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Commander Set 1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Harold Wolf - Published on
Format: DVD
Clare Blake, (high praise for Amanda Burton's acting) takes the leadership of the Murder Review Team, but immediately does something that assuredly was in the "Commander Manual" in red lettering, #1 under the "DO NOT DO" list. Blake has a sexual affair with a murder convict just released that she herself had help get convicted. This affair gets publicized and creates a situation interfering with each the the murder investigations for the rest of the four episode, 570 minutes of top-notch murder mystery.

The 4-star rating is due to this UNBELIEVABLE action by the newly appointed Commander Blake. The movie even had the nerve to make this main character a female "BLOND". Would anyone in their right mind, especially the traditional conservative British population, make such a terribly wrong judgment error after a 20-year career of making the right decisions that get you appointed to the top leadership position?

Okay, now, getting beyond that initial event, the rest of the series is on-the-edge-of-your-seat, bewildering intrigue, plots braided together holding thrilling mystery, and 5-stars. Each of the 4 episodes (About 2 1/2 hrs each) have a new primary murder to solve. The MRT actors/actresses remain the same in each, additional cast in introduced related to the complex plots, Blake's affair with Murder Lampton resurfaces, Blake's family situations get involved, and the outcome will not be guessed, until the DVD does the disclosing.

There was the police shooting of a suspect, Cripps, that went awry and covered up for 4 episodes. Blake's blunder with the Lampton affair was further aggravated by her entrapment attempt. Will she never learn? The commander's sister gets cancer at the same time someone hacks into a hospital records system and begins murder blackmail. A special deputy, "Blackdog", is assigned to look into both the Lampton affair and the Cripps shooting. Plenty of police cover-up to go all around. And finally, date rape murders begin appearing with the first London victim being, of course, Commander Blake's goddaughter.

The DVD box warns about graphic scenes and nudity. Plenty of nasty victim scenes, so beware. There is no captioning so "Blackdog's" words are sometimes a bit hard to catch, but the rest is not bad.

Summary: worth watching for murder mystery fans, once you accept the dumb-blond syndrome of the Commander's initial "misjudgment."
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Commander 29 Nov 2008
By Barbara Pierce - Published on
Format: DVD
This is a brilliant series. I couldn't be torn away from it -- I was in its thrall for about 4 days, when I watched all 10 hours of it and couldn't wait to get back to the TV to watch more. The casting, acting, directing, photography are all superb, and the plot is complicated and compelling. My only (slight) reservation is that the last disk is a disappointment. It has nothing to do with the three previous ones, and seems like an add-on. (My inspiration to buy this was an interview that I heard on NPR with its author/producer, Lynda LaPlante, which is available on the internet. I recommend it highly.)
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
'The Commander' 13 Nov 2008
By Amanda Fan - Published on
Format: DVD
I highly recommend this boxed set, it is a terrific series. My only complaint is that this US release contains the episode 'Blacklight' & the earlier UK release didn't. so now all of us who bought the UK set have to buy this set also.....not happy Acorn Media
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By rstamper2 - Published on
Format: DVD
This set really disppointed me. I consider Lynda LaPlante's Prime Suspect series some of the best stuff ever on TV, and so I was very interested in this series after reading that she'd written this one, too. But I not only didn't care for The Commander set, I really didn't care much for the 'heroine' at all! I had little sympathy for her...and very little respect for her; she's definitely NOT what I'd call a heroine! Prime Suspect's heroine is flawed for sure, but she has character & integrity in spades; the woman in this set is a bit too smug and I didn't find her to have much integrity at all, spending far too much time trying to dig herself out of the hole she'd dug for herself without much plausible reason (in my view) for having fallen in to begin with. If I'd rented the set, I would probably have stopped after 1st segment, but -- given I'd bought the set based on the high review rating, I plodded on, thinking that surely it would get better. It didn't, in my opinion. By the end, I didn't really care if she succeeded in saving herself or not. Too bad I had ignored the few more negative reviews in light of the majority of great ones; I wasted way too much money on this set! I would not recommend it to anyone. Far better are any of the Prime Suspect series (my faves are 1st and 6th), the Cold War era Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy set & the Smiley's People set (I think these are my absolute favorites of any TV mystery series I've seen), the House of Cards trilogy, and to just a little lesser degree, Reilly Ace of Spies. A Very British Coup, and the terrific Inspector Morse series (the last episode of which actually brought me to tears as I'd grown to care so much for the main character).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Hugh Bonneville is great as male lead 10 April 2012
By carol irvin - Published on
Format: DVD
For those of you who don't recognize him, the convict released early from prison who just wrote a book, is none other than Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey. He plays the father in that because he is older than he is in this series. He is marvelous in this role. I really don't care how improbable it is that a woman police chief would have an affair with an ex con who had murdered his girlfriend. She is highly repressed, highly dutiful. She is also attracted to danger. He pushes all the right buttons in her so that she is falling madly in love with him. Has he reformed or does he like murdering women and will eagerly return to it? It is a lot of fun finding the answer to this question.

As a subplot, one of her underlings is plotting against her throughout the episode and wants her to get fired. She provides him with the perfect opportunity to take her down with this controversial romance. I enjoyed this a lot but may not have with a lesser talented male lead.

I just watched it on netflix streaming.

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