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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 Sept. 2004
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IAQVI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,047 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Psychological thriller starring Ken Stott. Series 1's stories are "The First Killings" and "The Reckoning": after two horribly mutilated bodies are discovered, DCI Red Metcalfe is assigned to the case and plunged head-on into a nightmare. In series 2--"Vengeance Is Mine"--a man is buried alive, and Metcalfe must delve into a serial killer's psyche.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MRS R E TONER on 7 April 2003
Format: DVD
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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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By John Challen on 11 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
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 By cazmac on 3 Mar. 2006
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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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. L. Blake on 7 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Littlewood on 5 May 2004
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BBC's answer to Prime Suspect (it took some time coming!) does not disappoint. Ken Stott's abrasive Red Metcalfe is superbly supported by a gritty and plausible cast (although Edward Woodward disappoints - he seems to think he's in an Omen movie or reliving the Wicker Man). The plot has enough twists, turns and surprises to prove enormously engaging right up to and including the finale (which is mercifully and realistically brief). If watching with someone else, you'll be forever swapping theories and observations. The extras on the DVD make this a no-brainer purchase, particularly at this ludicrously low price. Frightening, gripping, disturbing (surprised it's a 15, not an 18) and rewatchable at least three times. One word of advice though - resist the temptation to watch both episodes in a single sitting. Just like Prime Suspect, the climax of the first part is so compelling and the information and clues come so thick and fast that you'll enjoy the experience much more if you spread it over two evenings. Buy this classic immediately!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Savita on 26 Feb. 2010
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Like another reviewer we bought this DVD without having seen it or knowing a great deal about it other than the reviews on Amazon. Yes, both 1 and 2 are very good although if you are unduly bothered by plot flaws there appear to be a fair few of them. I won't give the details as it is impossible without ruining it for those who have not seen it but if you think about the plot there are things that are quite unrealistic. Some of the twists have clearly been invented just for the sake of a twist and the overall logic of Messiah 2 is a bit strained to say the least. Otherwise I'd have given it 5 stars. My only real gripe is how does a story split into two episodes of just over an hour qualify as a series? All five Messiahs together, yes, that would qualify but just one? Why do we accept such obvious marketing propaganda? Messiah 1 isn't a series, it is a film adaptation of a good book that would run for about 2hrs 40 mins if it wasn't split into two episodes. Messiah 2 is the same.
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