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  • Actors: Anthony Valentine, Christopher Strauli, Victor Brooks, Victor Carin, Trevor Ray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BQ1HSY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Biography of author E.W. Hornung
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Imagine a cracking-good British whodunit, in the vein of Miss Marple or Cracker--but told from the point of view of the perp. In the case of Raffles, the hero is A. J. Raffles (the talented, seasoned TV actor Anthony Valentine), a British national cricket champion and gentleman of leisure--who just happens to be a master thief. Raffles features all 14 hour-long episodes of the 1977 series adapted from the stories by E. W. Hornung (brother-in-law of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). Valentine plays Raffles as a man who can't wait to take the English aristocracy down a peg or two, diamond necklace by diamond necklace. His partner in crime is his old school chum Bunny (Christopher Strauli), who's often dragged into the muck of Raffles's capers before he realizes it's too late. Raffles is cleverly plotted and delightfully written, and the actors seem to be having the time of their lives. And while Raffles winks at the adventures of its hero, who clearly channels Cary Grant in It Takes a Thief, it also delivers a deft jab at stratified British society. It's OK to lift a few gems from the über-privileged, Raffles seems to suggest, since our hero has such a jolly good time getting away with it--and besides, there are ever so many more where those came from. The other part of the thrill is staying one step ahead of Scotland Yard's Inspector Mackenzie (Victor Carin), as situations become ever more dire, and wickets ever more sticky. The boxed set contains the series' pilot episode, which, oddly, was never broadcast, and which does an excellent job of setting up the personalities of Raffles and Bunny. It also includes an interesting bio of Hornung, and each episode begins with a text blurb that sets up the action without giving away any spoilers, so the viewer can decide just which caper suits the mood. Splendid! --A.T. Hurley

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Adventures of a gentleman thief in Victorian England

A dashing aristocrat turns criminal in this classic British drama

Meet A.J. Raffles (Anthony Valentine, Callan, The Commander), a gentleman of leisure and a first-class cricketer. But when he’s not dining at his club or taking wickets for England, he’s often engaged in his other favorite activity--relieving the wealthy of their riches.

A master of accents and disguise, Raffles is assisted by his old school chum "Bunny" Manders (Christopher Strauli, Only When I Laugh). Always eager but often bewildered, Bunny follows his friend into the most complex of predicaments and deadliest of situations, likely as not pursued by the dogged Inspector Mackenzie (Victor Carin, Sutherland’s Law) of Scotland Yard.

Anthony Valentine and a stellar cast of British actors deliver superb performances in these beautifully crafted adaptations of the work of E.W. Hornung, brother-in-law of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In each episode, the roguish Raffles and his intrepid companion set out to plunder the wealth of the aristocracy, stay out of the reach of the law, and revel in the thrill of the game.

Contains partial nudity

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Very funny stuff.
C. Alford
There are a couple of murders, but nothing the least bit gory.
Ronald C. Phillips
His lifestyle of the rich-&-famous makes him needy often.
Harold Wolf

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 28, 2010
`Raffles' is a sophisticated, Victorian, aristocracy Robin Hood thief that robs from the rich and KEEPS IT. Such fun. A revolutionary form of a British crime series. Thievery is vulgar, Raffles admits, but he, when in need, feels justified. His lifestyle of the rich-&-famous makes him needy often. The London Victorian era crime is presented from the thief's point of view. Raffles considers himself a virtuous thief--only doing it to keep debts current and remain socially elite. Quite right-good show. You've never seen anything quite like it.

A.J.Raffles (Anthony Valentine-`Callan' 'Coronation Street' `The Commander') is cool, witty, and London's finest diamond thief, his favorite heist. He dresses impeccably, as does all the cast due to well earned Best Costume and Make-Up award nominations. Delightful & historical Victorian sets/props/costumes.
Costumes are lovely, from nightgowns to evening ware. Raffles has an old school chum, Bunny Manders (Christopher Strauli-`Only When I Laugh' `Full House') who is definitely not as `quick' as Raffles, a bit socially awkward, but helpful, especially when someone is needed to take a fall, or a bump or two. Poor Bunny, Raffles should treat him better. Bunny strives to do his share, make himself worthy.

