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Blue Murder (1995)

Bruce Barry , Steve Bastoni  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce Barry, Steve Bastoni, Eleni Batley, Ian Bliss, Richard Carter
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Subversive Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 198 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BLI5QE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,622 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blue Murder" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deluxe 2-disc box set including lobby cards and poster
  • Over 2 hours of supplements, including:
  • Audio commentary track with cast and crew
  • Trailers
  • Featurette with cast and crew
  • Talent bios
  • Still gallery
  • Lobby cards and poster

Editorial Reviews

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"...A brutal and disturbing story—the characters portrayed are sadistic and cold-blooded murderers." -- michaeldvd.com.au

"...A no-holds-barred view of police life & culture..." -- australiantelevision.net

"...this film. . .is far more exciting and gripping than any shoot-'em-up, rubber-burning cop show..." -- fds.org.au

"Forget NYPD Blue... Blue Murder feels about as real as police drama can get. . .quite simply, it’s superb." -- dvd.net.au

"The original 'The Shield'." -- Edwin Samuelson, dvdmaniacs.net

Product Description

The best police force money can buy

In 1995, BLUE MURDER—the most controversial series ever produced for Australian television—exploded onto TV screens down under with such incendiary force that it was banned from being broadcast in the state where the events took place, New South Wales, for six years. This was due to ongoing legal proceedings involving several key figures depicted in the photoplay. Often referred to as an Aussie Godfather, it was, more accurately, "Goodfellas Down Under" with the goodfellas being the cops.

The attempted, bloody murder of a "blue" (insider speak for "cop") is the dramatic lynchpin of this epic of police corruption that follows the booze-riddled, unlikely partnership of decorated copper Roger "The Dodger" Rogerson (Richard Roxburgh) and career criminal Arthur "Neddy" Smith (Tony Martin) after Roger gives Neddy "the green light" to rob, steal and beat his way through Sydney's underworld in the 80's.

Directed with gritty realism (many scenes were shot on the actual locations) by one of Australia's most celebrated directors, Mike Jenkins, BLUE MURDER is a landmark Australian drama that has not been bettered on television or on the big screen.

Impeccably researched and written by Ian David, the central performance by Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge) is a revelation and won the actor Australia's highest critical accolades. Tony Martin, mesmerizing as Arthur Smith, brings a likeable edge to a truly despicable character and actors Bill Hunter, as top cop Black Angus McDonald (Rogerson's protector) and Steve Bastoni (as straight "blue" Michael Drury) are outstanding.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More like a James Ellroy novel than The Shield October 2, 2008
By db2071
Format:DVD
Blue Murder is so accurate and well acted, it could almost be classed as a documentary. It explores the true life close ties between organised crime and the police in Sydney, Australia from the 1970s through the 1980s. The outrageous behaviour is mesmerising and the characters, both good and bad, are compelling. It's well cast, well written and well acted. Blue Murder is for anyone who enjoys the stories from the seedier side of society, but doesn't necessarily need their characters to speak with American accents.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shield ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha April 19, 2006
Format:DVD
To compare this masterpiece to a fictional TV show is pretty pathetic. This is simply one of the best movies I have ever seen & if our US brothers have trouble understanding the queens english then that is their problem.

Those that lived through the times & experienced the corrupotion first hand (such as myself) know that this is as real as it gets & as dirty as it comes.

Maybe some of you actually thought it was a fictional movie or something.

Anyway ***** is not high enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You need to be an Aussie to understand February 16, 2006
Format:DVD
I have no idea why they compare this to the shield, and I agree with the other reviews, in the fact that if you like the shield, then this isn't the best movie choice for you. This is though a docu-drama, based on real events from one persons point of view. For those people really interested on the comings and goings of NSW cops then I suggest some of the books written, namely by the cop who was shot. I enjoy this movie as an Australian for the attention to detail of Sydney back in the late 70's early 80's. I feel sorry for you Yanks who can't understand our version of english, and I agree subtitles would be helpful. This movie though is for Australians and I wouldn't recommend it to people from any overseas country. I would like to point out as well, that thanks to cops like the ones depicted in this movie, NSW (New South Wales) police have virtually no power nowadays, which unfortunately has led to a decline in good public behaviour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT AUSSIE TRUE CRIME STORY October 9, 2012
Format:DVD
Don't let the thick aussie accents and wobbly production values fool you, 'Blue Murder' predates 'The Shield' by some 7 years and is based on an incredible true story, it's an absolute jackhammer of a cops and robbers saga and one of Australian televisions finest achievements.

