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Rebus

This box set may be skimpy on extras but is a welcome arrival for mystery aficionados nonetheless: All four adaptations of bestselling Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin's "Rebus" novels are high-quality presentations, from the compact screenplays to the canny performances.

Cast:
With: John Hannah, Jim Norton, James Cosmo.

This box set may be skimpy on extras but is a welcome arrival for mystery aficionados nonetheless: All four adaptations of bestselling Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin’s “Rebus” novels are high-quality presentations, from the compact screenplays to the canny performances. John Hannah makes the world-weary detective his own, even though he doesn’t resemble the lanky, downward-spiraling sleuth of the books.

“Black and Blue” is the best of the quartet, centering on a copycat killer and Preacher, the earlier murderer who wants to teach the young upstart a lesson; Stuart Hepburn’s tight screenplay neatly dovetails Rebus and the Preacher’s parallel searches.

The three remaining pics tackle child abuse and pedophilia (“Dead Souls”), young foreign women trapped in a prostitution ring (“The Hanging Garden”) and a white supremacy group (“Mortal Causes”). The sole “making of” extra features interviews with Rankin and Hannah.

Rebus

Jan. 10; Three discs: $39.98

Production: A Koch Vision release of the films by Maurice Phillips, Martyn Friend, David Moore.

Cast: With: John Hannah, Jim Norton, James Cosmo.

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