(Idris Elba, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2013 / BBC Home Video)
Overview: Idris Elba (The Wire) won a Golden Globe for his depiction of John Luther in this gripping, smart, and riveting psychological thriller from the BBC. In this new mini-series, a twisted fetishist is targeting young women in London and a vigilante killer takes justice into his own hands.
DVD Verdict: My goodness, why can't U.S. TV studios make something like this? I discovered this late in the game after I got DirecTV and was able to watch the BBC America channel. I guess it's too intelligent for most American viewers, as it requires the attention span of more than a gnat which is far above the 18-31 aged viewer they so desire!
That said, this show needs to be a FULL run of 16 to 20 episodes per "season", not the teasers we're getting. Pay Mr. Elba whatever he wants - just keep 'Luther' on the case!
And here in Season 3, which many have said over the Pond will be the last in the series, John Luther has to face solving two cases back to back - whilst undergoing an internal manhunt against his "ways".
We begin where we left off with Luther coming out of a burning building, a bad guy in his grasp, said building ready to explode. Right away he is given a new case, one where a twisted fetishist is targeting young women in London. But as he sets out to figure it out he is aware that certain members of his own team are being asked to rat on him - for his excessive manners in obtaining results.
That takes care of the first two episodes, with the next two dealing with a heartbroken vigilante killer takes justice into his own hands. But now Luther knows who the underground Police mob have targeted to rat him out, but it all comes too late for said squad member.
Come the end of the third episode an old flame/foe is back in his life, and together they try to bring about a less bloodied, less Luther dead or in prison ending. Elba is also the Associate Producer here on 'Luther' so I think that is why it works so well, in truth. These are all Widescreen Presentations (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.