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JACK IRISH Season One

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  346 minutes, featurette, photo gallery

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA

Subtitles: English SDH

 

STUDIO: Acorn Media/ RLJ Entertainment/ DCD Rights/ Film Victoria/ Screen Australia/ ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)/ Fulcrum Media Finance/ Essential Media & Entertainment

RELEASE DATE:  7-26-2016

 

SYNOPSIS (taken from Amazon.com):  The brooding Australian antihero of Peter Temple’s award-winning crime novels returns in this six-part drama. Emmy winner Guy Pearce (Memento, Iron Man 3) is Jack Irish, a former criminal lawyer turned private investigator and debt collector. When Jack is contracted to find a man with a criminal past who is then killed in front of him, Jack suspects a set-up. The case spirals into a larger international conspiracy involving Muslim extremists and born-again Christians.

Meanwhile, Jack’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, journalist Linda Hillier (Marta Dusseldorp, A Place to Call Home), leaves Melbourne to further her career as a foreign correspondent in Manila. Though the job is not exactly what she had planned, Linda quickly realizes she may be on to a big story. As their cases eventually intertwine, Jack and Linda’s reunion is tested by the arrival of Sarah Longmore (Claudia Karvan, The Secret Life of Us), a metal sculptor with connections.

ANALYSIS:  JACK IRISH is a great blend of noir and dark humor layered with wonderful characters.  Guy Pearce is fantastic as former criminal lawyer turned private investigator/ debt collector Jack Irish.   This set has a six episode story which forms the first season story of BLIND FAITH which is based on the characters of the Peter temple novels.     JACK IRISH is a highly addicted series whether you watch the TV movies (base don the novels) or the first season (which is new material).  You won’t want to put this set down until it is over.   I couldn’t just watch one episode.  I usually ended up watching three episodes at a time.  I hope the Australian Broadcasting Corporation greenlights a second season soon because I want to delve into the world of pubs, the races, and crime in the world of Peter temple’s Melbourne.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The only extras are a ten minute behind-the-scenes featurette with cast and crew interviews in addition to a photo gallery.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  If you loved the JACK IRISH TV movies, dive in with this set.  If you love noir and haven’t watched nay of the JACK IRISH movies or show, you will want to watch the three TV movies before you watch season one since the characters and character threads do continue form one story to the next.

 

This review is 9-3-2016 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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