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Murphy's Law Complete Collection (2001)

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  • Format: Box set, 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: 9
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 1395 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050N0VBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,997 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

James Nesbitt biography and notes.

SDH subtitles

Editorial Reviews

A maverick Irish cop takes on the London crime world

"Clever and unsettling"--Entertainment Weekly
"Eminently watchable"--San Francisco Chronicle

"Tense and gripping"--The Observer (U.K.) "Terrific"--The Guardian (U.K.)

Detective Tommy Murphy is a broken man. Haunted by the murder of his young daughter in Northern Ireland, he flees to London to work undercover for the Metropolitan Police. Murphy battles his demons with drink and dangerous assignments, using his Irish charm and wisecracking wit to blend effortlessly into London’s seedy underworld.

In a role created especially for him by novelist Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack), James Nesbitt (Cold Feet, Match Point) delivers a relentlessly compelling performance as a man driven to the brink of self-destruction. Over the five series in the Complete Collection, Murphy goes deep undercover to pursue the drug dealers, blackmailers, and murderers who menace the streets of London.

BAFTA nominated for best drama serial and seen on BBC America

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Gritty London underworld crime. Ya gotta love that Northern Irish brogue in this earthy cop from Belfast. The DVD set includes the pilot of "Murphy's Law", continuing for years. Episodes are 90-minutes, feature-length cop/mystery/crime story; except for series 4+5 which run 50 min each. Each series has a primary plot that carries throughout with a few main characters. Thriller BBC episodes, action filled, finish with a twist unpredicted. And a number of times you'll belly-laugh at one-liners, usually spit by Murphy when he should have been silent. 5-stars for Brit-Mystery fans.

DS Tommy Murphy (James Nesbitt- "Bloody Sunday","Cold Feet","Walking Ned Devine") undercover cop with a haunting past, a rugged body that gets abuse, a mind a step ahead of people around him (be they the low-life he's undercover to investigate or other coppers), and he's FUNNY. His smart mouth, quick wit with a biting comment at the wrong time, gets him a fist or other injury. When he's close to a romantic moment, his verbal quaffs ice all inspiration.
DI Annie Gutherie (Claudia Harrison) is boss, beautiful, available--except to Murphy--who tries (bless his heart). Beautiful lass.
Carter (Del Synnott), another cop, is a regular as is Father McBride (Mark Benton) an old friend of Murphy's who tries to help, but usually compounds an ordeal. Later, Clarke (Sarah Berger) becomes the leading female cop.

All sets have subtitles, occasionally needed for accents. The Complete Collection has 23 (YES twenty-three) suspense episodes. See episode details in my individual series 1,2,& 3 reviews. Unrated, fights and murder scenes don't spare the blood. NOT kids stuff.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Name's Not "Paddy!" October 21, 2011
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Occasionally, an actor steps into a character who becomes indelibly memorable: Jeremy Brett as Holmes, John Thaw as Morse, Sir Derek as Cadfael, Dame Helen as Jane Tennison as examples. I believe James Nesbitt's Tommy Murphy deserves membership in that club. Although I have only watched most of the first two seasons, I am quite impressed with this series.

Murphy was a cop in Ireland who witnessed the killing of his daughter in a hostage situation. The scars of the experience drove him from his marriage, job, and country. He relocated to England, where he resumes his roll as a policeman, but is often called "Paddy," with a sneer.

Murphy investigates all sorts of crime, often under cover. His wits and his wit are impressive. Its different in a good way, although often bleak and unsweetened.

I recommend it, especially to Anglophiles, and by the way, it has subtitles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DMVMT July 24, 2013
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This is a great series, but you have to like James Nesbitt. He's great in this role of an undercover cop from Ireland. He has a very dry sense of humor. Some episodes are pretty dark, but for the most part the issues covered are relevant to today. Sometimes it's hard to understand the accents -- thank goodness for subtitles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Down and dirty law enforcement. February 10, 2013
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Got to say this up front. Save this for after the kids have gone to bed. Follow Murphy through the slimy underbelly of the drug and human trafficking world.
Don't look for the sanitized CSI version of crime. No bang your dead clean bodies, things don't always work out for the best in the end, and the hookers and strippers don't wear bikinis.
Good series to follow through to the end, but I must say again. Don't leave these DVDs out for the kids.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best foreign Crime shows EVER !!!!!! June 12, 2012
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I bought these sets separately - not the "complete collection" so the review is for the show as a whole, rather than this specific disc set.

This is by far one of the best, if not THE BEST foreign crime shows I have ever seen. I have watched Many foreign crime/mystery shows and love some, like some, and others I could live without. This one, I was heartbroken when it was over - not because of the ending or the content, solely because I'm going to miss Murphy, the storylines, the feel of the show, everything about it is absolutely unique and wonderful. When people say "gritty" it makes a red flag go up that says "extremely, unnecessarily vulgar" - but this show is GRITTY in the real sense of the word-it is not meant in the sense of the most recent use of it in the entertainment industry (in America)-which is usually Vulgar in a way that has nothing to do with the story or creating a scene or having anything to do with the actual content of the show. Vulgar for the sake of being vulgar is not GRITTY.

This show is so wonderful and mesmerizing and has you on the edge of your seat when watching, that you don't notice what would be acceptable only on HBO, as far as drugs, sex, and violence goes. Everything is true to the story and never seems like it is overboard or done solely for reaction purposes. It is gritty in the true sense of the word, and the drama and mystery and crime - SUSPENSE is more like it, is so wonderful, its like a movie that keeps going on and on...until its over and you can't believe there's no more Murphy episodes :-( I was actually a little sad. A week or so later I wanted to watch a show, felt like it was a certain mood, couldn't put my finger on it - "what is that show?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
It was not as good as some of my other purchases but it was entertaining. The actions and storyline as not as expected.
Published 4 days ago by Patricia Hartley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show if you discount Series Five.
James Nesbitt is one of the most dynamic actors I’ve seen in a long time. His show, MURPHY’S LAW, ran for five series, before being scheduled opposite “Doc Martin”. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jon Wynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This was an excellent series- He is awesome in it. Don't understand why they cancelled this show- all the good ones get chopped
Published 3 months ago by BGM
5.0 out of 5 stars Nesbitt is excellent
James Nesbitt never disappoints. I have loved his work, since Waking Ned Devine. Check him out in Monroe, as well.
Published 4 months ago by Edward Alfred Woods
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Overall crime Drama
James Nesbitt is really under-utilized in this Murphy's Law, even though the series was written for him. The reviews on the package, like un-nerving and thriller, etc. Read more
Published 12 months ago by heidi9728
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, gritty, just plain fabulous!
SUBTITLED!! This tv series is the epitome of British crime dramas. Wonderfully written and acted, with a great dose of sarcasm and quirky sense of humor. Read more
Published on April 13, 2012 by Bun
3.0 out of 5 stars rough harsh words nuity not my cup of tea
rough harsh words nuity not my cup of tea. It's life on the seedy side always not we want for entertainment if so we can just take a ride to anywhere USA
Published on September 4, 2011 by fayesi
4.0 out of 5 stars Murphy's Law quite different
We have watched the first three seasons of Murphy's Law. It's quite good in all categories, but we do miss the light touch of season one, and its humor. And Annie. Read more
Published on August 1, 2011 by lars
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