Hunted (2012)

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Released 6-Feb-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Main Menu Audio & Animation
Deleted Scenes
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 440:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (4)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By S.J. Clarkson
Daniel Percival
Alrick Riley
James Strong
Studio
Distributor

Entertainment One
Starring Melissa George
Patrick Malahide
Stephen Dillane
Case ?
RPI $49.95 Music Ruth Barrett


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Dolby Digital 2.0
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

    Melissa George's reactions to questions on television recently, closely followed by the announcement of this show's cancellation by the BBC have brought Hunted more notice than it probably had before those events. It certainly seems a harsh choice to cancel this show as it it really quite good and different to other recent shows. There has actually been subsequent news that the Cinemax network, which co-produced this first season with the BBC is considering taking the whole show over themselves rather than let it finish. I would certainly be keen to see another season of this show.

    The concept here is quite a different setting to other shows being the first show I have seen set in a private intelligence agency which works for commercial clients, essentially industrial espionage. The agency is called Byzantium and in this series they have been hired by a client to ensure that they win a bid to take over and run a major dam project in Pakistan. The team at the coal face do not know who the client is and receive instructions to gather information on and/or nobble opposing bids and bidders. The team is managed by Rupert Keel (Stephen Dillane) who is the only one who has contact with the client and does not get personally involved in day to day operations. He is a shadowy, ruthless and amoral individual, a description which also applies to most of his team. The day to day operations are managed by team leader, Deacon Crane (Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje). His established team members include Sam Hunter (Melissa George), Aidan Marsh (Adam Rayner), Zoe Morgan (Morven Christie) & Hasan Moussa (Uriel Emil Pollack). They are joined early in the season by new team member and ex-special forces soldier, Ian Fowkes (Lex Shrapnel, actually his real name). This team carries out the operations to achieve the aims of their client including murder, kidnapping, torture, illegal surveillance, bombings and much more.

    The season starts with an operation going somewhat wrong and Sam Hunter being targeted for assassination and badly injured, seemingly set up by one of her team. She disappears to recover and is presumed dead by Keel and the team. One year later, she turns up and asks for her old job back, which they give her despite not really believing they can trust her because of the way she disappeared. She, of course, has her own agenda wanting to know who set her up and who wants her dead.

    In order to advance their client's aims the team start to infiltrate the organisation of London based gangster, Jack Turner (Patrick Malahide). One method they use is to stage a kidnapping of Turner's grandson, Eddie (Oscar Kennedy) and then have him "rescued" by a passing young American woman (who is actually Sam Hunter). This allows them to get Sam inside the house where Turner lives with his widowed son, Stephen (Stephen Campbell Moore), Eddie & his live-in enforcer, Bingham (Tom Beard). The team must try to work out if anyone is betraying them, stop rivals bidders winning the tender, hold the nosy MI6 operative, Natalie Thorpe (Indira Varma) at bay and try to stay alive. This story plays out over 8 hour long episodes with many twists, turns and double crosses.

    Hunted is a good quality action/thriller series which after a slightly slow first episode draws you in and makes for compelling viewing. Interestingly, there are no obvious good guys and bad guys everyone is pretty amoral, although Ian Fowkes tries early on to keep his morals in-tact. The show does over complicate itself towards the end with a few too many sub-plots, however, generally speaking it is quite well written, certainly from a story perspective. The dialogue can be a bit ordinary at times. The acting is quite good, especially Malahide and Melissa George is quite believable in this action hero role. This is quite a violent series and features quite a few sex scenes so it is not for everyone.

    Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is good without being up to the best of DVD.

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

    The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout.The shadow detail was very good.

    The colour was good although the dull colour scheme of the show does not allow for great colour vibrancy.

    There was some motion blur and sometimes blocking during fast motion but these were generally minor.

    There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read, however, suffered from significant amounts of spelling and translation problems.

    The layer changes are probably between episodes. 

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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

    This set contains English soundtracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0. The surround option is worth having without being at the quality of a feature production

    Dialogue was somewhat hard to make out at times and the subtitles were useful throughout to ensure picking up the dialogue.

    The music was well suited to the program and did not stand out in a bad way.

    The surround speakers were used for some nice atmosphere and mild directional effects.

    The subwoofer was sued to support music and gunshots.

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Extras

    One minor extra.

Menu

    The menu included music and motion.

Deleted Scenes (11:40)

    A decent quantity of deleted scenes however none of them added significantly to the story.

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 UK in the same format and is available for pre-order in Region 1.There is a Blu-ray edition available both locally and in the UK.

Summary

    An exciting action/thriller series from the UK set in the amoral world of industrial espionage.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    One minor extra, the others are being tortured in a basement somewhere.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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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