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The Sins [DVD]

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  • Actors: Pete Postlethwaite, Geraldine James, Caroline Hayes, Billie Cook
  • Directors: Sallie Aprahamian, Simon Curtis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar. 2011
  • Run Time: 350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004OBZZSS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,523 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Len Green is a man in crisis. After four and a half years in prison and having more than provided for his family through a lifetime of crime, the one-time getaway driver has decided to go straight and earn an honest living.

But how will his wife, Gloria and four daughters adjust to their new-found, and much less influential, status? And will it really be so easy for Len to resist the temptations offered by his criminal past, particularly when his old cohorts are so reluctant to let him go?
Offered work in his Uncle Irwin’s undertaking business, Len’s rose-tinted view of his family life is gradually obliterated. Faced with a series of challenges, in the form of the seven deadly sins, he struggles to reach a greater understanding of his life, love, family and friends – and of himself.

“Beautifully performed and intelligently scripted” Time Out

“Pete Postlethwaite is probably the best actor in the world.” Steven Spielberg

“Strange, dark, daring and brilliant” The Guardian

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The immensely versatile Pete Postlethwaite stars in The Sins, a seven-part serio-comic drama set amongst London's criminal fraternity, with each episode taking as its loose theme one of the seven deadly sins. Postlethwaite, who seems able to shine in anything from Hollywood blockbusters to low-budget Brit flicks, stars as Len Green, an ex-con getaway driver who shocks his friends and family when, on release from a four-year stretch, he denounces his former life of crime in favour of more cultured endeavours. Whilst this decision, and the effects it has on those close to him, forms the story arc, the real meat of the series is to be found in his relationships with his wife (played by the perennially excellent and hugely underrated Geraldine James), his daughters--Faith, Hope, Charity and Chastity--his surrogate son, Carl and, perhaps, most importantly, his uncle and mentor, Irwin (Frank Finlay). Each case of temptation and sin is examined in turn (all handled by different directors but remaining part of a cohesive whole), as Len's rose-tinted view of his family life is gradually shattered by a series of harsh home truths. There's plenty of comedy throughout, much of it stemming from Len's new career as an undertaker, but it takes actors of Postlethwaite, Finlay and James' stature to handle the often abrupt shifts from light to shade as the series progresses into a darker place. Perfectly rounded (no chance of a second series, given the nature of the denouement), the extended format enables Postlethwaite to develop and enhance his character in a way that no two-hour film could ever offer. The producers even had the good taste to include a Tindersticks song as the theme. --Phil Udell

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ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! I SAW IT THE FIRST TIME ON TV MANY YEARS AGO AND NEVER FORGOT IT! PETE POSTLETHWAITE WAS ONE OF OUR BEST ACTORS ,HE ALWAYS HAD A CERTAIN INTEGRETIE , BUT I MUST SAY THE WHOLE CAST WERE GREAT THEY GAVE THEIR ALL! THE STORIES BASED ON THE SINS WERE INSPIRED. IT HAD EVERYTHING COMEDY TRAGERDIE ACTION WARMTH ,I COULD GO ON AND ON .IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT TREAT YOURSELF TO ONE OF THE BEST SERIES EVER MADE! IT HAS PRIDE OF PLACE IN MY DVD COLLECTION. DAVE.
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Brilliant! Grows on you as you watch each episode - in the correct order. Hilariously comic, and deep and touching at the same time. The "grand finale" (please - don't watch it until last) is superb. Seven 50 minute episodes gives the cast a chance to really develop their roles. And what a brilliant cast.
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A great little series from the dearly-missed Pete Postlethwaite and the recently-late Frank Finlay. Irreplaceable talent.
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This has always been one of my most loved series since I first saw it on free to air tv many years ago. I have spent years [since 2003] trying to track down a copy of it and can't believe that I finally succeeded.
The drama, dialogue and characters are all equally brilliant and themes beautifully portrayed. There is a fantastic blend of drama and humour and a wonderful sense of humanity throughout. At times it is almost Shakespearian in its intensity and meaning.
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It's ok. But soapy. But funny in parts.
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Pete is as funny as always, this is one to watch again and again but only as good as his back. Up crew they were a good foil for him.
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Since this series of seven plays featuring each of the seven deadly sins in turn is neither a comedy nor a tragedy it falls, somewhat ludicrously, between the proverbial two stools. Considering that most of the acting is of a high quality, this is a great pity.

Worse still, the series grows more tedious as it progresses. In fact, at times, it becomes quite laboured. Discerning viewers may well ask: 'Where's all this getting us?' The fact is, it's a good idea which doesn't quite come off. Fortunately, many viewers will not be too bothered about this and will enjoy the splendid acting and play off between the various characters.

However, if you're tired of clichéd characters and predictable situations, this disc is not for you. Some people, however, will love it for all kinds of reasons and it's nice to think that they will. Because of this I'm giving it four stars and deducting just one to represent those who, like myself, will find it all far too contrived.
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A few, very fine actors populate this tepid comic drama, which, certainly for me, sadly shows its age.
The episodes are loosely arranged around each of the `seven deadly sins`, and does contain the occasional dramatic sequence. However the actual plots, dialogue and storylines are comparatively weak leading to scarecly realistic or plausible scenarios. The writers surely missed a very good opportunity to employ the protagonists beyond fairly mild and cliched enactments. Instead each episode denouement deteriorates, irritatingly so, into moralising sentimentality, with the added `bonus` of cringing whimsical music accompanying the dialogue, ... yukk!!
Unfortunately this series fell between two stools, ... it should have been played either as a straight working class drama, or an all out comedy. Trying to combine the both lead simply to a somewhat mediocre offering. If you have viewed, and enjoyed the highly critically acclaimed BBC series, `the street` then you will almost certainly view this creation in a very shallow light.
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