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Looks like we've had our Zen moment...,
This review is from: Zen [DVD] (DVD)
Admission time - I loved this series. I liked it as much as "Sherlock" too.
Maybe I'm the only one, but I found the dialogue rather muffled and difficult to follow in the first part and I kept asking my partner "What did he say?" - not an attractive trait. I am not even remotely deaf.
On the second time of viewing I enjoyed it more having memorised all the Italian names and turned the volume up a few notches. Personally, I had no problem with the regional accents and can't really understand the complaints about that. Perhaps people would prefer to watch "Allo, Allo".
The stories get steadily better and the intrigue gradully builds. The cinematography is stunning and the Italian Tourist Board must be delighted.
It's such a pity the BBC have decided to cut it loose. Danny Cohen must be a twit. The stated reason was "there are too many male crime fighters on TV". 12 months later, there are still lots of male crime fighters on TV, but alas no Zen.
This series has plenty of strong, interesting female characters, so I don't quite see what the problem was. The hefty budget may have had more to do with it...
Rufus Sewell et al should feel proud of this work. - The dvd set has a a nice making-of featurette which was interesting too.
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Initial post: 12 Jun 2012 15:24:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jun 2012 15:26:45 BDT
Thank you for a great review. We too were baffled by elements of the soundtrack, constantly asking each other "What did he say?"
We passed it off as our being Canadian, but it was a relief to find you agree.
In the episode "Vendetta", the final scene on the steps where the released innocent makes a comment to Zen, we still, after repeated attempts, have no idea what he said nor if his comment was an essential part of a plot.
Otherwise enjoyable to watch and savour the scenery.
(Of course we have seen it only on PBS, so have no idea if the DVD has English subtitles, which presumably would help.)
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