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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Luther - Season 5'
(Idris Elba, Wunmi Mosaku, Ruth Wilson, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2019 / BBC Home Entertainment)

Overview: Golden Globe Award-winner Idris Elba (The Wire), returns to his monumental role as London's haunted DCI John Luther in Season Five of the thrilling police drama 'Luther.'

DVD Verdict: As a series of monstrous killings becomes more audacious, Luther and new recruit DS Catherine Halliday (Wunmi Mosaku) are confounded by a tangle of misdirection that seems to protect an unspeakable horror.

But as the case brings him closer than ever to the nature of true evil, a reluctant Luther faces the ghosts of his own past.

Striding back into the line of fire, he must choose who to protect, and who to sacrifice. Whatever his next move, it will change John Luther forever.

For my money, from the very first season to this fifth one, 'Luther' is a genuine masterclass in how a crime series should be done. From the acting to the cinematics and dialogue you are drawn straight into Idris Elba's edgy spontaneous character, whilst all the while the rest of the cast blend accordingly and seamlessly around him.

Of course, 'Luther' is all just one big fantasy from start to finish with situations and characters that are outrageously far fetched, but nonetheless, this fifth series is as on point and as controlled as any of the prior four, that's for damn sure.

This fifth season is definitely engrossing, polished stuff with each episode a self-contained one and yet still weaving seamlessly into each other for the final reckoning (and a much broader storyline, of course).

In closing, and not to give too much away, although I'm sure all you Lutheran's out there already know this, there are some What happened to? moments spread unevenly throughout not only this fifth, but the other seasons.

Such as Whatever happened to Rose? To Jenny? To Mary? To Erin? To Mark? They all just disappeared. Zoe, killed off. Alice, supposedly killed (then and now!) but do we really know that for sure? Justin, killed.

I mean, to my mind every supporting character has now gone and, at times, it can really take away from the show when all your gotten-to-know-and-like supporting favorites die (or just vanish).

I mean, I understand some characters die or leave to forward the story line, but most all of them? Oh, and after this moment of self indulgence here, watch out for the latest one to bite the dust as we head to the end of this magnificent fifth (and hopefully not final) season! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Lust For Luther