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Red Riding Trilogy

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Three films come together to form one overwhelming cinematic experience in THE RED RIDING TRILOGY, the widely acclaimed trio of British thrillers about a mysterious and perhaps related series of gruesome crimes in Northern England. Based on events that occurred over a turbulent decade in the West Riding district of Yorkshire, England, THE RED RIDING TRILOGY presents a dark and disturbing world of serial murders, child abductions and police corruption. The three films in THE RED RIDING TRILOGY are connected by recurring events and characters, chiefly a deeply conflicted police detective, Maurice Jobson (David Morrissey, The Other Boleyn Girl, Sense and Sensibility), and ruthless high-ranking official Harold Angus (Jim Carter, Alice in Wonderland, Shakespeare in Love). Three directors utilize a different method for each film Julian Jarrold (Become Jane) shoots in 16 mm film for 1974; James Marsh (Man on Wire), in 35 mm for 1980; and Anand Tucker (Leap Year, Shopgirl), in digital video for 1983. In the end, theyve created a modern crime epic in which no one escapes undamaged.

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  • Actors: Andrew Garfield, David Morrissey, John Henshaw, Lisa Howard, Chris Walker
  • Directors: Anand Tucker, James Marsh, Julian Jarrold
  • Writers: David Peace, Tony Grisoni
  • Producers: Alasdair MacCuish, Andrew Eaton, Anita Overland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ifc Independent Film
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Run Time: 308 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NLE5L8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,825 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Riding Trilogy" on IMDb

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on September 14, 2010
Format: DVD
I have eagerly awaited the arrival of the "Red Riding" trilogy on DVD for some time. Something about the concept and execution of this project appealed to me in theory, and I must say that I was not let down! An ambitious British TV adaptation of several David Peace novels, the trilogy is filmed as three separate works with three separate directors. Several characters overlap and unify the films which center on a rural police force that has its own way of getting things done. Hard-edged and brutal, each chapter set in a different year (1974, 1980 and 1983) can stand alone--but together, this is a remarkable and affecting piece of work.

In "1974," Andrew Garfield (soon to be Spider-Man) plays a fledgling crime reporter hoping to make his name investigating a trio of local child murders. An affair with one victim's mother and some misdirection from local law enforcement lead him to confront a prominent citizen. He soon becomes the hunted as he doesn't know when to stop his search for the truth--and he may have to pay the ultimate price. In "1980," Paddy Considine plays a by-the-books cop brought in to re-investigate a serial killer case that has gone on for far too long. When it appears that one of the victims is not a part of the chain, this leads to another line of inquiry that may implicate several officers in police misconduct. And in "1983," David Morrissey (who has played a small role in the other films) steps to the forefront as lead inspector when another child abduction echoes the case that was solved in "1974." Reopening the case upsets old festering wounds and soon the truth about the crimes, cover-ups, and corruptions of the last 10 years come to a heated conclusion.

Garfield and Considine are terrific in "1974" and "1980" respectively.
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It's not often that I watch British movies, so I was surprised at just how good this made-for-TV film was. English writer David Peace published a four-edition book about serial murders and police corruption in Britain. The books were adapted into three movies for British television, and while the crimes that take place are real, the stories are fictional.

What attracted me to the 1980 installment in the trilogy was that it starred British actor Paddy Considine, who I became an instant fan of after watching PU-239 (The Half Life of Timofey Berezin). Paddy is terrific as Peter Hunter, a police officer brought on to help with an unsuccessful investigation of a serial killer.

What I liked about the film is that it wasn't particularly fast-paced nor suspenseful like some American crime dramas, but a slow, building tension that really delivered by the film's conclusion. The cinematography was great, with cold and rainy scenes giving it a bit of a film noir vibe. I absolutely loved the movie's score, which was haunting and beautiful.

Remember, this is a made for television movie, not a big-budget blockbuster. So if you're expecting a movie in the vein of Seven, that's not what you'll be getting. What you can expect is amazing acting by an experienced cast, bubbling tension, and a surprise ending.

As far as Red Riding 1974 goes, I've been a fan of British actor Sean Bean since his breakout role as IRA soldier Sean Miller in Patriot Games. While he doesn't get much screen time in this particular film, he's representative of the top-notch casting. The film has an incredibly experienced cast of talented British actors, which makes 1974 a real treat. The standout performance in this film is definitely Rebecca Hall's portrayal of Paula, the mother of a slain child.
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I was checking out the Movies on Demand last night on cable and discovered that the IFC, "in theaters now," film trilogy "Red Riding 1974," "Red Riding 1980" and "Red Riding 1983" was being offered, on DVD as the entire trilogy, and on cable as invididual films. Although I am not a fan of serial killer films, except, of course, for "Silence of the Lambs," I do like noir - both in literature and movies. So, I gave "Red Riding 1974," a shot and wound up sitting through all 3 films in a row - a nightmarish triple feature - finally getting to sleep at around 4:00 AM - not something I usually do. The experience was somewhat like looking at a car crash - terribly upsetting, but I was unable to look away.

These three films are not for those who want to be entertained. I really cannot remember one moment of levity during the entire time I watched. This first movie in particular has an enormous impact, as it is the introductory piece and I never saw what was coming until it arrived - no usual police procedural here. There is violence, however - not for the faint of heart. As I wrote, I like noir, yet this film makes some of my favorites blanch in comparison! But I remained riveted...and I am no masochist!!

I would like to write about each film separately, but there is not a place for me to review them one at a time - so I will try to give the reader a synopsis of the trilogy. Please understand that by doing this, my review will be unusually long, but hopefully informative.

The "Red Riding" set is based on author David Peace's quartet of novels - truly grim whodunits, complicated by greed, corruption, conspiracy and local politics. The movie is set in gloomy, and seemingly always rainy, northern England, in Leeds, Yorkshire.
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