Callan: The Ultimate Collection
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8th December, 2021
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Known as the antithesis to Bond, Edward Woodward’s portrayal of Callan was a hit with viewers from 1967-1972.
Edward Woodward gives an electrifying performance as a reluctant professional killer working for British Intelligence. Callan became a national phenomenon in the late 1960s, making Woodward one of the highest profile actors on television and paving the way to his eventual career in America on shows like The Equalizer.
Created by James Mitchell (When the Boat Comes In) and exploring the dingy, twilight world of the professional spy, Callan was the antithesis of James Bond (back in the days of Connery and Moore) and presented, until that point, television’s most realistic portrayal of government espionage.
This Ultimate Collection contains the original Armchair Theatre pilot play – ‘A Magnum for Schneider’, all surviving episodes from Series 1 and 2, all episodes from Series 3 & 4 in the intended running order, the 1974 ‘Callan’ feature film, and the 1981 television film Wet Job, which brought the saga to an end.
Also included is the feature-length documentary ‘This Man Alone’, 2 Audio Commentaries with Edward Woodward, both the re-edited and complete recording block versions of episode ‘The Worst Soldier I Ever Saw’, the 1971 television special ‘The Edward Woodward Hour’, new Audio Commentaries by Robert Fairclough and Mike Kenwood – authors of the ‘The Callan File: The Definitive Guide”, and more…
• Feature-length documentary ‘This Man Alone’ plus bonus unused interview material
• Armchair Theatre pilot play ‘A Magnum For Schneider’ in a new transfer
• The 1974 ‘Callan’ feature film
• Audio Commentaries with Edward Woodward on ‘If He Can, So Can I’ and ‘Call Me Enemy’
• NEW Audio Commentaries by Robert Fairclough and Mike Kenwood – authors of the ‘The Callan File: The Definitive Guide’ • Complete recording block version of the episode ‘The Worst Soldier I Ever Saw’
• Episode Trailer for ‘Let’s Kill Everybody’
• 1971 television special ‘The Edward Woodward Hour’
• Extensive Image Galleries and DVD-ROM PDF archive