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Reilly - Ace Of Spies [DVD]

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  • Actors: Sam Neill, Ian Charleson, Laura Davenport, Leo McKern, Tom Bell
  • Directors: Jim Goddard
  • Producers: Chris Burt
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Euston Films/Thames TV
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Run Time: 636 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N6U0XS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,293 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All twelve episodes from the TV espionage series set in the early years of the 20th century. In 'An Affair With a Married Woman' international spy Sidney Reilly (Sam Neill) creates a scandal during a mission in the Caucasus. 'Prelude to War' sees Reilly leak vital information about the Russian military to the Japanese. 'The Visiting Fireman' has Reilly attempt to obtain some secret blueprints from a German armaments factory. 'Anna' finds the Ace of Spies taking on the wealthy Rothschilds in a bid for Persian oil concessions. In 'Dreadnoughts and Crosses' the Czar invites applications for the contract to replace the Russian fleet, a prospect which could be of great value to Reilly, currently living in St Petersburg, and his British paymasters. 'Dreadnoughts and Doublecrosses' develops this story further. 'Gambit' sees Reilly make the journey into post-revolutionary Russia on a mission to prevent the Bolsheviks making peace with Germany. 'Endgame' has the Bolshevik secret police try to catch Reilly as he negotiates to remove Lenin from power. 'After Moscow' finds Reilly and his friend Lockhart sentenced to death by the Moscow Revolutionary Tribunal. 'The Trust' sees Reilly take up residence in New York, where he raises money for an anti-Bolshevik organisation. 'The Last Journey' has Reilly marry his third wife, Pepita, and disappear in Russia while seeking revenge for the death of his best friend. Finally, in 'Shut Down', Pepita tries to find her husband and discovers that Stalin has had him arrested.

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This is truly classic light drama covering Reilly's career form the Russo-Japanese war to the rise of Stalin. The Reilly character is very charming (as are his numerous paramours) but treacherous and the story told in a compelling and serialised way. If you like good acting, realistic sets, and a good story free from all the agitating diversions in contemporary television programmes then this is for you. It would not be made today as producers feel compelled to dumb down content with infantile background `mood' noises that grind on the nerves. I suspect this is to distract from the lack of content, or perhaps most programmes these days are made for children rather than those with adult tastes. Even though it was made in the 1980s, it is not really dated except for the lack of the negative distractions mentioned before. So if you want an easy to follow but classy story without the puerile distractions buy this series of DVDs - it is true value for money. The 3 DVDs have about six hours of content. I highly recommend them.
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I watched the original series on TV when it first appeared and was very impressed. I have recently bought the series on DVD and have viewed it again and found that my original impressions were correct. One is at once captivated by the opening music which sets the tone for the whole experience. The story is not "hammed up" as so many modern TV series of supposed true events are. There are some minor inaccuracies in the detail of events and perhaps a few of the situations and characters have been changed a little in the interests of TV drama, however, the core of the story is faithfully told. The production has spared no expense in the settings and locations and all the actors are well suited to their roles; Sam Neil in particular is mesmerizing as Riley. What a pity that modern TV cannot provide us with such high calibre dramas as this one which was made in the golden age of television.
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I was a wee girl of 12 when this series first aired on ITV, but I remember it well for two main reasons:
1) It made me fall in love with Sam Neill.
2) It made me fall in love with Shoshtakovich.
Probably due to not owning a VHS player in 1983, I only had one shot at soaking this all in at the time it was aired.
Imagine then, my immense chuffed-ness at discovering all 13 episodes were to be released in wondrous DVD box setted glory!
From its supremely evocative music - (persons of a certain age might remember Terry Wogan announcing Shoshtakovich on his radio show as the theme from 'Reilly - Ace of Mince Pies' tsk!) - through to the calibre of the cast, everything about 'Reilly' was and is, quality drama.
The costumes are works of art in themselves, and the London locations do a marvellous job doubling for pre-Perestroika Russia.
Even before 1985's much-praised 'Edge of Darkness' Troy Kennedy Martin showed flashes of brilliance in his adaption of Robin Bruce Lokhart's book for TV.
Kennedy Martin keeps his script taut and sharp and as such, we are not bogged down with the myriad convolutions of counter espionage.
In 'Anna'(episode 3) we even get to see a little of what drives Reilly. His explanation to his half-sister of a loveless relationship with his Father, and the disappointment of discovering his illigitemacy - fleshes the bones of this most elusive character.
Sam Neill's portrayal of Sidney Reilly is pretty near perfect. (Biased? Moi..) A soft spoken, consummate con-man - even the rare flash of rage is controlled, which makes his Reilly all the more memorable for being so minimalist.
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Draw the curtains, dim the lights, and indulge in an atmospheric sketch of international wrangling in turn of century Europe. Emerging disappointed after an hour only because it is over already and you will have to wait a whole week for the next episode. This experience is shared by viewers of 'Reilly-Ace of Spies,' one of the classic TV series of the 1980s, now available on DVD.
'Ace of Spies' tells the story of master spy Sidney Reilly, British agent at the beginning of the last century, based on the biography of the same name by Robin Bruce Lockhart. Reilly, a cunning trickster and cold-blooded operator, is credited with changing the British secret service from a club of amateur gentleman spies into a ruthless professional espionage agency. Reilly was apparently the true-life model of James Bond. Besides a brave and clever agent also a murderer, cheat, and adulterer, he is a far more ambiguous figure than knight-in-shining armour 007. But this tension also makes the series far more appealing than Ian Fleming's ripping yarns.
The pilot episode finds Reilly (Sam Neill) on a mission in Baku, playing the great game for Central Asian oil. Arrested by the Russians, he escapes with Margaret, wife of the reverend Thomas. The death of Thomas under suspicious circumstances soon gives Reilly access to Margeret's inherited wealth. In 'Prelude to War', Reilly enriches himself by speculating on war between Russia and Japan, a conflict he helps bringing about by selling the Japanese a map of defenses of Port Arthur. In the next episode 'the visiting fireman', Reilly disguises himself as a worker in order to peruse designs for German weaponry from the Krupp arms factory.
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