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Cracker: The Complete Collection [DVD]

Robbie Coltrane , Barbara Flynn , Michael Winterbottom , Simon Cellan Jones    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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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
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Kelso Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 July 2010
  • Run Time: 1350.00
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AFC4PA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,236 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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All eleven episodes from the popular drama series starring Robbie Coltrane as the larger-than-life, hard-drinking criminal psychologist. In 'The Mad Woman in the Attic', after a student of Fitz's (Coltrane) is butchered on a train, the police believe it to be the work of a serial slasher. At the scene of the crime is an unconscious, blood-stained man (Adrian Dunbar) who is soon accused of the murders. Fitz is brought in to use his talents to reach into the soul of the man (who is claiming amnesia) to reveal the truth. In 'To Say I Love You', Fitz is called in by the police to have a look at a young man brought in for joyriding. He advises that the boy is kept for a psychological evaluation, but the powers-that-be ignore him. When the young man begins a spree of crime with his girlfriend, Fitz's theories are proved correct. In 'One Day a Lemming Will Fly', a young boy is found hanging from a tree, and Fitz is brought in to find out what led to his death. A pathologist's report indicates that the boy was murdered before he was hanged, putting the boy's suicidal English teacher and two mean school bullies on the top of the suspect list. In 'To Be a Somebody', Albie (Robert Carlyle) is a young man, psychologically disturbed by the events of Hillsborough and the death of his father, who attacks and kills an Asian newsagent. The police believe it to be a racist attack but draw a blank in their investigations into right-wing groups, and so call in Fitz to help with their enquiries. However, every minute is vital, as Albie is planning a spree of mass killing that must be halted before he strikes close to home. In 'The Big Crunch', Fitz is called in to investigate the sinister operations of a religious cult, which perversely punishes its young acolytes for the sins of its leaders. In 'Men Should Weep', Fitz attempts to fit a spate of rapes to the profile of a number of known sexual offenders. The investigation has personal repercussions when his colleague and occasional lover, DS Penhaligon (Geraldine Somerville), is raped, whilst the return of his estranged wife Judith (Barbara Flynn) only complicates matters further. In 'Brotherly Love', Fitz is called in when a father of four is arrested for the murder of a prostitute, only for an identical killing to take place while the man is still in custody. Meanwhile, Jimmy Beck (Lorcan Cranitch) returns to the force following DS Penhaligon's accusation of rape against him. In 'Best Boys', Fitz faces more problems on the home and professional fronts, as the shadow of Jimmy Beck's suicide continues to loom over his relationship with Penhaligon. Meanwhile, Judith wonders how the imminent arrival of her baby will affect her already tumultuous marriage. In 'True Romance', while Judith turns to Fitz's brother Danny (Clive Russell) for support, Penhaligon also needs someone to talk to. Fitz receives letters from an anonymous female admirer, only to discover that she could be a murderer. Dropped from the investigation due to his personal involvement, Fitz cannot help but become involved when his son Mark (Kieran O'Brien) is used as bait. In 'White Ghost', Fitz is on a lecture tour in Hong Kong when the local police call him in to help with a murder case. It soon transpires that a serial killer is at work. Fitz asks for his Manchester colleague Penhaligon, but instead it is DCI Wise (Ricky Tomlinson) who arrives from England to help him investigate the killings. Finally, in 'Nine Eleven', Fitz returns to Manchester after spending ten years living in Australia with his wife and youngest son. He is soon drawn into the investigation of a British soldier who may have been traumatised by his years serving in Northern Ireland.

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Cracker The Complete Collection - Case Files Contains 11 discs, over 22 hours and all 11 episodes Starring Robbie Coltrane, Created by Jimmy McGovern 3711533263 "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 seems to understand the criminal mind, most probably because his mind isn't that far removed from the criminals he deals with." 11 DISC SET The Mad Woman In The Artic, 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 , Cracker Stories: The Cracker Complete Collection Box Set features all episodes from the critically acclaimed crime series, which follows Manchester criminal psychologist Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald (Robbie Coltrane)as he attempts to crack complex cases. Sexist, provocative and almost devoid of social morals, Fitz is a man of many excesses. He's addicted to smoking, drinking, gambling, and he's neither a considerate nor faithful husband to his wife, Judith (Barbara Flynn). With his sharp intellect and ability to get inside the mind of criminals though, Fitz is a precious resource for the Manchester Police, who couldn't do without him--even though he isn't exactly the most liked person on the force. Starring alongside Coltrane is Kieran O'Brian (as Mark Fitzgerald, Fitz's surprisingly grounded son), Geraldine Somerville (as DS Jane Penhaligon, a colleague), Richard Coyle (as DI Walters, an ambitious young gun who has read all of Fitz's work), and Saleh Nisha Nayar (as DS Saffron, who also studied Fitz). ITV

