V the Miniseries on DVD

I was headed for the Redbox in my local Luckys when I saw this in a bargain DVD bin.

The complete V miniseries on DVD! Maybe I shouldn’t be so excited, but this triggers a child-like hang-up of mine. That’s the idea of being able to see something “whenever I want”. This might not seem like such a big deal to the YouTube/Hulu/Tivo generation, but in the pre-VCR days, you either saw something when it was on or you didn’t see it. Not only so, but even if you did see it when it was on, you couldn’t see it again until the network showed it. So the ability to have instant access to something (an even more instant access with a DVD compared to a VHS), especially something as seminal to my childhood as V, is astounding to me. You’d think I’d be over it by now, as I have Tivo and YouTube streaming to my TV and most of my beloved movies on my computer hard drive, but apparently I’m not. Proof that I’m not? I snatched this up as soon as I saw it.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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9 thoughts on “V the Miniseries on DVD

  1. Looks like the miniseries is on one side and “additional content” on the other. Also, there is a sweet pic of the mother ship on the flip side of the dvd cover.

  2. vinvectrex says:

    For six bucks, I think you got a lot of entertainment. I still like the DVDs myself – even if they’re streaming on Netflix. At least you know that it will be around in a few years, even if the streaming sites drop it.

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    I dunno about Gobby’s mention.
    V – The Final Showdown has a similar cover and *does* contain the final eps after the first (hourlong) ones.
    But this seems to be the same DVD I have. And if it is, it has the awesome commentary track by Kenneth Johnson, the director (all the more reason to purchase this fine space product).

    And I gotta say, as neat as it is to have big movie directors occasionally disperse a few minutes of interesting tidbits during a feature, hearing a someone who worked magic talk informatively and at length about a TV series that rocked (and invaded) my world as a kid is just so much better.

    Just thinking about it jazzes me up enough to hide my pet mouse and get my spray cans.

  4. That doesn’t make any sense. I wanted the first miniseries. Why does it start on episode 6 of the TV series which is a completely different thing from the miniseries? Why does it say “The Original Miniseries”?

  5. Nope, just checked, it is the original miniseries, and it does have the commentary. Wonder which disk starts at Episode 6?

  6. Mizphit says:

    The old Warner Bros snapcase dvd version of the first V miniseries has part 1 on one side and part 2 on the other. V The Final Battle’s first dvd is the same and part 3 is on a single layer of a 2nd disc. V The Original Series has all flipper discs with 19 episodes.

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