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Cracker - Complete Collection [DVD]

Robbie Coltrane , Barbara Flynn , Michael Winterbottom , Simon Cellan Jones    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robbie Coltrane, Barbara Flynn, Geraldine Somerville, Lorcan Cranitch, Clive Russell
  • Directors: Michael Winterbottom, Simon Cellan Jones, Roy Battersby, Tim Fywell, Andy Wilson
  • Producers: Gub Neal, Hilary Bevan Jones, Paul Abbott
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 1350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CWLFI6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,785 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

�Fitz� Fitzgerald is an insulting, nosy, loathsome individual who is a drunken excuse for a husband, a lousy father and a gambling washout, but he has one saving grace--he is a brilliant psychologist with an uncanny ability to see evil in people, make them confess and walk away unscathed. He understands the criminal mind probably because his mind isn�t that far removed from the criminals he deals with.

Episodes include:

The Mad Woman In The Attic
To Say I Love You
One Day A Lemming Will Fly
To Be A Somebody
The Big Crunch
Men Should Weep
Brotherly Love
Best Boys
True Romance
White Ghost

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: All 11 feature length Cracker adventures in one box set! Robbie Coltrane leads an all-star cast in Jimmy McGovern's groundbreaking, gritty drama as the uncompromising, idiosyncratic Fitz, a man whose psychological insight extends to everyone but himself. Episodes Comprise: 1. The Mad Woman In The Attic 2. To Say I Love You 3. One Day A Lemming Will Fly 4. To Be A Somebody 5. The Big Crunch 6. Men Should Weep 7. Brotherly Love 8. Best Boys 9. True Romance 10. White Ghost 11. Cracker SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Edgar Allan Poe Awards, ...Cracker - Complete Series - 11-DVD Box Set

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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, consistently gripping TV drama series. 30 July 2007
I remember being packed off to bed whenever my parents would settle down to watch the latest episode of Cracker - my parents none-too-keen on letting their ten year old watch such a dark and disturbing reality-based drama - so I've only really become familiar with it through subsequent TV repeats and now through this DVD box-set. As others have noted, the original shows are absolutely astounding, and more-than stand-up to repeated viewings over a decade on.

Throughout each of the ten episodes (often broken into two or three hour-long episodes when shown on television) we see Jimmy McGovern's writing at a consistent peak. Not only are the stories interesting, intelligent and believable, they're also filled with strong characters, brilliant dialog (that goes from the shocking - Albie's confession towards the end of episode three, To Be A Somebody - to the dramatic - much of the dialogue at the end of Brotherly Love - right the way through to the comedic - the great back-and-forth banter between Fitz and the police), whilst the whole show is taken even further into the realms of greatness thanks to the astounding direction and tremendous performances from the highly esteemed cast. There's also the "soap-opera" elements of each of the three series, too - which keeps our interest in the characters and guarantees our return to each subsequent episode - with McGovern layering each of the crime-stories alongside scenes depicting Fitz's troubled home-life, and the various sub-plots of the cops... most notably, DCI David Bilborough, DS Wise, DS Jane Penhaligon, and the tortured DS Jimmy Beck.

The stories are always great...
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got it cracked! 11 April 2009
Written by Jimmy McGovern, this is an emotive Roller Coaster of a series. Robbie Coltrane plays Fitz, a man who spends his working life solving psychological problems of all around him, but is clearly the man most in need of help.

Fitz has problems.....drinking problems, gambling problems, women problems, money problems and health issues. The earlier episodes highlight inadequate policing, in judgement and in ability. Set in the North West of England Fitz slowly works his way into permanently working for the police and helping solve many of their most complex cases. Coltrane is a man of the people and McGovern writes as a man of the people.

I could pick out a few weaknesses, but why bother? I sit down to an episode and I blink, before it is over, totally enthralling. The best acting seems to go to the villains. From a stuttering cop killer to a mentally disturbed Hillsborough avenger. Apart from Coltrane you'll be treated to performances from Robert Carlyle, Christopher Ecclestone and many recognisable faces.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, gritty, and well written 12 Jan 2009
By Craig Lam TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Cracker was Coltrane's finest hour. He IS Fitz, the classic antihero of the piece. He's obnoxious; he's large; he's an unrepentant gambler and drinker; he's sometimes wrong, and the consequences are serious; his wit is sharp and his humour's as black as ichor; he's human, and thus one of the finest TV characters ever written.

