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Luther - Series 1-3 [DVD] [2010]

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  • Actors: Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson, Warren Brown, Steven Mackintosh, Paul McGann
  • Directors: Brian Kirk, Sam Miller, Stefan Schwartz
  • Writers: Neil Cross
  • Producers: Katie Swinden, Claire Bennett
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • 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: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 29 July 2013
  • Run Time: 812 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CEB72A4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 14 episodes from the first three series of the BBC crime thriller series starring Idris Elba. Brilliant but flawed murder detective John Luther (Elba) sees it as his personal crusade to track down the depraved killers it is his job to identify. But as he struggles with personal demons, his strong moral code cannot always be relied upon to protect him from the dangerous violence of his own emotions and passions. The cast also includes Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley and Ruth Wilson.

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
Boxset of Luther containing 6 discs and with a running time of approx. 812 minutes. Has an age 15 restriction and contains all episodes from the first 3 series. Picture and audio quality are excellent and overall presentation of the set very good.

Idris Elba stars as the dangerously flawed yet ultra moral John Luther a beaten up, life weary London murder squad detective. Luther has major problems with anger which isn't helped by his growing relationship with Alice, Ruth Wilson, who just happens to be a murder suspect and also a psychopath. Alice is the calm, cold, controlled and evil contrast to Luther's manic, lost, rage filled goodness and their pairing was a stroke of absolute genius. They have a huge amount of chemistry and sizzle on screen. Fortunately, for him, Alice is on the side of Luther and they share a strange love/hate relationship throughout the series.

There's not a lot of police procedure, in fact you hardly see the inside of a police station until series 3, the drama's all about Luther as a man and how the events of his life affect his ability as a detective and vice versa. You're more likely to see his emotional distress and personal rage than scenes of him racing through London brandishing a gun. By series 3 things are starting to change, they're certainly ramping up the tension, and there's more violence and gore however; I didn't find Luther particularly graphic or gratuitous. In fact, for a modern day detective drama with such hard hitting storylines, the series is quite unique in that it relies on the quality of acting and scripts rather than the thrill factor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MLA VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD
The box set of Luther series 1-3 is a 6 DVD collection of each of the episodes from the great BBC detective drama starring Idris Elba originally screened between 2010-2013. The detective genre is hugely over-exposed but this is a cut above pretty much anything out there. Idris Elba is absolutely magnificent as the troubled but genious detective in his first great role after his breakthrough in The Wire. This show is not about Elba but he is what turns an excellent concept and set of plotlines into an all-time great TV show.

The downside of Luther is how short it all is. There are only 14 episodes in total plus one Special Feature for the first series. Less may occasionally be more but more Luther would be good.

There is hardly anything with Luther that falls short of perfect. The choice of theme tune is superb. The outstanding Paradise Circus by Massive Attack is an excellent choice with its slightly haunting minor key arrangement accompanying the breathy vocals of Hope Sandoval. Eery and clever, just like Luther.

The visuals are explained at quite some length in the quality Special Feature for the first series. The use of colour is so well designed. Grey is not necessarily the easiest palette to work with but it looks good here. The subtle colours, clever use of angles, and interesting photography of London gives the audience a feel of being part of the unfolding action. It may help to be familiar with the filming locations of East London but this is so obviously London and so obviously now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By janebbooks on 11 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD
Last month (January 2015), I watched a funny segment of a cable news program after the President's State of the Union address here in the USA. Chris Matthews, a 69 year old American political commentator and news anchor for his weeknight talk show HARDBALL on MSNBC, attempted a celebrity interview a la Larry King. Matthews was interviewing British actress Ruth Wilson, who just received a Golden Globe for best television actress (drama) for her role in Showtime's THE AFFAIR. Wilson answered some pertinent questions about the role of women in television drama series, but demurred when Matthews asked her to "talk American."

Well, Ruth Wilson, I haven't seen Showtime's THE AFFAIR but you were stupendous in the BBC drama serial LUTHER.

LUTHER may be the first drama serial that I binge-watched by renting the DVDs - two at a time from Netflix. This British psychological crime television series stars Idris Elba as the title character, Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. The first series of six episodes was initially broadcast on BBC One in May and early June 2010. A second and third season with only four episodes each were broadcast in consecutive summers. The series was broadcast for America viewers on BBC America beginning in October 2010.

The plots are dramatizations of John Luther's cases for the Serious and Serial Crime Unit in London, England. He is often consumed by the darkness of the crimes with which he deals and is often hampered by his interactions with the women in his life: his ex-wife Zoe, his police superior, and Alice Morgan, his nemesis. He is unable to arrest Alice Morgan, the murderer in the first episode, and for the rest of the series she becomes his confidante, giving him insight into the motivations of other criminals.
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