The Fall 2013

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Crime drama, screened on the BBC, starring Gillian Anderson as a Metropolitan Police detective drafted to Belfast to help on a puzzling murder case. Though her superiors aren't convinced, Stella Gibson (Anderson)'s investigations lead her to believe that a serial killer is at work. Meanwhile, the killer, Paul Spectre (Jamie Dornan), stalks his next target, solicitor Sarah Kay (Laura Donnelly). The episodes are: 'Dark Descent', 'Darkness Visible', 'Insolence and Wine', 'My Adventurous Song' and 'The Vast Abyss'.

Starring:
Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 52 minutes
Starring Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan
Director Jakob Verbruggen
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 17 June 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 52 minutes
Starring Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan
Director Jakob Verbruggen
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 17 June 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Mitun on 24 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
'The Fall' is an Irish-British serial killer/crime drama series that was released in 2013 and was shown in the United Kingdom on BBC Two. The five part series is created by Allan Cubitt and directed by Jakob Verbruggen. The program received a fantastic response from the critics on its release. Combined with excellent viewership figures, the show became a surprise hit and the highest rated BBC Two drama launch in eight years.

The series is based in Northern Ireland and shows Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) trying to catch a twisted serial killer (Jamie Dornan) responsible for numerous disturbing deaths.

To begin things, this is high quality television that sets the benchmark for crime dramas. The show is as good as it gets, I loved and relished every second.

From the first episode, the disturbing events and compelling suspense hooked me to show. The dark and haunting setting shown in crisp cinematography, creates an atmosphere full of class. Combined with stunning acting, and I mean award winning performances, I knew this was going to be special. As the unpredictable cat and mouse game intensifies between Stella Gibson and the killer, the viewer is left begging for more. The story brilliantly progresses with interesting intertwining sub-plots and plenty of twists. The final episode for me was a truly powerful watch. Yes, a section of the viewers have complained that the ending was disappointing. However, I found the ending gripping to say the least. The final minutes showcased a heart-thumping exchange of dialogues between the lead actors that left me in a mesmerized state with goosebumps. In my opinion the climax was fitting because it sets up the second series perfectly and promises all the answers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Nov 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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An examination of sexual predator, which is framed against the locale of, post-Troubles Belfast. This is Where a cop has to deal with sectarian riots outside a murder scene. In addition, where a serial killer's painstaking plans can be confounded by Loyalist thugs?

Dornan plays Paul Spector grief counsellor, former Samaritans voluntary helper and serial killer who is terrorising the city of Belfast. This series revolves around a PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) investigation in Belfast into a string of Murders. Detective Superintendent Gibson played by Gillian Anderson, who is on secondment from London's Metropolitan Police Service, heads the police investigation. This is a gripping cat-and-mouse series, where Dornan plays an intelligent, articulate - but deeply flawed character who gives into his deep dark desires, yet his misogyny seems rather selective or maybe he has a degree of self-control. Whatever, the case, vis-à-vis his predilections each episode of the five part episodes of this first season is a rather addictive to watch, as we see Detective Superintendent Gibson trying to find him and stop predatory killing spree. The provided Mise-en-scène of Belfast after the troubles, is none the less still a potential tinderbox, where sectarian gangs still hold sway. Some may be less satisfied by 'The Fall' finale - or feel that they were left hanging, whatever the case this series leaves enough mileage to run into season two.

This is one of the best series to come out the BBC lately. The second series of the Fall is expected to premiere on BBC this year.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Farzana J Sheikh on 6 April 2014
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Overall, an excellent series. But, the ending is disappointing. I thought I was diddled by Amazon by thinking that they had failed to deliver the full disc set but then I realized there were only 5 episodes in total!!! So, now I'm waiting on tenterhooks for the subsequent series and I guess there will be more than one more...................................
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Haraheart on 24 Oct 2014
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Jamie Dornan. Being Bad. Need I say more? Well, actually there is a lot more to this. It's essentially a story of two people and their lives running parallel, coming close but never actually meeting (so far). I think there is one scene they're both in, but not both in focus. A fascinating tale of a murderer (that's not a spoiler) and a police officer. Set in Northern Ireland, but it could be anywhere in the UK and exploring the double life of Paul in his role as a grief counsellor, husband and father and vicious killer. Extraordinary, but at the same time believable and all the more chilling for it. Stella is the senior officer in charge of the investigation who leads her own hedonistic lifestyle behind (mostly) closed doors. A femme fatale who is actually the investigator not perpetrator. Can't wait for series 2.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jakki on 13 Aug 2013
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This really is a top class drama set in Belfast and with a tremendous cast of actors. Many scenes are genuinely thrilling in the true sense of word, a credit to the scriptwriters, camera operators, cinematographers, editors, actors as well of course as the excellent director. I couldn't recommend this highly enough, and can't wait for series 2.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Spirited77 on 3 Sep 2013
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My partner and I decided to purchase this after reading some of the reviews, and because my partner quite likes Gillian Anderson from her X-Files days! I was fresh off watching 'Broadchurch', which I thought was decent but could have been better, so I didn't have particularly high expectations for 'The Fall'. I'm glad to say I was presently surprised at how well written and produced this series was, and I thought Jamie Dornan's acting was superb - he's clearly far more than just a pretty face! While the subject matter was deeply disturbing, and quite stomach-churningly graphic and suspenseful at times, I found I couldn't stop watching or look away. I guess that's testament again to the writers/director/and producers of The Fall that they can take such a disturbing story-line and make it utterly compelling, even for the more squeamish among us! I definitely do not like gore for gore's sake, but in The Fall, it was just enough to make it believable without battering you over the head with it - sorry, bad choice of metaphor perhaps! :) I hope they release Season 2 quickly.

My only pet peeve was Gillian's rather silly faux English accent - why they didn't just make her an American detective, I don't know.
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