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Z Cars [DVD]

James Ellis , John Slater    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Ellis, John Slater, Douglas Fielding, Ian Cullen, Joseph Brady
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn Media UK
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CTRQLPK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,643 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Every decade has its own kind of cop show, and in the 1960s and early 70s, following years of national love and acclaim for Dixon of Dock Green, it came time for a new breed of policeman to take to the screen. Set in Newtown, a fictional setting to the North of Liverpool, it captures a time when coppers were leaving the beat for fast-paced response vehicles the Z-Cars of the title. These colour episodes from 1972 make up our first collection, capturing some of the characters and crimes that shaped the long ago decade of old-school policing, when the concept of a crime family was up to three generations of burglars, shoplifters and smash-and-grabbers. Z-Cars was also innovative in reflecting a changing and challenging time for the police men and women themselves, engaging with their own personal crises and their impact on the force. So sit back and buckle-up as we let the criminal underworld of Newtown know that Z-Cars on the way.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Every decade has its own kind of cop show, and in the 1960s and early 70s, following years of national love and acclaim for Dixon of Dock Green, it came time for a new breed of policeman to take to the screen. Set in Newtown, a fictional setting to the North of Liverpool, it captures a time when coppers were leaving the beat for fast-paced response vehicles - the Z-Cars of the title. These colour episodes from 1972 make up our first collection, capturing some of the characters and crimes that shaped the long ago decade of old-school policing, when the concept of a crime family was up to three generations of burglars, shoplifters and smash-and-grabbers. Z-Cars was also innovative in reflecting a changing and challenging time for the police men and women themselves, engaging with their own personal crises and their impact on the force. So sit back and buckle-up as we let the criminal underworld of Newtown know that Z-Cars on the way. ...Z Cars - 2-DVD Set


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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Robbie
Format:DVD
First and foremost, it's great to see Z Cars - any Z Cars - out on DVD! 51 years after its first transmission and 35 years since it ended, this is long overdue and most welcome.

The packaging acknowledges that there are some quality defects in the original materials, some of which are artistic (some appalling green-screen in Loyalties part 2), others simply due to the aging of the materials, but the discs are well encoded and so are faithfully reproducing the available materials. It's also good to see that there are subtitles (as this is licensed from the BBC) and that they are generally accurate rather than paraphrases of the dialogue.

Which just leaves the episodes themselves. Acorn's recent releases of 70s colour episodes of Dixon of Dock Green seemed to go against the received wisdom that in its later years it lacked edge and remained stuck in the 50s. By contrast, these 1972 episodes of Z Cars are something of a disappointment. Having seen the first three black and white episodes from 1962 on the only previous VHS release, Z Cars seems to have regressed over the following ten years, losing much of its grit, and rather out-Dixoning Dixon! For this reason, much as I can understand Acorn's wish to release colour material (not least for impulse sales reasons), I'm not sure this selection represents the best introduction/re-introduction to the series. It's also puzzling that, whilst the packaging makes no claim to these episodes being anything more specific than 'our first collection' (indeed the packaging gives no indication of the titles or even number of episodes), they do not represent the earliest surviving complete colour episodes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liverpool Bill 18 Sep 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The popular myth goes that 'Dixon of Dock Green' was a cosy anachronism by the early 70s and 'Z Cars' was the grittier upstart that reflected the realities of modern policing. Having recently watched the two 'Dixon' DVD releases, I was taken aback by the bleakness of the storylines and the derelict London locations, all coming as a pleasant surprise. By contrast, this collection of early 70s 'Z Cars' does (as another reviewer pointed out) seem closer to the accusations levelled at 'Dixon'. Not that they're not well-written and generally well-acted stories; the one involving the geriatric safe-cracker is quite a sweet, heart-warming little tale. It's always good to see what kind of wig Anthony Valentine will be wearing, for one thing, a bit of dodgy 'Dr Who'-style CSO never fails to raise a smile, and the sight of Geoffrey from 'Rainbow' as a detective is truly bizarre. But the first eight episodes on this DVD are from the period when the show was effectively a twice-weekly soap, as 'The Bill' became fifteen years later, which might explain why it appears less gritty than the viewer might have expected. Having said that, it's great to have the opportunity to see the series forty years on, as (unlike 'Dixon') 'Z Cars' was not a programme I remember being watched much in our house at the time, even though anyone over 40 will remember the theme tune! Maybe the next 'lost' BBC cop show to get a DVD outing should be 'Softly Softly: Task Force' and we can see how that shapes up in the gritty stakes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid set of episodes 1 Nov 2013
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Between 1962 and 1978 Z Cars clocked up just over 800 episodes. And although like most programmes of the era it suffered from archive purges, there are still around 400 episodes in existence.

