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Ultimate Force - Series 1 and 2 [DVD] [2002]

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  • Actors: Ross Kemp, Miles Anderson, Christopher Fox, Danny Sapani, Jamie Draven
  • Directors: Tom Clegg
  • Writers: Chris Ryan, Rob Heyland
  • 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: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan. 2005
  • Run Time: 628 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002475QG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,267 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All twelve episodes from Seasons 1 and 2 of the ITV drama following the missions of Special Air Service (SAS) Red Troop. In 'The Killing House', Red Troop are called to take command of a bank seige, while in 'Just a Target' they are scrambled to uncover an anti-globalist sniper who has attempted to assassinate a European banker. 'Natural Selection' finds ten SAS recruits attempting a survival course when things start to go wrong. In 'Breakout', three Chechens break into a laboratory where scientists are working on a cure for anthrax - and Red Troop must control the situation. 'The Killing of a One-Eyed Bookie' follows the dramatic ambush of Jamie (Jamie Draven) by Northern Irish terrorists, and Henno's (Ross Kemp) subsequent attempts to free him. Whilst in 'Something to Do With Justice', Henno and Twamley (Tony Curran) are thrown out of the regiment for disobedience, while everyone else is sent to Bosnia to arrest a war criminal. In 'Communication', a suspicious vessel docks at Southampton. Henno and Jamie sneak on board to plant a tracking device, but they get into difficulty when they lose radio contact and are forced to kill one of the crew. In 'Mad Dogs', the aftermath of the fight on board the ship has left Jem (Elliot Cowan) dead and Caroline (Alex Reid) in a coma - while the rest of Red Troop face a judicial inquiry that could see them jailed. In 'Wannabes', Red Troop are targetting a far-right group, the 'Soldiers of Destiny', who have already blown up a nightclub and are threatening to carry out further suicide bombing attacks if the Government do not comply with their demand to 'repatriate' non-Aryans and make homosexuality illegal. 'The List' sees Red Troop taking on a mission that would see them expelled from the SAS if they get caught. The mission? To retrieve a top-secret list of terrorist targets from an almost impenetrable security zone. In 'What in the Name of God...?', Red Troop is called to a siege at a religious cult where two police officers have been shot dead. Reluctant to attack openly with children in the house, the troop must act silently and with the utmost precision. 'Dead is Forever' sees the troop's leader, Dempsey (Miles Anderson) being taken captive while protecting a government minister on a top secret overseas visit. The rest of the troop are sent to rescue him, but end up unwittingly playing into the hands of the kidnappers.

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Can a TV drama achieve top quality? Can it replicate the sort of realistic fight scenes, special effects and drama you would associate with the best movies? Can it successfully bring all of this together within an hour long slot with breaks for ads? Ultimate Force achieves all of the drama and excitement you get with a good movie with the character identification that comes with a TV series. This is a recipe for success and Ultimate Force is high quality with a top cast and decent plotlines. So what if Ross Kemp is Grant Mitchell in everything he does - Grant Mitchell makes a great Sergeant Henno Garvie.
I am not going to detail the adventures of Red Troop. All I will say is if you know Ultimate Force already and enjoyed it then buy this. If you caught a couple of episodes and thought it was OK - this DVD is for you too. It is great value and high energy entertainment.
The only criticism is that the special features are poor but then I did not buy the DVD for them.
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If you're looking for deep and sentimental character studies, this isn't for you. If you want well-paced storylines, lots of action, and a peek behind the scenes of the SAS, then buy this now.
The series is about the exploits of Red Troop led by Sgt. Henno Garvie, played by Ross Kemp. He's a gruff, no-nonsense leader with nerves of steel, but we get a few subdued glimpses into the plainly human side of this consummate soldier. Kemp has really hit his stride in this role and I find that comparisons between this character and his famous 'Grant Mitchell' character are way off base. The character of Henno suits him well and he carries it off quite believably.
The series' real focus is on new recruit Jamie Dow, played by Jamie Draven. Draven is an up and coming actor who has already garnered acclaim in films like "Billy Elliott" and "Watermelon". His performance in this series is engrossing, as he comes to terms with making his first kill in the line of duty and the loss of his friend and fellow trooper. His inner conflict between his guilty feelings and his determination to make the grade is refreshingly not laid on with a trowel, but neither is it dismissive.
The series is admittedly violent (it's the SAS after all), and millions of pounds were spent on the special effects and firefights. The result is action and lots of it, but it's enjoyable for both men and women alike. Series 2 is said to involve more character development, and hopefully will also be released on video. A third series is said to be in development, but has not yet been commissioned by ITV. Hopefully they will do, as overall this is great entertainment and I look forward to seeing more of this show.
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I've wanted to see this since it was made and was so glad to see the video release. I was not disappointed; it was everything I expected it to be. It is an admittedly violent series but not nearly as violent as a great many movies made these days. The violence comes more in the course of action than anything simply gratuitous. And this is, after all, a series about the SAS. If you're looking for deep melodrama you won't find it here. If it's action and adventure you want, then I do recommend it.
The cast carry their roles well and the stories hold your interest. Jamie Draven's performance as new SAS recruit Jamie Dow is engrossing, and it is easy to see why he has a dedicated and ever-growing fan base. Ross Kemp has really hit his stride in the role of Sgt. Henno Garvie, the "tough but fair" leader of Red Troop. While Garvie's exterior is necessarily gruff and seemingly cold, we get to glimpse a few cracks in the facade -- subtle reminders of just how human this consummate soldier really is.
The real 'star' of the series is of course the action, and there is plenty of it. Some serious weaponry is hauled out at times, and it's fascinating to see the troop out on their ops, well kitted out and ready for anything. The sense of teamwork and cameraderie is apparent, and we get a look inside the perspective of the soldiers themselves.
Hopefully this will be released in NTSC format also, so others in the US who do not have a worldwide machine can see it. Overall it makes for good entertainment that both men and women can enjoy (myself being one of the latter :-))
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This is a fantastic look at the worlds greatest Special Forces unit. The stories move along well and are very well made. I have read a lot on the SAS and so far this seems to stray very rarely from reality. I recommend this for anyone who has an interest in things military.
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