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#1 of 22 Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 09 2007 - 12:30 AM

“… rewardingly stylish …”
– David Bianculli, New York Daily News

“All the witch-on-devil action might hook you.”
– Entertainment Weekly
HEX:
THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

DVD DEBUTS JUNE 5

10 Episodes of the Supernatural Drama as Seen on BBC America
Available in a 3-Disc Set with Exclusive Bonus Features


CULVER CITY, CALIF. (April 9, 2007) – Imagine “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” mixed with “Charmed” and throw in a little “Dawson’s Creek” and you have Hex: The Complete First Season, debuting on DVD June 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The three-disc boxed set includes 10 episodes from the popular BBC America series starring Christina Cole (What a Girl Wants, Casino Royale) as the shy schoolgirl who discovers her magical powers while fighting off the devil. The bonus features include the “making of Hex” featurette and deleted scenes. The DVD will be available at the suggested retail price of $49.95.

Hex premiered in the United States on June 8, 2006. The show was set in a remote British boarding school that becomes a battleground between a demonic entity and the witches who oppose him. In addition to the usual teenage angst -- homework, problems with friends and fitting in -- Cassie Hughes (Cole), must utilize her new-found powers to fend off Azazeal (Michael Fassbender), the devil, with the aid of her best friend Thelma (Jemima Rooper). The series also stars Joseph Morgan, Laura Pyper, Amber Sainsbury, Jemima Abey, Jamie Davis, and Colin Salmon.

Hex: The Complete First Season episodes include:

The Story Begins – Part 1 Possession Spiral
The Story Begins – Part 2 The Release Ella Burns
Life Goes On Cursed
Deeper Into the Darkness Death Takes the Mother


DVD Special Features Include:
· Digitally Remastered Audio and Video
· Widescreen Presentations
· Featurette: Making of Hex
· Deleted Scenes
· Audio: English (Dolby Stereo)
· Bonus Previews
· Closed Captioned

Broadcast Year: 2004-2005 (UK), 2006 (US)

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#2 of 22 AndyMcKinney

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Posted April 09 2007 - 12:46 AM

Worrisome info (for those buying this US set):

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10 Episodes

The Story Begins – Part 1
The Story Begins – Part 2
Life Goes On
Deeper Into the Darkness
Possession
The Release

Cursed
Death Takes the Mother
Spiral
Ella Burns

The actual first season only consisted of the bold episodes above. The others were actually the first four shows of the second season. Also, listing the opener as "part 1" and "part 2" is reason for US viewers to worry: this was originally transmitted as a double-length movie. When it was shown (edited) on BBC America, it was split into two parts.

I just hope for US fans sake that this is incorrect and that they will include all the original music: when the show ran on BBC America, all (or nearly all) of the background music was changed, and the pop song used for the opening credits was changed to something generic. These changes were not made on the original Region 2-PAL releases: those releases contain the original music, unedited episodes, and split into their original UK seasons as-aired.

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DVD Special Features Include:
· Featurette: Making of Hex
· Deleted Scenes

These two extras appear to be ported over from the R2-PAL season one set. One extra on that set that wasn't mentioned in the press release was the director's commentary on the movie-length episode one. Wonder if that will make it to the US set?

Those who like their shows un-meddled with might want to wait for some reviews of this before ordering, or just go ahead and get the R2-PAL sets.

#3 of 22 Jeff#

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Posted April 09 2007 - 01:43 AM

Not interested in "Hex", but I have to ask.....what the hex is SPHE? Posted Image
There are several topics posted today with that in their titles.

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Posted April 09 2007 - 02:15 AM

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Posted April 09 2007 - 06:31 AM

I like anything with a supernatural twist to it... so I am looking forward to this set. Posted Image

#6 of 22 KyleC

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Posted May 21 2007 - 07:20 AM

Just a reminder the remaining episodes start next Saturday on BBCA.

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Posted May 21 2007 - 09:03 AM

The first season is coming out in a few days on DVD.

Here is a link to the Amazon.com

I would definitely recommend watching it via DVD. BBCA cuts out about 10 minutes of content and censors the rest.
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#8 of 22 Gord Lacey

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Posted May 21 2007 - 03:23 PM

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The first season is coming out in a few days on DVD.

Here is a link to the Amazon.com

I would definitely recommend watching it via DVD. BBCA cuts out about 10 minutes of content and censors the rest.

Scott, but no one is sure yet which version is on the DVD from Sony. It's possible it's the original BBC version, but it may not be (and the people at Sony don't know!).

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Posted May 22 2007 - 01:01 AM

Yikes. That would be really bad if they used the cut versions. I guess I'll wait and see. Thanks.

