'Invisible Man: Season 2'
(Lisa Daniely, Deborah Watling, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (1958) 2006 / Drak Sky Films)
Overview: British scientist Peter Brady, while working on an invisibility formula, suffers a tragic accident which turns himself invisible. Unfortunately, there is no antidote, so, while working on a method to regain his visibility, he undertakes missions for his government stopping bad guys.
DVD Verdict: When this series made its debut in the late 50's it was an instant hit with TV audiences in both the UK and in America. As part of a publicity campaign, the name of the actor who played Dr. Peter Brady was Tim Turner (replete with bandages), but was not revealed until 1965 to keep the audiences guessing. The show boasts of some really fabulous special effects for the day; for example, a cigarette that lights and smokes itself and wine drunk from a glass by an "invisible" drinker. Many of the episodes refect the political climate of the Cold War; Peter Brady often is called to thwart the evil designs of foreign spies or assist a friend of a friend who is being blackmailed keeping with a theme similar to "The Saint." Even if you have just discovered this second set and feel you can learn nothing from obtaining the first, do buy it as it is a good starter set for those who like vintage British sci-fi television with a twist. The astute observer will notice many fine British actors in guest spots on this series who would later appear on many other well known ITC programs such as "Danger Man," "Secret Agent," and "The Prisoner." In Season 2, the Invisible Man becomes even more involved in the dangerous world of international intrigue with some of the highlights including stopping a plot to save the planet from being conquered by an invisible enemy, assisting the British government to rid a small state of suspected arms dealers, and our hero even puts his own life at risk to save a friend from being killed by a bomb. This is a Full Screen presentation (1.78:1), but comes with no Special Features.