Wednesday, November 22, 2017

'The Best Of Agatha Christie, Volume 1' DVD Review

Agatha Christie has to be the best crime drama writer in the last 150 years. Her books and stories have sold millions. Her stories have been made into television dramas and films. She has to be one of the most read writers of all time. This compilation of stories made for TV coincides with the release of Kenneth Branagh’s release of 'The Murder on the Orient Express' which was released on November 10th, 2017.

In volume 1, the first story is titled 'And Then There Were None'. The story takes place on an isolated island right before the beginnings of WWII. Ten strangers gather for what will become a very interesting time. You see by morning a death will have taken place and no one knows who is the murderer. It stars Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Charles Dance, and Aiden Turner. This is an excellent crime drama to watch.

Our second story is titled 'Five Little Pigs'. The story is about a woman named Lucy Cracle asking Hercule Poirot to prove the innocence of one Caroline Cracle. Now, the problem is that Caroline was executed for the murder of her husband 14 years ago. Lucy her daughter believes her mother was innocent of the murder. It stars David Suchet, Rachel Stirling, Toby Stephens, and Aiden Gillen. Our third story is Death on the Nile. It involves Hercule Poirot trying to intervene between a woman who was jilted and a honeymoon couple. All this takes place on a river cruise but murder is eventually the subject at hand. It stars David Suchet, Emily Blunt, JJ Field  and Judy Parfitt.

Acorn is releasing this compilation of stories to DVD on November 14th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are wonderful. This will make a great addition to that personal library and you will go back and watch these stories over and over. Enjoy.

'Vera, Set 7' DVD Review

Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) works an area of rural Northumberland solving crimes that most would simply give up on. She is a brilliant but very moody sort of person. Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty) is her assistant and is as hard working as Stanhope. They both will not give up on a case once they have begun working on it. You wouldn’t think the northeast part of England could be so vicious but it can be.

In the case of 'The Natural Selection Stanhope' investigates the death of a wildlife officer. The body of the officer is found on the shore of an island off the coast of Northumberland with little to go on.
In another case DCI Stanhope has to deal with the death of a drug addict who has been found face down in a nearby river. Stanhope must look back at a former case to solve this murder and bring the killer to justice. In a third case DCI Stanhope must solve the murder of a college student. The victim is a promising student who has fallen to their death in questionable circumstances.

In a fourth and final case DCI Stanhope must solve the murder of a young 18 year old victim. The body was discovered buried in the moors but it’s the approach in solving this murder that makes it so compelling. Stanhope must look at the life and the secrets the young 18 year old was living. DCI Stanhope is not the easiest person to work with let alone live with. She has some peculiar ways but makes some of hardest cases look like an easy chore.

Acorn TV is bringing this wonderful Set 7 to DVD on October 24th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is fantastic and the sights and sounds are a wonder. This will make a great addition to the personal library and you will find yourself going back to watch it over and over. Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

'Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express' DVD Review

This is probably one of the best television adapted versions of this great novel ever made. It stars David Suchet as the great Hercule Poirot. Poirot is traveling on the train when it becomes snowbound. He will meet a man by the name Samuel Ratchett (Toby Jones). Ratchett is a business man who has an unsavory past. Ratchett is in fear for his life and asks Poirot for protection. Poirot doesn’t want anything to do with the man and turns him down. Not long after this Ratchett turns up dead. He has been stabbed. Knowing Poirot he can’t turn down the mystery and wants to catch the killer.

The suspects are as follows, a pushy American (Barbara Hershey). Another suspect is an army colonel played by David Morrissey. The princess is played by Eileen Atkins. Ratchetts servant is also a suspect and is played by Hugh Bonneville. Finally, the meek governess is played by Jessica Chastain. Poirot works through all the clues but is frazzled to the core to solve this mystery Acorn aired this adaptation back in July 2010. It is being rereleased now as Fox is debuting a theatrical adaptation of this great mystery on November 10th, 2017 starring Kenneth Branagh.

Acorn's release of this TV adaptation is being released onto DVD on November 14th, 2017. The DVD quality is excellent and the sights and sounds are perfect. This has to be the best of Agatha Christie’s works. David Suchet is fantastic as Poirot and the cast is top notch. This is going to be a keeper for that personal library and you don’t want to waste any time in picking one up. If Fox can do half as good then it will be worth watching also. I’m here to tell you though the TV adaptation is right on. Enjoy.

'Rake, Series 4' DVD Review

Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh)is an extraordinary lawyer. It could be said that he is a brilliant lawyer. Unfortunately, he battles some self-destructive ways that always get in the way. His clients are mostly people who for any other words are hopeless and mostly guilty of the crimes they are charged. Some of his clients are bigamists, murderers, and even a cannibal or two. In most circles Cleaver would be called a rogue. Cleaver is a charming and at times very witty person. That has helped him win cases.
In Series 4, Cleaver has some very challenging cases that once again put his career and his life in jeopardy. The last we saw of Cleaver was him dangling from a hot-air balloon. Cleaver ends up crashing into a nasty little criminal by the name of Edgar Thompson (John Waters). Now, Edgar was at the time of the crash trying to keep a low profile or truthfully he was hiding out. Once out of hiding Edgar causes a huge corruption scandal that involves many of the politicians of Sydney. Cleaver's crash disturbs all of Edgar’s plans so he wants to take out his frustration on Cleaver and vows revenge.
Cleaver simply try’s to run for his life and stay away from Edgar. In the meantime the wife of one his friends has to explain her new relationship to her kids but Scarlet (Danielle Cormack) finds this very difficult. Melissa (Adrienne Pickering) returns to Australia but comes home in disgrace. She is now a celebrity writer but has a dark past. She is a former prostitute and has a serious addiction that she must deal with to come clean. All the while Cleaver is still on the run from Edgar.
'Rake' is a wonderful show and Acorn is releasing Series 4 DVD on November 14th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This is definitely one for the personal library. So take the time and pick this one up as soon it is released. Enjoy.

