DVD Review: THE FALL: COMPLETE COLLECTION

THE FALL was created, written and directed by Allan Cubitt. The hit psychological thriller stars Gillian Anderson who delivers a masterful performance as DSI Stella Gibson, a steely detective on the trail of a serial killer (Jamie Dornan) stalking the streets of Belfast. THE FALL proves as riveting as it is unsettling, granting rare insight into the mind of a sociopath. This complete collection of the award-winning drama also stars Archie Panjabi, John Lynch and Colin Morgan.

Called to Belfast to investigate a high-profile murder, DSI Stella Gibson quickly realizes that a serial killer prowls the city. The culprit is Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), a grief counselor and family man driven by vicious compulsions. As Gibson closes in on Spector, both the hunter and the hunted outmaneuver each other in a sinister game of cat and mouse. Will Gibson make Spector pay for his crimes before the death toll rises?

The Fall was a fascinating journey into the twisted world of this serial killer and the agent who gets assigned to his case. Each season of The Fall plays like a chapter of a suspense novel. The first season introduces the characters and shows how smart this killer actually is and the two separate lives he leads. He’s a loving father by day but a cold blooded killer by night. The second season allows this dedicated agent to catch up with the killer but it not all the pieces of this complex puzzle have yet to be put together. The third and final season has the killer fighting for his life in the first half and suffering from amnesia in the second half. But is he faking it or has Paul actually suffered some memory loss?

This complicated case is extremely delicate because there are a number of other people involved and one wrong move could do even more damage than what’s already been done. Paul’s poor wife isn’t handing the situation well at all and neither is his young daughter. There’s also the female teenager who’s in love with him and will do anything to try and help him with some manufactured alibis. The thing is, Stella keeps her focus when it comes to her fascination with Paul and in the end she finally finds a way to strike a nerve and draw out his killer instinct one more time for a violent big reveal. In the end, Paul Spector proves to everyone just how intelligent and dangerous he really is and why his nickname as the “Belfast Strangler” is such a fitting one. One thing is for certain, everyone connected to this case will never be the same.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes series details, some images and list of special features. Each DVD disc is flat black and features the series logo and some specs. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I really enjoyed watching The Fall: The Complete Collection that ended up being one of those series that sucks the viewer in and keeps them glued in until it’s completely over. It’s amazing how one of the main characters is the “Belfast Strangler” who is actually kind of a likable person even though he has this terrifying sick side to him. He has these eerie fetishes that you’d expect a serial killer to have but he also has the qualities of a caring father. To be honest, everyone in this series is flawed because the other main character, DSI Stella Gibson, is also battling some of her own personal demons as the series plays out because she can be a little reckless at times. The writing is the strongest part of The Fall and Allan Cubitt has to be given major props because he’s created such an intriguing suspense drama/psychological thriller that includes some stellar performances. The 6-Disc DVD set is now available and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Acorn Entertainment

Run Time: 6 Discs / 17 Episodes / 1080 Minutes + –

Series One

  1. Dark Descent
  2. Darkness Visible
  3. Insolence & Wine
  4. My Adventurous Song
  5. The Vast Abyss

Series Two

  1. Walk the Line
  2. One Named Peter
  3. It’s Always Darkest
  4. Strangler
  5. The Fall
  6. In Summation

Series Three

  1. Silence and Suffering
  2. His Troubled Thoughts
  3. The Gates of Light
  4. The Hell Within Him
  5. Wounds of Deadly Hate
  6. Their Solitary Way

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features:

  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes (33 min.)
  • Deleted Scenes (18 min.)
  • Photo Galleries
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