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

Idris Elba , Ruth Wilson , Brian Kirk , Sam Miller    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
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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: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • 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 (192 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CEB72A4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The first three seasons 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. Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley and Ruth Wilson co-star.

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Luther: Series 1- 3 Box SetIdris Elba stars as John Luther, the near-genius detective waging his own war on crime. To say that John Luther is a passionate, troubled and driven man is a little like saying that Luther , the BBC One smash hit, is amongst the best crime drama available in the world right now - in other words a little bit of an understatement (in our humble opinion). If you haven't yet experienced the tight scripting, superb acting and brilliantly executed plotting that Luther embodies, don't chide yourself for being late the party because you are in for a treat.This box set contains all the episodes of the first three series and features Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley, Sienna Guillory and Paul McGann.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BBC's Answer to Danes/Swedish Nordic Noir 26 Feb 2014
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It has taken me a long time to watch the full 3 series of 'Luther' and the reason for this is that in the not too distant past i watched an episode of it and found it to be completely over the top with a poor storyline. However, i was persuaded to give it another try and i am so glad i did, since it is the nearest thing to the 'Nordic Noir' thrillers such as ' The Killing' and 'The Bridge'. It is not quite as good as the above mentioned but it comes close.

The background music is superb and compliments the storylines extremely well, the photography is outstanding and the acting alround is of the highest quality with the storylines getting only 4 stars as there is one and a half episodes that i thought were totally disfunctional. But don't let that put you off as the 3 series are both gripping and well produced. When i compare this to the much vaunted 'The Fall' with its excellent reviews, there is just no comparison. Juliet Stevenson as the detective in 'The Fall' is totally miscast while Idris is superb as 'Luther'. In fact this TV series compares to the best that the BBC has ever produced.

BBC let us have more of these gritty TV crime series and stop producing innocious ones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gritty detective series. 22 April 2014
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I loved this series it is full of twists and turns most of which you wouldn't have expected. Anyone who liked the sherlock series with Benedict cumberbatch will love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding Stuff 7 Jun 2014
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I had caught the odd Luther episode on telly but never had the time to see it regularly, so when I found out about this complete boxset I made myself get the supplies in, draw the curtains and watch a disc a day.
The production values are up there with Sherlock, the pacing feels continuous, this is quite good as it gives a sense that Luther's team are out doing their jobs every day, whereas some other murder dramas tend to end episodes as if everyone's really tired and are having a week on leave.
The first series is actually the most harrowing as Luther doggedly chases after some pretty nasty murderers. The other series seem like they're trying top it with some progressively less belivable storylines, but are nevertheless engrossing.
P.S. London could do with wider pavements and passageways, the way Idris Elba swaggers. One for Boris?
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing other than Brilliant 13 Aug 2013
By Claire
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I had never watched any of the episodes and due to the amount of people talking about Luther I decided to buy the box set. I have watched the whole box set in one weekend. Its brilliant. I really do recommend buying this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and compelling! 30 Mar 2014
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Someone recommended this series to me when it was first on TV, unless I start watching something from day one I don't bother getting Into it..... and so I ordered it recently. The first episode I wasn't too keen on, but thankfully I persevered. I got completely hooked and found myself watching two or three episodes at a time. Idris Elba is amazing, and you find yourself urging him to develop the relationship with a certain woman ( don't want to spoil it for you!) if you love serial killers you will love this, there are some right sicko's over the 3 series! Order it, you won't regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Bill, with an A List actor 6 Sep 2014
By Dean245
Format:DVD
The Emporers new clothes I'm affraid, if enough people say it's great it must be. I was looking forward to this having been told it's one of the best dramas. It's predictable, badly acted especially DCU Rose Teller, and about as dramatic as the bloke who falls off a ladder every week on Casualty. It is a disappointment at best, and only earns one more star than it really deserves because I can't believe they somehow got Idris Elba to come back for a 2nd and 3rd season.
When Cumberbatch and Freeman come back for Sherlock it is because of the quality. There is little in Luthor
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