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The Capone Investment (1974/Mystery/British Mini-Series/VCI DVD)

 

Picture: C†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: D†††† Episodes: C

 

 

In the kind of show British TV would be most likely to try, The Capone Investments tries to link gangsters then and before from Chicago to a series of murders and crime in the U.K. and though it is a very mixed bag, I give them points for trying.They have a good writer in Ian Kennedy Martin (Hadleigh, The Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes, The Saint) and a cast that includes future star John Thaw (Inspector Morse, The Sweeney, Kavanagh, QC), but I never totally bought the whole thing.

 

Still, I am amused by the attempt and 1974 was closer to the old days of Chicago than now, but like Gerald Rivers and his infamous ĎAl Caponeís Vaultsí fiasco, the idea that the man is dead and left millions behind waiting to be rediscovered has always been a cursed idea and if the British could not make it work, forget it.I liked the acting and locations, plus it is a very 1970s production, but the storyline never worked out as effectively as it could have and the resolution is problematic.Now, you can see for yourself.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image has some good color, but is softer throughout with more aliasing errors than expected and the videotape answer to process shooting (especially when people are in vehicles) looks bad like a TV comedy skit, but that is where British TV production started to go at this point and before U.S. TV buried themselves in videotape.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is better, though it can have some harsh character.There are no extras.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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