DVD Feature: Merlin - Complete Series 5 DVD
To many, it may have been a surprise when Colin Morgan picked up the Best Male Drama performance prize at the National Television Awards. After all, Doctor Who's Matt Smith and Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch were also in the running.
But anyone who watches his performance in Merlin, and how his character has come of age in the fifth season, would certainly not have borne a stunned expression.
And during a Christmas period when many of the expected highlights failed to deliver (let us point a finger at Downton Abbey and a thoroughly depressing Call The Midwife), the season finale of Merlin was one of the greatest, and most heartbreaking shows.
Merlin has charted the journeys of the eponymous wizard and Arthur through the early years of Camelot. Now, in its Golden Age with the Knights of the Round Table assembled, the fifth season sees Morgana launches her final attempt to claim the throne.
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The DVD, which features all 13 episodes of the dramatic and final Series 5, also contains a unique extra, generated by Merlin Facebook fans, which helped to boost pre-orders. As part of the extras disc, alongside the usual out-takes and behind-the-scenes footage, is a selection of fifteen fan-generated videos of classic Merlin scenes – acted by the fans themselves. This unique content was part of a competition in the build up to the DVD's release and saw many hundreds of fans take part, with thousands more spreading the word and pre-ordering the DVD.
Tristan Whitlam of Fremantle Media, which released the DVD, said 'The fan video idea was a great way of generating real interest in the DVD. Merlin fans are passionate about the show with over1 million of them on the Merlin Facebook page. We knew that if we could engage with them in something that was fun and inclusive, we could potentially see some amazing pre-order numbers, which we have done. Like Colin's Award last week, our success with the DVD is thanks to the amazing Merlin fans."
Merlin the Complete Series 5 DVD and Blu-Ray are out now on Fremantle Media Enterprises.