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Luther: Series 1-2 Box Set [DVD]

Idris Elba , Ruth Wilson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Michael Smiley, Kierston Wareing
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Run Time: 579 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P9MRLM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,311 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Idris Elba is the magnetic star of the thrilling BBC police series Luther, a gritty, captivating drama that will impress fans of police procedurals and knotty character studies. Elba (The Wire, The Big C, The Office, 28 Days Later) is a nuanced, tortured presence as DCI John Luther, a detective focused on understanding the most horrifying criminal mind. Luther also has sacrificed a normal personal life for his work, and Luther focuses on his back-story as much as on the plot at hand. The supporting cast is as brilliant as Elba, especially Indira Varma as his estranged wife, Zoe, and Ruth Wilson as the fragile-seeming but only marginally sane Alice, with whom Luther has been having a secret affair. The episodes are fairly straightforward police procedurals, including serial killers and other creepy bad guys. But what keeps Luther extra engaging is the superior writing, direction, and production design--making watching Luther an immersive experience for the viewer. And it's not always a comfortable one--this is not the cleaned-up New York of Law & Order, where most bad things happen off screen. Luther's bad guys (and gals) commit their evil deeds on camera and sometimes in slow motion--which only heightens the suspense and deep feeling of immersion. Luther and its focus on its leading character's personal life owes a lot to Helen Mirren's Prime Suspect, but Elba and the supporting cast of Luther do even more to make the viewer feel a part of the imperfect British law-enforcement system. The boxed set includes an excellent documentary with interviews with series creator Neil Cross and the directors and cast members discussing how they deliberately designed the series to be more "impressionistic" than "realistic" in terms of plot. (The interviews would have more impact if they weren't streamed onto a computer screen, but that's a small quibble.) Catch Luther while he tries to catch the bad blokes, and enjoy every twisted step of the journey. --A.T. Hurley. review is for Luther - Series 1

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Luther: Series 1 & 2Contains all the episodes from series 1 & 2 of Luther. Starring Idris Elba (The Wire) Luther is a deeply thrilling crime series, crackling with energy, distinctive characters and snappy, clever dialogue. On a moral crusade, too often with only his convictions for company, John Luther is a deeply troubled man, a philosophical cop possessed by the insoluble problem of evil and justice in a Godless world. Confronting depravity in its many terrible forms, over a succession of psychological duels between hunter and hunted, perpetrator and prey, Luther reveals his capacity for violence as well as kindness; his sudden vulnerability and dizzying, visionary mind; why his wife left him for another man, and why his colleagues are frequently left open-mouthed in awe.As the stakes get ever higher and more personal, Luther's lonely path pulls him towards the very edge of temptation. Will the relentless pursuit of light tip him into the ultimate darkness? Afflicted by the brutal murder of his wife, DCI Luther has to continue policing in a very different world, fighting for his job and his freedom in two distinctive two-part stories.The cast features: Idris Elba (film credits include Prometheus, Thor and Pacific Rim), Warren Brown (Good Cop, Homefront and Inside Men), Dermot Crowley (Raw, Bleak House) and Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger, Anna Karenina, The Prisoner).

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional crime drama - mind blowing 2 Aug 2011
By Miss S. Hocking TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Put simply: the television series 'Luther' is incredible. The acting is absolutely impeccable and you'll find yourself in absolute awe of D.C.I Luther played by Idris Elba as he such a legend!

The series follows him as an exceptionally talented yet troubled detective faced with various serial killings which D.C.I Luther deals with using unusual but brilliant police tactics (much to the concern of his superiors in the force). In addition to fighting crime, he also struggles to deal with a separation from his wife (first series) and helping a troubled young girl (second series). The acting by the supporting actors is also flawless and their characters are great, notably the enigmatic Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) who proves to be a problem for Luther from Episode 1 and D.S Justin Ripley (Warren Brown) who is a very worthy character and develops wonderfully. Obviously you'll see these all for yourself.

Basically, it's an extremely well written crime drama/police thriller series with impeccably written screenplay that will keep you gripped from the first episode. The ending to the first series is awesome but seriously, the second series finale will completely blow your mind, I'd say it's worth watching just for this.

Every episode has a twist in its tail and this makes for excellent viewing. I am a crime drama geek and this comes very close to my favourite. If you didn't catch it on TV, buy it now!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing 12 Feb 2013
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I love Luther. Buying this box set resulted in a week of evenings in bed, glued to the television, knowing I needed to go to bed but determined to squeeze in 'just one more episode.'

