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Jack Taylor: Set 1 (2010)

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Case Histories: Set 2
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.


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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 (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BQXTCVS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,399 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

BONUS Photo galleries for each mystery

SDH subtitles

Editorial Reviews

"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
Format:DVD
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
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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
Format:DVD
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Hiburnian noir tales...about a Galway gumshoe..... September 28, 2013
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We Considered this a Treat November 6, 2013
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Jack Taylor, (2011). This television series of noir mysteries is set in the current day, in and around Galway on Ireland's rugged western coast. It features, obviously, Jack Taylor, who has been kicked off the Guarda, Ireland's police force, for booze-related infractions. He is now working as a "finder" (private eye) in Galway City, and, seated, drink in hand, in his favorite bar, he takes on cases the cops won't touch. As based on the crime fiction of Ken Bruen, this acclaimed Irish series, recommended for mature audiences, stars Iain Glen as Taylor: battered, disheveled, hard-boiled. Set includes three feature-length mysteries on three DVDs: The Guards, The Pikemen, and The Magdalen Martyrs, runs 4 ½ hours, and, thank you Acorn, with all the Irish brogue, has subtitles. (Apparently, two more of this feature length series that were made will be released shortly.)

Taylor is ably played by Iaian Glen, a charismatic Scottish-born actor who plays Sir Richard Carlyle in Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Complete Seasons 1, 2, & 3 DVD Set (Original U.K. Edition), and Mormont in Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season. He has also played in The Iron Lady, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider , and Harry Brown. In THE GUARDS, Anne Henderson hires him to look for her missing teenage daughter, who she fears was the latest in a series of suspicious local 'suicides', of young girls.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I thought I would really like this as love this guy in game of thrones
I thought I would really like this as love this guy in game of thrones, hated it as he seems so down trodden in this series will not buy season 2
Published 9 days ago by jayne
5.0 out of 5 stars this is great stuff.
Iain Glen IS Jack Taylor. the ultimate anti-hero.so real, so flawed,so human. this is great stuff.
Published 11 days ago by billy hayden
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly hated it.
I dont understand all these positive reviews at all. I received mine yesterday and we just hated it. So boring and slow. About to throw it away as I write this.
Published 12 days ago by oldnoble447
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing
"If there's one thing I have learned, it's not that time passes. We pass." - Jack Taylor, Series 1. Iain Glen deeply inhabits this role; art and pathos combine in this finely... Read more
Published 14 days ago by FYI
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best Irish Cop series I've seen!
Published 17 days ago by Historybuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Video streamers please read before buying DVDs
This review was written for set 2 but I thought it might be helpful for set 1. If you have Netscape streaming video you will find that they have all 6 episodes marked as S1,... Read more
Published 22 days ago by wombat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Liked it very much
Watched the first story, done very well. Can't wait to watch the next 2. Will probably purchase Set 2 when available.
Published 1 month ago by Ronald J. Dombrowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Yikes... I hear the pipes a callin
Loved it. Very Irish. Good kind of gritty. Some rock em sock em. Good stories... Good actors. Location is Ireland. Im goin for Set 2.
Published 1 month ago by Sharren T..Home6
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Territory
Iain Glen’s Jack Taylor is a an ex-cop in Galway. Jack drinks too much, smokes too much and gets beat up way too often. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard B. Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good show...
Really enjoy the main actor in this show, looking forward to set 2 of this show, have ordered it already...enjoy the main character on the tv show Game of Thrones also.
Published 3 months ago by Steve Sawyer
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