Darien Fawkes, a thief, gets his third strike and is sentenced to life in prison. However, an offer comes to get him out if he will participate in a secret experiment that the U.S. government is conducting. Darien agrees grudgingly and is transported to a secret military installation in the desert. There a Swiss-French scientist named Arnaud installs a synthetic gland in Darien's brain, which causes him to secrete "Quicksilver," a compound that bends light and therefore has the power to make him invisible.
A number of television shows have been made over time based on the concepts from H.G. Well's 1897 novel, The Invisible Man
. 1958 saw the original British series naming Wells in the program's title. 1975 saw NBC's short-lived show with David McCallum. A year later came Ben Murphy in an "Invisible Man" series with a different title: Gemini Man
, also on NBC. The BBC did a faithful mini-series adaption in 1984. But none were as popular as the 2000 effort which aired on the Sci Fi Channel (and also in syndication at practically the same time). Some say the show stood fine on its own, others believe it was helped by that year's release of the Kevin Bacon film Hollow Man
. Either way, the Matt Greenberg-produced series, starring Vincent Ventresca as "Fawkes," was on for two seasons before being canceled (due to cost-related issues rather than ratings, according to some rumors at the time).
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced this morning that they are releasing The Invisible Man - The Complete 1st Season
as a 5-DVD set. On March 25th
look for all 24 episodes (including the two-part Pilot, which aired back-to-back when the show debuted) with a total running time of 1056 minutes. Additionally, you'll get these extras:
- Audio Commentary - The Invisible Man - Part 1 (Pilot) with Creator/Executive Producer/Writer Matt Greenberg, Director Breck Eisner and series star Vincent Ventresca
- Audio Commentary - The Invisible Man - Part 2 (Pilot) with Creator/Executive Producer/Writer Matt Greenberg, Director Breck Eisner and series star Vincent Ventresca
- A Sit-Down with Creator and Executive Producer, Matt Greenberg
- Bonus Episode - The Invisible Man: Season Two - Legends
Video is 1.78:1 Widescreen. Audio is English Dolby Digital 2.0, and English subtitles are visible here as well. Cost will be $59.98 SRP. We can't see the box art yet, but stay tuned and we'll let you know when it appears!