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  • Actors: George Baker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009NZ6PM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,751 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Inspector Wexford delves into two harrowing murder cases. Road Rage – a deadly tale of eco-terrorism, out-of-control anger and kidnapping. Simisola – a haunting case of multiple murder and racism.

Simisola

Racism can turn deadly even in a small English town.

Two women are murdered. One is missing. A fourth has been viciously beaten and barely alive. She will provide Chief Inspector Wexford with the key that once turned, will lead him down a path as uncompromising as it is spine-chilling.

Road Rage

A mesmerizing tale of eco-terrorism.

While violent clashes between tree-cutters and protesters escalate, so does the police search for a missing girl. This harrowing case of out-of-control anger, kidnap and murder puts Chief Inspector Wexford to a terrifying test in a desperate race against time.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jammer on March 7, 2007
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"Simisola," an unvarnished slant on race relations and immigration in England, is a 108,000-word, 120-character police procedural with a novelette-sized core. Serious readers are forced into constant back-referencing to keep tabs on this multitude. But forget the book. Adapted to film by Alan Plater, directed by Jim Goddard, with "dubbing editors" and a film editor, the DVD production staff deserves lots of credit, the adaptation surpassing the novel: Tens-of-thousands of words involving Inspector Rexford's family life and all but 35 credited characters and related irrelevancies are trimmed away to produce the lean 103-minute 1996 TV production whose quality and style is comparable to an average Midsomer Murders TV episode.

If it weren't for Rendell's annoying MO (both in Road Rage and Simisola) of not saying something in 100 words if 300 will do, this reviewer might recommend reading Road Rage in lieu of the 1998 197-minute TV adaptation, the 110,000-word novel being far more cohesive and substantive than Simisola. Yet another police procedural, Road Rage deals with the kidnapping of hostages by a group opposing the environmental and other havoc threatened by a new bypass road. Adapted by George Baker (who also plays Inspector Wexford!), and directed by Bruce MacDonald, much of the book's excess verbiage was trimmed and the cast whittled down to 34 credited characters. Though the essence of the novel is preserved, it's too bad the producers didn't fall back on the proven Plater/Goddard team for the adaptation.

To illustrate: The novel's kidnap holding cell window (boxed-in to obstruct the view and high up on a side-wall) was changed to an open ceiling vent with a clear skyward view, gutting an intriguing clue in the process.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jill Hughes on February 13, 2007
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This is part of the Ruth Rendell Inspector Wexford series and as with all Inspector Wexford stories this held me in suspense all through the program. Acting is brilliant, George Baker is marvelous as Wexford as usual. The English scenery is good and Ruth Rendell throws in plenty of red herrings to keep the viewer on the edge of the seat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth O. Apley on January 6, 2009
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very good movie kept me on the edge of my seat through out the movie,wife felt the same way.
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