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Copper: Season 1 (2012)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: October 30, 2014 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090XO59U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Copper: Season One (BBC)(DVD+Ultraviolet)

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It's all very Gangs of New York, this 10-part BBC America series about the grubby realities of life in Manhattan, circa 1864. A bitter Irish-American detective and Civil War veteran named Kevin "Corky" Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) wades through murder cases and official corruption in the rough "Five Points" ghetto. To add to the copper's angst, his wife and child have long been missing, a nightmare that is barely helped by the attention of the local madam (Franka Potente) or a Fifth Avenue society lady (Anastasia Griffith). The series doesn't stint on seedy atmosphere (be prepared for child prostitutes and back-alley abortionists), although it's sometimes difficult to distinguish the multiple plotlines within the ramshackle infrastructure and sprawling cast of characters. All of which would be a little easier to hang with if the series had snappier writing and a more compelling lead character; Corcoran is generic to a fault, and Weston-Jones is not a lively presence. The show picks up as it goes along, and we get some satisfactory payoffs in the last couple of episodes, but the characters never do color in their conventional outlines. At least the second season holds a tease or two--why else introduce John Wilkes Booth as a character in the late going here? Cast commentaries, deleted scenes, and making-of featurettes fill out the three-disc package in expected ways; the most original and amusing extra is exec producer Tom Fontana's tour through present-day New York, pointing out how the old Five Points neighborhood has changed. --Robert Horton

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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
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One of the most ambitious new shows to be produced by the BBC is actually set on American soil. What's up with that? And "Copper" arrives with one of the season's most impressive pedigrees! Oscar winner Barry Levinson (6 total nominations with "Rain Man" earning him a Best Director prize) and Tom Fontana (3 Emmy wins for writing on "St. Elsewhere" and "Homicide: Life on the Streets") are the creative forces behind the series set in New York's immigrant neighborhood of Five Points. Set shortly after the Civil War, "Copper" showcases the unruly lawlessness that runs rampant in a city struggling to define itself. The streets are filled with murder, illicit sex, and unchecked racism. At the same time, the wealthy are embroiled in political scandal, dubious business dealings, and an equal proportion of unqualified racism. Straddling these two worlds is Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones in a star making role), a good cop who's not above coloring outside of the lines to pursue the truth or enact justice.

Corcoran is introduced as a troubled soul reeling from personal tragedy. Despite being a copper who commonly takes refuge in a house of ill repute, he also has ties to a more elite base of friends. Oftentimes within "Copper," these two divergent paths are at odds. In my opinion, that is one of the most fascinating aspects of the show. The lives of the rich are expertly juxtaposed to the travails of the less fortunate. Within its crime format, there are a lot of different topics struggling for attention within a crowded plot line.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Copper - It's pure gold! September 3, 2012
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Set in the gritty Five Points area of New York during the Civil War, Copper follows Det.Kevin Corcoran, an Irish American 'copper', as he solves crimes with nothing more than guts, brains and the clumsy tools of the day. Set against the backdrop of his own missing wife and murdered daughter, it's a dark and foreboding angst-fest for all. Corcoran's urge to champion every underdog continually undermines his career, and he has as many enemies on the police force as he does friends in the filthy underground he polices. Some people may be surprised or offended at some things depicted in this show - including a child prostitute 'married' at the age of ten against her will, and later imprisoned in a brothel to serve a 'certain kind of gentleman'. Child actress Kiara Glasco plays Annie Reilly, the child prostitute, and her performance is simultaneously electrifying and disturbing. Even seeing a child her age uttering the lines she's given in the show is enough to sometimes turn the stomach - which is likely the point. If Kiara Glasco is electrifying, then Tom Weston-Jones' performance can only be described as one that captures the screen and the imagination entirely. His face is one of those that can be angelic or brutish, depending on angle, and its chameleon quality is used to full effect here. One never knows from one scene to the next or even one line to the next which side of Kevin Corcoran we're about to see. The writing so far is top notch, though the third episode wasn't quite as startling as the first two. The production quality is top notch - so much so that this show must cost an enormous amount to produce. That in mind, if you are interested in dark drama, late Victorian New York City or just good television - watch this and keep them in business. It's one of the best of it's kind to come along in a very long time.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Period Piece with Stylized Grit! September 13, 2012
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As K. Harris did the heavy lifting. I can provide a more granular viewpoint re: what I like about Copper.

While some "poetic license" has to be allowed, as a student of history, BBC America nailed it! The time period has been covered before in the big budget "Gangs of New York" who took somewhat more of a "poetic license" than BBC America.

The Irish as a growing minority, the winding down of the Civil War, Tammany Hall, The integration of Blacks, the role of woman, the gap between rich and poor (& the fostering of well-known industrial titans) and general cleanliness (it might be a small thing, though look at the dirt caked nails of some of the main characters) are all topics prevalent to the time period.

Copper is both well-acted and well scripted. Franka Potente stands out with her best performance since "Run Lola Run."

The storyline itself might only merit a *4 rating, though historical accuracy bumps Copper up to *5 IMHO. Truth be told, I do have an ancillary motive, as my hope is that both commercial and critical acceptance of Copper will not only encourage BBC America to script additional programs, but that they will also open up the vaults by expanding their current offerings menu to include many of the fine programs that US audiences can only currently obtain through purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, Spellbinding Melodrama Set in Slums of Old N.Y. October 29, 2012
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I am not sure how much research went into this project or how realistic it is. I am sure the result is hugely entertaining.

Great sets, costumes and,overall, persuasive acting. I agree with the comment that the writing could be sharper and Corky's Irish accent is a little off, but Copper's head on confrontation with the harsh, often desperate, poverty endured by the immigrants, and characters who are flawed, complex people who feel real, pulled me in. I didn't feel the plot was unfocused--I particularly like the abrupt transitions from violence to tenderness and vice versa. And the mystery of Corky's lost family helped tie in several subplots, including an abortionist's murder and a child prostitute's precocious love for Corky.

Overall, I give this a big recommend. Every episode unveiled (sometimes unnerving) surprises, and I couldn't take my eyes off the screen.
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Copper was a rare television program- a combination of fantastic writing, acting and set design that made you feel like you had stepped into a different time period. You felt completely immersed in the lives of the fantastic, fully fleshed out, and flawed characters. Every Sunday night you were... Read More
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