Risk (2017/Acorn Blu-ray
Set)/Fuller House: The
Complete Second Season
(2017/Warner DVD Set)/MidSomer
Murders: John Barnaby's First Cases (2017
compilation/Acorn DVD Set)/The
Strain: The Complete Series
(2014 - 2017/Fox DVD Set)/24:
Legacy (2017/Fox DVD Set)
B/B-/B/C+/B- Sound: B-/B-/B/C+/B- Extras: C+/D/C/C+/C+
a set of new TV releases, mostly for recent shows and a few of them
you might not yet heard of...
start with Acceptable
(2017), another thriller series set in Ireland, this one launching
from the simple, happy domestic space of a new family. Sarah (Elaine
Cassidy) has two great children and a great husband, but everything
takes an unexpected turn when he turns up dead in another country
(Canada) where he was on another one of his business trips. However,
the more she asks what happened and the more she looks into things,
the more bizarre things get.
a local detective gets involved and she has some support, she still
has to face this alone in a still-stunned fashion. Then things get
in the pharmaceutical industry and going beyond Ireland, the six
episodes have some good moments, but writer Ron Hutchinson (the
mini-series) eventually throws in so many things, suspension of
disbelief becomes much tougher by the end of the first-half of the
episodes as he throws in too much and that kills some suspense. The
locations ands a cast we need to see more of in the future save the
mini-series from its excesses and though I was disappointed and felt
some simple mistakes hurt this, I still thought it was worth a look
simply because they were trying. If you're interested, you should
try this smart show out.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer may show more
shaky camerawork than one would like and has some moments where the
image is oddly degraded on purpose for effect, but that's the look of
the show and it looks as good as we will likely ever see it here. I
did like their variant on jump cuts, though. The
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is good, but the music
often overpowers the dialogue via music levels being too high and
possibly limits to location recording, so expect the soundfield to be
uneven at times.
include a nice group of Behind-the-scenes featurettes (62 minutes in
all) and cast interviews (19 min.) across both discs, but only watch
seeing the show.
to believe that Fuller
got renewed for a second season in one respect, seeing that the
original show is cringe-worthy in retrospect. However if feel-good
family sitcoms are your bag, then you're sure to love Netflix's
spin-off/revival series which features a matured cast along with
several new faces. Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea
Barber, Lori Loughlin, John Stamos, and others star in what we can
simply think of as Fuller
House: The Complete Second Season
Back, Mom Interference, Ramona's Not-So-Epic First Kiss, Curse of
Tanner Manor, Doggy Daddy, A Fuller Thanksgiving, Girl Talk, A
Tangled Web, Glazed and Confused, New Kids in the House, D.J. and
Kimmy's High School Reunion, Nutcrackers,
and the season finale Happy
New Year Baby.
in standard definition with an anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1
widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the show
looks fine on DVD and likely not much better on Netflix streaming.
The show is shot well in HD and has strong production value
considering what it is. The show initially appeared on Netflix in Feb
2016 and is just now making it onto disc.
you're a fan of British television or crime television, then you owe
it to yourself to check out this interesting series, MidSomer
which is available on disc from Acorn, who've been issuing the show
for eons. The show has been around for a while, as this MidSomer
Murders: John Barnaby's First Cases 2017
set brings together 'cases' from Series 14 and 15. In a way, I might
compare it to Twin
in that it centers around a small town where all sorts of bizarre
things unravel. It doesn't have the David Lynch surrealism of
course, this is much more grounded in reality. This compilation
edition groups some fan favorite episodes for newcomers to embrace.
has been the case for a long time, MidSomer
centers around John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and takes place in
Midsomer County, a place where murder is a commonplace practice.
stars include Samantha Bond, Edward Fox, Pam Ferris, Warren Clarke,
James Callis, Julie Graham, Kerry Fox, Sinead Cusack, Hattie Morahan,
Martine McCutcheon, Kate Ashfield, Charity Wakefield, Kevin Doyle,
and Harriet Walter.
in the Slow Lane
of the Dead
Sleeper Under the Hill
Night of the Stag
and the Divas
in the Stars
fans can take note that these Mysteries were previously available in
sets 21,22,23, and 24 and the Series 14 and 15 box sets. You can
read more about many of the other sets elsewhere on this site.
presentation on the disc is fine for the format with a standard
definition, anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 widescreen presentation
and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix on all shows. Commercial
and watermark free is always a plus as it gives the show a more
cinematic and uninterrupted feel. The colors and production value
comes across fine, however an HD transfer would be preferable.
Murders in Conversation (34 min.)
audio commentary with star Neil Dudgeon and director Alex Pillai
the scenes of Death
and the Divas
of Sykes the dog
has wrapped up after four seasons as planned, but not because it was
a big critical or commercial hit, but a show that found its fans and
we should have shows like this that don't have to be megahits to
(2014 - 2017) is here, if only as a Dvd box set, but we have covered
the initial three seasons as follows...
to say the is all from a fan of both Guillermo del Toro and what the
show achieved, and though I like del Toro as well, I did not think
the show was able to overcome the feeling that I had seen too much of
this before. I could also see this being fresher for viewers younger
and/or newer to the genres involved, but it is not a show that ever
stayed with me or comes up much, though it can be bold, exotic,
impressionistic and is not just another generic genre run-through.
the weekly TV grind caught up with the narrative here and this
wrap-up (for now) lacks good overall flow.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy
Dolby Digital 5.1 on all four seasons are fine for the format, but
anticlimactic versus the 1080p Blu-ray sets for the first two
seasons. If any show needs higher definition, this one with its
darkness, shadows and often darker color schemes is it, so the DVDs
can only go so far. Same with the high quality soundmasters that
deserve better with a lossless treatment.
in this slipcase packaging repeat all the extras of the first three
full season sets (save the bust from Season
set adds the Coping
with The Strain: A Therapy Session
featurette, more Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel and these featurettes...
the same narrative structure as previous incarnations of the series
(the original 24
Live Another Day),
this revival season dubbed 24:
follows the exploits of Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins) who fights an
omnipresent terrorist attack. He sides with Rebecca Ingram (Miranda
Otto of Lord
of the Rings
fame), who is the head of CTU. Together, over the course of twenty
four hours an explosive chain of events unravel. The show also stars
Anna Diop, Teddy Sears, Ashley Thomas, Dan Bucantinsky, and Jimmy
its network broadcast on Fox, the show isn't going to return for a
second season. The season consists of twelve episodes, which stars
from 12:00 (Noon) - 1PM and concludes with 11:00 PM - 12:00PM. Three
episodes per disc.
on standard definition DVD with a 1.78:1 anamorphically enhanced
widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the show
looks comparable to its original television broadcast despite not
being HD here, thus, up to par with the standards of the format. An
HD version would be preferable but has yet to be released at the time
of this writing.
The Legacy Lives On
show is nicely produced with decent action and acting but overall
feels a bit stale and uninspired. The network has hinted at future
episodes of the series using the same narrative formula and flashy
editing, but judging from the lukewarm reception of this season it
may be taking a hiatus for the time being.
if you enjoyed the show then this is a nice four disc edition of it
that offers a commercial free version that's ideal for fans.
Nicholas Sheffo (Risk,