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Rebus - Set 3 (2007)

Ken Stott , Claire Price  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ken Stott, Claire Price, Jennifer Black, Gregor Gillespie, John Hannah
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 273 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00180IPPS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,009 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rebus - Set 3" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Four mysteries: Resurrection Men, The First Stone, The Naming of the Dead, Knots and Crosses
  • Ian Rankin biography
  • Cast filmographies

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Product Description

As Seen on BBC America

Four gripping mysteries:

  • Resurrection Men
  • The First Stone
  • The Naming of the Dead
  • Knots and Crosses
  • In Detective Inspector John Rebus, the hero of Ian Rankin’s bestselling crime novels, Ken Stott (Charlie Wilson’s War, Casanova, Messiah) has found what critics call "a role he was born to play." Incorrigible, insubordinate, and deeply troubled, the hard-drinking Scottish detective plays by his own rules, hounding down murderers in modern-day Edinburgh with a single-mindedness that his superiors barely tolerate. Rebus’s partner, Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke (Claire Price, Poirot: The Hollow, Twelfth Night), learns from him even while she covers for him.

    These four grim, hard-boiled mysteries—including those based on Resurrection Men (Edgar Award®, Best Novel) and The Naming of the Dead (British Book Award, Crime Thriller of the Year)—show Rebus at his wiliest and most willful.

    DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE Ian Rankin biography and cast filmographies.

    The bitter, scowling Scottish detective John Rebus returns in four more grim and twisty mysteries, based on the hugely popular crime novels of Ian Rankin. The excellent Ken Stott again plays the surly sleuth as a bull in a china shop, who follows his gut and is rarely wrong. "Knots and Crosses" begins where most detective stories end, with the criminal on trial; when a confession proves inadmissible, Rebus finds himself under investigation as he tries to find out why a stabbing in an alley escalates into a series of killings. "The Naming of the Dead" uses the backdrop of the WTO protests in Edinburgh as Rebus falls for the sister of a government minister who may or may not have committed suicide--and for once, he may let his personal involvement get in the way of his dogged pursuit. In "The First Stone," the Scottish clergy work to keep Rebus from tearing the veil from a decades-old cover-up. And in "Resurrection Men," based on one of Rankin's most acclaimed books, Rebus is forced into a disciplinary treatment program, where a couple of corrupt cops try to lure him over to their side. This last film gives Rebus' partner, Siobhan Clarke (Claire Price, Poirot: The Hollow), the chance to spearhead an investigation and not merely follow in Rebus' wake--but of course, even when he's been taken off a case, he badgers her into seeing things his way. It must be noted that over the course of these four 70 minute TV-movies, Rebus may be becoming a lovable rogue (the sort whose gruff exterior hides a heart of gold) instead of the genuinely bilious, obsessive misanthrope that made the series so distinctive and fascinating. Nonetheless, the complex plots, vigorous performances, and crisp direction will keep you engaged. --Bret Fetzer

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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Not for every taste, but... November 28, 2008
    By RCHEV
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    Rebus is an aquired taste--but, then, so is great Islay single-malt.

    One might remember the "original" Rebus--John Hannah, a fine actor completely over-matched by the character. But Ken Stott OWNS this guy...much the same way that Alec Guiness so completely inhabited George Smiley that John LeCaree found it impossible to write more about the intelligence don.

    These shows are terrific--and keep getting better. Let us pray that more are in the works. Nothing equals UK television (when it's really good) and, most of all, that seemingly effortless, contained, deep British acting. It must be in the genes.

    One complaint: the Scottish accents are VERY authentic. Sub-titles needed for the brogue-impaired!
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "A Wee Dram" Will Do You June 20, 2008
    "Rebus Set 3," as seen on BBC America, is newly-released. It was made by Britain's Independent Television (ITV), although it's being seen on the BBC channel on these shores. Like the others in this superb series, it's a police procedural excellently filmed in Edinburgh, though not the bits of it with which tourists are familiar. Furthermore, scenes, whether on the streets or in the police station, are crowded with people and cars, of correct-looking vintage, rushing around. The people have also apparently been encouraged to speak in the local dialect, which adds immeasurably to the engrossing "foreign" flavor of these productions; although the dialog might be impenetrable to those of us on these shores without the unadvertised subtitles thoughtfully provided by Acorn. The series is, of course, based on the Inspector Rebus novels, also set in Edinburgh, written by prize-winning, best selling Scottish author Ian Rankin. He's tipped by such of his colleagues as best-selling American crime novelist James Ellroy, as the progenitor and #1 practitioner of "tartan noir,"the Scottish adaptation of noir fiction: bloodier and more bloody-minded than the usual, boasting that scorching Scottish humor.