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Awesomeness in a box - if you like moody, dark & intelligent dramas, then this is the box set for you. Robbie Coltrane at his finest and with a faultless support cast, it truly packs a punch!! Shame they don't make 'em like this anymore!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant TV series 29 Mar 2014
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Beautiful box set of the brilliant TV series starring the equally brilliant Robbie Coltrane. Very good price for the whole series and a great box especially if want to give it as a gift.
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1.0 out of 5 stars mystified! 12 April 2013
why are these reviews of Kavannagh on the Cracker site? I am very confused as to the mix up. Someone please explain?
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Have Always Loved This Series 17 Mar 2009
By Stephanie De Pue - Published on
"Cracker: The Complete Collection," is our first opportunity to acquire all eleven of the riveting mysteries in the highly-praised British television series of crime dramas. It comes as a deluxe set of ten disks that includes all three series of the long-running British mystery (1993-95), two standalone TV movies, and a 45-minute behind-the-scenes retrospective documentary. It runs approximately 22 ½ hours all told, and also includes, thank goodness, and thank you Acorn Media Group, subtitles for each episode: it would, otherwise, be rather difficult for us on this side of the pond to make out the Manchester accent, as that handsome, ethnically diverse northern English city is where the series was largely filmed, and the actors encouraged to utilize its hard-on-the-ears accent. The series has shown here on the A & E network, and on BBC America: it was made by Granada for broadcast over the independent TV stations (ITV) in the United Kingdom.

Jimmy McGovern (The Street), a hugely talented writer who has traveled far on, and from, his Celtic working class Liverpool origins, created the series and wrote several of the strongest episodes. The series stars the very large Scottish Robbie Coltrane, who took his stage name in homage to the American jazzman John Coltrane; he was better-known at that time as a comic actor (Nuns on the Run, I believe, is where I first saw him, playing with Eric Idle). Coltrane made the role of Cracker, Edward Fitzgerald, a brilliant but deeply flawed forensic psychologist, who frequently worked with the police, his own; and his extraordinary work in it made him famous. He has gone on to play in Ocean's Twelve,GoldenEye, and as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films. Coltrane is volcanic in "Cracker," and there are those who will say, like "The Philadelphia Inquirer," that it is his greatest role.

Mind you, Coltrane plays Fitz as an abrasive, egocentric man, addicted to alcohol, cigarettes and gambling: the character drinks a bottle of scotch a day; smokes 50-60 cigarettes, and keeps his family in constant financial turmoil with his gambling. Coltrane is backed in this series by an excellent supporting cast: Christopher Eccleston (Heroes, Doctor Who), as DCI David Bilborough; Geraldine Somerville (Harry Potter series), as DS Jane Penhaligan; and Barbara Flynn (The Beiderbecke Affair), as Fitz's long-suffering wife, Judith.

In addition, the producers have gone out and hired some of the best actors around - and a lot of Celts-- for guest star spots. The often-seen Irish actors Adrian Dunbar, and Susan Lynch each carry an episode, he as Kelly in the first, "The Madwoman in the Attic," a story of railway murders based on a real murder that took place in a train en route to London in the early 90s. She, Lynch, carries the second episode, "To Say I Love You," as Tina; both are powerful performers in powerful stories. The veteran, well-known character actress Beryl Reid also shows up in this second episode, as Fitz's horse-playing mother. The intense Scottish actor Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty - Fully Exposed Edition), as Albie, a skinhead, carries the fourth episode "To Be a Somebody," so well, people are still talking about it. The almost-equally intense English actress Samantha Morton carries the fifth episode, one written by Ted Whitehead rather than McGovern, "The Big Crunch," as a teenage schoolgirl too naïve for her own good. The lovely Fleur Bennett carries the ninth, "True Romance," as an achingly vulnerable young woman: she too, I believe, started in comedy, or at any rate I saw her first as Mavis Moulterd, country-girl/straight-woman to John Inman's Mr. Humphries in the early 90's Are You Being Served? Again! (The Complete Series)

McGovern's scripts are tight, cunning, and fast, no leisurely British exposition here, and capable of continual surprises. Whitehead's are very good, but not quite. Paul Abbot's scripts are fine, but not in the same stratosphere. In Abbot's 9th episode, "True Romance," we suddenly get a left-wing; anti-Thatcher outburst of the sort that could quite ruin McGovern's final script included here, the 2006 standalone, "A New Terror," for a lot of people. There is also a 1996 standalone, "The White Ghost," nice script by Abbot, set in that fascinating and beautiful, tropical, oriental and British city, Hong Kong, in that fraught time shortly before its July 1st, 1997 handover to the Chinese.

