Rebus - Set 1
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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 Rankins 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 Rebuss condescending manner at first, but grudgingly comes to respect her gruff partners abilities. Together, they conduct their investigations under the watchful and sometimes jealous eye of their boss, Chief Super Gill Templer (Jennifer Black, Local Hero)Rebuss 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.
- Two mysteries: "The Falls" and "Fleshmarket Close"
- Ian Rankin biography
- Cast filmographies
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Scratch free but sound quality poor on 2nd disc,still happy though.Published 18 months ago by Jennifer Dougan
I thought it was a pretty bad interpretation of the novels - the city of Edinburgh did not feature - in the books Edinburgh is more part of the action, the dialogue was indistinct... Read morePublished 23 months ago by peter wise
Ian Rankin's books about Detective Inspector John Rebus' work on the "seedy side" of Edinburgh - the underbelly if you will - are riveting. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Scots Heather
Even though this was back a few years, I loved the acting and the action in these DVDs. I believed all the characters, also how they played off each other.Published on June 8, 2013 by Mark Wickstrum
My husband and I really like all the British mysteries, but this one is a bit different. It makes you think about it. There is a lot of discussion after we have watched Rebus.Published on March 19, 2013 by Happy Senior
I love watching TV shows that take place in other countries. In this case, we have two mysteries that take place in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Mark Colan
This follow up to the pilot starring John Hannah introduces a steadier, less destructive Rebus in the person of Ken Stott. Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by mistery002