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Bonekickers (2008/Acorn Media DVD)


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



A small new wave of smart Science Fiction/Action TV is happening on British TV thanks to the revival of Doctor Who and all the networks there are trying to join in on the fun and have a hit.  Bonekickers tries to participate by combining archeology and forensic science with controversies in a decent show that is out to press some buttons to its credit.  Episodes include:


1)     Army Of God

2)     Warriors

3)     The Eternal Fire

4)     The Cradle Of Civilisation

5)     The Lines Of War

6)     Follow The Gleam



If you like earlier history from The Crusades and King Arthur, to religion and 20th Century World Wars, you’ll find the show effective and there is some graphic violence and images throughout which adds to the realism since it is in the context of the storylines and narrative.  Julie Graham (At Home With The Braithwaites, reviewed elsewhere on this site) plays the leader of the team that includes Adrian Lester (Primary Colors, Hu$tle), Hugh Bonneville (Iris), Michael Maloney (Forsyte Saga) and Who alumni Gugu Mbatha-Raw.  They have chemistry and will make you wonder why this was not a bigger hit show.  Maybe the DVD will change that, but those curious will not be disappointed.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 x 1 image is a little soft throughout, partly from the style of the show, in other ways because of this transfer, but does not look bad from episode to episode otherwise in what is an HD shoot.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has some vague surround information and is nicely recorded from show to show.  Extras include behind the scenes pieces for each show.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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