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6 Degrees Entertainment

(Tom Bell, Brian Cox, et al / 2-Disc / Not Rated / (1978) 2012 / Acorn Media)

Overview: After an eight-year prison stint for a failed bank heist, Frank Ross (Tom Bell, Prime Suspect) returns to his old gangland haunts to find the snitch who sent him to jail. The smooth, streetwise ex-con quickly adjusts to the new attitudes of a new era, but just as quickly discovers that although neighborhoods change, old grudges never go out of style!

DVD Verdict: I think Tom Bell is one of the most incredible actors known to TV screens. His hard character portayals are legendary and here in the late 1970's era of 'Out,' his bruising qualities of a man on the hunt for who squealed on him mid-job 8 years prior are as fine tuned as always. A beauty of retro era entertainment, the complete series comes in the form of six 45 minute episodes. In It Must Be The Suit, Frank Ross (Bell) is out of prison and back to his old house. Some great old '70s shots of London, retro now, fresh alive and kicking back then, he meets up with his best mate and tries to find the others from his old gang too. In 'It's Not Just Pennies,' Ross goes to see his ex-wife in an Institution (as she's mentally lost the plot big time), but the funniest thing is that her doctor wears red socks with clear plastic sandals! To keep his hard guy image alive, he spits out lines like, "You move wrong once and I'll kick your lungs out"! In 'Maybe He'll Bring Back A Geisha,' we get to see a lot more of Frank's wayward son, Paul. A rebel without a cause, he is sinking quickly.

In 'A Little Heart To Heart with Miss Bangor,' Ross is told (by the person) who actually ratted on him and his gang, but he doesn't believe them. Then he's on the hunt for other people from his past life, as some other scores still have to be settled. He gets to find the location of one girl, but after a chat leaves her behind - where a local villian (Brian Cox) also then comes across her. In 'The Moment He Opened His Envelope,' Ross is still on the hunt, the net getting tighter. A contract is put out on Ross, but this is the slowest of the episodes in the set. In the final episode, 'I Wouldn't Take Your Hand If I Was Drowning,' everything gets fast and furious as all the pieces start to fall into place. And as we get villianous lines such as, "You bottle on me and two sides of you won't match", Ross finally tracks down the grass - but nothing is as neat and tidy as we'd hoped for. Should there have been a sequel? Yes, me thinks. Also included is an Audio Commentary from the original producers, where come the end one says he thinks it isn't dated! My goodness, how wrong could he be?! These are all Full Screen Presentations (1:66.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.