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Scotland Yard - The Complete Series [DVD]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2013
Got this today , all the 39 episodes are on here 7 dvds , the bonus dvd has just some photos of the posters used at the cinema , so a little disapointing, and much better quality than it was on bravo etc , top quality video and audio , a must buy if you like old 1940's 50's real crime
they just dont make them like they did then , so well known actors among the cast as well
all in all a fantastic dvd series to own
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2013
Anyone who was born about my time (1946) will recall these short stories at the cinema with great memories. Sadly many of the stars who appeared in these are no longer around, but so many familiar faces to be seen. Now wonderfully reproduced and still in B&W and great quality for the age, with that great and rather haunting and superior voice of Edgar Lustgarton. I have only got to disc 3 so far , but really enjoying and recalling these short films from the 1950`s.
Compared with today films, story lines and advanced technology, they do seem somewhat dated and rather amateur...But hey!!.. what's wrong with reminiscing and going back to those early years. I've told all my old mates about them, and they also want to get this collection. They are not cheap compared with today's modern DVD`s and some boxed sets, but I expect demand will be a lot lower...and the producers have to get their investment back on these. So well done to the company who have faithfully reproduced them.....Happy watching......Louis - Westward Ho!, Devon, UK
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2013
I bought this set as soon as it was released - like many other reviewers, I had possessed rather inferior copies of several episodes from various sources, so I was immensely pleased to learn that Network had decided to issue all 39 stories in one convenient box set.

It is, more than anything, a magnificent portrait of a vanished age, assisted no end by very extensive location shooting around London and the Home Counties. At the time of the original releases, no one would have paid much attention to this aspect of the productions, as it would be taken for granted, but, when viewed after a time-lapse of more than 50 years, it could almost be argued that the background detail is as fascinating as the stories themselves.

Around 25 years ago, the late Leslie Halliwell ran a series on Channel 4 under the umbrella title of 'Yesterday's Britain', dealing mainly with films which offered interesting historical perspectives. This present set of 39 featurettes would have fitted his remit perfectly.

It follows, therefore, that if you have any interest in the social history of Britain as revealed amidst such fascinating background detail, you will enjoy the excellent story-lines to an enhanced degree.

This is an extremely valuable set, which I hope will be rewarded with the sales it merits. It hardly needs stating that the quality of the prints is extremely high, and far superior to that displayed in previous TV broadcasts, although of course one was very grateful at the time to see these being shown after what was a long interval even 20 years ago.

Incidentally, the series 'Dial 999', made at the end of the 1950s and starring Robert Beatty, also offered extensive location shooting all around London during the course of its 39 episodes. Hopefully this too may appear in the not-too-distant future; it could easily be encompassed within one box set, like the present item under review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
We cannot fault the picture quality and sound but please be aware that the formatting of the films has reduced the view of the picture slightly particularly on the later films, eg: the tops of heads being cut off and on long shots part of the buildings reduced & the sides chopped. We did not expect to have less of the image than on previous but inferior copies so that is the only reservation we have.
The clarity of the picture is first class even without restoration and the sound achieved is far better than either the Edgar Wallace films or Scales of Justice & shows how clarity can be which is such a bonus.
All the films are excellent, well presented, well directed and full of faces we know. Edgar Lustgarten set the tone from start to finish and the different directors worked their magic with the budgets and it was interesting that we often had location filming when other production companies were studio bound. Russell Napier was a commanding senior police officer and became instantly recognisable through this series of films.
Both Ken Hughes and Montgomery Tully were very proud of what they achieved and it shows in their films which is why they are still watchable up to 60 years later. Very pleased that Network did not get someone to write a booklet and simply listed the contents on the back of the box liner. The bonus of posters/press books is most welcome. Well worth the asking price as this is a piece of cinema history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I had never heard of this series before and boy was i pleasantly surprised.The stories are only about 1/2 an hour each and are based on real cases.They are introduced and narrated through each episode by Edgar Lustgarten who does a sterling job.The production values are high and the black and white photography super.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this series and i had never heard of it.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2012
I remember seeing these at the cinema when they were first made in the 1950's.39 actual murder cases from the records office at Scotland Yard,introduced by crime expert Edgar Lustgarten,who also provided a narration where necessary.The release of this very enjoyable series on DVD is long overdue,and I'm sure that many people,like me,will be eagerly awaiting its release,so that they can enjoy watching every episode once again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2014
I hummed and hawed over this - could I afford it, could I find them free on youtube? Anyway I eventually bought it and could not be happier - this is good, solid, stolid traditional British fare from the days when murderers got what they had coming. Policemen said "I am a police officer" and were shown in without giving a name, much less showing a card However, there's no "it's a fair cop, guv" type rubbish - as far as I can judge it is realistic, and many cases are, indeed, based on real ones, such as Harry Dobkin who thought his wife's corpse would scarcely be noticed among the toll of the blitz.

In a way, one of the most nostalgic elements is seeing Inspector X get on a plane for Paris, Rome or even further afield, clearly presented as something pretty thrilling for the audience of the day. It's a different world, but then it is 50 or 60 years ago.

In conclusion, money very well spent indeed - and you can't get them on youtube, not even one complete episode! There is a short extract from one, though, which might help decide if this is your sort of thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2013
I Got the dvd on tuesday and couldnt wait to start watching the episodes and they are a joy to behold no doubt about it.Every episode i have seen so far and i have watched 13 episodes have been very very good.I have also enjoyed watching old well known faces from tv past like (walter from nearest & dearest and it was weird listening to him talk)also (minnie caldwell from coronation street) to name but two and also i have noticed well known actors as police extras like Peter Vaughan & Edward Judd.Fantastic boxset to start the new year with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2013
A Last At Last, This Outstanding Police Drama Series Is Avaiable. I Used To Go Along To My Local Cinema In The Late 1950s And Before The Main Feature Edgar Lustgartan With Scotland Yard Would Be On. I Was [still Am] A Big Fan Of Salford Born Edgar, No Swearing, Not Even From The Griminals. If You Haven't Got This In Your Collection Then Do So I Fully Endorse And Recomend It To You.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2012
I recorded this superb series from Channel 4 in 1984 when shown late at night, To this day I have waited until these classics were going to be made available, and the date is almost here, I have watched these episodes from 1984 and have never once been tired of seeing them. Highly Recommended if you like nostalga and great drama, do not miss these when released. For every episode to be released at once is excellent, Documentary Drama at it's best.
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