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The Doombolt Chase – The Complete Series (1978/Network U.K./PAL Region 2 DVD Imports)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: C-     Episodes: C+



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Two/2 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Network U.K. at the website address provided at the end of the review.



A British action show aimed at teens, The Doombolt Chase was a limited run TV series set at sea with an unusual amount of top rate talent behind it.  With Science Fiction and even Spy elements thrown in, it does its best to get teens involved, but can be more restrictive in its narrative than expected.  Can the son and friends of an arrested, respected vessel commander clear the man’s name in the face of a darker plot ensuing?


Though done intelligently, it is not Jonny Quest meets Return Of The Saint meets Doctor Who like it could have been, but it is interesting and ambitious, even when it does not always work.  As for behind-the-scenes talent, no less than Peter Graham Scott and Robert Fuest (both Avengers alumni, plus Fuest has a distinctive film resume and did The New Avengers) directed the six hour-long shows, while Don Houghton (Doctor Who, Sapphire & Steel) wrote the series teleplays.  The cast includes no less than Peter Vaughn, Frederick Jaeger, Donald Burton, George Coulouris and Ewen Solon in a convincingly cast show.  A curio worth a look, it is finally out on DVD.


The 1.33 X 1 image is a little softer than one would like for a show shot on film, but this has a few good moments and you can see some money was spent that shows up on screen.  Not bad considering the budget limits.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also down a generation or two, so be careful of playback volumes and volume switching.  Stills are the only extra.



As noted above, you can order this DVD import exclusively from Network U.K. at:









-   Nicholas Sheffo


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