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Raven Black, Pt. 1

Review Multi-award-winner Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) plays the maverick but brilliant Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in this mystery series based on Ann Cleeves’s bestselling crime fiction. From the streets of Newcastle to remote rural Northumberland, Stanhope tackles cases as diverse and wild as their settings: a deadly blaze at a vacation park on the windswept North Sea coast, the 30-year-old disappearance of a schoolgirl from a mining town, a corpse decomposing in a farm’s slurry tank, and the suspicious death of a family man in a multistory parking lot. As rumpled and caustic as ever, DCI Stanhope contends with a new assistant in Set 5. Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty, Stella, Snowpiercer) is still recovering from an on-the-job trauma, but Vera shows little patience for his psychological scars. If their partnership is to work, Healy will quickly have to get accustomed to the sometimes unconventional methods his boss employs—to unearth the truth, crack a case, and catch a killer.
Grantchester

Review New Zealand released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Directed by Stewart Svaasand, and starring Jamie Sives, Iain Robertson and Dougray Scott. Stuck in the dead-end Highland village of Tullybridge, Fitz (Sives) is desperate to ?nd his father a retirement home and escape with his girlfriend from a place, where each Christmas, 'every bastard who's ever left comes back for their annual gloat.' His friends Nellie (Iain Robertson) and Seany (Kevin McKidd) just want to make some money, but Fitz needs a 1000 bribe to move his father up the home's waiting list. A jobless slacker, Fitz's going nowhere fast until he discovers gold clenched in the ?st of dead local. He conspires to sell the gold to local wheeler dealer Frankie the Fence (Dougray Scott). But a succession of misadventures sees them entangled with local godfather Big John (Cosmo). One Last Chance should resonate with anyone who's ever lived in a one-horse town, an amiable comedy that succeeds thanks to its well-written & performed characters ...One Last Chance
Line of Duty, Series 4

Review As played by two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope is “nothing less than a TV institution” (Mail on Sunday, UK). In this collection of Sets 1-5, the caustic but brilliant detective solves horrendous crimes in the remote corners of rural Northumberland.

Aided by right-hand man DS Joe Ashworth (David Leon, RocknRolla) and later by troubled DS Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty, Stella), Vera contends with the untamed evil that lurks below the surface and exposes the demons that plague even those who dedicate their lives to good.

Based on the bestselling novels of Ann Cleeves, this atmospheric drama delivers compelling characters, superb performances, and suspenseful mysteries. Guest stars include Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), Julie Graham (The Bletchley Circle), Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), John Lynch (The Fall), Gina McKee (Notting Hill), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), and Judy Parfitt (Call the Midwife).
Dalziel & Pascoe, Season 1

Review Eight puzzling murder cases keep good-natured Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall, Primeval) busy - and keep you guessing - in the breathtakingly beautiful Shetland Islands. Among the mysteries Perez is confronted with are a local recluse who looks like the obvious suspect in the murder of a teenage girl until another corpse and a secret hiding place reveal new clues; a journalist s fatal car accident seems suspicious after Perez discovers the driver was researching plans for a controversial new gas pipeline; and a scientist s mysterious death. As Perez and the viewer quickly come to realize, not all is what it seems in this close-knit island community. Based on the best-selling Shetland novels by author Ann Cleeves (Vera).
DCI Banks, Season 5

Review NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English audio. A group of slackers think they have found gold in the Highlands.
Vera Set 3

Review Multi-award-winner Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) plays the maverick but brilliant Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in this mystery series based on Ann Cleeves’s bestselling crime fiction. From the streets of Newcastle to remote rural Northumberland, Stanhope tackles cases as diverse and wild as their settings: a deadly blaze at a vacation park on the windswept North Sea coast, the 30-year-old disappearance of a schoolgirl from a mining town, a corpse decomposing in a farm’s slurry tank, and the suspicious death of a family man in a multistory parking lot. As rumpled and caustic as ever, DCI Stanhope contends with a new assistant in Set 5. Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty, Stella, Snowpiercer) is still recovering from an on-the-job trauma, but Vera shows little patience for his psychological scars. If their partnership is to work, Healy will quickly have to get accustomed to the sometimes unconventional methods his boss employs—to unearth the truth, crack a case, and catch a killer.
Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery

Review New Zealand released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Directed by Stewart Svaasand, and starring Jamie Sives, Iain Robertson and Dougray Scott. Stuck in the dead-end Highland village of Tullybridge, Fitz (Sives) is desperate to ?nd his father a retirement home and escape with his girlfriend from a place, where each Christmas, 'every bastard who's ever left comes back for their annual gloat.' His friends Nellie (Iain Robertson) and Seany (Kevin McKidd) just want to make some money, but Fitz needs a 1000 bribe to move his father up the home's waiting list. A jobless slacker, Fitz's going nowhere fast until he discovers gold clenched in the ?st of dead local. He conspires to sell the gold to local wheeler dealer Frankie the Fence (Dougray Scott). But a succession of misadventures sees them entangled with local godfather Big John (Cosmo). One Last Chance should resonate with anyone who's ever lived in a one-horse town, an amiable comedy that succeeds thanks to its well-written & performed characters ...One Last Chance
Masterpiece Contemporary: Collision

Review As played by two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope is “nothing less than a TV institution” (Mail on Sunday, UK). In this collection of Sets 1-5, the caustic but brilliant detective solves horrendous crimes in the remote corners of rural Northumberland.

Aided by right-hand man DS Joe Ashworth (David Leon, RocknRolla) and later by troubled DS Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty, Stella), Vera contends with the untamed evil that lurks below the surface and exposes the demons that plague even those who dedicate their lives to good.

Based on the bestselling novels of Ann Cleeves, this atmospheric drama delivers compelling characters, superb performances, and suspenseful mysteries. Guest stars include Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), Julie Graham (The Bletchley Circle), Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), John Lynch (The Fall), Gina McKee (Notting Hill), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), and Judy Parfitt (Call the Midwife).
Broadchurch Season 1

Review Eight puzzling murder cases keep good-natured Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall, Primeval) busy - and keep you guessing - in the breathtakingly beautiful Shetland Islands. Among the mysteries Perez is confronted with are a local recluse who looks like the obvious suspect in the murder of a teenage girl until another corpse and a secret hiding place reveal new clues; a journalist s fatal car accident seems suspicious after Perez discovers the driver was researching plans for a controversial new gas pipeline; and a scientist s mysterious death. As Perez and the viewer quickly come to realize, not all is what it seems in this close-knit island community. Based on the best-selling Shetland novels by author Ann Cleeves (Vera).
Thin Air: A Shetland Mystery

Review NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English audio. A group of slackers think they have found gold in the Highlands.

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