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Ruth Rendell Mysteries Simisola/Road Rage


Picture: C Sound: C+ Extras: C- Episodes: C+



Another detective series throws its hat into the ring of mystery TV shows and this time; it is Chief Inspector Wexford (George Baker) in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries. Two telefilms are included in this first set on 2 DVDs. Simisola is about a murder that seems to be racially motivated, but something more seems to be at hand, while Road Rage is actually about murder as contractors and environmentalists battle over the woods. In both cases, the mysteries are not that great and the attempt to interject politics and social issues is very awkward.


Made in 1996 and 1997 respectively, the shows are just not that god at a time when the genre on TV was being overdone and usually in haphazard ways like this. In this case, it is much more melodrama and police procedural than detective mystery and the teleplays are almost condescending in their approach, if unintended. Add the soft and color poor 1.33 X 1 image with the fair Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo with no surrounds and few toss-away text extras and you can just skip this set.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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