New Tricks-Series 9 (2012)

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Drama Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Interviews-Cast
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 590:00 (Case: 603)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (3)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Jon East
Graham Theakston
Jamie Payne
Paul Seed
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Amanda Redman
Alun Armstrong
James Bolam
Dennis Waterman
Anthony Calf
Denis Lawson
Case Amaray-Transparent-S/C-Dual
RPI $39.95 Music Nigel Hess
Martin Phipps
Rohan Stevenson


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     New Tricks was first shown on the BBC in 2003 and is also shown locally on the ABC. So far, nine seasons of this series have been made and this three disc set includes the entire ninth season consisting of 10 one hour episodes. This ninth season is somewhat of a departure from the previous seasons and it is great to see an old stager trying something new.

     The premise of the show is that a high flying Detective Superintendent on the way up stuffed up a major case by blowing a kidnap rescue situation. Accordingly she was reassigned to start up a new squad to re-investigate old cases which need to be looked into for a variety of reasons. They are to be called UCOS - The Unsolved Case Squad. She took the job before realising that the 'squad' would be made up of three old retired detectives. In this season, the makeup of the squad changes with the exit of Jack Halford in episode 1, replaced by retired Scottish DI, Steve McAndrew (Denis Lawson) who is introduced in the 4th episode.

     Besides the change in the team, this season seems grittier and more substantial in terms of writing than some previous seasons, with interesting and potentially dangerous cases sometimes involving guest star Tim McInnerney as Intelligence agent, Stephen Fisher. The humour of previous seasons is still present but takes more of a back seat to the stories and cases. Strangely, Steve McAndrew is referred to as Steve McAllister on the back of the case.

     The main returning characters are:

     This is an excellent English cop show which has been improved and reinvigorated by the addition of a new cast member and grittier stories. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is good.

     The series is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

     The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout although the picture had a harshness to it at times perhaps driven by a reasonably low bitrate and some edge enhancement. Shadow detail was good without being spectacular.

     The colour was very good with no issues to report.

     From an artefacts perspective there was some MPEG grain at times, some mild blocking and some motion blur.

     There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired which were clear and easy to read.

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Audio

     The audio quality is good.

     This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack.

     Dialogue was generally clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

     The music includes two songs sung by Dennis Waterman and incidental music by Brian and Warren Bennett. Both do their job well.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

     Couple of small featurettes.

Menu

     The menu was still but included music and the ability to select episodes and subtitles.

New Cop on the Block (6:33)

     Denis Lawson & Dennis Waterman discuss the new character joining the show, the departure of James Bolam, their characters and working together. Not bad.

The Day of the Stunt (5:08)

     Behind the Scenes for the stunt sequences in Episode 9 including interview segments with the cast.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This set is available in the same format in Region 2 and is not available in Region 1.

Summary

    An excellent English police series reinvigorated by a new cast member.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    Couple of minor extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, December 14, 2012
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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