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Chancer [DVD]

Clive Owen , Leslie Phillips , Alan Grint , Lawrence Moody    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clive Owen, Leslie Phillips, Peter Vaughan, Susannah Harker, Simon Shepherd
  • Directors: Alan Grint, Lawrence Moody
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 1000 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085UDHDO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,288 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Nothing gets in his way, except his past...

In his breakout television role, multiple award winner Clive Owen stars as the talented, devious and utterly charming Derek 'Dex' Love - a City business analyst whose brilliant career, strategised under the pseudonym 'Stephen Crane', is stalked by a shady past. This complete-series release celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the first screening of Central's acclaimed drama, revisiting the fast-paced and emotionally compelling scripts that made Chancer a such a critical success, brilliantly capturing the heady atmosphere - and the pitfalls - of the late '80s and early '90s' financial free-for-all.

A high-calibre cast includes veteran actors Leslie Phillips and Peter Vaughan - as Love's frequent adversary Thomas Franklyn - with Susannah Harker as his beautiful and equally capable girlfriend, Jo. Michael Kitchen, Tom Bell, Stephen Tompkinson and Louise Lombard also star in this stylish, edgy drama, complemented by Jan Hammer's memorable theme.

This release comprises all 20 episodes of Chancer, digitally restored especially for this release.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Chancer, for me, was a joy beginning to end. Watching the first episode on television the memory is as crystal now as it was then. The plot lynch pin, sharply hansome Clive Owen - playing the slightly curved, if not actually bent, city trader - shows all the early signs of the talent that would secure his rumoured running place to be our next 007. A city man myself for 20 years, the settings on the trading floors were practically documentary in their accuracy. Owen, sliding easily into the role of the mischievously impish "Steve Crane", brings an instantly recognisable character (to one used to seeming them daily) to startling life. The ingeniously linear solutions he brings to bear in his battles with city mandarin, Leslie Phillips, are as diverting as they are entertaining, leaving one with the almost unsatisfactory feeling that, worldly wise though one thinks one may be, one probably would not in a month of Sundays have thought of anything similar - "bloody hell, that was clever! (mutter mutter)". The switch to the rural setting where Owens involvement with Panther (a Morgan clone) Cars owner Benjamin Whitrow, is seamless. Whitrow, always a joy to watch, is perfect as the small production, high class car boss and family man, and the growing trust and respect that builds between the two men is touchingly inspirational. The clear thinking Owens' ability to save the day will have you sitting back feeling bloody annoyed with yourself, yet again, as you marvel at his knack at pulling victory from the brink of certain bloody disaster (mutter mutter). There are one liners to keep everyone happy from all walks. For a ripping yarn, I can remember few other productions that kept me as surprised and amused as Chancer did. Directors Alan Grint and Laurence Moody's teamwork bought a story to life and left me with a lasting sense of having enjoyed a classic. Take a chance on Chancer, a rivetingly and thoroughly exciting feel good (but non-mush) romp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chancer - complete box set on DVD 27 Dec 2013
By Blip
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Clive Owen is already building that cheekie chappie persona and big self assurance in this series that will carry him to Hollywood, so the character holds up very well despite the early 90s styling. The age doesn't really affect the story much, more 'Life on Mars' than 'Clangers', although the old cellphones did illicit a chuckle.

Good supporting actors really carry the script which does get a little thin in places (how many times can you rescue everyone from the brink of disaster?) but is reasonably edgy from the start and gets better as the writers get more comfortable with the characters. There is also some good humour to.

There are some nice plot twists, including what happens to his girlfriend, but I can't comment on those without spoiling the story.

Watched this one all the way through, recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chanser - best TV series ever! 1 Dec 2013
By Greg
Clive owen is brlliant, the script and other actors also. It is really worth watching more than once. It is my third time now.
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