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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, fast moving and near perfect !, 12 Jan 2011
This review is from: Spiral - Series 1 and 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Wow! What can I say about this series except that it is riveting! From the first episode to the last I had a very hard time being able to stop between the episodes. Unlike the formulated American dramas like 24 which leave you with artificial cliff hangers at the end of each episode this series gives you only limited information every 50 minutes and your brain has to do the work and connect the dots.

That in itself shows you how intelligent the writers are and that in itself hooks the viewer in to want to (if possible) do a marathon of all episodes all the way to the end.

Refreshing to see something not set in the UK or the US. IE: we are transported to France and NOT just to look at the Eiffel Tower.

It is gritty and the viewer feels the grit. The cops, the low life characters and even the white collar crime bosses all come across rightly so as real people you can identify with... and you get up close and personal with all of them. You absorb their lives, their problems and their mind sets. It is done impeccably.

The actors are first rate and the story moves at a marathon pace; you really can feel exhausted after watching each episode.

As the French do a lot of talking there is a lot to take in with the subtitles (as the language of course is in French) but I didn't find that an issue at all. Yes; I did have to pause and "rewind" maybe a single time in each episode but that was just to ensure I got the right combination of dots connected with the clues.

A brilliant series. A brilliant cast. Extremely well done and definitely a keeper for anyone with a dvd collection. I look forward to re watching later down the road.
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Initial post: 11 May 2011 08:40:28 BDT
Jules says:
Yes. I missed the first 2 series but am avidly watching series 3 on iplayer. I will be buying the first 2 series on DVD as I agree with everything the reviewer says.(about series 3).

Posted on 5 Jul 2011 00:19:36 BDT
Brett_Bloom says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2011 12:30:01 BDT
Katie says:
Actually, I think you'll find that most film and television box set reviews on Amazon are about the film or the series itself. Commenting on the extras, etc, is something that some choose to do and others don't. Personally, if I'm visiting Amazon to look for new DVDs to try out, the last thing I want to do is have to trawl the internet for reviews- it's handy to have objective buyers' opinions right there on the page.

There's no need to be so unpleasant and arrogant about it, even if you are quite the 'experienced fan', as you are so keen to state.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2012 18:03:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Feb 2012 18:12:45 GMT
S. Roberts says:
Dahlia89, you again *Yawn* Watch out for RSI dear, all those blasted people leaving a review of the series rather than the 'DVD' must drive you mad, who the hell do they think they are leaving reviews on the actual programme rather than the DVD, I would much rather receive a DVD which i have paid for, knowing it to be round and shiny in nature with no scratches and some extras than know if the series was actually rubbish or not. You live dangerously for that you have my admiration :)

Posted on 10 Jan 2013 21:39:26 GMT
lizzie says:
does anyone know if it is possible to turn off the english subtitles? I'm learning french and find it easier to try to understand dialogue without the english subtitles or i just read them and don't try. thanks
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