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Monday, December 28, 2009

Highlander: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray

Highlander: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray 


You can purchase this blu-ray set online today

Synopsis: The Season One of Highlander on BLU-RAY for the first time ever! New special bonus features compiled exclusively for this Blu-ray collection!

With over 220 minutes of BONUS FEATURES!

  1. MacLeod Memories: Christopher Lambert and Adrian Paul Reminisce
    Christopher Lambert and Adrian Paul get together and discuss what it's like to be Immortal- from the fun to the romance to the heartbreak to the self discovery and spirituality. They talk acting and how it is to portray someone who learns and makes mistakes over hundreds of years and how the success of Highlander has changed their lives.
  2. Video Interviews for Each Episode
    Late producer Bill Panzer gives insights and anecdotes about the making of the first season of Highlander: The Series and the thoughts behind the action. He takes us on a tour of locations around Vancouver B.C. and even spills some inside info on Joan Jett, who had a cameo on Free Fall.
  3. Bloopers
    A hilarious collection of goofs and blunders, scenes gone strange, stunts gone wrong and some very fancy dance steps from all your favorite Highlander stars.
  4. Swordmaster: Bob Anderson Perspective
    Legendary Swordmaster, Bob Anderson, has choreographed sword fights for Star Wars, Princess Bride, Three Musketeers, The Mask of Zorro, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean and, of course, Highlander. Here, the Olympic fencer delves into the art and science of a truly memorable sword fight and how he came up with some of his brilliant ideas for fight sequences in the Highlander television series.
  5. Original Series Promo/Behind-the-Scenes
    Part pilot, part behind-the-scenes peek, this engaging piece introduces the Legend of Highlander and exhibits unique moments among the Highlander cast and crew.
  6. 400 Years: Journey of Duncan MacLeod
    One of fans favorite parts of Highlander are the flashbacks. Here we go through the life of Duncan MacLeod as seen through flashbacks used throughout the series. Starting with Duncan as a child wishing he could join his father in battle, we travel to Spain, Japan, the wild west and more.
  7. Immortal Memories (Favorite Beheadings)
    It wouldn't be Highlander without beheadings! The cast and crew discuss their favorite Immortal battles and Quickenings as we look back at truly spectacular moments in the series.
  8. Marto
    The famed sword-maker of Spain gives a special tour of the facilities in Toledo where all Highlander katanas, broadswords and lethal weapons are forged. Centuries old crafting techniques are on display, but the secret metallurgy formula stays hidden with Marto.
  9. Highlander in Paris
    Bill Panzer and Dennis Berry take us around the enchanting city of Paris to see the unforgettable locations where Highlander filmed. From the amazing scenes on the Eiffel tower, to Notre Dame, to The Paris Opera House to how MacLeod's barge became a home away from home and more.
Blu-Ray LIVE for Your Smart Phone
In addition to these bonus features on your Blu-ray Disc, we present a unique way to connect with Highlander and take it everywhere you go: Blu-ray LIVE. Blu-ray LIVE allows you to access features from your iPhone, BlackBerry, or other smart phone! Simply put the disc in your computer and your phone will automatically sync! You�ll get the following:
  1. Interviews with Bill Panzer for each show
  2. Season One Photo Album
  3. Wallpapers
  4. Rock'n'Roll Lounge: Highlander Season One featured several rock stars (Joan Jett, Roger Daltrey, Roland Gift, and Vanity) in guest appearances. Here you can read their bios and learn trivia about them.
  5. Star Bios: Special bios and photos from the stars of Season One, including Christopher Lambert who won the C�sar Award in 1986.
This special box set contains all 22 episodes from the first season of HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES on Blu-ray, giving you the finest quality available. Spectacular special features in that amazing Blu-ray clarity give you even more Highlander to love.
Starring: Adrian Paul, Alexandra Vandernoot, Stan Kirsch, Amanda Wyss, Jim Byrnes, and Christopher Lambert as special guest star in "The Gathering"
Rating: Not Rated
Episodes
  1. The Gathering
  2. Family Tree
  3. The Road Not Taken
  4. Innocent Man
  5. Free Fall
  6. Bad Day in Building "A"
  7. Mountain Men
  8. Deadly Medicine
  9. The Sea Witch
  10. Revenge is Sweet
  11. See No Evil
  12. Eyewitness
  13. Band of Brothers
  14. For Evil's Sake
  15. For Tomorrow We Die
  16. The Beast Below
  17. Saving Grace
  18. The Lady and the Tiger
  19. Eye of the Beholder
  20. Avenging Angel
  21. Nowhere to Run
  22. The Hunters
Review: I'm a self-admitted Highlander nerd.  I got into this show during the first season, back when I was in high school.  I was already heavily into the first film.  I even had the unofficial film soundtrack, Queen's 'Its a kind of Magic'.  Don't believe I'm a fanboy?   I used to order product from the Highlander catalog.  I have a watcher necklace.   I remember when Tess died, I think I cried.  See, I told you so!  When the series came out on DVD I scooped it all up greedily, much to my wife's chagrin, lol.   Then, I hear earlier this year that the series is finally being put out on blu-ray, but will only be available on Legendary Heroes, the official Davis-Panzer website.  I was anxious to check out the quality of the transfer, since so many films from the 1990s suffer from excessive grain.  How does this set stack up? 

Ok, I'm going to get right to the most important thing about this set..the transfer to blu-ray.  This series is already on DVD, so really this is the concern.   Should you upgrade?  In one word...YES.  Allow me to explain.  I have reviewed a lot of blu-ray in my time and I come across so much grain and poor quality.  This series could have really suffered in the transition to blu-ray, but Davis-Panzer obviously took painstaking care to ensure that the video quality not only didn't suffer, but reflected a high-definition look.  The transfer is absolutely fantastic.

The Highlander series on blu-ray is not widescreen.  Davis-Panzer never made any bones about this, in fact they released a lot of information and images to let us know that the show would be offered in full-frame format (1:33:1), as that is how the series was originally aired.  When you convert to 1080p high-definition you get a widescreen format (1:78:1), so rather than leave the space black you can opt to have these cool decorative pillars on the sides of the screen.  I thought this was a nice touch, but I just opt to watch it with the black space personally. 

















The blu-ray set includes new special features (seen above) along with the old ones from the DVD.  This set collects the entire first season of the show from 1992-93.  It has the original intro with that original rock-like logo and of course the best Queen song ever written. 

The bottom line on this set is that any fan of this show can feel secure in upgrading their collection.  If you don't own the series yet, even better.  The second and third seasons should be out this next spring on blu-ray, so you won't have to wait long to expand your collection.  The total of six seasons shouldn't take long to release.  This series experienced delays, because Davis-Panzer cares so much for their properties that they wanted to ensure that it was perfect for the fans..and they have.  Highlander: the Series on blu-ray is an absolute gem.


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Rating: a strong 5 out of 5 stars