Jack Irish

Jack Irish

Season 1

DVD - 2016
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When an Australian aid-worker is kidnapped by Muslim extremists, a high-stakes race to save his life pits East against West in these exciting new episodes. From the island of Mindanao in the Philippines to Melbourne, Jack Irish is caught in a global web of religious zealotry among right-wing Christians and media-savvy jihadists.

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gloryb
Feb 13, 2019

2 discs with 6 hours of viewing pleasure. 3 episodes per disc. I enjoyed seeing Jack and Linda follow separate clues to a different mystery each were following (2 plots), but, at the end, we see how those 2 plots are connected. The chase was better than the ending - the explanation of why the deaths/murders happened. At first, Jack is not an appealing detective due to his disheveled appearance, but after a while his appearance doesn't matter. It was interesting to see how he was able to get clues for the cause of the death of his girlfriend's sister who had been involved in a cult church group in Australia. A real thriller even though it was a long one. I was glad I was able to see the 2 discs with one sitting as, at the times, the hour long episodes seemed to move the plot along too slowly. The focus of this DVD movie is on Jack Irish with Marta Dusseldorp's character appearing when necessary to further the second plot. I much preferred this DVD to the movie version with the same title.

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jimg2000
Dec 18, 2018

With the help from a group of colorful locals, Jack seems to have settled down as a private investigator and debt collector in "Jack Irish Sets 1 & 2 (AKA Jack Irish : the movies 2012-2014)." In this sequel, his on-off reporter girl friend accepts a job in Phillipines to pursue an interview with a Muslim extremist. Jack remains at home and finds himself beaten up and almost killed several times over to locate a missing woman. Again, the characters are delightful. The story is riveting and original. Better than the earlier episodes and the Finnish "Private eye Vares" series that also features a hard-boiled tomcat PI as well.

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gingin1972
May 16, 2018

Very good series!

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kclaycpc
Apr 01, 2018

Having been a fan of Guy Pearce since "Priscilla" and a lover of the offbeat mystery, I so wanted to like this series. Just didn't work out. I watched the first 3 episodes and couldn't quite figure out where it wanted to go. The opening scene is pretty manipulative, should have stopped there. Interesting secondary characters. Entertainment isn't meant to be work, is it?

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LauraSteinert
Sep 23, 2017

Much, much better than the 2013-14 seasons. Accents not over done, better scripts, not as dark or as moody, more current issue and less broody. The new star is more believable and the focus on alcoholism is not overwhelming. I truly enjoyed this season.

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firefly5
Apr 20, 2017

I enjoyed this 6 episode series. Jack Irish is a very unkept and messy looking man who badly needs his hair combed and a shave. The characters in this series are interesting and complex. I enjoyed the three older fellows in the bar and the elderly man in the woodworking shop. There are quite a few flashes back and forth between Australia and the Phillipines, sometimes a bit too quickly so it is difficult to absorb what is going on. I would like another series of Jack Irish.

Marinetti Apr 12, 2017

Good series- Guy Pearce plays a downtrodden lawyer in Australia, who investigates various cases.

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chriscoleman
Feb 23, 2017

Jack Irish was an overhyped, underdeveloped Australian TV series, much of which takes place in the Phillippines where a religious cult is killing Muslims in a fishing village to use their harbor. That's the entire basic plot but they added a lot of dumb stuff as filler. There were huge gaping plot holes (killing an entire fishing village for its harbor then not using the harbor???). Don't bother. I want my six hours back.

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Charmed03
Feb 05, 2017

Chose not to waste my time. Figured out they were speaking English, to dark of a screen can't see much, okay only spent 10 mins. on it. Did not appear to have a story line.

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ba_library
Dec 13, 2016

A detective / mystery series set in Melbourne Australia. Based on books by Peter Temple. I wasn't too impressed by the first episode, but got hooked by episode 2. Takes awhile to figure out Jack Irish - former criminal attorney, now a detective / debt collector and the rest of his crew. His girlfriend, a journalist, leaves him to do a story in Manila that involves a Muslim terrorist that is somehow linked to an Australian church organization with loose corporate practices. People keep getting killed off and Jack seems to get most of the blame. 6 episodes on 2 DVDs. I have season 2 checked out, so not really sure if this is an ongoing series. The story gets a bit complex and Jack seems to have quite a collection of odd-ball mates, but that only adds to the story line.

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