V: The Original Mini Series

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The aliens say they come in peace. They call themselves Visitors. They really want to steal the earth's water, tame its population and harvest humans as food, in the groundbreaking science fiction miniseries V.
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English [CC]
Audio languages
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  1. 1. V: Part 1
    April 30, 1983
    1 h 45 min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Visitors from another world arrive on earth and claim that they come in peace. People discover, however, that the Visitors may not be telling the truth.
  2. 2. V: Part 2
    April 30, 1983
    1 h 31 min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Donovan becomes a fugitive when he tries to reveal to the world the truth about the visitors.
  3. 3. V: The Final Battle: Part 1
    April 30, 1983
    1 h 30 min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Four months have passed since the visitors first arrived on Earth. They manipulate world opinion in their favor and are determined to eradicate the resistance.
  4. 4. V: The Final Battle: Part 2
    April 30, 1983
    1 h 32 min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Donovan is reunited with his son and joins the international Resistance headed by Ham Tyler and Chris Farber.
  5. 5. V: The Final Battle: Part 3
    April 30, 1983
    1 h 25 min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Donovan turns himself over to the aliens in order to save his son. Diana hears her colleagues are plotting against her.

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Directors
Kenneth Johnson
Producers
Kenneth JohnsonChuck BowmanPatrick BoyrivenBrandon Tartikoff
Season year
1983
Network
Warner Bros.
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Margaret ThomasReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a privilege to have seen this when it aired!
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I love this miniseries. Not just because I had a crush on Marc Singer, but because it was so good!
Even as a kid I understood the parallels with Nazi Germany. I understood the message, and thankfully it was packaged in an attention getting and memorable way.
This was a great miniseries. They don't make them like this anymore. Matter of fact, they probably want us to forget we ever saw this one!
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AJBAGReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
"To V or not to V"
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I know, I know, I know, this movie is campy, it's cheesy, it's even silly at times, right? However, having said that, let's consider some things about "V" that may change your minds. This show first aired in 1983 as a two-part television miniseries which was advertised as must see T.V. It didn't disappoint! I watched it with my wife and we were glued to the tube for two nights. We thoroughly enjoyed it! Viewed today, I'm sure that there will be those who criticize the special effects, and other aspects, but remember this was 1983; 34 years ago! But, the storyline is very relevant even today. Perhaps, even more relevant today considering the numerous U.F.O. scenarios and subsequent reports generated world wide in newspapers and television programs. Not to mention, our global political turmoil and dangerous military saber rattling and our sobering environmental issues and health problems, all of which threaten humankind with escalating and relentless pace. So, who knows, perhaps Alien intervention may be next on the horizon, which (thankfully) brings me back to "V". The movie begins with the sudden appearance of gigantic, saucer like space craft around the world. Fifty of these city-sized ships arrive simultaneously and hover silently over major cities across the globe. Eventually, contact is made by these visitors (as they come to be known) when they make a global simulcast in whatever languages necessary, announcing that they come in peace. The astounding, yet relieving message further invites the Secretary General of the U.N. to meet with their emissary on the rooftop of the U.N. building. The unprecedented meeting reveals to the anxious world that the galactic travelers are surprisingly humanlike in appearance, and have come seeking our aid. We learn that their invironment is in dire straights and that their very survival depends on certain chemicals and minerals found in abundance on the earth. In exchange for our assistance the visitors are willing to share advanced scientific, medical and technological knowledge which would benefit humandkind tremendously. Earth accepts their bountiful offer but it is soon revealed that our new interstellar friends are much more than they appear, and that we are getting much more (or less) than we bargained for! For one thing, it becomes increasingly obvious that they are a militaristic/totalitarian society which through propaganda and other means, quickly insinuates itself throughout our society on a global level. Their structure and tactics are strikingly similar to those of Nazi Germany from their singlilng out and subsequent persecution of scientist to their establishment of Visitor Youth Groups and media campaigns. Even their uniforms are reminiscent of Nazi uniforms right down to their "Jackboots"! The two night series is really a Nazi allegory portrayed in a science fiction format which I found both clever and thought provoking. And, BY NO MEANS do I suggest that there was anything intertaining about the Holocaust! I'm speaking relative to the premise and film style of this particular television show. And there are further even more sinister, shocking and frightening revelations about this race discovered by prominent and suspicious photo journalist Mike Donovan (Mark Singer) who manages to sneak aboard the gigantic mothership hovering over Los Angeles. There, Donovan manages to surreptitiously
film a few of the visitors and captures their TRUE nature in a startling scene which left me (and viewers) stunned and talking about the show around the water cooler the next few days! But that's just the beginning as Donovan, once again on board the mothership, learns the REAL reason for the vistor's arrival in a mind bending scene that leaves him reeling from shock, both visually and intellectually as his mind slowly absorbs what he sees and the unearthly insideous and horrifying plot becomes clear! A plan so vile, and vast in its scope and ambition that it even surpasses what happened in Nazi Germany, and makes abundantly clear the depth of humankind's peril as a consequence of intering into this unholy alliance with a superior extraterrestrial race.
Our leaders have signed our death warrants and it's up to Donovan and a ragtag resistance force led by a bright young med student/biologist named Julie Parrish played by the lovely Faye Grant (who I met and teased about her diminutive stature and tiny feet while doing security at a summer theater festival in the Berkshires) to stop these interstellar fascists who have infiltrated the highest levels of global governments down to the local levels of law enforcement. And, remember, the special effects as well as the miniseries itself, helped to inspire the blockbuster film "Independence Day" and many of the current Sci Fi television shows of today. So I give "V" a strong recommendation and hope you enjoy it too.
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David A. CamackReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best mini-series ever!
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It's just so incredible that this is available to purchase and add to my streaming collection! This mini-series was huge when it first aired a V The Visitors(83'), followed by V The Final Battle(84') For me, it was just as big as any sci-fi production or franchise that had been manufactured and still is. Factoring in the era, I believe it's still the most expensive production ever created. The cast was perfect, and with the exception of David Packer(personal reasons), there wasn't an actor in this production I didn't enjoy, especially Michael Ironside, whom I have followed ever since his role of Ham Tyler! I've also felt that Marc Singer, was a terribly underrated actor, whom I believe was mostly used for his physical capabilities, but has proven that he can, indeed act!

