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    Professionals (The): MkII [BLU-RAY]




    Long-awaited, long-overdue: The Professionals as you have never seen them before.

    Bodie and Doyle need little by way of introduction, but if the series had at all escaped you since its debut in 1977 their boss George Cowley, head of CI5, couldn't put it more succinctly than his opening gambit: "anarchy, acts of terror, crimes against the public. To combat it I've got special men – experts from the army, the police, from every service. These are The Professionals".

    Featuring the perfect ensemble cast of Martin Shaw, Gordon Jackson (completely against type here) and the much-missed Lewis Collins, the series ran for 57 action-packed episodes and made an immediate impact on British and then international audiences which has sustained 35 years. But the series has never looked this good. Painstakingly restored from the camera-original negatives the series could have been made yesterday. No matter how many times you have seen The Professionals, this is a new experience, like seeing it for the first time.

    FEATURES ON THIS NEW EDITION
    [] Brand-new, High Definition restorations of all 13 episodes in series two from the camera-original negatives
    [] Brand-new 5.1 tracks from original sound elements
    [] Remastered original as-broadcast mono tracks
    [] Remastered music-only tracks featuring Laurie Johnson's original scores
    [] HD photo galleries featuring hundreds of rare and previously unseen images
    [] Exclusive book of programme notes authored by TV historian Andrew Pixley, which documents the complete production history for the 13 episodes in series two
    [] All episodes are presented in their original production order
    [] PDF material featuring scripts and memorabilia
    [] Archive footage featuring additional material, advert break bumpers, US sales trailer and more
    [] English HOH subtitles

      • Catalogue Number : 7957055
      • Available Since : 07/07/2014
      • Classification 15
      • Number of Discs 4
      • Picture 1080i HD
      • Sound 5.1 / Mono / English
      • Subtitles English
      • Region ABC
      • Time 650 mins approx
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      Steve Sullivan
      01/9/2015

      The Professionals Mk II (BD)

      As enticipated, series 2 restoration does not disappoint, bringing the improved on-location flair of the production team engrossingly to life with razor sharp images. My main quibble is the way the BBC have restored the titles (including commercial break bumper in the extras) - the sequences have lost that special feel of film as the background resembles a video still with none of the characteristic film-in-motion 'grain' nor occasional minor frame movement/instability which somehow adds to the magic feel of film. I disagree that the bumpers should have been excised from the stories; occasionally the dramatic bar of music adds additional weight to the unfolding drama; I suspect this may have been decided on BBC advice (an organisation not known for its commercial breaks). However, this set is wholeheartedly recommended as a superb release. Perhaps Network will consider the inclusion of occasional bumpers in selected future stories as a compromise.

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      John Love
      10/5/2014

      P II

      For the second time of issue of the above Blu-Ray Box.
      Quality of this is excellent.
      I just about remember these programmes, they seem to be different, probrably with the passing of time, cannot fault them

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      The Professionals as you have never seen them before.

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