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Jonathan Creek: The Specials

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Jonathan Creek hasn't quit his day-job of devising stunning feats for a hack magician, but his gift for lateral thinking finds its worthiest outlet when impossible mysteries are thrust upon him. This seven-hour set includes all four feature-length specials, including two never seen on US TV! Black Canary: The famous female illusionist known as The Black Canary is found dead in her rambling mansion. For Jonathan, an encounter with both an old flame and the swashbuckling Detective Inspector Gideon Pryke (Rik Mayall, The Young Ones) adds even more spice to an already baffling enigma. Satan's Chimney: When an actress is murdered on the set of her latest movie, Jonathan Creek is called upon to explain how the killer managed to fire a gun through a plate glass window without breaking it. The Grinning Man: Stage musician Lance Gessler lives in a mansion known as Metropolis that has a deadly history. When another victim succumbs to an ominous presence in the attic room, it’s up the Jonathan to unravel the mystery. US premiere! The Judas Tree: Jonathan Creek is called upon by his friend and skeptic Joey to investigate a series of mysterious and spooky events at a house called Green Lanterns. US premiere!

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 406 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VVBZ7M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,591 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Susan Knox on September 10, 2010
I think these specials outdo the series! I will always miss Maddy, but Sheridan Smith makes a great partner. I would recommend this set to anyone. My personal test of a good movie is, if something were to happen to my copy, would I replace it? And the answer here is a resounding YES! Enjoy.
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Black Canary - Maddy (S1-S3) & JC
Satan's Chimney - Carla (S4) & JC
The Grinning Man - Joey & JC
The Judas Tree - Joey & JC

I have seen all of these episodes on youtube (most gone now). They are all excellent JC storys.
Of all of the "companions/side kicks" I think I like Joey the best.
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This is one of the best of the Jonathan Creek series. I hesitated to purchase it because I was afraid they were shows from seasons 1-4 under another name. Very entertaining and well worth the price.
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Ah, jeez. I like the concept, the magician's assistant, sort of, helping to solve mysteries. But without Maddie - it just doesn't seem the same. Jonathan, interestingly, is not the same. He's more attractive. Well, cleaned up and pretty hot. Not exactly the strange guy he was with Maddie. The women are fine in these stories, but they aren't Maddie. But the stories are actually pretty darn good.
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J C the specials are very special indeed,the Brits have done it again,the Black Canary has J C best partner Maddy and a good mystery and murder with twin sisters who meet tragic fate's and solved by J C,Satan's Chimney has Carla J C new partner and a spooky old castle and a movie being filmed,and the female star being murdered,along with secrets about Satan's Chimney good show.The last two filmed a few years ago are The Grinning Man and The Judas Tree of which the first one with it's weird potrait will freak you out and a lot of strange disapperances at a spooky old mansion solved again by J C,The Judas Tree is the least one of the 4,the Green Lantern a old mansion were strange things occur along with murder,goes on a little to long for me but the specials are well worh owning,LONG LIVE JONATHAN CREEK!
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The two movie-length Jonathan Creek Christmas Specials are not only festive viewing for the holiday season (provided you like murder and mayhem with your turkey dinner) but also some of the best mysteries that writer David Renwick has to offer.

Well, at least the first two are. This set contains four episodes in all: The Black Canary (1998), Satan's Chimney (2001), The Grinning Man (2009) and The Judas Tree (2010), and it's safe to say that they decline in quality as the series goes on.

In a nutshell, "Jonathan Creek" revolves around baffling mysteries solved by the introverted stage designer of an egotistical magician. The eponymous Jonathan is teamed up with a number of female side-kicks who drag him (often kicking and screaming) into a range of dangerous and bewildering crimes that seem to defy all logic and reason. Only his amazing ability to look beyond the impossible and figure out the extraordinary measures some will go to in order to pull off a crime brings the truth to light.

It's a great series, full of British thespians, hilarious dark humour, and mystery plots that don't "cheat" in any way. The audience is shown all the same clues that Jonathan and his companions get, allowing you the chance to figure it all out as it goes along (if you can). And with a distinct lack of interest in forensics and DNA profiling, the solutions are all down to pure, old-fashioned lateral thinking.

Taking full advantage of the extra running time, The Black Canary is a fantastically atmospheric mystery about a former stage illusionist who has just committed suicide. Or has she?
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The chemistry between Alan Davies and his companions is similar to Doctor Who. While Caroline Quentin seems to be the fave and with good reason, each partner brings something special to the role and I have found them all equally enjoyable. I love having the specials on one disc. Just the "Black Canary" with the fantastic Rik Mayall is reason enough. Alan Davies brings a charming and enduring presence to the main character Jonathan Creek. Making you feel just a bit sorry for him when his relationships don't quite work out. I do hope the other, more recent specials will also become available in the States. Alan Davies may not have a large following in the US, but if more people were able to enjoy Jonathan Creek as well as his other roles I think that would change. If you haven't see the regular series, I'd start there first, they are equally enjoyable.
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I was really looking forward to The Specials for Jonathan Creek as I loved the regular series. I just found these so-so. Guess I was less than thrilled with the changes in casting. Disappointing....
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