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Broadchurch [DVD] [2013]
Broadchurch [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Olivia Colman
Price: £6.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful material for character actors but far too long., 29 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Broadchurch [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
The murder mystery in a small town held my attention for the first few episodes and the acting was good. Tennant as an abrasive cop with a need to prove himself injected conflict and urgency in a challenging police-procedural drama. I found this character's added burden of a heart condition (work-related we later learn) that induced inconvenient seizures a bit tiresome as a plot device. And, although my attention span is ok some of the secondary plot lines were rather more distracting than entertaining. Maybe I just don't like being reminded of the less attractive strictures of village life! The direction (or was it the script) was rather laboured when it came to revealing more clues and/or more suspects. The up close and personal shots of large strong male hands of three of the principal suspects is an example although clearly linked to the plot. Broadchurch Series 1 just went on too long. The emotional costs for the protagonists and the odious role of a hungry ruthless press were portrayed strongly. A movie-length 120 minutes would have been sufficient.

Merlin Complete BBC Series 5 [Blu-ray]
Merlin Complete BBC Series 5 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Colin Morgan
Offered by Squirrelsounds
Price: £22.99

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful packaging but a pity about the lazy writing in Series 5, 7 Feb. 2013
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Perhaps only real fans such as myself will notice the weakness of the writing of many of the episodes of Series 5. Repetition and unevenness was probably inevitable. And, unsurprisingly the most energetic episodes involved the wicked Morgana ever a match for the so-called 'most powerful sorcerer who ever lived'. My gripe is about the loss of momentum in the development and maturation of the Merlin character (superbly played I might add by Colin Morgan) which did seem to be under way in the fourth series. Not so in series 5. The writers let Merlin's relationship with Arthur wallow in its original rut; it felt very lame after one or two episodes and downright irritating after several more. This character was supposed to be epoch-making, powerful and central to the mythic story arc of Camelot. Instead the long-suffering actor in the role had to cringe or more than once blubber to (yawn)continue to hide his true capacity from Arthur, the archetypal action man. The viewer was several times tantalised by Merlin about to but not reveal his secret identity to Arthur and his profound influence over events. Any wonder the BBC did not want a sixth season. Sometimes I think the trend of recent decades towards squeezing every last drop out of what began as a great creative idea is in the end - deadening. HBO have a better approach because they endeavour to produce a complete package, for example, in The Pacific or Rome. HBO uses the device of episodes even series but the writers are held tightly to the vision and its development.
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Father and Son [DVD] [2009]
Father and Son [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Dougray Scott
Offered by Griffston-Online
Price: £6.35

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of British drama, 12 July 2012
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This review is from: Father and Son [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
This is a heart-rending British crime and family drama. Its intensity reminds me of the outstanding Cannes winner, The Prophet (France). Father & Son has a wonderful cast, all are excellent especially Dougray Scott as the ex-con father and Reece Noi his son. It is hard to believe that the characters are actually actors: they are so accomplished and believable. Buy it now if you want the very best of British drama! Frank Deasy, Emmy award winner, wrote the brilliant script.

Criminal Justice [DVD]
Criminal Justice [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Whishaw
Price: £7.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much blubbering but an important subject, 12 July 2012
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This review is from: Criminal Justice [DVD] (DVD)
Procedural shortcomings and other detrimental aspects for the accused in the culture of the UK's criminal justice system are very important to explore. This culture is cogently exemplified in this series. For comparison I recently watched episodes of Silk (UK), Father and Son (UK), Luther (UK), the outstanding Cannes winner The Prophet (France) and the first series of the brilliant Garrow's Law (UK). Criminal Justice is distinguished by Peter Postlewaite's great performance. Unfortunately I found the endless blubbering of the principal actor (Ben Whishaw) irritating after episode two. I confess I should not have watched several episodes at the one sitting and that may have compromised my enjoyment so to speak. Ben Whishaw is actually a favourite actor of mine and I bought the series because of my admiration for his work. He is utterly convincing as Ben Coulter but I guess I like the hero to have a bit more stiff upper lip. A matter of taste. The director might have intervened to moderate such emoting, however well done.
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