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Spiral - Series 1-3 [DVD]

Caroline Proust , Grégory Fitoussi , Philippe Triboit , Manuel Boursinhac    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Caroline Proust, Grégory Fitoussi, Philippe Duclos, Audrey Fleurot, Fred Bianconi
  • Directors: Philippe Triboit, Manuel Boursinhac, Jean-Marc Brondolo
  • Writers: Thierry Depambour, Guy-Patrick Sainderichin, Virginie Brac
  • Producers: Alain Clert, Vassili Clert
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 1463 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004V98NX2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,956 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



If you’re looking for an unpredictable small screen thriller to sink your teeth into, then you sometimes have to look beyond the television output of the UK and the US. To France, in this case, as three series of the highly acclaimed TV show Spiral have been brought together in this single box set. And, along with The Killing, it’s an international television treat that’s aching to be discovered.

The show goes under the name of Engrenages in its native France, and it’s a police drama series starring Caroline Proust and Gregory Fitoussi. Known as Spiral when it was broadcast in the UK, what’s drawn people to the show has been how intelligently it treats its viewers. You’re not spoon fed everything here, as instead, the writers offer you enough, but aren’t afraid to let you do some of the work. The conventional Hollywood approach to such subject matter is absolutely nowhere to be seen.

It’s gripping drama, made all the better by it being set in another country, and thus dealing with a different way of accomplishing things. For an English viewer, that certainly helps make Spiral interesting. But it’s the sheer quality of the three series you get here, and the willingness to stray from convention, that make this boxset worth the money. It’s gritty, unpredictable drama, and with further series ordered in France, it’s great to hear that there’s more of it to come. --Jon Foster

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The Spiral Series 1-3 Boxset contains all episodes from all three series of this critically acclaimed drama. Series One: A badly beaten body of a young Romanian woman is discovered on a Parisian rubbish dump. Her identity and past life are gradually uncovered as the various parts of the French Justice System investigate her death. However, it becomes apparent that her story ties to a network of touching the very people charged with uncovering the truth about her. Series Two: A burned corpse is found in the boot of a car, a seemingly isolated case of urban violence. However, the case grows in complexity and danger, each new piece of evidence unearths a duplicitous world of international trafficking, informers, double lives and arms dealing. An audacious plan to strike at the heart of the crime network means that the slightest slip will result in certain death. Series Three: When the body of a young woman is found murdered and mutilated, police captain Laure Berthaud seizes the opportunity to redeem a tarnished reputation and leads her squad on the hunt for the sadistic killer. Laure and her team delve into the unsavoury depths of the Paris underworld in their search for clues.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better and better 4 Nov 2011
Frankly, one of the best programmes I have ever seen. It is inevitably being compared with The Killing, but I for one would not want to choose between them.

I would endorse all the other plaudits and add just two comments. Firstly, it is pretty damn gruesome, not so much in showing the violence, but with the aftermath, particularly when the pathologists get involved, so be warned. Secondly, with series such as these they often seem to tire and become formulaic. Not a bit of it in this case - series 3 was for me the best of the lot, and the first two were great!
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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I was thinking, maybe it is easier to pronounce the name Sara Lund, or did the gaggle of journos and mouthpieces begin salivating at the sight of her Scandinavian jumper? Was it the appearance of a woman detective embodying (and exaggerating) many of the traits attached to classic male cops and gumshoes? Whatever the reason or bag of associations, Scandi-drama has surely won more attention, especially amongst the gender-conscious sisterhood, eager for a new poster-girl.

I'm here to tell them that they missed a trick.

Berthaud. Captain Laure Berthaud. She is the real deal, the true hero(ine) of crime drama and female empowerment, the genuine inspiration for all viewers, men and women.

If feminism is really about equality with men then that presupposes a world in which men and women live together and interact with each other. So, that counts Lund out right away. SPIRAL is a TV show about crime and corruption in French society, one that examines politics, the judiciary, trade and industry, the police, as well as outright criminality, people trafficking, vice, drugs, etc. Caught up in the highly complex web and vortices of this world are many unforgettable characters, actors with extraordinary faces, but I want to talk about Berthaud.

