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The Sins [DVD]

Pete Postlethwaite , Geraldine James , Sallie Aprahamian , Simon Curtis    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Pete Postlethwaite, Geraldine James, Caroline Hayes, Billie Cook
  • Directors: Sallie Aprahamian, Simon Curtis
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,105 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The immensely versatile Pete Postlethwaite stars in The Sins, a seven-part serio-comic drama set amongst London's criminal fraternity, with each episode taking as its loose theme one of the seven deadly sins. Postlethwaite, who seems able to shine in anything from Hollywood blockbusters to low-budget Brit flicks, stars as Len Green, an ex-con getaway driver who shocks his friends and family when, on release from a four-year stretch, he denounces his former life of crime in favour of more cultured endeavours. Whilst this decision, and the effects it has on those close to him, forms the story arc, the real meat of the series is to be found in his relationships with his wife (played by the perennially excellent and hugely underrated Geraldine James), his daughters--Faith, Hope, Charity and Chastity--his surrogate son, Carl and, perhaps, most importantly, his uncle and mentor, Irwin (Frank Finlay). Each case of temptation and sin is examined in turn (all handled by different directors but remaining part of a cohesive whole), as Len's rose-tinted view of his family life is gradually shattered by a series of harsh home truths. There's plenty of comedy throughout, much of it stemming from Len's new career as an undertaker, but it takes actors of Postlethwaite, Finlay and James' stature to handle the often abrupt shifts from light to shade as the series progresses into a darker place. Perfectly rounded (no chance of a second series, given the nature of the denouement), the extended format enables Postlethwaite to develop and enhance his character in a way that no two-hour film could ever offer. The producers even had the good taste to include a Tindersticks song as the theme. --Phil Udell

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Len Green is a bank robber. During his long career as a getaway driver, he has served many sentences and spent a fair proportion of his life behind bars. Now middle-aged, with a very expensive house (bought with the proceeds of the robberies), and an attractive wife and four grown-up daughters to whom he is devoted, he resolves to change his lifestyle. This time he will "go straight". But having joined his Uncle Irwin in the family firm of undertakers, he is faced with many temptations, in the form of the seven deadly sins (envy, greed, lust, etc), which test his resolve to stay out of trouble. His mates want him to help out in one last robbery. His wife, who can't accept that she will no longer having a steady (although criminal) income, steals a priceless necklace; will Len be the first robber to be jailed for breaking into a jewellers to *return* something? After so many years in prison, does his wife still love him - and can he still satisfy her in bed? Season 1 Season 1, Episode 1: Pride Season 1, Episode 2: Covetousness Season 1, Episode 3: Lust Season 1, Episode 4: Envy Season 1, Episode 5: Greed Season 1, Episode 6: Anger Season 1, Episode 7: Sloth SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Edgar Allan Poe Awards, ...The Sins - Season 1 - 2-DVD Set ( The Sins ) ( The Sins - Season One )

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sinful drama 13 Aug 2003
By Binkley
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As suggested, this is an entire series, consisting of 7 episodes on 2 cassettes, which covers each of the 7 deadly sins. A quite wonderful series, whether a fan of Pete P. or otherwise. The writing for starters is truly inspired/ & inspiring, touching on many subjects entirely connected with being a human being...subjects that matter, like love, death, friendship, family. Combine such emotive language with the delivery from a brilliant cast of actors & actresses(or are both just termed actors these days?), & you`ll be weeping like Niagra Falls. So, plenty of loo-roll is mandatory. Well worth the price-tag.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing series ! 22 Mar 2001
By S2608
Format:VHS Tape
I was surprisingly totally captivated by this series. The whole cast was fantastic. The characters of Len Green and Uncle Urwin were so convincing and the most effective thing is how Green seems to have represented the temptation to the sins and in return how Uncle Urwin would provide the wisdom and explanation. A joy to watch. Congratulations!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at human follies 2 May 2011
The Sins explores the seven deadly sins through the experiences of Len Green, a career criminal. Sloth was particularly interesting in that this episode examined this state, concluding a rather different deeper interpretation than mere laziness. Len is a hero of sorts having to confront each week and somewhat understand or master these elementary conditions that befall us all.. Liked the fact that it was not moralistic and took a broader perspective of the human condition. Pity it took the death of Peter Postlethwaite to get this production onto DVD, more than a decade after its original television release. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars maybe i just didnt get it? 4 Sep 2012
By db 54
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A few, very fine actors populate this tepid comic drama, which, certainly for me, sadly shows its age.
The episodes are loosely arranged around each of the `seven deadly sins`, and does contain the occasional dramatic sequence. However the actual plots, dialogue and storylines are comparatively weak leading to scarecly realistic or plausible scenarios. The writers surely missed a very good opportunity to employ the protagonists beyond fairly mild and cliched enactments. Instead each episode denouement deteriorates, irritatingly so, into moralising sentimentality, with the added `bonus` of cringing whimsical music accompanying the dialogue, ... yukk!!
Unfortunately this series fell between two stools, ... it should have been played either as a straight working class drama, or an all out comedy. Trying to combine the both lead simply to a somewhat mediocre offering. If you have viewed, and enjoyed the highly critically acclaimed BBC series, `the street` then you will almost certainly view this creation in a very shallow light.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars when will this be available on DVD 3 Mar 2011
Format:VHS Tape
I caught this series running late at night and immediately became enthralled in the characters and their stories. i loved pete postlethwaite's character as ever an excellent performance and have been looking out for this series to be released on DVD ever since come on BBC!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Sins (DVD) 12 April 2014
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I am disappointed with the quality of the DVD, it keeps stopping and starting, I've tried the DVD on to other dvd players and it is still the same, I won't be buying from this seller again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars QUALITY VEIWING 10 Feb 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sins DVD 10 Jan 2014
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Pete Postlethwaite at his very best. Exceedingly well cast humourous as well as dramatic. Well acted and a joy to watch, its a pity he did'nt make more like this in his lifetime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good.
Published 1 month ago by roger gover
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
We love Pete Postlethwaite - and this is another great series to watch him in.- very very funny in places but also very moving in others - good supporting cast too - would highly... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Dianne S. Weeks
1.0 out of 5 stars The Sins
Again, this was bought for my Mother so I have not watched it. Anything with Pete Postlewaite in has got to be good. However, My Mother was a bit disappointed with it.
Published 14 months ago by gemmaremington
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete!!
what can you say - what a top bloke just added value to anything hes in- a joy to watch
Published 15 months ago by Uma
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant gem of British drama
This has always been one of my most loved series since I first saw it on free to air tv many years ago. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Helen Bertolini
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
What can I say? The product is good and the service was as good as could reasonably been expected. Great!
Published 20 months ago by K J W Crowley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite There
This series seems a little bit dated and unrealistic now although it is filled with good acting. Diversionary and worth seeing but not as edgy as I had hoped, I have always... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mrs B. M. Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money
Great cast and keeps you coming back for more. It has a slightly slow start but then it really picks up.

A much watch, pity there was no more sins in life :)
Published 22 months ago by warrio
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Acted, but Cliched and too Contrived.
Since this series of seven plays featuring each of the seven deadly sins in turn is neither a comedy nor a tragedy it falls, somewhat ludicrously, between the proverbial two... Read more
Published 22 months ago by H. A. Weedon
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