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The Definitive Sweeney - Complete TV series 1-4, The Sweeney & The Sweeney 2 (18 Discs) [DVD]


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  • Actors: Dennis Waterman, John Thaw, Barry Foster, Ian Bannen, Colin Welland
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 18
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 2923 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V6AEPO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,031 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Ultimate Collection for all Sweeney fans! The full complete series from 1 to 4 Plus The Pilot film Regan and the full length feature films Sweeney and Sweeney 2

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2012
The creation of Ian Kennedy-Martin, the first series of the Sweeney hit TV screens in January 1975, and TV police shows were never the same again. Based around the Metropolitan Police's real life team the Flying Squad, a team dedicated to preventing big figure robberies or catching the perpetrators of such, it was a tough and gritty drama that showed the ugliness of the criminals, and of some of the police trying to catch them. It was a ground breaking step away from the tweeness of things like Dixon of Dock Green and Z-cars. There was no black and white here, there were policemen who were almost as bad as the villains and villains who were likeable and in a strange way sometimes have a better sense of morals than the police. It was this intelligent approach to showing the various shades of grey rather than just heroes and villains that set it apart.

The bedrock of the series is John Thaw as Regan and Dennis Waterman as his sidekick Carter. They made a great on screen team. Regan is an old fashioned thief taker, not too worried about the rules as long as he gets a result. For all the ugly methods he is willing to employ, he has a very strong moral compass - stealing is wrong, and those who steal should be in jail. Constantly in tension with his superiors (in the form of Garfield Morgan's delightfully played slightly stuffy Haskins and (for series 1 only) Morris Perry as the practical but totally Machiavellian Manyon), it seems as though he has to fight both his own side and the villains to get a result. Carter is a likeable sidekick, tough, intelligent, and with a different sense of right and wrong that allows his to keep some of Regan's excesses in check. But with the same dedication to keeping villains off the streets.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CJ1980 on 25 Nov. 2011
Its quite easy to flick on the TV these days and watch another police themed drama serial with the latest favoured actor in the main role looking like they just stepped out on a cat walk.

Well a certain TV show called 'The Sweeney' is the grandfather of any police series! This series produced by Euston Films in the mid to late 1970s changed the face of British TV drama for ever. Prior to the early 1970s, most television programmes were studio based with outdoor scenes being quite limited due to production costs and in the case of great shows like The Saint some external scenes consisted of stock footage and the actors appearing before a live projection scene which often dates the programme concerned.

However Euston films began developing television serials that were all shot on location with the much underated series Special Branch in 1972, starring George Sewell and Patrick Mower. However as Special Branch came to an end in 1974, Euston looked at new ideas for a police series and approached writer Ian Kennedy Martin who provided the script to a play that he titled 'Regan'. This 75 minute story focused on a serving Detective Inspector in the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad who was something of a thief taker and who was not affraid to bend the rules. Screened as a Armchair Theatre production in June 1974 starring John Thaw in the title role as DI Jack Regan, the film so well recieved that Thames Television asked Euston Films to commission a television series that they called 'The Sweeney'. The rest is television history!

This masterpiece in British television has been crafted together on a polished DVD collection by Network.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By P. Stephens on 16 April 2008
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The Sweeney is simply the greatest television programme ever made, and this is one of those box sets where they seem to have gone out of their way to cram extra goodies in. That adds up to a brilliant package.

Besides the material mentioned elsewhere (all the episodes, the pilot and both feature films) there are whole episodes from other shows, including 'Special Branch' (with Dennis Waterman in the guest role that apparently got him the job as George Carter), and "Thick as Thieves", the sitcom John Thaw starred in (opposite Bob Hoskins) before the Sweeney. There are even PDFs of The Sweeney Annuals.

I'm not completely convinced by the restoration (the colours seem a bit bright - I preferred the dull-as-ditchwater 1970s originals!), but you soon get used to it, and the commentaries, with people like Dennis Waterman and Garfield Morgan, are very entertaining and informative. You get a booklet with brief plot summaries of all the episodes too. A really excellent set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2011
The Sweeney has been long hailed as a milestone in British TV history for its quality acting and direction. And the series proves that is true when you realise that it still looks good after all these years. This is an excellent DVD set. The whole thing has been digitally restored and looks and sounds great.
I personally don't like this show as much as shows made by ITC but it clearly does have very good scripts, acting and production. It is still entertaining nearly 40 years after it was made.
Taking its name from the Cockney rhyming slang for flying squad, (Sweeney Todd) this is one of televisions most physical cop shows. It features crook thumping detectives Reagan and Carter. They race around London in their gold coloured Ford Granada. Reagan has little time for rules and regulations and is always in conflict with his superiors. He is a heavy drinker and is always in bed with another woman. Understandably he is estranged from his wife. Carter is the rookie who is reliable and tough.
The show was made at a time when the police did not record interviews with criminals. This is reflected in the show and these fictional characters use no nonsense and brutal methods to get a result.
The show used a former Flying Squad officer, (Jack Quarrie) to advise the scriptwriters. It was also claimed that the real police had such officers as Reagan and Carter and it raised public controversy over the reality of police methods and ethics.
The show has swearing and violence but it also has humour. It even had Morecambe and Wise in one episode. Two feature films were also made as a spin off from the series. The Sweeny ended in 1978.

This is a classic British TV series and the DVD set is well presented.
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