Idris Elba delivers a phenomenal performance as the dark but moral D.C.I Luther. Put simply, the character is fascinating. He delivers justice, but resorts to dark means to get it when necessary. Most TV detectives are portrayed as perceptive geniuses who can do no wrong, but whilst Luther is certainly perceptive, every episode goes further to demonstrate how flawed and complex he really is. Watching Luther provokes interesting questions about our own attitudes to justice- we gasp when he goes to the lengths he does, but don't we inwardly cheer for him, too, even though he is breaking the law in order to defend it? Add into the mix his failed marriage with wife Zoe, who is desperately trying to move on despite Luther's pleas to the contrary, and you will notice a stark difference between Luther's excellent detective work and his messy personal life. It seems his perceptiveness doesn't apply to people that he loves!

Undoubtedly the most fascinating element of Luther is his relationship with serial killer Alice, who is brilliantly portrayed by Ruth Wilson. Luther is equally fascinated and disgusted by her, and their interactions are some of the best TV I've seen in the last few years. The way they bounce off one another is just... I can't describe it. It gives me chills.

Some episodes are better than others, but I haven't yet seen one that didn't satisfy. I cannot wait for series 3!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LUTHER a latter day REGAN 7 July 2013
Idris Elba`s portrayal of this angry, out for justice cop is really brilliant. This man brings a very believable character to the tv screen. An outstanding supporting cast makes these episodes very chilling and your sitting on a knife edge throughout.
Idris Elba would be the next JAMES BOND if the casting was left to me.
More of the same please BBC.
The best drama for sure.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best detective shows 7 May 2012
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Well I watched a lot of cop shows and detective shows since the late 1970s and I can say that Luther is up their with the angels. Great show, the acting is excellent especially for Luther and his serial killer friend. Very deep and complicated characters. The plots are excellent, seperate but still interwined by a larger storyline. Luther is kinda like a cross between Vick Mackie, Cracker adding a touch of someone about to go to the loony bin. Great stuff.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear 27 Oct 2013
By Morten
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Overplayed,wooden performances.Alba(otherwise good actor)worst.Glossy, with simplistic,unbelievable or next to no plots.Superficial,but trying not to be.
Please dont compare this to first class crimedrama like Prime suspect,The fall or the brilliant french series-Spiral-
This is totally overrated,so what on earth IS the fuzz about
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 Aug 2012
By Jo
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Brilliant series, have watched them 3 times since purchasing and never tired of them. Waiting for the next series to come out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great TV series 29 Mar 2014
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i might easily have missed Luther, but am so glad i didn't.
This series has fast become an all time favourite.
Great characters ( Alice you are fabulous) great acting, absolutely loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 1 Mar 2014
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one of the best, well paced storys and geat acting by the cast, so glad they made a third series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very good dvd
never watch this when it was on tv always missed it people said it was good so this is a very good show in deed I will be getting the third season now this dvd was sent out to me... Read more
Published 1 month ago by john wood
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star
stunning, brilliant visuals I would have no problems recommending this to all my friends and I have no real dislikes to this dvd as I read the reviews beforehand.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. L. J. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Need more episodes of Luther
Please just make them. personally I preferred the third series but still these episodes are ace. Not bad for a tenner.
Published 2 months ago by daoldcoach
5.0 out of 5 stars Great detective series
Bought for my husband and we both really enjoyed. Idris Elba is a great actor and its a good supporting cast too.
Published 2 months ago by Julie Philp
5.0 out of 5 stars Luther Series 1&2
Idris Elba really shows his acting skills in Luther....another great drama to hit the shelves..looking forward to watching him play other roles now...a great British talent.
Published 2 months ago by Melanie Dowling
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Exactly as shown in the web page. Exactly what we needed and in plenty of time. Thank you very much
Published 3 months ago by erica chesterfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Yarns
Idris Elba is an excellent actor and I was amazed that I had not seen him in title roles before. Thoroughly enjoyed the first two series and will purchase the third series when... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DawnRosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
What can I say. Idris Elba. A briiliant actor in a brilliant series. Well written and superbly acted. Can't wait for the next one.
Published 3 months ago by Dixi
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant
Love Luther really enjoyed watching it on the Telly, Idris Elba such a good actor.
Will have to buy the third one
Published 3 months ago by Yvonne Sprake
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
I bought this as I love Edris Elba as an actor. Although it is about yet another London cop with personal demons it is so much more than that - I have bought the rest of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Winsor
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