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Rebus : Seasons 3-4 (6 Disc Set) [DVD]

Ken Stott    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Ken Stott
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: SMG Productions
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,146 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Superb 6 Disc Set starring Ken Stott and Claire Price. This boxset contains Fleshmarket Close, The Falls, The Black Book, A Question of Blood, Strip Jack & Let it Bleed.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding, Scottish-Set Series 8 May 2010
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Rebus Seasons 2 & 3," is a television series of British mysteries, tartan noir subdivision, based upon the best-selling novels of Edgar-winning Britisher Ian Rankin, whom fellow American crime novelist James Ellroy recently called "the progenitor and king of tartan noir." What's tartan noir? Generally more violent and bloody stories, bloodier-minded too, but relieved with that dark Scottish humour, written by, duh!! a Scot. At any rate, the series of police procedurals was made by and for Britain's ITV stations, and filmed in modern-day Edinburgh, where they are set; but generally take place a considerable distance from the lovely tourist magnet sites of Scotland's capital city, and show us its darker, more chaotic side.

Considerable effort and expense seem to have been expended on this series. The on site color photography is excellent; casts are topnotch, and the extras appear to have been laid on with a generous hand: every shot, of police station or street, is full of people taking care of business, whatever that business might be. To add to the pleasures of this production, the actors appear to have been encouraged to speak in local dialect, really giving the viewers the sense of being there - somewhere else -- thanks to their distinctly different use of the language, their idioms and accents, their chat of "I cannae, didnae,""Your coat's hung on a shoogily peg,"and so forth.

This series includes taut episodes based on seven of Rankin's books, and one original script. Ken Stott,(
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Mar 2008
By Joachim
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I don't know nothing about the finer points of movie making. But, honestly, having seen the whole thing (John Hannah and Ken Stott) and having read all the books, I do not understand why this excellent series is that much underrated by some of the earlier reviews. It was them that made me wait so long before I eventually ordered the dvds: curiosity got the better of me.
Surely, John Hannah was a wonderful Rebus and - being a bit younger - also the better looking actor.
But Ken Stott's Rebus simply is superb. The same thing goes for Claire Price's Siobhan Clark. Masterly performing actors and a really good camera are the hallmarks of this production. What really convinced me was the superior way of condensing the many tiers of Ian Rankin's story into a simple but very gripping tale of crime in the city. It's politcal but in no way politically correct. It's entertaining but never cheap. It's done with heart and soul. It's something new and makes you wonder about all these countryside based crime stories that are offered in great quantities. Just watch Mr. Ranking talking about it.
But of course, if you're looking for one to one copies of the stories, you may be disappointed. These are not copies but really smashing renderings of first rate crime fiction.
Enjoy it. I did.

The price is convincing too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ian Rankin Rebus Seasons 2- 3 11 July 2009
Ken Stott is by far the better Rebus and given the opportunity brings to life the written word. He's realistic, gritty, totally believable and like many real CID officers - a bit rough round the edges, ( I can say that i was in the force- though some time ago). I'm only sorry I can't say the same for these versions of the books. I suppose they have been altered and shortened in order to squeeze the plots into the short space of time however this has resulted in a number of them being totally re- written, Black Books being the one that springs to mind. Please don't watch this version thinking its the same or anyway similar to the book, its not. Enjoy them, but the books are far better!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Rebus 31 Mar 2008
I also have the John Hannah episodes, but Ken Stott and Claire Price are more the characters that I envisioned when reading the books. If you love Rankin's work, these are outstanding. And the most recently released 4-disc set seem to have tried to remain truer to the books.

I can watch these over and over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ken Stott Fan 7 July 2009
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If you are a fan of Ken Stott you will enjoy this DVD. In this characterisation as well as tough cop, Ken is allowed to show a softer side. It is nice to see him smile and his eyes twinkle.

The stories are good, the acting excellent and you have the added bonus of Edinburgh.

If you are a fan of the books you may be irritated by the programmes not adhering to Rankin's stories. As to whether you think Ken makes a good Rebus, I leave that for you to decide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stott makes Rebus his own 7 Jun 2009
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The stories, acting and directing are all first rate. Ken Stott is brilliant and Claire Price a perfect foil. She is excellent in the position.

Not the sort of series you can watch one after the other as they can get a bit depressing - faithfull to the books I know - but great for keeping for those wet evenings when there's nothing on TV.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rebus 28 April 2009
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Just started viewing the series with Ken Stott - much prefer him to John Hannah in the role.
Good series
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Right withThe Real Rebus 1 July 2008
The Real Rebus - an earlier review
By Jeffrey S. Ryan (Breckenridge, Colorado, USA).

I fully agree with you. On hearing that the books were to be brought to Television my immediate vision was of Ken Stott, having seen him act so perfectly his role in Messiah 1 & 2 most notably, and in other crime/thriller/police works. In fact as I read my way through Ian Rankin's books it was Ken Stott I too envisioned. Although I did toy with the idea of actor
being "The Real Rebus", as often it was his face I saw. Again he has acted many Senior Police Offficer Roles, enjoying his cigarettes and his booze in these other dramas, which would definately have given him a good start for John Rebus's character.For me, one person who wasn't the Real Rebus, sadly, was John Hannah. I respect him very much as an actor and enjoy his work in many roles, and I think to give him due respect his body,and language were very well suited to the other John, but he was too Young and good looking - just a laddie. To repeat myself, I believe he played the role as could not be bettered but his God-given features did not gel with his namesake.
With regard to the two, again, female actors who played "Shiv", both young ladies, matched my picture of parts of her, but an amalgamation of the looks and build of "shiv #1" and the University Educated type from England, for one thing, can't be ignored and so "Shiv #2" definately matched with some of the descriptions and glimpses, given to us. And so I leave it to another Ian Rankin fan to name the one (or more) "Shure Shiv".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought i would watch it on DVD - not disappointed, enjoyed it very...
Not having watched the Rebus series on TV, I thought i would watch it on DVD - not disappointed, enjoyed it very much.
Published 18 days ago by M. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Bought as a gift for a colleague who loves the Rebus series with Ken Stott and never tires of watching these DVD's.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs B
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotland's Finest Actor - The Brilliant Ken Stott
Without doubt Ken Stott is Scotland's Finest Actor ever, his meticolous performances are superb to watch, this set features 6 episodes from series 3 and 4 , after watching Ken... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mr. M. Corfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a great DVD / TV Series...we want to order some more,now! Would definitely recommend this product to other people.
Published on 7 Dec 2011 by M. Bunting
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus at his Best!
Well done for choosing Ken Stott!
He personifies the character perfectly.
I watched 'The Messiah' and said to my partner 'He's the perfect actor to play Rebus'. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2010 by J. SANDERS
2.0 out of 5 stars miscast!!!!!!
Have to say i did not think the series terrible but it was only loosely based on the novels and i personally found the earlier adapations with john hannah much closer to the books. Read more
Published on 19 April 2010 by byekitty
3.0 out of 5 stars Rebus aficionados, beware
As I'm a Rebus/Rankin fan and have read all the books, I had high hopes for this, even though they never showed the series in my country. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2010 by Andreas Naujoks
3.0 out of 5 stars rebus
One of the better U.K. Crime series,but not up to the standard of "Frost" the series.
Published on 8 July 2009 by David M. Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive!
I really enjoyed this box set as a fan of the novels i was a little dissapointed the stories were very different! Read more
Published on 1 May 2009 by Jay Dee
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