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Armchair Thriller: Set 2 (2010)

Michael Feast  |  NR |  DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Feast
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 547 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002V3AM3O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,781 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Seen on Mystery!, these classic British thrillers will keep you on the edge of your seat. Each set features stellar casts (Ian McKellen, James Bolam) and scripts based on novels and stories by acclaimed crime writers (Antonia Fraser, Lionel Davidson). The series was a primetime ratings hit in England in the late 1970s, with 17 million viewers. Set 2 The Chelsea Murders (series version and feature-length version), The Circe Complex, Quiet as a Nun.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Murder mysteries with a psycho-thriller twist. British TV knows how to do crime mystery. Set 2 of ARMCHAIR THRILLER is even better than the first set. More mystery drama than psychological weirdness. These suspenseful stories are each taken from acclaimed authors' novels, always a good sign. They don't try to make a TV series from a bad book.

The series is period drama of late-70s simply because that is the date when it was originally aired. It is not intended to be a period mystery set, but it is rather nostalgic in seeing avocado green rotary telephones, bell-bottom pants, typewriters, paneled walls, 70's furnishings and wallpaper, and technology such as reel-to-reel tape recordings, VHS players, and a 33rpm record music center. Other than the occasional hair style, each suspense/mystery plot is as contemporary enjoyable as any 21st century production.

The same colored glass entry door is seen on 2 sets, 2 different stories. :}

Vol. 1 & 2 "The Chelsea Murders"
novel by Lionel Davidson
Two DVDs, one a 145 minute, 6-episode version. V2 is the same story edited down to a 103 min. feature-length form with the same cast.
Serial killer sends poetry to police. The author's initials correspond to the next victim's initials. Mary, a freelance journalist, seeking a newspaper staff position and a scoop, gets a little to involved. Will she solve the Chelsea murders before the cops? Michael Feast (Touching Evil) plays Steve Giffard.

Vol. 3 "The Circe Complex" 149 min. in 6 episodes
novel by Desmond Cory
Tom Foreman (Trevor Martin) is in jail after killing a cop and completing a large jewelry theft. Where is the stolen goods? He won't tell.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Set One Was Great, But Set Two Disappoints May 15, 2010
The first Armchair Thriller series on DVD was a real treat - four excellent thrillers made for TV. They were smart and well-acted, and it was fun to revisit Britain in the 70s: bushy sideburns, platform shoes, and garish color schemes.

The second Armchair Thriller series is a complete waste of money. I couldn't have been more disappointed. For a start, two of the four thrillers are the same - one version for a weekly TV series, and the other adapted as a TV movie. Same actors, same story. As it turned out, it wasn't worth watching once, let alone twice. The acting was embarrassingly over the top and the ending was weak.

The thriller based on an Antonia Fraser novel wasn't awful, but it dragged and I was losing interest by the end.

I didn't even bother to watch the last thriller in the set. I wasn't going to waste any more time trying to get my money's worth.

Armchair Thriller - Set One: excellent, highly recommended.
Armchair Thriller - Set Two: skip it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very dated January 30, 2013
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This set of movies/TV shows was a perfect example of "bad" melodrama from the 1970s. The acting is, at best adequate, the plots "so-so", the musical accompaniment overdone, and the episodes were at best boring and overly drawn out.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work properly January 8, 2013
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One of the disks doesn't work properly. The others do, but I can't return the bad one. If I could get a replacement, I'd be happier.
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