For this first DVD release Acorn have chosen a series of consecutive episodes from 1972. These aren't the earliest surviving colour episodes, indeed they aren't even the earliest surviving episodes from 1972, but it's a solid collection of episodes and therefore a good place to start.

The original run of Z Cars lasted until 1965. It was then revived in 1967 as a twice-weekly series with episodes running for 25 minutes and it continued like that until until August 1972. It was then re-formatted back into a 50 minute series. This DVD contains 10 episodes, the first eight are the last in the 25 minute format.

Details are as follows -

Disc One

1. Loyalties - Parts 1 and 2: Broadcast 31st July 1972 and 1st August 1972
2. Relative Values - Parts 1 and 2: Broadcast 7th and 8th August 1972
3. Not Good Enough - Parts 1 and 2: Broadcast 14th and 15th August 1972

Disc Two

1. Breakage - Parts 1 and 2: Broadcast 21st and 22nd August 1972
2. Connor: Broadcast 11th September 1972
3. Team: Broadcast 18th September 1972

Highlights of the set include the appearance of Anthony Valentine as a manipulative villain and the episode Breakage, written by P.J. Hammond (creator of Sapphire & Steel). Breakage features guest appearances by Fulton Mackay and Terry Scully and has an unexpected and jarring ending.

The DVD concludes with Team by Allan Prior (a virtual re-write of an episode he wrote for Softly, Softly, but a good story nonetheless).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes one back 18 Sep 2013
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Dear old Z-cars, how we loved it. The characters seemed realistic, compared with, say, Dixon of Dock Green; the plots were good too and often dealt with genuine contemporary issues. For Ulster viewers it had the added attraction of a real Ulster actor using his correct local accent - a first for TV. Thank you, Jimmy Ellis.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An Old One But a Good One
Z Cars was one of the first police shows after Dixon of Dock Green ended,it spawned all the police shows that followed it,all far more gritty as time went on but as the police... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Gamer
5.0 out of 5 stars great series even if dated
a classic DVD for lovers of the police series that was the forerunner of its day. Thoroughly enjoyed watching this set of episodes.
Published 6 months ago by Miss S Fielder
5.0 out of 5 stars mum saw them when they were first on television
I brought this dvd for my mum and she remembered all the episodes from when they were first on television
Published 7 months ago by Janis Harley
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
In contrast to what a few have said, I loved this set and found it very engaging viewing. All the stories were solid and enjoyable, with strong regular and guest casts. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Laurence
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best tv dramas from the 1970's
I was over the moon when I heard z cars was being released on dvd, a long time in coming, but compared to the tv programmes today this is one of the best, when I started to watch... Read more
Published 8 months ago by L HOWSON
3.0 out of 5 stars BLIGHTED BY POOR SOUNDTRACK
Z Cars has taken a long time for a dvd release but with modern technology surely the soundtrack could have been improved, I had
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Published 8 months ago by K. Johansen
5.0 out of 5 stars can anyone tell me what episodes are on this two disc dvd set?
Hi, can anyone tell me what episodes are on this two disc dvd set? I wanted to know if these epiosde are on it-

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Published 9 months ago by scholesr
5.0 out of 5 stars absoloutely great
this is brilliant, a great nostalgic dvd which harks back to the days of truelly great television. z cars have become an icon of tv history and even todays kids would love this
Published 9 months ago by crotchety old cripple
3.0 out of 5 stars Great reminder from the 70's
I had split emotions after watching this.

I was thrilled to have watched my favourite programme from the 70's, with Sgt Bert Lynch, P.C. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Davecg99
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor selection
These are all quite late episodes when the original focus on the patrole cars had virtually disappeared. By then the series had become a general cop soap. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alan
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