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Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series
Review by Suzanne 1/14/11
This is a great scifi TV show. I watched it when it aired 15
years ago. When I went to watch the DVD, I was shocked by how much of it I had
totally forgotten. I only remembered that it was a very good scifi show that got
canceled way too soon.
It is about a young, idealistic man named John (and his
girlfriend) who starts working in Congress in the early 1960's, only to become
embroiled in a big conspiracy involving aliens. It's a really good show
and well worth watching, even though there are only 20 episodes. It's kind
of like Mad Men meets X-Files. They do a meticulous job recreating the
The DVD set is awesome. It has a ton of great extras. Just about
everything you'd want to know about the show, including the pilot that aired in
Europe (where there are a few substantial differences), and interviews with the
creators of the show, and the two main actors.
This would be worthwhile for any science fiction or UFO
enthusiast to buy. Actually, anyone who loves good TV drama should enjoy
it. Fans have been waiting a long time for this show to come out on DVD!
It is well worth the wait.
DARK SKIES: THE DECLASSIFIED COMPLETE SERIES
Starring Eric Close and Megan Ward
Secrets and Conspiracies Spill from All 19 Original Riveting Episodes,
Extensive DVD Bonus Content, Special Booklet and much more!
OWN THE COLLECTIBLE 6-DVD BOX SET ON JANUARY 18, 2011
FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
An idealistic Congressional aide discovers evidence of aliens living
among us. When he stumbles into the government's longtime cover-up,
his life changes forever. In the landmark television series Dark
Skies, freedom fighter John Loengard declares that "history as we know
it is a lie," and sets out to find the truth before it's too late. He
and girlfriend Kim Sayers embark on a cross-country crusade,
attempting to derail plans by the sinister alien "Hive." Majestic-12,
a covert government agency assigned to secretly fight the aliens,
monitors Loengard; and Capt. Frank Bach is ready to silence him---or
quietly aid his quest. Call it alternative history or call it the
unthinkable truth. Either way, call it... Dark Skies.
Created by Bryce Zabel and Brent V. Friedman, Dark Skies, a
brilliantly intense sci-fi drama, explored the thrilling intersection
of history and mystery, politics and paranoia. Starring Eric Close
(Without a Trace), Megan Ward (General Hospital, Boomtown) and the
late J.T. Walsh (The Negotiator, Pleasantville), the series, set in
the turbulent 1960s, won devoted fans throughout its 1996-97 run on
NBC. Besides its fresh focus on the debate over UFOs, the show also
incorporated historic figures' participation into its plots: Bobby
Kennedy, Jack Ruby, Timothy Leary, J. Edgar Hoover and other famous
names helped to advance the story.
Fifteen years after Dark Skies first aired on network television, the
entire series will finally be unleashed for the first time on DVD when
Shout! Factory debuts the Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series
DVD box set on January 18, 2011, marking the 50th anniversary of
President Kennedy's inauguration. Newly remastered, this collectible
6-DVD box set includes all 19 episodes, an international TV pilot, a
special commemorative booklet featuring a behind-the-scenes essay by
Zabel, and extensive bonus content. The show's creators Bryce Zabel
and Brent V. Friedman, along with stars Eric Close and Megan Ward,
discuss the series and their roles in an intimate look back Signal To
Noise: Uncovering Dark Skies. Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete
Series is a must-have for fans of science fiction, mystery and
intrigues. This collectible DVD box set is priced to own at $44.99
With fast-paced writing and innovative twists, Dark Skies offered
alternative answers for that mysterious crash in Roswell, New Mexico,
and the secrets surrounding JFK's death in Dallas: was the president
killed because he planned to tell the country the truth about UFOs?
The period drama chronicled America's path, in official Washington as
well as small-town Main Street, from the roar of Cape Canaveral's
space-race excitement, through the haze of Viet Nam and the groovy
"summer of love." Everywhere, Hive aliens lurked, ready to "implant"
ordinary citizens-including Kim, and John Loengard's own brother-while
moving toward the goal of world domination and "singularity."
Dark Skies won an Emmy(r) for its edgy opening sequence, and received
four Emmy(r) nominations during its run. The show's richly detailed
look, often embellished with real news footage, featured iconic,
accurate touches of the times: chrome-grilled cars, TV dinners, and
pastel telephones. Musically, Dark Skies offered an eclectic
soundtrack of the 1960s, whether folk, rock, or in between.
Recognizable names from real life enhanced the show's premise: Howard
Hughes' famous fear of germs leads the reclusive billionaire to join
John and Kim in their search for a Hive tunnel; Attorney General Bobby
Kennedy orders a meeting with the pair on a country road; and music
artist Jim Morrison has relevant, if volatile, information. Other
familiar names cropping up in Dark Skies include Marilyn Monroe,
Ronald Reagan, Hubert Humphrey, Colin Powell, Gerald Ford, Norman
Schwarzkopf, Carl Sagan, Dan Rather, the Beatles and columnist Dorothy
Kilgallen -all realistically portrayed in dramatic reminders of a
For sci-fi enthusiasts and imaginative observers of history, Dark
Skies: The Complete Series is a gem of a time capsule, revisiting a
familiar period in history with new angles on what we know-or think we
Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series DVD Bonus Features:
* International pilot
* Cast & creator commentaries
* Signal To Noise: Uncovering Dark Skies- A 3-part intimate look
back with creators Bryce Zabel & Brent V. Friedman and stars Eric
Close & Megan Ward
* Network promos
* The Dark Skies Glossary
* Original sales presentation
* Never-before-seen Season Two
* ...And more!
Dark Skies is a production of Bryce Zabel Productions and is
distributed by Sony Pictures Television. It has been sub-licensed for
home video distribution to Shout! Factory.
Emmy(r) is the trademark property of ATAS/NATAS.
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to
producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture.
Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their
careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning
consumers the world over. Shout! Factory's DVD offerings serve up
classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs,
live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed
with extras. The company's audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY(r)-nominated
boxed sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled
album reissues and indispensable "best of" compilations. These riches
are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established
the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial
reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For
more on Shout! Factory, visit http://www.shoutfactory.com
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