Like many others that have reviewed this item, I have been waiting a long time for this to be released on DVD. Now, it's finally here!
Dark Skies was a series that only lasted one season about government cover-ups of various incidences related to the UFO/alien phenomenon. It aired on Saturdays at 8 PM on NBC, which was generally a time-slot for family-friendly programs and did not help Dark Skies' chances of staying on the air. Not only that, but it was endlessly (and unfairly) compared to The X-Files, which was very popular at the time.
Admittedly, while the two series had some things in common, they were really much more different than they were alike. While The X-Files had an overall alien conspiracy story-arc, it was also a show that dealt with ghosts, monsters, time travel, the occult, government conspiracies NOT related to aliens, etc. Dark Skies never focused on those things. It was also a 9 year journey of Agents Mulder and Scully searching for "the truth."
With Dark Skies, the series started out with both the main characters as well as the audience knowing EXACTLY what "the truth" was from the very beginning. Aliens were here, they were hostile, and powerful people didn't want us to know. It was a story that started in the 1960s and was initially planned to bring us up to the present, going through all sorts of well-known historical events (like the JFK assassination) and tying each and every one of them to a government conspiracy to keep the truth about alien visitations on this planet a secret.
It was very much a different show than The X-Files, and anyone who wrote off the show as just a cheap imitation should give it a second chance now that it is readily available on DVD at quite an affordable price. It is true to UFO/alien lore, and presents it all in a respectably well-done format of fiction. It comes in a great collector's case presented like a TOP SECRET package declassified for the first time. It even includes a booklet written by Bryce Zabel, co-creator of Dark Skies, made up to look like the information presented in the series is fact but presented as a work of fiction in order to avoid government intervention. Very cool for the fans!
As others have pointed out, there are no subtitles on this release. While unfortunate, it should not stop people from buying this. It includes tons of great bonus features, including an all-new 3-part documentary on the making of the series which includes interviews with Eric Close and Megan Ward, the two main stars of the series, as well as the international version of the pilot episode!
They really pulled out all the stops to make this a great release for the fans who have been waiting so long for it, so I highly recommend it!