The style of policing in Spiral is rough-house, round the clock interrogation and investigation, a tight-knit team of cops led (first among equals) by a woman who goes toe to toe, eyeballing and bellowing and b****slapping the perps with all the conviction and intensity of her male counterparts. She leads them, but from the front, and without sacrificing anything of her femininity. She is sexy but not girly or predictable in her sexuality.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great series broadcast by the BBC. 20 May 2012
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Just when it seemed that Sky Atlantic was broadcasting all the best serial dramas, the BBC and channel 4 have been putting out great Swedish /Danish productions. Like most people The Killing, The Bridge and Borgen were completely addictive and whilst waiting for series two, three or even a fourth series something had to be found to ease the withdrawal symptoms. Fortunately I found the excellent French series Spiral which I had missed all three series on BBC. I had come across it once when channel swapping, it wasn't easy to get in to part way through, because of running multi story lines in each episode, so I dismissed it. Subsequently I came across the widely acclaimed reviews crediting the quality of this riveting series, so purchased all three series on DVD. There is however a snag to this, for people lacking strong will power, and self control. instead of having a class leading series to look forward to each night for the next several weeks, Spiral is so entertainingly absorbing it is too easy to watch two or three episodes per night.
Everyone may have a preference , but Spiral is up there with the Swedish / Danish productions. It is my opinion that these particular foreign series are so superior to any US or home grown cop dramas.
There are two significant differences between the Scandanavian and French productions, one is that the French language is so much faster than Swedish and Danish and therefore it is more difficult to keep up with the subtitles in Spiral.
The other noticable distinction is that French women are so much more attractive, feminine and more stylishly dressed than Scandanavian women. I suppose we may have known this before, but Spiral draws attention to it.
I cannot wait for The Killing series three, Borgen series two and Spiral series four sometime this year.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, intelligent viewing 17 Sep 2012
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I had no preconceived notions about this series when I purchased the box-set, other than recommendations of other Amazon purchasers (though it turned out I had seen part of one episode on TV on a visit to France, when it did not make much sense out of context). I was soon hooked, watching two or three episodes back to back until I had finished all three series. I've ordered series 4, and can't wait ...
What's the attraction? On one level, it's the usual sort of story: cops find dead body, and eventually discover who was responsible. But the sort of material which would take a single episode of an American police procedural like CSI is here spread over the whole series. The real interest is in the characterisation, of both the good guys and the bad guys. Most of the villains are very nasty indeed, but they are never cardboard cut-outs, while the police and other agents of the legal system who are just as important in the stories are all flawed human beings. Even someone like Juge Roban, who really does believe in the pursuit of truth and justice, ruins his own life, and sometimes that of others, because he is unwilling to make any allowances for human weakness. A lot of the time we are dealing with situations where we have to question to what extent the end justifies the means, and wondering what we might do faced with the same circumstances. And then there is the infighting between different parts of the legal system who are all meant to be on the same side, and the portrayal of low- and high-level corruption and skulduggery ...
Most of the action takes place in Paris and its immediate surroundings, but you won't see that much of the tourist landmarks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars t on tv but loved this. Find that the Brits and French are ...
Multi angled plots that deliver. American here that hates most of the sh!t on tv but loved this. Find that the Brits and French are better in quality then stuff made over here. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Galt.John234
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by eileen leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
if you like gritty lifelike crime and don't mind foreign movies get it.
Published 13 days ago by jed
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. "Must-see" is perhaps the most overused phrase in ...
Wonderful. "Must-see" is perhaps the most overused phrase in the critical lexicon, but this series really does deserve it.
Published 27 days ago by Dr. Caroline A. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best gritty crime thriller series around!
I've watched foreign language films and TV for many years, and Spiral is one of the top crime thriller series I've seen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Loulabelle
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series that is so under rated
I can't understand why this isn't more popular in the main stream. Probably because of the subtitles. It's a great drama.
Published 1 month ago by A. J. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
could not wait to see it
Published 1 month ago by Nosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant grim winter thriller viewing.
Gory and twisted but full of beautiful and smart actors. What a plot and what fine characters. Really good stuff. Recommend for cold winter nights when Homeland has finished.
Published 1 month ago by C Rudd
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
A fantastic police drama set in Paris, with a great ensemble cast of complex and interesting characters on both sides of law enforcement. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lizzie R
5.0 out of 5 stars French noir
This is French noir at it's best. Refreshingly new faces in a breathtaking crime series as only the French can produce. Read more
Published 2 months ago by O.P.
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