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Torchwood: The Complete First Season [7 Discs] [DVD]


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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (54 out of 55)

    Special Features

    • Commentary on every episode
    • Torchwood declassified
    • Outtakes
    • Deleted scenes
    • The captain's log video diary
    • 5.1 surround sound
    • 14 featurettes:
    • 5 Torchwood Out of This World featurettes
    • 4 Torchwood - The Team & Their Troubles featurettes
    • Welcome to Torchwood
    • Torchwood on the Scene
    • Torchwood - On Time
    • Torchwood - Sex, Violnce, Blood & Gore
    • Torchwood - On the Road


    The first series of Russell T. Davies' thrilling Doctor Who spin-off kicks off as Welsh cop Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) witnesses the resurrection of a murder victim by a mysterious group known as Torchwood (an anagram of Doctor Who). Intrigued, she investigates and learns it's a top-secret organization that uses scavenged alien technology to solve crimes -- both alien and human. The group is also preparing to arm the human race for the 21st century, which, according to Torchwood's charismatic (and seemingly immortal) leader Capt. Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), is "when it all changes." Impressed by Gwen's intelligence and intuition, Capt. Jack invites her to join the team, which is also composed of tech whiz Toshiko Sato (Naoko Mori), medic Owen Harper (Burn Gorman), and receptionist Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd), who plays a far greater role than his title implies. The spin-off's first season is decidedly darker and more grown-up than its predecessor, dealing with cases such as a sex-crazed alien, a rash of cannibalistic murders, alien kidnappings, and a giant demon that threatens to end the world. ~ Karen Andzejewicz

    Cast & Crew

    • John Barrowman - Captain Jack Harkness
    • Eve Myles - Gwen Cooper
    • Burn Gorman - Owen Harper
    • Naoko Mori - Toshiko Sato
    • Gareth David-Lloyd - Ianto Jones

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 55 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Adult Sci-Fi

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This Doctor Who spinoff has been called "adult sci-fi." Adult, probably due to language, adult situations, and brief (comical) male nudity. The episodes were generally well written, and I had to resist the urge to binge watch. It was like a book that one couldn't put down. There are many interesting extras and commentary on every episode. The transfer is 1080i instead of 1080p. A reviewer on another site said that it caused problems with his Blu-ray player and that it was a known problem with BBC Blu-rays, including Dr. Who until Series 7. This set played fine on my Sony E2100 home theater Blu-ray. Some minor complaints: -The deleted scenes are not always on the same disc as the episode. -Sometimes the same interview appears in different extras. -The menu doesn't have episode selection. One has to use scene selection, choose the episode and then choose the first scene. Also lacking was “Play All.” -For some reason, in every BBC set that I buy in a slipcase, the binder with the discs has worn corners and a crushed spine, even though the slipcase is fine. It makes the set look used. This set isn't worth the MSRP of $89.99 (no 13 episode set is), but Best Buy sometimes has it on sale. I plan to grab Season 2 at the next sale. In the meantime, I want to watch this set again with the commentaries on. It was that good.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good for Jack Harkness but S2 is better

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      If you haven't seen Torchwood before, it's a Doctor Who spinoff written by the same guy who wrote the 9th and 10th Doctors. This season might run around DW S2-3 (since S2 introduced the Torchwood Institute). It's was written to be an adult, late-night show with Jack Harkness + other smart people hunting down aliens. What I mean by "adult" is that, unlike the family show Doctor Who, it has explicit scenes. I watched this show because I wanted to learn more about Jack Harkness. We get Jack, some characters with bad moral decisions, and some consequences of Doomsday. I'll be honest, the main girl (Gwen) made some decisions this season that made me not like her until I got to Season 2. This season had some interesting episodes and is probably the reason why I cried over some of the characters in the next season. It's a good foundational season, and it's worth it if you're planning to watch the following seasons. Otherwise, skip this and go straight to Season 2.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Entertaining Sci-Fi

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Torchwood introduces the story of Gwen, a police officer in Cardiff, Wales. Her life is changed when, investigating a murder, she notices a mysterious group bring the victim back to life to ask who killed him. Gwen follows the group and discovers more than she could imagine. The mysterious group led by Captain Jack Harkness is called Torchwood. They investigate all things extraterrestrial or supernatural. The team initially tries to get rid of Gwen, but to no avail. For the rest of the season, Gwen works to know more and adds a sense of humanity to the group. The writing is imaginative and mixes together relationship drama and science fiction elements well. The plot reaches beyond typical boundaries to create a world like no other.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Sets and Special Affects

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The science-fiction BBC series "Torchwood" is a spin-off of the "Doctor Who" series produced by Russell T. Davies. This set contains 13 episodes on 4 blu-ray discs. There are lots of bonus features such as audio commentaries, outtakes, and deleted scenes. Season 1 introduces us to "Torchwood", a secret organization in charge of investigating strange aliens and unusual events that are a threat to mankind. The series is fast paced and fun to watch. There are lots of nicely detailed sets and many well done special affects. This is a great fast paced science-fiction series that is a joy to watch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Companion Series


      Dark, gritty, and violent, Torchwood is the perfect companion series to Doctor Who. Stuck in 21st century Wales, Cpt. Jack Harkness and team scavenge alien technology to prepare the human race for the future. Unfortunately, the series raises more questions about Jack and the Time War than it answers and the plots are not the most original (Combat is Fight Club with Weevils), but it does provide a perfect set up for Series 3. Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, but definitely a must see for any Whovian.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Excellent series-poor packaging


      Without a doubt, this is one of the most entertaining and intriguing series I have seen in a long time. I enjoy every minute of it. However, the reason I would not recommend purchasing it is the poor packaging. Not only is it cheap looking, but the plastic was broken and falling apart. I haven't watched all the DVD's yet. I can only hope they are not damaged. By the way, this is not an isolated instance. I have seen many messages on other sites citing the same problem with this title.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great show bad packaging.


      The series is well done and very enjoyable. Their were a couple rough spots with the acting or shooting in the first episode (noting to major) Outside that the production quality it great. The only problem is that the packaging for the set isn’t too good. And that seems to be a mildly consistent problem with the set. Wouldn’t quite go so far as to say don’t by but make sure to save your receipt until you’re sure you have a good copy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Almost Perfect SciFi TV


      A great series! I've watched almost every episode twice and still enjoy it. I always find a new layer of entertainment each time I watch it. A sexy spin-off to the stellar the New Doctor Who Series with one of the best tv characters, Captain Jack Harkness. If you liked Buffy or Angel then I think you might enjoy this show.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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