Thursday, September 21, 2017

Line Of Duty, Series 4; DVD Review

Thandie Newton joins this intense crime drama as DCI Roz Huntley. As the newcomer, her superiors are looking at her and her work with intense scrutiny. The team is trying to track down a serial killer. When they capture a suspect the chief forensic investigator has his doubts about the man's guilt. He goes around Huntley to AC-12 believing that Huntley is not following procedure and is ignoring key evidence. Superintendent Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) listens to the complaints of the chief forensic investigator and sneaks a spy into the team. DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) goes undercover in Huntley's  team and reports directly back to Hastings. Huntley also gets some heat from DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) which does nothing more than to make her feel even more uncomfortable.
As more time goes by suspicions against Huntley begin to mount. The case takes on a face of its own and begins to be very complex and finally the whole team comes under fire for all the distractions that have thrown the case in a tailspin.

There are more twists and turns than a roller coaster ride in this show and you must be right there involved or you'll miss something. Acorn brings this electrifying crime drama to DVD on September 26th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are out of this world. This will definitely be one for that personal library and you will go back time and again see these stories over and over.

'Line Of Duty' is one of the best to come to BBC and Acorn in a long time. You are enthralled and mesmerized by the detail of the stories and you will be on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. So don't waste any time and pick this one up as soon as it comes out and get ready to sit back and enjoy a great crime drama. Enjoy.

'Janet King, Series 3: Playing Advantage' DVD Review

Marta Dusseldorp comes back for another series as the senior crown prosecutor 'Janet King'. This wonderful Australian drama takes a look at the seedy side of  professional sports. The story opens with the death of a young cricket player. He committed suicide but it opens up the door to a whole bunch of nasty. King joins a National Crime Commission whose job is to look into reports of gambling and organized crime and it's affiliation with professional sports. The death of a key witness who was willing to talk to Kings team throws a big monkey wrench into the system.

King also has another pitfall with this investigation when an estranged member of her family is looked upon with interest as a possible link in the investigation. The story continues to unfold when King begins to see the seedier side of professional sports. There is match fixing and drugs. Money laundering and murder are also part of the system. For most of us who've looked at or played sports all our lives look upon this drama with open mouths. As much as we realize that there is always a dark side to everything we simply just don't want to believe it.

Acorn brings this wonderful drama to DVD on September 26th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. 'Janet King' is an award winning program that is always a joy to watch. This will make an excellent addition to your personal library and you will easily want to watch it as soon as you pick it up.

Australia has in recent years been one of the better markets for legal drama and 'Janet King' is one of the best. Marta Dusseldorp is one of the best and with each consecutive series she just keeps getting better. So don't waste any time and pick this one up you will not be dissatisfied and will probably be watching it over and over. Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

'The Heart Guy, Series 1' DVD Review

Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser) is a gifted heart surgeon in Sydney, Australia. If you want to speak plainly this guy has one charmed life. He is a bit arrogant in that he believes that because of his talent he can get away with anything. Well,one day all of this wonderful life he has led comes tumbling down around his feet. He is caught in an incident that involves drugs and alcohol and he is placed on probation. He is allowed to be a GP but can never perform surgery again.

Knight feels the loss and heads back home to Whyhope, Australia. He hasn't been going back to his hometown regularly and it is a big change. He begins working at a hospital that has little funds to work with and he and the rest of the staff are always scrambling for materials to do their jobs properly. He has a killer boss (Hayley McElhinney) in that their is no-nonsense at all. Knight struggles to get his bearings or re acclimate himself to his hometown but soon realizes why he left. His mother (Tina Bursill) is a very politically minded individual whose ambition overshadows everything else. His father (Steve Bisley) is a very distant person who you could say is emotionally stunted. Knight also has to deal with his ex-girlfriend Charlie (Nicole da Silva) because she married his younger brother. 

Now, the question is with this Dramedy is whether Knight can live the straight and narrow or will he succumb to his evil ways and lose everything. Acorn brings this wonderful show to DVD on September 19th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are fantastic. This entertaining look at what some are calling the 'Doc Martin' of Australia is definitely a keeper and should be added to your personal library. So, sit back and enjoy another great show out of Australia and see what life can be like when all is going right and when lets say it falls in the crapper. Enjoy. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

'Decline And Fall' DVD Review

Paul Pennyfeather (Jack Whitehall) is a theology student at Oxford University. He is a very low key kind of guy. He is striving to join the priesthood and live out his life serving the Lord. One day one of the school's rather low life social club pulls a prank and Pennyfeather is involved and expelled from the university. Stuck in a bad situation and not one of the rich kids Pennyfeather has to come up with a game plan. He takes a position in a run down boarding school as a teacher but soon is pushed to his limits.

Dr Fagan (David Suchet) runs the school and realizes he is going to have problems with Pennyfeather but doesn't get rid of him. Unexpectedly his luck begins to change when one of his students mother comes for a visit. Now this woman is a wealthy, beautiful and from America but she makes such an impression  on Pennyfeather that he actually begins to think that his luck just might be changing. Eva Longoria plays the mom and does a beautiful job.

