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1. Kindred the Embraced - The Complete
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2. Oz - The Complete First Five Seasons
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3. Golden Years
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4. Kindred the Embraced - The Complete
5. Third Watch

1. Kindred the Embraced - The Complete Vampire Collection
Director: Peter Medak, John Harrison, Kenneth Fink, James L. Conway, Ralph Hemecker
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Asin: B00005Q4DS
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Sales Rank: 1948
Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
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Enter the dangerous and sexy world of the undead when vampires clash with mortals and each other in modern-day San Francisco.Five clans of vampires are known as the KINDRED, and in their terrifying embrace, one becomes forever young…forever beautiful...forever doomed. From the savagery in the premiere to the climactic finale, the KINDRED draws you into a mysterious realm of Mafia wars, forbidden liaisons and inhuman hunger in a spellbinding saga of erotic danger and unworldly suspense! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars "We're All Around You"
KINDRED-THE EMBRACED only lasted 6 weeks as a television series on FOX before it was cancelled. Its short life was a shame because it was a show with great promise, and given more time, it could have been more than just a show with a cult following. I have always been a follower of films and shows about vampires and their mythology, therefore, KINDRED piqued my curiousity from day one. Based on the book ,"Vampire-The Masquerade" by Mark Rein-Hagen, the show set out to be hybrid between gothic and nightime soap. Having "sudser guru" Aaron Spelling as Executive Producer, helped to perpetuate, that aspect over the the gothic end of it. You know what though, the hybrid works, in spades.

The story centers around 5 "clans" of vampires that are fighting to control modern day San Francisco. They live among humans and interact as though they were human. Cop Frank Kohanek (C. Thomas Howell) suspects the truth and swears to bring down Julian Luna (the late Mark Frankel), whom he thinks, is up to no good. Luna, known as "the Prince of the city" tries to keep the masquerade intact, and to fight off a bid for his position as a leader, by sworn enemy Eddie Fiori (Brian Thompson). As with any serialized program, there a number of subplots that go along with the main thrust of the series. The show is populated with good looking actors for sure, but because of the vampire spin here, it's not just a Melrose Place clone. The show works well and it is Frankel who makes the show as Julian. The chemistry between him, Kelly Rutherford (as reporter Caitlin Byrne), and Stacy Haiduk ( as lover Lillie Langtry) makes for an interesting triangle

The 2 disc DVD set includes all 8 episodes of the series. 2 episodes never ran on television. The producers did a pretty good job trying to wrap things up, given the limited number of episodes, they had to work with to tell their story. Some threads are left to dangle for viewers to ponder A few episodes feature some then unknown actors (at least to me) that have appeared on other shows since then. Good writing and solid direction also highlight Kindred...I liked the program...and I am glad its available on DVD at a lower price (finally) Recommended

4-0 out of 5 stars Glad I now own it!
Wanting something new in the vampire genre, I went on a search for films and came across Kindred: The Embraced. It seemed vaguely familiar. After viewing it, I realized that I had seen the initial episode when it originally aired, but when I purchased it I did so thinking I was doing it sight unseen.

I've since watched all eight episodes and can say that I am not disappointed. The fact that this series was based on sets of role playing novels is a mark in its favor. I say this because the series is not about the blood aspect of vampires or, as they are here, the Kindred. There is indeed action, tame violence, but if you're looking for gore and aggression, if that's what you want out of your vampire film experience, Kindred: The Embraced is not the place you'll find it.

What this series focuses on is the community that the clans of the Kindred have made for themselves, the peace they have forged to live without fear amongst humans. They have a set of laws designed to guard the Masquerade, a grand scheme to hide their identity from the world, and they have a prince to enforce those laws. That prince is Julian Luna, played by Mark Frankel, and he is the ultimate strength of the series.

The character of Julian Luna is a complex one. His sense of humanity has the potential to clash dangerously with his responsibility towards the clans. He is aware of what he must do, but knows that it comes with a price, whether it be for his people or for himself specifically. And his struggle to tread that line is where the emotion lies for the viewer. Frankel was a wonderful choice for the role of Julian Luna. He is, in many respects, the quintessential vampire--beautiful, charismatic, elegant and lethal.

My favorite episode is the last, "Cabin in the Woods." Therein lies the potential of the show. Julian's character has started to peak, we begin to see what he is capable of, and it is bittersweet to know that nothing will follow. It would have been remarkable to see what direction this show would have taken.

Certain aspects are not entirely realistic, such as the premise behind C. Thomas Howell's character, but it is easy to take that as a first season fault. And, really, it may also be because of the depth they were aiming for, which, if that is the case, is most forgivable.

The only thing that I did not appreciate was how the DVDs were put together. Credits run before and after every episode. Within each you get long pauses where commercials no doubt were and they are preceded with the name of the show against a black backdrop. I don't see the necessity of keeping the shows in the original format, but since I own no other TV series to DVD set perhaps this is not so specific to Kindred.

