Wednesday, December 6, 2017

'Midsomer Murders: John Barnaby’s First Cases' DVD Review

DCI Tom Barnaby is gone and his cousin DCI John Barnaby(Neil Dudgeon) has moved in and taken over. At first he and DS Ben Jones(Jason Hughes) have not gotten along. I guess you could say they needed time to warm up to each other. John is definitely different from his cousin but is just as sharp and equally capable to do the job. Fiona Dolman plays his wife Sarah and the chemistry between the two is wonderful to take in. What is truly amazing is their dog Sykes who is simply adorable. The inventive crimes and charming scenery make this a favorite of many of us who watch each week. The list of guests each week include such notables as Samantha Bond, Edward Fox, Pam Ferris, Warren Clarke, James Callis, Julie Graham, Sinead Cusack, Kevin Doyle, and Harriet Walter just to name a few.

The cases revolve around what’s happening in the villages. For instance, some of the murders take place at car shows, beer festivals, or the local private school or priory. Series 14 will get you aware of the change of Barnaby's from Tom to John, and Series 15 says goodbye to DS Ben Jones. For 15 Series we have been watching the comings and goings of this group of small villages. We spent 13 Series with Tom Barnaby and at first it does take a little while to get use to John Barnaby but  you will see that the show itself is still fantastic to watch.

Acorn brings these two series 14 and 15 to DVD on December 5th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is wonderful and the sights and sounds are excellent as always. This will make a wonderful addition to your personal library and will also make a beautiful gift this holiday season. Enjoy.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

'The Fall: Complete Collection' DVD Review

Belfast, a beautiful somewhat subdued city that is erupting like a volcano since the murders began. DSI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) has been brought into the case of the serial killer that is terrorizing this beautiful Irish Capital. A serial killer is on the loose and has committed some horrible murders. The killer methodically kills at random but kills just the same. His name is Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan). A grief councilor by trade Paul suffers from vicious compulsions that when out of control will kill at random. This is a story broken up into three series that takes a look inside the mind of a sociopath.

Gibson must get inside the mind of this demented killer and catch him before he can kill again. The problem is the cat and mouse games that takes place between the hunted and the hunter. This psychological thriller will keep you enthralled for the entire 18 hours. As I stated you have three separate series altogether and you will want to watch it continuously until the bitter end. Gibson probes deep into the psyche of Jamie and finds out answers that most people would be terrified to understand.

Acorn brings this fantastic story to DVD on November 21st, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are perfect. This will make a wonderful addition to that personal library. Now that it is the holidays this would make a wonderful gift to that special someone. So pick this one up and enjoy the games.

It is funny because of the way that each city is made up and how for many of us we have been subjected to a serial killer living among us. This looks at the worst and if your very careful you might even see some traits that might coincide with people you may know. So in other words,'The Fall: Complete Collection' could be right around the corner. Enjoy.

Monday, November 27, 2017

'The Best Of Agatha Christie, Volume 2' DVD Review

Agatha Christie has been called the queen of crime novels but what is great for some of us is when they make the TV adaptations. In 'The Best Of Agatha Christie, Volume 2' three of her best stories are brought to us from TV adaptations that are truly amazing.

In 'The Witness for the Prosecution' Kim  Cattrall stars as the heiress who is murdered in such a brutal fashion it will make your head swim. All of the evidence points to her young lover played  by Billy Howie. He of course claims that he is innocent of the violent crime. He even speaks to his attorney that he can prove his innocence. He claims his wife played by Andrea Riseborough will confirm that he didn’t kill the heiress. The drama overflows in this story.

In the 'Three Act Tragedy' the guests seem to begin dyeing off so Detective Poirot (David Suchet) is brought in to investigating the case. Poirot teams up with an old friend to try and solve the case. Finally, in the third story titled 'Hallowe’en Party' Detective Poirot (David Suchet) is called in to investigate a murder that takes place at a children’s costume party. Crime Novelist Ariadne Oliver (Zoe Wanamaker) is the person who wants Poirot to solve this case. The crime is brutal and it seems Poirot is the only one to solve it.

