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Chris Ryan's Strike Back [DVD]

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  • Actors: Richard Armitage, Andrew Lincoln, Orla Brady, Toby Stephens
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun. 2010
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039WHKE0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,083 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on ex-SAS man Chris Ryan's bestseller Strike Back is a story of deception, redemption and revenge, all played out in the interlinked lives of two former soldiers; Major Hugh Collinson and discharged veteran John Porter. Their paths last crossed seven years ago. Now, amidst a new hostage crisis in the Middle East, their lives are about to collide again.

It’s 1993, Basra City and Porter leads a team to rescue a kidnapped British businessman. The decisions taken on that night inexorably unite the fate of both Porter and Collinson. Porter bares the burden of guilt and the repercussions haunt him for years, until an opportunity presents itself for him to return to Iraq and redeem himself.

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Chris Ryan's Strike Back [Blu-ray] [2010] I watched this series after recording them back to back. I was knocked over at this adaptation of the Chris Ryan book.It is true boys own stuff with enough action to keep all us lads satisfied.The slush and sentimental nonsense that so often end up in these type of made for TV series is kept to an absolute minimum. But not to say the ladies wont enjoy Richard Armitage flexing his muscles. The story is based round an ex SAS Sgt (no suprise there then) who after a disatrous op in Iraq ends up resigning from the Regiment. After this the story looks as though it will end up being a self pity trip. But no this superman John Porter played by Armitage is sent on a number of dangerous and some what unbeleviable missions to the worlds trouble spots. This is where the boys own stuff starts amazing gun fights and explosions. Mr Armitage has been cast so well in the part that you can beleive that this one man wrecking machine is invincible. Give yourself a treat if you were a fan of the Unit or Ultimate Force you will love this. Just hope Chris Ryan turns out more great books so that we can see them brought to life on screen. About time that you can be proud that a we have a new Hero John Porter he would give James Bond a run for his money.
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I have pre-ordered Strike Back after watching it on Sky, not just because I would like to see it again, but because I would like to share it with family and friends. This was edge-of-the-sofa viewing and has been the most enjoyable and entertaining show I have seen in some time. I must congratulate Sky for all the effort they have put into this multi-million pound production.

I am sure there will be the nit-pickers whose reviews will complain about such things as plot-holes and the services personnel who will give an endless list of everything that was wrong with the uniforms and the equipment. My advice is: just relax and enjoy this "high-octane" ride because Strike Back really is a great adventure.

The production values of this six part series are very high. It was filmed in South Africa - rather than in a Welsh slate quarry - and its magnificent scenery provides a beautiful and believable substitute for Zimbabwe, Iraq and Afghanistan. The cast are some of the best actors to be seen on our TV screens, the music underlines the heart-pounding action sequences, and both Chris Ryan and a group of ex SAS men were called in to advise and train the actors and the production team.

Those who have already read the book may not be satisfied with the way that the scriptwriters have extended, changed and, to my mind, improved upon, the original story. But Chris Ryan has declared that he is more than pleased with the outcome and was particularly thrilled with Richard Armitage's portrayal of his hero, John Porter.

The story concerns a hostage extraction in Iraq which goes wrong. Porter takes the blame and leaves the army in disgrace, but returns 7 years later to redeem himself in another hostage situation.
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*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS*

I love action movies, books and series, I have an avid interest in British Special Forces and I think Richard Armitage is one of the best actors I have ever seen, so the moment I heard he would be in Strike Back" I also knew it would be good. I wasn't disappointed, on the contrary, as especially the second and third episodes are great entertainment.

The first episode roughly follows Chris Ryan's books and shows John Porter's downfall and his redemption by saving the kidnapped journalist. The beginning may be a little slow going, but the characters are complex and have to be established, but the second half contains lovely, tender scenes between Porter and Katie, and much action so that time flies. The next two episodes are original stories set in two of the hell holes of this world, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.

Richard Armitage is truly a dedicated actor, undergoing hard physical training to turn his fine-boned long-distance runner's body into that of a decathlete. He shows that being a professional soldier needs not necessarily lead to being a killing machine without conscience. That's his weakness, but it is an endearing one. It is also a little hard to believe that he has no academic qualifications, because he has a natural intelligence and ability to impovise that makes him a combination of Sharpe, Indiana Jones and Danger Man.

There are many intense, yet subtly acted moments - for instance as Porter waits to be executed by a bullet in the back of his head, first struggles and then resigns to his fate, his daughter's name upon his lips. Ironically, the cruel goings-on in the jail are most beautifully filmed, bathed in pale yellow light, the night scenes in soft dark blue.
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OK I'm female and OK I love Richard Armitage and OK I'd watch him in absolutely anything and to be honest army type programmes and films just really aren't my thing BUT ..... this series was fantastic. John Porter is a hero with a heart - a killing machine with a soft centre - paying the consequences for events that were out of his control. The cinematography was brilliant - the South African landscape really lending itself well to each story line. The supporting cast, particularly Andrew Lincoln, Orla Brady, Jodhi May, Sean Parkes, Ewen Bremner, Toby Stephens et al were superb. There is something for everyone - guns, explosions, gratuitous shirt off scenes for us girls, heroism, humanity, secrets, lies and redemption, even the odd flash of humour here and there. I am eagerly awaiting my DVD so that I can watch without the adverts!! If you liked Ultimate Force then you should love this - if you didn't like Ultimate Force don't let that put you off because this is UF with class!! Spooks with b@lls!! Bond with a rough edge!! Yes there were plot holes you could drive an army jeep through but what TV show hasn't got those these days?? If you've got an odd £16 burning a hole in your pocket then you could do worse than invest it in this. And I for one (and I know I'm not alone) can't wait to find out if there's a second series.
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