If you are thinking about buying Kindred: The Embraced without having seen it, with little knowledge of the background or the series in general, there is, in my opinion, scarce need for debating the matter. I bought it on impulse (a rarity, actually, for me) and it paid off. It's not all I've ever looked for in the vampire genre, but it fulfills some of my requirements and I not only enjoy it, but am most glad I now own it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Vampire Drama
First of all, the series is loosely based on a series of books AND the rpg's that are so popular. (Yes, there were actually novels that didn't involve how to convert rpg characters)I say "loosely" because although the clan names and characters are similar, the tv series has it's differences. Those that enjoy watching Buffy will enjoy watching this mini-series. It's got some action, drama and romance all mixed together. It can be a bit gruesome at times, but it is tolerable. The cliffhanger at the end still bugs me, but in all honesty, it would have been hard to continue production without Mark Frankel(?) aka Julian Luna, the main character, who had died unexpectedly in a motorcycle crash. It's a shame really, because I believe this series could have really taken off with a little more work. Nonetheless, the story is good and is a beautiful tribute to his memory.

1-0 out of 5 stars I is dumber for watching this.
After being a huge fan of the White Wolf genre, this was enough for me to quit just so White Wolf would not have the money to authorize anything like this ever again. If you want to bring a story as complex as the World of Darkness to life you do not hand it over to the idiot who made 90210.

Any White Wolf fan out there should cringe in horror that this was ever aired. DO NOT BUY IT, it is a waste of money. The Buffy series stayed closer to the Masqurade than this ever did.

I am serious, I had to drink heavily with other WW players just to make it through..........that way I could attribute the memories to druken hallucinations and a really bad hangover.

5-0 out of 5 stars X-Files meets Melrose Place
What happens when you combine the X-Files and Melrose Place? And add in some of the Sopranos for good measure? You get this wonderful TV series, Kindred the Embraced.

I enjoyed this show very much when it aired on Fox in 1996. I had forgotten nearly all of the plots from the episodes, so watching it again DVD was almost like watching it for the first time. Well worth the money considering all eight episodes sell for the price that you'd usually pay for just one two hour movie.

I thought that the series was canceled because there was a vast conspiracy to remove from the airwaves only the shows that I liked. But it turns out the real reason is that an actor who played one of the main characters died.

I think some of the less than stellar reviews come from people who just don't appreciate all of the genres this series mixes together. I enjoyed watching Melrose Place, but I suspect that Melrose Place type shows aren't that interesting to a lot of the people who were into the book and the role playing game that this show was based on (I never even knew there was a role playing game until reading these reviews).

On the other hand, if you liked Melrose Place, but don't like seeing lot of corpses and other X-Files type stuff, you probably also won't enjoy this series very much.

The very beautiful Kelly Rutherford who is one of the main characters in this series (but who doesn't show up until the second episosde) appeared on Melrose Place the next season, as the hooker who then became Michael Mancini's wife who then became his divorced wife who looked down upon Michael because of his loose morals.

The only downside of this series is that it just leaves you hanging without any sort of resolution. As one would expect from a TV series that was suddenly canceled. Also, the penultimate episode, "Bad Moon Rising," was pretty weak in my opinion.

Otherwise, highly recommended for a very enjoyable six and a half hour viewing marathon. ... Read more

