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Rebus
Rebus
Actors: John Hannah, Sara Stewart, Gayanne Potter, James Cosmo, Michelle Fairley
Directors: Dave Moore, Martyn Friend, Maurice Phillips
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2006     6hr 40min

Rebus is adapted from the novels of award-winning writer Ian Rankin - the UK's number one best-selling crime writer. At the center of each story is Detective Inspector Rebus, an enigma, fighting his own weaknesses, while d...  more »

     
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Actors: John Hannah, Sara Stewart, Gayanne Potter, James Cosmo, Michelle Fairley
Directors: Dave Moore, Martyn Friend, Maurice Phillips
Creators: Ben Brown, Ian Rankin, Mark Greig, Philip Palmer, Stuart Hepburn
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: KOCH VISION
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/10/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 6hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Superb British Crime Drama!
Tiggah | Calgary, Alberta Canada | 06/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With wonderfully complex plots and recurring characters, Rebus is an absolutely first-rate crime drama based on the novels by Scottish author Iain Rankin. Though set in Edinburgh, it is not the charming, picturesque, historic old city as seen by the casual visitor that we are privy to; rather, the viewer is taken on a journey through the dark, gritty, cankerous underbelly of what, on the surface, is one of Britain's loveliest old cities. This is a series peopled by characters who are all too human, and it holds back no punches in its realistic portrayal of the criminal world.

Detective Inspector John Rebus (John Hannah (McCallum)) is one of the most curious, indeed fascinating, DIs I've come across. He's a competent and committed police officer, but a flawed human being with his own set of personal demons with which he must contend. He's a deep, multi-faceted character for whom nothing is black and white, and he's not immune to making serious errors in judgement, to lying in order to achieve his objective, or to experiencing the temptation of a "pact with the devil." He often makes decisions which shock the viewer, for we know that, even though we may understand his motivation, they are decisions which would never be condoned by the police. Indeed, is it any wonder he drinks a little too much and has more than a little trouble sleeping? Nor are we surprised to find that he has more than a little trouble forming and holding on to relationships with women.

Rebus is a wonderfully rich, dynamic, and interesting character, and I personally felt that John Hannah did a superb job in bringing him to life. I don't know why Hannah left the series or if he did any more series after this one, but I do know that I prefer these episodes and Hannah's portrayal much more than the recent pair of episodes wherein Ken Stott has taken over the title role (I just didn't warm to the character as portrayed by Stott).

The set consists of four 100-minute episodes and a very interesting dvd extra on the making of the series, which features informative comments about the nature of the series and the character of Rebus by both John Hannah and Iain Rankin.

In conclusion, this is a series I recommend unhesitatingly to fans of British mysteries and crime drama in general. There may be less in the way of comic relief, but I would still say that if you enjoy shows like A Touch of Frost or Delziel and Pascoe, chances are you'll really enjoy this one.

Highly recommended!
"
Rebus from book to film
M. Bryce | Suffolk, VA USA | 02/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was thrilled to see John Hannah as Rebus on BBCAmerica after reading all the books in the series. So I was glad to see the four episodes finally available on DVD. The next two episodes were done by another actor, Ken Stott, but John Hannah will always be Rebus to me."
Rebus on screen
ESD | USA | 08/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Loving the character and the writing style, I read every available Rankin Rebus novel-- checking out screenplay was inevitable. At first expecting to meet the buffoonish brother-in-law co-star from the Mummy, I was delighted to meet Rankin's John Rebus, AKA John Hannah. If you like the Rebus novels, then you'll enjoy these Rebus movies. One caveat: if you're new to Rebus, you might wish first to read the novel upon which the screenplay is based, avoiding potential confusion created by the quick pace, Rankin's complex plots, or the Scottish accents. Enjoy!"
Rebus DVD
Barbara Franke | Murrysville, PA USA | 03/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There is nothing like a good British mystery. The Rebus series of mysteries is full of twists and surprises. Rebus is very believable and homespun and quirky. Great watching for a cold evening."