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Genius “Mystery Book” Telefilms (And Never Let Her Go/In The Lake Of The Woods/Remember Me)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Telefilms: D



There was a time TV Mystery was in top form, from TV series (the original Columbo) to telefilms, but the genre imploded on TV once fine shows like the William Conrad Nero Wolfe failed and Hart To Hart wrapped up.  Medical/science thrillers eventually became a cycle, but it has never been the same, even in the U.K. and elsewhere.  Here’s three more examples of why.


And Never Let Her Go is based on the Ann Rule book where a man (Mark Harmon) becomes a control freak with a single woman (Kathryn Morris) who he seduces, only to have ulterior motives.  Despite the presence of Paul Michael Glazer, Rachel Ward and Olympia Dukakis, the teleplay is a mess and the actors can only walk through the boredom.


In The Lake Of The Woods is based on a Tim O’Brien book about a political couple (Peter Strauss and Kathleen Quinland) who go to a cottage away from it all and have trouble when the wife disappears (maybe these should be called the vanishing woman mysteries) but the real troubling disappearance is that of a plot.  Peter Boyle also stars.


Remember Me is from the better-known Mary Higgins Clark, in which yet another couple goes to a remote house (I kid you not) and trouble follows them.  Kelly McGillis and Cotter Smith are the couple, but the cast also includes Michael T. Weiss, Stephen McHattie and Shanna Reed.  Considering its title, it is also forgettable, but the best of the three by default.


The 1.33 X 1 image on all three films are softer than expected, not very well shot and have very forgettable compositions, none of which help in the lack of suspense department either.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is weak in all cases, but fares better than the picture in any of them.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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