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Regan [DVD]

John Thaw , Dennis Waterman , Tom Clegg    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Lee Montague, David Daker
  • Directors: Tom Clegg
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CZOOIO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,879 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Rough, tough and politically incorrect in the way that only the best '70s dramas can be, Regan was a pilot film for The Sweeney - one of the major television successes of the last fifty years. Featuring John Thaw as the irascible Detective Inspector Regan and Dennis Waterman as his loyal 'oppo', Detective Sergeant Carter, Regan was an immediate critical and ratings hit, resulting in four series of The Sweeney and two successful feature films. This edition has been newly restored from the original film elements and is a considerable improvement in terms of quality over all previous releases.

Jack Regan is a good copper, but his tough, intuitive style is becoming unfashionable in a Scotland Yard seeking a new image. When a policeman is mysteriously murdered, Regan breaks all the rules to find the killer - but he finds there are men in the Flying Squad prepared to break him.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
[] Commentary with Dennis Waterman, producer Ted Childs and director Tom Clegg
[] Dolby 5.1 surround, original mono and music-only tracks
 

Product Description

Rough, tough and politically incorrect in the way that only the best '70s dramas can be, Regan was a pilot film for The Sweeney - one of the major television successes of the last fifty years. Featuring John Thaw as the irascible Detective Inspector Regan and Dennis Waterman as his loyal 'oppo', Detective Sergeant Carter, Regan was an immediate critical and ratings hit, resulting in four series of The Sweeney and two successful feature films. This edition has been newly restored from the original film elements and is a considerable improvement in terms of quality over all previous releases. Jack Regan is a good copper, but his tough, intuitive style is becoming unfashionable in a Scotland Yard seeking a new image. When a policeman is mysteriously murdered, Regan breaks all the rules to find the killer - but he finds there are men in the Flying Squad prepared to break him. Special features: Commentary with Dennis Waterman, producer Ted Childs and director Tom Clegg, Dolby 5.1 surround, original mono and music-only tracks


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Regan DVD (Remastered) 15 Sep 2012
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Regan was the 1974 Armchair Cinema production for ITV by Euston films and is effectively the pilot episode and blueprint if you like for 'The Sweeney' series that followed, which ran up to 1978.

Indeed, the lead charachters in 'Regan' transferred to 'The Sweeney,' and the Regan pilot features some actors later to guest in the Sweeney such as Lee Montague (as Colin Kibber), Maureen Lipman (as a housewife), Morris Perry who was Supt. Manyon for example.

Indeed, Regan does feature a number of very recognisable 70's acting 'faces' such as Stephen Yardley as Insp Laker, and extras in the pub scene who crop up in diverse other contemporary 70's dramas such as 'Out,' probably Central Casting faces?

Regan was written by Ian Kennedy Martin and is a a very well written, taught and fast moving program, longer than the following Sweeney episodes, the film stands the extra length well. Use is well made of the now vanished East End docks area much of which was then derelict and now redeveloped.

The use of mounted cameras on the vehicles (where a lot of the lead actor's time is spent) lends an almost documentary feel to the film. The Euston films people got the best people available for Regan and the Sweeney behind the cameras and this really shows in the way these programs feel fresh and exciting to watch even today.

