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Dixon of Dock Green [DVD]

Jack Warner , Peter Byrne    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack Warner, Peter Byrne, Geoffrey Adams, Nicholas Donnelly, Jocelyn Rhodes
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 16 July 2012
  • Run Time: 335 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007IIS5J0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,705 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Contains the first six available colour episodes of the classic BBC police drama. Featured episodes: Waste Land, Jig-Saw, Eye Witness, Harry's Back, Sounds, Firearms were issued. One of the longest running police series on British television between 1955 and 1976, Dixon of Dock Green was also the best-loved. Starring the popular Jack Warner in the role of Sergeant George Dixon, the series set the tone for television police drama and paved the way for all that would follow. Filmed on set and on location around the fast disappearing dockland community of London's East End, the character of Dixon, with his friendly and informal Evening all, offered viewers the kind of policeman you d be tempted to welcome into your home for a cup of tea even if you d just robbed a bank. In these first available colour episodes, the Dock Green police must deal with cases as diverse as a vanished policeman; a mysterious assailant of young women; police protection of a witness to murder; a charming crook with friends in the right places; the hidden world of spousal abuse; and the police shooting of an unarmed criminal. In a modern world of CSI, DNA, and CCTV, much has changed and much remains the same in these still-gripping and utterly compelling episodes of Dixon of Dock Green

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: One of the longest running police series on British television between 1955 and 1976, Dixon Of Dock Green was also the best-loved. Starring the popular Jack Warner in the role of Sergeant George Dixon, the series set the tone for television police drama and paved the way for all that would follow. Filmed on set and on location around the fast disappearing dockland community of London's East End, the character of Dixon, with his friendly and informal 'Evening all', offered viewers the kind of policeman you'd be tempted to welcome into your home for a cup of tea - even if you'd just robbed a bank. In these first available colour episodes, the Dock Green police must deal with cases as diverse as a vanished policeman; a mysterious assailant of young women; police protection of a witness to murder; a charming crook with friends in the right places; the hidden world of spousal abuse; and the police shooting of an unarmed criminal. In a modern world of CSI, DNA, and CCTV, much has changed and much remains the same in these still-gripping and utterly compelling episodes of Dixon Of Dock Green. List of Episodes: Wasteland (1970) Jig-Saw (1971) Eye Witness (1973) Harry's Back (1974) Sounds (1974) Firearms Were Issued (1974) ...Dixon of Dock Green (Collection 1) - 2-DVD Set ( Dixon of Dock Green - Collection One )


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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True nostalgia! 19 July 2012
By Paul Madge #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I had been eagerly anticipating the arrival of this 2 DVD set from Acorn Media via Amazon. I was not disappointed - the quality of picture/sound transfer to DVD is really quite good. However, the most important thing is screenplay and storyline - I have found each of the 6 episodes compelling viewing. These programmes will invoke a sense of nostalgia in most people born in the 50's when the series' first started (although all the episodes on these DVDs hail from the first half of the 70s). I also enjoy looking at the cars and London scenes and thinking if only they'd known about mobile phones, DNA and the level of social change that was to take place then! However, having worked with the police for 34 years some things both inside the organisation and externally have remained remarkably consistent too.

A very good start by Acorn at reviving this wonderful TV series - please let's have more! The ultimate situation would be to have all the episodes from 1955 to 1976 as a boxed set - Acorn please take note!

Highly recommended to those of a DoDG vintage.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dock Green Nick lives again! 27 Sep 2012
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I have a book from Guinness in my possession at home, seriously reviewing what we call British archive television, including detailed coverage on what they decideed are those productions that gave seomthing to the sphere of Britains' history of entertainment on the goggle box. Whist recognising that the genesis of "Dixon Of Dock Green" gave us a detailed procedural drama, based around a community policeman of the type everyone recognised back in 1955, it concluded that by the end of its run the series was a dangerously naiive. Whilst I find that tome great for information, in this case I conclude that they're entitled to their opinion, I have mine. On the basis of this set, they are way off the mark.