This strikingly different British Crime Series is based on original writing by E.W. Hornung. His bio is included in the bonus material.
NO subtitles, but unnecessary for accent.
The 14 episodes begin with the PILOT, exclusively DVD available here.
A period series that already has a cult-like following and will live forever due to its unusual perspective to burglary.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 11, 2010
Raffles: The Complete Collection is the four-disc DVD set collecting the entire television adaptation of the roguish adventures of Raffles (a character originally created by E.W. Hornung, brother-in-law of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). By day, A.J. Raffles (played by Anthony Valentine) is a championship cricketer and gentleman of leisure; but when he isn't in the public eye, he pursues is other passion - surreptitiously plundering the fortunes of the wealthy! In addition to his extraordinary expertise with accents and disguises, Raffles also has the assistance of his easily perplexed friend "Bunny" Manders (played by Christopher Strauli). Their weaving through oft-deadly predicaments between a rock, a hard place, and the persistently hostile efforts of Inspector Mackenzie (played by Victor Carin) makes for a grand adventure. Raffles consists of fourteen episodes, including the never-before-released pilot episode, as well as a biography of author E.W. Hornung and production notes. An absolute treat for anyone who loves British drama! 4 DVDs, 726 min., 4:3 full screen, color.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ronald C. Phillips on July 20, 2010
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Imaginative, witty, clever and chic, here is a series which can charm everyone, unless of course one happens to be a member of the British aristocracy who drip with diamonds, rubies or pearls (preferably diamonds). Anthony Valentine (a name not too well known in North America) lends his considerable acting talents to the character of RAFFLES, a superb high-class gentleman who maintains his place in society by robbing from the very rich. However, unlike the famous Robin Hood of a much earlier era, Raffles does not redistribute the fabulous wealth to the poor; rather, he keeps it for himself and shares it with his faithful side-kick, Mr. Bunny Manders (Christopher Strauli). "After all, good fellow, there are certain standards to maintain!"
In every episode there are faces with whom those who watch BBC, or Acorn, or Ecosse Films are very familiar. It is one thing about British actors: they will take any part, no matter how small, and do a superb job of it. So, the very fact that there are so many of them means we see them again and again. And, they continue to do wonderful jobs in any part.
The plots in this series are very convoluted and one often is asea as to how Raffles comes up with some of the things he assumes, but those are part of the total charm. There are a couple of murders, but nothing the least bit gory. In fact, there is no profanity, no sex, no mad=cap chases, no blood-baths...only good clean fun. Not only that, it is SO VERY ENGLISH in every respect. The writers seem to take particular care to poke fun at British mannerisms, and in fact, all of the British stereotypes.
If you have to see blood and gore, explosions, wild adventure and the like, forget RAFFLES. But if you like to be entertained and delighted at the impossible plot-lines, droll statements, clever assumptions and plain superb acting, then RAFFLES is exactly what you want.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lowcountry cyclist on February 2, 2011
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I'd forgotten how much I had enjoyed these on PBS. I am very happy to have them. No subtitles, but easy to understand the dialog.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. B. on December 22, 2010
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Saw this years ago, most likely on PBS, and it's stuck with me ever since. It's a lovely production, the sets and dialogue really draw you in and make you feel like you're in another decade.

Unfortunately, my rating has to be 4 stars because ACORN didn't add subtitles, something that I thought all DVDs were supposed to have. I'm not hard-of-hearing, but sometimes the audio or a thick accent garbles a word and that takes away from the overall enjoyment of the experience.

Still...If you want to have a good time with a likable scoundrel and his sidekick, I recommend RAFFLES. It's a wonderful way to while-away an afternoon, sipping tea and laughing at upper class high-jinks and impecunious young men inadvertently saving the day.
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CC or Subtitles on Raffles
On Acornmedia.com they state no subtitles, no cc The UK version is supposed to have cc, (according to one reviewer) but does not include the first episode. It has 13 episodes, instead of 14.
I see we are still both searching for good series with subtitles... "sigh".
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