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Luther 3 (2013)

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2013
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DNR3FN6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Idris Elba (The Wire) won a Golden Globe for his depiction of John Luther in this gripping, smart, and riveting psychological thriller from the BBC. In this new mini-series, a twisted fetishist is targeting young women in London. As Luther is called to another case, will the killer escape his grips? Luther faces an even bigger threat as members of his own team will stop at nothing to bring him down. And as a vigilante killer takes justice into his own hands, Luther questions his own sense of morality. Can he continue to walk the thin line between right and wrong, or has he finally met his match?

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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VERY MINOR SPOILERS:

4-episode (3-storylines/2-cases) season.

The overriding theme of Series 3 being an Internal Affairs investigation of Luther. The 2-cases involve a serial killer cum woman's shoe thief and a vigilante.

Apparently, the inspiration for Luther came from both "Sherlock Holmes" and "Columbo". While I don't see all that much of "Holmes", I came up with "Luther" as "Columbo 2.0" on my own.

As an American watching "Luther", I found myself frequently screaming at the TV, "where is your gun!" There was also a dramatic scene where even though I knew it was coming, it still provided my with a jolt that my wife commented on the next morning! So what pushes "Luther" over the top from 4* territory to 5*? Namely, as intriguing a character as there is on television, the deliciously psychotic Alice Morgan, played brilliantly by Ruth Wilson. Alice, a recurring character from past series, made a surprise entrance in episode 4, which pushed the series as a whole into 5*. I hear that there is talk of a spin-off.....

Amazon UK has a great package price for Series 1-3 (all-in 14-episodes). As I stated in previous reviews, a region free DVD player will pay for itself with the savings on a few purchases by virtue of the Amazon/Amazon UK pricing differential (even factoring in shipping).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag September 7, 2013
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I LOVE this show. But the second and third seasons were appreciably shorter than the first. And the shorter the seasons, the more the writers seemed inclined to pack into each episode. The more overpacked the episodes, the sloppier, the less appealing, and the less engrossing the show became.

This last four episode season was absurdly overpacked. This meant summary character development. This meant borderline implausible twists. This meant that the detective work dedicated to capturing the killer suffered. [In fact, there was really little to no actual detective work applied to home-in on the vigilante.] The first season was packed with great and telling flashes of John Luther's personal life -- those flashes raised the stakes when the personal and professional overlapped. Here, Mary -- the entire sum of Luther's personal life this season -- was nothing more than a throw-in. We knew next to nothing about her, beyond the fact that Mary was cute, smart, had a job, and was smitten with Luther. If we had been able to see more of her, then maybe we would have cared more when Mary ended up in trouble. But I admit I am most displeased with the Ripley arc. I thought he grew over the second season and was becoming a great show focus in his own right. But he was utterly wasted in the third season. [The very idea that those other two cops could so easily put him in any kind of bind reduced Ripley's character to a mere cipher.]

And Alice Morgan. [Sigh.] I really wish they had done better by her incredible character than use her as a deux ex machina in the very last act. I would have liked to see a return to the jousting between Alice and John that made Season 1 so intriguing. Instead, Alice just happens to creep in just when she's needed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Like most people, I've been a huge fan of the "Luther" series and its rogue hero John Luther as portrayed by Idris Elba. It's hard to believe that we're on Season Three of "Luther." Of course, Season One was only six episodes and Season Two was only four episodes! Some have contended that "Luther" is unlike any other show on TV, and I'm not entirely sure that I would agree with this assessment. While "Luther" can certainly be wild and unpredictable, it is not breaking the mold of many other cop shows that have populated the modern TV landscape. But Idris Elba brings much passion, conviction, and gusto to the standard role of a cop who must sometimes cross the line to do what's right. But to the program's credit, Elba can be extremely erratic as well and does push the notion of a "good" cop to an uncomfortable, and at times, violent level. It is this anything-may-happen feel that livens up even the most standard of cases. And it is this volatility that has scored Elba a Golden Globe Award and two EMMY nominations.

To me, Season One succeeded as a wild and over-the-top ride as Luther became increasingly unhinged throughout the episodes. It also introduced Ruth Wilson as the cunning murderess Alice. Her unsettling bond with Luther, to me, has always been the dramatic high point of the series. Season Two was missing some of the dynamic interplay between Luther and Alice that I loved, but the cases were viciously messy, disturbing, and utterly memorable. Therefore, I was expecting a lot from Season Three. And while I enjoyed the four new episodes (there are essentially two two-parters), it wasn't until the second case that the show ramped up and amped up to the grand entertainment I was anticipating.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best police dramas ever! September 1, 2013
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"Luther" --- Why can't U.S. TV studios make something like this? I discovered this late in the game after I got DirecTV and was able to watch the BBC America channel. I guess it's too intelligent for most American viewers, as it requires the attention span of more than a gnat which is far above the 18-31 aged viewer they so desire. That said, this show needs to be a FULL run of 16 to 20 episodes per "season", not the teasers we're getting. Pay Mr. Elba whatever he wants --- just keep "Luther" on the case!
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