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Witchblade: The Complete Series DVD set

Witchblade is a cult classic television series, which debuted on TNT in 2001 and ended in 2002, and was based upon the Top Cow comic book series

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Witchblade: The Complete Series on DVD... At Last

  • Dec 17, 2008
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-This review pertains to the Witchblade: The Complete Series 7-disc DVD collection-

Not only was it one of the most complex series in the history of cable television, Witchblade was easily one of the most underrated. Witchblade debuted in a full-length television pilot on TNT and then after its initial success became a full-fledged series in 2001. In many ways the show was ahead of its time. It managed to be both science-fiction (when the genre was suffering from unoriginal sequels and poorly made remakes), fantasy (before the genre was validated by The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Pan's Labyrinth) and added a healthy dose of cop drama. The intricate plotlines featured such esoteric subject matter as psychic visions, cloning, abnormal psychology, time travel, reincarnation, demonic possession, mythological motifs, multiple conspiracies, occult philosophical ideologies, and also benefited from clever pop-culture in-jokes.

The series was brought to life by strong acting from a diverse, if not at times dysfunctional cast, lead by the feisty and fierce Yancy Butler. Witchblade also featured a greatly varying soundtrack (this DVD does not include all of the artists I've named here; see my comment for further explanation) that included everyone from The Crystal Method to Peter Gabriel, from Rob Zombie to Enya, from Three Dog Night to U2. The series burst off the small screen with great visual flare, the special effects were almost on a par with the first Matrix film, and the camerawork was equally impressive.
Yancy Butler as Sara Pezzini
There have been some fans of the comics who have complained about the many differences between the show and the comics. But as I was at the time unfamiliar with the comics, I enjoyed the show from a fresh, purely objective perspective. I also think that most fans of the source material understood that this was not an adaptation in the strictest sense but more of a loosely inspired series that dealt with some of the same themes.
And now fans of this cult classic can enjoy their favorite comic book-inspired heroine on DVD... at last.

The cast and characters include characters include:
The cast...
Yancy Butler as Sara Pezzini- A New York homicide cop and the "Blade-wielder"
Will Yun Lee as Danny Woo- Sara's partner and close friend.
David Chokachi as Jake McCartey- Sara's rookie partner in training.
John Hensley as Gabriel Bowman- A young occult/novelty shop owner and close friend of Sara's.
Anthony Cistaro as Kenneth Irons- A billionaire who may be more than he seems.
Eric Etebari as Ian Nottingham- A mysterious bodyguard/assassin in Iron's employ.
Black Dragons- A group of assassins who underwent experimental training.
White Bulls- A secretive fraternity of corrupt vigilante cops.

Here is the entire listing of episodes, including the pilot film (which is also included in the 7-disc set):

Season One

0. Witchblade: The Movie
New York homicide detective Sara Pezzini encounters a mystical weapon that can only be wielded by women. She is also introduced to the enigmatic billionaire, Kenneth Irons and his stoic bodyguard/assassin, Ian Nottingham.

1. Parallax
Sara uncovers a plot involving a group of elite assassins, called The Black Dragons, who plan to kill billionaire Irons.

2. Conundrum
After a supermodel is found dead, Sara must discover the identity of the killer, which leads her to a former "Blade-wielder".

3. Diplopia
A serial killer is stalking members of the art community and patrons of a gay bar but the primary suspect seems to have a perfect alibi.

4. Sacrifice
An Irish rocker comes to town and a killer takes inspiration from his lyrics, all the while Sara may be falling in love with the dreamy singer.

5. Legion
A man who may have killed a priest claims that he's possessed but the clues point to corruption within the church itself.

6. Maelstrom
Sara's lover, the Irish rocker Conchobar, is kidnapped by corrupt counter-terrorists and Sara sinks into violent desperation.

7. Periculum
The Witchblade tests Sara, at her most vulnerable, while pulling her deeper into its mysterious past.

8. Thanatopsis
Ian Nottingham goes renegade and targets Sara's rookie partner, Jake, who he believes to have betrayed her.

9. Apprehension
A corrupt vigilante force within the NYPD, called The White Bulls, has its sights on Sara while she must protect a witness to their violence.

10. Convergence
A psychotic rapist/killer is on the loose and only Sara can stop him but she's busy evading The White Bulls.

11. Transcendence
Nottingham dies to save Sara but then is resurrected in an even more deadly and unpredictable incarnation.

Season Two

1. Emergence
After turning back time itself Sara must face the consequences and solve a murder involving a live porn site.

2. Destiny
Kenneth Irons obtains The Lance of Longinus with which he intends to confront Sara and take back the Witchblade.

3. Agape
A dangerous new street drug is at the heart of an investigation and Jake takes the blame for a drug bust gone very wrong.

4. Consectatio
Nottingham is possessed by Irons and puts out a hit on Sara and the assassins he's hired are the uber-elite Black Dragons.

5. Static
A series of strange incidents leads to a subliminal influence, in the form of white noise, which may have instigated murder.

