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Director: Kenneth Johnson

Cast: Faye Grant, Michael Durrell, Peter Nelson

     
 

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Warner Bros. has reversed a trend with this disc: Where a number of DVDs have had films reformatted to 1.33:1 from other aspect ratios, the disc for V sees the original material being matted to 1.85:1 and given an anamorphic transfer for the DVD release. Curiously enough, this reformatting actually seems to work quite well, indicating that director Kenneth

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Warner Bros. has reversed a trend with this disc: Where a number of DVDs have had films reformatted to 1.33:1 from other aspect ratios, the disc for V sees the original material being matted to 1.85:1 and given an anamorphic transfer for the DVD release. Curiously enough, this reformatting actually seems to work quite well, indicating that director Kenneth Johnson was framing for widescreen in the first place. Warner Bros.' transfer engineers have done a very good job of creating the DVD master, using excellent source materials. The image is generally sharp and clean throughout, with good color balance and fairly good blacks. The transfer does suffer from being fairly low contrast, however, which lends it a certain flatness, which is common for television, but belied by the kind of movie-look Johnson was aiming for. Audio is presented in Dolby 2.0 Surround, and is more than adequate, though lacking a little on the bass end. The stereo mix opens the soundstage somewhat, but does not actually turn it into a Surround show, alas. There is also a French-language track, with a fairly good cast and dubbing. Subtitles are available in English, French, and Spanish. The chief extra on the disc is the commentary from writer/director Kenneth Johnson, who talks rapid-fire throughout, not only providing amazing amounts of detail about the production itself, but also practically gives a three-hour class on filmmaking. This commentary is well worth repeated listening, though. The "Behind the Scenes" documentary piece is, for a change, really a behind-the-scenes production, consisting of footage shot during the production, presented raw, a good way to see Johnson at work on the set.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although its special effects pale in comparison to the modern CGI norm and its dialogue and characters seemed pretty wooden even when it first aired, this seminal '80s miniseries remains a watchable piece of sci-fi world making thanks to Jane Badler's campy and creepy lead villainess, former Beastmaster Marc Singer's regular-joe hero, creator Kenneth Johnson's idea-laden though heavy-handed script, and the memorable scenes in which the aliens reveal their true colors: lizard green. Although most of the effects involving space ships are obvious blue-screen jobs, and the distorted voice effect applied to the aliens' dialogue has dated poorly, nostalgia actually works in V's favor; revisiting the Reagan-era hairstyles of Badler's dominatrix-like Diana provides some undeniable though ironic entertainment value. Full of allusions to events both historical (World War II) and science-fictional (Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Day the Earth Stood Still, to name a few), V tries valiantly to please fans of both creature features and political allegory. Unfortunately, its tone is closer to a second-rate soap than to a piece of weighty "issue" filmmaking -- even when Leonardo Cimino is forced to draw painfully obvious parallels between the plight of the movie's ostracized scientists and the travails of the Jews in Nazi Germany. Johnson is on far surer ground in exploring the corrupting effects of power on Cimino's character's grandson, Daniel (David Packer), who joins the equivalent of the aliens' Hitler Youth movement and soon turns his back on everyone he loves. In a parallel plot thread, the interactions between thief Elias (Michael Wright) and doctor Ben Taylor (Richard Lawson), a pair of African-American brothers, seem in retrospect to have been fairly pioneering for '80s TV. These and other subplots provide the human-interest hook that keeps V watchable even when the mechanics of the central narrative fail. The script doesn't do a particularly good job explaining why the world's governments would so easily allow the Visitors to erode their power base, or why the alien villainization of scientists and doctors everywhere wouldn't raise a few alarm bells among the populace. Still, there are some nice bits, including the ascension of alien troop leader Brian (Peter Nelson) to Tiger Beat hunk status in the eyes of belligerent schoolgirl Robin (Blair Tefkin), whose flirtation with the handsome reptile would produce one of the more interesting plot threads -- and characters -- in the follow-up miniseries, V: The Final Battle.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2001
UPC:
0085391148920
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
3:16:00
Sales rank:
21,078

Special Features

Feature-length commentary by writer/director Kenneth Johnson; Behind-the-scenes documentary; Dolby Surround stereo; Interactive menus; Scene access; Languages; English, Français, Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Faye Grant Julie Parrish
Michael Durrell Robert Maxwell
Peter Nelson Brian
Jane Badler Diana
Mark Singer Donovan
Rafael Campos Sancho Gomez
Robert Englund Willie
Richard Herd John
Neva Patterson Eleanor Dupres
Andrew Prine Steven
Penelope Windust Kathleen Maxwell
Michael Alldredge Bill Graham
Camila Ashland Ruby Engels
Frank Ashmore Martin
Bonnie Bartlett Lynn Bernstein
Jason Bernard Caleb Taylor
Leo Cimino Abraham Bernstein
Diane Civita Harmony Moore
Viveka Davis Polly Maxwell
Stephanie Faulkner Assistant Director at News Room
Myron Healey Arch Quinton
Mary Alan Hokanson Ruth Barnes
Joanna Kerns Marjorie Donovan
Evan Kim Tony Wah Chong Leonetti
Richard Lawson Dr. Ben Taylor
Curt Lowens Dr. Maurice Jankowski
Marin May Katie Maxwell
George Morfogen Stanley Bernstein
Jenny Neumann Barbara
David Packer Daniel Bernstein
Tommy Petersen Josh Brooks
Stack Pierce Captain Jake
Hansford Rowe Arthur Dupres
William Russ Brad
Jenny Sullivan Kristine Walsh
Michael Swan Bob
Blair Tefkin Robin Maxwell
Michael Wright Elias Taylor