    This series features four more taut offerings from the hit British series of crime thrillers, including "Resurrection Men," based on the Edgar-Award for Best Novel-winning book of the same name; and "The Naming of the Dead," based on the book of the same name that won the British Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year. Also"Knots and Crosses," based on an earlier book, the first Rebus novel, published in 1987 to great critical acclaim. And "The First Stone," apparently an original screenplay using Rankin's characters.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better July 20, 2008
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    I am a fanatic for the British style police and mystery shows.
    The Rebus series is down to earth, gritty and the main character often seems like the victim rather than the hero so he does not end up with smiles on his face and handshakes all aroung. He does solve the case(s) though and has a heart for the downtrodden, something lacking in most others. In other words, the series has gotten a little better each time out and I hope it does not end. On top of that, I have spent time in Scotland but still need the closed captions at times and this set has them.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Rebus, We Hardly Knew Ye August 4, 2012
    Ian Rankin's 'Rebus' police/procedural series, a series that takes place in Edinburgh, was my favorite mystery novel. I read each one,savoring the cases and the man,Rebus. How could a television series replicate this man? Well, it can't, but it comes darn close.

    I have always pictured, DI, Detective Inspector, Rebus as a rumble tumble guy, smokes and drinks too much. Grey haired, clothes a mess but clean, sort of. Ken Stott fits the bill, though I pictured Rebus a little taller. Too much of a ladies man is this Rebus, but, other than that, pretty close. DS, Detective Sargeant, Siohban Clarke, played by Claire Price, is exactly right. Slim, intelligent, thoughtful, pretty, and independent. Detective Chief Superintendent, Gill Templar, played by Jennifer Black is superb. Just the right amount of bossiness and attractive, to boot. These are the three that appear in each of the episodes. The hair styles may change with Siohban andbTemplar, but Rebus remains, Rebus, always the same.

    The cases are taken from Ian Rankin's books, but there the similarity changes. Not much is the same, and the storyline is either changed or exemplified for television. However, they are engrossing, and though many try to take Rebus down, no one succeeds .
    The scenes of Glasgow are much like I pictured, and they bring the storyline much to the fore.

    There are two different Rebus, one is younger and not to my liking. I much prefer the older version in Ken Stott. This is a more realistic, hard edged,and hard nosed Rebus. Some morals left, but his real job is to solve the crime, and if you get away, he promises to find you.

    Highly Recommended. prisrob 08-04-12

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    3.0 out of 5 stars Needs subtitles July 4, 2014
    By Emma L.
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    I like this series. Lost a star for not having subtitles. I'm a bit hard of hearing but mostly need them for some hard-to-get accents. Still, easier than the John Hannah series. I haven't read the novels recently enough to say how they compare with the programs, but worth watching in themselves. There are many more novels- I hope for more films- TV or movies.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great detective series
    Fantastic gritty series, Ken Stott is amazing as Rebus
    Published 1 month ago by TC
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus is Still Fighting the Good Fight
    Where would we be without the Rebuses of this world to still be out there trying to right the wrongs with honor and humane intelligent police work. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by diane k
    4.0 out of 5 stars Ken Stott is Rebus
    I have read most of Ian Rankin's Rebus novels and have watched most of the episodes in the TV series on Netflix. Ken Stott and Clair Price are perfect as Rebus and Clarke. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Donald E. Dozer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Love Rebus!
    Rebus is a Scottish institution. Love the actors in this series as well as the stories and plenty of Edinburgh scenery thrown in. Gotta love THAT!
    Published 19 months ago by WrittenWordLover
    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent series
    Rebus is well written, well acted, and thought provoking. We watch Rebus, and spend a lot of time rehashing everything.
    Published 19 months ago by Happy Senior
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    This set is excellent! If you enjoy crime drama's then this is a series for you! It is not exactly treu to the books and some plots are completely different but still awesome! Read more
    Published 21 months ago by NTamer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipment, excellent quality product
    I was thrilled with the service and product and would definitely buy from shis source sgain.
    Published on June 7, 2010 by Scots Heather
    5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB DRAMA
    Published on May 9, 2010 by sabu
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent British Series
    Why are the British so good at these murder mysteries? You will want the entire set.
    Published on December 21, 2009 by Charles Valenzuela
    3.0 out of 5 stars Only watched Knots and Crosses, hope the rest are better
    Let me state first that I am a fan of Ian Rankin and have read almost all of the Rebus novels. I tried watching Knots and Crosses this weekend. Read more
    Published on September 3, 2008 by DerekH
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