Judge David Johnson has a cat named Jack Taylor. Crazy!
Our review of Jack Taylor: Set 2, published June 7th, 2014, is also available.
Self-destructive, pigheaded, and overfond of the bottle.
Those are their words by the way. Read the disc-case synopsis and that's how you'll find Jack Taylor described. Taylor (Iain Glen, Game of Thrones) is a one time cop who finds himself off the force and trying to make ends meet in the private detective racket.
But, yeah, Jack Taylor is self-destructive, pigheaded, and loves himself some boozing.
This first series offers up three feature-length mysteries on three discs.
• "The Guards"
• "The Pikemen"
• "The Magdalen Martyrs"
This is good stuff, and considerably darker than your average British import mystery series. From the get-go, Jack Taylor is a classic anti-hero, hard to root for, but worthy of endorsement when you see him doggedly pursue the bad guy. Iain Glen is great, blasting out gravitas wherever he lumbers, and rendering the character of the broken protagonist with verve. He's a dink, but when he's squaring off with an exquisitely malevolent scumbag, you're all for his dinkness. The mysteries are well-staged and complex, with more and more story beats revealed as the investigation marches on. The fact that our lead is continually drawn into the machinations of these evildoers makes the show that much more compelling.
Acorn offers a slim release: standard def 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 2.0 Stereo, English SDH subtitles, and a photo gallery for each episode.
If you're a mystery hound and up for something different and grimmer than the usual fare, give Jack Taylor a spin.
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