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MURPHY'S LAW, SERIES 4 & 5 (2006)

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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050N0VCE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,619 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

notes from James Nesbitt.

SDH subtitles

Editorial Reviews

A maverick Irish cop takes on the London crime world

"A terrific performance"--San Francisco Chronicle

"Outstanding series"--The Mirror (U.K.)

Uncompromising Irish cop Tommy Murphy (James Nesbitt, Cold Feet, Millions) regularly puts his life on the line, going deep undercover with criminal gangs and battling his own demons. In Series 4, Murphy allies himself with a vicious hoodlum to bring down a drug empire. He also struggles to take care of his mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease and no longer recognizes him. When two fellow undercover officers go missing in Series 5, Murphy resolves to find them, despite foot-dragging by his superiors. His search mires him in a world of human trafficking, prostitution, and murder.

Nesbitt gives a riveting performance as the "hard-boiled, hard-hearted hard case" (The Glasgow Herald, U.K.) in a role written especially for him by novelist Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack). In the final two series of the hit British crime drama, Murphy is at his darkest and most tormented. Has the job finally become too much for him?

BAFTA nominated for best drama serial and seen on BBC America

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not much humor but loads of tension October 1, 2011
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In Seasons four (4) and Five (5) of this marvelous British Murder/mystery series with a heavy Irish accent, the viewing audience gets a far more tense " Murphy's Law" on two (2) discs with three (3) interrelated episodes on each disc. Those episodes are really very well written and directed with the star performer, James Nesbitt, per usual, being outstanding just not as humorous as in previous seasons. I am sure the lack of "humorous banter" in Seasons four (4) and five (5) is mainly due to the fact that Murphy is going through some "not so fun times" in his own personal life , (his beloved mother is committed to a nursing home--to name one thing) plus the episodes are really gritty--not circumstances that are too frivolous with some characters that are very unsavory and with Murphy , as an "undercover cop" facing some extremely dangerous situations even his secret identity being "blown" (his dealing with that makes for some super tense viewing). All that I know is that Seasons four (4) and five (5) kept me highly entertained.

The seasons on these two (2) discs are the last of this series. I am very sad to see the last of Murphy's Law" because it has entertained me greatly as did these seasons.

Be advised that all of the episodes in these seasons are very good especially the last one on the second disc--Nesbitt's acting is overwhelming. What an ending.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murphys Law 4&5 October 23, 2011
By Bev
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Enjoy most of James Nesbitts work. Have many of his DVDs . Story line good acting good plenty of action,luv his voice!!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointmed with seasons 4 and 5 September 9, 2011
I thought seasons 1 and 2 were pretty much your average British crime drama, albeit with a charming, and often quite funny, performance by James Nesbitt and I liked the interplay he had with Annie. Then season 3 came along and utterly knocked me down. It has to be one of the best pieces of work in this genre, Nesbitt underwent a total transformation into a hard boiled utterly determined cop. The story was also masterfully written. In contrast seasons 4 and 5 fell somewhat short in my view. Season 4 is the weaker of the two in this set, Murphy looking after his senile mom while an illiterate psycho Irish Loyalist who has a brother that has converted to Islam tries to kill him verged on the ridiculous at times. Seasons one and two had there share of joke episodes but the earlier seasons were meant to be humorous. I was expecting another season 3 and just didnt get for season 5 we have a far more grim story revolving around human trafficking and child prostitution but it seemed a bit too cliche. Eastern European gangsters, Murphy going out of his way to rescue his female comrades ect...its all been done many many time before. I also felt the budget was much lower and got tired of seeing Murphy sitting in trailers, that said it was much better than season 4. So if you are a fan of Nesbitt and the series check it out but if you want to see the it at its very best stick to season 3.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Toss Series 5 October 11, 2011
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Series 3 ends with a bang, Series 5 grinds to a thud. The only standout is the intense acting of Brian McCardie as Billy Johnstone in Series 4. James Nesbitt has a Jekyll moment in a nursing home that's good, and the suspense is well played in said nursing home, as the worlds of work and family collide. But overall, Series 4 is a weird mix of sloppy grotesquery and improbability, of political correctness mixed with voyeuristic brutality.

Series 5 is so bad that we're donating the whole of Series 1-3 to charity, discarding 4 & 5 so as not to share junk replete with ugly clichés and stereotypes. The production notes state that producers used American crime-drama for inspiration, but that did Series 5 no favors, it's as dated as 1980s polyester. Few want to watch derivative, claustrophobic head games that imitate the worst of American television. No wonder the show was cancelled. The gratuitous and exploitive narrative offers nothing. The hopeless dismal dullness that Murphy winds up in is simply not worth bothering with, and makes re-watching previous episodes unrewarding. The entire show is a dead end.

What a treat to turn to the marvelous Brenda Blethyn as Vera after this self-indulgent debacle. The rumpled and caustic Blethyn is believable in mysteries set against landscapes as filled with light as Vermeer's paintings. And thanks to a kind comment below, discovered the excellent, Scottish mysteries Case Histories. James Nesbitt is also wonderful in the fun, highly recommended film Lucky Break.
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