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The Firm [DVD]
The Firm [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gary Oldman
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: 12.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Firm (PPA1510), 3 Mar 2004
This review is from: The Firm [DVD] (DVD)
"I need the buzz"
Gritty, realistic, and violent. This film (that was made for the BBC and originally broadcast in 1989), caused quite a stir with attempts being made to stop it being shown.
Short and direct, what you get is 67 minutes of superb acting, camerawork, and direction. Winner of the Prix Europa for TV fiction. This is not really fiction based though - a lot of research was obviously done by the writer, and it comes over as a kind of documentary-drama.
Gary Oldman is brilliant as 'Bexy', and totally believable as the estate agent/family man who is also the leader of the 'Inter-City Crew'. The violence escalates throughout the film culminating in a shocking climax. With your finger on the pause/slow forward button, check out Oldman as he enters the pub and the girl wearing a red jacket!
A follow-up with the firm in Europe would have been fantastic, but regardless this film is worth repeated viewings.
The director Alan Clarke has left a fine legacy of work. Check out 'Scum' and 'Made in Britain' for confirmation that he was one of Britain's greatest directors.

Regan [DVD] [1974]
Regan [DVD] [1974]
Dvd ~ John Thaw
Offered by Andthebeatgoeson
Price: 14.99

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Regan (DED6042) - Masterpiece from Armchair Cinema, 2 Dec 2003
This review is from: Regan [DVD] [1974] (DVD)
Both Amazon and the DVD cover list the running time as 90 minutes on this title. The correct time is actually just under 77 minutes, but according to the BBFC (British Board of Film Censors) no cuts were made. This then is presumably how it originally aired back on the 4th June 1974 as part of 'Armchair Cinema' from Euston Films.
The only extra on the DVD is a short picture gallery of stills. Although the print is reasonably clean, the overall picture quality is not particularly impressive. Especially when compared to the digitally restored 'The Sweeney - The Complete First Series', which is stunning.
That said this is riviting stuff. All the major characters are included here. Garfield Morgan as Haskins, Morris Perry as Det. Chief Supt. Maynon and even Janet Key as Regan's ex-wife Kate. The story is a good one, with violence, excitement, pathos, and humour all rolled into one. The scene where Regan meets his ex-wife's boyfriend is absolutely brilliant. But in truth it is all brilliant, the acting, writing, direction, camerawork. Truly, a masterpiece of British television from the seventies.
'Regan' itself is well worth 5 stars, but the poor presentation from Digital Entertainment Ltd., loses a star from my rating.
If you are a fan of John Thaw, Dennis Waterman or 'The Sweeney' you will no doubt overlook the negatives and enjoy a superb pilot. I did.

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