Friday, November 3, 2017

'The Good Karma Hospital Series 1' DVD Review

Dr. Ruby Walker (Amrita Acharia) is an accomplished doctor living in England. She’s a little off on herself as she has just had a terrible break-up and she’s finding that her work is getting the better of her. Her career is very stressful but is also very rewarding and she hates the way she has been feeling. She decides a change is scenery is needed and decides to go work for a modern clinic in India. The true problem arises that she ends up in an underfunded and overcrowded hospital called Good Karma. The hospital is run by Dr. Lydia Fonseca (Amanda Redman) and she is a formidable boss to say the least.

Ruby is overwhelmed with culture shock and a horrific demanding schedule. The inhabitants of the area are very eccentric and can be a handful. Along with all this Ruby must learn to get along with a new colleague named Dr. Gabriel Varma (James Floyd). The best part of all this commotion is that all the problems of her recent break-up along with her life back in England become a distant memory. Ruby actually begins to accept her new life and realizes that it was the best thing she could have done for herself.

Rural India is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of modern day England. In a remote sense a person could feel as if they took a step back in time. Ruby looks at her surroundings and in a sense begins to relish her job once again.

Acorn brings this wonderful look at life to DVD on November 7th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are terrific. This is definitely one of those shows that brings a good feeling out of you. This is the first series and the second is being filmed as we speak. So get ready for some wonderful entertainment coming our way. This series will make a good addition to that personal library. Don’t waste any time and get out and pick this heartwarming story up this week and sit back and be entertained. Enjoy.

'19-2 Season 4 (The Final Season)' DVD Review

The death of Amelie (Tattiawna Jones) has station 19 of the Montreal Police Department very upset. Most of all partners Ben Chartier (Jared Keeso) and Nick Barron (Adrian Holmes) are taking her death very badly. The two men are fighting to believe in the system they’ve been working to defend. Nick has begun to move on but with a determined approach to expose any and all corruption in the police force. Ben's approach to her death is to doubt his continued abilities of working as a police officer. In other words, both men are taking different ways to deal with the death of a colleague. The problem is all this is taking away from the job at hand.

The Montreal streets are beginning to look like a war zone due to the gang fighting that is taking place. The men and women of the Montreal Police Department need each other more than in any other time in recent memory. In this last season we the viewer will see more clearly the faults and the good that each officer has inside. This drama has always been able to show us just how human an officer of the law actually is. We look at each episode of this final season and admire them more and more. The bond between police partners goes beyond simple life and death. It brings them closer sometimes than most families. This is one of the best cop dramas to ever hit the TV screen.

Acorn brings this wonderful show to DVD on November 7th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This is definitely one for that personal library. '19-2' is one show that you will want to get in it’s entirety let alone its final season. Yes, you must get all four seasons to truly enjoy this show. I guarantee you will come back to watch it over and over.  again Watch Nick Barron and Ben Chartier come to grips with the death of their friend as well as how they come to grips with the tragedy happening on the Montreal streets. Watch the personal triumph of what it truly means to be a police officer. Sit back and truly enjoy being entertained by one of the best police dramas ever written.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

'Humans 2.0' DVD Review

As computers and synthetic humans begin to merge into one being there will come a time when synthetics and humans will become one. In 'Humans 2.0' man begins to take notice of the evolved synthetic population. The Hawkins family had such a busy life that the need to acquire a synthetic human seemed the way to go to lesson the burden of living. Their synthetic named Mia (Gemma Chan) had left the household and the family had been trying to have some normalcy. Laura and Joe Hawkins (Katherine Parkinson and Tom Goodman-Hill ) have been attending marriage counseling to help with their concerns about their lives. The Hawkins have been worried about their daughters seriously strange behavior.

It’s not until a synth named Niska (Emily Berrington) comes to their home unannounced that the Hawkins really begin to take notice of what synths are becoming. As technology continues to grow synths have begun to obtain a form of consciousness. Man begins to fear the rise of the synths and a mysterious organization begins to track the synths and destroy them. Leo (Colin Morgan) and Max (Ivanno Jeremiah) are not sure about what to do with synths that have begun to have consciousness. Other humans like scientists involved in the artificial intelligence field keep coming up with new products that will influence the emergence of consciousness among the synths.

Acorn brings this first rate look at our possible future to DVD on October 31th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is unbelievable and the sights and sounds are the best. This futuristic thriller opens up a world so turned upside down that the possibility of it actually occurring is scary. This is definitely one of those DVDs that has to be in your personal library. So don’t waste any time and pick one up this Halloween and take a peek at our possible future.