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Dick Francis Mysteries (Koch/Lance/DLT)


Picture: C Sound: C+ Extras: C- Telefilms: C+



Of the last generation of major Mystery novel series, the Dick Francis Mysteries are among the most successful and all set at racetracks with horses. Three telefilms were made in 1989 and this new 2 DVD set from Koch and Lance. In The Frame involves big rich homes being robbed of everything, with the first blown-up as the wife/owner shows up in shock.


Patrick Macnee plays a supporting role in the other two films, but is not in either production enough, though they fare better than the first. Blood Sport involves a missing horse worth $6 Million, though the animal is not bionic! Twice Shy involves a young dead male computer kid who may have had a special project going worth killing for. Can the 5.5 old PC floppy be found before more murder takes place?


They do get better as they go along, but only worked out so well, so the series did not continue. Ian McShane is very good as David Cleveland and fans of Deadwood may be interested in seeing him in another solid role. Canadian TV co-produced these works and they have their moments. The results of the telefilms fall somewhere between police procedurals and mysteries. I just wanted more Macnee and mystery.


The 1.33 X 1 image is color poor, detail-challenged and with the stretched-out look, suggests a second or third generation transfer. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is good, but does not survive the Pro Logic treatment very well. Extras on the second DVD includes text on McShane, guest star Patrick Macnee and four trailers for other Koch/Lance releases.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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