Blue Murder – Set Two (Canadian TV/British TV/Acorn Media)
C+ Sound: B- Extras: C Episodes: B-
it is a hit for four seasons and counting, less people who know international
TV are less likely (if not totally) to be confused with Michael
Jenkins’ Australian TV mini-series from 1995, this Blue Murder is a
U.K./Canada co-production about a mother who becomes a detective as played by Caroline
Quentin. At this point, with her
character Janice Lewis has become more embroiled with her police work and that
is to the benefit of the show.
Once again, the show never becomes too melodramatic, is a smart show, has some
comedy and actually becomes an improved show as the lead character is more
developed. Quentin also is getting a
better feel for the role apparently, which helps, but the show set its confines
the previous season and though it is easier to see why it is a hit, I was still
not overwhelmingly impressed. However, well
see how much this improves by the next set.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is shot in HD and the tradedown holds
its color, but detail is lost more than it should be. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix has Pro
Logic surrounds and they are decent. The
mere text filmographies on the cast on the first set have been trumped by
having on-camera interviews with Quentin and co-star Ian Kelsey. Start with the first set if you are
interested, but only expect so much.
- Nicholas Sheffo