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Bulman - The Complete Series 2 [DVD]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2012
This is basically a reprint of my review for the first series, so if you've read it don't bother beyond the next paragraph.

Basically we get here more of the same great stuff we got in Bulman - Complete Series 1 DVD Boxset. Very last 7 episodes until gracefully and sadly walking out of our lives, with a very nice and strong closing episode with a wink on Bulman's sweatshirt at the last scene: "Danger: H.M. Government can seriously damage your health insurance".

Armed with any combination of plastic shopping bag, gloves, quotes, scarf, poetry, inhaler, wit and WILL POWER T-shirt - retired DCI George K. Bulman (the superb and greatly missed Don Henderson) is back, This time as a private detective when not repairing clocks.

I'm usually not in the habit of granting 5-star reviews to DVD box sets that contain no subtitles and no extras, as I feel these should be basic features, However in that case I'll deviate from this practice, as I simply can't let anything interfere with the 5 star rating this masterpiece deserves.

Together with Lucy McGinty (great Siobhan Redmond) this duo shines with their chemistry over the whole series.

I've seen Bulman only once during the 80's, and yet it used to resonate in my head for all these years, and I always wished I would one day be able to watch it again. I'm therefore grateful to Network for releasing it on DVD after all these years. I'm sure their profit from this release is marginal at best, and I can understand their reluctance to invest in this product anything more than in the actual transfer.

Regarding the transfer - I find it fairly good. It seems they did their best, given the nature of the archive footage. I'm sure I didn't have a better experience watching the TV broadcasts back in the 80's. At some points the video and audio track are slightly out of sync, but generally It's OK.

The series stands very well the test of time, although the plots are occasionally somewhat naive.
Thankfully the plots play second fiddle to the characters, dialogues and overall atmosphere.

With so many funny moments this could easily be tagged as a comedy-drama rather than police-detective.

Great music by Dick Walter.

The set comes in a standard 1 cm thick plastic box that contains two DVD's with 4 episodes on the first and 3 on the second, with a menu for episode selection (no scene selection), and as I mentioned before - no extras or subtitles (except for a stills gallery on the second disc). The back of the inner cover contains synopsis and original broadcast dates for each of the episodes.

Overall I'm so happy to have it now, and find it highly re-watchable.

There's no age classification on the product details, but I'm afraid it's somewhere around 40... :-(
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on 14 March 2014
These seven episodes basically show exhaustion of the Bulman concept, with a descent into incomprehensible and implausible plots which don't really develop logically. Only episode 4 of the seven is really up to the standards of the previous set. as before the characterisations, acting, eccentricities and humour are still good, but unable to conquer stupid storylines. The climactic final episode to close the Bulman sagas is just silly beyond belief.

So don't start here if you're a Bulman newcomer - only venture in if you're a committed fan.
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on 26 December 2014
All but the final series of Bulman are thoroughly entertaining without having to rely on gratuitous sex, violence, special effects, dysfunctional camera shots or over production. Plausibility stretched too far by the final series however and a far cry from the original down-at-heel character spawned by the XYY man. Nevertheless good value for money and a worthy addition to most DVD collections.
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on 9 January 2014
i like watching older stuff rather than the rubbish they put on television these days no problems with the service provided & as long as i enjoyed it that's all that matter's
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on 28 December 2013
Not bad, but not as good as I remembered.The plots range from the really good,to the downright stupid and one or two are totally incomprehensible.
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on 21 August 2014
thanks very much used to watch this when I was kid. a classic series with great actors.
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on 22 May 2015
loved it bulman brings back so many memories of someone so unconvential
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2012
Don Henderson created this wonderful character Bulman going back to The XYZ Man, and Strangers. His work was as good as any as any I have ever seen and I was born in 1950 watching the television.
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on 19 June 2015
just as i remembered
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on 8 July 2014
Enjoyable.
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