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Messiah : Complete BBC Series 1 & 2 [2001] [DVD]

Ken Stott    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ken Stott
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IAQVI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,121 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The on-screen infatuation with serial killers continues with Messiah, an absorbing, intelligent two-part BBC TV film that's a close cousin to David Fincher's Seven. Based on the novel by Boris Starling (who also co-wrote the screenplay), Messiah follows Detective Chief Inspector Red Metcalfe (Ken Stott) in tracking down someone with a Christ complex in a murder-case involving 12 "Apostles". A fine line is trod in presenting enough horror so as to intrigue, but not so much as to repel. Decapitations, cut out tongues and flayed skin are all masked in shadow or reflection. More attractive to the eye is a strong cast including Edward Woodward as the case's religious consultant and the keeper of Metcalfe's wayward brother and Michelle Forbes as his deaf wife (the actress learnt sign language in six days for the part). Other notables are Ron Berglas as the unemotional expositional pathologist and Gillian Taylforth as the beleaguered wife of corruptible copper Duncan (Neil Dudgeon). With fine supporting work from Frances Grey, Jamie Draven, Art Malik and 25,000 flies, you'll be racking your brains to spot the killer. Expect to jump several times along the way.

On the DVD: a 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary interviews all the key cast members on their thoughts of grisly imagery and working with one another. The producers have plenty to say on the original script and use of red herrings to distract us. Writer Boris Starling is comically talked to while in make-up as one of the victims. A few (wisely) deleted scenes, text biographies of cast and crew and a gallery of 12 photos round out the extras package. --Paul Tonks

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Deleted Scenes, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Featuring 'The First Killings' and 'Vengeance Is Mine', a double bill of dark and terrifying investigations for detective Red Metcalfe (Ken Stott)... ...Messiah: Series One & Two - 2-DVD Set ( Messiah I & II ) ( Messiah: Series 1 & 2 )

