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The Vice: Season 1 (2008)

Ken Stott  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ken Stott
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010X746O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,182 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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THE VICE… promises much sleaze, violence, sexual abuse and exploitation… and, surprisingly, for a television show, it actually delivers --DVD Times

Product Description

It s the crime within the crime we re interested in...

The seedy underbelly of cosmopolitan London is the backdrop of this award-winning police drama. Prostitution, extortion, pedophilia, mutilation, rape and murder are the chief concerns of the vice unit of London s Metropolitan Police, who patrol a violent patch of turf where life is cheap... and young flesh even cheaper.

THE VICE stars Ken Stott (THE SINGING DETECTIVE), David Harewood (BLOOD DIAMOND), Marc Warren (BBC s DRACULA) and Caroline Katz (THE BILL) as the tight-knit undercover team, who put their personal lives on hold and lay their lives on the line in the war against corruption.

Series One consists of three two-part 60 minute dramas:

In Daughters, Detective Inspector Pat Chappel reaches out to a battered prostitute (Sally Hurst, PRIME SUSPECT 6) in an attempt to nail a sleazy procurer (Struan Rodgers, PRIME SUSPECT 3) who is a suspect in the savage murder of a high class callgirl.

In Sons, WPC Cheryl Hutchins goes undercover to nail a nightclub owner (BLACKADDER s Tim McInnerny) who traffics in hardcore S&M videos featuring underage boys. When she shuts the operation down cold, Chappel fears the wider investigation may be derailed.

In Dabbling, the team s investigation of an escort agency fronting for drug traffickers is compromised when PC Raymond is unable to resist temptation.

During its five year run, THE VICE received as many award nominations as it did viewer complaints for the graphic nature of its content!

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Rebus meets "The Wire" December 24, 2009
If you like Ken Stott in Rebus, you'll like this earlier effort. The subject matter is pretty seamy, particularly for American TV audiences, which is probably why it never made it to PBS or A&E. It does have a little of "The Wire" feel to it, but it's clearly Ken Stott's vehicle as DI Pat Chapel. Stott plays Chapel like a younger Rebus who still feels a certain degree of devotion to the job and not just to the crime at hand. But, like Rebus, Chapel is a flawed character constantly flirting with on the job disasters, mostly of his own making. His subordinates are affected by the nature of the work and his less than stellar management style, but in the end they catch the bad guys.

The series has a few unusual twists and turns with one of the stars coming to an early end in Season 2 which, apparently, is all we're allowed to see of the generally excellent series. The show ran for 5 years on British TV, but so far only the first two seasons have been released on DVD. Since the show originally ran starting in 1998-99 I don't hold out a lot of hope for the balance of the episodes. Again, the subject matter is rough with all the expected violence and nudity, but the acting and scripts are first rate. Just don't expect "Midsomer Murders".
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFULLY RICH SERIES March 27, 2009
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Didn't know anything about this series but I love British mysteries so I got it and I think it's my favorite....well I do love Prime Suspect and Trial and Retribution but The Vice is compelling. The ensemble cast is extraordinary!
The show deals with the seamier side of life and crime but my fascination was really with the development of the characters who investigate these crimes led by their boss played by Ken Stott. It is so worth watching that I'm saving both Season 1 and 2 to watch again in a year or two. Recommend this to all British mystery lovers especially those who love the grittier ones and ones that deal with a team and not one main character. There's a love interest in this season and it was unusual and totalling engaging. Buy this and Season 2!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Series December 9, 2009
This is the type of series that the Brits seem to do so well. It is a combination of crime solving mystery and strong character development. A good cast makes this series stand out. With a title like The Vice, one can tell that this is a dark and gritty series. If you are looking for action then I would suggest something else. If you look for good acting, strong character development and a good plot, then this is something that you will enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sour Times Indeed December 31, 2013
I've just re-watched this series and season (I'd seen it in 1999) and, like most good drama, it's even better the second time. The acting is excellent, the script strong, the stories and their pacing highly professional. The main character, Pat Chappell (Ken Stott) is worldly, realistic, but sympathetic, often feeling akin to those working within an industry (i.e. sex) with many grey areas and based on aliases, fantasies, deceptions and (not-always) casual encounters: It's the exploiters he detests.The proceedings, though dealing with sex, are quite unerotic, and one is left depressed, perhaps how the vice squad as portrayed here may feel at the end of the day.
Note: it is interesting, given era the series was made, to compare nineties' high tech with today's. And if any commerce has benefitted from technological advance, it's the oldest one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caroline Catz worth watching August 23, 2013
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I purchased this series because I had seen Caroline Catz in Doc Martin and thought she was very good. This was done earlier in her career and while I enjoyed it, it is more adult oriented and definitely not something for young people.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. September 20, 2012
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I'm hooked on British dramas and mysteries but this one let me down. It's much too gritty and dark. I didn't come to care for any of the main characters. I don't know if it's true of all the seasons but series one ended and left me totally hanging. I'm not interested enough to pay for season two to see what happened. I can't say I care for that at all. Stott is very good and I really like Caroline Catz but not in this. Sorry but I didn't like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL reality TV. April 7, 2014
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Gritty, eye-opening stuff. Made me appreciate how petty my problems really are. I can cancel my therapy appointments and just watch this to get my head outta my rear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars KickA$$ show
Intellectually stimulating while simultaneously entertaining for a documentary style news show. It is amazing fotoage they get and the interviews they conduct no one else is... Read more
Published 23 days ago by I. Amberson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good cop show British style, but a bit gritty
I got the REBUS series on DVD from Amazon after reading the Ian Rankin novels. While there are differences, I enjoyed Kan Stott in the title role, more so than the other actor in... Read more
Published 28 days ago by cat lady 4
5.0 out of 5 stars The best.
If you have read my review for Season 2 it is the same for Season 1.
I didn't know there was a complete collection of this series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Moira Oldfield
5.0 out of 5 stars DARK, DEADLY & SUSPENSEFUL
Although this first series of THE VICE is about 15 years old it's still a pleasure to watch. Ken Stott ,pre-Rebus, stars as the leader of the squad which investigates the truly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by sabu
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the story lines
It's just good ole detective work. Written in the Australian way.
Some of the characters were distracting because those actors had played in other roles that ran off the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by BLUE
1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like it.
I just didn't know what I was getting. I don't like this one. I didn't even watch all of them. The first one was so bad.
Published 15 months ago by Jennifer A McMahon
4.0 out of 5 stars You can tell its dated
You can tell its dated, but all the actors bring this series to life. I have just started to get into Brithish police shows, very different than the ones in the U.S. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mark Wickstrum
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