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  • Actors: Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins, Gordon Jackson
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Run Time: 676 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EMCV5RE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,993 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In this exciting British action series is all about CI5, a special intelligence that has been created by the government in life as a weapon in the fight against organized crime, espionage and international terrorism. The department is headed by the tough George Cowley, a man who always says exactly what it is. He has two assistants on whom he can count: William Andrew Philip Bodie and Doyle Raymond, genuine guys who are not afraid of danger and violence. Put together these "professionals" do everything possible to free the society from all sorts of unsavory elements.

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This is the one I have been waiting for - Series 1 is suddenly made available on a package of 4 discs, no more hunting through the "Granada Plus" listings for re-runs, the package is well put together and allegedly in "production" order which makes viewing even more fascinating watching the styles and the vehicles change throughout the run. It is an absolute pleasure to be able to watch these programmes without advertisement breaks for the very first time... Marvellous. Season One had a couple of mediocre episodes but also it`s fair share of absolute classics as the characters and programme themes evolved. Still some unanswered questions though, two esquisitely crafted stories "When the heat cools off" and "Everest was also conquered" both feature a different intro with a very young looking Bodie and Doyle (Cowley looks the same) yet they weren`t pilot episodes according to the "Mission briefs". An extra bonus is the never before seen episode "Klansmen", a crying shame LWT/Granada didn`t broadcast this back in 78, it`s clever storyline hides a message that probably would have had an impact even then.
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And "Adam 12" this ain't. These cops never heard of the Miranda rule!

A terrific action-packed police series from the UK, but only available in Region 2 encoding, so you will need a multi-region DVD player to watch them. Hopefully, a DVD collection will be available in Region 1 encoding for us here in the USA. Check [...] for ordering if interested.

Although the series was criticized for being too violent and somewhat sexist upon its release, The Professionals is both a gritty, tense, and realistic crime series. These episodes are a refreshing antidote to the politically-correct police dramas that poliferate today's cable and regular broadcast networks with cops that are apparently more comfortable in the laboratory than fighting the bad guys.

Ex-soldier Bodie and former street cop Doyle (Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw), are the agents for CI5 with Scotsman George Cowley (Gordon Jackson)as their no-nonsense boss. All three characters are unconventional, tough, and uncompromising foes of international crime, corruption, terrorism and anarchy. Seriously, this is an enjoyable and entertaining crime drama--the action simply does not let up.

The interplay and the banter between the three characters is excellent and, at times, very amusing. Bodie and Doyle are a couple of wiseasses who often take the law into their own hands and require Cowley keep them in line. The scripts and the stories around are interesting and hardly feel dated at all.

The transfers in this set are uncut and digtially remastered and look reasonably good for their age (circa 1977-80).

The series is an unconventional and refreshing combination of action and drama a la "Starsky and Hutch" and "Lethal Weapon." Exciting viewing all the same..Enjoy!
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Feeling just as fresh as it must have done nigh on 25 years ago, The Professionals represents everything conspicuously lacking in much of today’s British drama series. Quality acting, high-octane action, and writing (as George Cowley would say) ‘as tight as a Scotsman on Burns Night’ are what make the tales of CI5 the very paragon of the genre. Regrettably, in an era of vapid long running serials based in the mundane surroundings of hospitals, police stations and pleasant English villages, it would appear the sense of adventure the likes of Brians Clemens brought to the small screen have been steamrollered by the needs of producers (no doubt under pressure from anxious Channel bosses) to worship the perfunctory pillars of populist television.
There is little doubt in my mind that The Professionals should be regarded as a classic example of the television art form. Whilst it could be argued that the characterisation of the central characters (particularly the pseudo-gay relationship of Bodie and Doyle) is sadly neglected, it is done so for one very deliberate, very worthwhile reason – to keep the tempo of the stories as pacy and punchy as possible. CI 5, at the end of the day, is not a place for sensitive characters of an indecisive disposition. It is an organisation designed to combat the most ingenious plots aimed at toppling civilised society, and as such it needs men who don’t consider there lives of great importance. This is not to say that the characters do not generate pathos. Indeed, the very fact that the programme rejects all the pretentious trimmings of most other dramas adds to the characters’ charms.
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I was very pleasantly surprised that these shows had dated as little as they had. Apart from the hair, clothes and cars they stories still stood up relatively well.
We had many fantastic evenings of nostalgia as up to 8 family members/friends wanted to be present for each evening we were watching the men from CI5.
There always could have been more in the special features, but they were OK. I spent my Saturday nights when younger religiously watching the Professionals, and now I can do it again. I ordered this item all the way from Australia as the version released here had only 4 episodes and I am extremely glad I did.
The screen tension between Bodie(Lewis Collins) and Doyle (Martin Shaw) crackles delightfully after all these years and Cowley (Gordon Jackson) is just the same as I remember him. The human side keeps trying break through and occasionally looks like it might succeed. The lovely window sticker was delightfully surprising touch.
I have just gone ahead and ordered Season 2 and look forward to much more action!
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