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Mad Dogs - Series 1 [DVD]

Max Beesley , Phil Glenister    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Max Beesley, Phil Glenister, John Simm, Mark Warren, Ben Chaplain
  • Producers: Spencer Campbell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004E0ZT3U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,592 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Four friends, Woody (Max Beesley), Quinn (Philip Glenister), Baxter (John Simm), and Rick (Marc Warren) arrive in Majorca to visit their old mate Alvo, who is now a wealthy property tycoon enjoying the trappings of an ex-pat lifestyle. One by one Alvo asks his friends what they’ve done with their lives, whether they’re truly happy, wouldn’t they rather live like him?

The hedonistic mood of the friends’ soon turns sour when they realise Alvo isn’t quite the man they thought he was. The luxury yacht they have borrowed turns out to be stolen; Alvo has dragged them into something dangerous. When murder is committed they realise their nightmare has only just begun…

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Four friends, Woody (Max Beesley), Quinn (Philip Glenister), Baxter (John Simm), and Rick (Marc Warren) arrive in Majorca to visit their old mate Alvo, who is now a wealthy property tycoon enjoying the trappings of an ex-pat lifestyle. One by one Alvo asks his friends what they've done with their lives, whether they're truly happy, wouldn't they rather live like him? The hedonistic mood of the friends' soon turns sour when they realise Alvo isn't quite the man they thought he was. The luxury yacht they have borrowed turns out to be stolen; Alvo has dragged them into something dangerous. When murder is committed they realise their nightmare has only just begun... ...Mad Dogs


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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start but well worth sticking with 7 Mar 2011
By JSB
Format:DVD
For the first half hour of this show, I was nonplussed. By the shocking end of the first episode, I was waiting for the next installment with baited breath!

I wont spoil it but in short, 4 old school friends with issues aplenty between them head off for a week in the sun with their cheesy and ultra successful friend Alvo in his majorca villa. Villainy and mayhem ensue.

It's an unexpected, grown up drama that is also wickedly funny, it could have easily been disappointing given the high hopes such a cast line up gives you but it delivered. Glennister is magnificent as grumpy, sensible Quinn thoguh you could be forgiven for suggesting that it's just Gene Hunt on holiday. John Simm and Marc Warren were both convincing and amusing in roles you might not have pegged them for based on other work, Simm being a bit mean and Warren going from cocky to vulnerable and all the way around again. Max Beesely seemed in danger of just being there for the pretty factor initially but holds his own in the drama, particuarly in the last 2 episodes. His character is a lot more understated but still compelling to watch as the events unfold. Ben Chaplin does a marvellous smarmy ex-pat, briefly, and the handful of minor additionals all fit in well to the over all story.

The 'sets' should also get a mention, as it was filmed on location in majorca and made me a few degrees warmer just watching it!

Yes, it is far fetched and silly but it's also incredibly satisfying, it certainly keeps you guessing. Murder, drug deals, a gun weilding midget (can I say that?), sun burn and middle aged angst, some shocking swim wear and a goat in a pool. What's not to enjoy? The ending, well, it's a bit marmite really and hard to judge if they did a good job of finishing until Sky confirm whether there will be a second series next year. Fingers crossed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Gem 29 Jun 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
OK it had a great cast but SKY don't exactly have a track record when it comes to producing quality drama so I was a bit dubious about this, but it's an absolute corker. Blackly funny, absorbing, disturbing, surreal and brilliantly tense.
Those wanting to be spoon fed everything like children had best stay away as this is a story you have to pay attention to but it's never pretentious, the (relatively for British TV)big budget really shows on the screen and the locations are fabulously used.
Personally I rather liked the somewhat ambiguous ending, however SKY have announced a second season in 2012 which apparently starts where this one left off, in fact look back at the 4 episodes and there are all sorts of questions still to be answered so hopefully it won't be a cash in on series one's success.
If you are a fan of crime drama or have a slightly sick sense of humour I can't recommend this highly enough!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A HOLIDAY TO DIE FOR 14 April 2011
By nin/ja77 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Mad Dogs is a four part series about four long time friends from England heading over to Majorca, Spain to visit their recently retired friend Alvo(Ben Chaplin) for a holiday of a life time! Alvo has paid for all their flights, taxi's and will put them up in his large Villa, it seems that the "property business" has been good to Alvo and it's going to be a reunion to remember for all five!

