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  • Actors: Jean Reno, Orla Brady, Jill Hennessy, Tom Austen
  • Directors: Charlotte Sieling, Kristoffer Nyholm, Stefan Schwartz, Sheree Folkson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Aug. 2013
  • Run Time: 370 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CVVH2IY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,663 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Joachim Jo Saint-Clair, Jean Reno ( Leon Ronin ) is a veteran detective in Paris elite Criminal Brigade tackling the city s most challenging murder cases.

Jo takes the audience behind the scenes of Paris' most iconic locations the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Catacombs, Place Vendome as we follow St-Clair in his relentless pursuit of justice. Brilliant and brutal, St-Clair matches wits with pathological killers to solve a series of shocking murders.

Fighting crime alongside Reno are Tom Austen ( The Borgias ) as Jo's rookie partner and Jill Hennessy ( Crossing Jordan ) as his adviser and friend.

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Barron on 22 Feb. 2014
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Jo is a French produced police procedural television series that aired in 2013, and was recently released on DVD (for Region 2). The series is set in Paris, and stars Jean Reno as Jo Saint-Clair, a police detective leading murder investigations. If you are a fan of British crime and mysteries, the series could be an entertaining view, but it is definitely not in the same league as other contemporaries.

The positive aspect of the show is the casting and the cinematography. Jean Reno is a superb actor, and the rest of the characters are also well cast. His boss is played by Orla Brady, who is commonly known from the BBC series Mistresses. There are many other familiar faces from British crime and mystery series, including Jane Wymark, who played Joyce Barnaby on Midsomer Murders. The filming locations, the sets, and the camera angles are superb.

The show is in English, but the accent choice is odd. Jean Reno is one of the few characters during the entire series that speaks with a French accent. The vast majority of the characters speak in an American accent. It was very strange to see all of the familiar faces from British television speaking with an American accent. The accent choice leads to a definitive loss of “atmosphere,” though the show was filmed in Paris.

There are eight episodes that are about 50 minutes each, which relates to another criticism that I have – that the stories were rushed and abrupt. Each episode has the murder investigation plot, and multiple subplots concerning the personal issues of Jean Reno’s character and his daughter. At times, the story lines take dramatic leaps forward.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By gardener on 14 Sept. 2013
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This should have been a great series. Jean Reno is, as ever in his roles, excellent. He is absolutely credible as the beat-up old cop, who has seen it all and is good at his job, but severely flawed by drink and drugs and iffy friends. The story lines are pretty good too, if somewhat far-fetched a lot of the time. The sets are good. But, and it is a BIG but, the co-stars are truly, utterly dismal. The story is set in Paris, great, so you would reasonably expect there to be the odd French person around other than Jean Reno. Yet for some unfathomable reason, the entire cast seem to be American third-raters with grating terrible American accents, which are so distracting and so irksome that it spoils the series. Great pity, because it could have been first class.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CrocodileStu on 15 May 2014
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This would have been so much better if done in French with subtitles. As it is not I feel this misses the mark, but clearly it will have an appeal to fans of Police procedurals based in Paris. Using Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan) as a Nun (really?) does little other than to add her name to the cast to make it saleable in Canada.
If there is a Season 2 let us hope it is done better!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. E. Tilbury on 13 Aug. 2014
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good series, even though there was a large number of english actors involved the story still stayed in Paris, great cast, well done, can't wait for the next series
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NO SEASON 2?, HOW FRUSTRATING !..... THE LAST EPISODE WITH A POLITICIAN AND HIS LITTLE HELPERS HELPING HIS SERIAL KILLER LOVER BACK ON THE STREETS FOR MORE OF THE SAME????? SURELY TO GOODNESS THIS IS NOT TRUE? THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN? WOULD IT?.....NOT TO MENTION JO ST-CLAIR'S FUTURE UP IN THE AIR..PLUS THE SAFETY OF HIS LITTLE GIRL WITH BABY ON THE WAY?..THIS SERIES HAS MANY CRITICS, BUT FOR ME, JO WITH THE OLD HONEY MONSTER JEAN RENO...(NOTICE THE WALK FROM THE FRONT VERY FUNNY) IS GOOD QUALITY POLICE DRAMA. I'M NOT A FAN OF LOTS OF PEOPLE ON THE CRIME SCENE ALL TALKING FAST AT ONCE...AND TO START WITH I THOUGHT THIS WAS GOING DOWN THAT ROAD..(BY THE WAY IF SO MANY EXPERTS EXIST WITH SOMEONE KNOWING WHAT YOU HAD FOR BREAKFAST AND WHERE, DOES ANY CRIME EXIST AT ALL?)..UNLIKE THE BBC SERIES ZEN WHICH HAD FEW ITALIAN ACTORS, WITH THIS JO DID NOT GRATE THE SAME.! THOUGHT THE SUPPORT CAST WERE GOOD AND LET JEAN RENO DO HIS THING WITHOUT THAT OVER EAGER MOVING AROUND. 8 EPISODES, I ENJOYED THEM ALL AND I THINK ITS CRITICS HAVE MAYBE SEEN TO MANY MODERN COP SHOWS TO ENJOY IT. LIKE JO I'M OLD SCHOOL AND JEAN RENO FANS WILL ENJOY. JO THE SERIES ON DVD, VIA AMAZON.U.K.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Tomkinson on 26 Aug. 2013
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I bought this on the strength that having Jean Reno in it meant it had to be at least ok. I am afraid that notion was rapidly disavowed. It is utterly risible in terms of both script writing and acting.

As others have rightly commented the inclusion of a string of poor English speaking actors and it being made in English is inexplicable.

Please do not buy this expecting a Braquo or a Spiral as it is more akin to a complete turkey. The mystery is not why it was cancelled but rather why it was ever commissioned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Officer.T.Dibble on 14 Jan. 2015
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A good Paris based detective series with Jean Reno of "Ronin" fame. The only thing that I didn't like was that everybody spoke with American accents apart from Jean Reno! If you ignore that little detail, it is a great series with beautiful Parisian views.
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As a massive Jean Reno fan I would have bought this no matter what.Luckily I was not let down by what I viewed,I have read some slightly negative reviews but I enjoyed it,and was gutted to hear it's been axed and no 2nd season.
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