And considering the mainly diabolical state of the Oz film industry over the last decade, 'Blue Murder' is better than most Aussie films.

The acting is top drawer, with Richard Roxburgh and Tony Martin vividly bringing to life two of Sydney most famous underworld figures of the 80's. Roxburgh is uncanny as Sydney's most decorated cop Roger Rogerson, who seems as ruthless and cold blooded as the crims he pursues, especially when he gives lethal heroin dealer Neddy Smith (Martin) a 'Green Light' to run amok with robberies and drug deals (only caveat: Neddy can't shoot cops) while Rogerson and his cronies get a cut of the spoils.

It's electrifying stuff with many bloody passages of shocking violence punctuated with pitch black gallows humor. Martin is all animal menace as uber crim Neddy Smith. In fact he and Roxburgh's bizarre simpatico bromance is the strangely affecting amid the mayhem.

The rest of the cast is fantastic, especially look for Gary Sweet as barking mad hitman Christopher "Mr Rent-A-Kill" Flannery, stealing scenes, no mean feat when you see how brilliant Roxburgh and Martin are.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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"Blue Murder" is simply one of the finest pieces of filmmaking ever.

The direction, scripting, casting and editing are all top notch. Performances from the lead actors, down to the bit players, are all outstanding.

Those who didn't like it, need their heads read.

Those who had trouble understanding what was being said, should put in the effort and try harder.

The commentary track with Director Mike Jenkins, Editor Bill Russo and Filmmaker Mark Savage is really excellent, providing a great insight into the behind-the-scenes making of this true aussie classic. All are very talkative with lots of interesting things to discuss and chat about.

"Blue Murder" is an amazing piece of work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Aussie Crime September 12, 2013
By bjc
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It was amazing how corrupt the NSW (Sydney) police force and government were in the '80s - compelling, gritty and gripping
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life vs make believe August 10, 2006
By MSJO
Format:DVD
Blue Murder is a dramatisation of real life events that occurred in New South Wales and which caused Royal Commission investigation and subsequent restructure of the NSW Police as a result. To say the storyline was 'corny' is a ludicrous comment.

Other than that, it is an excellent presentation, with top class acting and production.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cheesey/Poorly Acted/Low Budget/Boring
This is NOT like The Shield at all. Blue Murder is hokey and dated with a very low budget feel. The dialect/language is hard to understand and the action is mostly non-existent. Read more
Published on May 2, 2007 by John B. Hubbard Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars You can enjoy the Shiels and Blue Murder.
To compare this to the Shield is like comparing an apple to an banana. The Shield while good is a fantasy with Vic and his crewe getting away with criminal behavour by the skin of... Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by steve b
1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A SHIELD?!
WHAT ARE THEY SAYING! THE TRAILER WAS SO MISLEADING! WHAT ICE-T AND THE TUNE BODY COUNT?! THE ACCENT IS SOOOOOOO THICK, IT GAVE ME A HEADACHE! Read more
Published on January 24, 2006 by JEFFREY PARK
1.0 out of 5 stars What did he say?
This may have been a good show down in Australia, but for this Yank it was utterly incomprehensible. Read more
Published on December 27, 2005 by kitchensynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Fair suck'a'tha' sav - strewth youse Seppos r a weird mob!
This is fully sick, you lair! Giv'yer sheila a'root, sink some piss, then get this inta ya, yer bastaads.
Published on December 26, 2005 by R. HARTIG-PRYM
1.0 out of 5 stars No "Shield"
The reason I bought this dvd was because it was compared to The Shield. NOt a chance. Aside from the very corny storyline (first two hours anyway), even though it was in English... Read more
Published on December 26, 2005 by M. C. Massey
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