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CASE HISTORIES (2011)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 347 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005K8QIS0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on the novels by Kate Atkinson

"Splendid" --The Guardian (U.K.)
"Perfectly entertaining" --The Independent (U.K.)

Jackson Brodie (Golden Globe® nominee Jason Isaacs, Harry Potter, The Patriot) used to be a soldier in the British army and then an officer in the Lothian and Borders Police. Now the tough detective has turned private investigator, compelled to bring peace to victims and their families. Based in Edinburgh, the good-hearted Brodie finds himself looking into everything from lost cats to wayward spouses and killers on the run. He does a lot of running himself, partly to unwind from the stresses of his work, but mostly to escape the memories of his own traumatic past.

Seen on Masterpiece Mystery, this "more than successful adaptation" (The Guardian, U.K.) of Kate Atkinson’s award-winning novels also stars Amanda Abbington (Agatha Christie’s Poirot), Natasha Little (Vanity Fair), Phil Davis (Vera Drake), and Keith Allen (Robin Hood). Created for television by Ashley Pharaoh of Life on Mars, this character-driven drama features sharp scripts and an outstanding lead performance by Isaacs, all set against the ruggedly beautiful Scottish scenery.


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125 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Bristish Mystery October 12, 2011
Format:DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this series. The acting is quite good, and the cast consists of many veteran UK actors who are recognizable from other dramas. The series is well written. It weaves together multiple investigations within each story line. For example, the first drama consists of three investigations, as well as developments in the private life of the main protagonist, Jason Isaacs. I watched the UK episodes without captions and the PBS episodes with captions, and the use of captions greatly helped me understand the dialogue. I strongly urge using the subtitles.

The structure used by the BBC in broadcasting this series was to air twin one-hour episodes on consecutive nights; resulting in a single drama consisting of approximately one-hour and 55 minutes. The only problem that I have with this structure is that you have a climax in the middle of the drama, which seems unnecessary when the two episodes are viewed back to back (as opposed to on consecutive nights.)

Beginning next week, PBS will start to show these dramas in two-hour blocks (the twin UK episodes joined together). When watching the series, keep in mind that PBS has redacted approximately 5 minutes or so in order to fit the episode into the allocated time slot. The DVD, which is not produced by PBS, contains the full UK episodes. The 5 minutes or so cut are substantive (e.g., (i)in the first drama - scene where father abuses daughter is drastically cut, and (ii) in the third drama, the kidnapped victim's escape is drastically cut), and don't include the additional non-substantive cuts (e.g., one set of credits and titles, as well as the scene at the start of the second hour of the drama that remind the audience of what transpired on the previous night).
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue mouse September 30, 2011
Format:DVD
We all know that film adaptations of books are rarely up to the mark. There are exceptions.
Kate Atkinson has written some superior crime novels around English private investigator Jackson Brody, a former police man. The novel called Case Histories has him involved in 3 diverse cases at the same time, all related to mysteries about missing or dead girls.
A little girl has disappeared 30 years ago. Now her father has died and the girl's sisters find her Blue Mouse toy in father's desk.
A young girl starts an internship in her father's law firm. On her first day in office, a man shows up with a knife, kills her, and disappears.
While a woman is in jail for murdering her husband, her little girl disappears from foster care.
Lots of problems for Brody.
This is the only book of hers that I read myself. My daughter tells me that her others are also good.
A BBC series with 6 episodes based on 3 of Atkinson's Brody novels has been produced and shown on TV in summer 2011. This is brand-new stuff. I watched it with my wife and I was very impressed. If you like the genre, you will appreciate this as top of the class. The production added some local charisma by transferring the location from somewhere in England to more remarkable Edinburgh, with all the available options on the language side.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cast, good stories, but where to go from here? December 30, 2011
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I originally saw this on Masterpiece Mystery and really enjoyed it. I particularly liked the converging plot lines and the inspired casting. After ordering the DVD set and watching the six episodes (the original Brit series was shot as a six part 1 hour TV series, but shown on PBS as three two hour episodes) my opinion was reinforced with the observation that three major ingredients of a successful series had been met. If it was intended just to be a one off cinema production I would have given it 5 stars. However, if viewed as a longer term series it has some problems.

I can't think of one Brit crime series that has gone on to greatness that doesn't have the lead protagonist ensconced in a structured environment or "family". Morse, Lewis, Barnaby, Foyle, Rebus and Frost all had a support system where they could play against their "intellectually inferior" co-workers or rail against the constraints of their organization. Sherlock had the same in his Watson and Poirot had his "posse" of hanger-ons. American crime shows are even more locked into this formulae; just witness NYPD Blue, Law & Order, The Closer, etc, etc. If you go back in time to where televised "Private Eye" fiction was more the norm that it is today even the self employed P.I. had his stable screen family to keep him grounded or, at the very least, dealing with conflict issues that added to the character and subplot of these serialized scripts (Rockford/Magnum). However, those PI feature length films that starred the lone wolf rarely made the grade. Witness the great literary detectives of the 50's and 60's, Lew Harper and Travis McGee. While the books were serial best sellers for the authors (Ross MacDonald & John D. MacDonald) the movies were mediocre at best.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Case Histories, a British mini-series, just wrapped up on "Masterpiece Mystery" on television. This new adaptation of Kate Atkinson's work, starring Jason Isaacs as private detective Jackson Brodie, is excellent. I've read all four of Atkinson's Brodie novels and really enjoyed them, so I was fairly excited to see this program and wondered if they'd do a good job. Didn't have to worry.

As one reviewer noted, any TV show that has the smarts to cast the underrated and underused Isaacs is worth checking out; this one also has good writing and great casting of all the other actors going for it too. I thought the writers did an excellent job of paring down Atkinson's novels for television - cutting out unnecessary plot lines and characters to streamline the story and make it work quite well, at least for me. I watched the show with my husband, who hasn't read the books, and he felt everything made sense and really enjoyed the program. I remember while I read the books that there were parts I felt were unneeded, which are the same parts the writers took out.

The main thrust of the story is that Brodie, ex-military and police officer, now private detective, gets involved in various investigations, some of which are connected. Each episode has 3 cases in it. As some reviewers have commented, there is a certain amount of coincidence in the cases being connected, but this may not bother some people (it doesn't bother me that much). And some of the changes in the plot lines from book to TV show were necessary for clarity and time concerns, so an incident that seems more random in the book is a bit manipulated on TV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by scotty
5.0 out of 5 stars ... more than 2 series---this guy is so so so good!!
wish there were more than 2 series---this guy is so so so good!!!
Published 6 days ago by Ruth M. Capolino
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Excellent service. Excellent product.
Published 6 days ago by Pyramid
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent acting and very believable plots
Published 12 days ago by REMJr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is an excellent interpretation of Kate Atkinson's wonderfully complex and intriguing book. Love Jackson Brodie: best character ever.
Published 16 days ago by An Elementary Principal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show
Published 16 days ago by Colleen Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service
As usual, Amazon's service is impeccable and I love the Case Histories Series, well done and entertaining
Published 20 days ago by J. Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars intelligent entertainment. My only disappointment is that there were...
I just finished watching the first set of disks. This is engaging, intelligent entertainment. My only disappointment is that there were only two sets of disks available.
Published 23 days ago by Ross Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent British series
A fantastic series. The only problem was it is not long enough.
Published 24 days ago by Nancy A. Hankel
4.0 out of 5 stars Jason Isaacs plays a quirky character finding reasons for and ...
Jason Isaacs plays a quirky character finding reasons for and solutions to various mysterious situations. Read more
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