V - The Final Battle
Warner Bros. (5/6/1984)
TV Series  /  Science fiction, Thriller
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IMDB   7.7
268 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   NR (Not Rated)
Michael Durrell
Robert Englund Willie
Jane Badler Diana
Faye Grant Dr. Julie Parrish
Richard Herd
Michael Ironside Ham Tyler
Peter Nelson
David Packer
Neva Patterson
Andrew Prine
Marc Singer Mike Donovan
Lane Smith Nathan Bates
Blair Tefkin Robin Maxwell
Jennifer Cooke Elizabeth
Michael Wright Elias
Jeff Yagher Kyle Bates
June Chadwick Lydia
Director
Richard T. Heffron
Stuart Heisler
Producer Robert Singer
Patrick Boyriven
Writer Kenneth Johnson
Harry Longstreet
Cinematography Stevan Larner
Musician Dennis McCarthy
Joseph Conlan
Barry De Vorzon


Though followers of current science fiction television series may dismiss V: The Final Battle as a quaint relic from the pre-computer animation days, the six-hour miniseries about an alien invasion of Earth was a ratings juggernaut for NBC in 1984 and should still provide some entertainment for hard-bitten devotees and fans of '50s-style sci-fi. The Final Battle picks up four months after the shock conclusion of the 1983 prequel miniseries, with a small group of humans known as the Resistance struggling to convince their fellow humans that a fleet of seemingly friendly visitors from space are in fact bent on world domination.

Executive producer Kenneth Johnson (who oversaw most aspects of the first series) only supervised the sequel's script (which underwent several changes before its airing), and the writing occasionally suffers due to the lack of his attention. But the series still delivers its share of action and intrigue, as well as one showstopping gruesome moment involving the birth of interspecies twins. Acting is again a stumbling block, with leads Marc Singer and Faye Grant as bland as any performers from the American International Pictures stable; character actor Michael Ironside makes the strongest impression as a tough Resistance member, and a pre-Freddy Krueger Robert Englund is amusing as a kind-hearted alien. The miniseries was followed by an inevitable weekly series featuring most of the same cast, which was demolished in the ratings by Dallas, but a faithful Resistance-like following remains to this day. --Paul Gaita

Episodes
  5/6/1984  1.  V: The Final Battle: Part 1
The Resistance lead an attack on a Visitor processing plant, but are soundly beaten by the Visitors. They decide that their current tactics aren't effective, they need an event that will wake up the world to help them defeat the Visitors.
  5/7/1984  2.  V: The Final Battle: Part 2
Donovan is reunited with his son and joins the international Resistance headed by Ham Tyler and Chris Farber. The first priority is freeing Julie who has been captured and is being held in the visitor mother ship. Meanwhile, Robin who is pregnant by a Visitor goes into labor.
  5/8/1984  3.  V: The Final Battle: Part 3
Donovan turns himself over to the aliens in order to save his son. Diana hears her colleagues are plotting against her. She tells her leader that only she can succeed because of a spy she has in the Resistance. Willie, a friendly alien, submits to tests so Julie can develop a biological weapon against the Visitors. The weapon, a red dust, is then used against the Visitors with much success.
Edition Details
Series V: The Final Battle
Distributor Warner Home Video
Chapters 74
Release Date 8/6/2002
Packaging Custom Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles Bahasa; Chinese; English; French; Korean; Portuguese; Spanish; Thai
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
No. of Discs/Tapes 2

Features
Disc 01 Color Closed-captioned Widescreen