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Dalziel and Pascoe: Season 1 (2010)

Warren Clarke , Colin Buchanan  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Warren Clarke, Colin Buchanan, David Royle
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WN8IS4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,195 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Superintendent Andy Dalziel is no typical supersleuth; though canny and observant, he's also crude and pushy to the point of brutish--but in the hands of Warren Clarke, the lumpy yet charismatic actor who plays Dalziel, he's the driving force of a very-long-lived British crime series. His partner is Detective Inspector Peter Pascoe (Colin Buchanan), who approaches crime from a more educated, intellectual perspective. It's a classic pairing of opposites that drives these cunning mysteries. Dalziel and Pascoe: The First Season includes three episodes: "A Clubbable Woman," about sexual high jinks and murder among the members of a rugby club; "An Advancement of Learning," about sexual high jinks and murder at a university; and "An Autumn Shroud," about sexual high jinks and murder at a country estate. Surprisingly, despite the broad similarities of the shows, each episode is sneaky and colorful, full of winding turns and vivid characters (played by guest stars like Prunella Scales of Fawlty Towers and Francesca Annis of Reckless and The Libertine). But make no mistake, this is Clarke's show. Clarke makes Dalziel completely engaging even though the policeman can be downright mean in his drive to figure things out. It's a fascinatingly real performance, full of warts and wrinkles, revealing a piercing intelligence and granite integrity. For anyone who enjoys murder mysteries, Clarke is not to be missed. --Bret Fetzer

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The blunt-talking Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel does not suffer fools gladly, but he has even more trouble with what he call the "smart arses" of this world. So when the inexperienced Peter Pascoe joins his team at Mid-Yorkshire CID, the omens don't look good. Pascoe is one of the new breed of career police officers, armed with a degree, a caring attitude and a sharp brain. But just as Pascoe is surprised by the intuitive methods of his brash boss, so too does Dalziel begin to recognize the merits of his Detective Inspector...

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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue December 14, 2009
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I've long been a fan of mystery shows, particularly British, but Dalziel and Pascoe represents the zenith of all mystery shows. With its literate, biting dialogue and tense interaction between the bombastic Dalziel and cerebral, buttoned-down Pascoe (who clearly admire each other, despite their great differences) it's a series that keeps you riveted to the screen and longing for more. As another viewer complained, up until this forthcoming release, there have been no US releases of this series and only the series 1 and 2 releases in the UK. Thank God for the Netherlands release of 3, 4 and 5. Once you've seen this series you'll understand why - you'll be hooked. It aired briefly years ago in the US and then disappeared. Instead, we get insipid, scenery-chewing remakes of Miss Marple (shame on you Geraldine McEwan). Buy this CD, then get yourself a CD player that plays CDs in other formats and buy the rest - it will be the best purchase you've ever made. And then spread the word - sooner or later someone has to wake up and realize what a great property the BBC has and make it more easily accessible! Dalziel and Pascoe is not to be missed!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series - Need a U. S. Version October 1, 2007
Format:DVD
This is a great series that was shown on U. S. TV many years ago. I can't understand why it hasn't been issued in the U. S.

Please note that the Netherlands and British versions sold on this page require a region-free DVD player capable of playing a PAL disk. They will not play on a standard U. S. DVD player/recorder. If you like British TV, you can pick up an inexpensive region-free player on Amazon.

Another excellent season of this delightful mystery series has been issued in England. I only regret that Series 2, like most of the others, only contains four episodes. The episodes on the two disks of the Series 2 DVD are:
Ruling Passion
A Killing Kindness
Deadheads
Exit Lines

