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Scales of Justice - The Complete Series [DVD]

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  • Actors: Patrick Wymark, Peter Barkworth, Barrie Ingham, Keith Barron, Alexandra Bastedo
  • Directors: Lionel Harris, Anthony Bushell, John Knight, Gordon Hales, Norman Harrison
  • 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: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Oct. 2012
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0081Q6NLU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,445 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Following the success of Anglo-Amalgamated's Scotland Yard and Edgar Wallace Mysteries, the production company scored another hit with The Scales of Justice, thirteen dramas based on real-life trials that dramatise events from the alleged crime to the courtroom. As with the previous series, the films were produced at the company's Merton Park Studios to be screened as support features in British cinemas, making a successful transition to the small screen during the 1970s. This set contains all thirteen films, produced between 1962 and 1967.

Introduced by crime writer and criminologist Edgar Lustgarten, the dramas feature performances from some of the era's finest, and most instantly recognisable, actors including Alexandra Bastedo, Patrick Wymark, Peter Barkworth, Keith Barron and Garfield Morgan.
 

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Between 1962 and 1967, thirteen short films were made in The Scales of Justice series. Destined for theatrical release as support features, they went on to garner a modest cult status when they were later screened on television.

Although The Scales of Justice has never had the status of other Merton Park productions of the time, such as the Edgar Wallace Mysteries, these thirteen films are good solid fare, showcasing many familiar faces from this era of British film and television.

Derek Francis, Bernard Archard, Ray Barrett, Peter Barkworth, Garfield Morgan, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Reginald Marsh, Barrie Ingham, Keith Barron, James Ellis, Alexandra Bastedo and Justine Lord are amongst the impressive roster of acting talent. If those names mean anything to you, then it's a safe bet that you will enjoy this release.

Each film is introduced by Edgar Lustgarten, who had penned a number of books detailing true-life criminal cases. The Scales of Justice reflects this, as every story is based on actual events.

With an average running time of 30 minutes, these don't outstay their welcome, but are long enough to give the excellent casts a chance to flex their acting muscles.

Shot in 1:66:1, it's pleasing to note that for the majority of stories Network have been able to source good-quality prints. Most are in B&W, with the last handful of stories shot in Colour.

Highly recommended.
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Although The Scales of Justice DVD will not be released until September, I feel I must comment on this series with fondness. I was just seventeen in 1965 and worked as a cinema projectionist in Tenterden Kent. The Scales of Justice second features were often more exciting than the main film. The series always opened with the Warner Pathe logo, followed by the famous Anglo Amalgamated globe & fanfare. Each story was introduced by Edgar Lustgarten. Considering the budget at Merton Park, the stories were rather good with a sprinkling of known actors. After the success of the first B&W programmes, the remaining series bursed into colour. Those who are old enough will remember the closing titles, accompanied by The Tornadoes. A welcome transfer to DVD, along with The Edgar Wallace collection. I shall have many hours of happy viewing.
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By Colin Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Oct. 2012
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Three cheers for Network/Studio Canal!....After bringing us the excellent "Mysteries of Edgar Wallace" collection, the two have thankfully teamed up again to present the entertaining "Scales of Justice"...And the great news is that the picture and sound quality on this black & white/colour collection is excellent, and presented in the original widescreen aspect ratio (1.66:1). The only extra is a very brief image gallery, there are no subtitles.

Produced by Anglo-Amalgamated at the legendary Merton Park studios between 1962/67, these second features were originally released for distribution through British cinemas, and are based on real-life cases. Presented by famous criminologist, Edgar Lustgarten (Scotland Yard series), in some ways the stories evoke memories of Lustgarten's fondly-remembered earlier series, thanks mainly to the style & presentation, with Lustgarten's brief intro followed by a pleasing occasional narrative. Each story unfolds in retrospect before rounding off with the court case.

With an interestingly varied collection of crimes, each story is directed at a good pace with solid performances from a host of familiar guest stars from the era (see below). For those who enjoyed the previous "Scotland Yard" (another Anglo-Amalgamated production) I would say these 30-minute crime features are well worth a look - great nostalgia. This release includes the complete collection of thirteen films. I will refrain from adding any comments on individual stories for fear of giving away spoilers. The inside of the DVD case features an episode synopsis which I have included below, along with a few details....

*THE GUILTY PARTY (1962,B/W)....Edward Sinclair and his wife, Thelma, live surrounded by luxury and all the trappings of wealth.
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made about the same time as the edgar wallace series,these films was seen as part of the abc cinema chains double bills in the early sixties.they were based on true crime/murder files of scotland yard,introduced by crime historian edgar lustgarten.in there day they were a little unerving,edgar lustgarten made it all the more creepy as he introduced us to the proceedings,then takes us back to how it all began.great for nostalgia buffs like me,but may seem a little dated for the modern viewer.if you like the edgar wallace shorts,you will enjoy these little gems.
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At last! The red letter day that all Merton Park aficionados have waited for for fifty years! Edgar Lustgarten's presentation of producer Jack Greenwood's seminal `Scales of Justice' has finally landed on the mat from Amazon. And what a truly incredible package it is. Gone are the years of 4x3 bootleg misery where fourth generation VHS dubs reduced these classic stories to a pixelated stew of sheer awfulness. Now, Network has released all thirteen dramas in their original pristine widescreen glory. Absolute full marks for such a terrific first generation transfer which now allows us to appreciate the fabulous technical work achieved by Merton's top gun production crews. But of course what makes these tales tick so loudly is Lustgarten's all knowing lugubrious presentation which so deliciously accompanies each dastardly deed. If Network's forthcoming `Scotland Yard' series is up to the same quality as this and their recently released `Edgar Wallace' series, our lifetime wait will be thoroughly justified! Don't even think about it - buy now!
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