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WITHOUT MOTIVE (2000)

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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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: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DVIOAO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A detective’s desperate hunt for a serial killer

'Hard-hitting' —The Express (U.K.)
'Intense…will grip you' —Daily Record (U.K.)

'Gritty drama' —Liverpool Daily Post (U.K.)

Detective Constable Jack Mowbray (Ross Kemp, EastEnders) has seen a lot of disturbing things on the job. But somehow the family man has never taken it home with him—until now. In this complete two-series set, the brutal murder of a young woman in Bristol sets off a chain of events that may change Mowbray forever and tear his family apart.

When the Bristol murder is linked to a series of recent killings, the investigating team grows to more than a dozen detectives and just as many petty jealousies and full-blown rivalries. Mowbray’s boss, DCS Henderson (Kenneth Cranham, Rome, Layer Cake), keeps the pressure on as it becomes clear that the latest killing will not be the last. Mowbray and his colleagues race to find a predator who will strike again—without apparent motive. A ratings winner in the U.K., Series 1 follows the hunt for the serial killer, while Series 2 searches for a copycat criminal.

'Draw[s] in its viewers inexorably, like a spider gently pulling in its prey' —Liverpool Echo (U.K.)


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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So COMPELLING you'll race through this COMPLETE SET September 5, 2011
Format:DVD
A riveting, thriller, cop series. A serial killer defies being caught, since he is murdering WITHOUT MOTIVE. It drives the cop-team mad in this 2 season (year) series. It plays as a 12 episode mini-series, since all episodes center around the same investigation plot, same cast. Yes, there are plenty of episode subplots of adultery, misadventure, bad-good cop, back-stabbing, relationships, etc. But truly, it's like a 600 min.(10 hr) edge-of-your-seat feature. We watched this 4DVD Complete Series Set, over 3 evenings.
SUBTITLES included. Filmed on story location, Bristol, UK.

A strong cast is headed by DC Jack Mowbray (Ross Kemp) good cop, a bit aggressive, with family & fidelity issues. DCS Henderson (Kenneth Cranham) soon to retire likes the hero limelight. DC Boulter (Jamie Foreman) Jack's mate, but can he be trusted? Sally (Hazel Ellerby) Jack's wife, also unstable due to cop family stress. ACC Stocks (Ian Bartholomew) overall head of the long investigation.
One must-mention significant character, appearing in over half the episodes is Bobby Jackson, a witless suspect, played by Karl Johnson. He thrills to the level of the lead. This amazing actor was also stupendous in his portrayal as Twister in "Larkrise to Candleford", a must-view/own series. "Without Motive" is another example of this man's capability, making a non-leading role memorable.
Add top performances by lovely Lou Gish, Sean Murray, and Jane Hazlegrove.

The murderer strikes violently with hammer and knives, mutilating, seemingly Without Motive. There is plenty of blood, graphic murder & morgue scenes to suggest only adult viewing. Lots of drinking, smoking, sex, rivalry-and that's the cops.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Procedural of the highest order October 27, 2011
Format:DVD
David Johnson, DVD Verdict --This decade-old crime series from the U.K. serves up two seasons worth of across-the-pond investigation. Each series contains six episodes and involves one contiguous case.

That case: a serial killer is on the loose butchering women and there doesn't appear to be a connection (hence the title Without Motive). Dubbed "The Bristol Murderer," the perpetrator has the community frozen with fear and the authorities paralyzed with futility. Caught in the middle of all of it is Detective Constable Jack Mowbray (Ross Kemp), a big-shot investigator who's feeling the shockwaves of the killing spree at home, as his family begins falling apart (his marital indiscretions don't help either). Things aren't much better at work as the infectiveness of the department in catching the killer leads to intense political pressure from above and a series of leads that go dead. As the bodies pile up, so do the questions and Mowbray will have to call upon all of his stocky, bald cop bravado to bring this one home.

Ross Kemp is awesome in this as a brooding, flawed detective with a snarl and a penchant for taking a dump on authority. He's not quite the nuclear weapon Vic Mackey is, but you can see the seeds there. Mowbray is a compelling point man and Without Motive succeeds because it takes a comprehensive look at the case and the characters. Mowbray takes his work home with him and as a result some of the most compelling material happens outside of the precinct.

If the household drama doesn't interest you as much, rest assured there is plenty of crime-fighting to indulge in, and it's all done extremely well.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense police procedural November 16, 2011
Format:DVD
This set contains both season 1 and season 2 of this drama. You need to see both to get the full punch that this program carries. In 12 episodes, the viewer is allowed to see both the solving of the crime and the emotional toll it takes on the police detectives who are working to solve the case. There is a serial killer loose and no matter how hard the police try, there seems to be no motive or reason why the killer chooses the women he kills. The police must go through all the dry and boring lists looking for some vague factor that ties the victims together. It is pains taking work and no matter how much effort is put into their search, no break is forthcoming. In the meantime, the press and even family members become very vocal in their criticism of the lack of progress in the case. The detectives start to exhibit siege mentality turning to each other and closing out others. It is very interesting to see the toll that such a case takes on all involved.
I look for good acting, strong character development and good plotting before giving 5 stars.This series gave me all that I sought. Very good viewing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UK does it again July 7, 2012
Format:DVD
I agree with all the positive reviews on Without Motive and can't wait until Season 2 arrives, I hope. I disagree that it is a soap opera; the mystery is full of suspense, good acting and a super plot. I still haven't figured it out yet as I just finished the first half and would be finishing it now if my husband didn't want to see it as well. We are fans of the British mysteries and series and there have only been a few that didn't measure up. Recommend it. SUBTITLES included which are a must at our house.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Want more I love Ross Kemp from Ultimate Force he is good to ...
Want more I love Ross Kemp from Ultimate Force he is good to watch
enjoyed the politics and the plot keeps you in. Read more
Published 25 days ago by collen knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Detectives With Brains
This is a stimulating and thought-provoking series that not only entertains but provides the watcher with an insight into the workings of a police force and those who help and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Ben-meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This series will keep you glued to the television in suspense!! There are all kinds of twists to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Published 7 months ago by Neil Goodson
1.0 out of 5 stars YUCK
Midsomer Murders this is not; 6 discs could have been 3 given the stupid plot turns... Bad police at its best. Old fart cops. Very few scenic views of Bristol and the seaside. Read more
Published 10 months ago by STRAIGHT BUT NOT NARROW
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Compelling
I watch a lot of British TV and police procedurals from both sides of the Atlantic, but I've seldom seen a series quite as compelling as "Without Motive. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Katherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, a Stunner
This is a don't miss-stunner. Produced by Chris Kelly (of Kavanagh, Q.C.), it stars Ross Kemp as DC Jack Mowbray and Kenneth Cranham as his governor, DCS Derek Henderson. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Richard B. Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars true to life.
This one is more true to life than the average cop show. It takes six episodes to catch the killer. And in this one you can feel the desperation and frustration of the cops like in... Read more
Published on July 13, 2012 by Michael Dobey
4.0 out of 5 stars Tension In Finding A Murderer
Detective Constable Jack Mowbray gives us a very realistic view of life of a Bristol UK police department. He and his colleagues are assigned to find the murderer of a young woman. Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by prisrob
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Crime Drama!
This is among the very best--British or American. Were it not for the need for sleep, I would have watched it all in one sitting. If only there were a season 2! Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by Adagio
5.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY ENGROSSING
Be prepared for a few nights of "just one more episode" because this suspenseful thriller will grab your attention and have you consistently wanting to see more. Read more
Published on March 8, 2012 by sabu
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