Acorn brings these wonderful stories to us on DVD on November 14th, 2017. The quality of the DVD’s are fantastic and the sights and sounds are excellent. Agatha Christie is the greatest of all the crime drama novelist over the past 100 years. Watching these stories on DVD will entertain you for years to come. This will make a wonderful addition to your personal library. If you buy both volumes of 'The Best Of Agatha Christie, Volume 2'  you will make someone very happy this holiday season as a special gift. Enjoy.

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.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

'Red Christmas' Blu-Ray Review

It's Christmas time again or at least it’s coming soon, and thoughts of stocking stuffers are on some of our minds. This DVD is definitely one for the stockings this coming Christmas. Diane (Dee Wallace) is the matriarch over one truly dysfunctional family. When the time comes for the clan to gather for the holiday one would think that they would be happy to see each other. The gathering would be full of what has gone on for the past year. The ups and downs should be topics of conversation. Instead this family gathers to squabble and argue among each other. They come together in the outback of Australia on one of the family estates. Their pettiness and the dramas that ensue begin to ruin this Christmas Eve.

The fun, if you wish to call it that, is disturbed by a knock on the door. A stranger stands there at the door seeking help, at first. It’s not until he is invited in that the true meaning of his holiday message is revealed. This deformed stranger wants to bring terror to close knit family. As limbs are severed and vengeance is taken Diane steps into the role of trying to save the family. It’s funny, secrets are revealed and discussions are held on numerous topics such as religion, feminism, abortion just to name a few. But, when the time comes Diane does her best to save the family but you must watch to find out the ending.

Artsploitation brings this horror to us on Blu-ray on October 17th, 2017. The quality of the Blu-ray is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This will definitely be one nice addition to your personal library but it will also be a great stocking stuffer for the horror aficionado of your family or friends. Enjoy.

'Midsomer Murders, Series 19 Part 2' DVD Review

Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) is back at it solving those sinister murders of this quaint little village. Barnaby and his newest sidekick DS Jaime Winter (Nick Hendrix) look into the eccentric citizenry of the village.

'Death by Persuasion' is our first mystery that we have to look at. Our story begins with the stabbing of a woman with a quill. The woman is involved with a Georgian reenactment of an event celebrating Jane Austen. The twist and turns are of the usual high quality of suspense that we are accustomed to with a 'Midsomer Murder' mystery. Our second choice of mysteries is 'The Curse of The Ninth'. The winner of a music competition, a rather prestigious one at that, is found strangled just moments before a show. What makes this such a questionable investigation is that the victim was strangled with a violin string.

The village of Midsomer is such a beautiful place and it is so quaint to boot, but they really do have some mysterious caring ons. Barnaby has been a member of the community for some time and for the most part always seems to get his criminal. These two cases though take on a new air of mystery with the arrival of the new partner. Winter is a competent Detective but one must take into consideration that what if the two men simply don’t get along. On the surface the appearance of congeniality allows for the viewer to believe all is right in the world.

Guest stars are as follows Claire Skinner, George Glen, James Fleet and Simon Callow. Acorn brings this entertaining DVD to us on October 24th, 2017. The DVD quality is superb and the sights and sounds are excellent. This will make a wonderful addition to that personal library. Along with the feature length stories you are going to get a behind the scenes feature that will simply entertain you. Changes have been made but the show is still as entertaining as always. So sit back and enjoy mystery at its best with 'Midsomer Murders'. Enjoy.

'Marcella, Season 1' DVD Review

Detective Sergeant Marcella Backland (Anna Friel) took a break from the force to raise her children. She thought that what she was doing was a good thing but her husband couldn’t deal with it and left the marriage. On the job she’s an ace detective. Her home life is questionable at best. Backland eventually goes back to the metropolitan police only to jump head first into an old cold case.

