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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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  • Actors: Robert Carlyle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SINSYO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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We purchased this series on a leap of faith, never having seen a single episode, but having enjoyed "Ballykissangel" and "Monarch of the Glen". "Hamish" is different though. For instance, there's usually a mystery that needs to be solved by the main character, and while often humerous and lighthearted, it takes a few darker turns than the other two series I mentioned. If you're expecting the main character to be something of a Barney Fife because of the small town setting, you'll be disappointed. He's actually complex and flawed, which for me adds to the interest. The main characters are very engaging and it's fun watching them evolve. The scenary is beautiful as you'd imagine, but it's really the characters that sucked us in. We had a hard time taking breaks between episodes, always finding an excuse to watch just one more. Even our nine-year old son loves them. It's a shame the series was relatively short-lived, but they did a nice job with character development over the course of three short seasons. A word of caution though - keep the remote handy to play scenes back as the dialogue can be difficult to follow at times due to the accents, and the often complex story lines can be tough to follow if you don't understand some key exchanges. Robert Carlyle fans will enjoy seeing this example of his work prior to his starring roles on the big screen.
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By Boc on September 19, 2007
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A true gem. Robert Carlyle shines as the unassuming constable of Lochdubh village, surrounded by an unknown (at least on this side of the pond) yet very capable cast of richly developed and surprising characters. Quality entertainment with a charming Scottish twist of British humor.

The series is LOOSELY based upon the mystery books by MC Beaton, a few parallels can be drawn but its not a series of sleuthing police mysteries. Quite the opposite: Hamish is well aware of how competent police work brings the wrong sort of attention to his comfortable corner of western Scotland. The sort that would mean notice from the big city departments, promotions, and moving back to the hustle and bustle of urban policing.

And the townsfolk are quite anxious to ensure Hamish gets to stay exactly where he is, they remember too well The Man Before The Man Before MacBeth with the endless nuisances committed upon their fair village, they would much prefer to keep things as they are just now, thank you very much.

From the curious theft of almost a hundred-weight of table salt at the local grocery (and not a drop of whiskey was stolen, how odd) to the football match that empties the entire town (will the last person leaving Lochdubh please switch off the lights) every show is a delightful and smart spotlight on life in a small isolated community at its best.
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This charming tv show about the village of Lochdoubh, Scotland is a bit like Brigadoon. If you are a big fan of the books by M.C. Beaton, you will be pleased with Hamish, played by Robert Carlyle. However, many of the characters are new to Lochdoubh and are not in the books. Two new, and quite good ones, are Lachlan McCrae and son.

Season 1: (5 episodes) The Great Lochdubh Salt Robbery, A Pillar of the Community, The Big Freeze, Wee Jock's Lament. and A Bit of an Epic.

Season 2: (6 episodes) A Perfectly Simple Explanation, In Search of a Rose, Isobel Pulls it Off, Radio Lochdubh, No Man is an Island, The Lochdubh Deluxe

Season 3: (8 episodes) The Honorable Policeman, Deferred Sentence, The Lochdubh Assassin, The Good Thief, The Trouble with Rory, More than a Game, Destiny (Part 1), Destiny (Part 2)
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Book or drama reviews are always dependent upon the reviewer and his or her world view and expectations. I purchased this set because among other things I am a fan of British mysteries and in particular of the village-rural genre. I also own and am reading the Hamish McBeth series and enjoy each book enormously. As all readers do, I visualize each character, their emotions, the physical setting and place.

The TV series is somewhat of a disappointment to me. On the positive side, the setting, the acting, the casting, filming, and most technical aspects of the production are well done. But if your standard is authenticity to the author's written text and to the finer nuances of character motivation, the TV series is not as satisfying. The element of mystery is often missing. The descriptor "bad soap opera" comes to mind in some of the episodes. The producer and the screen writers often miss the mark. I almost feel the TV series was written by persons who may be ignorant of and hold an animus to small town or rural life. The books on the other hand positively portray and celebrate the unique characters that are part of non-urban places.

Beaton's (Chesney's) Hamish is motivated by authentic justice and fairness. If the "criminal justice system" fails, Hamish often finds a means to "adjust" reality. In the Beaton's background, there are always elements of humor and ultimate justice. The TV series sometimes closes off with a brutish tone leaving me with an underlying unease.

Would I buy the DVDs if I had known of these variances with the literary version? Probably but you might want to wait for a sale and then buy only one disk.

PS Robert Carlye is a very good actor
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