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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One last time
For all you Pro.... fans season 4 dvd set is best summed up by saying it's mostly a hit with a few misses.
16 episodes, (about half of which were taken from the 1980 recording block), which for many fans represented an artistic noir for this long running series. Both Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw had made no secret of the fact that they weren't exactly kindered...
Published on 22 Jan 2003 by Merv

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3.0 out of 5 stars losing its shine
not as good as the previous seasons but still entertaining bodie doyle and cowley still a winning team nice to have the set
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One last time, 22 Jan 2003
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Merv (Jersey, UK) - See all my reviews
For all you Pro.... fans season 4 dvd set is best summed up by saying it's mostly a hit with a few misses.
16 episodes, (about half of which were taken from the 1980 recording block), which for many fans represented an artistic noir for this long running series. Both Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw had made no secret of the fact that they weren't exactly kindered spirits, Martin Shaw especially expressing dissatisfaction with the show, he would later go on record to state that the show was "rubbish".
It is perhaps ironic then that, in all that turmoil, some of the most fondly remembered episodes were filmed. Operation Sussie, Foxhole On a Roof, and the all time classic episode -Discovered in a Graveyard, (when Ray Doyle is seriously wounded and questions whether he wants to continue living, through a series of hallucinations!!), all really strong stuff, and a real return to the spirit of the earlier episodes.
On the negative side, it is a shame to see that there was no definate ending to the series, the last episode to be shown was "No stone" which pulled in 16 million viewers on its original broadcast date of Feb 1983. This episode left a big question mark hanging over the series, perhaps the shows makers thought that CI5 may return some day.
By the time this series was screened, all three of its stars were peaking in terms of success- even the cars had, and still have!, cult status. Who can forget those silver and gold Ford Capri's!!.
If your Professionals fan and you've got the previous three DVD sets, then you're bound to purchase this. A fantastic series which ran for six years- but should have run for longer!.
This is true testiment to what a classic cop show should be made of!.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value entertainment, 7 July 2008
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Kristen Sherry (Kingston-upon-Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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I came to this series having seen Lewis Collins in "Who Dares Wins" and I am so glad that I did. Even though it began before I was born I think "The Professionals" is one of the best shows us Brits have ever made. The chemistry between the leads is great - Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw spark well off each other, and both have wonderful chemistry with Gordon Jackson - almost like a father and his sons. Not all the episodes are fantastic but the strong far outweighs the weak. I recommend anyone who likes action and buddy-buddy banter to check it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Professionals series four, 12 Aug 2011
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Miss M. Potter "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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Series four of the great show The Professionals continues the now established and successful adventures of CI5 with Cowley, Doyle and Bodie.
The entire fourth series is presented nicely in this excellent DVD set. The Professionals is an exciting series from the 1970s. The DVD sets of all four seasons are excellent. This fourth series is very good.

The Professionals had been created by Albert Fennel and Brain Clemens after a long history in British TV with successful series in like The Avengers in the 1960s and The New Avengers a couple of years earlier. They had used the same composer, Laurie Johnson to compose the music for those shows and now again for the Professionals. Series one and two each had 14 episodes of which one episode from series one had not been screened.
This new season Three also has 14 episodes, all of which were transmitted. The series was produced by Raymond Menmuir.
Albert Fennell, Brian Clemens and composer Laurie Johnson had worked together in the 1960s and together had created MK1 productions to make the New Avengers. The same team as MK1 productions now produced The Professionals.

Criminal Intelligence 5, or CI5 is a special branch of British Law that deals with crime of a serious nature that go beyond the capability of the police. It is a Unit that is instructed by the Home Secretary.
CI5 is fictitious but it enabled the writers to give our heroes a wide variety of situations to deal with.
It has similar appearance to the real MI5 or CID but being fictitious also gave the show more artistic licence that the portrayal of the Flying Squad in The Sweeney. CI5 deal with espionage, cold war problems, terrorists, civil unrest, and large-scale crime.
The head of CI5 is George Cowley, a no nonsense leader that believes in fighting fire with fire. His best agents are Ray Doyle (Martin Shaw), a softer more caring but hot headed ex detective constable who has worked the tough parts of London, and William Bodie (Lewis Collins) who is an ex paratrooper and SAS sergeant with a calmer but tough attitude.