The Grove Park Killer, a serial killer that hadn’t been caught and has now resurfaced and is killing again. Backland is getting into the case more and more and because of the break up of her marriage and the job of raising her children herself, it has turned her into a broken person. Her fragile state begins to show in ways like blackouts and some serious rage that everyone is noticing. The straw that seems to break the camels back is when a close friend to her ex-husband (Nicholas Pinnock) is murdered. Backland feels that in this latest murder she might have been involved. Backland is being stretched way to thin and it shows.

The beauty of this show is the cast because along with Anna Friel you have Laura Carmichael, Jamie Bamber, Maeve Dermody, Nina Sosanya, Ray Panthaki, Sinead Cusack and Harry Lloyd. Marcella is an intriguing look into the Metropolitan Police Force. Men and women each day put their lives on the line to protect us from many different aspects of society gone wrong. What we usually don’t take into consideration are the people themselves. That they might be married with children, or have broken marriages, or of personal struggles that we can only guess at.

Acorn brings this wonderful show to DVD on October 17th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This is an excellent choice to put into that personal library for that rainy day. You will be watching season one over and over. This is one show that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

'Murdoch Mysteries: Once Upon A Murdoch Christmas' DVD Review

Toronto Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) is a methodical person when it comes to crime solving. He uses every new technique that he comes across to solve Toronto's most gruesome murders. He also has that dashing Edwardian way that helps him enormously when it comes to a case.
Christmas time has come once again for this beautiful Canadian city and once again crime is not far behind. Just a few days before Christmas a train robbery occurs and Murdoch is called in to investigate. There were witnesses to the crime that claim the robber had superhuman strengths and abilities. Constable Crabtree (Jonny Harris) a writer outside of work begins to think that the robber is similar to a character from his latest book. A person he calls Jumping Jack. Now, at first everyone believes that it is just a coincidence of the similarities but then robberies occur at Eaton's Luxury Department all over the city of Toronto. This makes everyone believe that the character Jumping Jack has come to life or it could simply be a could be a copycat.

This being the holiday season life goes on in other areas,take Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) ordering the formation of a police choir. Yes,life does go on and even Dr. Julia Ogden has gotten into the season by trying to help two small orphans. What makes this even more special is that the children believe Dr. Ogden is a fairy tale heroine and that she must be make believe.

Acorn brings this wonderful show to us on DVD October 10th,2010. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are perfect. As we approach the holidays, this DVD will fit in very nicely with the season of Christmas. It will make a perfect addition to that personal library. So join Detective Murdoch and the rest of Station House No. 4 for a truly delightful crime drama during the Holidays. It will enhance your Holiday spirit. Enjoy.        

Thursday, September 28, 2017

'Loch Ness Series 1' DVD Review

Annie Redford (Laura Fraser) is what you would call a small town Detective. Living along Loch Ness has its good and bad, and like all villages a little bad comes to haunt them from time to time. A man’s body is found at the bottom of a cliff. At first it looks like it might have been an accident but it finally comes to light that this is no accident. DCI Lauren Quigley (Siobhan Finneran) arrives to take over the case along with forensic psychologist Blake Albrighton (Don Gilet). As one would think the locals are completely offended about the interference.

When more bodies are found it is clear that the locals would clearly be in over their heads. Both teams come to an agreement that the shores of Loch Ness has a serial killer to deal with. As the case begins to get bigger and more intense the whole town becomes involved. Our local detective Annie becomes more involved in the case and to the detriment of her personal life she slowly pushes away her family. She has no patience with her husband and daughter and this does not sit well with them.

As the village slowly begins to fill with grief and terror it makes for some interesting viewing. Each towns member begins to look at each other as they might be the killer and they could be sitting right next to them. Annie who is a novice at murder investigation wants to solve this case and to bring to justice the monster who is killing off its villagers. Unfortunately she must fight the outside law enforcement who want to run the show.

Acorn brings this murder mystery to DVD on October 3rd, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This crime drama would be an excellent addition to ones personal library and would be a joy to watch over and over. So, don’t waste any time and pick this one up to see whether the small town can solve the murders before the city law enforcement can. Enjoy.