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Rebus : Seasons 1-2 [DVD]

John Hannah , Maurice Phillips , Martyn Friend    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: John Hannah
  • Directors: Maurice Phillips, Martyn Friend
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Delta Visual Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G55AHG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,682 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

All four episodes from the first series of the British detective drama starring John Hannah as the troubled Scottish detective, Inspector Rebus. In 'Black and Blue', a series of chilling murders by someone calling himself 'The Disciple' bear the hallmarks of another series of killings in the 1960s by the so-called 'Preacher'. Rebus is first on the case and has to decide whether these killings are the work of a copycat or of an old serial killer who has come out of retirement. In 'The Hanging Garden', the shooting of an undercover cop draws Rebus into a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy involving a planned robbery at a pharmaceutical company, the forced prostitution of kidnapped women from Kosovo, and an impending war between two rival gangs that willl catch Rebus's daughter in the crossfire. In 'Dead Souls', the apparent suicide of an old friend leads Rebus into a sordid investigation to uncover a paedophile ring and track down a missing teenaged boy. Finally, in 'Mortal Causes', Rebus investigates the murder of a man whose body is discovered under the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

Product Description

John Hannah Rebus - Black And Blue/Hanging Garden/Dead Souls/Mortal Causes

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holds Up in Comparison 17 Nov 2008
John Hannah's version of D.I. John rebus was not too well received when originally broadcast. Hannah was considered to be too young and sauve to reflect the world weary and care worn Rebus complete with personal and private ghosts -and there is an element of truth in that. Ken Stott would later become Rebus in dramatisations based very loosely on the characters created by Rankin and featuring plots that bear little or no resemblance to the books. This version is a far more true representation of Rankin's splendid books. Interestingly, only three films were originally shown and released on DVD. This issue rightly includes the "missing episode" - "Mortal Causes" For those who have only ever seen the Ken Stott version this should be a required watch - and then make comparisions.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Agree with the crowd 5 May 2009
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Glad I brought this, as it confirms what I thought when Hohn Hannah was cast. He was the wrong man for the job, but perversly, these adaptions story wise were far closer and better to the books than the first Ken Stott adaptions were, although the second series got closer to the John Hannah adaptions script qualities. Indeed, I would say that Mortal Causes is the best Rebus TV adaption of them all, but with the wrong leading man! (And it was never broadcast).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus on Television 1 Nov 2012
If you want the story true to the book then the Hannah series is for you. Unfortunately John Hannah, wonderful actor that he is, was just too young looking for the part of Rebus. His face isn't 'lived in' sufficiently.
The ones where Ken Stott was Rebus, are rubbish, not because of the actor I hasten to add. It's because they get all sorts of bits unnecessarily wrong - make him the football supporter, etc - plus more importantly, they muck about with the stories to the extent they can barely be recognised. Also the blond who place Clarke is dreadful. That wide-eyed look doesn't work for me. Ken Stott of course is fantastic as always and his face is suitably 'lived in'. His performance is the only thing that makes these films watchable.

In summary if the plot and detail are important - Hannah
If an accurate looking Rebus is important - Stott
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can You Dig the Action? Only with Difficulty 16 Mar 2010
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The Scottish-made television series "Rebus," filmed in that country and starring local boy John Hannah as the title character, made its TV debut in 2000. It's based on the well-known series of the same name by Ian Rankin, who's now the most popular crime writer in the British Isles. Rankin is, of course, considered the founding father of the Scottish tartan noir school of mystery writing: a work that's darker and more violent than most, lightened, fortunately, by that grim Scottish humor. Anyway, the show was released on video in 2006; it is a box of three DVD's that gives us the first four shows.

It was the first of what has also proven to be a series of TV crime dramas, although further entries in the series star Ken Stott, rather than Hannah. The production is set in Edinburgh, as are the books; however, aside from the briefest sidelong glances, we don't see much of that beautiful city beloved of tourists. (Nevertheless, I went there a few years ago, and carved out for myself such a Rebus tour as time allowed; as I too am a rather longtime fan, and have read every one of the books.) There appears to have been plenty of money thrown at the screen; it believably portrays the life of a modern business city, with clogged streets, bridges and roads. Cars, dress, housing and bars all look like the real thing.

John Hannah, most of us know, achieved a lasting high-profile with his powerful funeral scene in 1995's Four Weddings And A Funeral [DVD] [1994]; he also starred in McCallum [DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Entertainment 5 Sep 2013
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If you like the books by Ian Rankin then you will like the DVD. It holds the attention with good acting, good use of landscape and scenery and meaty plot and characters. It is great to see again after watching it on television.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jolly spiffing 20 Nov 2009
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Quite good. Closer to the original novels than the 2nd series featuring Ken Stott, which are too divorced from the originals, although obviously Stott is a better Rebus. However, some very annoying voice-overs in the Hannay series. Worth seeing if at bargain price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 July 2014
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Bought as a gift and it was greatfully received
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series! 2 Jan 2014
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John Hannah does great job as Ian Rankin's Rebus and transfers stories to screen brilliantly. A must for Rebus fans!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Quite watchable, reasonable price, but I prefer Ken Stotts incarnation of Rebus
Published 1 month ago by S. Titterington
4.0 out of 5 stars great drama thriller
Before Ken Stott there was John Hannah who had the honour to be Rebus in this great crime drama series!
Published 9 months ago by Gavin
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Rebus
Keeps fairly closely to the books, which is no easy matter. John Hannah portrays an early Rebus, following his promotion to Inspector. Read more
Published 11 months ago by carol gaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus
Got all the books, read them all except one. Think both Hannah and Stott are good in the lead role.
Published 12 months ago by Raymond Burridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Rebus - Hannah
The series show little similarity with the books, and one can fully sympathise with the author's dissatisfaction with the series.
Published 14 months ago by D. G. Rule
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A lot of the reviews said John Hannah was too light weight to play Rebus until we viewed the series I thought the same its true he is no Ken Stott. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Barry. Close
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
As this was a present for my wife i cant really give a review, however i love rebus and have read all the books, i can only assume the films are just as good!!
Published 20 months ago by Mr. C. K. Mason
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost the plot
Immediately prior to buying this DVD I read 'Mortal Causes'.
The book was excellent.
The DVD version was dire.
There is no way that Hannah is Rebus. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2011 by Mr. David J. Lenham
5.0 out of 5 stars John Hannah, my favourite Rebus.
These particular Rebus episodes were the first televised and stuck strictly to the books.
The episode where John Hannah reads the child's poem "The Park in the Dark", is worth... Read more
Published on 14 July 2011 by Dr. Denise M. Tracey
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