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Blue Murder: Complete Collection (2012)

Caroline Quentin , Ian Kelsey  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Caroline Quentin, Ian Kelsey
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 1170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AV5H2G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blue Murder: Complete Collection" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

"The most fascinating British female cop since Jane Tennison" --San Francisco Chronicle

"Quentin is marvelous." --Connecticut Post

On the job, Detective Chief Inspector Janine Lewis deals with the ugly side of human nature, investigating Manchester’s most gruesome crimes. At home, she’s a harried but devoted single mother of four, struggling to balance her challenging career with the stresses and rewards of family life.

Award-winning actress Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly, Life of Riley) perfectly captures Lewis’s strength and vulnerability as she balances work and family, aided by her handsome, dedicated partner (Ian Kelsey, Casualty). This complete collection follows the gritty realities of Lewis’s career from her initial promotion through personal and professional ups and downs--always presented with a touch of wry humor and keen observations about modern motherhood.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Complex, gritty, dark, crime investigations in Manchester, UK, low district. DCI Lewis (Caroline Quentin-`Jonathan Creek','Men Behaving Badly') begins as a very pregnant, mom of 3, who catches hubby bedding another, and a new DI added to her team that was her own former relationship. What a web, and that's before the brutal crimes begin. The DCI & DI try on a spotty bit of romance but it's mildly plausible, just an oasis in a desert of murders, and both are better cops than lovers.
Abundant footage of Manchester architecture & some occasional beautiful countryside. On a rural hilltop with a scenic panorama as backdrop, DS Shap delivered the best line of the entire series: "Who'd want to live out here? What is the point?"

Plenty of conflict--both fighting crime and within the detective team. DCI Lewis, mom of 4, is womanhood VS criminals. Single-parenting makes a subplot throughout. Also intra-detective relationships. Comedy lines come amid the routine of dirty, base crimes. This has no Brit rating but definitely for adult only due to language, gore, content, & visuals. "Death in all it's glory." No dark filth & crime to disgusting for "Blue Murder."

===Regulars: DI Mayne (Ian Kelsey-`Black Beauty','Emmerdale Farm') is the boss' inquiry partner + partner on a few kisses. DSC Hackett `Lemon' (David Schofield-`Pirates of Caribbean') eventually gets replaced by DCS `Boss' Hogg (Saskia Wickham-`Peak Practice'). DS Shap (Nicholas Murchie-`the Bill') & DS Butchers (Paul Loughran-`Emmerdale Farm') are in all episodes. Cute DC Goodall (Rhea Bailey-`The Bill') joins the team 2006-07, replaced with sassy, hot, Robocop DC Skerton (Belinda Everett-`Calendar Girls') the last 6 shows.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Scream Blue Murder If You Dare Miss This Show! December 22, 2010
In late March of 2010, the UK TV station associated with bringing this fine show to the airwaves, ITV ditched the Caroline Quentin crime drama Blue Murder after (in the UK) five series - compiled as just four over here in the US within this collection.

"We honestly didn't suspect. So we haven't had the chance to say a lot of goodbyes. Everyone was sad when we found out," she said when asked about it the next month. And, having just watched the entire series in a night-after-night viewing session, I have to wonder quite why ITV took it upon themselves to breakup some a family!

The program, which starred Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis, first appeared on (UK) screens in 2003 and was last seen in October of 2009, when the final episode of series five (season four over here - please try to keep up!) aired.

Blue Murder - Set 1
`Cry Me A River' - Part 1
We open with Inspector Janine Lewis (Caroline Quentin) earning her stripes and becoming Detective Chief Inspector Lewis, being congratulated by her squad, and then going home to celebrate with her husband - and finding him in bed with the nanny! The entire series is full of these ups and downs for her, mostly showing her at-home life as a shambles re: an endless string of nanny's for her 3 kids - and one on the way!

The murder that sets the series off is committed on an allotment and, for the most part, drags itself through to the end of Part 1. The other main act to mention is the return to her squad of an old friend, DI Richard Mayne (Ian Kelsey) - someone who might well be the answer to her sexual tension!

