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Case Histories (2011)

 NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005K8QIS0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,472 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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BONUS Behind-the-scenes featurette
SDH subtitles

Editorial Reviews

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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117 of 125 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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66 of 75 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Case Histories is an engrossing drama. Jackson Brodie (Jason Isaacs) is a former police officer now on his own as a private detective. While the story unfolds through the structure of a detective story, it is anything but. It is a character-driven drama with a complex character -- Jackson Brodie-- at its center. Intelligent writing, character-driven plot within the detective frame -- it's great. I keep watching for when more are coming! Bring them on, please!!!
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32 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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First off, I think any show that has the wherewithal and good sense to cast the underrated Jason Isaacs in the leading role is worthy of a look. As a fan of these imported detective/mystery programs (this originally aired in the U.S. under the PBS Masterpiece Mystery banner), the BBC produced "Case Histories" seemed like a solid proposition. Adapted from the fourth novel of Kate Atkinson's popular Jackson Brodie series, "Case Histories" showcases six episodes (each is a two-parter) with interconnected and overlapping storylines. A typical individual show may introduce three or four disparate groups of characters with absolutely no relationship, but through happenstance and absolute coincidence will be tied together into the program's central mystery. Sadly, this overly convenient plotting really detracted from the show's allure for me. It's just too tidy, too written. In other aspects, the episodes are reaching for a brooding and realistic feel with a grounded Isaacs and better than average character development for guest stars. But oftentimes, the show's tone suffers as these "real" character types play out rather elaborate and fanciful plot lines. Sometimes dour, sometimes comedic, sometimes gritty--the feel of the show veers rather wildly all over the place.

Isaacs plays an ex-cop in Edinburgh, Scotland who separated from the force amidst a controversy and now makes a living as a private investigator. Haunted by a trauma in his past, Isaacs seems continually drawn to cases in which young women have been harmed. In the first major case, he deals with (among a myriad of other things) the 30 year old mystery of a girl who went missing as new evidence is uncovered by her now adult sisters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well done
interesting story. believable characters. good filming and editing. great setting. pretty good protagonist. i look forward to the next episode.
Published 3 days ago by John Himmelein
4.0 out of 5 stars Great detective series with true resonance-you'll want to binge over...
I am no fan of detective series since most in my opinion are just way to formulaic and dull. But this series is nothing like that! Read more
Published 28 days ago by RB
5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish Murder Mysteries
Love this series! Jason Isaacs is fantastic actor; his abilities really shine here. He is divorced, a father and a loner (tormented by memories from his past) who for reasons... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ED78
5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish Cluture
This actor was a main character in the HBO 'Providence' series; which was great. Isaacs did justice as an American gangster. I did not know he was a foreign actor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ribbaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Heartfelt performances, superior scripting and excellent use of locations bring freshness and authenticity to this series. Jason Isaacs is superb. Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Terry Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content - but quality of the CD plastic is a question mark ???
This is a very well written and produced drama . . . the characters have enough depth to seem real, and the story lines are believable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Weigold
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Atkinson and Jason Isaacs
A great author, terrific plots and the best possible actor as the compelling detective. Who could ask for more? A delicious treat for a cozy night at home.
Published 2 months ago by West Cambridge Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I watched this for sole reason that Jason Isaacs is the main star. It's an interesting show that draws the viewer in. I felt a connection with the stories and the characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by highlandsreviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Lovely acting. Very engrossing. I will get the other episodes soon. I love the books and the TV episodes live up to them.
Published 2 months ago by Zaphelps
5.0 out of 5 stars Combines humor with human darkness very well and Isaacs is great
The best thing I can say about any adaption is it follows the book(s), and this one does. I loved the Jackson Brodie series so much and hope for yet more from Atkinson, and found... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynn Grant
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