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

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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 (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000260QX8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,428 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Mar. 2006
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 By Deepa Sea on 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 By James Hayes on 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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