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The Fall, Series 1 (2013)

Gillian Anderson , Jamie Dornan , Jakob Verbruggen  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan
  • Directors: Jakob Verbruggen
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • 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 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 306 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DW5IKN4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,588 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

BONUS Behind-the-scenes featurette (12 min.)

SDH subtitles

Editorial Reviews

A serial killer is on the loose...and only she can catch him.

“Relentlessly original, consistently gripping” —The Guardian (U.K.)
“Anderson is magnificent.” —Daily Record (U.K.)

“Electrifying and terrifying” —The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.)
“Fantastically gripping, unexpected, and creepy” —Daily Mail (U.K.)

Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) smolders as a British detective summoned to Belfast to solve a high-profile murder. She quickly recognizes the signs of a serial killer, but the culprit (Jamie Dornan, Once Upon a Time) has already targeted his next victim. Over five engrossing episodes, this psychological thriller follows both the hunter and the hunted as they attempt to outmaneuver each other in “an intriguing game of cat and mouse” (The Sunday Times, U.K.).

Heralded as “one of the best BBC dramas in years” (The Guardian, U.K.), The Fall proves as riveting as it is unsettling, granting rare insight into the mind of a sociopath. Critics rave that “Anderson is sublime, almost otherworldly, while Dornan…matches her for icy charisma” (Daily Mail, U.K.). The stellar cast also features Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and John Lynch (In the Name of the Father).

Contains nudity, disturbing images, and sexual situations

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96 of 101 people found the following review helpful
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When Gillian Anderson recently popped up in a recurring role in NBC's "Hannibal," it occurred to me that I hadn't seen her in a non-British production in quite some while! Although born in Chicago, she lived in London for many years as a child (ages 2-11) before coming back to the states. Her heart seems to still be in England where she has, once again, resided since shortly after the "X-Files" completed its run. That's okay by me, though, because she's done some incredible work that has continued to stretch her as an actress. Some of my favorites include her fascinating interpretation of Miss Havisham in 2011's "Great Expectations" and her Lady Dedlock in the brilliant 2005 "Bleak House." She does so much period work, it's nice to catch something a bit more contemporary in setting. So I had high expectations for Allan Cubitt's five part serial killer drama "The Fall." Anderson plays a no-nonsense detective from London's Metropolitan Police Service (the Met) brought to Belfast to assist in a murder investigation. She's tough and strikingly enigmatic. She's gives us just enough back story, you want to learn more about her as a person. This is not necessarily a showy role, though, but a precise and internally realized one as much is kept close to the vest.

"The Fall" is uniquely structured in a number of ways. Although we closely follow Anderson's role in the investigation, equal time is spent with the murderer (Jamie Dornan from Once Upon A Time). This is never a mystery to be solved, but a contrast of two obsessed personality types. Interestingly enough, it is Dornan who appears to have the more balanced and fulfilling life with an important job as a grief counselor, a supportive wife, and two loving kids. Anderson, meanwhile, seems to make no long-lasting connections.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Crime is quite popular when it comes to television. The crime procedural has been a television staple for many years; I mean, just look at any drama on CBS' primetime lineup. The serial killer subgenre of crime television has become particularly popular in recent years. Spurred by the success of shows like Dexter, many networks have attempted to create their own serial killer series with mixed results like FOX's The Following, A&E's Bates Motel, and NBC's Hannibal. Enter BBC Two with The Fall, a five-part serial killer drama with a slow, methodical, and deliberate pace that is absolutely terrifying.

British television has seen a surge of popularity in recent years with hits like Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, and Sherlock crossing the Atlantic to find popularity here in the States. Personally, I've now seen three British crime shows (Sherlock, Luther, and The Fall), and all three are quite good in their own way. Starring Gillian Anderson (Agent Scully of The X-Files fame), The Fall revolves around a serial killer terrorizing Belfast by murdering young professional women in their homes. Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Anderson) is brought in to investigate the murders.

The plot of The Fall is incredibly straightforward; the police are out to catch a serial killer. On its own, that doesn't sound very interesting. What makes The Fall interesting is the time it takes allowing the audience to get to know the serial killer. We know that Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) is the killer; there's no mystery for us. But the series spend an equal amount of time going back and forth between Gibson's hunt to catch the killer and Paul's everyday life as a husband, father, and grief counselor.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmeric & Disturbing September 4, 2013
This is a tense and disturbing series about a Detective Superintendent, Stella Gibson, who works for the Met and is called to Belfast, Ireland to investigate a murder of a young, professional woman. Early on Stella believes it may be the work of a serial murderer and is soon proven right.

Simultaneously, we meet the villain, who lives a double life and seems an unlikely candidate to perpetrate these murders. So, it's a bit cat and mouse as Stella begins to identify just what kind of individual is doing these crimes and why, drawing nearer to the killer.

The acting is subdued and deep. There's a menacing atmosphere pervading. For my own taste, I prefer less violent and graphic crimes. However, the series was so well-done and the acting riveting by Gillian Anderson as Stella that I couldn't not watch. The plot and denouement is original and I will sample the next installment in the series. 5 stars if you are okay with the violence and some nudity. I like cerebral mysteries with less violence, but with the same quality of acting and originality of plot. Enjoyed the Belfast backdrop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gillian Anderson shows her range here--excellent August 17, 2013
we all best know Anderson from her role as agent scully in the x-files. here she plays the antithesis of scully. she is a senior inspector called into Ireland to solve a serial murder case. she is high handed, off putting, not interested in men except as one night stands--she could be a male senior policeman in short. although there is no shortage of serial killer stories on tv, this one is quite compelling. we follow the killer as minutely as we follow Anderson. this must be intended as a series as you are ready for follow up on the story in more episodes at its end.

if you are wondering about where her red hair went, Anderson dyed her hair red to play scully. she was a blonde before taking the role. at conclusion of the scully role, she went back to being a blonde.

this series is also currently available on netflix streaming.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Violent
They went too far. This is the kind of crap that serial killers, rapists, and pedophiles like to watch. They feed on it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but disturbing.
As one of maybe three people on the planet who has never seen an episode of The X-Files, I have rarely had the opportunity to see and enjoy Gillian Anderson’s work. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jon Wynne
4.0 out of 5 stars A great series and a excellent performance from Gillian Anderson
I have to say I had never seen Gillian Anderson in anything other than the X-Files. So I was intereseted in see what The Fall had to offer. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Joseph Tidline
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fall
Love this show,eerie and scary. Jamie Dornan is excellent in this show,he's like your friendly neighbor..not! Read more
Published 13 days ago by purplicious
5.0 out of 5 stars Up with The Fall
The pacing as well as the story is excellent.
You are drawn into the characters trying to anticipate what will happen next & being surprised. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Frank J. Gesuele
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIS SERIES
Published 18 days ago by Bonnie Gale Wolgamot
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous.
Cannot wait for Series 2 - different slant on a serial killer and totally enthralling !! Great acting and production !!
Published 20 days ago by Jane Austen
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok
Im here to mainly defend Gillians accent.

I dont think its fair or nice for people to mock it, since this is a british woman who grew up in England but then spent most... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Vince
3.0 out of 5 stars hmmmm...not bad, but has some flaws
Ok, so I love Gillian Anderson pretty much just because of the X-Files. She has done some other good work, but this one...I am not sure.
First, her accent is terrible. Read more
Published 27 days ago by E. Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fall.
I loved this series from BBC. I can't wait till next year when the second series comes out. What a well written and well acted first season this was. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pat Marcum
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