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Strictly Confidential – The Complete Series (Koch Vision DVD)


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



For a long time, U.K. and U.S. TV series have badly handled two things: sex and mystery stories.  The sex becomes a joke like a bad Vegas act or Hip Hop video, while Mystery tales have become so pretentiously procedural than the fun of figuring them out has been more like a science lab than solving a murder the old fashioned way with some serious challenge involved.  Kay Mellor’s Strictly Confidential – The Complete Series (2006) is a pleasant surprise from England in how it combines the two.


The first episode begins with the sex life of those involved with it as a business, as well as surrounding personal lives.  Somewhat groundbreaking (especially for TV on either side of the Atlantic) material follows, it is surprisingly intelligent in its approach and seems to have a story to tell.  There is the young lady who starts having trouble separating her work from her personal needs and that epitomizes the thought that goes into this show.


Then, out of nowhere, one of the “rent gals” turns up murdered and shock sets in all around.  I was impressed in how this was paced and how this sets us up for the rest of the show.  Angie (Eva Pope) needs the advice of an ex-cop named Linda (Suzanne Jones) who has become a sex therapist when the dead body turns up.  Former lovers on good terms, they start to look into what happened, then things get worse and this series more intense.  If you like Mysteries and can handle a bold sexual edge, this series is for you and recommended.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 is well shot throughout, though there is some motion blur and some other limited I bet would disappear in an HD format.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is nicely recorded, including good dialogue and interesting use of music.  The sound has some character, which makes this all the better.  The only extra is a behind the scenes featurette, but it is a long one and has some good interviews.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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