'Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise'
(Tom Selleck, Luke Perry, William Devane, Leslie Hope, et al / DVD / NR / 2016 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: Jesse investigates the grim works of a serial killer in Boston and becomes concerned with a wayward teen in Paradise.
DVD Verdict: In this brand new made-for-TV series 'Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise,' Paradise police chief Jesse Stone takes some well-deserved vacation time and chooses to spend it in Boston, where the Assistant State Homicide Commander, Lieutenant Sydney Greenstreet, aware of his previous experience as an LA Homicide detective, has sought his expertise in evaluating a packet of cold case murders. His cop-ly intuition leads him to a case that has already been closed, but when something about it catches his eye, it sets him off on an investigation filled with surprises, unlikely suspects and grave danger.
This is actually the first Jesse Stone telefilm to premiere on Hallmark Channel. CBS chose not to make any more films after the eighth film Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt (2012) for demographic reasons, despite relatively high ratings and a loyal fanbase. Tom Selleck waited three years for the right offer to be made, and wanted to maintain the production quality set in the first eight films. Hallmark Channel often repeated the first eight films, which made them the natural choice to continue the series.
Funnily enough, here in the opening scene of 'Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise', Stone is asked where he has been for the past two years. He says, "Fighting crime", which is a recurring line in the film series. Tom Selleck also stars in Blue Bloods (2010) as a police commissioner, as I'm sure you know, but here as Jesse Stone he inhabits the character quite like nothing he's done before.
And yeah, sure, 'Lost in Paradise' follows in the same tradition as all of the earlier movies and whilst it involved a fairly easily solved mystery, it still has you watching along. As Jesse himself states towards the end of the movie, “Some cases are hard, some are easy. This one was easy”. I couldn't have put it better myself, Stone, but it was still great seeing you again, my dear old friend. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.