Merlin: Complete Series 1 DVD

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The creators of Merlin position their hero as the original Harry Potter: a headstrong young wizard with mixed feelings about--and sometimes outright hostility toward--the destiny that's been thrust upon him. Merlin is a reboot of Arthurian legend, starting when all the heroes and sorcerous folk were teenagers, bursting with hormones and wrestling with the powers-that-be, particularly Arthur's heavy-handed father, Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head, best known as Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), a benevolent tyrant who's banished magic from Camelot. Merlin (Colin Morgan,... an impish lad with prominent ears) comes to the kingdom with high hopes and innate magical powers. He's taken under the wing of the court physician, Gaius (Richard Wilson, One Foot in the Grave), but additionally becomes the servant of young Arthur (Bradley James), a handsome and talented fighter who's also a bully and a snob. Rounding out the main cast are Morgana (Katie McGrath), who will one day be Merlin's foe but is now Uther's ward, and Gwen (Angel Coulby), a.k.a. Guinevere, the woman who will one day be the center of a legendary love triangle--but who is now Morgana's maid. Clearly, Merlin wants to shake up any preconception about these stuffy old stories, presenting a multi-ethnic Camelot with contemporary language and attitudes. Despite all this, Merlin quickly becomes addictive. The dialogue and special effects can be cheesy (particularly when the CGI monsters have to interact with actors), but the cast is charming and the stories, while a tad formulaic, keep things moving. Morgan is appropriately dweeby (but also has killer cheekbones), James combines football-quarterback good looks with a hint of sensitivity, McGrath is luscious and impetuous, and Coulby has earthy spunk. The heavy lifting, acting-wise, is ably handled by Head and Wilson. The first season deftly explores the origins of the pillars of Arthurian mythos, from the sword Excalibur to a very dashing (but born of peasant stock) Lancelot to the mysterious birth of Arthur himself. Add to it all an imprisoned dragon, voiced by John Hurt (Alien, The Elephant Man) and prone to cryptic but sometimes helpful advice, and you have an engaging fantasy series.--Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com [show more]

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Released
21 October 2013
Directors
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Publisher
2 Entertain 
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565 minutes 
Features
PAL 
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5051561038747 
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All 13 episodes from the first season of the BBC drama series set in the mythical city of Camelot, which tells the tale of the extraordinary relationship between the young King Arthur (Bradley James) and Merlin (Colin Morgan), the wise sorcerer who guides him to power and beyond. John Hurt, Richard Wilson and Anthony Head co-star. Episodes are: 'The Dragon's Call', 'Valiant', 'The Mark of Nimueh', 'The Poisoned Chalice', 'Lancelot', 'The Gates of Avalon', 'The Beginning of the End', 'Excalibur', 'The Moment of Truth', 'The Labyrinth of Gedre', 'To Kill the King' and 'Le Morte d'Arthur'.

Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. All 13 episodes from the first season of the BBC drama series set in the mythical city of Camelot, which tells the tale of the extraordinary relationship between the young King Arthur (Bradley James) and Merlin (Colin Morgan), the wise sorcerer who guides him to power and beyond. John Hurt, Richard Wilson and Anthony Head co-star. Episodes are: 'The Dragon's Call', 'Valiant', 'The Mark of Nimueh', 'The Poisoned Chalice', 'Lancelot', 'The Gates of Avalon', 'The Beginning of the End', 'Excalibur', 'The Moment of Truth', 'The Labyrinth of Gedre', 'To Kill the King' and 'Le Morte d'Arthur'.

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