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MOONLIGHT The Complete Series

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 692 minutes (16 episodes on four discs), no extras

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Thai

STUDIO: Warner Bros Television/ Silver Pictures Television

RELEASE DATE: 1-20-2009

 

DISC 1- NO SUCH THING AS VAMPIRES/ OUT OF THE PAST/ DR. FEELGOOD/ FEVER

DISC 2- ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT/ B.C./ THE RINGER/ 12:04 AM

DISC 3- FLUER DE LIS/ SLEEPING BEAUTY/ LOVE LASTS FOREVER/ THE MORTAL CURE

DISC 4- FATED TO PRETEND/ CLICK/ WHAT'S LEFT BEHIND/ SONATA

Mick St. John (Alex O'Loughlin) is a private investigator in L.A., but he is also a vampire that has been around for 85 years. He has been keeping an eye on Beth Turner (Sophia Myles), a reporter for Buzz Wire, who Mick saved from his ex-wife Coraline (Shannyn Sossamon) at the age of 4. Mick also is friends with Josef (Jason Dohring), a fellow vampire/ finance wizard that has been around for 400 years. Mick wants to be human again while he is haunted by memories of coraline who supposedly perished in a fire after Mick rescued Beth.

MOONLIGHT falls in the category of such crime series such as FOREVER KNIGHT, ANGEL, and KINDRED: THE EMBRACED. It isn't as good as FOREVER KNIGHT which shares the concept of a vampire who wants to reddem for his past and dreams of being a human. The series shares the same city as ANGEL while Angel is also a P.I., but MOONLIGHT is more grounded in reality like FOREVER KNIGHT and KINDRED: THE EMBRACED. It also shares the rules vampires have to protect themselves from being exposed by humans and at least one human knowing there are vampires. MOONLIGHT shines when it focuses on the vampires and their world. MIck might be an interesting chap, but I think Josef and Coraline outshine him on this show.

I do wish the DVD did have some extras like the original pilot which was tweaked, audio commentaries, and/or interviews. The show sadly didn't last more than 16 episodes before CBS cancelled it. If CBS stuck with it, MOONLIGHT could have found more of an audience since the viewers were steady. Friday night is a hard place for new shows to gain big viewership.

this DVD review is (c)1-20-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com  and no vampires were harmed during the writing of this review.