Armchair Thriller Vol.1-10 - Complete [DVD]
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Nine episodes, plus an untransmitted six-part expansion of 'The Chelsea Murders', along with its TV film version, from the classic British TV series of unsettling dramas. Episodes comprise: 'Rachel in Danger', 'A Dog's Ransom', 'The Girl Who Walked Quickly', 'Quiet As a Nun', 'The Limbo Connection', 'The Victim', 'Dying Day', 'Fear of God', 'The Circe Complex', 'The Chelsea Murders' (six episodes) and 'The Chelsea Murders' (TV Film).
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Therein lies, for me, the most valid criticism of the series, although I quite enjoyed watching most of this I did feel that some of the stories were being stretched to the limit, for example "A Dog's Ransom" was a real stamina test, while I doubt I will be watching "The Chelsea Murders" again, "The Limbo Connection" was my favourite, surprisingly well-sustained despite being a six-parter. "Dying Day" starring Ian McKellen was another highlight.
The stories feel like extended plays, with more drama than thriller. Its hard to believe that some viewers were actually scared when this series was first broadcast, although "Quite As A Nun" does manage to provide a fairly spooky scene, but the story would have worked better as a four-parter instead of six.
Would I have bought this boxset if I had known what I was going to get? Hmmmm......Yes (at the right price - no more than 30 pound). Judging by the mostly polarised opinions here, I guess I must occupy the middle ground as I generally neither love nor hate this series.
The best advice I can offer is: If you can accept storytelling that's delivered at a very leisurely pace, you may have a chance of enjoying at least some of this, if not its probably best to avoid it.
Picture and sound quality are OK, no extras or subtitles.
Here is a list of the stories, with synopsis (taken from the included information, I have also awarded "Amazon style" star ratings).
RACHEL IN DANGER (4 parts) - Recently returned from South America, Peter Warmington bumps into an old friend called Juan.Read more ›
'Thriller' this isn't. The titles are okay - the Thames logo at night, and the spooky shadow that sits in the chair are both nice, memorable touches, but they also promise a creepiness that is rarely delivered. There is none of that chilling atmosphere that one remembers from the Clemens Thrillers and which is so absent from today's TV.
Only once was I spooked. In probably the most famous story 'Quiet as a Nun', there is a genuinely creepy moment that Clemens would have been so proud of. Sad that the rest of this long, slow and predictable story plays out like a particularly bad episode of Scooby Doo. It does however contain a charming cameo by a young Patsy Kensit, the only child actor in the story that doesn't irritate the hell out of you.
To be fair, the whole structure and objectives of 'Armchair Thriller' are different from 'Thriller', especially in that each story is broken down into either 4 or 6 episodes. Given that, it should be judged on its own merits. Sadly, though, these merits are few and far between and the episodic structure of the stories rarely does them any favours.
'A Dog's Ransom' is a prime example of a promising tale totally ruined by being stretched to breaking point over 6 tedious episodes. A dog is 'kidnapped' from a childless, loving couple, unleashing what is, at first, an intriguing and unpredictable plot.Read more ›
Much of Armchair Thriller is of varying quality in that whilst some stories are well written and brought to the screen with some genuinely scary moments, there are those that don't live up to their premise and end up becoming the weaker ones - A Dogs' Ransom (2nd story of season one) perhaps being the worst example in that despite being a six-part serial the story more or less concludes after the first episode and becomes something of a yawn fest for the remaining five. The following instalment The Girl Who Walked Quickly is mercifully shorter at just four episodes, but on close inspection seems to be nothing more than a leftover The Sweeney script, what with all the car chases and running around involved.
Both Quiet As A Nun and The Limbo Connection seem to get the series back on track in that they contain some elements of suspense and terror - the former especially as it's the one story that everybody still remembers to this day.Read more ›
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I give my four stars solely for the play titled "The Limbo Connection". The story is quite fascinating and the acting superb. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Academic Reader
good tv series from 1970's came within two week of orderingPublished 14 months ago by adrian robert
Not as good as I originally thought as over the years my memories have made this show much more thrilling so made my expectations higher. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bobeee
great series this remember this at the time never thought it would ever get released being trying since 2000. Read morePublished 20 months ago by kevin jones