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Murphy's Law : Complete BBC Series 4 & 5 [DVD]


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  • Actors: Kevin Doyle, James Nesbitt, Christian Burgess, Tim Plester
  • Directors: Peter Lydon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L42N8W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,864 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Murphy's Law: Complete BBC Series 4 & 5 DVD set features the entire fourth and fifth series of this crime drama. James Nesbitt ("Cold Feet", "Waking Ned Devine" and "Wild about Harry") stars as Murphy--a loner undercover cop who is more concerned with his work than he is in having a personal life. The series is directed by Peter Lydon and based on novelist Colin Bateman's books of the same title.

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James Nesbitt makes an outstanding performance in this two series DVD set. Each series is a three part story. They make for gripping but unpleasant and disturbing viewing as it deals with issues that most of us can count ourselves as fortunate not to see. It takes crime depiction to another level of detail and some of the scenes make for tense viewing.

Murphy has extremely difficult infiltration roles to conduct and ends up not only up against the very worst of criminals but inter-departmental politics within his own management structure. This ultimately leaves Murphy as a heavily flawed but very likeable maverick.

Watching late in 2011 in both senses, I found this series too disturbing to go to sleep on and so choose series 3 of Doc Martin as some light relief. This is somewhat ironic because these two programmes were transmitted on rival channels at the same time, and had a sufficient impact on the viewers of Murphy's Law for it not to return for a sixth series. This is in no way a reflection of the quality of the series but merely an "at-the-moment" preference over the two extremes on the drama scale. However, series 5's ending is left open to interpretation; whatever Murphy did next would be totally plausible given his character and the recent events.

I have enjoyed/appreciated all of Murphy's Law. Yes, the themes can lack appeal and some of the semi-regulars are of less interest than others over the five seasons, but at the end of the day, we watch Murphy's Law because of the wonderful Murphy character, which few if any could play as well as James Nesbitt.

If you have not seen Murphy's Law before, best to start with an earlier series, because there is greater diversity in a few one one-part stories than one three part story arc. The better theme music is there early on too. Once you have seen at least one earlier series, then these are then fine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cazzy on 13 May 2012
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The title says it all really. James is superb and his acting ability really stands out. Its dark and gritty, especially series 5. This was the first Murphys Law i saw on the tv and it compelled me to want to see the rest.
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By Torsten Denmark on 4 Oct. 2011
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This series is really entertaining. James Nesbitt is a really skilled actor and as Tommy Murphy, he definitely shows off. The order came really fast. So overall a lovely win-win situation:D
Enjoy!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jan. 2008
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James Nesbitt continues in the role as the maverick under cover cop from Northern Ireland. The 2 series here are concerned with in the first story 2 brothers with a past of crime from Murphy's old stomping ground. The older brother is looking to get married into a Muslim family with criminal ties. He can see the bigger picture and is looking to spread out into 'real' crime involving real estate while his younger,unhinged, brother is stuck in the past & is a spoke in the wheels. This story is gripping enough & there are some fine performances from all involved.
The second story,(series 5), involves eastern european people smuggling & 2 undercover cops that Murphy was responsible for going missing. This story is far less enjoyable. Shallow, cliched & a bit dull. Nesbitt is on his own here as the rest of the cast all look miserable,bored & generally unintersted, and what has happened to the usual gang? Even Nesbitt resorts to some cringeworthy angst that only goes to show just how desperate the whole story is. In general terms this would be an OK story but in company with the rest of the Murphys law series' this is easily the worst of the lot.
Extra's? Not a sausage, just like all the other murphys law releases. A really lazy effort.
Sound is fine but the picture is fairly grainy, no doubt 'gritty reality', but not great nontheless.
Overall this is still worth it for series 4 & the ever reliable Nesbitt. You just have to wonder what is going to happen to the series if they don't up the ante in the next series.
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