Hitting the shelves at the end of February is this second volume of Torchwood’s first series which contains four episodes: ‘Countrycide’, ‘Greeks Bearing Gifts’, ‘They Keep Killing Susie’ and ‘Invisible Eugene’.
The episodes are split two per disc which also contain three documentaries apiece. ‘Torchwood: Sex, Violence, Blood & Gore’ leads the special features on disc one and looks at the ‘darker, adult’ elements of the series.
The ‘Sex’ segment in part answers the criticisms of those who have questioned the level of sexual content in the series and contains some brutally honest comments from series creator Russell T Davies about his desire to confront and change the ‘hetrosexuality’ of Sci-Fi.
‘Violence’ and ‘Blood & Gore’ discuss how far the show is able to push the boundaries of ‘good taste’ and horror and includes a behind the scenes look at the ‘mangled body’ effects for Countrycide.
The main feature on disc two is ‘Torchwood on The Road’ – a look at Torchwood’s ‘SUV’ which, although it’s not really apparent on screen, is revealed to be the spiritual offspring of Knight Rider’s KITT. Oddly some of the shots in documentary make the vehicle look classier and sexier than it does in the actual episodes which surely can’t be right?
In addition both discs contain two featurettes entitled ‘The Team and Their Troubles’ which look at a regular cast member and their relationship or encounter with a guest character.
On disc one these look at Ianto & Countrycide’s Evan and Tosh & Mary – her alien lover from ‘Greeks Bearing Gifts’. Disc two looks at Owen & Suzie and Gwen & Eugene. Disc two’s ‘The Team and Their Troubles’ look at Owen & Suzie and Gwen & Eugene.
These are interesting inclusions which help to increase the ‘value for money’ feel of the release but the pairing of Ianto and Evan has a slightly random feel about it owing to a lack of real connection between the characters in contrast, for example, with the part Lisa plays in Ianto’s character development. In contrast the pairings of Tosh & Mary and Gwen & Eugene feel much more appropriate.
Rounding off disc two is a selection of deleted and alternative scenes for each episode. As is the nature of deleted scenes these are rarely show stealers but the selection offered here does contain a couple of nice treats including a scene from Countrycide between Gwen and Rhys which I don’t recall making the broadcast version in any form.
Torchwood Series 1 Volume 2 is released on 26th February 2007 by 2|Entertain and is available for pre-order from BBCShop.com
Torchwood: Series 1 Vol. 1 (DVD)
was released on December 2006.