Technical Credits
Kenneth Johnson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Daniel H. Blatt Producer
Joe Harnell Score Composer
David J. Latt Producer
John McPherson Cinematographer
Robert Singer Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. V: Part One
1. Cast and Dedication [1:14]
2. War In El Salvador [3:48]
3. Sky Surprise;Credits [2:15]
4. UFOs everywhere [5:54]
5. First contact [2:01]
6. Meeting at eight [5:51]
7. The Supreme Commander [3:48]
8. The mothership [5:02]
9. Techinicians arrive(Star Wars) [3:28]
10. Party observations [2:25]
11. First Casaulty [1:06]
12. "I am Just." [3:42]
13. New Spokeswoman [3:15]
14. Rescuing Caleb [1:23]
15. The Compeitition [3:14]
16. Good night,Ruth [1:35]
17. Two ships passing [2:52]
18. A conspiracy [4:59]
19. Left-handed [2:44]
20. The stowaway [3:04]
21. True colors [4:01]
22. Face to Face [2:17]
23. Making a statement [4:25]
24. Marital law [4:59]
25. One side of the story [3:58]
26. Getting organized [2:19]
27. On the run [2:07]
28. A place to hide [4:14]
29. Trouble at Kristine's [3:30]
30. Asking about Brian [2:05]
31. Wounded in action [2:32]
32. Ben's sacrifice [3:00]
33. For victory [:59]
34. End Credits [1:05]
Side #2 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Cast And Dedication [1:55]
2. Awful eyes [2:40]
3. Hidden key [2:00]
4. Danny's toast [1:51]
5. Roadblock [4:42]
6. Betrayals and rewards [5:35]
7. Captives for transport [3:17]
8. The shootout [1:46]
9. Some kind of rebel [3:05]
10. Break in the ranks [3:48]
11. Mike's escape [4:11]
12. So damn sincere [4:03]
13. Plan of resistance [3:21]
14. An experiment and a bargain [5:57]
15. Prime objective [2:34]
16. Diversionary tactics [5:14]
17. Assault on the armory [3:29]
18. Visitors' intentions [1:44]
19. Human storage [2:55]
20. Experiemental results [2:14]
21. Sky pursuit [4:18]
22. Under attack [2:38]
23. Stand up and fight [4:28]
24. Aftermath [3:55]
25. Robin's condition [1:22]
26. Separate survivors [1:45]
27. A Blinding light [3:56]
28. Just beginning [1:25]
29. End Credits [1:08]

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V 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this DVD and really enjoyed watching it. The quality was quite good and I liked that it was letterbox. One thing that I did not plan on was that it was not complete. I thought I was buying the complete series when really it was just the original series. There was the impregnating of the girl but no lizard baby. I did a little research and it appears that V - The Final Battle (I think is what it is called) is what is missing. Overall it is an excellent DVD, but I want the rest of the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. A little long at parts but I was left wanting more and more. Be wary that the first two episodes are out but it is like watching a boxing match and the power goes before the knockout punch!
Guest More than 1 year ago
That title means more than one thing. The mini series is great. It shocked me out of my mind, but the advertising of the V company sucks and shocked me out of my mind. I recently went to blockbuster and renterd V The Final Battle, and got home to see that I picked it up in the middle of the series. None of the rental places around here have the rest. Beware of the advertising. The series is one of the best but needs to be put together in a box set
Guest More than 1 year ago
First let me comment. If youve seen this when you're a kid, you know there was a follow up. I saw both V and the V final battle recently, and I was surprised how great it still was. Not as campy as I thought it might be. Second, if you loved these like I did and do now, your prayers have been answered. Theyre in production NOW making a "V - The Second Generation" for 2007. And most of the original players are involved. (ie Marc Singer / Mike Donovan, Faye Grant / Dr Juliet Parris, Jane Badler / Diana, even Michael Ironside as Ham Tyler!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the confusion arose because in the U.S. V:TO aired as a 2-parter & V:TFB was aired months later, whereas in the UK they were shown back-to-back over 5 consecutive nights, leading people to believe that it was just one series. As a 10-year-old I didn't notice the profound change of direction style or scriptwriting but as an adult it's pretty obvious. Both are still great fun though & the DVDs are available, as is a box-set of the vastly inferior "dynasty in space"-esque 19-episode weekly series that it spawned.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Parents who want their childern to grow up with good morals and not get poluted by tv, a must see movie from the 80's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I loved this series, I agree with the last review. I too bought V and no where on the DVD did it say it was not complete. Of course I was expecting to see the entire thing, like the miniseries on TV how I remember it. I wish I had seen this before I wasted my money and was left hanging with only a partial movie. Now I have to wait to buy The Final Battle since it isn't released until August 6 2002. None of what they are doing makes any sense, I want my money back. If the 2 series were sold together like it should be, and like this one appears to be, I would have given it a clear 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i purchased the dvd thinking i had the complete series. i didn't read the review here. left hanging, i was furious. the movie just stopped. there was at least half the series missing. i saw it eons ago and loved it. there is nothing on the box stating that it was incomplete. i am purchasing the boxed set and will see if it is complete.
Guest More than 1 year ago
V is an incredible mini series. Though it is now dated by the style of clothing (I must be getting old) The story line is still refreshing with many simularities between it and hitlers rise to power. All it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing. This box set contains the complete story and should be the one you buy. If you go with the two box set or DVD you'll be left hanging wondering what happened kinda like I was. Be prepared for multiple sittings as you'll be watching not one, but two mini series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought v was just incredible i even enjoyed the series but then they changed characters and it ruined the show i really enjoyed the movie all the way around