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Jesse Stone: Night Passage + Death In Paradise (Telefilms)


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



Like Burt Reynolds with B.L. Stryker and Robert Urich with Spencer, Tom Selleck has deservedly found his second wind as a mature and viable Robert B. Parker character with Jesse Stone.  After first appearing in the telefilm Stone Cold, the results were good enough to follow up and Sony has issued the next two TV movies on DVD as the fourth one debuts on broadcast TV.  Night Passage and Death In Paradise are those telefilms and it is Selleck’s best TV work since Magnum, P.I. put him on the map.


Night Passage has the now divorced detective going to Massachusetts and instead of getting away from the past, becomes their new Chief of Police just in time for murder.  Sal Rubinek is the bank manager who may be involved and the small, quiet town is suddenly quieter than ever when Stone starts to investigate.  Stephen Baldwin and Stephanie March also star.


Death In Paradise has Stone staying in the town when a teen girl with a troubled past turns up as a dead corpse in a stream.  It is ugly and the pother police, some gangster types and domestic violence play heavily into the situation as Stone is shocked to learn the victim was a straight-A student!  Now, he has to find out the ugly truth to get the killer or killers.  William Devane also stars.


Selleck has been ignored and even bashed for his politics and showed some non-political backbone recently over Magnum, P.I. by refusing to make a cameo in any revival after years of Universal turning down a new feature despite Selleck having Tom Clancy available as a writer.  His work here is ambitiously serious and he never flinches from the grimness of his character or the situations.  That makes both telefilms worth a look.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on both is a bit soft, shot in some kind of HD video and has limited color & depth.  It is watchable, but never too visually engaging.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 has some healthy surrounds, which helps make viewing easier and dialogue is recorded well enough.  The only extra on both discs are previews for other Sony DVDs.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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