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Jack Irish: Set 1

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 9/26/13

I'd never heard of this series until Acorn sent me this DVD. Guy Pearce is well known here as a movie actor in films such as "L.A. Confidential" and "Memento". I didn't know that he did Australian TV shows besides.

These are really more like mini-movies than TV shows. Pearce plays a lawyer whose wife is killed, and then he becomes a lowlife private eye (sort of). This set has 2 "episodes", "Bad Debts" and "Black Tide".  There is murder, political intrigue, explosions and much more. They're very exciting.

The only bonus feature is a "behind the scenes" look at the first one. I wish there were more, but it's very interesting to watch. This is a good series and I look forward to seeing more!

More Information:

Guy Pearce stars in the acclaimed Aussie crime drama;

Based on the award-winning books by Peter Temple


Blu-ray/DVD Combo Set debuts from Acorn on October 1, 2013

“Intelligent, hard-boiled thriller” The Wall Street Journal

“Enormously engaging…Pearce (gives a) funny, sexy performance as a flawed hero…

The supporting performances are just as winning” The Washington Post

“This Australian noir could become the coolest show on television.” Daily Record

“Not only are they very enjoyable - they star the wonderful actor Guy Pearce –

they take us inside a distinctively Aussie version of heroism and corruption.” —NPR’s Fresh Air from WHYY

“Stunning crime drama” The Sun                       “Pearce is mesmerizing” Daily Record

Silver Spring, MD —Starring Emmy®-winning actor Guy Pearce (The King’s Speech, Memento, Iron Man 3) as the brooding antihero of Australian writer Peter Temple’s award-winning novels, JACK IRISH, SET 1 debuts as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on October 1, 2013 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. In these two feature-length movies, Jack is reeling in the wake of his wife’s murder. The former lawyer has reinvented himself as a part-time private investigator and debt collector with a knack for getting into trouble. Broadcast in Australia on ABC1 in Oct. 2012, the series made its North American debut in July on Acorn TV; the first British TV focused streaming service at www.Acorn.TV. A ratings winner in the U.K. and Australia, the series has two more feature-length installments in the works. This combo set includes the DVD and Blu-ray formats of the first two episodes: Bad Debts and Black Tide, plus a 17-min. bonus behind-the-scenes feature ($39.99, Jack Irish is also available as a DVD Single.

When an old client dies after leaving Jack several frantic voicemails, the PI realizes he can’t outrun or outdrink his past. Jack returns to the world that took everything away from him—a seedy place of lowlifes, corruption, violence, and retribution. In these two feature-length mysteries, Bad Debts and Black Tide, Pearce delivers a “mesmerizing” performance (Daily Record), imbuing Jack with world-weary gruffness and a dash of dark humor. As much as he tries to break away, the underworld is where he thrives—and the only place he can find redemption.

Called “a terrific writer; sharp, funny and ambitious” by NPR’s Fresh Air from WHYY, crime writer Peter Temple has won the Ned Kelly Award five times as well as the Crime Writers’ Association’s Duncan Lawrie Dagger for best crime novel. Text Publishing released Bad Debts, Temple’s first Jack Irish book, in the U.S. in August 2013 and will publish all four Jack Irish books by the end of 2014.

Street: Oct. 1, 2013                           SRP: $39.99                           Approx. 202 min., plus bonus

Blu-ray/DVD 2-Disc Combo Set                  UPC 0-54961-2109-9-2                ISBN 978-1-62172-109-3

Blu-ray: 1080i/16:9 widescreen - 2.0 DTS-HD MA/ - SDH subtitles

DVD: 16:9 widescreen - 2.0 Dolby Digital - SDH subtitles

Bonus: Behind the scenes of Black Tide (17 min.)

*Also available as DVD Single, $39.99

Contains strong language, violence, graphic images, nudity, and sexual situations

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