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Strange Report - The Complete Series [1968] [DVD]

Anthony Quayle , Kaz Garas , Robert Asher , Brian Smedley-Aston    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Quayle, Kaz Garas, Anneke Wills, Charles Lloyd Pack, Gerald Sim
  • Directors: Robert Asher, Brian Smedley-Aston, Peter Medak, Daniel Petrie
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Colour, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000260QX8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,385 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All sixteen episodes of the cult 1960s detective drama. Anthony Quayle plays Adam Strange, a Home Office criminologist drawn into the investigation of bizarre and baffling cases that are beyond the skills of the normal police. Ably assisted by American graduate student Hamlyn (Kaz Garas) and his dizzy artist neighbour Evelyn (Anneke Wills), Strange investigates against the backdrop of swinging 1960s London. Episodes are: 'Heart: No Choice for the Donor'; 'Racist: A Most Dangerous Proposal'; 'Skeleton: Let Sleeping Heroes Lie'; 'Cult: Murder Shrieks Out'; 'Kidnap: Whose Pretty Girl Are You?'; 'Sniper: When is Your Cousin Not?'; 'Epidemic: A Most Curious Crime'; 'Swindle: Square Root of Evil'; 'Revenge: When a Man Hates'; 'Cover Girls: Last Year's Model'; 'X-Ray: Who Weeps for the Doctor?'; 'Hand: A Matter of Witchcraft'; 'Grenade: What Price Change?'; 'Shrapnel: The Wish in the Dream'; 'Hostage: If You Won't Learn, Die!' and 'Lonelyhearts: Who Killed Dan Cupid?'


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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
Adam Strange (Quayle) is a retired police detective turned criminologist who solves obscure and sometimes bizarre crimes. There was only one series of sixteen episodes all on this DVD, and every episode is first class and totally absorbing, all episodes are mainly highly relevant to, and evocative of, the late 1960s.
Strange has two part time assistants, Evelyn MacLean (Wills) an artist and model who lives in an adjoining apartment. Sometimes she helps in the investigation, but more often provides light relief in an avuncular relationship with Strange, supplying food, and comforting females in distress. Wills is very good in this (her final appearance as an actress) and her character works very well providing colour to Strange’s rather laid back manner.
The other assistant Ham Gynt (Garas) is a part time forensic scientist who works in the laboratory in Strange’s apartment. I feel Garas is miscast in this role (alternatively there is a basic flaw in the character that the screen plays cannot put right). It seems to me Garas is stifling his larger than real life personality and this inhibits his performance. This is not a major weakness but is the reason I have downgraded the rating to four stars .
There are many delights amongst the supporting actors, Martin Shaw three years out of drama school in his first (and quite substantial) TV role, a very young Keith Baron, an immediately post “Redcap” John Thaw, Barbara Murray who was better known at the time as John Wilder’s wife in “The Power Game”, together with all the regulars of the late 60s.
An aborted second season was planned to be filmed in Hollywood, but one cannot help wondering how this essentially English series (heavily reliant on London and other very English locations) could possibly have been filmed in America.
The series was filmed in 16mm, and the original high quality camerawork has been excellently restored.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best impulse buys I've ever made 20 July 2004
Format:DVD
I've always enjoyed Anthony Quayle's style of acting so for me this was really an impulse buy as I remember very little about the series.
As impulse buys go it was certainly money well spent. For those of you who don't remember the Strange Report, Anthony Quayle plays Adam Strange a kind of freelance detective who, along with his neighbour, Evelyn (played by Anneke Wills) and side kick Ham (Kaz Garas) embark on various adventures from Adam's London flat. There was obviously high hopes for this production at the time, Robert Hardy, Martin Shaw, Eric Portman, John Thaw, all appear alongside many other well known heavy-weight artistes in guest roles. As revealed in one of the extra features in this box set, it was also planned to take the series across the pond with all the original cast. A thing which sadly never happened.
There are some really nice extras on this disk, the top of which features Anneke Wills walking along London's Embankment (a location used in the opening titles) chatting with her friend Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger in Only Fools and Horses). This for me initially seemed an unusual pairing but it works well and to put it in context, Roger Lloyd Pack's father was a regular in Strange Report. It really was like dropping in on two friends who are just up for a chat and for me was one of the highlights of this box set. Robert Hardy is also on the disk talking about Anthony Quayle which is a particularly nice tribute along with Martin Shaw talking about his work with the great man.
Watching these DVDs you get to see just how much of the UK's culture in the late 60s is encapsulated in each episode. Immigration, communism, the rise of fascism, heart transplants all of which were relevant topics at the time and hence covered by Strange Report. Anyone interested in this period of our history would be well served to watch this series.
Well done the makers of this set. 12 out of 10
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated ITC classic still shines 3 Jan 2007
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Strange Report is a gem among the ITC 1960s catalogue. Anthony Quayle plays the ex-cop-turned-criminologist Adam Strange with avuncular charm, and although, as a previous reviews suggests, Kaz Garaz is slightly miscast as Strange's Minnesotan sidekick, forensician Hamlyn Gynt, he makes a fair fist of the role, and serves as an excellent foil to the other characters he encounters in each episode. Former Tardis babe Anneke Wills plays Evelyn McLean, Strange's swinging London arty-ditzy dolly-next-door, and again the characterisation is excellent (if gently sexist by modern standards). Charles Lloyd Pack, as the pathologist Professor Marks, is also an asset to the regular team.

