'Above Suspicion, Set 1'
(Ciaran Hinds, Kelly Reilly, et al / 2-Disc / Not Rated / (2008) 2012 / Acorn Media)
Overview: On her first day on the job, rookie detective Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly, Sherlock Holmes) wears the wrong shoes, throws up at a crime scene, and faints at a postmortem. Does she have what it takes to succeed in what is still mostly a man's world?
DVD Verdict: Chock full of crime scenes, morgue reveals, and victim studies that come complete with CSI-style visuals, based on the bestselling novels by Lynda La Plante ('Prime Suspect'), 'Above Suspicion, Set 1' actually features the first and second "seasons" of the hit British TV show from 2007/08. In the two-parter pilot, a serial killer who has been on the go for 8 years might well have struck again. Some things don't add up with this body though, but there's another to link them. Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly) is new to the force and tries to blend in, but in all truth, throughout the entire series she is a weak, pathetic, mumbling waste of a character!
Anyway, after throwing up at a crime scene, and fainting at a postmortem, and basically not speaking to anyone in any scene for a full half and hour, Travis uses her sly looks to convey what's on her mind - obviously not a lot most of the time, sadly! Moving on, she gets to fly to Spain, drive to Manchester, and all this whilst her boss, the brilliant Ciaran Hinds ensuring she is kept in line. A major movie star is put in the frame for the murders, and as we go into the second part, it's all about probing him and seeing if he cracks. The actor who played this movie star (Jason Durr) is incredible, a real dual performance ala Psycho! And it all comes with a sticky ending, to say the least!
In the second feature, 'The Red Dahlia,' a young girl, Louise Pennell is found halved and mutilated in a field - just like the 1947 true life case of The Black Dahlia from L.A. Travis is now 3 cases on from her last encounter with Langton's team. This time she is more tanned, has a darker shade of red hair, and is on her way to Margate to investigate! But, the killer is sending the Daily Telegraph letters to taunt them, and Travis is quickly in bed with (literally) with the main man at the paper receiving them. Against the request of Langton.
With a new man in the team, to give the series a lighter tone, the case twists and turns a little, before a tip leads them to an old retired Colonel - played in fine style, as usual, by Simon Williams. Come the end of the second episode, and a real fun game of cat and mouse is under way - which ends with a truly didn't-expect-that finale! These are all Full Screen Presentations (1:66.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Lynda La Plante Biography
Making The Show
Meet The Creator
Behind The Scenes - Parts 1 and 2
The Red Dalhia:
How The Dummy Was Made
Adapting The Novel For TV
Meet The Cast And Crew - 5 Featurettes