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  • Actors: Carla Gugino, Brian Van Holt, Brent Spiner, Rob Benedict, Peter Dinklage
  • Writers: Bragi F. Schut
  • Producers: Karen Moore
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Aug. 22 2006
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000FIHN8O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,909 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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THRESHOLD is a suspenseful drama about a team of experts who are assembled when the U.S. Navy makes a chilling discovery: an extra terrestrial craft has landed in the mid-Atlantic ocean. Dr. Molly Anne Caffrey (Carla Gugino) is a government contingency analyst whose job is to devise response plans for worst-case scenarios. In a single instant, her life changes when one of those plans--THRESHOLD--is activated by Deputy National Security Advisor J.T. Baylock (Charles S. Dutton). Armed only with her hypothetical strategy to address the appearance of aliens on earth, Caffrey now finds herself thrust in the midst of a global crisis. She hand-picks a team of eclectic specialists to prepare for first contact: Dr. Nigel Fenway (Brent Spiner), a disillusioned NASA microbiologist; Lucas Pegg (Rob Benedict), a brilliant but neurotic physicist; Arthur Ramsey (Peter Dinklage), an expert in languages and mathematics; and Cavennaugh (Brian Van Holt), a highly trained covert operative with a mysterious past. Together, they decipher the intention of the craft, the fate of the ship's crew and begin preparations for the possibility of a crisis situation--an alien invasion.

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I started watching this series when it first aired. I love that aliens try to terraform the planet and turn us into them. I liked the notion that they were having almost as much trouble transforming humans as humans were having in stopping them. Some of the cast was really well chosen. I've seen Peter Dinklage in several movies and it was great that they chose a little person for a key role without making his dwarfism a focus. Being the most popular character in the Star Trek franchise makes Brent Spiner sci-fi royalty!

Unfortunately, Spiner and other characters barely get any screen time. The less interesting characters, played by Brian Van Holt and Carla Gugino (who's gorgeous. If you want to see how gorgeous, watch "Sin City"), get undue attention. Apparently, Spiner's Dr. Fenway was to take over leadership of the group in season 2. It's ridiculous that they didn't give a big role at the beginning. Star Trek fans would watch the show just for him, I think.

The dialogue is uninspired. The first season goes by and you never see a full-fledged alien. Sadly, the best episodes were the ones that never aired. Finally, there's some real excitement: a half-alien vigilante, vegetables with human body parts, Alienville!

I think the main reason this series didn't do well is that you had to watch each and every week to know what is going on. So if you didn't catch the first one... Remember what happended to the "X-Files?" The station should've at least given them a few more episodes to end the series properly. There are some special features to watch, but if you liked this series and wanted closure, you won't see a wrap-up episode here.
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Of the three network alien invasion shows that debuted in the fall of 2005, "Threshold was my favorite. That would explain why they only got nine of the fourteen episodes they filmed on the air, along with the fact the series was on CBS, which tends to cut bait earlier than its competitors these days. Fortunately when "Threshold," like "Surface" and "Invasion," came out as a DVD of "The Complete Series," fans finally get to see the episodes that never aired and to reconsider the strengths and weaknesses of this series created by Bragi F. Schut.

When a mysterious alien object attacks the USS "Big Horn" and its crew in the North Atlantic, the U.S. government protocols for project Threshold go into affect. Dr. Molly Anne Caffrey (Carla Gugino), the contingency analyst who wrote the protocols, becomes the head of the project. She puts together her Red Team, consisting of Dr. Nigel Fenway (Brent Spienr), a molecular biologist, Lucas Pegg (Robert Patrick Benedict), an astronautical engineer, and Arthur Ramsey (Peter Dinklage), an expert in linguistics and applied mathematics. Overseeing the group is J.T. Baylock (Charles S. Dutton), the assistant National Security Advisor, and the muscle of the team is Sean Cavennaugh (Brian Van Holt), a special agent. The team investigates what happened on the ship and learn that the alien probe sent out signals that has altered the DNA of the crew into a triple helix formation, a fractal triskelion-like pattern that will keep appearing throughout the series in blood, electronic signals, city lights, and ordinary household objects that get spilled on the floor.

Originally the top item on the Threshold agenda is to track down the missing crew members, but then the major concern becomes stopping the aliens from infecting more humans.
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totally amazing
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3.0 out of 5 stars NO subtitles June 29 2016
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Since there are no subtitles, I had a hard time hearing what was going on - hence the 3 stars. In fact, it was a bit difficult sometimes to get the general gist of it. The show is probably better than 3 stars but I can't tell for sure. I like watching Brent Spiner and Peter Dinklage, and (5 episodes) produce by David Heyman (Harry Potter), so I know it had good potential. There are 13 episodes and a couple of extras. I don't know if it has closed captioned (my TV does not receive CC) Sometimes they are little too graphic and gross on the violence. I don't know why they think that is so necessary (less is better).
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5.0 out of 5 stars CBS has to be out of thier minds Nov. 15 2006
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I mainly watch the Sci-Fi, History, Discovery and NGC on Satellite. On the night that Threshold appeared on the Sci-Fi channel there was some bad weather so the satellite signal was mostly garbled. But what I did see of the latter episodes shown that evening seemed really intriguing in spite having received a pixilated/gargled signal on the first episode & ¼ of the second episode. I was so intrigued that I went to and found that Threshold was sold as a DVD set which I went ahead and purchased because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next and I didn't want to risk missing any more of the story due to poor satellite reception. I originally thought that Threshold was a mini series produced by the Sci-Fi channel but it wasn't until after I received the DVD set that I found out that it was a series that was canceled by CBS.

I started with the first episode and worked my way through the DVD set. Before I was through I was shaking my head in disbelief and disgust that CBS would cancel a show that had a great story line, great actors & character development and a really good production quality.

The only part of the show that I found to be a turn-off was the non-lethal taser bullets that they fired from regular guns; other than that story and the science fiction was great. The story was plausible and intelligent; it leads the mind but leaves plenty for the imagination and provokes questions.

If CBS was looking for something to compete with Lost or 24 this would have been an easy win for them. It is gritty and has shadow conspiracies like the X-files but with the best intentions and moral statements that would rival any Star Trek episode.

I hope that Sci-Fi considers picking up the series and taking it further.

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good series vanishes.... Sept. 6 2006
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Once again a largely original series that is not dumbed down or derivative, and has some cool ideas and terrific future potential, is cancelled whilst lesser series march on. I would go so far as to say that, by current standards, if the "X-Files" had made it's appearance now rather than 13 years ago, it too would have been cancelled in the middle of it's first season.

"Threshold" in my opinion had the most potential of the three 'alien invasion' shows that aired last season ("Invasion" and "Surface" nevertheless were not far behind, with "Surface" being the most enjoyable and exciting) and the show planned to evolve over three seasons as the story progressed from "Threshold" to "Foothold" and finally "Stranglehold", signifying the the level of alien presence. This would, indeed, have been unique on American television and the potential for each season would have been just tremendous and may have changed the genre for good. Imagine the core "Threshold" team either changing or being added to as the needs of defence from the invasion increased with each season. Imagine the story expanding to global proportions as the series moved from a localised incident to full scale global invasion.

As the special features reveal, the story of "Threshold" is rooted in realism and science today and the fantastic elements were not too far removed from what is possible. It taps into the fear and paranoia that 9/11 unleased and takes it to another level.

Perhaps one day the producers of this fine show could finish the the present "Threshold" story and show the "Foothold" and "Stranglehold" stories as two separate mini-series of, say, six hours each. This may not be good as the three season plan, but would at least allow audiences to see the complete story, and may also be a blessing in disguise in that the show could really go to town with the pace, suspense and scares as well as the special effects over a pre-determined number of episodes. However, in the interim, enjoy "Threshold" for what it is now and imagine the rest...
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong with this picture? Aug. 21 2006
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Ever have a season of shows where one you found to be intelligent, thought provoking, have good acting, great special effects, then they cancelled it? "Threshold" has been welcomed to that club of single season great shows that was cancelled, well not after only 8 episodes at least. Now what is unbelievable is that "Surface" and "Invasion", which in my humble opinion, were good but slightly inferior and yet managed not to get cancelled at least till the end of the season. I suppose I shouldn't put to much blame on those series as none of them survived. I guess 2005 will be remembered for the year of the SciFi series that all died. What part of studio executives are total idiots do you think they don't get? They don't get it if there is enough interest for this to sell on DVD, there certainly is an audience. Actually selling this as a complete series is a bit of an overstatement as most complete seasons are around 20 plus episodes. But that said I still want it. In fact I hope this DVD sells like crazy to show the studio they need to fire idiots that cancel good shows. Along with a couple of Bruce Campbell series "Brisco County Jr." and "Jack of All Trades" that only lasted a season I was happy to see this one come out on DVD. Now if they just put "Veritas" and "Roar" on DVD I will be very happy. The most annoying thing about what happened to Threshold is it wasn't even given a good chance. Everytime I tried to watch it it seemed to get pre-empted by something else. After all they only televised eight episodes so we get four episodes that we haven't even seen yet. If you like series like "X-Files" and "Outer Limits" you will probably enjoy this one. I pre-ordered mine from Amazon since it will come out tomorrow. Amazon's price is even cheaper than the discount place I often buy from.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worthwhile watching Sept. 7 2009
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Very engaging science fiction series that unfortunately did not survive a complete season of episodes. The 4-DVD set includes all 12 episodes made, including 4 that were not broadcast. The final episode concludes with a somewhat upbeat (though appropriate) scene that the producers where able to include when they learnt the series was axed. Carla Gugino (`Spy Kids', `Sin City') stars as a government contingency analyst whose plan for what to do in case of an alien encounter is activated, and she is put in charge of its implementation. The always attractive Gugino is excellent as the brainy and charismatic leader. And great to see Brent Spiner (`Star Trek: The Next Generation') as a scientist, but played straight (unlike, for example, as the kooky scientist in `Independence Day'). The scripts are very clever and witty. While it was very unfortunate that the series was canceled, what we have is well worth watching. Included in the extras are interviews with the series creators about where they were planning to go with the series.