`Cry Me A River' - Part 2
The pace picks up here with three suspects all getting narrowed down and eliminated as we progress.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful show May 31, 2011
By Susan
I absolutely loved this show. I particularly appreciated that the characters had lives outside the workplace which actually affected their work. Unlike several other reviewers, I had no trouble understanding the dialogue. There were a few (maybe 5) lines in the entire series I didn't get, but otherwise it was quite easy for this deep-southerner to understand. This show feels more like The Last Detective than Life on Mars (my other favorites at this time), but has its own unique and distinctly English style.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I watched the first two seasons (aka: 'series' in the UK) on Netflix instant watch, got hooked and requested the complete set for Christmas. One thing that I found annoying with the DVD set was neither the DVD's nor the cases listed the episode names. I knew the name of the episode which should be first in season/series 3 but when I looked for it on the DVD's, I discovered the episodes on sets 2 and 4 are out of order from the original UK air dates. This may or may not matter to the overall ongoing relationships in the shows, so might cause confusion. I intend to watch them in the order they originally aired and will report back as to whether or not it makes any difference.

For those of you who like me, want to see them in the correct air date's the list I've compiled of the shows sorted by the original UK air date of each episode with a note out to the right as to which set/disc the out of order episodes are on.

Cry Me A River Part 1 (S1:E1)
Cry Me A River Part 2 (S1:E2)

Hit and Run (S2:E1)
Up In Smoke (S2:E2)
Fragile Relations (S2:E3)
Lonely (S2:E4)

Steady Eddie (S3:E1)(set 2, disc 2)
Make Believe (S3:E2)(set 2, disc 1)
The Spartacus Thing (S3:E3)(set 2, disc 1)
In Deep (S3:E4)(set 2, disc 2)

Not a Matter of Life and Death (S4:E1)
Desperate Measures (S4:E2)
Crisis Management (S4:E3)

Having it All (S5:E1) (set 4, disc 2)
Inside (S5:E2)(set set 4, disc 2)
Tooth & Claw (S5:E3)(set 4, disc 1)
This Charming Man (S5:E4)(set 4, disc 2)
Private Sins Part 1 (S5:E5)(set 4, disc 1)
Private Sins Part 2 (S5:E6) (set 4, disc 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
Published 2 months ago by HAT LADY
4.0 out of 5 stars Mediumly Interesting but Still Better Than Our Realty Shows !!
We have a vast amount of British Mysteries and Comedies. Though we have our favorites (i.e. Frost, Lewis, Morse) we still like this series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Holloway
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Murder complete collection was disappointing
Very difficult to understand the actor's version of the English language. I wished I had known there were no subtititles. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carnation
Published 4 months ago by STAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show of British murder mystery! Not for the faint of heart! Fans...
What can I say about this show? It's worth watching. Single mother and newly promoted DCI in Manchester, England tackles a bevy of murder cases in this four series set. Read more
Published 5 months ago by UniversityDoc
5.0 out of 5 stars great acting and story line
great acting and story lines
enjoy great British movies
complete family movies as are British movies
fancier of fine movies
Published 5 months ago by chfancier
4.0 out of 5 stars I Liked It!
I thought this show was good. I watched it quite awhile ago and just bought the whole series (not on Amazon). Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. tamburin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product (and great series)
I love this series and am so relieved that all discs are intact. It's so much nicer to be able to see the series without any of the discs skipping "damaged areas."
Published 7 months ago by ladylawdawg
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing.
Janine Lewis and Jane Tennison are in no way related. Jane's flaws are often of her own making. The viewer wants to help her. Janine's are inexplicable. Read more
Published 8 months ago by elizabeth carmack
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice ensemble detective show
I had not seen this on air and really enjoyed watching each episode. Not as gristly as some and I liked that there was some character development over the course of the series. Read more
Published 9 months ago by E. Chenault
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