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Rebus - The Falls [2006] [DVD]

Ken Stott , Claire Price , Matthew Evans    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Ken Stott, Claire Price, Jennifer Black
  • Directors: Matthew Evans
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: John Williams Productions
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6UXVQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,457 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Ken Stott stars as the eponymous hero John Rebus in this adaptation of Ian Rankin's worldwide best-selling detective series. Set in Edinburgh, Rebus's investigations lead him through the city's ancient beauty and into its more sinister quarters. In 'Fleshmarket Close', a Kosovan man is murdered in a notorious Edinburgh sink estate. Initially the murder appears to be race-related but Rebus is not convinced. His investigations lead him through the world of asylum seekers and gangland bosses who cruelly govern the poor inhabitants of the estate. In 'The Falls', the death of an obstetrician and the discovery of a small coffin with an effigy of a baby lying beside the corpse leads Rebus into the wealthy and powerful circles of Edinburgh society where his enquiries are coolly dismissed. Further deaths lead him to explore an apparent suicide that occurred some 20 years previously and to a prime suspect who in turn becomes a victim in a wider web of vengeance.

Customer Reviews

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's got Ken Stott but.... 29 April 2006
Like many Rebus fans (I suspect) my choice for the title role was always Ken Stott - when I read the books his is the face I see - so I was delighted when I saw that he was to star in these new adaptations. However, that is pretty much where the good news ends since these shows contain little that will be familiar to readers of the novels, and lack almost everything that promised to make compelling television.

The character of Rebus himself, for example, has become diluted to the extent that he is now just another taciturn TV cop. No Rolling Stones, no sense of what makes him tick - just a rapid plot driven hour or so of Edinburgh-based shots that bear little relation to the complex scenarios imagined by Ian Rankin in the first place.

As for Fleshmarket Close, the plot has been changed to such an extent that it is pointless in even calling it by the name of the book (which, in its original form, actually meant something - and wasn't just a street name in the Old Town). It's almost is if the producers were so pleased with having Ken Stott in place that the rest of the thing would just work automatically. Sadly, it doesn't. Sure, if you haven't read any of the books then they're reasonable fare - but they could have been so much better.

I give the DVDs three stars only because they've got the right man in the lead role. There are absolutely no extras or special features (other than subtitles) and the packaging is also a bit less than you might have hoped for.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let down! 13 Sep 2006
Ken Stott has to be one of my favourite actors, and yet I feel let down by the production of these programmes not because of Ken Stott but because of the story lines. I am a die hard Ian Rankin fan and own all his books to date [...] Rebus, in my opinion, is a different person in the books as he is on the tv and the stories are too broken down, they don't drag you in as the books do. Fleshmarket Close was the biggest disappointment as the programme cuts out why it was actually called that in the first place! I give it 3 stars for effort and for the actors!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bring back John Hannah 26 Jan 2007
When I initially watched the John Hannah series of Rebus a few years ago I was disappointed. However, although Ken Stott may be more physically alike to Rebus, the new series is now where as good as the adaptations of the books in the John Hannah series. I could see the Ken Stott versions appealing to people who have not read the Rankin novels. The stories in the Stott versions are very watered down and in some cases bear no resemblance at all to the novels. Also, there has been too much messing about with his character e.g. his love of football and his love life. I recently bought the John Hannah versions and after looking at them again thought they were excellent. Although, he may have been a bit young to portray Rebus, the episodes were much longer which allowed them to delve into the intracies of the multi-layered story lines of the novels. They were also a lot 'darker' and caught much more of the atmosphere of the novels. Therefore, I would recommend that anyone who has read the novels should watch the Hannah versions instead.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks good as Rebus, but no substance 24 Sep 2006
Like many other Scottish Rebus fans i was delighted to see Ken Stott cast as our reluctant hero. Having seen the John Hannah versions,which i thought were very good, they are close to the Ian Rankin character in most respects.

What a huge disappointment the Ken Stott versions are, they miss the whole point of John Rebus as Ian Rankin saw him, gone are his hang ups, the frailties and strengths vanished, all the things that identify Rebus as different and unique have been lost. AS for the storylines, they are even farther from the novel than the character!!!

The list of successful movies where the main character bears no physical resemblance to our visualisations from the novel is huge. Read JAWS and then watch the movie!!!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing! 7 April 2006
As a die-hard Ian Rankin and Rebus fan I must say I was very disappointed in this latest DVD installment. I just couldn't find Rebus in these DVD's. Ken Stott plays the morose detective rather 2-dimensional. I missed the haunted, cynical and somewhat depressed Rebus. I even missed the Saab! Instead we find another detective-team (Rebus and Siobhan), rather formulaic and without the tension that are so palpable in the books. I think John Hannah did a far better job.
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