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Blackout [DVD]

3.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Christopher Eccleston, Ewen Bremner, Dervla Kirwan, Andrew Scott, Myanna Buring
  • Directors: Tom Green
  • Producers: Matthew Bird
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Aug. 2012
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089KSLTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,644 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three-part drama series starring Christopher Eccleston as an alcoholic whose life begins to spiral out of control. Councillor Daniel Demoys (Eccleston)'s addiction is already causing problems with his wife, Alex (Dervla Kirwan), and their three children when, after suffering from a blackout, he wakes to discover he may have committed a murder. When he is persuaded to run for mayor he finds himself in the public eye more than ever but he knows all too well what would happen if his dark secret were to be discovered...

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Christopher Ecclestone plays a shady boozing local counselor at the end of his tether who suffers some blackouts from the booze. He discoveries after a wild night out, with blackout, a business man the council has dealings with is dead. Ecclestone tries to pieces the bits together from his shattered memory. Was he involved in some way? This series follow his journey dealing with this and the difficulties of city politics and family.

This is a three part mini series from the BBC with each episode lasting an hour. The story's good and something significant happening in each episode and it keeps us on our toes. I must admit I found the final episode slightly disappointing, not that they did something stupid with the plot or people acting out of character but because I found it a bit flat after the earlier two episodes and had seen opportunities for some twists.

It was good though that there were many threads to the story and these were on the whole resolved and handle well, Sylvia characters aside. The acting was pretty good across the board.

It's a shame this appears to only be release on DVD, rather than blu ray, as I have to say the style of the film was absolutely amazing, I would like to have seen it in high definition. The rain and neon light we're very redolent of Bladerunner and the over head shots of London were beautiful. The whole thing was filmed exceptionally well.
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There are some truely outstanding drama series's in Britain... Sherlock, Waterloo Road, Silk etc... which means that to bring another drama, up to that standard, in to the market is VERY hard. However, this drama has done it. Blackout, a mix of emotional upholding, tension and dramatic action is one of the best new drama's I have seen in the last few years. The storyline is well written to intrigue and keep the audience wanting more.

The excellent cast also brings this story alive - amazing performances by actors such as Christopher Eccleston and Andrew Scott make this drama feel very realistic - and therefore make you a lot more interested and intrigued in how the story is going to develop and what is going to happen to these charecters. The plot itself, is very well thought through and provides the audience with just enough twist and turns to fufill across the series. The plot is very good at getting the audience 'pulled in' and making them become connected to these charecters.

A great peice of drama, definatly a reccomended one to watch! :D
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This is the story of a man descending into a hell, largely of his own making. Christopher Eccleston convincingly plays the once idealistic big city councillor, Daniel Demoys, who uses his power and influence to award contracts for building work to seemingly respectable local `businessmen' who are, of course, more than a bit `dodgy'! The financial rewards for this mean that, socially, he is upwardly mobile. However, this is only one of several skeletons lurking at the back of his closet! As he becomes further mired in the seamy machinations of city hall and falls under the influence of corrupt council official, Jerry Durrans (Ewen Bremner), he begins to consume ever greater volumes of alcohol and frequently awakes in strange places with very little recollection of how he got there or what happened the night before!

Needless to say this all leads him on a downward spiral into the beginnings of alcoholism, even dodgier criminal involvement and impending marriage breakdown. But determined to redeem himself and recapture his early idealism he decides to `come clean' with the electorate and finds his refreshing honesty has made him a hero with the public and he's touted for mayor!

The production design appears to be the bizarre lovechild of `Amelie' and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner; it always seems to be raining. We never know where or when it is but this dark city was very reminiscent, to this viewer at least, of a kind of slightly futuristic green-tinged Manchester. The acting is first rate - we get a characteristically nasty cameo from David Hayman - and the pressure on both Demoys and the viewer builds to a nerve shredding appropriate tension. Disappointingly, however, the ending seemed just a little too pat.

Nevertheless, despite not being perfect - what is? - in its depiction of a descent into alcoholism, corporate corruption and human frailty it makes for stylish and compelling viewing and very well worth a watch!
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A councillor who becomes jaded with all the lies and cover-ups that
are involved with his job, he drinks to forget and that is exactly what he does... he drinks
until he blacks out and has no idea what he has done as a result... it comes back to him, bit by bit... the horror
of what he is doing to himself, to his family and to others makes him step back and look at himself and try
to right some wrongs.... Dervla is wonderful as usual.
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The only reason i give this dvd two stars is because of the fantastic actors. I will not spoil it for you, but this is a three part series with amazing potential. In the first part we are pulled into the world of a local politician with a major drinking problem and who suffers flashbacks about an event that did or did not happen. In the second part, the story really developes and in the third part it just falls flat on its face at the end and was a total disappointment. We who buy at amazon help each other out by giving reviews, and i certainly rely on reviews before buying a dvd, so sadly i have given a poor one. Before you buy this dvd ask someone who has seen it and maybe you will understand the lousy review.
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