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Callan - Wet Job [1981] [DVD]

Edward Woodward , Russell Hunter , Shaun O'Riordan    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Edward Woodward, Russell Hunter, George Sewell
  • Directors: Shaun O'Riordan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,513 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Featuring an electrifying performance from Edward Woodward, Callan explored the dingy twilight world of the professional spy and presented what was, until that point, television s most realistic portrayal of government espionage - becoming a national phenomenon in the 1960s and making Woodward one of the highest profile actors on television. This single play, originally aired in 1981 and scripted by series creator/writer James Mitchell, saw the reluctant killer pressed into service one last time. Reuniting Callan and his malodorous sidekick, Lonely (Russell Hunter), the play also stars George Sewell, Hugh Walters (as Hunter), Anthony Smee and Helen Bourne. Ten years on, David Callan hasn t changed much. Retirement has brought a new identity, a new mistress, and a new business in the form of a militaria shop; but he finds that once a secret-service operative, always a secret-service operative when a call summons him to headquarters and a meeting with the fourth Hunter of his career - a past Callan thought dead and buried. Reactiviating it is no pleasure - but it has to be done.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One More Job, Please - Shoot The Music Producer 1 April 2011
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Talk about disappointing: Edward Woodward and Russell Hunter try their best with a dull and predictable 'one last job' script, but are equally lumbered with an extremely annoying music score which forgets that background music should stay in the background and underpin the action (or lack of) on a subliminal level. Not a patch on the original haunting theme.

There is a nice touch where Callan whips off his glasses and cleans them before going into action before the showdown, but overall he trudges through a mediocre storyline with the grim determination of one paying the bills. Not the way I want to remember Callan or Woodward.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tragic 28 Mar 2011
By Big Al
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Callan - Wet Job [1981] [DVD]I sat and watched this last night and i cant tell you how much saddness i felt at the end.Callan is for me THE best TV show ever made in this country and i have spent many years getting all the episodes available from various sources until the only one i didnt have was Wet Job which i missed when it was shown as i was on honeymoon and we didnt have a video in those days.So i started watching and was annoyed straightaway because they didnt have the wonderful and atmospheric theme tune but my annoyance soon gave way to incredulity as a dreadful,dull badly written and frankly boring tale unfolded.Woodward was as ever superb but he had nothing to work with,Russel Hunter did his usual great job but the rest of the cast were BAD. Callans old boss Hunter was played like Graham Norton on a bad day,Thorn(Callans replacement) was so wooden he gave off splinters and the rest of the cast were so stagey it was almost funny,only it wasnt it was TRAGIC.What a sad sad end to such a magnifcent series,i could have cried.The only solace i draw from having this is that now my Callan collection is complete but i will never watch this again i will stick to the series.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the fans 27 April 2011
By R. C. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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When this series was originally shown I was an avid fan. I watched Wet Job when it was first broadcast in 1981, and vaguely recall it being a satisfying finale to the series.

For those who fancy a spot of nostalgia it is still very viewable - I was pleased to get the opportunity of seeing it again, and enjoyed every minute. But I have to admit, it has not aged particularly well and is now noticeably dated. (Fair enough, it is 30 years old!).

The acting style of that period is very `stagey'. Presumably treading the boards is where many of the cast spent their time when not in front of cameras. But that flaw lies with the director. TV drama is now light years ahead in gritty realism.

Whilst the story line is fine, the substance,tension and pace falls short of its predecessor episodes.

The casting of the security section's `heavy' was laughably woeful, never for a moment living up to the supposedly `hard man' label, as he is described by the excellent Lonely,(Russell Hunter). Not a patch on Anthony Valentine's sneering and menacing Toby Meres.

Edward Woodward's middle aged Callan is great, utterly convincing. Press-ganged resentfully back into service, he is very much aware of being over the hill. Possibly his weariness seeps into the movie's ambience?