Bodie, (played brilliantly by Lewis Collins) was a former paratrooper and SAS soldier who had also been in the Merchant Navy. Cowley, (boss of CI5) recruited him. He is relaxed and confident. He has great humour and he is tough. He likes football, drinking and women.

There are a number of cars featured in the series. Some are from British Leyland in the early series, with some Rover models, some Triumph models, a Leyland Princess and a Dolomite Spirit. Later series feature cars by Ford with the Capri, Granada, Escort and Cortina.

Series four, the final series, sees some interesting plot lines. There is a story that involves a bullion shipment being hijacked. Another story has Bodie and Doyle trying to protect a gang member who has given himself up. Another story sees Doyle get seriously injured and Bodie has to work alone. Then there is another story where there is a sniper at a hospital.
In this series the plot lines are getting more predictable and there are many themes being re used. We get Bodie and Doyle trying to stop a mentally ill ex secret agent who is loose and out for revenge. We also get a story about Bodie and Doyle trying to protect a visiting deposed African dictator. And in the final episode a group is assassinating retired spies and Bodie and Doyle have to try to stop them.

The show was often criticised for its violence even though there is little blood seen. There are scenes of fast chases, car chases, fist fights, shootings, martial arts and asphyxiation however.
The show was also criticised for its "political incorrectness" for use of so called sexist and racist terms.
The controversy and disagreement about its suitability for screening led to the show being blocked for repeating on terrestrial television for over two decades.

This DVD set contains all of the shows from the fourth series. It is uncut. And has been digitally re mastered. The picture quality is not that great but it is ok but any problem is down to the age of the material. The series is spread over four DVD discs and they are neatly displayed in a good fold out box. It is a great series from a by gone age. It is most enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Professionals/series 4, 13 Aug 2010
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I bought this to add to my Stuart Wilson collection.I did however enjoy the full series.
The DVD was ordered ,payed for and delivered with the utmost ease as I have come to expect from all my Amazon dealings.
Thankyou from gingernuts
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3.0 out of 5 stars losing its shine, 3 Oct 2013
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not as good as the previous seasons but still entertaining bodie doyle and cowley still a winning team nice to have the set
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVDs, 5 Aug 2013
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These were a present ages ago for my son in law was a great fan of the professionals. I'm sure he enjoyed them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 70s tv, 14 May 2013
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Could not help but buy this as there are episodes on this that bring back memories, thoroughly enjoyed all the way to the end
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5.0 out of 5 stars Professionals season 4, 22 Sep 2012
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Fantastic tv series one of the best - There is a book that goes alongside the series by Bob Rocca - so for any professionals fans a must - Great speedboat scenes for the final episode Spy probe - x
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some original storylines, but lacking the craft of Seasons 1 & 2, 20 Oct 2013
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Season 4 has some original storylines and these tend to be of a more personal nature (Discovered in a Graveyard where Doyle wrestles with his will to live; You'll Be Alright - a splendid portrayal of a faithful family man and one-time thief; and Cry Wolf -an intricate study of watchers). Two other great episodes are Operation Susie (though somewhat overacted by the lead female), and No Stone (with plenty of striking scenes, a fabulous script, and not a little irony).

Unfortunately, some of the things which originally made The Professionals tremendously successful both here and in Europe are sadly absent. The camera work lacks craft and poise (too much use of the hand-held camera, too much at close quarters, poor editing, and even an amateurish cropping of the left-hand side of the frame). Lighting is often crude and reminiscent of the American. The casting especially of the females is atrocious.

Although the main actors are more at ease and sometimes lend more depth to their given characters (and in parenthesis, GJ is given something resembling a script in many episodes - less fiery shouting about the absurdly obvious), the actors look weary of their roles, as if they're just filling time for want of anything better to act.

To sum up, if you haven't seen this Season's batch before, don't expect too much and don't expect it to conjure up the spirit of the times. Perhaps it was best that they ended the show where they did. Still, the better episodes do redeem things - just about.
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