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Touching Evil: Complete Collection (1997)

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  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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SDH subtitles

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Product Description

The spellbinding British crime drama seen on Mystery!

"Fascinating" --The New York Times
"Cool, creepy stuff" --Entertainment Weekly
"Riveting" --The Boston Globe

Detective Inspector Dave Creegan (Robson Green, Wire in the Blood, Reckless) is new to the Organized and Serial Crime unit, but he’s no stranger to violence. After a gunshot wound to the head, Creegan recovers to find his personal life in shambles--and realizes his own unique ability to connect with the criminal mind.

He joins an elite team of detectives that takes on the most dangerous evildoers in Britain, from sadists and serial killers to psychopaths and pedophiles. Creegan’s new colleagues, DI Susan Taylor (Nicola Walker, MI-5) and DC Mark Rivers (Shaun Dingwall, Above Suspicion), are wary of his methods. While the OSC uses advanced police techniques, Creegan prefers to rely on his instincts. But they soon learn to respect him for his results, even though he rarely plays by the rules.

Touching Evil’s superb ensemble cast also includes Michael Feast (State of Play), with guest stars Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars), James Nesbitt (Murphy’s Law, Match Point), Philip Jackson (Agatha Christie’s Poirot), and Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, Little Dorrit). A hit on PBS, this award-winning drama features gripping investigations into ghastly crimes, anchored by Green’s charismatic lead performance.

Contains violence, nudity, and disturbing images

Touching Evil: Set 1
This three-volume set captures a police force totally unlike the ones U.S. television and film audiences regularly see. Gone are the gunshots and widespread violence that afflict characters on NYPD Blue and Homicide. This dark British miniseries has an unflinching focus on the pensive, slightly spooked but always confident Detective Inspector Dave Creegan (Robson Green). Of course the caseload isn't entirely alien to a pop culture audience, weaned as it is on crime novels and American television-style plots. There's an aging geneticist who is possessed by an odd infatuation--apparently not a sexual one--with children, keeping them penned in an all-white room while watching them on a remote video cam, and other deviants just interesting enough to capture extended interest. Touching Evil's pacing is intricately slow, such that evidence gathering can be seen from an inchworm-like perspective (showing tweezers extracting a single hair, for example). Green's role is structured like Fox Mulder and other U.S. television creations. Moody and a bit inscrutable, Creegan comes to the Organized and Serial Crime Unit after a long sabbatical, triggered (no pun, really!) by his getting shot in the head. Rather than give up police work after meeting with the bullet, however, he recommits to the job, treating cases as if they're his personal obsession. And they are. Creegan violates all the conventions his American TV-cop counterparts break in their unbridled passion to solve crimes, but he does it with unforced and unhurried relish. The plots in each of these episodes are singular, allowing the story lines to develop like good mysteries, even driving the viewer to suspect that Creegan's passions are leading him waywardly away from the cases. Shot with mostly stoic camera angles, the show's energy changes significantly when Creegan's heart begins to pound, the camera catches in halted visuals, and the drama builds and builds until, well, until it avoids resolution time and again, much to the viewer's delight. --Andrew Bartlett

Touching Evil: Set 2

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GHASTLY but GRIPPING; HEINOUS but HYPNOTIC May 19, 2010
'TOUCHING EVIL' is a complex series of serial crimes, 8 episodes, each about 100 minutes of compelling, seriously evil crime. From the opening scenes, it grabs and you can't let go. Even after the end credits roll. IT IS NOT for everyone, especially NOT for children. The box warning includes 'violence, nudity, and disturbing images.' Understatements! You may find yourself gasping, looking away, wincing, or worse.
If you are still reading this review, also know you will likely NOT be able to turn off the DVD. You get drawn into the crime serial offender's mind and motivation, wanting to find the reason as much as the special police force doing the investigating. Not exactly entertaining, not always pleasant, not light, not always horror; BUT emotional, graphic, gripping, hypnotic, disgusting crime, in a well-done mystery format.

