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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • Run Time: 273 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,832 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Terrific" —The Australian
"Thrilling murder mystery" —The Sun (U.K.)

Based on the bestselling crime fiction by Ken Bruen

Self-destructive, pigheaded, and overfond of the bottle, Jack Taylor (Iain Glen, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey) is a forty-something ex-cop trying to earn a living as a private detective in his native Galway. Taylor has burned a lot of bridges, but he still has a knack for uncovering ugly truths. In his new trade, Taylor finds evil at every turn: the serial murders of young female factory workers, a vicious vigilante group executing summary justice, and a sadistic nun dubbed "Lucifer" by her former charges.

Set against the rugged backdrop of western Ireland, this crime noir series depicts a country in transition, caught between the certainties of the past and the anxieties of a post-bubble future. Those same strains play out in the life of Jack Taylor, a man seeking to reinvent himself in a community with a long memory and an uneasy attitude towards change. Includes three feature-length mysteries: The Guards, The Pikemen, and The Magdalen Martyrs.

Contains coarse language and violence

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series...,but where are episodes 4 & 5? April 7, 2013
By DeDe
Gritty well acted interesting plot lines really liked this series- but what happened to episode 4 & 5? Seems all wrong that this set was put out with only three of the five first series episodes- disappointing.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Intense suspense throughout. Ex-cop turned PI who investigates with wild action, deadly results, and passion on multiple fronts. Excellent writing of plot mixing in threads. Based on bestseller Ken Bruen novels. This guy investigates his own way, and usually gets a round of beating in each episode. He's tough, has to be, the crimes are ugly, and the solutions are amazingly woven together making it near impossible not to be surprised at the end. A solid support cast for Iain Glen (Downton Abbey) who shines as Jack Taylor.

Regulars include Sup. Clancy (Frank O'Sullivan); Cody the new partner (Killian Scott); Garda Kate Noonan (Nora-Jane Noone), her partner DS Kavanagh (Nick Lee) & more. Also has guest stars. All you want in a good new tough Irish crime drama. And it's filmed in Galway, beautiful Connemara region.
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1 The Guards
4 young female suicides; but Jack's hired by a missing 18-yr-old girl's mom after being forced to resign from the Garda (Irish Cops). He's surviving as a Pvt.Eye and gets help from old pal Sutton (Ralph Brown). What's the mom's (Tara Breathnach) real motive? She seems suspicious. Father Malachy (Paraic Breathnach) also is a regular.

2 The Pikemen
Pikemen: vigilantes on the Galway streets, face-off with Taylor during a PvtEye investigation. Has Taylor crossed that fine line of law? A young follower, Cody, and old flame Ann (Tara Breathnach, seen in the 1st episode) complicate the almost sober ex-cop. The urban myth Pikemen frame Jack.

3 The Magdalen Martyrs
Taylor's hired to find Magdalen Laundries former nasty nun, "Lucifer", known for brutality to girls. Jack's warned off, the hard way, by Cassell (Liam Carney- `Angela's Ashes'), Irish drug baron.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Fan April 3, 2013
This set is great! It's my new favorite. I saw this set on Acorn T.V. and just love it. It is so well acted. The story telling is wonderful. I haven't read the books but I will now. An absolute must for any Mystery fan. I hope there is a second set!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Hiburnian noir tales...about a Galway gumshoe..... September 28, 2013
When Jack Taylor (Iain Glen) puts on his stolen regulation double-breasted Garda coat with the brass buttons, watch out! Jack Taylor is Ken Bruen's fictional detective/private eye/finder. He has been dismissed from the Garda Síochána (Irish police) and is now finding things for people in Galway, Ireland. The Irish call their gumshoes "finders" since "private eye" sounds too much like "informer"...

Three 90-minute films are in this first collection: they were filmed in 2010-2011 and directed by Stuart Orme.

"The Guards" introduces Jack Taylor and is based on the debut series novel by Ken Bruen. After his dismissal from the Garda, Taylor finds refuge in a local boarding house and frequents a nearby pub. A worried mother hires him to find her missing 18-year-old daughter after a series of apparent suicides have left four young girls drugged and drowned in Galway Bay. Taylor receives some assistance from a fellow Garda named Kate Noonan and Superintendent Clancy (Frank O'Sullivan).

"The Pikemen" is a yarn written in Bruen's Hibernian noir style and characterization. It is a typical vigilante story about eight men who wear black hoods, kill with pikes, and have a twisted sense of who deserves to live and who deserves to die. The story includes a naïve young man Cody Farraher who sees Jack as a hero, the best "finder" in western Ireland. Taylor is arrested on suspicion of murdering a local businessman and is forced to rely on Cody to help clear his name.

"The Magdalen Martyrs" returns to Bruen's gritty and brutal storytelling and is adapted from his novel of the same name. Taylor (with Cody's help) is hired to look into past abuses at the infamous Magdalen laundry, the city's home for "wayward girls.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The primary draw to this collection of Irish made-for-TV movies is the great character actor Iain Glen. While I've seen Glen in dozens of projects, he is currently starring in HBO's stellar adaptation of "Game of Thrones." As the right hand of Daenerys Targaryen (EMMY nominee Emilia Clarke), he has miraculously lasted three seasons without meeting a beheading or other violent end! No small accomplishment there! "Jack Taylor" is, as I mentioned, a series of movies that started in 2010. The Set One DVD release collects the three earliest works: The Guards, The Pikemen, and The Magdalen Martyrs. There have been two others that have already aired overseas (The Dramatist and Priest) with four more on the decks (The Killing of The Tinkers, Cross, Sanctuary and The Devil). Therefore, it appears that a Set Two and Set Three might be on their way in the future. So if you love the Jack Taylor films (and enough people buy the DVD), there are more adventures in the offing.

I watch a lot of international TV, especially crime drama, and it's such an overcrowded field that it has become virtually impossible to tell new or intriguing stories. "Jack Taylor" is adapted from the novels of Ken Bruen and in addition to the presence of Glen, it offers two other unique selling points: The individual plots are appropriately twisty and the series benefits from a real sense of location. Set mostly in Galway, the township and its inhabitants figure prominently into the success of the franchise. This is gritty stuff. A disgraced cop, Taylor leads a troubled life straddling between the law enforcement community and the seamier underbelly of polite society. Taylor takes on cases that the police ignore, and this leads to many confrontations from just about every angle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars great disappointment because we love the
Sheer unredeemable violence, nasty stories, no redeeming qualities whatsoever; great disappointment because we love the actor
Published 14 days ago by Sunflower
4.0 out of 5 stars Pickle That Liver Boy!
TV crime thrillers have gotten better over the years. Crime lab tools, cell phones, forensics etc. have helped make them more sophisticated. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Eric Sanberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
we enjoyed this series very much and have just orders series 2 cannot wait.
Published 21 days ago by vonnie
5.0 out of 5 stars love it. thank
fast delivery, love it. thank you
Published 1 month ago by dana h
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Redeeming Value
This is a series that has escaped me. I am a mystery/police procedural buff, so finally took a look. Read more
Published 1 month ago by prisrob
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by BigDog
5.0 out of 5 stars love, love
love ,love, love this series
Published 2 months ago by Nora A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 2 months ago by william tumbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody and Tortured, Just Like the Books
Jack Taylor (US Region DVD) stars Iain Glen as the eponymous anti-hero of Ken Bruen's long-running mystery series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by d70sfan
3.0 out of 5 stars Great actor, but poor writing
He's gorgeous & his acting is wonderful, but the writing was terrible. Too bad, as it's a pleasure to watch him act.
Published 2 months ago by Jan
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