Evelyn Waugh wrote this wonderful story and it has become a classic over  the years and it's the first television adaptation of the novel. The wonderful thing about this show is that it actually pulls off a great job. This is a beautiful comedy and is a joy to watch. Co-Stars in this miniseries are Gemma Whelan,  Douglas Hodge, Vincent Franklin, Tim Pigott-Smith and Stephen Graham.

Acorn brings this wonderful comedy to DVD on September 12th, 2017. The quality of the DVD are excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This would make a wonderful addition to that personal library. So as we wind down from the summer and fall takes over this is an excellent series to watch and get a laugh. Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

'Rake, Series 3' DVD Review

Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) is a very capable lawyer working out of Sydney, Australia. He's always  skirting the thin line between observing the law and breaking it. This time he's being held in prison on manslaughter charges. He's been inside for some time but fellow lawyer Scarlet (Danielle Cormack) is able to win an appeal and he has been let out. Now, Cleaver is very excited to be on the outside again as he has been surrounded by many of his old enemies while he was in prison. Cleaver learns rather quickly that some things have changed since he has been locked up. For instance, Scarlet is now operating her own practice, a friend of his has an unnerving diagnosis, and what's worse is that Cleaver who already had a rather dubious reputation, but now has a very seriously damaged reputation. Cleaver learns that not even the criminals want him as a lawyer. This is something that could put him out of business.

Finally, Cleaver gets a big case and it involves casino mogul Tikki Wendon (Genevieve Lemon) and former Attorney General Cal McGregor (Damien Garvey).  A big corruption scandal takes place and it gets Cleaver back into the game. What makes this an interesting case is Cleaver and McGregor's rather dubious past relationship. In other words, McGregor wanted to break Cleaver and now has to depend on him to help him out.
'Rake' is an excellent show and always has some good laughs to it. Cleaver is a very capable lawyer but always lives on the edge so to speak. This is definitely one of the best coming out of Australian TV. Acorn brings this wonderful show to DVD on September 12th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are beautiful. This is definitely one for your personal library. Series 3 has some great guest stars like Cate Blanchett, Magda Szubanski, John Noble and Robyn Nevin. So don't waste any time and pick this one up. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

'The Churchills' DVD Review

British historian David Starkey presents a detailed look at two of England's greatest war leaders and both of the men are Churchills. Winston would defeat German Leader Adolf Hitler but his relative John Churchill would take on and defeat the Sun King Louis XIV of France. What really is great about this documentary is that Winston would write a book Marlborough: His Life and Times which was about his ancestor John. Some people feel that it was through this writing that Winston would rise from a mere politician to becoming the great statesman that the world would get to know.
John Churchill would become an inspiration for young Winston who worked on Marlborough for about a decade. Winston was a writer and a historian and for some people one of the greatest leaders of England.
David Starkey shows us through his work on 'The Churchills' that these two men who lived hundreds of years apart were able to enlighten us about the foundations of these two men. John would take down a European leader who wanted to rule Europe in a Dictatorship. Winston would go up against Adolf Hitler who had at one point defeated most of the countries of Europe and would actually want to take over the planet. Winston learned through his ancestor what was needed to take Hitler down and defeat him.
Starkey is able through his background as a member of London's Society of Royal Antiquities and his years of teaching history that we can learn from the past and apply to the present or future. Athena brings this fantastic look of two of England's greatest leaders to DVD on September 5th, 2017. The DVD quality is excellent and the sights and sounds are great. This is worth the look and would be an extremely valuable addition to your personal library.

The family Churchill has inspired many and also it is an honor to be able to see just what members of such a distinguished family can do for each other hundreds of years apart. So don't waste any time and take a good look at history and enjoy. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

'DELICIOUS, Series 1' DVD Review

Leo Vincent (Iain Glen) is a professional chef. By all accounts he has everything he has ever wanted. Unfortunately, getting to this point in his life has had its ups and downs. He acquired most of the recipes he uses from his ex-wife. Funny thing he also cheated on her for years. Gina (Dawn French) has an amiable relationship with her ex-husband even though he was cruel to her. His current wife Sam (Emilia Fox) was the other woman and Leo's current wife.

Leo has a good hotel business, a wonderful family, and for the first time in awhile a comfortable life. Now here comes the problem, Sam thinks Leo is cheating again and will do anything to find out and prove it. Sam goes to Gina for advice on what to look for since she has seen it first hand. What were the signs that gave it away that Leo was cheating this is what Sam wanted to know. What's enjoyable is what happens next but I can't tell you because it would give the story all away. What we can say is whether Sam and Gina will mend fences and become friends. Another thing we could say or talk about is the secrets that would be revealed if the two women talk and open up. We could talk about whether the two women become friends but we won't. You see that would give everything all away. What we can say is Leo is in deep trouble in one way or another. This new drama mixes humor with a little human complexity to make one great show.

Acorn brings this new drama to DVD on August 29th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are right on. This is an excellent addition to that personal library and you are going to want to pick it up as soon as it comes out. So check out whether Leo can keep everything together or will it all come crashing down around him. Karma is an interesting thing and Leo really did a number on Gina. It might be interesting to see just how she handles everything. Enjoy.