Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Rebus - Set 3|
Actors: Ken Stott, Claire Price, Jennifer Black, John Hannah, Sara Stewart
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
As Seen on BBC America Four gripping mysteries: Resurrection Men The First Stone The Naming of the Dead Knots and Crosses In Detective Inspector John Rebus, the hero of Ian Rankin?s bestselling crime novels, Ken Stott (Cha... more »
"A Wee Dram" Will Do You
Stephanie DePue | Carolina Beach, NC USA | 06/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Rebus Set 3," as seen on BBC America, is newly-released. It was made by Britain's Independent Television (ITV), although it's being seen on the BBC channel on these shores. Like the others in this superb series, it's a police procedural excellently filmed in Edinburgh, though not the bits of it with which tourists are familiar. Furthermore, scenes, whether on the streets or in the police station, are crowded with people and cars, of correct-looking vintage, rushing around. The people have also apparently been encouraged to speak in the local dialect, which adds immeasurably to the engrossing "foreign" flavor of these productions; although the dialog might be impenetrable to those of us on these shores without the unadvertised subtitles thoughtfully provided by Acorn. The series is, of course, based on the Inspector Rebus novels, also set in Edinburgh, written by prize-winning, best selling Scottish author Ian Rankin. He's tipped by such of his colleagues as best-selling American crime novelist James Ellroy, as the progenitor and #1 practitioner of "tartan noir,"the Scottish adaptation of noir fiction: bloodier and more bloody-minded than the usual, boasting that scorching Scottish humor.
This series features four more taut offerings from the hit British series of crime thrillers, including "Resurrection Men," based on the Edgar-Award for Best Novel-winning book of the same name; and "The Naming of the Dead," based on the book of the same name that won the British Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year. Also"Knots and Crosses," based on an earlier book, the first Rebus novel, published in 1987 to great critical acclaim. And "The First Stone," apparently an original screenplay using Rankin's characters.
These characters continue to be played by the excellent cast assembled for post-John Hannah productions: admired television actor Ken Stott, man of a thousand faces, in the title role, that of Detective Inspector Rebus. Claire Price as his earnest, ambitious partner Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke. And Jennifer Black as Detective Chief Superintendent Gillian Templer, Rebus's boss, and one of his many former lovers. Black's character appears to have beefed-up parts in this series -- and good for her -- though it looks to me as if she and Price are having trouble with the wardrobe department: the ones they've been given are dowdy, and quite meager. It's a good thing they're not making "Sex and the City."
"Resurrection Men" has been just about totally rewritten from the book; that's probably just as well; as many people complained the latter was confusing. "The First Stone," an original script, is a riveting, gutsy attack on the Church of Scotland. "The Naming of the Dead" has also been largely rewritten from the book; also, undoubtedly, just as well, as many readers complained about that book,too. Finally," Knots and Crosses" is excellently done. It features actor Nicholas Farrell, who's virtually grown-up on TV and movie screens before us, as its villain.
In "The First Stone," when Templer is asked how she sleeps at night, with the things she's been forced to see as a cop, she answers, "a wee dram." If you're watching this exciting series at night, you just might need similar help.
Not for every taste, but...
Richard Cheverton | La Palma, CA USA | 11/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rebus is an aquired taste--but, then, so is great Islay single-malt.
One might remember the "original" Rebus--John Hannah, a fine actor completely over-matched by the character. But Ken Stott OWNS this guy...much the same way that Alec Guiness so completely inhabited George Smiley that John LeCaree found it impossible to write more about the intelligence don.
These shows are terrific--and keep getting better. Let us pray that more are in the works. Nothing equals UK television (when it's really good) and, most of all, that seemingly effortless, contained, deep British acting. It must be in the genes.
One complaint: the Scottish accents are VERY authentic. Sub-titles needed for the brogue-impaired!"
Keeps getting better
Harold L. Firestone | 07/20/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am a fanatic for the British style police and mystery shows.
The Rebus series is down to earth, gritty and the main character often seems like the victim rather than the hero so he does not end up with smiles on his face and handshakes all aroung. He does solve the case(s) though and has a heart for the downtrodden, something lacking in most others. In other words, the series has gotten a little better each time out and I hope it does not end. On top of that, I have spent time in Scotland but still need the closed captions at times and this set has them."