Moonlight: The Complete Series (2007)

Genre(s): Drama / Fantasy / Thriller
Warner Brothers || NR - 768 minutes - $39.98 || January 20, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-01-25


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Ron Koslow & Trevor Munson (created by)
Cast: Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring, Shannyn Sossamon


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

A Vampire who does not feast on Humans. A Vampire who lives in Los Angeles. A Vampire who is also a private detective. A Vampire who falls in love with a human. Any of this sound familiar to you? Oh, that's right, it was the basis for The WB's "Angel", also produced by Warner. With five seasons on its belt, was it time for an "Angel" clone so soon? The answer is yes.

Mick (Alex O'Loughlin), a vampire (Angel?), works as a private detective solving crimes that fall into his lap by clients. This works out well for him until he runs into Beth (Sophia Myles), a blond human (Buffy?) whom he knows from years past - a child at the time, Beth was kidnapped by another vampire, Corraline (Shannyn Sossamon) (Darla?) who just so happens to be Micks ex-wife who turned him into a vampire. Beth and Mick instantly form a bond together but there is a problem - Beth is already seeing another man and they form a relationship that viewers can see will soon turn into a romantic one. Luckily, our P.I. is not alone, there are plenty of other Vampires lurking around - some good, and some not so good. On Mick's side is his long time and much older (in Vampire years) friend, Josef (Jason Dohring).

As the season progresses we are introduced to a fairly unique society in Los Angeles that the normal humans do not know exist. When there is a Vampire attack, a group dubbed "The Cleaners" comes in and, well, cleans the place up so humans would have no idea what really went on. Most episodes are self contained, but there is no reason not to watch them order. There is a fairly large story arc towards the middle of the series, which brings us the death of a human character and the "re-birth" of a Vampire one (once more, a direct rip-off of "Angel").

The show, while almost a complete rip-off of "Angel" from the get go, offers several intriguing aspects to it that could have made the show go on for a few season had CBS let it. Viewers are not left waiting several seasons for the Beth to find out what Mick is - almost right off the bat his secret is revealed which helps speed the series along and pull viewers even deeper into the relationship of our two characters. I applaud the writers because I always find it a bit annoying when they take several seasons of a TV Show to get a storyline moving just for the sake of dragging out the "will they/won't they" aspect of. With Beth now knowing that Mick is a vampire, the two are able to form a much stronger relationship then Mick trying to hide what he really is.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Warner made a big stink that they were planning some great things for the DVD release of “Moonlight”... and yet this release remains empty. Would have loved to listen to a commentary on where the series might had gone had CBS not canceled it.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Moonlight” is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1. Disappointing is my opinion on this - episodes are littered with compression artifacts, excessive grain and other nasty things. What went wrong here?

Warner has included a vibrant Dolby Digital 5.1 track for each episode which suits the show very well. Dialog was nice and crisp and rear noises were fairly active during some more action oriented scenes.



.::OVERALL::.

“Moonlight: The Complete Series” includes all 16 episodes from the First, and sadly last season on CBS. Warner has chosen to release this at an attractive price and with the recent Vampire craze in American right now thanks to Twilight, young women all over will go crazy for a good looking Vampire like Mick. Even though Warner has released this with no features and below average picture quality, I have no qualms about recommending this series for those that want a quick Vampire fix.