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McCallum – The Complete Series


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



As another hoped-for medical detective thriller that did not work out, the Australian series McCallum began in 1995 and after eight shows over two seasons, star John Hannah was gone.  Like many detective shows since the days of 1930s B-movies, the final show is about his successor and not so good, but that definitely makes it a DVD box set that deserves to call itself McCallum – The Complete Series.


The show is good, but it is also trying to be more broad and commercial like its American rivals than more clever like the best U.S. and U.K. shows.  This 5-DVD set is complete and seems to show the episodes in chronological order, but instead of having Iain McCallum become the detective; it pairs him with them at random.  With the help of fellow Dr. Angela Moloney (Zara Turner), he takes on cases from the morgue, which leads back often to the crime scene and wherever he needs to go.  Unfortunately, except for Hannah’s distinctiveness, the show is a visually darkened version of everything out there, which is simply a big reason it did not survive.


Still, it has its fans and we have seen much worse in the genre, so Mystery and medical thriller fans will want to check it out at least once.


The letterboxed 1.66 X 1 image is surprisingly soft and fuzzy for a show that ran recently, shot that way as the U.K. broadcasters were not sure about a finalized HD frame.  It is just on the weak side when it does not need to be.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Sound has the Dolby Pro Logic logo on screen as each show begins, but this must be second generation at least, because any surrounds are weak and restricting.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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