2. Oz - The Complete First Five Seasons
Director: Theodore Bogosian, Leslie Libman, Adam Bernstein, Bob Balaban, Kenneth Fink, Rob Morrow, Daniel Loflin, Alan Taylor, Uli Edel, Terry Kinney, Brian Cox (III), Marc Klasfeld, Keith Samples, J. Miller Tobin, Mary Harron, Kathy Bates, Gloria Muzio, Judy Dennis, Alex Zakrzewski, Roger Rees
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3. Golden Years
Director: Michael Gornick, Stephen Tolkin, Allen Coulter, Kenneth Fink
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Average Customer Review: 2.47 out of 5 stars
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Reigning horror master Stephen King (Misery, Pet Semetary, The Shining) creates a chilling vision of scientific progress run amok in this electrifying, original techno-thriller!Starring Keith Szarabajka (Missing, "The Equalizer) and Frances Sternhagen (Misery, Doc Hollywood), Golden Years features make-up and special effects supervised by the legendary effects master Dick Smith (The Exorcist, Amadeus) and a plot that builds to an astonishing ending.When aging janitor Harlan Williams is accidentally exposed to exotic chemicals in a lab explosion, he undergoes an extraordinary change.It's a process the government will do anything to learn more about - no matter who has to die in the process.Soon, Harlan, his wife Gina and the lab's beautiful security chief are on a cross-country race to evade a murderously effective federal agent.But even as he stays one step ahead of his ruthless pursuers, Harlan continues his transformation into something the world of science has never see...or imagined! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Stephen King's Golden Years
Well, King has strayed from his usual horror story genre to produce a little bit of TV mini-series heaven. Set in upstate New York, "Golden Years" is based around 70 year old Harlan Williams, a janitor working for a top secret government plant. He is accidently caught in an explosion from one of the labs where mad scientist Dr Todhunter was conducting 'regeneration' experiments. Over time, Harlan begins to notice sudden changes in his body. Brown hairs begin to reappear in the place of grey ones, his skin becomes softer, his eyes don't need glasses anymore! He begins to get younger. The accident causes some concern in the government, so the spooks are soon on the scene. Witnesses to what is happening to Harlan begin to disappear after the arrival of government agent Jude Andrews. The heads of the plant, Terri Spann and General Lewis Crewes, grow suspicious of the intentions of the people they have been working for and decide to get to the old man and his wife before the spooks do. A race across the states begins, Harlan and his wife flee for their lives while coping with the effects of his reverse ageing. This is a great little story, and had it not been rushed to an ending, it may have become a King classic. The original ending to the series finished on a cliff-hanger where Jude Andrews and his henchmen may have actually caught Harlan. It ended with the tag-line 'To Be Continued...' But the TV network was disappointed with viewing figures, so a new ending was shot, providing closure for this quite inventive story. The concept is great, the characters are brilliant (especially the play-off between old enemies Jude Andrews and Terri Spann as she manages to be one step ahead of him every time), it is just a shame that the final scene was so rushed. For die-hard sci-fi and King fans, it's definately worth a look.

4-0 out of 5 stars Would have Been Five Stars, But.....
This movie was one fun ride. It was so very well done. The acting was so unique, the old man (getting younger) and his wife (who was also in Misery) were so perfect they could never have been better. The Terry chick was so cool, the way she'd pull her gun out to get what she wanted. The general, and the Andrews guy were both great characters, and all the supporting people were fantastic!

So, you may ask, why not five stars? Why have I lowered it from great to really good? Well, the ending. Everyone who's seen the movie remembers the ending. It's horrible! I've read about how different this is on TV, and the ending on the video and DVD is horribly quick and hazy, so very unsatisfactory that people may develop a knee-jerk reaction and go bash this movie. Don't. Aside from the horrid (and I mean HORRID) ending, the movie is a five star expierience. I was riveted in my seat, unable to leave my television set, it was that good!

I got this for Christmas in a Stephen King 5 Pack Collection (The Golden Years, Thinner, The langoliers, The Stand, Cujo), and loved it.

1-0 out of 5 stars A lot of build up and then it just ends.
'The Golden Years' has a lot of build up and then it just kind of ends. I felt like I was cheated out of four hours of my life. What a disappointment.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too choppy from the middle to the end
I saw the most of the original series when it came out years back but grew bored. When I was the DVD, I decide to buy it and see how it ended.

The first two hours on this DVD is great. I think it was the two-hour premiere. However, it goes downhill in the next two hours. Things were taken out that made the plot confusing and even worse some thing were left in that did not make the story flow. The last two hours are disjointed and for some reason goes away from the Protagonist. We don't see him.

The ending had to be re-done because the original ending was a cliffhanger for the following season. The ending totally reeks. It is really, really bad. You sit on your sofa for 4 hours and then it ends the way it did was he most disappointing of all.

Buy the Storm of the Century instead. That was four hours of chills.

4-0 out of 5 stars Golden Years
Short N' Sweet
Good: The movie was mostly true to the series, very entertaining and not bad special effects. Not over played.
Bad: They cut the segment that showed how they group came up with the police car before the bus. They did not have enough of the theme by David Bowie as the series had.
Overall: I liked it and felt worth the bucks I spent for it. ... Read more

4. Kindred the Embraced - The Complete Vampire Collection
Director: Peter Medak, John Harrison, Kenneth Fink, James L. Conway, Ralph Hemecker
list price: $19.98
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Asin: 630589941X
Catlog: DVD
Sales Rank: 17263
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Enter the mysterious realm of the "Kindred," where 5 clans of vampires clash with mortals and each other in modern-day San Francisco. Follow this spellbinding saga of erotic danger and unworldly suspense from beginning to end with this complete vampire collection. ... Read more

5. Third Watch
Director: Lee David Zlotoff, Michael Fields, Peter Ellis (III), Brooke Kennedy, Charles Haid, Tim Matheson, Terrence O'Hara, Christopher Chulack, Gloria Muzio, Vince Misiano, Félix Enríquez Alcalá, Babu Subramaniam 'T.R.', Matt Earl Beesley, Bryan Spicer, Nancy Savoca, Clark Johnson, David Chameides, Nelson McCormick, Jesús Salvador Treviño, R.W. Goodwin

Asin: B00005JNJ1
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