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Cracker – The Complete Collection (Acorn Media DVD)


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



After a brief reprise, the original version of Cracker with Robbie Coltrane folded and then the original episodes fell out of print.  No, Acorn Media has picked up the rest of the series after issuing the A New Terror telefilm, which we recently reviewed.  To recap, Cracker even returned as a U.S. series with a new star (see elsewhere on this site) with Coltrane originating the fictional radio and real-life psychologist Dr. Edward “Fitz” Fitzgerald, who helps the police on murder cases.  Here is the link to our previous Coltrane coverage:





The show is more extensive than I realized, filling 10 DVDs for all 11 shows including the new one.  They include:


The Mad Woman In The Attic

To Say I Love You

One Day A Lemming Will Fly

To Be A Somebody

The Big Crunch

Men Should Weep

Brotherly Love

Best Boys

True Romance

White Ghost

A New Terror



The series is good, but not great, saved by Coltrane when the mystery angle is not as intriguing.  The earlier shows are 1.33 x 1, while the recent show is shot in what looks like motion blur filled HD and anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image with Cracker having some serious detail issues, barely consistent color and soft definition.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo throughout has no real surrounds, but sound good like recent recordings are expected to be.  The only extra is a nearly hour-long behind the scenes featurettes running about an hour fans will like that is on the last show.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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