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Regan - The original Armchair Cinema pilot for The Sweeney [Blu-ray]

John Thaw , Dennis Waterman , Tom Clegg    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Regan - The original Armchair Cinema pilot for The Sweeney [Blu-ray] + The Sweeney - The Complete Series 1 [Blu-ray] + Sweeney! Movie Collection (Sweeney!/Sweeney 2) [1976] [DVD]
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  • Actors: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Lee Montague, David Daker
  • Directors: Tom Clegg
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MQ672M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,099 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Before The Sweeney there was Regan.

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. For the first time ever, Regan has been remastered and restored in High Definition for this Blu-ray release and has never looked better.

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.

[] 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Regan - Get your trousers on, you're nicked! 13 Jun 2012
Before the Sweeney became the police show that redefined police shows, there was a pilot aired called Regan. Developed by Ian Kennedy-Martin, it was always intended (as he makes clear in a bonus interview with the man himself) that it would become a series. So all the elements had to be right from the off, and they were.

The film, 77 minutes in length and first shown as part of the Armchair Theatre strand, focuses on John Thaw's title character, Jack Regan. It's a great character, and a great portrayal. He is given the most memorable opening line for any character on TV - the now famous `Get your trousers on, you're nicked' are the first words he utters in character, and have gone down in TV history. From the off his tough, uncompromising thief taker is the template that would be used time and time again by pale imitations. A member of the Flying Squad, he is investigating the death of one of his team. He is not only fighting the villains (with whom he shares many qualities) but also his own police force, trying to modernise in the light of recent scandal. He seems far closer to the villains he is trying to nick than to his own colleagues, and an interesting tension results.

Also in this film is the introduction of the other essential element in the Sweeney formula - Dennis Waterman's Sergeant Carter. He is the perfect partner for Regan, the voice of reason but willing to join in with his escapades and a reliable back-up. Garfield Morgan is present as Haskins, the slightly stuffy superior that Regan is very out of step with, but who's aims aren't any different from Regan's, just his methods. If only Regan could see it.

Filmed largely on location, this captures mid seventies London in it's decay and grime to a tee.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where 'The Sweeney' began 12 July 2013
By Gary G
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'Regan' is a fantastic introduction to the wonderful world of 'The Sweeney', and the blu-ray version is a revelation. Happily the producers of this great disk accepted the fact that this is 1970s TV. They did not change the original aspect ratio or try to smooth away all the grain. The colour vibrant but not overdone, the picture quality is spot on and the sound excellent. As far as the show is concerned the incomparable John Thaw is superb as always as Jack Regan, and Dennis Waterman is great as the young George Carter. Great stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars goo dvd 8 Dec 2013
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I chose 5 star for this DVD as I am a big fan of the Sweeney In the 1970s, I would recommend this to anyone who likes fast pace action scenes and good storylines.

There was nothing about this DVD I didn't like.
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