The background music is dreadful. I don't remember it being as bad as that, maybe it's a casualty of dated technique?

The section head, codenamed `Hunter', is as unpleasant, manipulative and devious as ever. Whilst the seedy headquarters set in the rear of a scrap metal frontage, now appears parochial and stone-age against today's complex electronic offices.

Callan was a series of its time. Overall, I'd recommend Wet Job for fans. The uninitiated would probably be left wondering what on earth we ever saw in the programme.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the train-wreck that it's made out to be 4 April 2011
To start I will go into a brief background as to how I first met ''Callan'' so to speak. Having been a casual fan of E. Woodward through the somewhat cheesy but fun ''The Equalizer'' I happened upon the armchair theatre pilot for Callan that had been uploaded on Youtube last summer. Having enjoyed it I subsequently worked my way through ''Networks'' DVD releases of Callan in monochrome and colour along with the underrated ''Callan the Movie'' and finally finishing up yesterday with ''Wet Job''.

There were several gem episodes from the 4 series of Callan with most of the rest being above average and then a very small number of duff episodes. ''Wet Job'' is better than the duff ones but falls short of the rest of what came before in my opinion. That said I don't think it's bad - I think it's good but not particularly great in any way. Other reviewers here have given good plot synopsis so I just will counter some of what I deem to be slightly unfair criticisms of ''Wet Job''.

First the lack of the light bulb and the ''Callan - man alone'' theme music. Sure it would have been nice to have had it but given that the original series had been off the air for nearly ten years at the time I can see where they were coming from by trying to make it contemporary and up-to-date(for the time at least). The music that is in the episode on the other hand is overbearing at times but the truth is that that was the style at the time that this was made. Unfortunately 1980's style just hasn't aged as well as the 60's and 70's has.

The obvious studio sets and image quality - To tell the truth the original series was mostly and very obviously studio set bound and particularly in the earlier episodes quite cheap looking. ''Wet Job'' is just more of the same to my eyes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Wet Job
Having watched the Callan series on DVD I was very disappointed with the Wet Job DVD.

It was very badly acted and rather a vague storyline -- unfortunately Callan is... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Ken Bklackmore
3.0 out of 5 stars Damp Squib
David Callan is leading an ordinary life since retiring from the section. He runs a small militaria shop and lodges at a house owned by a fairly respectable woman his own age.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Arch Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Woodward and Callan
The original series now looks a little dated visually. However the script and its delivery leaves much modern drama it its wake. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Laurie S. (Australia)
5.0 out of 5 stars Seedy world we don't see
Yet another superb Woodward performance as the sad & brooding soul whose job is to keep our way of life possible. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cornerman
3.0 out of 5 stars callan meets crossroads!
the problem with specials is always the same, they include 30 mins that should end up on the cutting room floor! Read more
Published 11 months ago by pedro
4.0 out of 5 stars Below par compared to the series but still nice
As a fan of this show I state my bias up front. This is not the strongest entry in the Callan stories, far from it, this is kinda like a school reunion. Read more
Published 13 months ago by thehawk
4.0 out of 5 stars For old times sake
OK, so it isn't up to the standard of the wonderful series, but I had to give it four stars for old times sake. I actually quite liked the soundtrack (sorry! Read more
Published on 9 July 2012 by Ghostrider
4.0 out of 5 stars Callan Wet Job
This is/was the last film/episode in the Callan series & it is NOT so good as the earlier film/episodes. Not Edward Woodwoods fault just the
Published on 26 May 2012 by canarykid
4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting ending
Read lots of different reviews before I bought this film. some good some mediocre some downright awful. It comes down to expectations and what you want from the film. Read more
Published on 7 April 2012 by Khadian
1.0 out of 5 stars Disasterous Production
As a devotee of the 1960's Callan series, I considered the originals as some of the finest televsion from this genre and time. The 'Wet Job' was little more than a catastrophe. Read more
Published on 3 April 2012 by David Turner
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