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'The Take'
(Brian Cox, Tom Hardy, et al / 2-Disc DVD / R / 2012 / BFS Entertainment)

Overview: Planning to take the London criminal world by storm, Freddie (Tom Hardy, 'The Dark Knight Rises') lunges into a psychotic rampage of murder and betrayal. With strings being pulled from prison by crime boss Ozzy (Brian Cox, 'The Bourne Supremacy'), paranoia and simmering jealousy make trusting anyone a lethal mistake.

DVD Verdict: My goodness, this mini-series from the UK in 2009 is dynamite viewing from start to finish! And all because of the small screen debut of Tom Hardy aka "Bane" from 'Dark Knight Rises'! Indeed, this series has an intimacy sometimes lacking from big crime epics as the action really centers on a handful of primary characters over the course of many years.

In the first chapter, it is 1984 and Hardy (a chilling psychopath who is eminently likable) is released from prison. Picking him up outside is his cousin (played in calm style by Shaun Evans). Dating sisters, they quickly get the party started back at the flat, but Hardy is warned off of going it alone and trying to 'take back his manor.'

With a horrible, simply horrid set of British teeth, Hardy smnashes his way through this first chapter, even putting someone's head into a TV screen ("He always wanted to be on TV!"). The next chapter is 1988, and now pills are the new money to be involved in. Seemingly always drunk, always up for a fight, Freddy is spiraling in front of us, and all those around him.

In the third chapter it is 1994 and the pill trade is weakening for Freddy due to the recession. Ozzy, the brillaint Brian Cox gets stabbed in jail, but survives, and the tides they are a changing. Suddenly, both cousins are pitched against each other. Especially when it turns out that Freddy might be Little Jimmy's father, after all! In the fourth and final chapter, it is now "the present" and the pot is boiling over, well and truly. A man with a death wish for everyone he meets, he knows he is wanted, but thinks he can beat everyone - he is wrong! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with a bunch of Interview Featurettes from the stars and some Behind-The-scenes Featurettes.