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The Shadow Line [DVD]

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  • Actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Eccleston, Kierston Wareing, Malcolm Storry, Rafe Spall
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2011
  • Run Time: 399 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P9MUSM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,332 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A gripping conspiracy thriller starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Eccleston, Lesley Sharp, Sir Antony Sher, Rafe Spall, Kierston Wareing and Stephen Rea.

Detective Inspector Jonah Gabriel (Ejiofor) takes on his first case since being shot in a botched police operation that left his partner dead. The new case involves investigating the murder of recently pardoned, drug baron Harvey Wratten. On the other side of the criminal divide, Joseph Bede (Eccleston), a former associate of Wratten’s, is moved to make his own enquiries.

As Gabriel, dogged by amnesia and suspicious colleagues, follows a complicated line of investigation and Bede becomes increasingly desperate to see through a massive drugs operation that will enable him to step out of the business forever, the enigmatic and ruthless Gatehouse (Rea) emerges from the shadows to bring the story to a shocking climax…

Special Features:
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4.5 out of 5 stars

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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful By HomicidalZenBuddhist on 30 May 2011
Format: DVD
All too often these days on British TV, crime dramas and murder mysteries insist on spoon-feeding the viewer the facts, before arriving at a nicely wrapped-up conclusion, laden with mind-numbing exposition. Thankfully, 'The Shadow Line' is not one of those programmes. Namely, it shows, but doesn't tell. It doesn't insult your intelligence, something that's only too rare.

The lengthy opening scene sets the tone for the rest of the series. Two police officers inspecting a car, one dead body inside. The body is Harvey Wratten's, an infamous underworld drug baron recently released from prison after a mysterious and unexpected royal pardon. It soon becomes clear that this is far more than just a gangland assassination. Investigating is DI Jonah Gabriel, a disillusioned cop just returned to the force, recovering from an attempt on his life that left him with a bullet in his brain and a serious case of amnesia. We follow Gabriel as he delves into Wratten's murder and the drug-trafficking scene, uncovering far more than he would like.

Make no mistake: this is a pitch-dark, almost noir-ish crime drama, about morally compromised characters and the lengths that they will go to to survive. There have been comparisons made to 'The Wire' and 'The Killing', but you'll enjoy it a lot more if you just take it for what it is.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is brilliantly understated as Gabriel, struggling to juggle his personal and professional lives. Praise also for Christopher Eccleston as Bede, essentially the underworld foil for Gabriel, trying to keep a business afloat while watching his wife rapidly succumb to Alzheimer's. Stephen Rea as the enigmatic Gatehouse is mesmerising and utterly chilling to watch.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robin Harewood Lee on 12 Jan. 2012
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This BBC 7-parter had been sitting around unviewed since way back last year. Finally gave it a spin at the weekend - well that was it, pretty well impossible just to watch one part with the next one sitting there waiting for you! Gripping, each episode leaves you wanting the next one, as I write this it's 5 down, 2 to go. Brilliant performances from everyone, particularly the young Spall (with a great David Walliams impression), Ecclestone and the spooky Mr Not-so-nice guy from Stephen Rea, and Anthony Sher.
Possibly a bit heavy on the violence for some, but a must see - watch this and be thankful we've still got a BBC to produce this sort of quality programme - there's so much more to TV than Midsommer Murders!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Field on 13 May 2013
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Intricate plotting and outstanding acting. Again, the paranoia over corruption at the highest levels of the UK police. I'd recommend it to anybody. Too bad it's not yet available in NTSC format for wider distribution in Canada.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nickyb on 30 Oct. 2011
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Hard to fault this fine thriller. Excellent acting all round and I was great fan of the Spall role. Good twists and turns and some fine characters created. I feel the story could have run to more episodes rather than having to, at times, quickly explain what was going on. Rather like The Killing it needs 20 or so episodes.This is the sort of drama that must be explored..well thought out, produced and performed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RIJU GANGULY on 8 Jan. 2012
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BBC has been renowned for its gripping dramas that deal with uncomfortable subjects like corruption, greed, betrayal, and all at high places (not just in the lives of cliched crooks and shady tycoons). This series, which had me glued till the end, is an illustrious addition to that oeuvre. The acting is 5-star, so is the taut handling and the very-very dark & forbidding look at the personal demons that can haunt people: good or bad, dark or fair. However, after the conclusion of the series, I felt that in its attempt to be "realistic" (a loaded word, I am afraid) the finale kept too many people like me feeling cheated, as we found that the two characters whom we had been rooting for all along, would not come up triumphant. Besides, in the finale, the so-called-twists were entirely predictable. From the gun-to-the-mouth to the deviating laser, there was nothing that we had not seen. Jonah Gabriel and Joseph Bede were the two characters that had made many of us see it till the end, and I think that the way they were dealt with was unfair. But life is UNFAIR, isn't it? So, dropping of one star for this feeling of being under-handed, apart from it this is as good as it gets. Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By musicfan on 3 May 2012
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This series was extremely well-acted, packed with suspense, surprises and violence,
but in the end it gave the impression that the surprises and violence were more
orchestrated to shock than to be part of a cleanly-resolved credible mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Far Away on 27 Aug. 2011
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I came to this straight after watching my spiral 3 dvd and to be honest found the first episode a bit flat..

.. but by the end of 2 I was hooked,the way the story unfolds,the way we are suddenly taken in a different direction and at the end of the journey it all made sense,mind you have to think about it..

The few minuses for me was 1) the sound quality of the interior scenes every clacking footstep , every scrape of a chair ,echoey voices .. sort of thing you associate with a cash strapped "B" movie 2)the minimalist music score that sounded like it was destined for one of those cheapo "50 tune" door alarms that all sound the same 3) The guy who played Gabriel's immediate boss ,totally lacking in any onscreen prescence and therefore believability (if that is a word !)

However ! the rest of the cast were at the very least excellent with a special mention to Mr Gatehouse brilliantly written and realised..There were also some very smart visuals,little cameo's really,the final motorbike ride for example..
To anyone that thinks Scot and Bailey is the ultimate in crime drama I wouldn't bother,anyone for quality clever crime drama this is a must see....it will be a very shady journey but well worth getting onboard
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