As a kid growing up, I was not an exceptionally good student in school, so I really didn't make the connection with the "Visitors" acting as a modern day German empire led by Hitler to extinguish anyone he considered to be inferior or weak, but what I have realized through the years is our race can fight each other and we can wage war on each other over race, religion, political beliefs or just our lust for power or dominance, but a supreme intelligence with advanced technology could care less about any of those trivial things we deem of value and just attack us and devastate everyone as a whole. It doesn't matter who we are, what we believe, or where we come from. The Visitors see us as all the same and we are!
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AndreaReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
V: The Original TV Mini-series from the 1980's
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V:The Original TV Mini-series is the first story that was aired in 1980's. Marc Singer, Faye Grant, Jane Badler, Richard Herd and Frank Ashmore bring the battle to your home. The points and story are well written and this is still as heart pounding as it was when it first aired on TV. This is Robert Englund's best performance before he turned to the dark side of films in the Freddy Krueger characters. This ends the beginning of the mini-series and the next chapters are in V: The Final Battle. The V:The Complete Series is the weekly tv show as the continuation of the 3rd part of the story. Still great entertainment after all these years.
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electroaddictReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
I'm glad I revisited this series
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I was just a kid when "V" hit the airwaves in 1983. I was far too young to appreciate it back then. I finally decided to buy the DVD and give it a proper viewing now, as an adult. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's not perfect, and parts of it haven't necessarily aged well, but you have to keep in mind the era in which it was made. The writing might not be as sophisticated (or subtle) as some of today's more polished TV shows, but "V" was competing with the likes of Battlestar Galactica (1978) and Buck Rogers (1979). By comparison, "V" is vastly superior (in terms of action, adventure and intellect). It's like combining the intelligence of Star Trek with the fun and excitement of Star Wars. I highly recommend it, along with the sequel miniseries "V: The Final Battle."
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Michael L.Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
A Dated Sci Fi Series I think moderately useful from a historical standpoint
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Long before Independence Day (which relies heavily upon V's opening shots) V hit TV as both a pilot and mini-series. I saw it as a kid and it was very entertaining, and reviewed it as an adult and found that the special effects were so "pre cgi" that it strongly detracted from the story's presentation. There are strong moral themes here about how easily society is seduced to wrong and how easily government is corrupted, in a sense its practically a retelling of the rise of Nazi-socialism (with human-eating monsters.) I think its good if one wants to collect films with the theme "history of science fiction". But its hard, snoozy watching otherwise.
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IanReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A gem that doesn't deserve to be hidden
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If you liked the "Incredible Hulk" TV series, then you will love this. "V" and "V: The Final Battle" are the prime example of a TV show that has excellent writing but is obviously from the 1980s. Think of it as "Independence Day" with more World War II in it. This production of epic proportions is, at its best, disturbing. (That is, as long as you can suspend disbelief for at least three hours.) The concept of reptilian monsters under human guise, a mind-warping conversion process, and humans going on a conveyor belt into a food processing plant is the stuff of nightmares. An ensemble cast of protagonists and antagonists is expertly balanced across all five episodes, each character having an intriguing and easy-to-follow storyline. Also, Michael Ironside plays a prominent role to perfection in "The Final Battle." Although the ending is a half-baked lead-in to a short-lived television series, the rest of "V" is a journey worth taking for curious viewers and die-hard sci-fi fans.
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Anime&gaming fanaticReviewed in the United States on May 4, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great series good buy
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This gem of series came out in the early 80's but that doesn't detract from how great this show was for that time period.
It is a story about the human spirit and surviving under a terrible threat, this set is where it all starts. continues in the final battle and concluded in the series. its special effects are good for that time period and the story and acting for most part is better than the 2000's remake which could have been called anything else and would have been all right. the remake just had better effects but they lost the great story line and destroyed what the series was about. I believe they even made a Comic book series off this series, I could be wrong though.

So I highly recommend the entire series from beginning to end is worth the watching. I also recommend Alien Nation movie, Alien Nation T.V. series and Alien Nation T.V. movies
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