The Sweeney – The Ultimate Collection
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25th August, 2021
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The ultimate 70’s police drama, with the largest collection of Special Features ever assembled!
THE SWEENEY is the Flying Squad. It is a name derived from Cockney rhyming slang (Sweeney Todd… Flying Squad), used by police and underworld alike to refer to this highly mobile force of top London crime-busters, whose job centres on major crime and its masterminds. Increasingly involved with the ‘organised crime’ mobs, the Squad’s brief is to dig deep into the underworld fraternity for the information which will enable them to prevent the committal of crime or lead them as quickly as possible to its perpetrators.
Considered the ultimate 70s police drama, launching the careers of John Thaw and Dennis Waterman, THE SWEENEY is still regarded as one of the most successful, popular and influential action series made for television. With its tough, realistic, warts and all portrayal of violent criminals and no-nonsense approach to policing, D.I. Jack Regan and D.S. George Carter explode onto DVD in this ULTIMATE COLLECTION – bringing together all 4 digitally restored series, the 2 big screen feature films Sweeney! and Sweeney 2, and the largest collection of Special Features ever assembled.
– Armchair Cinema: “Regan” – the pilot to The Sweeney with Audio Commentary by Dennis Waterman, producer Ted Childs and director Tom Clegg
– Audio Commentary on “Ringer” by Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, writer Trevor Preston and editor Chris Burt
– Audio Commentary on “Thin Ice” by producer Ted Childs, writer Ian Kennedy-Martin and director Tom Clegg
– Audio Commentary on “Night Out” by director David Wickes and assistant director Bill Westley
– Audio Commentary on “Stoppo Driver” by Dennis Waterman and Garfield Morgan
– Audio Commentary on “Abduction” by Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, writer Trevor Preston and director Tom Clegg
– Audio Commentary on “Hit and Run” by Dennis Waterman and Garfield Morgan
– Audio Commentary on “Pay Off” by Dennis Waterman and Garfield Morgan
– Audio Commentary on “Drag Act” by writer/producer Ted Childs and director Tom Clegg
– Audio Commentary on “One Of Your Own” by writer Tony Hoare
– Audio Commentary on “Jack or Knave” by writer/producer Ted Childs and director Tom Clegg
– Exclusive NEW Audio Commentaries by Rob Fairclough and Mike Kenwood, authors of “The Sweeney: The Official Companion”, on “Jackpot”, “Chalk and Cheese”, “Taste of Fear”and “Hearts and Minds”.
– Introductions on select episodes by Tony Selby, Prunella Gee, Dudley Sutton, Billy Murray, Warren Mitchell, Wanda Ventham, Bill Maynard, Gwen Taylor, James Booth, Ken Hutchison, Lynda Bellingham, Nadim Sawalha, George Sweeney, John Lyons, Tina Heath, Geraldine James, Stephen Pacey, James Warrior, Jenny Runacre, Nick Stinger, Gary Morcambe and Peter Wight.
– Interview with series creator Ian Kennedy-Martin
– Interview with stunt arranger Peter Brayham – Interview with writer Roger Marshall
– “Wild Boys” Featurette with Patrick Mower, George Layton, Lynda Bellingham and writer Roger Marshall
– Audio Commentary on the 1977 film “Sweeney!” by producer Ted Childs, director David Wickes and writer Ranald Graham
– Audio Commentary on the 1978 film “Sweeney 2” by director Tom Clegg and producer Ted Childs
– Trailers for each Sweeney film with introductions by Lynda Bellingham, Ken Hutchison and James Warrior
– Episode of Thames comedy series Man About The House guest starring Dennis Waterman
– Restoration Featurette
– and more…