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Messiah 1 - Absolutely Fantastic Drama! 11 Nov 2005
I missed Messiah 1 when it first came out on TV, but really enjoyed the subsequent series. This review refers to an Amazon rental, so I don't have the beef about the rip-off release that other reviewers have. The storyline is in the best traditions of the very best the BBC can offer, and the twists and turns that develop are enthralling as the gruesome murders unfold and continue. Ken Scott is superb as the disturbed CI Red Metcalf, supported by a who's who of big TV names (Edward Woodward, Gillian Taylforth et al). I for one did not guess the real serial killer until the unveiling. The production standards are very high for a programme made for TV, and equal to most general release movies - decomposing bodies, gruesome crucifictions, severed heads etc are all convincing. I would give this 6 stars if I could, and can't wait to watch Messiah 2 - the next disc on my Amazon rental list! Watch it - you won't be disappointed.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great British series 3 Mar 2006
By cazmac
I bought this DVD without having seen it or knowing a great deal about it other than the reviews I read on Amazon. It is simply another brilliant British crime/drama series and am again grateful that such intelligent product exists amongst such worldwide garbage that is screened these days. Ken Stott et al are totally believable in their roles and the decision to make his wife deaf gives the relationship he has professionally and personally much more scope and range. This is just a great, intelligent and very interesting series and I am very happy that I bought it. It has never screened here and I just hope it is made available for it to be so in the future. Hurry up with series 3&4 please as I need to see more of this series as the lack of integrity in alot of what is screened on tv these days is chokingly bad!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Messiah - Handel would turn in his grave! 7 April 2003
If you suffer from a nervous disposition and/or you are squeamish, look away now, as this chilling tale of serial murder contains more blood and gore than you can shake a machete at.
The remarkable Ken Stott leads a team of baffled London police officers through a maze of bodies and theories, while simultaneously battling ghosts from his own troubled past. Questions and debates rage throughout; why does the killer change his weapon for each murder, what links a dead chef to a bishop and a soldier, and how can they trace a killer who leaves not one single piece of evidence behind?
This is a visually disturbing and mostly faithful re-creation of the images from the novel by Boris Starling, although certain changes have been made. An interesting decision to make DCI Metcalfe's wife profoundly deaf, but American actress Michelle Forbes carries it off beautifully. Ken Stott's performance is as powerful as ever; the chemistry between Metcalfe and his estranged brother Eric is so intense it's almost uncomfortable, and Neil Dudgeon excels as the character you'll love to hate.
Admittedly, the script is not particularly kind to Frances Grey. ("There's something in there", she groans during one scene. Well gee, you don't say!) However, she makes the best of fairly limited character material.
"Messiah" is far, far more than your average 'whodunnit'. The concepts it tackles are both clever and thought-provoking. If you've read the book, you can sit back and enjoy feeling smug. If you haven't, this controversial and thrilling drama will keep you guessing right until the end.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 7 Sep 2005
what an unbelievably good series, after being converted to the Messiah series by friends just in time for the fourth series recently shown on BBC television. It was a must to go to Amazon and pick up series one and two.
No plot give always and I will recommend going back and watching it all over again. Not to say its hard to follow, but some of the subtle scripting works on so many levels once you know who it is perpetrating the murders.
Great, Rent it now!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spine tinglingly good! 21 Oct 2003
This two part drama is amazing. The plot is so clever and twisted it will keep you guessing right up to the end.
Many people compare this to the film seven, for obvious reasons. I saw this drama before being lent seven by a friend and i have to say i found this far creepier than the film, infact seven is almost a family movie compared to the horror that lurks in this macarbe drama.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its like Seven without Brad Pitt 20 Jun 2001
By Clegsy
Format:VHS Tape
At 28 I'm very ashamed of the fact that I got so spooked watching this I had to go and sit next to my dad on the settee. This really is a gruesome, gripping and graphic drama, very well acted and with a few twists to keep you guessing.
London is in the grip of a serial killer who is dispatching males with alarming regularity and seemingly without motive. The only clue is the victims tongues have all been removed and a silver spoon inserted into their mouths
This is not for anyone who goes queasy watching Casualty, as the murders really are very bloodthirsty and along the lines of Seven. BUT if like me you love a good creepy thriller then this comes highly recommended although it may put you off having a shower for a while!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More BBC goodness... 28 Jun 2006
By Benjamin J. Whitehouse VINE VOICE
Messiah 1 & 2. Such an interesting offering from the BBC and Paramount. It's really well written, well acted and well shot. The international market ensured there was a need for London buses and a few famous landmarks to denote place. One of it's failings is the communication of time/season. In the Boris Starling book (incidently the author makes an appearence as Bartholomew) there is an acute sense of seasonal change and the oppressive heat of a summer in London- it's a minor gripe. It's such a clever, taut filmic style BBC series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars messiah
same as above cannot fault it one of the best things on tv at the moment do not miss this
Published 6 months ago by jon boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
This programme was recommended to me by a friend of mine who had seen the original transmission.

It is incredible - the writing, the acting, the way it is... Read more
Published 6 months ago by John C. Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Loved EVERY bit of this series-gripping from start to finish-wish there were more programmes like this been shown!! Just wonderful!!
Published 10 months ago by Mr. R. Mackinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Messiah, Ken Stott.
Remember the tv series from ages ago, I enjoyed it then and again now on DVD. A good copy, very pleased.
Published 10 months ago by Michael Roy Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime drama
Excellent, gripping crime drama. Well produced, convincing characterisation.i really enjoyed each episode and would have no hesitation in recommending them.
Published 10 months ago by Juno
5.0 out of 5 stars Messiah Series 1 & 2
Ken Stott is a very believable Red Metcalfe. He has the look and demeanour of Red Metcalfe, and brings the character to life.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. M. S. Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Same appreciation as above for series 5. Loved the suspence and the whole stroreyline
Delivery was as expected.
Are there any further episodes past Series 5?
Published 12 months ago by Dianne E. Hooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
These days programmes are like CVs, if it does not grab you quick enough, you move on to the next. I found the first Messiah story to be one of the most compelling dramas I have... Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. Le Quin
5.0 out of 5 stars Shame they only did four!
Anyone who missed this when it was shown on tv must buy this.I've seen many tv dramas over the years but this ranks as the best. Read more
Published 13 months ago by robbo
5.0 out of 5 stars great
its exactly what I expected from a great series
unmistakeable brilliance , well worth a watch ......
its a must ..
Published 13 months ago by dodger
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