Dare we hope that more are to follow?
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please release these for Region 1! November 29, 2007
Format:DVD
This mystery series is such a treat, thanks largely to the acerbic (yet somehow delightful) Warren Clarke, who makes mincemeat of the scenery as the curmudgeonly Dalziel. However, the supporting cast are wonderful as well, and the mysteries thoughtful and suspenseful. Hardly a day goes by that I do not miss the once regular appearance of these mystery movies on a certain cable channel. (That would be A&E; one of the greatest television network misnomers {second only to MTV.} Not that I care; this channel was dead to me the moment they stopped airing MI-5.) At any rate, it is distressing to know that this series continued on without me, and I would give much to have it back on my television.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By BBC fan
Format:DVD
This show has had numerous series in Britain, and yet there are no DVDs available in the US in US format. Why?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Evening with Mr. D-L April 7, 2010
By Mycroft
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There are so many delightful flashing light dramas from the BBC that one more shouldn't make a difference, but if you have been waiting for Mr. D-L to arrive in America this is a red letter day. Dalziel and Pascoe had a brief run on A & E back when A & E actually wanted to bring something new and different to the air waves, instead of recycled crap. It took only one look to hook me, Fat Andy dug in and wouldn't let go and for the last dozen years I have searched impatiently for a DVD formatted for use on North American DVDs. And now it has come. The series is standard television material, an experienced, journeyman police superintendant takes a college educated sargeant under his wing and tries to mature the lad before the villians can kill him. And that is where standard ends. Pascoe fades almost as soon as the camera rolls and Andrew Dalziel steps to the fore front. He's rude, vulgar, loud, and tasteless and completely charming and one hard-nosed, brass-plated copper. There are only three episode on this release and with any other series that would be a shame, but the quality of Dalziel and Pascoe is such that three great episodes only whet the desire for more. The last episode in the set, with Francesca Anis, is both touching and thrilling and amazingly enough our English pals believe that sex does not end with middle-age. So do yourself a favor, buy the disc, buy one for your friends, buy one for Mother's Day, buy one for the office Christmas party gift exchange and maybe we can convince those folks to release more discs. Fat Andy never fails and the only thing better than this set would be the remaining fournteen years of episodes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fat Man Cometh April 18, 2012
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Andy Dalziel: "I'm a growing lad. I need fettling" (Hill 2008:97). The Yorkshire "thee, thine, tha, yon, owt, nowt, nay, aye, mebbe," among other forms of local dialect, add delicious flavor to Reginald Hill's mysteries featuring Dalziel and Pascoe. Those enamored of "chocolate-box" mystery confections may also appreciate the salt-of-the-earth qualities of Detective Superintendent Inspector Andy Dalziel. He's a Borgnine kinda guy, a chewy as the yeast in your bottle-conditioned ale. Though this isn't Midsomer County, Barnaby & Jones, ironically, the body-count in Mid-Yorkshire isn't as high as Midsomer's. Fans appreciate the low-brow toughness of Dalziel. I happen to love the Yorkshire setting, and have read all of Reginald Hill's wonderful, erudite mysteries in the Dalziel & Pascoe series. Warren Clarke is fun as Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel, and Colin Buchanan is the perfect foil as Detective Inspector Peter Pascoe. "With Pasco, a little visual horror went a long way. He'd tried everything from vacuous jocularity to Vedic mantras, but such sights [a corpse] still affected him deeply and later almost invariably replayed themselves on that inward eye which can be the bane of solitude" (Hill 2008:195). David Royle is perfect as Detective Sergeant Wield. Regarding Wieldy, Andy Dalziel says, "if yon's the first face you see on the morning, you don't need Jeeves's fancy hangover cure" (Hill 2008:166).

A Clubbable Woman: This adaptation actually improves on the book, the first and weakest in the series. Along with Dalziel, I love rugby union. Things go dangerously amiss when a randy woman is allowed into the rugby club. The maddening thing with this disk/mystery, is there appears to be a manufacturer's flaw towards the end, where it says "After Three Months" the disk may freeze.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DMVMT
This is a great British series. The blunt-talking Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel doesn't suffer fools gladly, but he has even more trouble with what he calls the 'idiots... Read more
Published 5 days ago by DMVMT
1.0 out of 5 stars not so watchable
I brought this for my father who is from England. He loves this show so I bought it for fathers day. However, when he watched it the disc skipped and had issues. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kara Kirschner
1.0 out of 5 stars Read the books
Reginald Hill became one of my favorite writers. This tv series is a terrible rendering of his stories. Nothing like them.
Published 2 months ago by J. Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series ! I am hooked !
I totally enjoyed season 1 and have also just completed with series 2. These are great mystery's with lots of local color and character studies to enhance the various plots. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bruce Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars Dalziel and Pascoe
I am Pi$$ed!! I have read almost every Dalziel and Pascoe by Reginald Hill (Sorry he died) and have been looking forward to watching the series created on BBC, I believe. Read more
Published 6 months ago by TIMOTHY A. EVERTON
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Brit Hit
Certainly, it is true, that the British did not invent the detective story. The American, Poe. is generally credited with that honor (although, I am sure that one or another... Read more
Published 9 months ago by drkhimxz
1.0 out of 5 stars The DVDs of season one were all defective!
I returned 3 DVD's and never got one that worked properly. Whatever discount I received for ordering multiple dalziel and Pascoe at one time was taken away and so I received a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lulu
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but still defective first episode!
Four stars for the show. Like many other U.K. crime series, this series focuses more on story, wit, and character.

My purchase: Region 1, English subtitles included. Read more
Published 13 months ago by One More Reviewer
3.0 out of 5 stars Defective DVD- Great Series
I would have given it 5 stars but the dvd is defective as others have stated in their reviews. It hangs towards the end of the first movie and you can't get it back on. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ruth Logerquist
5.0 out of 5 stars great
arrived on time and packaged carefully, first disc has a blip in it, at the very end when we learn WHY murder did what he did, interesting . oh well, such is life.
Published 17 months ago by barbie
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I don't know about the made for US version - I only have the Netherlands versions as they were the first to make them available and I've been on the hunt for these shows for years. The shows are broadcast on those DVDs in their original English language format. The subtitles available are in... Read More
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K. Sandness - Oppo dvd players can be made all region in about one minute. All it takes is a simple code that you can find on the web. I imagine that other players can be converted just as fast but have no experience.

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