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Copper: Season 1 [Blu-ray] (2012)

Tom Weston-Jones , Kyle Schmid , Jeff Woolnough , Ken Girotti  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (965 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid, Anastasia Griffith, Ato Essandoh, Kevin Ryan
  • Directors: Jeff Woolnough, Ken Girotti, Clark Johnson, Larysa Kondracki
  • Writers: Tom Fontana, Will Rokos
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • 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 (965 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090XK9DG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,269 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From Emmy(R)-winner Tom Fontana, Academy Award(R)-nominee Will Rokos and Academy Awardr-winner Barry Levinson comes Copper, BBC America's first original scripted series. Copper is set in 1860s New York City. The 10-part drama centers on Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, MI-5), an intense, rugged Irish-American cop working the city's notorious Five Points neighborhood. Corcoran is struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, while on an emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter. His friendship with two Civil War compatriots the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African American physician who secretly assists Corcoran with his detective work takes him to the contrasting worlds of elegant Fifth Avenue and an emerging African-American community in rural northern Manhattan. The three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever.

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
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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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Period Piece with Stylized Grit! September 13, 2012

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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38 of 41 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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5.0 out of 5 stars a gem! January 6, 2013
By joeyjoe
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I took a chance and purchased the first season of Copper on blu ray. I am so very glad that i did! Copper is an engrossing, refreshingly gritty, period drama. The characters are interesting without feeling too hyperbolized. the story is compelling enough (I found myself invested in the characters and the goings on of the day). The blu ray transfer is nice (solid audio and video for a television show). This blu ray is definitely recommended for those who like raw period flicks! Not much else to say. Give it a try! im very much looking forward to season 2!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good period piece
The acting is only so, so, but story lines are good. I think the main character should have more of an accent as do other characters.
Published 10 hours ago by Margaret J. Lundquist
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing show to watch
I didn't expect much from this show from the first couple of episodes, but it's storyline is pretty addicting. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars gangs of NY meets Deadwood
An original show... if you liked Deadwood, you'd probably enjoy this show (minus the swearing). A lot of good storylines & characters to follow. I look forward to seeing season 2.
Published 1 day ago by Debbie F
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like a Gangs of N.Y. series
Think this is a must watch for anyone wondering what N.Y. was like in the 1800's . N.Y. wasn't not friendly place for Irish immigrants and African Americans. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Richiek
1.0 out of 5 stars A lot of Gore
Suppose you wanted to pander to the basest desire for violence--buckets of blood and guts. But you wanted to give the whole effort the sheen of a Masterpiece Theater piece. How? Read more
Published 6 days ago by eric
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SHOW!!!
Great show!
Done right and has all the suspense twists and turns. Promises to be a great series and we are looking forward to watching them.
Published 9 days ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great BBC Series
It's Civil War era "Gangs of New YorK" meets CSI. In the middle of the Civil War, free blacks and the Irish in New York are clashing over fear of loss of jobs, all set in... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Leimy
5.0 out of 5 stars coppers great
Riveting story. Historical content is good. Characters are great. Watch it. It'll keep your attention. Ccostumes are very nice and fit the time period.
Published 10 days ago by cede
4.0 out of 5 stars Squalor and poverty aplenty
Gritty realism. Life was tough in the big cities in the 1860's and 70's. I enjoyed the acting a lot.
Published 11 days ago by N. Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars One great show
One great show It keeps me interested and I want to go to the next episode as soon as possible.
Published 14 days ago by Vincent
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