The cases are generally interesting. There are some high points, and some episodes that don't match those, but I won't say which as this is all subjective. They are uniformly well written and acted, however.

Very highly recommended for anyone in the mood for a cerebral crime drama that doesn't pull any punches.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic 16 Jun 2009
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This is one of those series, that if you didn't catch it when it was originally on TV, you will be amazed and awed. Everything is well done. The acting, the writing, the timing, the direction, choice of material. Some of it will have you disgusted, fascinated, pulled in and wanting to look away but want more. It's like driving past a car crash.

The array of actors in this is such that you watch it now and see all these now familiar faces starting out. It is definitely one of those "ooh that's such and such!" series.

Robbie Coltraine is perfectly cast as a flawed alcoholic, gambling, cheating, brilliant psychologist.
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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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I'll endorse everything that's been said about the excellence of the writing, and the consistently brilliant performances, esp. from Robbie Coltrane and Geraldine Somerville. But the three stars are a warning that there can be production faults with this box set: last night we sat down to watch the disk labelled "True Romance", only to find that the actual content was "White Ghost" (the not-so-outstanding Hong Kong episode). And unfortunately the disk labelled "White Ghost" was also "White Ghost." So, if you buy it -- and I'd recommend it to all -- do a quick preview of each disk when the product arrives.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracker 29 Dec 2006
Our hero here is a fat, sweaty, womanising, gambling alcoholic. The setting is slate-grey dreary, gritty Manchester. The subject matter is murder and rape, race and kidnap. Yet is it uplifting to watch because the quality of the series, particularly in the early episodes is so delightfully rare.

The episodes are `why dunnits' rather then `who dunnits' and it is Fitz, played brilliantly by Robbie Coltrane is a genius psychologist with a rare gift to unravel a criminal mind, that plays them out. From the start of the series, when we watch him give a lecture and throw books at students, it is clear he is a magnetic character. What makes him so likable is his brutal honesty and his inability to conform.

However, it is the whole package that makes `Cracker' so essential. The scripts, Jimmy McGovern are superb. He is a national treasure.

There is also the strength of the supporting cast. In particular, I liked the characters of Jane `Panhandle' Penhaligan, and DCI Bilborough, (Christopher Eccleston in one of his finest roles) and the unhinged D.S Jimmy Beck.

The greatest episodes are when these characters are involved and when McGovern writes. These episodes in themselves warrant the highest mark possible for this collection. The quality tails off slightly after this but the series is always engrossing.

This box set does not offer any extras, but I doubt that many people will care. This is simply British drama at its finest, and essential viewing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a comedy
I'd forgotten how dark this was and OMG it's 20 years since it aired.
Bleedy fentestic, this box set. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ivan Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
Robbie Coltrane is absolutely superb in this series - simultaneously a professional genius and a social mess! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mr. S. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended
Loved this series when televised so could not resist buying the DVD collection , enjoyed watching it all over again .
Published 1 month ago by dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good criminal series
I am a fan of crime series and this is one of the best. Thoroughly enjoying it. Would highly recommend for any crime fans.
Published 1 month ago by Dinah H
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Series
Ah Cracker...
I watched this series on ITV when I was a kid, so a lot of nostalgia here.
Having said that, I'm usually a vicious critic, but this series really is a relic... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karim Ghanem
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracker - Complete Colllection
Cracker was a real smart ass. I have always liked a smart ass but he also knew that he had problems and should do something about it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Irene
3.0 out of 5 stars as expected
a dvd series... what can you rate?? It was a present - It was in tact and delivered within a reasonable time?!
Published 1 month ago by Ms. S. E. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracker DVD Series
Great price. I have been looking for this dvd series for years and decided as it was such a reasonable price to go for it and so glad I did. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Maclean
3.0 out of 5 stars wrong dvd
Number 9 dvd should have been "True Romance" unfortunately it was an episode of "Bonanza". Disappointed. All the other dvds were really good, shame.
Published 4 months ago by stellamick
5.0 out of 5 stars crackin'
having seen the original series on itv and getting older you think back and seem to think tv programmes today are mainly crap. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter Capper
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