The primary cast, beginning with DI Creegan (Robson Green) and DI Taylor (Nicola Walker) make the show seem real, too real, and a world you'll never want to touch. Commander Enwright (Michael Feast) & DC Rivers (Shaun Dingwall), also well played roles, are joined by guest stars. These 4 make a detective team of OSC (Organized & Serial Crime) unit. They're called in when the crimes become exceptionally ghastly, appalling, and an obvious serial crime with the perpetrator at large. The evil-doer must be caught to end the reign of travesty. The stories are extremely well written with multiple plots and even carry over into a later episode, or at least the effects of the investigation on the cops and victims.

So why can such debauchery be worthy of a 5-star review? No matter how weird, how creepy, how sinister the crimes get, you simply can't turn it off, and you are driven to watch the entire 8 episodes of this 3-series complete collection.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Featuring a top-quality cast and gripping writing June 11, 2010
Touching Evil: The Complete Collection gathers the award-winning British drama following the Organized and Serial Crime unit. As Detective Inspector Dave Creegan recuperates from a gunshot wound to the head, his personal life is in tatters, but he retains genius-level insight into the workings of the criminal mind. He becomes a crucial member of a highly skilled team of detectives that dedicate themselves to tracking and stopping the deadliest serial killers, psychopaths, and pedophiles of Britain. The Organized and Serial Crime unit relies on advanced police techniques, while Creegan prefers to fall back upon his instincts; together they will need every tool at their disposal to fight worst depredations of monsters in human flesh. Featuring a top-quality cast and gripping writing, Touching Evil is strongly recommended for fans of crime drama. It should be noted that Touching Evil contains violence, nudity, and disturbing images; this is not a DVD collection for the faint of heart. 8 episodes on 5 discs, 13 hours, 4:3 full screen, SDH subtitles.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great atmosphere, interesting characters, September 16, 2010
By cybra
Really good police procedural. The cinematography is well done and the characters are sombre and sympathetic. The plots are unique. I love this series and re-watch it periodically which is unusual for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pay Attention December 8, 2011
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The stories are quite good, if a little drawn out, but even having lived in the United Kingdon for 3 years and becoming used to their speech, I found some of the mumbled comments on the audio such that I had to back up the DVD and replay segments to umderstamd what was going on.
Good picture, acting, and stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching Evil August 7, 2011
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I think that Robson Green is one of the best actors going, he seems to get into the minds of the very evil. This is a credit to Robson Green for his acting ability and I like his fishing shows too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, well-written series December 27, 2010
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If you're a fan of Robson Green, you will like this collection. The dynamics of the characters come together well and the stories are just as disturbing as 'Wire In The Blood'.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OK, interesting, unique, August 3, 2010
By N. Lane
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Touching Evil seems to be the infant of the subsequent series, Wire in the Blood. I found this series a little too on the emotionally dramatic side, (personal drama of the main characters, all seem like they require psycological help) I wonder how they would make any psych screening for the job of solving serial murder cases.
If you can get past the dramatic, unrelated to the stories themselves, the stories are interesting, and never is any event predictable. Its not lighthearted entertainment, and the stories are interesting, but I gave it a 4 and not a 5 because the overly dramatic personality quirks of the main characters really detracts from the stories overall.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good October 28, 2010
The first episode takes awhile to get down to it as most english films, as the series continues it gets better. I'd buy it again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Movie arrived in excellent condition. Thanks.
Published 1 month ago by herman j.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the shows. Robson Green ia a great actor.
Published 2 months ago by Anita Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime stories across the pond
The characters and stories are complex. I like the continuity over episodes as well. Really good show and, of course, an amazing Robson Green.
Published 7 months ago by Andrea E. Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Nobody does it better
After seeing this mini-series in TV, I knew I had to have a copy for myself. The usual type of quality programming you'd expect from the BBC, Touching Evil follows an elite British... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Valerie J. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars TOUCHING EVIL
Published 13 months ago by BILLY.BUMBLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Robson Green - mmmmn
Love Robson Green - always have and this series does not disappoint. Very gutsy - for late evening viewing I think.
Published 13 months ago by Julie Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate
I like Robsen Green. At first I didn't think that he fit the part very well. Something just wasn't right. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jay Nauston
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!
I first caught an episode of this series on PBS Mystery years ago. I found it on dvd as a collection and had to have it. Read more
Published on May 20, 2012 by Pulpman
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