Nowhere Man: The Complete Series
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Unknown forces conspire to erase the identity of photographer Thomas Veil (Bruce Greenwood, I, Robot), and without warning, every aspect of his life is erased during the course of one evening. His wife acts as if he's a stranger, his credit cards are suddenly invalid, his keys no longer fit the door to his home and in one way or another, his family and friends are silenced. Completely alone, Veil sets out on a desperate cross-country quest for an answer while eluding his powerful and unknown enemy. His only clue to the possible motivation behind the harrowing ordeal is the disappearance of one of his photographs, "Hidden Agenda," which depicts the execution of natives in a war-torn Third World country.
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Unfortunately after only one season, and just when it appeared that we were getting to the bottom of who was behind Thomas Veil's erasure and how it was done, the show was cancelled, leaving many a fan, myself included, hanging in the air. It's great that this show is finally being released on DVD, it would have been greater still if they had done so 10 years ago.
I've read rumors about the show possibly being available on DVD for some time, but it seemed to only be a CONSPIRACY to get people like me excited. Now it appears to really be the TRUTH. This is the best news I've heard all year! I'M THRILLED! I'm looking forward to having Nowhere Man on DVD and I'm also hoping that a release of this fine show will cause many people to get as hooked on it as I have been since that fateful Monday night back in 1995. (The above was written before news of a definite release.)
***************** NOWHERE MAN UPDATE
FINALLY!!!! MY FAVORITE TV SHOW OF ALL TIME! "Nowhere Man" is slated to be released on December 27, 2005 on DVD. This will be a first time release for this program in ANY format.
It ran the 25 episodes in 1995/1996 ONE (1) time and has NEVER been seen again (in the USA that is, it ran in reruns overseas). There is a cult following of this show and we've followed news (very scant news since most people haven't heard of this show) for years since it went off the air. We just knew it was a real conspiracy trying to keep our beloved "Nowhere Man" from us.
This show will knock the wind out of you! The absolute best I've ever seen! This is a very CEREBRAL and smart show......we think that's why UPN pulled the plug after only 25 episodes. UPN was a brand new network in 1995 and "Nowhere Man" came on TV on Monday nights at 9 p.m. The combination of brand new network and the unique intelligence of the show spelled D O O M.....the general public for the most part didn't see it....(who watched UPN then?) and a lot of the ones that watched it.......well, let's just say it went directly over their heads. But there are a few of us that fell in love with the show, and tried real hard to keep its memory alive on the internet. When I first got my computer and got on the internet the first time, guess what I looked up? You are correct! "Nowhere Man" was my first search.
You MUST check out "Nowhere Man". You will be as hooked as I have been since 1995. Finally! It's going to be available. HOORAY!!!!
Signed, A Very Happy Fan
p/s: Now if some guy from Image Entertainment pulls out a cigar and pricks it with a pencil................... ;)
Nowhere man was a milestone in American TV. It is the US version of the UK series The Prisoner.
I am not so surprised that it was cancelled after a season, I am more shocked that it made on the air to begin with and lasted the season. This is a very thought provoking and cerebral story. This is not for the average "Entertainment Tonight/Desperate Housewives" TV viewer.
This show truly meant something and communicated it's message on a variety of levels. Elements of this show were exciting and in-your-face while other plot elements went deeper and were revealed often hours after you have seen an episode only after it sunk inand your brain absorbed the sublties.
There was not a single bad, dry or slow episode in the whole series. Every one was important and added another piece to the puzzle.
Plus there was absolutely no clue as to where the thing was headed until very close to the end. This was spectacularly well done and Bruce Greenwood was magnificent in his role.
This show so intrigued me I wrote a script for it. The show was cancelled before I presented it to the producer.
I was sad when it was cancelled but pleased that they were able to hastily put together a wrap for the story that while a little cryptic, not as surreal as the ending of The Prisoner.
I think The Prisoner is one of the true masterpieces of artistic TV production, and Nowhere Man is easily it's equal.
I can't wait for the release. I have to have this set. I made room for it right next to my Prisoner Megaset.
