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Case Histories Set 2

Jason Isaacs  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Isaacs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2014
  • Run Time: 273 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A27OJ94
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

Behind-the-scenes featurette (18 min.) and cast and crew interviews (27 min.)

Editorial Reviews

“Satisfying and surprising” —TV Guide
“Isaacs makes an attractively moody hero.” —San Francisco Chronicle

A tough guy with a soft heart, Jackson Brodie (Golden Globe® nominee Jason Isaacs, Harry Potter movies, The Patriot) is a former Edinburgh cop trying to make a living as a private detective. But while he has a hard time paying his bills, he has no shortage of clients seeking his services. Some are parents looking for children and some are children looking for parents; some are worried about the future and some are seeking information about the past—an area that continues to haunt Brodie, too.

Unable to overlook a wrong or neglect a person in need, Brodie feels compelled to find answers for his clients. But he doesn’t find much peace from the women in his own life, including his ex-wife, ex-girlfriend (Natasha Little, Kidnap and Ransom), 12-year-old daughter, long-suffering bookkeeper (Zawe Ashton, Fresh Meat), and a former colleague (Amanda Abbington, Sherlock) who seems to be the only person on the force still talking to him.

Based on works by bestselling author Kate Atkinson, this character-driven drama seen on public television features an International Emmy®-nominated performance by Isaacs.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Long-Awaited Sequel May 1, 2013
Jason Isaacs is superb as the Edinburgh, Scotland, based Jackson Brodie, a tormented former soldier and policeman who became a private detective. He never recovered after the murder of his sister Niamh, and the suicide of his older brother. As usual, Isaacs is pitch-perfect as Jackson Brodie, every nuance evoked with subtlety. Brodie is as haunted as a peat bog by past tragedies that ripple the surface of the present. Happily for fans, "Case Histories: Series 2" reunites Jackson Brodie with his precocious daughter Marlee (Millie Innes is a rare talent), perhaps his most honest and real relationship.

The three features in "Case Histories, Series 2" are approximately 262 minutes in total; each feature is about 126 minutes long, with English subtitles (handy, if hearing the telly is difficult). The Extras run about 35 minutes.

Started Early, Took My Dog:
Based on a Kay Atkinson mystery novel, this first case opens with a vicious custody-case Jackson Brodie regrets being involved in; he winds up owing his employer, Mr. Minyawi, a favor. Returning to Edinburgh, he works to unravel a skein of mystery regarding a young woman's adoption, Hope Mamaster (beautifully played by Emma Hamilton). He is plagued by an old murder case that may connect with past colleagues, including Tracy, who has taken in an abused girl. Jackson recalls his hurt relationship with his mother, who abandoned him (it would have helped if the producers found a young actor that actually looks like a child-version of Jason Isaacs, as they did in Series 1, not one with curly red hair; we love ginger hair, that's not the issue). Policewoman Louise Munroe (Amanda Abbington) tries to help Jackson, while harboring feelings for him.
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61 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Season 1 was terrific! January 16, 2013
By Anne
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Pre-ordered season 2. Great writers, finally. Bought season 1 for 6 episodes of interesting mysteries in Scotland. It's almost like going on a vacation and seeing the Scotish landescape. Why can't Hollywood write mysteries like these. All we get is junk TV.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Run! Jackson! Run! We know you can... December 17, 2013
By Elle
I enjoyed Case Histories Series One. Series Two brings us more of Edinburgh based private investigator, Jackson Brodie, and his indomitable spirit. I think in a way, he can sometimes be too good for his own good. He constantly puts the welfare of others before his own. This, in my opinion, makes him a man of decent character with a sound moral compass. (Just the way I like "good guys" to be.) The people who seek him out certainly benefit from his caring and compassionate nature even if his business does not. As a private investigator, doing things out of the goodness of his heart doesn't pay the bills, as Deborah Arnold, his lovely and sassy "secretary?" so often reminds (nags) him. Her threats of walking out unless he takes on clients with money influences him about as much as the power company turning off his lights. Not so much.

Brodie's penchant for taking on cases of those with troubles that he understands and relates to gets him in a lot of trouble. He's also a sucker for the weak, helpless, abandoned, forgotten, and lost. People turn to him when they have nowhere else to go. And invariably, he helps them. Successfully.

He is not afraid to wade into the middle of things even if that means he'll wake up in a dumpster, beaten to a pulp. I told him, "Run, Jackson, run!" But not Jackson, he won't turn and run, it's just not in him. And somehow, once he heals, he ends up keeping his handsome looks. Must be good genes. I think though that he just cannot compromise his values to make a buck or even save his skin. It's just not an option. Even when he tries to walk away because he knows the case can only swing the wrong way, his better nature keeps him in the fight.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quick miniseries June 7, 2013
I really loved this miniseries. I hadn't planned on watching it; I was channel surfing when I can upon this show. I recognized Jason Isaacs from the harry potter movies. I am so glad I came upon this series. Well acted and great stories based on the books by Kate Upton. After viewing the series which I purchased, I read the books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
CASE HISTORIES, Series 2, (2013). This ITV-produced British mystery television series is set and filmed in Scotland. The first series received its BBC TV debut in 2011, and was seen in the United States on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery. The second series aired in the U.K. on BBC in 2013, now makes its U.S. debut. Edinburgh-based private investigator Jackson Brodie, an emotionally-damaged former soldier and Edinburgh cop, finds himself tracking lost cats, wayward spouses, and killers on the run. And he does a lot of running himself to escape the memories of his traumatic past. The productions are based on the bestselling, award-winning novels by Kate Atkinson; the series was created for TV by Ashley Pharoah, (LIFE ON MARS). The box series consists of three episodes, totaling approximately 273 minutes or 4 ½ hours, on 2 DVDs. It contains nudity, violence and coarse language and is intended for mature audiences only. And, thank goodness and thank you RLJ Entertainment, it has subtitles, else viewers on my side of the Atlantic would be well and truly lost with the witty Scots dialog.

Brodie (Jason Isaacs, HARRY POTTER, THE PATRIOT) is just trying to make a living. He has a hard time collecting his debts and paying his bills, but no shortage of clients, since he can't overlook a wrong or say no to a person in need. This character-driven series also stars Amanda Abbington, (AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT, SHERLOCK), as DC Louise Munroe, seemingly the last Edinburgh cop still talking to her former colleague, and Zawe Ashton, (FRESH MEAT), as Deborah Arnold, Brody’s longsuffering assistant. Millie Innes plays Brodie’s daughter Marlee; Kirsty Mitchell, ex-wife Josie, Natasha Little, (KIDNAP AND RANSOM), his ex-lover actress Julia Land.
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