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  • Actors: Ross Kemp, Jamie Bamber, Tobias Menzies, Laurence Fox, Lucy Akhurst
  • Directors: Diarmuid Lawrence, Tom Clegg, Tim Leandro
  • Producers: Peter Norris
  • 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: 8
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 1187 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CWLFJU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,503 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ross Kemp stars as the tough but charismatic Sergeant Henno Garvie leading his crack SAS team, Red Troop as together they put their lives on the line for the sake of Queen and Country.

A no-holds-barred adventure series packed with dramatic stunts and spectacular special effects.

This eight-disc box set features all four series and 21 episodes.

Special features
Series 1: Behind the scenes documentary
Series 2: Documentary. Interview with Ross Kemp
Series 3: Documentary including Interviews with Ross Kemp, Miles Anderson and Heather Peace
Series 4: Henno�s words of wisdom. Ultimate Firefight. Survival tips.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By S. Davies on 3 Sept. 2009
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I watched all the episodes within a week of buying it, i loved them. series 1 and 2 are the more enjoyable to watch, and series 3 and 4 still have very good episodes but i didnt enjoy them as much as those in the first 2 series'. Seiries 1 and 2 are more focused on hostages or situations in Britain, but series 3 and 4, are much more varied in location and operations, such as raiding a terrorist training camp in northern Afghanistan, and many episodes in former soviet states. i had my doubts about buying this dvd, but i am very glad that i did. overall, a very good dvd boxed set that is definatley worth the money.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Sage on 25 July 2010
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As many have said series 1 & 2 where the best, then at the start of series 3 they kill off all the established & best characters with no real story to it, also they stop using Chris Ryan (Author & former SAS soldier) as co-creator which kind of puts nails in the coffin for the show from then on, suddenly it doesn't feel real any more.
Worth a purchase though & good performances from Ross Kemp.
As mentioned you can see the difference between the episodes that have benefited from advice from a real SAS soldier compared to series 3 & 4 which feel like they where written & directed by someone from Eastenders.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kohout Jr. on 23 Nov. 2009
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I also tend to agree with the reviews that seasons 1 & 2 are superior; however, I actually prefer the action that takes place outside the UK. A contrast for sure. The writing is not as tight as it could have been, especially re: the first episode of season 3 where 3-major and several minor characters were either killed off (in one scene) or disappeared with feeble explanations (I.E. "I had to get rid of her, as I couldn't have her mooning about"). There was a US show "The Unit" which seems to have "borrowed" the plot formula with a bit more emphasis on the family relationship angle. If you liked "Ultimate Force", you should like "The Unit".

Mired in one of the weakest US TV seasons in recent memory, I find myself going to the DVD's much earlier than usual and at less than $30 for 4-seasons this is an absolute bargain!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anon on 9 Feb. 2013
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I can often find fault in series or films, there are few to be found in Ultimate Force. The lead characters are generally strong, there is the right balance between the action and personal issues, and for the price it is outstanding value.

Henry "Henno" Garvy (Ross Kemp) is the staff sargeant in Red Troop. He is more or less in command regardless of the officers ("Ruperts") around, much like me he rattles a few people who feel chains of command are more important than having the person who knows what they're doing take control. Colonel Dempsey lets him get on with it, showing unusual management control himself and knowing how to handle Henno. Thereafter characters come, go or are killed so unlike your usual heroic action series where none of the main characters die, you truly never quite know who will come back alive and who will come back in a body bag. Ricky Mann is probably my favourite character of all, a strong character but in the background most of the time. Jamie Dow is annoying but likeable, his personal issues dominate early series.

Series 1 and 2 are very strong indeed, good incidents which the SAS are called in on and inevitably involved at some point. I can't think of one particularly weak episode.

Series 3 and 4 are all change, but still have strong episodes including a couple I love set in Zimbabwe and Colombia. You can probably guess the nature of their visits given the two countries and their histories. While there are more excursions into foreign countries, I don't see any great harm in this move of location. It facilitates some insight into those countries, a change of scenery and scenario.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on 11 Mar. 2013
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I loved this show right up until they killed off a few of the cast. It sort of ruined it for me from then on in if I'm honest..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. W. M. White on 1 Feb. 2013
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I had seen the series on TV and caught a few episodes when repeated but was never sure in which order they were being shown. Now I have the whole series I can watch at my leisure.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2012
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We need a series like this. Most of the situations are unbelievable but what do you expect from a show about the SAS? The production values are OK and the action is exciting without being silly (compared to made for TV American action movies). There are some stock characters but the script isn't laughable and the actors seem to care about what they are doing. As the new team member Jamie Draven portrays the right amount of innocence and brings a sense of duty to his role; his interactions with the rest of the cast are well thought out; you can see some chemistry between him and Alex Reid sadly though it wasn't fleshed out in the next series. Although billed as such I never found Ross Kemp to be the star of the show and at times we aren't even supposed to like him; I am glad character is written this way and that his obvious mental scars dictate the person he is. This is in stark contrast to badly written imported shows where we are expected to believe that hardened battle veterans who are emotionally scarred and have shattered private lives are really nice guys who never do any thing wrong.

Some episodes are better than others; I actually thought the first episode was fairly weak but the second with the pressure group sniper story was excellent and allowed us to see flashes of how good the series could be. The first episode of the second series has a standout fight scene in the belly of the ship between Jamie Draven and the legionnaire, it's a tough no nonsense scrap and as exciting as the fight in the Bourne Identity.
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