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 Circles of Deceit

 

  Review by Suzanne 5/26/11

On the cover of this DVD, it calls these "episodes", but I think it's more like two movies. There are two disks, and each one has two "episodes". Each disk is a separate movie. The two episodes are halves of the movie and are movie-length. In the U.S., we would never call this a series. It would be more like those Jesse Stone TV movies that Tom Selleck stars in periodically.

Anyway, the star of this series is Dennis Waterman, who had a hit series in Britain called "Minder" from 1979-1989. He has a sort of ruggedly handsome quality, but in this later series, which aired in 1993, he is a bit too old to be a believable spy or action hero. At least, to me....you may feel differently.

The first movie is the better of the two by far. Both movies seem like throwbacks to an earlier era in that they are kind of slow moving and talky. The first movie has a lot more action and interesting story, and even a romance. It is very good and well worth watching. The second one was really boring. Also, he has a beard in the second one, and I don't much like bears. In the first one, since he has a romance and is pretending to be an Irishman coming home, he is much more fun, smiling, and nice (even though he is tortured by his past a bit). In the second one, he is very grouchy and rarely smiles, so it is just a downer all the way around. Both movies end in death and destruction, so don't expect a good ending either time.

The acting is fine from everyone, and you will see many familiar faces. The writing definitely needed work, especially on the second series. Not only is it slow and boring, but it just doesn't seem to have a very exciting story. There are not featuers on the disks, either, so that's a shame. I love watching the "behind the scenes" features.

According to IMDB.com, there are three other Circle of Deceit movies that aired in 1995 and 1996. Dennis Waterman starred in another series "New Tricks" 2003-2010. That one looks pretty interesting, actually...

If you don't mind really slow-paced shows, or you are a big fan of spy shows, or British series, check this out, but otherwise, I wouldn't bother.

Press Release info:

Following the critically-acclaimed release of Upstairs, Downstairs: 40th Anniversary Edition, Acorn Media's upcoming DVD release calendar features several highly entertaining British series previously unavailable to U.S. audiences, including Identity, a slick identity theft series with Upstairs, Downstairs revival star Keeley Hawes and The Wire's Aidan Gillen; and the inspiration for the star-studded American remake in development at ABC. Additionally, the U.S. debuts of the third season of Murdoch Mysteries (DVD and Blu-ray) - the critically-acclaimed Sherlock Holmes meets CSI series; The Feathered Serpent Complete Series, the cult classic set in ancient Mexico featuring Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who, The Omen); Circles of Deceit, riveting spy thrillers featuring Dennis Waterman (New Tricks) and guest stars Derek Jacobi, Corin Redgrave, John Hannah, and Leo McKern; and Genius of Britain: The Scientists Who Changed the World a new documentary featuring Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, James Dyson, and David Attenborough discussing the legacies of their heroes.

Circles of Deceit (U.S. Debut) - Riveting spy thriller, featuring an outstanding ensemble cast makes its U.S. debut. Dennis Waterman (New Tricks) stars as an ex-SAS operative freelancing for the British government in these four, tightly plotted and suspenseful, full-length dramas. Circles of Deceit features several top British actors, including guest stars Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius, Cadfael, Discovering Hamlet), Corin Redgrave, John Hannah (The Mummy), and Leo McKern (Rumpole of the Bailey) as well as Peter Vaughan (The Remains of the Day) Kate Buffery (Trial & Retribution), and Clare Higgins (Silent Witness), and Susan Jameson (New Tricks). The episodes aired in the U.K. from 1993-96, but the complete series is available to U.S. audiences for the first time with this DVD release.

CIRCLES OF DECEIT

North American DVD Debut on May 17, 2011

"Superb." -The Mirror

Silver Spring, MD - A gritty, realistic spy thriller in the vein of Callan, Circles of Deceit makes its North American DVD debut from Acorn Media on May 17, 2011 (www.AcornOnline.com, $49.99). Dennis Waterman (New Tricks) stars as an ex-SAS operative freelancing for the British government in these four, tightly plotted and suspenseful, full-length dramas from ITV Studios Limited. Circles of Deceit features several top British actors, including guest stars Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius, Cadfael, Discovering Hamlet), Corin Redgrave, John Hannah (The Mummy), and Leo McKern (Rumpole of the Bailey) as well as Peter Vaughan (The Remains of the Day) Kate Buffery (Trial & Retribution), and Clare Higgins (Silent Witness), and Susan Jameson (New Tricks). The episodes aired in the U.K. from 1993-96, but the complete series is available to U.S. audiences for the first time with this DVD release.

Former special-forces operative John Neil (Dennis Waterman) remains on call for the brass at Britain's security services. Whether taking on Irish terrorists, tracking down professional assassins, or pitting his wits against ruthless drug dealers, the ex-SAS man harbors no illusions about the work he's doing-or the people he serves. He faces down deadly adversaries as well as devious bosses who keep him on a need-to-know basis, forcing Neil to rely on his instincts and his training in a world of betrayal, danger, and deceit.

Episodes: The Wolves Are Howling, Dark Secret, Kalon, and Sleeping Dogs

Street: May 17, 2011 SRP: $49.99

DVD 2-Disc Set: 4 episodes - Approx. 394 min. - SDH subtitles

Circles of Deceit is distributed by ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment; one of the world's leading international TV distribution, home-entertainment, merchandising and licensing businesses.


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