Ultraviolet by Joe Ahearne |Jack Davenport, Susannah Harker, Idris Elba | 660200303426 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Ultraviolet

Ultraviolet

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Director: Joe Ahearne

Cast: Jack Davenport, Susannah Harker, Idris Elba

     
 
This superb miniseries from England arrives as a two-disc set from Palm Pictures and Manga Entertainment. The print is presented in widescreen (non-anamorphic) with an aspect ratio of 1.55:1. The soundtrack choices are Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0. Given the dark nature of the series, it is refreshing to see that the picture is without any major flaws. Each

Overview

This superb miniseries from England arrives as a two-disc set from Palm Pictures and Manga Entertainment. The print is presented in widescreen (non-anamorphic) with an aspect ratio of 1.55:1. The soundtrack choices are Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0. Given the dark nature of the series, it is refreshing to see that the picture is without any major flaws. Each disc features scene selections for each episode, episode summaries, and a "UV Dictionary" that defines numerous words used in the production. There is also an audio interview with the creator/director of the series, Joe Ahearne, which runs approximately 15 minutes per disc. A hidden feature on each disc can be accessed by pressing the Palm Pictures logo on the main menu page. When accessed, it shows a bevy of previews for future releases for the company. A slick and nicely designed package.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The vampire legend's gothic trappings are stripped away in Ultraviolet, a six-episode British TV series that brings a distinctly modern slant to an oft-told tale. The setup is accomplished in the first episode, where homicide detective Michael Colefield (Jack Davenport) is recruited into the CIB, an elite and exceedingly covert high-tech government agency dedicated to battling vampires. Colefield's new CIB colleagues include an ex-medical researcher (Susannah Harker), an ex-military man (Idris Elba), and a Catholic priest (Philip Quast). These new comrades in arms are grim, scarred by past vampire encounters and ruthless in their persecution of the undead. While Ultraviolet's vampires eschew tradition and have no apparent fangs, they do bear a few familiar traits. They have no reflection in mirrors, they are immortal, and, of course, they drink human blood. The key to the series' unusual flavor is the absence of supernatural explanations: These vampires are biological parasites, and while the CIB fights to protect mankind from falling one rung down the food chain, the vampires are well-organized, well-funded, and use bioengineering to protect their food supply. Ultraviolet is a heady mix of quickly cut scenes and rat-a-tat dialogue, with the big picture coalescing at a gradual but enticing pace. And while each episode contains some stand-alone material, there is an overall story line that builds toward a firm resolution, making the series especially potent when viewed in order and in its entirety. The two-DVD set contains plot synopses, character profiles, and a glossary of the series' unique jargon, all of which adds greatly to an understanding of the show's complex world. And for those who are left hungry for more of Ultraviolet, there is also an interview with the series' writer-director, Joe Ahearne, who explains, among other things, why only six episodes were made.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2001
UPC:
0660200303426
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
NR
Source:
Palm Pictures / Umvd
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
6:00:00

Special Features

Two DVDs including six one-hour episodes; explore and unlock Code V data in "The Prison, which includes episode summaries, personal files, the UV dictionary, and an interview with series creator, Joe Ahearne; weblinks; Dolby Digital 5.1and Dolby Digital Surround English language tracks.

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ultraviolet, Vol. 1
1. Chapter I [19:41]
2. Chapter II [12:42]
3. Chapter III [9:40]
4. Chapter IV [8:51]
5. Chapter V [:01]
1. Chapter I [18:26]
2. Chapter II [9:40]
3. Chapter III [10:12]
4. Chapter IV [6:02]
5. Chapter V [6:42]
1. Chapter I [16:14]
2. Chapter III [14:49]
3. Chapter III [9:37]
4. Chapter IV [10:14]
5. Chapter V [:01]
Disc #2 -- Ultraviolet, Vol. 2
1. Chapter I [20:40]
2. Chapter II [17:16]
3. Chapter III [8:34]
4. Chapter IV [4:13]
5. Chapter V [:01]
1. Chapter I [12:42]
2. Chapter II [20:38]
3. Chapter III [7:51]
4. Chapter IV [8:56]
5. Chapter V [:01]
1. Chapter I [17:21]
2. Chapter II [13:47]
3. Chapter III [9:35]
4. Chapter IV [10:22]
5. Chapter V [:01]

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Ultraviolet 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I missed Sci-Fi Channel's broadcast of ULTRAVIOLET so I bought it on DVD when it was realeased. This is excellent television, along the lines of the X-Files. I think it was a little more subtle than X-files -- they don't clobber you over the head with anything, they sort of leave it to you to figure out what they're talking about. It's interesting -- and speaks to the series' intelligence -- that they never once say the word ''vampire'' in this series, and you don't see vampires feeding on people. Based on the smart writing and great acting, one could assume that vampires truly DO exist in this day and age; it gave me the feeling that perhaps this is going on in the world and is a very well-kept secret. Jack Davenport is great -- a real hunk and great actor. I definitely recommend this if you're afan of British television.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago