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Primeval, Volume Two (Series 3) by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
Date: 14 November 2009 List Price $39.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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I was intrigued from the moment I watched the very first promo spot for Primeval and once I began watching it, I was hooked on the show. Over the course of the six episodes of Series One (Season 1) and the seven episodes of Series Two (Season 2), I convinced friends and acquaintances to give the show a try and they all became fans of the show.

Although Series Three (Season 3) brought about a number of unexpected changes to the cast, it also brought new human villains to bedevil the team as they dealt with new and exotic dangerous creatures.

Knowing what high production values were involved in making the show a success, I was very eager to see what bonus features would be added to the DVD set.

From official release/information:

Primeval, Volume Two (Series 3)
Mind you aren't standing next to an anomaly when one opens up; there might just be a Gigantosaurus sprinting out of it. The dedicated team of scientists in Primeval have long since learned this, of course, and it's their business to find the anomalies (glittery portals through time) and contain and study the dinosaurs. Volume Two of Primeval is actually Season Three of the British TV series, ten episodes jam-packed with ancient predators, time travel, and violent change within the team that goes well beyond new hairstyles (anybody in the cast is expendable, as we learn early in the season). Team leader Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) is dealing with new crew members as well as the genocidal vision of his estranged wife Helen (splendid Juliet Aubrey), who has literally seen the future and decided the planet would be better off without humans on it. Flirtation grows between Connor (Andrew-Lee Potts) and Abby (Hannah Spearritt), the youngest and cutest members of the squad, and a cranky cop (Jason Flemyng) joins the team in a most dramatic way. The special effects are top-notch, and often imaginatively deployed (there's something about seeing a dinosaur clomping down an airport runway that hits you where you live), and the actors are a cut above what you might expect in a genre series. While not a kiddie show per se, Primeval is pitched in a child-friendly register, even if it has its share of scary, roaring beasts. The major cast changes result in the dropping of fruitful plotlines from the uber-story, and there's not enough Helen on view in Season Three, although the episodic stories are still fun. For the DVD, the ten episodes are supplemented by a helpful 20-minute interview with Douglas Henshall (with clips to help catch the uninitiated up with the first two seasons), and a featurette on the "Genesis of a Creature." Alas, the series was officially canceled by ITV in 2009, leaving its characters stuck in a rather hefty cliffhanger at the end of Season Three. Stay tuned for future evolution. - Robert Horton

Disc 1:
Promo for Torchwood: Children Of Earth - Out Now (1:11)
Promo for BBC America (1:22)
"Episode 1" (43:36)
"Episode 2" (45:56)
"Episode 3" (46:18)
"Episode 3" With Commentary by Tim Haines (Co-Creator / Executive Producer / Writer), Andrew-Lee Potts (Connor Temple), and Adrian Hodges (Co-Creator / Executive Producer / Writer) (46:18)
Episode 4 (45:32)

Disc 2:
Promo for Doctor Who: Series 4 - Now on DVD (1:31)
"Episode 5" (46:05)
"Episode 5" With Commentary by Tim Bradley (Series Producer), Lucy Brown (Jenny Lewis / Claudia Brown), and Ben Miller (Sir James Lester) (46:05)
"Episode 6" (45:30)
"Episode 7" (43:54)
"Episode 8" (42:43)

Disc 3:
Promo for Primeval, Volume One (Series 1 and 2) Now on DVD (1:16)
"Episode 9" (42:24)
"Episode 10" (43:44)
"Episode 10" With Commentary by Tim Bradley (Series Producer), Adrian Hodges (Co-Creator / Executive Producer / Writer), and Jason Flemyng (Danny Quinn).
Extra Features:
'Cutter's Odyssey' with Douglas Henshall and Lucy Brown (18:43)
'Megaoptra: Genesis Of A Creature' (19:01)
Carim Nahaboo meets and speaks with Ben Mansfield (Captain Becker), Gavin Toomey (VFX Shoot Supervisor, Framestore), Jason Flemyng (Danny Quinn), Hannah Spearritt (Abby Maitland), Andrew-Lee Potts (Connor Temple), Martin Parker (Marketing Executive, Framestore), Darren Horley (Head of Texture, Framestore), Tim Haines (Executive Producer / Co-Creator), Tim Bradley (Producer), Adrian Hodges (Lead Writer / Co-Creator), Will Brand (Lead Modeller, Framestore), Richard Curzon Smith (Director), Adam Trottman (Editor), Mark Brocking (Animator Supervisor, Framestore), Jason Mayo (Lead Technical Director, Framestore), Michael Ralph (Production Designer), and Christian Manz (VFX Supervisor, Framestore).

(Source: BBC Warner)

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