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Disturbing scenes force you to look away. HD graphic thriller. Gruesome, sinister, dark side and secret side of harsh living.
CI Falcon is a Seville, Spain, homicide dept head with inner turmoil, intriguing past; a drinker, drug user detective. His wife (Emilia Fox- `Silent Witness') left him because he had no heart, only a job. Yet a stunningly beautiful murder suspect (Hayley Atwell- `Pillars of the Earth') attracts him to bed. A boat-load of other UK acting stars find land in Spanish Seville. Ignore the complaint of UK accents in a Spanish locale and enjoy the terror, violence, and suspense. Two episodes connect through plot, crimes, & character study.

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THE BLIND MAN OF SEVILLE
Falcon investigates a scene of forced film viewing & torture. A photo of his artist dad is among the murdered man's stuff. Why? The show is an in-depth character study, more like literature, but then these stories do originate from Robert Wilson novels. Murders for revenge of 3 men's sins. Falcon's father's art dealer (Bernard Hill- "Titanic" captain) knows secrets. If you can stomach the graphic images, violence, nudity and language, it continues in a second feature-length thriller with new murders, and some of the same old personal baggage for some. More regular than guest stars: Kerry Fox (Cloudstreet) & Charlie Creed-Miles.

THE SILENT AND THE DAMNED
Action picks up months later, after Falcon's forced hiatus. But soon he's moved form an apparent suicide to a vagrant death by Chief Commissioner Lobo (Henry Goodman- `Notting Hill'). A 40-yr-cop (Kenneth Cranham) soon to retire pals with Falcon on his return to the office. Falcon finds a connection between 2 murders and a cover-up. Corruption again gets deeply personal. Also has guest stars: Robert Lindsay (H. Hornblower); Martin McCann (Titanic: blood and Steel); & Bill Paterson (Little Dorrit; Wives & Daughters).

This may be considered a 5-star production for those who thrive on the dark side of thrillers.
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on July 20, 2013
What a guy...he's smart, troubled, flawed, mysterious and beautiful, just like Seville, Spain where this is filmed. Don't you dare be put off by his English accent many Brits live in Spain.....the stories are marvelous as well as this gorgeous city, beautiful exterior and interior shots make this an eyeful, wonderful and hope there is many more episodes to come. Yes it's dark, but then, aren't good murder mysteries dark?
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on September 17, 2013
Incredibly imaginative, well acted and compelling photographic images. One rarely comes across DVD's that one can describe as this. Although a British production it certainly maintains the flavour of Saville. I do not think it is anymore graphic nor violent than that one routinely sees, and, if anything, the story line requires this !!! The character of Falcon is not unlike most of the (screen) homocide detectives one sees, e.g. introspective and jaded but at heart a caring police officer. One gets one's good value with this DVD - buy it !!
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on January 11, 2015
We love this series of shows and sure hope they are making more! Very unique, love that it is in Spain, get to see some of the city (if I recall, its Barcelona? have forgotten the city, but one of the larger cities). the acting is great, the lead is wonderul, quirky, full of insecurities, really interesting character. Highly recommend if you like a good detective/mystery.
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on June 9, 2014
This Season One contains just two episodes and both of these episodes are extremely depressing, dark, and very confusing. The character, Falcon, is a police inspector who's hooked on cocaine. Both episodes are based around the death of Falcon's father and Falcon's discovery that he's not really the son of the only father he's ever known. Additionally, there are so many side stories that really have nothing to do with the central theme of the episodes. Please don't waste your money.
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on June 7, 2014
This series is based on a very tortured man and his story is very intriguing well thought out with lots of twist and turns. Keeps you on your toes. Would have got 5 stars is the editing and filming had been less all over the place. At times it takes a minute or two to figure out what's going on. Some of the editing leaves the plot a little vague. BUT in the end it all come together and it really is GOOD.
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on February 22, 2014
A very dark series. Wonderful performance from a favorite actor who hasn't done a lot. He's superb in this and in Asylum. Great cinematography. Meanders a bit, but builds to a stunning conclusion.
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on September 12, 2014
O.K. if you have nothing better in your purchases that you still haven't viewed. Acorn has much better titles than this one in their catalogue. If you don't mind viewing a substance abuser, I'd spend my money on Cracker instead. Also an Acorn series. Cracker's an alcoholic; Falcon is a doper. Both are not particularly likeable but Robbie Coltrane is much better at it.
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on March 5, 2015
The excellent Javier Falcon novels written by Robert Wilson offer intricate plots, multi-layered characters, and psychological and cultural insights. The two books this TV series is based on are The Blind Man of Seville and The Vanished Hands. Perhaps it was an impossible task to translate them successfully to the screen. Little survives the transition. Not only are the plots entirely changed, but so are the characters and their motivations. None of the alterations are an improvement, leaving the books as far superior.

There's something off-putting about British actors playing Spanish characters, particularly when they pronounce Spanish words and names with an accent. They also can't quite get the cultural aspects of the personalities right, so it's difficult to be convinced they're Spanish. The similar "Zen" series had the same challenge with Italian characters. The only actor who strikes the right chord in "Falcon" is Venezuelan Santiago Cabrera, who, although British trained, has lived in Spain.

Like the books, the TV series aims to show the grittier side of Seville -- the one you don't see in postcards. So those hoping for colorful, scenic shots of the city will likely be disappointed. The major landmarks are glimpsed only in passing.

The 16:9 picture quality of the DVDs is quite good, as is the 5.1 surround sound. There are several short bonus features, mainly promotional in nature. The interview with Robert Wilson holds a bit more interest than the others.
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on August 26, 2013
Terrific show and a wonderful cast! Marton Csokas is fabulous as Detective Falcon. And the scenery is to die for. Seville looks so excting . I can't wait for series 2 !
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