Hamish MacBeth: Series 1-3 Collection
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Hamish Macbeth Series 1-3 Collection (DVD)
Now together in one collector's set, all three seasons of Hamish Macbeth, the quirky award-winning series starring Robert Carlyle! Before his breakout performances in Trainspotting and The Full Monty, Robert Carlyle starred as Police Constable Hamish Macbeth, who finds himself transferred from his Glasgow beat to the village of Lochdubh, a town where the strangeness of the villagers is exceeded only by the strangeness of the goings on. Good thing Hamish Macbeth is in town. He proves to be a natural at maintaining the social balance of his tight-knit town while solving crimes along the way. Whether it's tracking down 300 weight of salt, mediating a family feud featuring space aliens, or a search for the Stone of Destiny, there's nothing Hamish Macbeth and his trusty canine sidekick Wee Jock can't handle.]]>
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Have seasons 1-3 and won't give spoilers, but they are ruthless when pursuing a plot line, insofar as a character's survival. The series was filmed 1995 - 1997 and is as fresh today as I expect it was 20 years ago.
Now a word about closed captioning. I hesitated on buying this DVD series for over a year under the impression there was no closed captioning or it wasn't possible to get it working. (Subtitles are turned on with the DVD player, but this series does not have subtitles.)
I finally figured out the issue, got the DVDs and the closed captioning works perfectly. But you have to connect your DVD player in a particular way. Let me elaborate:
1. Your DVD player MUST be connected via component video or composite video (including audio) (see for example, component cable Mediabridge RCA Component Video Cable with Audio - (6 Feet). (At least I know these will work. There may be other possibilities.) You CANNOT use an HDMI connection to view it. (It can have the HDMI connection in place as well as one of the videos, but you must use the video connection to view the closed captioning.) (HDMI works fine with subtitles since they come from the DVD player itself.)
2. You must put your DVD player on normal or interlaced mode if you have a choice. You cannot use progressive mode in any fashion. If you cannot turn off progressive mode, you won't be able to see the captions. Some DVD players have a button, others have to use the setup menus. Read the manual for your player.
3. Turn on closed captioning on your TV (CC1 works fine). It must be on, not just when sound is muted.
This procedure works fine for me, but until I had everything in line, nothing was visible. Turning off progressive mode was the final key to getting captions visible. This will work for any DVDs that have closed captions (e.g., Monarch of the Glen: Complete Series 1 or Heat of the Sun Boxed Set (Private Lives / Hide in Plain Sight / The Sport of Kings)).
The characters and scenery -- and storylines that are hokey, hilarious, and heartbreaking by turns -- add up to a fabulous series that's worth the purchase. The missing episode aside, you really get the full meal with buying the complete series. (And if you're a hammer-handed clod like be & you crack a dvd, just re-order the series you messed up & *poof*! Replaced!)
Spend some time in Loch Dubh with Hamish, TV John, Isobel, Rory & Esme, the McRaes and the rest.You'll love it.
It was fun to recognize some characters from the books, and of course to feel at home in the cozy village of Lochdubh, but also interesting to try and figure out which plot elements were borrowed from the books and which were newly created.
This is a DVD set that I will watch again and again, I'm sure. Robert Carlyle is one of my favorite actors, so seeing him in anything is a treat. The beautiful scenery and soothing accents are good for escaping reality, one hour at a time.