Certainly Regan is a world away from Dixon of Dock Green's homely style of law enforcement, the Flying Squad dealt with nasty people and when these programs aired, suddenly the public got a new and raw insight into Policing and indeed reality Policing. And they liked it. They liked seeing no neck villains getting duffed up by the police.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Both Amazon and the DVD cover list the running time as 90 minutes on this title. The correct time is actually just under 77 minutes, but according to the BBFC (British Board of Film Censors) no cuts were made. This then is presumably how it originally aired back on the 4th June 1974 as part of 'Armchair Cinema' from Euston Films.
The only extra on the DVD is a short picture gallery of stills. Although the print is reasonably clean, the overall picture quality is not particularly impressive. Especially when compared to the digitally restored 'The Sweeney - The Complete First Series', which is stunning.
That said this is riviting stuff. All the major characters are included here. Garfield Morgan as Haskins, Morris Perry as Det. Chief Supt. Maynon and even Janet Key as Regan's ex-wife Kate. The story is a good one, with violence, excitement, pathos, and humour all rolled into one. The scene where Regan meets his ex-wife's boyfriend is absolutely brilliant. But in truth it is all brilliant, the acting, writing, direction, camerawork. Truly, a masterpiece of British television from the seventies.
'Regan' itself is well worth 5 stars, but the poor presentation from Digital Entertainment Ltd., loses a star from my rating.
If you are a fan of John Thaw, Dennis Waterman or 'The Sweeney' you will no doubt overlook the negatives and enjoy a superb pilot. I did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue DVD release 18 Sep 2012
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The Sweeney is, without doubt, the finest police drama ever made and it is about time to have a separate DVD release for this pilot.

If you are a massive fan of the brilliant show and are hoping this to be a forgotten gem of an episode then be warned: Regan hits new heights but also hits new lows.

High points are simple - you get to see Regan forging the relationship with Carter, which is a nice tough. You also see Regan operating totally outside of all parameters in the way that he never quite does on the TV show; the word Maverick does not ever come close...

Lows - well sadly John Thaw takes time to slip into the role and the first few minutes he is almost a little stilted. There are numerous clumsy continuity blunders (I'm not a geek so won't list them - well not on THIS website anyway) and moments where Thaw and Waterman clearly fluff their lines. The supporting acting is a little bleah too.

But all in all this has proven to be a worthwhile purchase for me and it has made me want to spend the next few weeks watching The Sweeney all over again. So job done. Now stop reading and buy this DVD!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films I ever watched 13 Nov 2012
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"Regan" is now at my "Best Movies Ever" list. brilliantly written by Ian Kennedy Martin, it is intelligent, realistic, and have a good amount of action. And this DVD release is great.

The menus are one of the most beautiful I ever saw. The remasterization is outstanding, with a amazing picture quality, 5.1 sound, and "Music-Only" tracks it's a very good detail for the fans. And, as I said before, the film by itself is great. John Thaw and Dennis Waterman made excellent performances in this film.

I higly recommend you to buy this film and the Complete Series 1 of "The Sweeney". Lovers of Cop Movies and TV series will love it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pilot eppisode to the Sweeney - SUPERB! 17 Mar 2001
This is a fantastic video-its one of the best Sweeney storylines i have seen and every minute of the video is great! A definite must for ALL SWEENEY FANS!!!! Great actors great music and even better cars! Brilliant!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Very good.
Published 2 days ago by charlie stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good film
Published 17 days ago by truckman020
5.0 out of 5 stars As described, quick delivery, very pleased.
As described, quick delivery, very pleased.
Published 1 month ago by John Morrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
If you're an avid fan of the Sweeney, as I am then this DVD is a must see.
Published 1 month ago by Kev
4.0 out of 5 stars like it
i watched this was a good dvd and worth watching. i would not watch it more than once myself as not into this type of programme. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mandy-ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent premiere of The Sweeney
I enjoyed this a lot. It was written as the premiere to The Sweeney and I guess that originally they were going to call the programme 'Regan', but changed their mind. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Davecg99
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for mum
Just what I was looking for, this was an ideal bday present.
Highly recommended for all nostalgic cop show lovers.
Published 4 months ago by Elaine Woods
3.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned police prologue to a great series.
Hard and amusing aspect of criminals and detectives at work and Play. John Thaw is a class above all the other People with Dennis Waterman a clear second. Read more
Published 6 months ago by stamper
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I had recently bought the sweeney series 1 & 2 and was looking for this when I got an email asking if I was interested. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michelle burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars First outing for Regan and Carter
Original one off precursor to the Sweeney-whilst this TV cop pairing has been become part of the cultural furniture this is where it all started-a great bit of gritty TV from the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Andy Clambake
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