Less than one-eigth of the 432 episodes produced remain in existence, entire swathes of programmes including in some cases entire series are lost, probably forever. Acorn started at the right place with the first six colour episodes, which gives a balanced flavour of the series at a time by which it was mature, everyone knew they would get a quality production without unnecessary bells and whistles that doggedly bog down many potentially-watchable things currently on TV. You cannot beat telling a good story and the six episodes exemplify this. I agree with the earlier poster who says that two in particular stand out. Lee Montague in "Harry's Back" is the lovable rogue returning from a long holiday, only to be harrassed by an obsessive Andy Crawford. Has he gone too far? And if you thought the Blame Culture was a fairly recent idea, look hard at "Firearms Were Issued" where an investigation into who shot who, how many times, where and when threaten everyone involved with being at the least disciplined.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally 16 July 2012
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My copy arrived today and this hasn't disappointed. It has been a long time waiting for someone to rescue this excellent series from the vaults of the BBC, thank you Acorn. The quality of the programme is good, expecially considering the age of the series and these episodes (all colour) ranging from 1970 - 1974 hang together well. I'm off to watch another Jack Warner masterclass 'Evening All!'
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Evening All 13 Oct 2012
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
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When thinking of George Dixon, most people may either recall his debut appearance in the classic film, The Blue Lamp, where he is shot and killed midway through, or the early years of the BBC series which began in 1955.

Dixon seems so rooted in the B&W, '50's and '60's era that it's surprising to realise that the series ran until 1976. The conventional viewpoint is that the show was already hopelessly dated when Z Cars arrived in the early 1960's, so what appeal can the episodes on this DVD, sourced from the some of the earliest surviving colour episodes from the early 1970's, have?

The answer is, quite a lot. Although Dixon of Dock Green was hit hard by archive purges, with relatively few episodes remaining from its 21 year run, a handful of high-profile B&W episodes have appeared a number of times on BBC2 and BBC4 over the last few decades. But the colour era of the programme has had much less exposure and therefore is ripe for reappraisal.

The first surprise is that several of the episodes are shot entirely on film. This wasn't standard practice for BBC drama of the era, normally exteriors would be shot on film and interiors on VT. The all-film episodes do give the series an added realism, although it's a shame that the prints are in such bad condition. Some restoration would have been nice, although given the niche interest of a title like this, it's probably not surprising that it wasn't done.

The first episode, Waste Land finds Dixon and his colleagues searching for a missing policeman. With some hand-held camerawork and a mildly disturbing voiceover, this is far removed from the cosy image of the Dixon series. The downbeat ending reinforces this view.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dixon is the man 24 Aug 2012
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Brilliant. Each episode a well crafted think piece and closer to real time than say late episodes of The Bill which were structured more like a Hollywood film.

Harry's back and Firearms were issued are the best episodes, the former about the return of the archetypal 'salt of the earth' cockney cheekie chappie. Behind this of course he's a ruthless villain. All episodes serve as time capsules but this one in particular showing the East End as it was at the start of the seventies with this kind of traditional villain around desperate to be a big fish in the small pond of his manor.

Firearms Were Issued is a very topical examination of the consequences of the use of guns and the quality of the information on which their usage is based. It was fascinating to see armed police of 1973 pre health and safety e.g. a group of PC's in tunics with revolvers and a plain clothes man knocking on the door of the blaggers house. Brilliant.

The final two episodes have much improved picture quality on a par with the Dr Who DVD's from the same period. All the studio scenes on videotape are crystal and could have been filmed yesterday.

Finally there is Dixon himself, a character comparable to The Bill's Tony Stamp, incorruptible, patient and decent, everything a copper should be and still the kind of character the public refer to as a 'real copper'.

A brilliant DVD examining a different era and I hope there are more to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Show but a Good One
A great programme from long ago,it wouldnt stand up these days though,,but it is still remembered as it should be,if only for nostalgic reasons,as that is what the old shows... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage
Vintage TV with a terrific cast, from an altogether more innocent era!
Published 1 month ago by Quackers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great vidios look forward for the black and white
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Series retains its relevance to daily life
I hugely enjoyed watching the six episodes of Dixon. It took me back to the London of my childhood and stirred memories of places and daily life and a pace of life no longer... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Spindrift
5.0 out of 5 stars Dixon of Dock green
Really loved it. Although it's quite dated ie no mobile phones . It was quite entertaining . Such an innocent times
Published 2 months ago by M. Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars good drama
This is a good old series good plots and very goo entertainment. Thank you for this good series to watch.
Published 2 months ago by kathy chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss
Had this bought as a present. When I was a youngster Dixon of Dock Green was compulsive Sat evening viewing. This brought many happy memories back. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Guernsey Donkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting nostalgia
Bought this purely for a "trip down memory lane" and was not disappointed. How much the genre has changed over the years!!
Published 6 months ago by fergy
4.0 out of 5 stars EARLY COPS SERIES
THESE GO BACK ALOT AND REMEMBER AS A KID ,THE COPPER ON THE BEAT TELLING PAST TALES OF CRIME ,AND SEE THE LONDON DOCKS IN 70'S COOL
Published 6 months ago by markus
3.0 out of 5 stars Dixon of Dock Green DVD
Rather dated, not very interesting story lines, poor quality sets, only a little interest in the time period it was set in.
Published 6 months ago by Mark Twain
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