The DVD's are perfect, the casing is beautiful (book-style, if a bit prone to attracting fingerprints ;] ), the audio and video are stellar (though I don't have surround sound or a plasma tv, I was more interested in the storyline than examining with a microscope for dust or other digital artifacts of analog videography: dust, grain, etc.).
The special features are great. I love the commentaries, and the video commentaries, deconstructino of a few scenes and what the cast/crew were going for. Plenty of making-of stuff, even some of the original UPN trailers, even a lame archive clip of Bruce Greenwood recording promotional spots for different affiliate stations (it was kind of funny in a couple places and obvious that he was ad-libbing).
Ahh, the genius oozes from this set. Get it watch it all t eway through from the beginning so as to not taint your understanding of the series if you've never seen it. Once you've watched it all the way through, re-watch it from the beginning and pick up on all the subtle clues and hints and red herrings they dropped throughout the season. The ending is satisfying (they knew they were being dropped, so they tied up the loose ends, mostly; don't worry, I won't spoil the surprise!).
Like I said, don't watch the last episode until you've watched the rest of the series in order. Otherwise it will ruin the tone and character of the other episodes, which should always be watched with a fresh eye first before the big ol' bomb that's dropped at the end.
Highly highly recommended! Excellent suspense/paranoia/conspiracy theory show.
An intelligent, clever TV series that lasted only one season on UPN (coupled mysteriously with "Star Trek: Voyager" a big mistake on UPN's part)"Nowhere Man", like "The Prisoner" may have been too good for TV, ahead of its time or had the wrong audience for UPN. It would probably have been coupled better with Fox's "The X-Files". Now 10 years later with shows like "LOST" presenting mysteries and conspiracies like "Nowhere Man", the show's time has finally come.
This excellent release from Image Entertainment includes all 25 of the first season episodes. As extras we get commentary tracks including video commentaries by Bruce Greenwood, producer Peter Dunne and creator/writer/producer Lawrence Hertzog. The video commentaries whomever is doing the commentary frequently presented in splitscreen with the episode itself. There are also traditional audio commentaries (they're separate though)as well as promos and interviews with Bruce Greenwood, Hertzog, Megan Gallagher, director Ian Toynton and others.
Image quality varies from quite good to very good.It's clear that the show was remastered from the original broadcast videotapes and not the finished filmed episodes themselves. My guess is that Image ran into the same problem here that they did with "The Twilight Zone:1985/6" where the studio (Buena Vista) wouldn't pay or allow them to go back to the original film masters to remaster them. Regardless, Image has done a stellar job with the source material. There is some minor issues with interlace errors and the image can occasionally look soft as well but, on the whole, the show looks extremely good. The discs with the video commentaries are, essentially, holding four episodes so there are some digital artifacts such as aliasing that occasionally crop up but, on the whole, the series looks excellent. Dialogue and music come across crisp and clear on all the discs in this set providing fans with a good looking good sounding set. With nine discs in the set it doesn't feel as if too many has been crowded onto too few discs. All discs are in the dual layered/single side format. Having had to suffer through some of Universal's dual sided discs (which have had problems with quality control and also are more likely to be damaged), I'm happy that this has been presented in this deluxe format.
We also get Greenwood's promo outtakes for UPN, a couple of fine featurettes "Networking" where Hertzog discusses with former UPN Executive Mike Sullivan why this terrific critically acclaimed series got to air. Sullivan comes across as intelligent and a sharp guy. He approved the show hoping that UPN's launch wouldn't be like the WB or other stations where low brow material dominated the airwaves. He also notes the challenges of a start up network but that's why he was willing to take a big risk on "Nowhere Man". "Fact or Fiction" features a mysterious former CIA operative discussing conspiracies in the real world as compared to the real world. He also discusses just how easy it would be to cut the tether to our identities away and lose who we are in the world. While it isn't to the extreme of "Nowhere Man" it is certainly frightening. We get a four page booklet that gives a synopsis of the plot and the special features for that particular episode. Also included are deleted/extended scenes compared to the finished version scenes done in a picture in picture format. Packaged similar to "Moonlighting" and other shows with plastic inserts holding the DVDs, this set doesn't use tape to hold the sets together but hinges which is a big improvement over previous sets. An exceptional job from Image at putting together a deluxe treatment of this important cult series.
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