Of course that would be to simple, as is evident from the opening scene in which the four mates Baxter(John Simm), Rick(Marc Warren), Woody(Max Beesley) and Quinn(Philip Glenister) are seeing recording messages for loved one's that all has not gone well in the reunion.

The one thing for sure is if there is trouble to be found, these guys will find it, in each episode they get deeper and deeper in to trouble. Not knowing Who to trust they begin to take it out on each other, In episode one Alvo is seen belittling all his friends that their lives are a mess and he has the perfect life!

Mad Dogs is a British gangster series, so expect dead bodies, drugs, guns and bit of everything else. It's been compared to British gangster movie Sexy Beast and there are some similarities between the two. John Simm(Baxter) and Philip Glenister(Quinn) do provide some strong acting compared to Marc Warren(Rick)who just seems like a spoilt brat. María Botto who plays Spanish Cop María also turns in a fine performance and you can never be sure what side of the law she's on.

This is a good series and their is rumours of a second series, the script is good, there is some good humour thrown in and there is some real tense moments throughout. With a lack of good British series lately Mad Dogs is a welcome addition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Dogs 8 April 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Mad Dogs is a well writen and well acted show. It deals with every character individually and gives you a insight into why certain things are happening! But.......ONLY if you pay close enough attention! Do yourself a favour watch it twice, watch it three times!

If you are disappointed by the end, don't be. Mad Dogs was intended to be a 3 series show and indeed the second part has just been agreed. The first series ended the way it did to path the way for a intriguing follow-up.

5/5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Dogs Series 1 14 Mar 2012
By kev1971
Format:DVD
Finally got around to ordering this off Amazon as I missed it on tv. If you don't know the plot, 4 guys in their 40s head off to visit an old friend who lives abroad. It starts off with them all pretty much pretending they're 18 again, getting drunk etc. and then things take an unexpected turn for the worse when they realise their old friend isn't quite who he seems... highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
This series is clever. Good actors. Fun and violent. We loved it. My daughter in law hated it, too violent for her.
Published 8 days ago by J. DEVINE
4.0 out of 5 stars sky
only way to watch it. No sky
Published 12 days ago by fluffy
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
such great actors and funny. i enjoyed it so much i brought the box set, great entertainment highly recommend z
Published 2 months ago by mr p newman
3.0 out of 5 stars grueling downward spiral hard to read
i bought this to follow up on some of the actors who i have liked in other television series - to my mind, the main plot of their unlikely coming together which is to be made to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leslie Gardner
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish
i must be missing something as i thought this a load of rubbish.episode 3 and 4 were just a procession of constant arguing and yelling. Read more
Published 5 months ago by alan sunderland
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching
I was a little dubious while watching the first episode UNTIL the cliffhanger ending of this episode. Thereafter the next three episodes were wonderful entertainment. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
I have enjoyed The Mad Dogs season 1 and the blue ray is worth paying the extra for.
The box set arrived quickly and was well in perfect condition.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Dogs - One of The Greatest UK TV Shows of all time
This show is brilliant.The cast is great,the story unpredictable ,the setting perfect and the characters are realistic. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Daniel Molloy
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Very good always entertaining, suspense and drama gets you gripped as in series one and two. I only hope they bring out series 4
Published 10 months ago by alison
5.0 out of 5 stars British Actors at their Best
Who ever cast the actors for this series needs a medal they all work brilliant together, it's so typically British I love it, can't wait to purchase the remaing series..
Published 10 months ago by H. A. Ross-burton
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