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  • Actors: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, David Ryall, Gerard Horan
  • Directors: Jon Amiel
  • Writers: Dennis Potter
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
  • Run Time: 415 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007HGIJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Singing Detective" on IMDb

Special Features

Audio Commentary: Audio commentary with star Michael Gambon and director Jon Amiel Documentaries: 2 Behind-the-scenes specialsAudio Commentary: Audio commentary with star Michael Gambon and director Jon Amiel Documentaries: 2 Behind-the-scenes specialsAudio Commentary: Audio commentary with star Michael Gambon and director Jon Amiel Documentaries: 2 Behind-the-scenes specialsAudio Commentary: Audio commentary with star Michael Gambon and director Jon Amiel Documentaries: 2 Behind-the-scenes specialsAudio Commentary: Audio commentary with star Michael Gambon and director Jon Amiel Documentaries: 2 Behind-the-scenes specials

Editorial Reviews

Singing Detective, The (DVD)

Customer Reviews

Brilliant acting as well.
Eric Rubinstein, M.D.
Marlowe is a modern Job, brought up with an intense faith in and love of God who finds his faith challenged by the events in his life.
Sean McLinden
The best television I've ever seen, and I remember Ernie Kovacs!
M. Charlton

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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on May 18, 2003
Format: DVD
THE SINGING DETECTIVE is a compelling, funny, and heart wrenching mystery starring Michael Gambon as Phillip Marlowe: writer, protagonist, and hospital patient. Patrick Malahyde (Middlemarch) flawlessly plays Marlowe's nemesis (nemeses)-three different characters with three different British accents. The cast also includes Janet Suzman as wife, lover and vamp; Alison Steadman (Mrs. Bennet in the recent production of `Pride and Prejudice') as wife, mother, lover, and vamp (Marlene Dietrich lookalike), Joanne Whalley (ex-Kilmer) as nurse, etc.; and the housekeeper from the BBC television series `As Time Goes By' as the school teacher from your worst nightmare.
In addition to the superb cast and wonderful settings filled with vintage WWII elements, one can watch `The Singing Detective' for the pure entertainment provided by a convoluted plot, quirky characters, musical segments, and many humourous moments. One of my favorite scenes occurs when Marlowe responds to the ministrations of a group of Christians who attempt to impose their musical doctrine on the hapless ward patients. Another angle for viewing this film is provided by the drama of Marlowe's medical condition. Is it mental, physical or both? Will he improve or not? Will the psychiatrist be able to break through his defenses or is he defenseless? A third avenue for exploring the film is the depiction of the creative writing process. How do Marlowe's characters take form? What is the source of his plot elements? How much does he remember and how much does he imagine? Can one find the line between fiction and nonfiction.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Slim Pickens on October 12, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective is, quite simply, the greatest
work in film or television ever. Every scene is fascinating in its
own right, and as you see more of the series earlier moments take on
new significances as it is learned how they relate to the series as a
whole. The Singing Detective deals with a hospital-bound mystery
writer who is suffering from a crippling skin disease. In addition to
the often horribly funny scenes involving his current plight, we see
flashbacks of his childhood, fantasies about his estranged wife, and
episodes from one of his novels. The stories all gradually start to
connect with each other.... Potter constantly alters chronology, and
yet does so in such a masterful way that everything always makes
sense. And oh yes, there are musical numbers. Many aspects of this
series have been appropriated by later films such as Pulp Fiction
(with its time-shuffling) and Dancer in the Dark (with its imagined
musical productions), but compared to The Singing Detective these
works are crap. ...Do yourself a favor and buy it already.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jon G. Jackson on July 7, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I'm hesitant to call this a musical, though that's precisely what it is. Dennis Potter wrote several musicals over the years, using different eras of music. This one is, by far, the best! The music here is from the 1940s. The drama, however, is actually a contemporary one. A (failed?) mystery writer named Philip Marlowe is hospitalized with a severe case of psoriasis...more corrrectly, psoriatic arthropathy (which Potter also suffered from). He has this one great novel in his past, though..."The Singing Detective." Marlowe's illness is terribly severe, and throughout the film we join his delirium as he relives events from his childhood, falls into a fascinating fantasy based on his novel, and comes back (from time to time) to the events currently happening in the hospital. These three streams are brilliantly intertwined, and the resulting story is absolutely THE BEST THING *EVER* TO HIT TELEVISION! This is *not* hype or exaggeration! The other reviewers are completely correct in making this same claim. If you've never seen this one...well, it's your loss....
Dennis Potter died a few years ago from pancreatic cancer. He was simply a GREAT writer. He wrote *many* screenplays...dramas for both TV and film, as well as the "musicals" noted above. He also wrote novels. His best, I think, are brilliantly detailed studies of a mind either gradually breaking down, or gradually coming back from some kind of breakdown. "The Singing Detective" falls into the latter category. That alone would be enough to recommend this video...but the fact that it's *also* a "musical" is what makes it utterly remarkable! I honestly don't think I have the words to be able to say just how it transcends to the level of something almost divinely inspired.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sean McLinden on October 4, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
It would be hard to add much substance to the many glowing reviews of this series so I will address my comments to those who might be more strongly influenced by the negative reviews.

This is a story about a man who is tortured by his past and who cannot help but associate the appearance of his skin with the sins he feels he has committed. The not so subtle association between the uncleanliness of the skin and of the soul is, of course of "Biblical" proportions (lepers were considered sinners), but Potter's take on this is far from trite.

What many have found offensive about the presentation is, ironically, something that I encounter with regularity in medical practice. The psychotic imagery brought on by medication is not uncommon, nor is the humiliation of a patient who finds his or her self at the mercy of the system, unable to control their most personal of bodily functions. Is it offensive? Too people too polite to discuss such things. But we are viewing the experience not through the eyes of the system, but through the eyes of the patient who wanders in and out of reality and is often unable to distinguish between them.

The ward system of care (many patients in the same room) has all but disappeared in the US with the Veteran's Administration hospitals being one example of the holdover. In such settings, nothing that happens to you is completely private; not your appearance nor your feelings nor your communications with others. Worse, Marlowe's disease is on the outside, for all to see. The disgust his ward mates (and the audience) feels is a reflection of the prejudices we have against people with physical deformities.

Such prejudices are natural, of course.
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