Supporting casts feature the cream of UK character actors, with several famed names (eg, Eric Portman, Sylvia Syms) and soon-to-be names (eg, Martin Shaw, Robert Hardy, Richard O'Sullivan, Sally Geeson) in cameos. The scripts are tight, intelligent, balanced, but the `action' sequences sometimes look a bit pedestrian. The direction is assured, and several episodes are directed by Ealing luminary Charles Crichton (latterly of `Fish Called Wanda' fame).

Strange Report was apparently shot on 35mm - i.e. big screen movie - gauge, and the picture quality is accordingly superb - much better than most other ICT serials of the 1960s. Digital restoration has made everything look even better. This pays dividends in revealing the superior sets - some great '60s pads (`Cover Girls', `Cult').

The plotlines tackle some unusually prescient topics, such as politicised racism, abuse of immigrants, crooked charities, infringement of intellectual copyright - not the usually run-of-the-meal TV fare of the times.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent item very good condition very good delivery service many thanks.
Published 5 days ago by ned noggins
4.0 out of 5 stars Voices under soundtrack?
Although I cannot agree more with everyone that has praised the picture quality and overall restoration, I have one gripe. Read more
Published 7 months ago by howard kettle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ITC series
ITC made some classic shows in the 1960s and 1970s and this one concerns Adam Strange, who is a former Home office criminologist who is now retired. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2011 by Miss M. Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Strange to report - enjoyable vintage crime series
For those who remember this series, or recognise the theme music when Chris Evans uses it on Radio 2, I'm happ to say that this series holds up well. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2009 by SHADOW-WATCHER
5.0 out of 5 stars strange report
it was great to see this series again i remember it well from the 1960's its just as good second time around, wonderful shots of early 60's london and easy to understand crime... Read more
Published on 21 April 2009 by Robert Hardwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Before there was C.S.I. there was Adam Strange....
Interesting little series released in 1968 about a semi-retired London criminologist and writer who solves unusual cases Scotland Yard finds simply too baffling or bizarre to... Read more
Published on 25 May 2007 by Kenneth M. Pizzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Top Notch '60's drama series, value for money, worth every...
STRANGE REPORT (1968) Starring Anthony Quale as Criminologist Adam Strange with his assistants American Kaz Garas as Gynt and ex Dr Who girl Anneke Wills as Evelyn also in all... Read more
Published on 2 April 2007 by Robert J. Evered
5.0 out of 5 stars pure delght
glossy itc series with more money and charm- can anybody sell me the extras disc missing from the 2005 release??? Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2006 by A. Cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Classy Release of a True Classic
Strange Report is probably one of the less well known ITC series of the sixties. This is because it had a short run and has not been repeated unril recently on ITV 4. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2006 by J. M. Greer
3.0 out of 5 stars Jolly piece of nostalgia, but not a classic.
On the plus side the series has been beautifully restored and there are plenty of extras.
Its basically Sherlock Holmes 1960's style. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2005 by Prof TBun
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