6. Nailed
A homicidal, serial child-rapist is released from prison and his next victim is Danny's niece.

7. Lagrimas
Sara falls in love with the perfect man, but is this mysterious stranger really what he appears to be?

8. Hierophant
A mysterious criminal mastermind is uniting rival crime syndicates and all the clues to his identity point to the most unlikely person of all.

9. Veritas
A secretive political schism hunts down Gabriel and Sara after they come across a roll of film that reveals them as murderers.

10. Parabolic
An enigmatic young vigilante takes out members of a cult devoted to hatred and Sara must choose aid her in bringing them down.

11. Palindrome
Sara is reunited with Conchobar while investigating an underground fight club that worships violent primitivism.

12. Ubique *
Sara's dreams may be premonitions of her greatest challenge yet and all she loves will hang in the balance.

* The Season Two finale was never intended to conclude the show's plotline, however as the series was canceled the story was left sadly incomplete.

The 7-disc collection includes the television pilot film, all 23 episodes, "Gabriel's Philosophical Insights" on select episodes, "Wielding the Blade" featurette, "Bringing the Blade to Life" featurette, and original cast auditions.

I hope you will check out one of the coolest shows in recent years. "Rock on dot com!"

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Here is a link to the official Witchblade: The Series website:
http://www2.warnerbros.com/web/witchblade/home.jsp

Here is a link to Warner Bros. DVD store where you can purchase the 7-disc DVD set:
http://whv.warnerbros.com/WHVPORTAL/Portal/b...mp;titleName=witchblade

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May 10, 2010
Yes very much love this show, own the set as well proudly.
May 10, 2010
How'd you feel about the music changes?
May 19, 2010
To be honest stuff like that never really bothers me at all, some times it can be annoying but for the most part I am just happy when something actually gets a DVD release unlike some true gems that may never see the light of day.
May 19, 2010
It bummed me out because the show had such a great soundtrack and the music really helped to set the mood and give insight into the characters. But the show is still so great that it doesn't ruin it by any means.
 
September 23, 2009
I have mixed feelings about this series. It did capture the atmosphere of a cop drama as with the comic book but I dunno, it all felt underwhelming to me. I love the comic book; I have issue # 1 to the latest issue last month.
September 23, 2009
I loved this series, because it focused so much on quantum physics and mysticism and psychology, rather than relying solely on action and special effects. Plus, it was one of the smartest shows on during its original airing and other than "Gargoyles" was one of the contemporary fantasies that worked in an urban setting on TV.
 
December 22, 2008
Here is a link for the website for the enticing new 2009 Witchblade movie: http://www.witchblade2009.com/
 
December 17, 2008
Recently, I've been hearing that certain copyrighted songs, which appeared in the show's original airing, have been removed from this DVD collection (whether this is because the rights did not include distribution or because Warner Bros. didn't renew them, I don't know). This is unfortunate as the series' soundtrack was phenomenal.
Here's a list of some of the artists and songs that have been removed (feel free to list any that I might have forgotten):
The Crystal Method "Trip Like I Do";
Fluke "Kitten Moon";
Peter Gabriel "Solsbury Hill";
Peter Gabriel "Shaking the Tree";
Three Dog Night "Road to Shambala"
 
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Quick Tip by . April 27, 2010
Probably the most intelligent and most addictive series during its two year run. Too bad TNT let it slip through their fingers. It rocked!!!
review by . March 29, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
For context, I was not familiar with the comic, so came to the show with fresh eyes as someone who is a huge fan of SF and fantasy. (Some of my all time favorite TV shows are Babylon 5, Buffy, and Xena.) The majority of the negative comments in Amazon reviews deal with the music being changed for the DVD eps, not being true to the comic, and not making good use of the witchblade, along with issues over the season two redo. But only a small number of the negative comments deal with the things I thought …
Quick Tip by . September 07, 2009
Actress Yancy Butler from WITCHBLADE....also starred in South Beach...daughter of drummer Joe Butler from Lovin' Spoonful rock group...
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In this adaptation of the Top Cow comic book, Witchblade is the story of a New York detective, Sara "Pez" Pezzini, whose search for justice brings her into contact with the Witchblade, an ancient, intelligent, living weapon so powerful it can battle Earth's darkest evil forces. Week in and week out, "Pez" employs her skills as a police detective to fight crime. She finds she must employ the Witchblade to combat a much greater and frighteningly organized conspiracy of evil that threatens the very soul of humanity. As Sara tries to keep the secret of the Witchblade, do her job and have a personal life, she finds that her most formidable adversary may be the Witchblade itself.

Witchblade: The Complete Series stars Yancy Butler (As the World Turns), John Hensley (Nip/Tuck), and David Chokachi (Baywatch) and features guest star Roger Daltrey (The Who). This seven-disc collector's set includes all 23 episodes from seasons 1 and 2, the original made-for-TV movie and never-before-seen bonus features.

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Premiere Date: 2000 (film); 2001 (series)
Genre: Fantasy
Studio: Warner Bros., TNT
Original Air Date: 2000-2002
Starring: Yancy Butler
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