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The Sweeney - The Complete Series 1 [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Brian Blessed, Ian Hendry
  • Directors: Terry Green, Tom Clegg, Viktors Ritelis, William Brayne, David Wickes
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085UDHDE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,754 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Rough, tough and politically incorrect in the way that only the best '70s drama series can be, The Sweeney is one of the major television successes of the last fifty years. Featuring John Thaw as the irascible Detective Inspector Regan and Dennis Waterman as his loyal 'oppo', Detective Sergeant Carter, this benchmark television series is now available on Blu-ray in a stunning level of quality not previously seen. The Sweeney has never looked this good.

FEATURES ON THIS NEW EDITION:
[] Brand new High Definition transfers and restorations from the original negatives.
[] Brand-new, exclusive booklet written by archive television historian Andrew Pixley, fully detailing the history and production of both Regan and this first series.
[] Reconstructed titles created from the original stills.
[] Dolby 5.1 along with original as-broadcast mono and music-only tracks.
[] Interview with creator Ian Kennedy-Martin.
[] Commentaries with Dennis Waterman, Garfi eld Morgan, producer Ted Childs, writers Trevor Preston and Troy Kennedy-Martin, directors Tom Clegg and David Wickes, assistant director Bill Westley and editor Chris Burt.
[] Episode introductions by guest stars Warren Mitchell, Wanda Ventham, Prunella Gee, John Forgeham, Billy Murray, Tony Selby and Dudley Sutton.
 

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By Mr. N. Morgan VINE VOICE on 10 April 2004
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"YOU'RE NICKED" became the catchphrase of every secondary schoolyard in the 70s thanks to this tough, gritty detective series. And it very soon achieved cult status thanks to some brilliant acting by (sadly the late) John Thaw and crowd. I won't repeat what's already been said about the episodes and extras, other than to say I was very pleasantly surprised to see that Network have decided to reproduce the episodes just about as verbatim as possible i.e. you get the original Thames Television logo at the start of each episode AND you get the commercial break "stings" (minus the adverts of course) twice in each episode - all of which to me at any rate adds an extra degree of authenticity and "nostalgia factor" (these stings also provide an excellent "pausing place" to go out to the kitchen & put the kettle on).
The transcription to DVD is of good technical quality - pretty well on a par with the excellent job Carlton do with their DVD remasters of old TV series. Don't expect home cinema quality video and sound as these programmes were filmed on 16mm film not 35mm, but the quality is about as good as is possible to get from 30 year-old media.
This set (and series 2 for that matter) are well worth buying - particularly if like me you're getting fed up with reality TV, makeover programmes, "let's go find and buy a house in Spain/France/Outer Mongolia/Who Cares"-type programmes and other such mindless froth that are swamping the UK's TV channels these days. The Test Card had more appeal - at least it was accompanied by some cracking music and the odd colour film on how plastics etc. were made and used.
The Sweeney comes recommended by me. Let's hope all 4 series get released! It's quality TV that will never be equalled today.
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When the word 'Classic' is used to describe a film or TV program, too often, after having watched it, you just end up feeling greatly disappointed. This does NOT apply to The Sweeney. Revolutionary when it was made, it has never been equalled in its realism, quality of acting, scriptwriting or filming. Best of all though, every episode is just fantastic entertainment, a concept that seems to have been forgotten by the makers of modern day television.
To the very great credit of Network, they have added genuine Special Features with the Commentaries that accompany a number of episodes. The most fascinating are the ones between Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Trevor Preston & Tom Clegg. Could we have lots more for Series Two please!!
If you like great TV, get frustrated by The Bill or Mersey Beat and want to own the best British TV Cop Show ever made (or likely to be made), then do not hesitate and place your order now. I did!
When you watch each episode you can even play a game - What have I seen them in since? There is plenty of familiar faces that suddenly pop on screen to choose from.
It is a shame that this DVD collection was only brought out after the untimely death of John Thaw (D.I. Jack Regan himself) but what a real tribute to him and ALL the actors.
We all miss you, Guv.
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This is a review of the blu-ray edition released in 2012.
I already had the series on DVD but this blu-ray is fantastic and a model of how a TV show shot on film can be released on blu-ray.
Aspect ratio is as broadcast (4:3) and detail is superb. I only wish more TV shows could be released like this. From the picture quality you cannot really tell this is 40 years old.
There are plenty of extras, commentary tracks and the like.
I am so relieved this is 4:3 as broadcast originally and not like Thunderbirds/World at War with the top and bottom of the picture chopped off.I don't own either of those disks and never will, but immediately bought this Sweeney blu-ray.

I only worry that some will complain it's not widescreen and want their blu-rays released "widescreen". And there is plenty of scope for people not realizing why some shows (shot on film) can be transferred to HD blu-ray but others (shot on video) won't look much better than on DVD. It would only take a show shot on video in the 70's and issued on blu-ray to make people steer clear of any 70's TV shows on blu-ray, which reduces the market and so discourage the release of older TV shows on blu-ray.
I dream of UFO and The Avengers on blu-ray.
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This series broke new ground when it was first aired back in the 1970s. It made cult figures of John Thaw and Dennis Waterman as DI Jack Regan and Sgt George Carter. It is simply superb. The transition to DVD had provided a number of pluses, better picture quality through cleaned up master tapes digitally enhanced. It is like seeing the series for the first time. But for me even more interesting is the 'commentaries' - the fascinating insights that the actors, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan and writers, etc, provide when they talk about their involvement in the making of this now cult show. It goes without saying that there is one very sad element to this whole launch on DVD - the fact that the main man John Thaw is no longer with us and therefore was unable to take part in the commentries. Not only is this series an oustanding tribute to his memory but also provides a wonderful legacy to one of the finest screen actors this country ever produced. If you liked the Sweeney first time round, then you are in for a treat.
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