Dynasty - Series 1 details
|Starring:||Linda Evans, Jack Coleman, Michael Nader, John James, Gordon Thomson, John Forsythe, Pamela Bellwood, Heather Locklear, Pamela Sue Martin, Joan Collins|
|Directors:||Philip Leacock, Don Medford|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
Dynasty - Series 1 - Disc 1
|12 Disc 1|
Dynasty - Series 1 - Disc 2
|12 Disc 2|
Dynasty - Series 1 - Disc 3
|12 Disc 3|
Dynasty - Series 1 - Disc 4
|12 Disc 4|
|Run time:||11 hours 28 minutes|
|Rental release:||09 Mar 2009|
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Slow but addictive start to a classic period pieceBy a customer from Scotland , 14 Apr 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]For those who associate Dynasty with evil doppelgängers, gold digging vixens and Joan Collins aggressively stubbing her carrot into a plate of caviare the opening series of Dynasty may come as something of a surprise. Instead of the glamorous, ludicrous pot boiler this is a rather more subdued affair: though no less glamorous for it, despite the lack of Alexis (Joan Collins was yet to be cast and appeared for the first time in series 2). Even the famous theme music has yet to take on its triumphalist air.
The season opens with a 3 hour-long pilot episode, 'oil' - like everything else in the early 80s it is obscenely bloated and intended to sort the men from the boys. Blake is about to marry his secretary, Krystle Grant Jennings, despite her concerns about marrying into obscene wealth, the servants' snootiness about their master marrying below himself, and Blake's concerns about the fuel crisis and the risk to his multi-billion dollar oil business. We meet Stephen, his gay son (later in the series to be depicted instead as 'sexually confused', undoubtedly a relic of 80s media homophobia), Fallon, the utterly splendid trampy daughter who is shagging - among others - the entire local football team, the blackmailing chauffeur and the wimpy son of the (in her eyes) more desirable rival to Blake, Cecil Colby. We also meet the tedious Matthew Blaisdale - a geologist working on a rival oil rig, his 'mental patient' wife Claudia and his daughter who is notable only for being the ugliest child cast in anything, ever. Matthew is Krystle's lost love but really who cares. No one, as things panned out - and of the Blaisdale family only the fragile and unstable Claudia made it through to the second series.
In short - this is a slow burner but well worth the investment as background for the more showy and ridiculous later series. It's also a wonderful period piece: the oil crisis, American withdrawal from the middle east and searches for alternative fuel sources are all here, along with the homophobia and primitive attitudes to mental health typical of the times. And, of course, the fabulous, fabulous clothes.
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Outrageously fantastic!By Quamash (8 reviews) , 23 Jan 2013Definitely a fantastic guilty secret to re-watch this series that so many of us were hooked on in the 1980's. It is also surprising at how much I remember when I thought I didn't remember much at all. Outrageous story lines and behaviour from the characters, but our duty is to suspend disbelief and indulge ourselves. Wonderful!!!
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Love it Love itBy SNIP (8 reviews) from London , 25 Jul 2009I was totally hooked on Dynasty as a teenager and 20 + years on I loved this first series having missed it first time round. Its cheesy and the acting is totally wooden in places but its still FAB! What has really surprised me is I remember Blake to be a real goodie but in fact he was very manipulative and a total control freak not to mention a complete homophobe! Steven makes me laugh with his permanant look of pain and gulit on his face but he is still v cute. My favourite is definately Fallon followed closely by jeff! I have just watched the closing scenes of the last episode and it ends with Alexis walking in ( not sure its Joan Collins as she is wearing a veil ) but cant wait to get my series 2 disc
DYNASTYBy a customer from bournemouth , 21 Jun 2009HAVE A LAUGH, THIS IS SO DATED, HOWEVER STILL PLEAUREABLE TO WATCH, SHOULDER PADS GALORE,.......
Dynasty series 1By khandikane (53 reviews) from Sidcup , 15 Jun 2009I was slightly too young to see the very begining of this and it really looks dated. Nice to see how the Carrington Dynasty began though. Great if you are a fan.
Nostagic funBy a customer from Bath , 12 May 2009A hoot - all that mostly tasteless Grand Luxe and they all take everything so seriously! Not many laughs except the hairstyles and costumes.