Feature 8.7
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 7.9
Total 8.3
Distributor: Village Roadshow
Running Time:
733 minutes
Classification:
PG
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

8.3


Blake's 7: Series 2

Feature: Blake's 7 is back with more of the same high quality story with same low quality production. Classed as a space opera, Blake's 7 achieved a cult following for it's tight scripts, great acting and I guess in part for it's hokey-ness.

The adventure continues in this series with Blake and Co. in their stolen craft still trying to usurp the Federation at every turn. The new craft, The Liberator is a part of the new series and serves it's crew well. Terry Nation, better known as the father of the Daleks is at the helm again, leading the way with big hair and big guns every step through this romp. Overall the series is a great piece of television, however it really shows it's age and i think that younger viewers who are used to the production values on today's shows will simply view it as crap whilst missing out on a great storyline.

Audio & Video: One of the things that I always find funny about this show, the same as I do with the Doctor Who series is that I can tell what show it is from the audio alone. There is something about the recordings that stands out. In this edition though, having just had it's 25th anniversary, the entire set has had a meticulous overhaul of sound and vision from a very sad looking master set that's been pulled out of the dusty archives. It's an impressive job and one that shows that the team are really committed to a sterling release.

For you geeks who love this series, you are in for a treat. Village Roadshow and BBC have gone all out to make sure that you are well and truly looked after with an absolute barrage of extras to satisfy all but the most hardcore of fans and even I don't know what you would be wanting! I liked the feature Mat's Models which showed model work from the series and also the trailer for season three and a certain scene there that hints that not all relationships are going to stay the same!

Highly recommended for fans of the title and television space opera buffs!

Episode Titles:

Redemption
Shadow
Weapon
Horizon
Pressure Point
Trial
Killer
Hostage
Countdown
Voice from the Past
Gambit
The Keeper
Star One

Special Features:

Digitally Remastered Episodes
Multi-coloured Swapshop (10/03/79)
June Hudson's Costume Collection
Mat's Models
Introducing Orac
The Mutoids
The Ballad of Travis II
Saturday Superstore (08/01/83)
Scene Today (24/01/91)
Trailer For Series 3
Audio Commentary on 3 episodes
Small World: Model Spacecraft (28.08/80)
Episode Synopses

Starring:

Gareth Thomas
Sally Knyvette
Paul Darrow
Michael Keating
David Jackson
Jan Chappell
Peter Tuddenham
Brian Croucher
Jacqueline Pearce






 
 



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