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LINE OF DUTY, SERIES 1 (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 305 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D7AM2YW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

BONUS Interviews with the writer, directors, and cast (47 min.) and behind-the-scenes footage (10 min.).

SDH subtitles.

Editorial Reviews

“Gripping cat-and-mouse thriller” —The Daily Telegraph (U.K.)

“Unmissable” —The Times (U.K.)

“Hugely compelling” —Daily Mail (U.K.)

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates (Lennie James, The Walking Dead) is an exemplary cop. He’s got the best crime stats on the force and a loyal team working under him. But the head of the police anticorruption unit, Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Ashes to Ashes), has his doubts about Gates. Is he really that good? And more importantly, is he really that clean? Hastings decides to find out and calls on a new arrival to his department, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston, Monarch of the Glen), to help him do it. As the net tightens around Gates, reputations are on the line—and lives are at risk.

Critically acclaimed for its taut plotting and remarkable performances, this high-stakes thriller also stars Vicky McClure (Broadchurch), Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga), Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead), Craig Parkinson (Misfits), and Neil Morrissey (Waterloo Road).

Contains coarse language and disturbing images

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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Every once in a while, you discover a series that really surprises you. For me, the five part British police drama "Line of Duty" was one of those experiences. Having seen so many films and TV shows based on a similar premise (cops coloring outside of the lines and those that would pursue them), I didn't have particularly high expectations that this could provide much new to the topic. I just hoped it would be slick and entertaining. From the get-go, though, this high octane procedural came out of the gate swinging and its intensity never relented. Providing as many, if not more, plot twists and big confrontations than a regular season on traditional network TV, these five parts took me on a complete and satisfying journey. Sure, some of the plot points stretched credibility at times. The lead investigators on both sides are each allowed to behave incredibly unprofessionally without repercussions and the criminal plot threads get particularly convoluted. But I didn't care due to sheer entertainment value. In some ways, my brain is telling me that I should value this experience at 4 stars due to these slight reservations. But I'm rounding my 4 1/2 star rating up instead for the simple reason that "Line of Duty" so supremely exceeded my expectations.

At the beginning of "Line of Duty," we meet Martin Compston as DS Steve Arnott. Working with a counter-terrorism unit, a mission goes horribly awry and he is left to twist in the wind when he won't back an untruthful cover story. This principled, though incredibly unpopular, stand leads to an appointment in the British equivalent of Internal Affairs. His attention is focused on the city's most decorated officer, DCI Tony Gates (played with great swagger by Lennie James).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNSETTLING CRIME SUSPENSE with gritty dark cops September 27, 2013
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I couldn't stop watching, but must admit; I turned by head from several nasty scenes. The action is gritty, and writing layered and well done, and the actors believable. That's why it was a BBC hit with a dark side to final justice.

The story plays out more like a 5 hour suspense feature rather than an episodal series. Well developed plot, sub-plots, and characters that remain edge-of-the-seat scary for hours. It's hard to tread water in quicksand when it's sucking the life out of you. It's not the typical bad cop-good cop drama.
Fingers bolt-cuttered, neck slashing, drugs, language and other bad boy stuff makes this intense crime suspense and not for the kiddies.

Martin Compston (Monarch of the Glen) leads as DS Arnott, new AC-12 (anti-corruption unit) after a bungled raid. His boss is Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) and Arnott gets lost of double agent style help for his first case, DCI Gates (Lennie James) from DC Fleming (Vicky McClure). Gina McKee plays a business woman, crook, & mistress well enough for an award. The list is endless as 23 characters appear frequently. You meet them all personally. Some could give you nightmares.

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1 Arnott in disgrace is transferred to AC-12 and given a "very special" case. DCI Gates wins the medal as hero, is exemplarly, an ace in arrests but is it all true? His private life makes him suspect, including his on-the-side lover, Jackie (Gina McKee-Forsyte Saga).

2 Gates prizes his job & kids. Will he lose both? Jackie's cop connection is discovered and a link to crime deepens arriving with deadly potential.

3 After regaining consciousness Gates mishandles evidence. His "old flame" as he claims, disappears. Arnott's queries are "over the line".
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch UK police thriller December 22, 2013
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The first season of "Line of Duty" is a five-part series that includes police corruption, terrorism, drug dealing, torture, and more. The series begins with a botched anti-terrorism raid during which an innocent man is killed. When the order comes down for the officers to lie about what happened, one young officer, DS Arnott refuses to do so. For his stand, he is put on what in the states is Internal Affairs and is on the case of a recent officer of the year, who has covered up an apparent hit-and-run accident by his lover.

There are several different plots running through these five episodes. There's the investigation into the corrupt officer. There's an ongoing series of drug deals. There's a young boy who seems to be a neighborhood thug and is not at all intimidated by police. There's the issue of the inefficacy of policing in a poor neighborhood. By the end, almost all of these strings have been woven together into a very satisfactory story. (I recently saw "The Fall," another import from across the pond and was less than pleased that the season ended in the middle of the story. No such problems here.)

Though this is a television series, it does have its share of swearing (for those who wish to avoid such language) and somewhat graphic scenes of violence. Extras in the DVD set include interviews with writers, directors, and actors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasantly surprised by this British show.... February 6, 2014
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I must say at first blush this show seemed to be a bit "been there done that" but the layers quickly built as did the suspense and drama. I admit understanding all the British blather at times took a bit of concentration but assuming most of the customs and procedures portrayed are authentic, It is also fascinating to compare to our system.

I enjoy watching TV dramas while I do my daily workout for an hour and this fit the bill quite nice for a full week. Sometimes a series only needs a short run, it doesn't have to go on and on and the Brits seem to know this much better than over here where we usually run anything good until it runs out of steam and goes flat. If you like police procedurals , I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Line of Duty, Series 1
These episodes are full of tension, excellent plots, and excellent acting!
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not our kid of show. Macho cops with guns ...
Not our kid of show. Macho cops with guns and vests. We prefer more of the cerebral detective type.
Published 1 month ago by Utility Power Engineer
5.0 out of 5 stars Line of Duty: ‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?’
British television series Line of Duty bravely explores the world of modern-day policing and the mistakes that good – and not-so-good – cops make in both their personal and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by d70sfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the show!
This is a good series. I like British mysteries and police shows, and this one is excellent. The main character is so creepy and awful, and he does some truly shocking things. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lapis
5.0 out of 5 stars Get in line... to be entertained!
LINE OF DUTY is being hailed as arguably the best cop show of all time. While it is perhaps too soon to make that judgment (after all, longevity should be part of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jon Wynne
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent series, with great acting and enough suspense to...
This is an excellent series, with great acting and enough suspense to keep you enthralled. There is good and bad in most of the characters, and I found this interest. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Judith S. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Long
It was good but dragged on too long.
Published 2 months ago by Susan B.
5.0 out of 5 stars "British Noir" as Captivating as its Nordic Counterparts
K Harris does such a good job giving the reader a sense of the plot here while avoiding spoilers, that I don't feel obliged to repeat that good work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M Marsh
3.0 out of 5 stars it was reported as well done - good acting, well shot - but very...
A gift for my mother & sister, it was reported as well done - good acting, well shot - but very violent, very sexual. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joan Breiding
5.0 out of 5 stars Another British hit.
Terrific British cop series with great acting & writing.
Published 2 months ago by Elayne Shapiro
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