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Rebus - Set 1

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Product Description

Based on Ian Rankin’s bestselling crime thrillers

Ken Stott (Shallow Grave, The Vice, Messiah) brings the brooding Inspector John Rebus to life on screen, straight off the pages of Edgar®-winning Ian Rankin’s crime novels. Haunted by his own failings and the human tragedies that he faces every day, Rebus relentlessly pursues truth under the leaden skies of modern-day Edinburgh. His eager young sidekick, DS Siobhan Clarke (Claire Price, Poirot: The Hollow, The Whistle-Blower) resents Rebus’s condescending manner at first, but grudgingly comes to respect her gruff partner’s abilities. Together, they conduct their investigations under the watchful and sometimes jealous eye of their boss, Chief Super Gill Templer (Jennifer Black, Local Hero)—Rebus’s former flame.

With its sardonic, hard-drinking hero, twisting plots, and atmospherics as dense as fog off the firth, Rebus serves up two engrossing mysteries in the best film noir tradition.

Rebus: Set 1 includes the first two episodes in the morally and narratively complex, British mystery television series in which actor Ken Stott (I'll Sleep When I'm Dead) replaces John Hannah as the Edinburgh, Scotland detective inspector created by novelist Ian Rankin. The middle-aged John Rebus and young partner Siobhan Clarke (Claire Price, replacing Gayanne Potter) take on a bizarre serial killer in "The Falls," a vengeance-seeking killer taking aim at the members of a wealthy family and their acquaintances in the medical profession. "Fleshmarket Close" is a sad story set in a poor immigrant community little-known to Edinburgh tourists. The disappearance of a young woman from a housing project brings Rebus and Clarke into a case that quickly grows with the murder of a Kurdish man and the vanishing of a local hoodlum. The link between all these people proves baffling, but the case takes the lid off a protection racket, abuses at a detention center holding innocent immigrants, and a few secrets suppressed by well-meaning community activists. Viewers and readers familiar with Rebus won't be surprised by the way the hero's personal life frequently intertwines with his cases. Few detective heroes are surrounded by as many ex-lovers as the aging Scots sleuth. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Two mysteries: "The Falls" and "Fleshmarket Close"
  • Trailer
  • Ian Rankin biography
  • Cast filmographies

Product Details

  • Actors: Ken Stott, Claire Price, Jennifer Black, Tony Donaldson, Natalie Dormer
  • Directors: Matthew Evans
  • Writers: Daniel Boyle, Ian Rankin
  • Producers: Alan J. Wands, Eric Coulter
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FS9FGW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rebus - Set 1" on IMDb

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By R. Clark on August 19, 2006
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Ken Stott looks the part of Rebus more than John Hannah, and Claire Price DEFINITELY looks the part of Siobhan more than Gayanne Potter. The supporting cast is equally effective, and the stories (Ian Rankin's The Falls and Fleshmarket Close) are translated to the screen reasonably well.

Still, things are definitely lacking here. Gone was every ounce of Rebus' ongoing personal narrative, and the stories are much weaker for it. Gone also was that sense of self-destructiveness that is so very Rebus. These two stories have been reduced to simply average British mysteries. Not bad by any means, but no where near as gripping as Hannah's Rebus. If you're looking for Ian Rankin's stories to come alive on the screen, pick up John Hannah's Rebus.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on May 18, 2008
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"Rebus," is another superb British crime drama/police procedural television series, based on the work of best selling Scottish author Ian Rankin. We've been seeing this series on BBC America, though it is not a British Broadcasting Corporation production; rather one by Independent Television (ITV). The series is set in the beautiful tourist city of Edinburgh, capital of Scotland, as are the author's works; however, in this production, as in the books on which it's based, we see the beautiful tourist city only in passing, on our way to such menacing high-rise subsidized housing, council housing as the British call it, as "Knoxland,"where the action takes place.

Rankin's first Rebus novel, "Knots & Crosses," was published in 1987, to great critical acclaim. He was accredited with helping to create "tartan noir,"a Scottish take on the usual mystery; tougher, bloodier, more nasty-minded, and delivered with that sardonic Scots humor. Since then, he's won the prestigious "Edgar," and become the United Kingdom's best selling mystery author; his works have been translated into 22 languages. Luckily for us all, he's published quite a bit, so that the TV series has his actual works on which to be based.

The novels used for Set 1 have been adapted for TV by Daniel Boyle (AKA Danny Boyle), greatly talented Celtic writer/director, who's written such series as "Hamish Macbeth," "Inspector Morse," and "Taggart," and has given us such movies as "Trainspotting," and "Twenty-Eight Days Later." He conveys the tension and atmosphere of the originals admirably; gives us many plot twists and turns, and the ironic local wit. Location photography in the city of Edinburgh is excellent, giving us its damp, cold, foggy ambiance. Disk 1, "The Falls," concerns a really unhappy high profile family.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Seen Them All on May 23, 2006
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Set in Scotland this is a BBC television series starring John Hannah as an Edinburgh Homicide Detective. Well written and very well acted. Shows the seedy side of Scotland the tourists don't see. The Scottish accents are hard to understand at times but the story lines more than make up for it. Highly Recommended..!!.......Additional Comment: when I did this review there was no photo of the set posted so I made a's the correction....the original "REBUS" starred John Hannah and is more "gritty and realistic" than the later versions starring Ken Stott as "Rebus". Both are the same character with two different actors and filmed at different times....both are good but the "original" with John Hannah I believe is better. Sorry for the confusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cat lady 4 on August 1, 2014
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I like the show. I checked it out from the library before buying. Than I began reading the books. I think Ken Stott makes a better Rebus than John Hannah did in his REBUS collection. Neither does a very good job of casting the secondary characters, and of course the stories aren't exactly like the books. I know they can't be too faithful to the novels, but it still bugs me. Like the Dalziel and Pascoe series, I wish they would not mess up a good book if they can't do it right - just write their own screen play based on the characters so you know ahead of time there will be a lot of changes. Even so, It is a good rather gritty series and worth seeing. But read the books = they are better.
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I have now read all of Ian Rankin's Rebus books. They are complex in terms of multiple plots, but move right along with no excess verbiage like some authors. They seem very realistic, though I am sure they exaggerate the crime scene in Edinburgh. The city itself in a major character in the books. Some find the language offensive, but I think it is realistic, unlike what you hear on US TV. This UK TV series is based on Ian Rankin's books, but not verbatim. Unlike the earlier series, the atmosphere is the same as in the books, including the swearing. Ken Stott and the other actors are exactly as I pictured Rebus and the other characters from the books. My only complaint is that the DVDs have CC instead of subtitles, and my BluRay player doesn't read them. Sometimes the Scottish English is a little hard to follow.
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By diane k on January 11, 2014
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The crimes are just as depraved and dangerous and disgusting but the solutions don't necessarily require gunfire by the police investigators as in our crime dramas in the U.S. Often the worst violence is perpetrated by the offenders themselves against themselves, but mostly the offenders are just caught and society is brought back to a kind of equilibrium by a squad of professional human beings. These officers of the law are just like you and me but with an awsome responsibility to the society we live in. Ken Stott as Rebus brings Ian Rankin's characters to life showing the love they both have for their city and families and friends. You just get to want them to succeed to make this world a better place.
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