I am glad to see your "on it". This means we might actually get the answers we need. I really can't believe that they would release this in the BBCA butchered form. That would be a marketing disaster. I can only hope that there is at least one live brain cell left in the person who made the decision.
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#10 of 22 Greg Krewet

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Posted May 22 2007 - 11:26 AM

The negative review over at DVDTALK seems to indicate that this is the dreaded BBCA version and not the UK version. Of course this is not surprising since it is released by Sony and not BBCA.
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Posted May 22 2007 - 11:38 AM

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The negative review over at DVDTALK seems to indicate that this is the dreaded BBCA version and not the UK version.
And that ladies and gentlemen is why for a UK/OZ series, I order it from the UK/OZ. No excuse now days for not having a good region-free/conveting player

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Posted May 22 2007 - 12:38 PM

That is really too bad. The only reason I would buy it would be to see the series the way it was intended, not the way that BBCA decided it should be.

Guess this is another one off the list.
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#13 of 22 Scott-S

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Posted June 04 2007 - 05:32 AM

Did we ever find out if this is the cut/bbca version?

I noticed that Gord's blog on the tv guide site states that it is the butchered version:

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Sony is also releasing a British series, which they licensed to release over here, but their release of Hex is the version that aired on BBC America, and was edited for content (not to mention their split the seasons differently). Fans hate that version, and will likely import the set from the UK if they really want the show.

This sounds pretty definitve.
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Posted June 04 2007 - 09:31 AM

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The negative review over at DVDTALK seems to indicate that this is the dreaded BBCA version and not the UK version. Of course this is not surprising since it is released by Sony and not BBCA.

Actually, I find it more surprising because it was Sony themselves who released the original uncut versions in the UK! Seems like a communications breakdown between the US and UK divisions of Sony. Would've been far simpler for Sony-US to have licenced the UK video masters (and converted to NTSC) than to have a new set made from the BBC-A version.

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The only reason I would buy it would be to see the series the way it was intended, not the way that BBCA decided it should be.

Guess this is another one off the list.

Then why not buy the R-2 PAL set from the UK, or the R-4 PAL from Australia (both of which are identical)? Season 2 is fairly inexpensive on AmazonUK at the moment (about $25 delivered). Season 1 isn't as cheap as it used to be, but it'll no doubt go on sale again, or it may be cheap Down Under.

I'm sure you can probably get both seasons for no more (and perhaps, for less than) what you'd pay for two of the US "seasons", plus they're the genuine uncut, non-music-replaced ones. If you don't have a region free player, for heaven's sake, why not splurge and spend $25-50 on one?

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Posted June 07 2007 - 06:36 AM

Now this is actually released, has anyone confirmed that this set is the BBCA versions and not the original UK ones?

I have heard a lot of assumptions, but I have not found anyone that knows first-hand.

Gord, if you read this, have you heard for sure if this is the edited versions?
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Posted June 19 2007 - 12:11 PM

bump I'd like to know too. I keep hearing that both it is and it isn't the one from BBCA. Someone on Michael Fassbender's (Azazeal) fansite is saying it isn't the edited version. So is there any definitive answer?

Someone on Amazon even says they're not edited:

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There's been a lot of discussion as to whether the Episodes on the the Region 1 discs are censored like the airings on BBC America.

I am happy to report that the content (on an episode by episode basis) is EXACTLY the same as the Region 2 Discs. They even retained the opening credits song "#1 Fan" that was not used in the BBC airings.

The only difference is that they are packaged according to BBC America's seasons, not as originally aired in the UK.


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Posted June 20 2007 - 12:43 AM

I am not familiar with what BBC America typically allows but from what I have seen I am pretty sure these are the uncensored versions. I have completed the first 2 discs out of 3, been slowly getting them from blockbuster. After what I have seen I expect a purchase will be made since this show is quite good. Each episode runs about 45 mins, which does seem short for BBC, however the episodes have strong swearing and nudity..ranging from female breast to full male nudity. Does anyone know if a 45 minute runtime was the norm for this show?

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Posted June 20 2007 - 01:19 AM

Don, the run time is probably correct for what aired. This series was shown on Sky, not BBC. I am not positive, but I think that Sky has commercials.

I am glad and relieved to hear these are not the watered down BBCA versions. They are really bad at censoring stuff and just hacking stuff out to fit in more commercials and promos.
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Posted June 20 2007 - 09:57 AM

Thats good to see that these are not the butchered episodes,i just ordered this set from DDD last week and i was thinking about taking it back when i read the thread from the top.

*whew*

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Posted June 20 2007 - 02:41 PM

In addition to what I posted above, the opening theme song on the DVDs is "#1 Crush" by Garbage..a friend said that when these aired on BBC America it was replaced..good to know the DVD retains what was originally aired as this song sets the tone so well for the show I cant imagine anything else.


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