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A real-life time machine,
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This review is from: The Sweeney - The Complete Series [Box Set] [DVD] (DVD)
Watching the Sweeney again after 30 years is like getting into a time machine and going back to the seventies, with their brown clothes, shaggy haircuts, and googly wallpaper. It's not glamorous like the police shows of today - it's gritty, it's ugly, and the actors are not good-looking, but they all do a fantastic job in creating riveting drama, much of which has become the cop cliches of a generation. It's almost amusing to watch, seeing them spout the lines that we all know and love, but you could never put in a police show today. Nothing is politically correct, everybody smokes, the leads are always grumpy, and not afraid to whine about it to whomever is nearby. Unlike American cop shows, the violence is realistic: they don't trade blows for five minutes with barely a scratch, but people get hurt, and sometimes the action is sudden and frightening. It's a classic programme, and well worth a modern viewing. "Life on Mars" of course harks back to this era, but with more humour.
Technically, the picture quality is excellent, and considering that it was made over 30 years ago, they have really put some effort into making sure the image is very clear, without scratching or distortion: digital remastering at its best. It is also good to see that they haven't tried to stretch the image or pander to the rectangular screens of today - the picture appears to fit the old-style television as an almost-square box in the middle of the viewing area, with black on each side. As far as I can tell, it uses only the original mono soundtrack, but the series is so good, you don't really notice and this is not really an issue.
The only complaint I have is that the complete series DVD box has all the episodes, but nothing else. There are no extras at all - not even liner notes in the plastic DVD cases. The two cinematic films are not included, there are no interviews with Dennis Waterman or other surviving members of the cast and crew, no commentaries, documentaries, or even still photos. This is quite a disappointment for an otherwise excellent box set, and why it loses one star in my rating.
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Initial post: 7 Sep 2013 10:53:57 BDT
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L. Llewellyn says:
Good review, but I have to disagree a little when you say "the actors are not good-looking" - most of them aren't but.. Dennis Waterman was lovely - well-dressed, fit, and golden-haired and is described (rightly) by one lady as Regan's "flash Sergeant" !! And John Thaw, though not as smooth, has a rugged sex appeal and even occasionally wears a snazzy jacket - he always looks a bit rough round the edges, but has a certain flair nonetheless! Regards, - a lady Sweeney fan.
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