Granada certainly didn't stint on this series; it's lavishly filmed, with plenty of cars and people in the urban streets, auditoriums and nightclubs full of students. Direction was excellent, from Antonia Bird and Michael Winterbottom, among others. The music, from a number of talented men, also adds to the mood. The Hong Kong mystery really gives you an eyeful of that great city. The series won more than 25 major awards, including two BAFTAs for best drama series, and three for best actor for Coltrane. Many critics, including one at "The Boston Globe" consider it the best made-for-TV-mystery or cop series. And me? I won't lie to you: I have always loved this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition to mystery and crime drama DVD collections 14 Mar 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Winner of more than 25 major awards, including BAFTAs for best drama series and best actor, Cracker: The Complete Collection is a DVD set of the enthralling British crime drama about Dr. Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald, a forensic psychologist with an uncanny ability to divine the motivations of psychopaths. At the same time, Fitz is driven by his own self-destructive compulsions - scotch, sex, and gambling, and his personal arrogance makes him barely tolerable to his co-workers. A 45-minute bonus special feature "Cracker: Behind the Scenes" enhances this dark saga of the nightmare side of urban life. Cracker: The Complete Collection is a worthy addition to mystery and crime drama DVD collections. 10 DVDs, approximately 22 1/2 hours plus bonus, full screen and widescreen, subtitles.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In a drama, darkly..! 31 July 2011
By RIJU GANGULY - Published on
Let me clarify certain things at the very outset:

1) This is NOT a POLICE PROCEDURAL, neither is it a series involving the events & emotions that someone in the line of fire has to go through in the process of nabbing the bad guys and helping the good guys.
2) This is NOT a series where one sees the protagonist evolve into someone better; the protagonist here (Dr. Fitzerald, a brilliant but pathologically unlovable psychologist) remains the same nasty, caustic, egoistic, self-centered, gambling, hurting genius who can see through the criminal minds, but can not feel the torture that his nearest & beloved are going through.

Now that I have managed to write that stuff out (a "catharsis"?), I can write what this series are:

1. The stories (esp. the first couple, and a few in the middle, except "Best Boys") are gripping.
2. Relationship between Fitz and Penhaligon (a beautiful Police Officer) and Fitz & his wife, and the literally cracking tension that is felt in the scenes involving them would put any soap-opera to shame any day, and yet would remain dark & grim, since there is usually a murder or rape at the backdrop of this drama.
3. Some of the subject matters, like the gradual descent of an old-styled copper into someone truly bad simply because he had failed to prevent something that he could have done, the social tension, impacts of war & terrorism devastating the matrix of human mind, are visceral and very-very grim, making viewing of this series an uncomfortable, yet compulsory task.

Thus, I rest the case. If you appreciate a good drama with top-notch acting from all, watch this series. If you are looking for something more realistic and yet with a dark hue, I would recommend Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection, after you have watched this series because it is still superior to most other stuff flooding our TV-s now.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime drama at it's most real and dramatic ... 31 May 2009
By Timothy Green - Published on
Being old enough to enjoy the series the first time round, couldnt help but purchase all of what is on DVD on Cracker after watching the first series again ... What it brought to me was the quality of how some producers, actors etc. are able to bring realism to the set and maintain amazing characters at the same ... Coltrane has his own qualities, and is obviously an actor very rarely rivalled on TV drama, and has this asset of dragging the audience into the character he plays, and despite being this large, common, drinking and smoking machine, only seeks sympathy from the watcher, and certainly gets it ... Another nice thing about the whole series, is that although maybe shocking in the first couple of series, the quality of themes, acting etc. never fails and for this type of drama surely will always be hard to top such an act ... Hopefully in the future Mr Coltrane will seek to return to give us one or two more feature films to enjoy! ... Oh, just a comment on the above, supposedly watched by our American brothers and sisters, the accent is also hard to follow in certain hollows in the UK too ... TimCracker: The Complete Collection
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, well worth the money 9 Sep 2010
By The Onedin Line Lady - Published on
If you loved Prime Suspect & Inspector Lynley series you will love this, you can see that HBO and Showtime got some of their series ideas from this show. Robbie Coltrane is great. Don't waste your time on the USA series which is not the same.
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