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Touching Evil (Mini-Series Box Set 1, 2, 3)

 

Picture: B-†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: D†††† Program: B+

 

 

While we may speak the same language, Britain and the United States are worlds apart when it comes to film and TV.There is just something different in the presentation, the humor, the drama, the methods and reasoningís behind things, but through it all there is a common ground that some people find and therefore have no problem toggling back and forth between the two.Some people just donít get it, but Touching Evil is a British crime series that will most likely translate well if you give it time.Now, the first thing you will have to do it take away your tendencies to think like an American and expect the show to come across like NYPD: Blue or CSI.This is a show that makes you think, makes you feel, and you actually have to work a bit to figure out the cases.

 

Unlike American television series that do all the work for you, this show keeps you on your toes and brings you into its world, but if you canít keep up to itís pace you may as well hit the stop button on your DVD player and put in The Fast and the Furious and let your brain cool down for a bit.Those that catch the pace and effectiveness of the mini-series will yearn for more and more, which makes this DVD box set a critical buy.The reason is because it includes all three mini-series beginning in 1997 and including 1998 and 1999ís episodes.

 

Most will agree that the show loses some stamina as it continues on, but even at itís lowest adrenalin point, it is still far better than what you will most likely find on the U.S. tube.Robson Green and Nicola Walker play D.I.ís Dave Creegan and Susan Taylor and portray the parts with such dedication and discipline.Also, their chemistry is spot on and makes the show work superbly.The writing abilities of Paul Abbott and Russell T. Davies rank up there with some of the best in the crime genre, especially on a TV level.They understand the pace at which to write the material in order to keep people attached without going into too much back-story or details that give away a lot.

 

Fans will be delighted to get this set with all thee parts together in one box set.The presentation is also fairly good as well being a few years older and such, but the full-frame image holds up well.There is a little bit of softness that occurs, but is not due to the DVD so much as the production itself.Plus the show was shot with the intention of being a bit more natural and gritty to give the viewer a Ďedgierí look that fuses together well with the subject matter.The 2.0 Dolby Digital sound is effective, despite lacking in some of the punch.Then again, this series differs from what American audiences are seeing and relies more on the psychological aspects of the characters and stories rather than the violence, gunshots, stabbing, etc that occurs regularly in other crime shows.Therefore, the intense focus here is the sharp dialogue and mood of the show, which comes across well in 2.0.

 

This is indeed a hefty box contain all three volumes and will keep anyoneís interest level for some time.It becomes addicting and before you know it you are out of episodes.However, by that time you may want to go back and re-watch some of the highlight episodes.In the end you have 8 discs with 960-minutes of entertainment and intrigue.Fans of shows like Wire in the Blood (reviewed on this site) will also find this just as good if not a tad better.

 

 

-†† Nate Goss


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