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A brilliant criminologist probes the dark recesses of the soul

With more than 25 major awards--including BAFTAs for best drama series and best actor--Cracker ranks as one of British television’s most acclaimed crime dramas. Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter, Ocean’s Twelve) truly inhabits his role as the brash and brilliant forensic psychologist, Dr. Edward “Fitz” Fitzgerald. For the police, Fitz’s astonishing insights into the criminal mind prove invaluable, but his arrogance and boorishness make him barely tolerable as a colleague. For his family, Fitz’s self-destructive compulsions--scotch, sex, and gambling--bring only pain and turmoil.

Complemented by an outstanding cast, Coltrane delivers a brilliant performance as a genius who can dissect a psychopath’s motives, but can’t keep his own demons at bay. These powerful crime dramas examine the pressures and prejudices of contemporary urban life and the violence that they spawn.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE Cracker: Behind the Scenes, an intimate, 45-minute visit with the show’s cast and creative team.


Brilliantly played by Robbie Coltrane. -- Shakefire

Coltrane is at his best in the award-winning crime drama "Cracker." -- The Seattle Times

Cracker succeeds and stays with you because of the collective brilliance of the show, though especially and most memorably because of the genius of Robbie Coltrane. -- EInsiders

Each minute an example of how the Brits do this so much better than us. -- TV Sound Off

For mystery lovers and fans of whip smart, provocatively written dramas, you'll definitely want to help yourself -- Film Intuition

It's not the crimes alone that make the show engaging. It's the realistic characters and their interactions brought to life by a great cast. -- Blogcritics Magazine

One of the best British cop shows ever made -- Film.com

One of the most fascinating, and flawed, characters on television. -- Courier Publications Online

The only series that can rival Prime Suspect for in the Brit-TV hierarchy. -- Wired.com

Twenty-two hours of entertainment bliss -- DVD Verdict

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  • Actors: Robbie Coltrane
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 1350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JXPC4Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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And act they all do VERY well.
Onno van Santen
Yet, unlike the police, he is a brilliantly insightful psychologist who seems to be able to sniff out perpetrators within five minutes of meeting them.
Mr. Mambo
Coltrane plays Fitz, a psychologist who helps the police solve murder cases.
carol irvin

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on March 17, 2009
Format: DVD
"Cracker: The Complete Collection," is our first opportunity to acquire all eleven of the riveting mysteries in the highly-praised British television series of crime dramas. It comes as a deluxe set of ten disks that includes all three series of the long-running British mystery (1993-95), two standalone TV movies, and a 45-minute behind-the-scenes retrospective documentary. It runs approximately 22 ½ hours all told, and also includes, thank goodness, and thank you Acorn Media Group, subtitles for each episode: it would, otherwise, be rather difficult for us on this side of the pond to make out the Manchester accent, as that handsome, ethnically diverse northern English city is where the series was largely filmed, and the actors encouraged to utilize its hard-on-the-ears accent. The series has shown here on the A & E network, and on BBC America: it was made by Granada for broadcast over the independent TV stations (ITV) in the United Kingdom.

Jimmy McGovern (The Street), a hugely talented writer who has traveled far on, and from, his Celtic working class Liverpool origins, created the series and wrote several of the strongest episodes. The series stars the very large Scottish Robbie Coltrane, who took his stage name in homage to the American jazzman John Coltrane; he was better-known at that time as a comic actor (Nuns on the Run, I believe, is where I first saw him, playing with Eric Idle). Coltrane made the role of Cracker, Edward Fitzgerald, a brilliant but deeply flawed forensic psychologist, who frequently worked with the police, his own; and his extraordinary work in it made him famous.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 14, 2009
Format: DVD
Winner of more than 25 major awards, including BAFTAs for best drama series and best actor, Cracker: The Complete Collection is a DVD set of the enthralling British crime drama about Dr. Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald, a forensic psychologist with an uncanny ability to divine the motivations of psychopaths. At the same time, Fitz is driven by his own self-destructive compulsions - scotch, sex, and gambling, and his personal arrogance makes him barely tolerable to his co-workers. A 45-minute bonus special feature "Cracker: Behind the Scenes" enhances this dark saga of the nightmare side of urban life. Cracker: The Complete Collection is a worthy addition to mystery and crime drama DVD collections. 10 DVDs, approximately 22 1/2 hours plus bonus, full screen and widescreen, subtitles.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RIJU GANGULY on July 31, 2011
Format: DVD
Let me clarify certain things at the very outset:

1) This is NOT a POLICE PROCEDURAL, neither is it a series involving the events & emotions that someone in the line of fire has to go through in the process of nabbing the bad guys and helping the good guys.
2) This is NOT a series where one sees the protagonist evolve into someone better; the protagonist here (Dr. Fitzerald, a brilliant but pathologically unlovable psychologist) remains the same nasty, caustic, egoistic, self-centered, gambling, hurting genius who can see through the criminal minds, but can not feel the torture that his nearest & beloved are going through.

Now that I have managed to write that stuff out (a "catharsis"?), I can write what this series are:

1. The stories (esp. the first couple, and a few in the middle, except "Best Boys") are gripping.
2. Relationship between Fitz and Penhaligon (a beautiful Police Officer) and Fitz & his wife, and the literally cracking tension that is felt in the scenes involving them would put any soap-opera to shame any day, and yet would remain dark & grim, since there is usually a murder or rape at the backdrop of this drama.
3. Some of the subject matters, like the gradual descent of an old-styled copper into someone truly bad simply because he had failed to prevent something that he could have done, the social tension, impacts of war & terrorism devastating the matrix of human mind, are visceral and very-very grim, making viewing of this series an uncomfortable, yet compulsory task.

Thus, I rest the case. If you appreciate a good drama with top-notch acting from all, watch this series.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Green on May 31, 2009
Format: DVD
Being old enough to enjoy the series the first time round, couldnt help but purchase all of what is on DVD on Cracker after watching the first series again ... What it brought to me was the quality of how some producers, actors etc. are able to bring realism to the set and maintain amazing characters at the same ... Coltrane has his own qualities, and is obviously an actor very rarely rivalled on TV drama, and has this asset of dragging the audience into the character he plays, and despite being this large, common, drinking and smoking machine, only seeks sympathy from the watcher, and certainly gets it ... Another nice thing about the whole series, is that although maybe shocking in the first couple of series, the quality of themes, acting etc. never fails and for this type of drama surely will always be hard to top such an act ... Hopefully in the future Mr Coltrane will seek to return to give us one or two more feature films to enjoy! ... Oh, just a comment on the above, supposedly watched by our American brothers and sisters, the accent is also hard to follow in certain hollows in the UK too ... TimCracker: The Complete Collection
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Will this set include all 11 Cracker tele-films?
This set has every episode, all three series plus the two feature-length installments ("White Ghost" and "A New Terror").
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