"In all honesty, I purchased this DVD because it was one of Hugh Jackman's earlier works back in Australia. I was very pleased with my purchase though, when I began to watch it and realized that it also contained a wonderful cast of actors. The story was gripping, and the ending was completely unexpected. A wonderful police story."
Early Hugh Jackman!
Lou A. | Pennslvania | 01/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hugh Jackman fans this is for you! It's a pre-X-Men work of Hugh's, an episode of an Australian TV show that he was in. While the name of the episode is technically wrong and the story is an okay mystery, there is one scene in the film that is worth the purchase price: A very hot love scene! Not to be missed if you're a fan. Besides that, it is interesting as a fan to see Hugh's early work and especially his Australian work when he uses his real voice (I love that Aussie accent!). Give it a try."
Jacquelynn B. Chapman | 08/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Do you think that Hugh Jackman is one of the sexiest men on the planet? Then you'll want to see this! Jackman plays a young detective trying to solve a grizzly slaughter at a roadside diner. His partner is an older woman, leery of relationships. They have a hot night together, and they solve the crime. I think this went on to become a TV series in Australia, so the relationship doesn't progress more in the movie. Jackman was good in his role. He reminded me some what of his character in "Someone to Love".Someone Like You"
Great sample of the "Halifax f.p." series...
Shopper | USA | 06/09/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The film we see here entitled "Profile of a Serial Killer" is actually the twelfth installement (named "Afraid of the Dark") of an Australian series "Hallifax f.p.", which dealt with professional exploits of a forensic psychiatrist, Jane Halifax (Rebecca Gibney). There were a total of twenty one episodes that originally aired on Australian TV between 1994 and 2002. Many of the guest stars are now well known names in the US, such as Guy Pearce or Hugh Jackman. The temptation to profit from Jackman's popularity must have been only too great, hence the re-named, re-packaged product. Even so, his strictly supporting role does not warrant the top billing on the DVD cover. Still, the actor gets enough screen time to make this DVD a good buy for any fan. Here, Jackman is a young police detective who briefly becomes involved with Halifax, while they both work to solve a mass murder. Interestingly, if you believe the IMDb info, Rebecca Gibney is only four years older then Jackman. However, just before they ingage in an intimate moment, her character tells him she is "old enough to be his mother"... Hmmm...
I must admit, the decision to purchase the DVD had been strictly influenced by my being a fan of Hugh Jackman's. It was interesting to hear his Australian accent in full bloom and to observe his still raw, yet already charismatic acting style, two full years before the actor's breakthrough role as Wolverine in X-men. I was pleasantly surprised though at the overall quality of the production. The episode did well as a stand alone piece and ignited my couriosity about the rest of the series. It reminded me of such great UK shows as "Inspector Morse", or "Frost", only made on a smaller budget (the visibly budget approach was the reason for four, rather then five, stars), the only annoying factor being somewhat naive, by today's standards, treatment of forensic psychiatry as a crime solving tool. Oh, and the music...it's more psycho, then psychiatry...It even manages to turn the love scene into something frightening...
It is a great shame that the series is not available in its entirety in Region 1. I will be purchasing it directly from an Australian vendor, though having done so on previous occasions, I know how lengthy the shipping time can be. It had taken me seven weeks to receive a copy of "Corelli", another series with Hugh Jackman unavailable statesite but for its pilot episode (re-named "The Rat Tamer" and starring Jackman's then future wife, Deborah Lee Furness)."
MY OPINION ABOUT "PROFILE OF A SERIAL KILLER"
S. Braga | 02/06/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I live in BRAZIL and confess that I bought this movie because of HUGH JACKMAN...however the movie surprised me...I liked very much of the tram, and Rebecca Gibney is an excellent actress too ! I recommend for everyone who like to see Hugh Jackman acting...He's very handsome in this production !!!"