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Ultimate Force Complete Collection [DVD]
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2009
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
on 25 July 2010
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
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
on 9 February 2013
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. While in the UK they may be supported by the locals, that isn't necessarily the case outside and you don't tend to find many landmines, booby traps or hostile militias and goat herders carrying AK47s in Hereford! That's not to say there aren't lots of shootouts in the UK episodes, but let's just say the odds are more in their favour on home turf.

The introduction of a woman to the troop, and circumstances under which Henno 'recruited' her against Dempsey's wishes come orders was interesting and a bold move. Overall the writers got it right, a few weaker episodes that were still better than most of the same genre series' best.

If you haven't seen it and love action without excess blood and guts, buy it now. If you have seen it then you've already own the DVDs. Some of the moments are priceless, not least early on Henno punching a hysterical hostage and Ricky chasing Louis across a rugger field, allowed to "hit him once if you catch him". I think they may have been right to stop after four series, shame that it is. I came on here to find series five only to find it doesn't exist. Still I can at least recommend 1-4 instead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2013
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
on 1 February 2013
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
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 June 2012
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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Priced at just £5.75 you really can't get more for your money than this.

Ultimate Force is a really great action show, for me it's kind of like The Unit, but without all of that soppy wives stuff that comes with The Unit.

For me, Ultimate Force seemed to get better each season. I wasn't really a big fan of the first season, the second season was really great.

In Season 3 and the episodes were cut to four. but the episode length was extended. And the final season had 5 episodes.

I can't honestly find much to dislike about the show, as it really is one of my favorites and should have been longer than four seasons.

So in summary, anybody who loves action shows should get this. Five star rating for a great Action, Drama show. And the awesomeness that is Henno Garvie!
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on 12 March 2014
The first two series of this action series loosely based on SAS special forces operations worldwide are excellent. The scenarios portrayed are mostly plausible and the action scenes give some idea of the modus operandi used. Also the characters have credible depth with both their foibles and strengths on display. However, series three and four with largely different cast and geared more towards action than realistic storylines does fall away somewhat. All-in-all still good viewing for the action buff, but not entirely to my liking. The extras pertaining to every series are okay but add very little to what has already been portrayed during their viewing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2009
Really well filmed action series with enough plot for us girls not to lose interest! Great acting and good story lines make for a very watchable series.
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