there was Blue Murder which caused almost the same turmoil and
controversy as the aforementioned series. It was even delayed in
certain states due one of the main characters being charged for
Thankfully now, we can now watch the series in
entirety that has been released as a wonderful boxed set called
Blue Murder Ultimate Edition and features real crimes and real people in this wonderful ABC series
of the Australian criminal underworld.
To add to the
realism, the series is set in the streets of Sydney where director Michael Jenkins manages
to capture the realism of the stories due to its settings that adds
a link to the viewer.
The series itself is set
between the late 1970's to the late 1980's and follows Neddy Smith, a low life thug who with the
help of the New South Whales police becomes a criminal heavy.
Featuring a variety of "events" from the times, including the
alleged corruption of detective Roger "The Dodger" Rogerson, Blue Murder follows
the rise and fall of these men who have decided to create their own laws,
fueled by money.
Although the creators have taken some artistic liberties in terms of the
story and certain "facts" have been added to fill in the blanks,
this can be forgiven because at the end of the day, it's a gripping crime drama
that once you start watching, you simply need to watch the entire
series. Even though it is not
as polished as the original Underbelly, I would say that its
bounds and leaps better than its sequel, A Tale of Two Cities.
Featuring a star studded Australian cast that includes Tony Martin
as Neddy Smith, the almost perfectly cast Richard Roxburgh as Detective
Roger Rogerson who are are the stars of the series, they really lend
themselves to the series. Add in
other key actors such as Gary Sweet, Alex Dimitriades, Gary Sweet
and Peter Phelps and you have quality from start to finish in this controversial series.
For a TV series of
its age, the video and audio quality is quite acceptable, although
it cannot be compared to the TV series of today but needless to say, it
does the job quite fine. A must have Australian series for those
that love well produced crime dramas!
Be warned though, it's violent
and quite gritty
Blood Brothers – The
Making Of Blue Murder
Editing Blue Murder
The original Blue Murder TV trailer