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6 Degrees Entertainment

'The Missing - Series 1'
(James Nesbitt, Tchéky Karyo, Frances O’Connor, et al / 2-Disc Blu ray / 472 Minutes / NR / 2015 / STARZ-Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Overview: When five year-old Oliver Hughes disappears while on holiday in France, it sets off a nearly decade-long search for his whereabouts. 'The Missing,' a STARZ Limited Series, is a dramatic thriller that takes you inside the mind of a father, Tony (played by James Nesbitt of The Hobbit trilogy), desperate to locate his lost son.

Blu ray Verdict: I have to fully admit that I loved this show back when I first began watching it whilst back home in the UK last year/early this year. A lot has been said about the fact it was drawn out, but that alone is how the British do their mysteries, after all. For, what the American crime show can say and show in one hour, the Brits will do the very same, but in four hours!

Also, a lot has been said about the ending - which, no, I won't give away here, but suffice to say that yes, the end is a "shock" one, a "twist" one, and yes, it is a "are you serious" one also! So, yes, the ending has people on both sides of the fence, but isn't that what a good thriller/mystery should do to is audience?

OK, down to basics here: 'The Missing - Series 1' [as yes, a second series has been green lit in the UK, starring completely different characters and actors though!] is a very slow, drawn out drama. Again, I emphasize that, because so many people give the thought-provoking long drama negative comments whilst we were watching this with friends. Just not enough fast paced explosions for some people, so it turned out! But, as I've tried to explain, the BBC make gritty, real life dramas for the intelligent person who do not need fuel filled, jaw dropping moments to keep them interested.

'The Missing - Series 1' is set in France in 2006 and 2014, where Tony and Emily Hughes (James Nesbitt and Frances O'Connor) are on holiday when their five-year-old son Oliver (Oliver Hunt) is mysteriously abducted on the night of the World Cup Final (between France and Brazil, if you are interested). No one appears to know where he is; and the incident goes cold until 2014, when Tony discovers new evidence in a Facebook photograph as to where Oliver might be. He enlists the help of retired detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo), and embarks on a quest that is mostly frustrating, but sometimes enlightening.

Anyway, this program is about people, relationships, how a moment can change your life forever. How people react so differently to situations and how it affects them. The actors take you on a journey and for that alone you should be extremely grateful. Personally, I found the acting to be quite brilliant and as for the time skips, well, yeah, I got used to them. Just don't get up to "quickly" go do something and leave it running, as if you blink it might get a little confusing as to what era you are looking at! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of:

Behind the Scenes
Time Changes All