DVD Review: NEVERWHERE – The 15th Anniversary edition

BBC America
Release date: November 15, 2011
MSRP: $19.98

Richard Mayhew is a man with a comfortable home, a comfortable job and a life that is…well, comfortable. While traveling with his fiancee Jessica, Richard stumbles across an injured young lady. Jesssica is focused on getting to dinner, but Richard feels compelled to assist the lady. And by doing so, he forever changes his life.

The lady, Door, is part of London Below. A realm inhabited by those that have fallen out of polite society. That homeless man pushing his shopping cart? He may well be a vendor in LB. But after helping Door, Richard finds himself invisible and forgotten by those in his regular life. By helping Door, he has become a part of LB.

The citizens of London Below are all but invisible to London Above. And if they do make the effort to be noticed, thier presence is quickly forgotten.

Richard initially wants nothing more than to find his way back to his old life. He seeks out Door and accompanies her on a mission to bring peace and order to LB. But the more time he spends below, the less important his old life seems. Ultimately, Richard must make a choice as to which world he wants to be a part of.

The one major problem with Neverwhere is the production. While most
Americans have come to expect a certain level of cheesiness from older BBC
shows (Dr Who anyone?), Neverwhere looks to have been made on a budget that
would make cable access programmers cry. In the extras, Gaimen expresses his
unhappiness with the stinginess of the BBC. But once you get past that, the
rest of the show really shines.

Extras:
From the original release, we get the Gaiman commentary track. Gaiman talks about the creation of the project and is quite open about it’s budget issues and his frustration with the financial limits they were given.

 Also here is an interview with Gaiman that has been done up like the episode intros from NEVERWHERE. I am sure it seems fun where they put it together, but the look and style is more than a bit distracting.

New features include an  introduction by Gaiman, Lenny Henry,
and producer Clive Brill that talks about the creation of NEVERWHERE. Those three are also featured on a new commentary track. Also included is a fun map of LONDON BELOW.

Once you get past the budget, NEVERWHERE is a fun tale that has stood the test of time. Fans of the series will enjoy the new features and those that have not seen it should do so.
Jeremy Lynch