with Jason. It's feeds an inner need. I can make people happy, and I love happy people.

(I also like a good laugh. God, I love a good laugh.)

I'm that way with pretty much everything I do. Mom and dad's computer not working? I'm their gal. Somebody's pulling their hair out in pre-press because a file simply refuses to work? I will un-bork that puppy. Network on the fritz? I will hunt down the problem with the tenaciousness of a pitbull.

It goes on and on ...

In the end what it really boils down to is the sense of satisfaction I feel. It makes me feel like I'm doing something worthwhile, and getting back just as much as I give.

It's like sex. But without the condoms. :D

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Post by Helen8 » Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:41 pm

Network on the fritz? I will hunt down the problem with the tenaciousness of a pitbull. It goes on and on ... In the end what it really boils down to is the sense of satisfaction I feel. It makes me feel like I'm doing something worthwhile, and getting back just as much as I give.

And that's why we love her. :hug 'Specially me, who doesn't know a CPU from the IND Lexington Avenue Local. :oops:

Helen

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Post by Gillian » Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:40 pm

Awww, Helen. You're so sweet! :D
And that's why we love her. affection 'Specially me, who doesn't know a CPU from the IND Lexington Avenue Local.
Well then you're one up on me, sport.
What's the IND Lexington Avenue local?

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