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  • Actors: Jean Reno, Orla Brady, Jill Hennessy, Tom Austen
  • Directors: Charlotte Sieling, Kristoffer Nyholm, Stefan Schwartz, Sheree Folkson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Aug. 2013
  • Run Time: 370 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CVVH2IY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,207 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Joachim Jo Saint-Clair, Jean Reno ( Leon Ronin ) is a veteran detective in Paris elite Criminal Brigade tackling the city s most challenging murder cases.

Jo takes the audience behind the scenes of Paris' most iconic locations the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Catacombs, Place Vendome as we follow St-Clair in his relentless pursuit of justice. Brilliant and brutal, St-Clair matches wits with pathological killers to solve a series of shocking murders.

Fighting crime alongside Reno are Tom Austen ( The Borgias ) as Jo's rookie partner and Jill Hennessy ( Crossing Jordan ) as his adviser and friend.

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Jo is a French produced police procedural television series that aired in 2013, and was recently released on DVD (for Region 2). The series is set in Paris, and stars Jean Reno as Jo Saint-Clair, a police detective leading murder investigations. If you are a fan of British crime and mysteries, the series could be an entertaining view, but it is definitely not in the same league as other contemporaries.

The positive aspect of the show is the casting and the cinematography. Jean Reno is a superb actor, and the rest of the characters are also well cast. His boss is played by Orla Brady, who is commonly known from the BBC series Mistresses. There are many other familiar faces from British crime and mystery series, including Jane Wymark, who played Joyce Barnaby on Midsomer Murders. The filming locations, the sets, and the camera angles are superb.

The show is in English, but the accent choice is odd. Jean Reno is one of the few characters during the entire series that speaks with a French accent. The vast majority of the characters speak in an American accent. It was very strange to see all of the familiar faces from British television speaking with an American accent. The accent choice leads to a definitive loss of “atmosphere,” though the show was filmed in Paris.

There are eight episodes that are about 50 minutes each, which relates to another criticism that I have – that the stories were rushed and abrupt. Each episode has the murder investigation plot, and multiple subplots concerning the personal issues of Jean Reno’s character and his daughter. At times, the story lines take dramatic leaps forward.
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This should have been a great series. Jean Reno is, as ever in his roles, excellent. He is absolutely credible as the beat-up old cop, who has seen it all and is good at his job, but severely flawed by drink and drugs and iffy friends. The story lines are pretty good too, if somewhat far-fetched a lot of the time. The sets are good. But, and it is a BIG but, the co-stars are truly, utterly dismal. The story is set in Paris, great, so you would reasonably expect there to be the odd French person around other than Jean Reno. Yet for some unfathomable reason, the entire cast seem to be American third-raters with grating terrible American accents, which are so distracting and so irksome that it spoils the series. Great pity, because it could have been first class.
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This would have been so much better if done in French with subtitles. As it is not I feel this misses the mark, but clearly it will have an appeal to fans of Police procedurals based in Paris. Using Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan) as a Nun (really?) does little other than to add her name to the cast to make it saleable in Canada.
If there is a Season 2 let us hope it is done better!
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There's a mystery at the heart of Jo that has no obvious solution: why would one of the two biggest stars in French cinema decide to make a short-lived TV detective series, and such a bastardised and formulaic one at that? Is it an attempt to raise his profile in the US market? Was he just offered too much money to say no? What makes it even harder to understand is the bizarre casting that puts the very French Jean Reno at the heart of a cops-and-murderers show set in Paris yet has almost every other member of the cast American or British with no attempt at a French accent among them. Even more surreal, some of the British actors like Danny Webb and Christopher Fulford adopt American accents, making you wonder if its set in Paris, Texas. The clash of accents and the American feel to the show (a French-American co-production) makes for very disconcerting viewing at first. True the British TV adaptations of Maigret never bothered with accents, but they at least adopted neutral dialects where they're all over the map here. Imagine an episode of Kojak where every member of the cast apart from Telly Savalas spoke with an undisguised French accent and you'll get some idea of just how odd it all feels. At times it's a bit like watching a Canadian or Australian cop show that crops up unannounced in the TV schedules at 2AM.

Reno's the whole reason for watching, his world-weary charisma breathing some life into the clichés.
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I bought this on the strength that having Jean Reno in it meant it had to be at least ok. I am afraid that notion was rapidly disavowed. It is utterly risible in terms of both script writing and acting.

As others have rightly commented the inclusion of a string of poor English speaking actors and it being made in English is inexplicable.

Please do not buy this expecting a Braquo or a Spiral as it is more akin to a complete turkey. The mystery is not why it was cancelled but rather why it was ever commissioned.
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