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Taggart: Set 1 (2009)

Alexander Clark Norton  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alexander Clark Norton
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 398 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JXPC64
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,316 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The world’s longest continually running police drama

Meet detectives Burke, Ross, Reid, and Fraser--a team of Glasgow cops as hard as the criminals they chase and as gritty as the city they call home. Matthew Burke (Alex Norton, Patriot Games) is their leader, a chief inspector who has seen it all before and fully expects to see it all again. Robbie Ross (John Michie, To Walk with Lions) often finds himself on the receiving end of Burke’s sarcasm, though the hardworking Jackie Reid (Blythe Duff) and fresh-faced Stuart Fraser (Colin McCredie) do not escape either. Together, the formidable foursome takes on everything that the mean streets of Glasgow throw its way.

Edgy mysteries, intriguing characters, and a dark sense of humor give the series a universal appeal even while reveling in its seamy Scottish setting. "Compelling… a mad cocktail of Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, and old Vincent Price movies" --The Sunday Times (U.K.).

DVD BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE Taggart’s Scotland: About the locations.


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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still A Strong British Crime Drama March 27, 2009
Format:DVD
"Taggart,"a British mystery television series made by Scottish TV, premiered in the United Kingdom in September 1983. It was led by actor Mark McManus, as DCI Taggart. Unfortunately, McManus died in 1994, and the series also lost the flavorful actor playing its medical officer. However, the show was then led for several seasons by actor James McPherson, (a likable enough actor, but too lightweight to carry the show), who had already been a cast member, playing DCI Mike Jardine. From 2002 to the present day, Alex Norton, (Patriot Games (Special Collector's Edition)), has led the series as DCI Matt Burke. Blythe Duff (DS Jackie Reid) and Colin McCredie (DS Stuart Fraser) remain from the earlier cast, playing cops as hardened by Glasgow life as the criminals they pursue. John Michie (To Walk With Lions) has joined them, playing DS Robbie Ross.

This is the world's longest running police drama; it celebrated its 25th onscreen year in the U.K. in 2008, while still consistently ranking in the top 10 dramas in that country. Set 1, now released here, runs approximately 398 minutes. It consists of seven contemporary episodes, the complete 19th season of the series that aired in the U.K. in 2002. The bonus features of the set include a documentary that certainly fascinated me,at least, "Taggart's Scotland," about its locations. There are also, praises be, subtitles, thank you Acorn: that Glasgow accent is a killer, though it's delightful to listen to it in its localized particularity, so long as you don't have to struggle to comprehend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We've Got A Murder! August 5, 2012
Format:DVD
I am a new convert to Taggart. As a Scot by heritage, the background of Glasgow drew me in. Then the actors and the cases, murder and mayhem, accomplished well and acted superbly.

This series revolves around the CID, Criminal Investigation Department, of Maryhill, Strathclyde Police in Glasgow. A scene of the outside of the department is usually shown in each episode. Taggart comes from the first DCI, whose last name was Taggart. He was involved in the beginning, and I have not seen those episodes. The DCI now is Matt Burke, a tough old bird, but fair and much respected by his troops. Blythe Duff plays DI , Jackie Reid. She is a superb actress abd blends herself into the team. She is the person I would trust, intelligent, empathetic and attractive. DI Mike Jardine and DS Stuart Fraser fill out the other two members of the team. Their cases are varied, often violent and full of blood. As a lover of police/procedurals, I am able to figure out who the murderer may be by the the first half of the episode. However, I am surprised at times. The series is very well written and superbly acted.

The real star is Glasgow. The city itself, shines in the sun and the rain. It is often chilly and windy, and still the city looks inviting. The old, the new, the rundown, and the rich parts of Glasgow are shown. The Scottish accents are not off putting and relatively easy to understand. The episodes are over an hour in length, and are well directed and produced. I have miles to go to view the rest of the episodes, am looking forward.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 08-05-12

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3.0 out of 5 stars Taggart Improves by Set 2 & Set 3 May 1, 2013
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I don't know why later collections of this series aren't better known in this country, as more follow this "Taggart Set 3," but little has been done to assert the presence of this Glasgow detective drama. By this collection, Set 3, "Taggart" has moved beyond a simple police-procedural, with deepening characterizations and plenty of local color; Set 1 is sporadic in quality, Set 2 greatly improves, Set 3 hits its stride. Blythe Duff is a remarkable actress who merits further renown; she is calm perfection as DS Jackie Reid. Alex Norton is superb as the bulldog-gruff chief, DCI Matt Burke. John Michie as DI Robbie Ross, and Colin MeCredie as Stuart Fraser, grow in their roles as well. Glasgow, of course, is another ripe character here, proud of its contract to the more "refined" Edinburgh. The teamwork of this excellent cast makes for a great alternative to the common formula of older mentor/DCI, plus young upstart. In this collection, each of the four must confront fraught unresolved issues; this is deftly woven in the mysteries progress.

On this side of the pond, we are completely deprived of the rest of this great series! Yes, there is more after Set 3 (Amazon UK + Region-free DVD player)! Oddly, 6 episodes between the end of what is available here in the U.S., and what is still being sold in the U.K. remain unavailable. At least what follows continues the story with very little break. Unfortunately, all that follow have no subtitles, but it's easy enough to understand, and the sound-quality is excellent. The series that follow "Taggart Set 3" are listed in order:

The 2009 Collection: Genesis, The Caring Game, Lifeline.

Special 25th Anniversary Edition: Judgement Day, Island (beautiful scenery), Trust, A Study in Murder, Point of Light.
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2.0 out of 5 stars there should be no charge
when I started to watch this series, the first season was included in Amazon Prime (no charge) when I went back for additional viewing there was suddenly a charge. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alice J. Wolfson
5.0 out of 5 stars Just love these British cop shows
Just love these British cop shows and continue to watch even those that I am unfamiliar with. This series has good characters and plots.
Published 3 months ago by L. Grueneberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Scottish TV series is OK
The acting and production values are fine, but there is no closed captioning to help with the dense Glaswegian brogue. That would make all the difference.
Published 3 months ago by Judith Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes awhile to figure out the recurring chaacters
Like the show and will look for next series when finished. Stories are well written and easy to follow. Read more
Published 3 months ago by William Brandon
2.0 out of 5 stars You need to improve the quality of the print
The print was very poor and made watching the series almost impossible. I wanted to begin to watch the series, but with such a wretched print, I just called it quits.
Published 4 months ago by Michela Caudill
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to Understand
The stories seemed like they may have been interesting, but the Scottish accent made it very, very difficut to understand the dialogue. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Savannah
4.0 out of 5 stars Taggert Set 1
Entertaining series, good stories and well developed characters. Since it is set in Scotland, it is a nice change of pace to my American tv shows. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steve P
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend
Great scotish crime / detective series which has been around for over 25 yrs. you may need a good set of headphones to catch the strong scot dialect.
Published 5 months ago by Gerianne Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars great show
I chose this rating because the actors are very good and the subject matter is something you might read about in the newspaper only more detailed
Published 5 months ago by Freddie G. Beasley
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
I found the series to be predictable nothing new here and I was disappointed. Th characters don't have really any endearing or engaging qualities at least from my point of view . Read more
Published 5 months ago by GB767
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