The Sweeney and David Essex Double Features from Warner

Warner Home Video have announced two DVD Double Feature releases for 28th July 2003. Carrying a retail price of £15.99 each are...

The Sweeney DVD Double Feature - Tough 1970s London needed tough coppers, and they didn't come any meaner or streetwise than Detective Inspector Jack Regan (John Thaw) and Detective Constable George Carter (Dennis Waterman) of Scotland Yard's infamous Flying Squad. Fast motors, strong language and stronger drinks made The Sweeney the most truthful portrayal of life in Britain's elite police force ever screened.

Included on this release are:

The Sweeney! - When an old friend asks him to investigate the mysterious death of his girlfriend, DI Regan finds himself unwittingly embroiled in a deadly game of political intrigue. Suspended from the force after being framed on a drink driving charge by an unknown enemy who is determined to stop him finding the truth, Regan is unable to call upon his partner DC Carter for help. Instead, he must rely on his wits and detective instincts to evade hitmen and expose the real villain.

The Sweeney 2 - Regan and Carter lead an investigation into a series of armed bank-raids, linked by the fact that the villains only ever steal £100,000 and leave the rest. The trail leads them as far afield as Malta and Beirut and involves car chases, unexploded bombs and Denholm Elliot as a corrupt ex Chief Inspector.

Depicting policemen who were every bit as violent as the criminals they pursued while highlighting the officers' personal problems and more shockingly, the endemic corruption of the force in the 70s made for groundbreaking drama. The gritty realism of The Sweeney! and The Sweeney 2 made them hugely popular with British audiences, with Thaw and Waterman becoming household names. The sight of DI Regan pounding across a North London carpark in hot pursuit of a villain is part of John Thaw's unforgettable acting legacy.

Both are presented in 1.66:1 Widescreen aspect ratio with their original Mono soundtracks.

David Essex DVD Double Feature - The blue-eyed boy from Plaistow enjoyed more than a decade of success in Britain, thanks to his extraordinary versatility as a performer. His first big-screen role came in 1970 and he totted up an impressive ten UK top 40 singles between 1973 and '76, including number one hits Gonna Make You A Star and Hold Me Close. Stage roles included the lead in West End musical Godspell. To this day David retains a devoted following for his regular UK tours.

The films included on this release are:

That'll Be The Day (1973) - Essex stars as Jim MacLaine, a rebellious working class lad desperate to trade his fairground job for a life of glamour in this rock 'n' roll revival. After being abandoned by his father as a child, Jim grows up to realise that exams and work are not for him. One day he chances upon a guitar in a pawn shop, and takes a decision that will change his life forever.

A co-star role for Ringo Starr, plus appearances by Billy Fury, Keith Moon and Pete Townshend makes this film a must for fans of 70's music.

Stardust (1974) - The sequel to That'll Be The Day, Stardust traces the rise of Jim MacLaine (Essex) and his band The Stray Cats, overseen by sly, manipulative manager Mike (Adam Faith). As their growing success brings a record contract and gigs at ever bigger venues, the inevitable rock-star baggage of screaming groupies, drugs and arguments among the band cause increasing tensions. But will this bring the rags-to-riches story to a bitter end?

Both films are presented in 1.85:1 Widescreen with their original Mono soundtracks.

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