Painted Lady (British TV/Mystery/WGBH DVD)
Sound: B- Extras: C- Episodes: C+
NOTE: This out of print WGBH DVD title has been reissued
by Acorn Media and you can see more at this link:
Helen Mirren is a jazz vocalist from the past suddenly
trying to solve a murder related to the dark side of the world of art dealing
in Painted Lady, a one-shot, two-part show that is ambitious, but not
ambitious enough. For one thing, the art
world is never totally flushed out, then buying Mirren as a great Jazz singer
stretches credibility further. And this
is one of the best actresses of her generation.
Instead of enhancing the mystery tale, they distract from it and the 204
minutes go on and on more than nay mystery should.
To show how different this show was, it was broadcast on
the PBS/WGBH series Masterpiece Theater, instead of their more logical
anthology series Mystery! Even
they knew this was an unusual affair, but we’ve seen worse. At least it is ambitious, if confused. You might want to see it just for something
different. Iain Cuthbertson, Iain Glen
and Franco Nero also star.
The 1.33 X 1 image is a bit soft and dated, but is at
least color consistent. The Dolby
Digital 2.0 Stereo has Pro Logic surrounds, which makes the show more engaging,
though the music comes up very short and is unmemorable for the most part. Extras are very thin, including a weblink for
DVD-ROMs and a brief behind the scenes piece.
- Nicholas Sheffo