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Falcon [DVD]

Marton Csokas , Santiago Cabrera    To Be Announced   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Marton Csokas, Santiago Cabrera, Emilia Fox, Kerry Fox, James Floyd
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Dec 2012
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008PEHZOC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,134 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A four-part crime thriller set in the picturesque settings of Seville, the surroundings of Falcon may be a little different, but the central ingredients are a lot more familiar. The show bills itself as a psychological thriller, which in this case means that there’s a police Chief Inspector, Javier Falcon, with crimes to solve and demons to battle.

The basis of Falcon is the writing of author Robert Wilson, and it’s a pair of his crime novels that have been adapted to form the series. They’ve been adapted well, too, with two feature-length cases gathered together in this DVD set.

Played with skill and conviction by Martin Csokas, Javier Falcon may be the latest in a series of screwed-up detectives solving crimes on the small screen, but there’s enough character and strong enough material to give the programme some distinction. Granted, you don’t fully shake the feeling of déjà vu in places, but that’s not to the detriment of the entertainment here. Furthermore, the episodes look glorious: the surroundings have been used to optimum effect, and the locations add to the atmosphere of an already-impressive drama. Falcon’s television adventures are certainly off to a good start. --Jon Foster

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Based on the novels of award winning author Robert Wilson, Marton Csokas stars as Spanish murder squad detective Javier Falcón in a series of compelling crime stories set in contemporary Seville. The Blindman of Seville: Javier Falcón investigates a series of brutal murders, which lead him to uncover shocking buried truths about his own family history. Written by Stephen Butchard (Five Daughters, Good Cop) and directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Judge Dredd). The Silent and the Damned: The sudden death of an eminent Sevillian businessman draws Falcón into a dark conspiracy involving corruption and abuse at the highest level, forcing him to make some difficult moral choices. Written by Sarah Phelps (Oliver Twist, Great Expectations), directed by Gabriel Range (Death of a President, I Am Slave). ...Falcón ( Falcon )

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkness in sunny Seville 30 Dec 2012
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I have just finished watching this and found the first two episodes, in what I hope will be an on-going series, fascinating as well as entertaining. In many ways it reminded me of Zen. (Perhaps if Falcon is successful, Zen could be resurrected for a further series. Fingers crossed!) Both series feature British actors in foreign settings, investigating murders and trying to avoid the political machinations that could impact on the outcomes.

Personally, I didn't find the acting wooden and I think the lead - Marton Csokas - has a very expressive face and understated acting style which suited the complex and dark role he played. The series is very much character driven and is not the normal police procedural. The English accents didn't bother me at all - we were, after all, watching a British series set in Spain. If the series had been a Spanish production made for the local market I would have been happy with local actors and subtitles even if it was set in the UK. (Don't we all love exotic locations?)

I haven't read the books so I can't make comparisons. But I did enjoy the series, was disappointed that there were only two stories filmed, and am hoping there will be more made in 2013.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding. 24 Feb 2013
By Robi
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As an enormous fan of the Falcon books and Seville I always knew that it would be impossible to telescope the 60-odd years covered by the Blind Man of Seville and the labyrinthine twists of the Silent and The Damned into two 90 minute tv episodes. However the writers and directors have made a fair fist of it and Marton Csokas is excellent as Javier and the city seduces as it always does.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Falcón - DVD 6 April 2014
Format:DVD
Have not read any of the books [yet] but very impressed by the two two-part and interconnected stories here.

I thought the acting was good, convincing at all times, eminently believable.

Lead Martón Csokas is very impressive as the flawed detective with the right intentions.

The other actors add to the story. I particularly liked the less familiar actors [less well known to me, that is] and the better-known ones, Bernard Hill, Robert Lindsay to name but two are impressively good as well.
Bill Patterson was convincingly loathsome.
Bloody & grisly but a very well put together couple of movies.

Highly recommended
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hidden gem 2 Dec 2013
By suegnu
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this was s purchase for someone else who liked the books, but it was really good what a shame they didnt make more, if you liked Zen or Montablano who should like this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Liked the Books.... 30 Nov 2013
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You'll love these two TV productions. The actor playing Javier Falcon (Marton Csokas) is very convincing as the troubled Spanish homicide detective, & the heat and atmosphere of Seville pervades throughout with the blend of moody low-light cinematography & compelling soundtrack. I loved Robert Wilson's Falcon novels, and was delighted with this offering (would love the other 2 books to be filmed as well, please). The books are definitely better & more complex, but if you want to sit back and enjoy good acting, writing and production, this is highly recommended.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars High hopes dashed 14 Dec 2012
By MickK
Format:DVD
I was really looking forward to this DVD as Robert Wilson is a great writer who conjures up the atmosphere of the city very well. However, the wooden acting and unconventional editing makes a poor visual representation of the underlying stories. Buy the book/s instead
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Falcon the DVD 28 Feb 2013
By Sunbird
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I have read the books and was more than disappointed in the DVD. Falcon was not a cocaine taker for a start. Consuelo was a tall blond, handsome woman, with a strong personality, not the rather ordinary, characterless, dark haired person displayed in the film. Falcon in the books is a kind hearted person with a difficult family history, and his sidekick Ramirez was certainly not the aggressive unpleasant person displayed in the DVD. I think the writer of the script should be held to account for his very poor interpretation of the books. The only good thing is that seeing the DVD has inspired me to re-read the books and I am enjoying every minute. Thank you Robert Wilson for writing such brilliant books, and I hope you had nothing to do with the DVD.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A massive disappointment after so much hype 16 Dec 2012
Format:DVD
After seeing the promos for "Falcon" on Sky Atlantic I was very excited about watching the first episode. With a top cast including Emilia Fox, Robert Lindsay, Kerry Fox and Bill Paterson and an intriguing plot set in the beautiful Spanish city of Seville what could possibly go wrong?

I even considered pre-ordering the DVD on Amazon as a Christmas present for myself as I was so confident this would be a great detective show following in the footsteps of "Zen" and "Inspector Montalbano"

But within 10 minutes of the opening episode, "The Blind Man of Seville", I knew we were in trouble. A poor script, rushed scenes and wooden acting combined to make this a massive disappointment. Dreary, dull, pretentious and uninspiring. Which is a great shame.

Nevertheless, I stuck with it until the end the first episode in the hope things would improve before calling it a night. There was so much promise here as the Robert Wilson novels have been very successful but transition to screen just didn't work out.

It remains to be seen whether a second series will be commissioned by Sky but as reviews have been generally disappointing, I suspect not.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars a joke
Firstly I don't know the books, so have nothing to compare it to. But as a stand alone piece of TV it is laughably bad, silly script, pathetic acting by the lead and as someone... Read more
Published 3 months ago by woygoy
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather boring
It was supposed to be set in Seville. We only bought it for the views but the content was boring.
Published 8 months ago by Jegjewellery
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
If you like the Joey from friends "who cut the cheese" style of acting and the idea of a team of cockney actors playing all the Spanish parts, then you'll love this... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Thriller
This film met all my expectations and more. Being an avid Robert Wilson fan, I wondered if justice would be done to his books, but this has indeed. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs Jane SILBER
5.0 out of 5 stars falcon
i give this top rating because it was brilliant very different to what has been on before so do try it
Published 17 months ago by Julie Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD...
I wasn't expecting much from this DVD when I read previously reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had it all mystery, romance and I enjoyed the story line. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark But Entertaining
One of my favourite detective novels translated into a good, but slightly disappointing given my high expectations, television series. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Yet to use have watched these series on tv one to be watched excellent acting and superb stories. Would certainly recommend.
Published 18 months ago by jane forrest-moseley
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