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 Feathered Serpent: The Complete Series

 

  Review by Suzanne 5/26/11

"The Feathered Serpent" is a TV series from the mid 70's about the Aztecs. When you first watch it, it remind you of a soap opera because it is somewhat stagy and video-taped, like soaps used to be. However, this is no "Passions" because it has really good writing, costumes, and sets, and they used real history about the Aztecs to make it. Of course, for a show nowadays, it's a bit slow.

I would have loved to have watched this when I was a kid. I wonder why we got "Space:1999" on American TV, but not this? It is great for kids, and anyone else who loves good fantasy-like shows. It's not silly like, say, "Xena: Warrior Princess". The show didn't last long, only 12 episodes, which is too bad.

Sadly, it has no video extras. It would have been nice to see the cast talk about the show or give insights. It has some text info about the civilizations back then and how closely the series followed history. That is pretty interesting.

I think everyone would enjoy this (except for people in a hurry or who are impatient).

Press Release info:

Following the critically-acclaimed release of Upstairs, Downstairs: 40th Anniversary Edition, Acorn Media's upcoming DVD release calendar features several highly entertaining British series previously unavailable to U.S. audiences, including Identity, a slick identity theft series with Upstairs, Downstairs revival star Keeley Hawes and The Wire's Aidan Gillen; and the inspiration for the star-studded American remake in development at ABC. Additionally, the U.S. debuts of the third season of Murdoch Mysteries (DVD and Blu-ray) - the critically-acclaimed Sherlock Holmes meets CSI series; The Feathered Serpent Complete Series, the cult classic set in ancient Mexico featuring Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who, The Omen); Circles of Deceit, riveting spy thrillers featuring Dennis Waterman (New Tricks) and guest stars Derek Jacobi, Corin Redgrave, John Hannah, and Leo McKern; and Genius of Britain: The Scientists Who Changed the World a new documentary featuring Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, James Dyson, and David Attenborough discussing the legacies of their heroes.

The Feathered Serpent Complete Series - U.S. debut of the cult classic set in ancient Mexico. Beloved actor Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who, The Omen) stars as the villainous high priest Nasca in this captivating 1976 ITV drama, which is available to U.S. audiences for the first time with its DVD release. Packed with court intrigue, political maneuvering, and romance, The Feathered Serpent boasts lavish costumes, elaborate sets, literate scripts, and timeless themes: loyalty, courage, heroism, and the battle between good and evil. (All 12 episodes from its two seasons.)

On May 17th, British TV on DVD specialist Acorn Media has the U.S. debuts of a stellar sci-fi classic. The Feathered Serpent Complete Series features the cult classic set in ancient Mexico with beloved actor Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who, The Omen) starring as a villainous high priest.

U.S. debut of the cult classic set in ancient Mexico; Starring Patrick Troughton

THE FEATHERED SERPENT COMPLETE SERIES Debuts on DVD May 17, 2011

"A cracking Mexico-based romp through curses, secrets, and angry gods" -Daily Record

Silver Spring, MD - A lively journey through a long-dead civilization, the cult-favorite costume drama The Feathered Serpent Complete Series debuts on DVD from Acorn Media on May 17, 2011. Beloved actor Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who, The Omen) stars as the villainous high priest Nasca in this captivating 1976 ITV drama, which is available to U.S. audiences for the first time with its DVD release. Packed with court intrigue, political maneuvering, and romance, The Feathered Serpent boasts lavish costumes, elaborate sets, literate scripts, and timeless themes: loyalty, courage, heroism, and the battle between good and evil. The 2-disc DVD set includes all 12 episodes and bonus background on ancient Mesoamerican civilizations ($39.99, www.AcornOnline.com).

Patrick Troughton is a scheming, fanatical Aztec priest in this classic British cult TV favorite. As high priest Nasca, a servant of the bloodthirsty god Teshcata, he's determined to topple the peace-loving emperor Kukulkhan and prevent a marriage that will unite two kingdoms under the benevolent god Quala, the "Feathered Serpent." Tozo, a brave servant boy, plays a key role as the adventure unfolds and Nasca's plots become more nefarious and deadly.

In addition to Troughton, the series features strong performances from Diane Keen (The Ruth Rendell Mysteries), Brian Deacon (Bleak House), and Tony Steedman (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure).

The Feathered Serpent aired for two seasons in the U.K. (1976, 1978) but never aired in the U.S.

Street: May 17, 2011 SRP: $39.99

DVD 2-Disc Set: Approx. 300 min. - 12 episodes - British drama - SDH subtitles

BONUS: Historical background on ancient Mesoamerican civilizations


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