History Cold Case-Series 1 (2010)

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Released 6-Feb-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 232:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Neil Ferguson
Harvey Lilley
Laurence Fox

Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Rob Lord

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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

     It was probably inevitable that the success of shows like CSI would expand the public interest in all things forensic. The potential was there for some truly horrendous reality programs but fortunately this UK made series has enough science behind the drama to be both interesting and informative at the same time.

     History Cold Case presents unique challenges for Professor Sue Black and her team of forensic investigators from Dundee University to delve into Britain's past, sometimes its unsavoury past, to solve the mystery of a deceased person. The "history" part of the title to the show reflects the fact that these investigations relate to people who died as early as the 12th century and only as late as the 19th century. The investigative team consists of the collection of scientists that only television could assemble including historians, pathologists, facial reconstruction artists and researchers, including forensic anthropologist Xanthe Mallett.

     What keeps this program from being morbid is the fascinating historical nature of some of the investigative challenges. Take, for example, the Ipswich Man in episode one who was quite evidently a person of African extraction. What was he doing buried in a church cemetery hundreds of years ago before Africans were thought to be part of British society? The story is interesting in its own right and is it is to be hoped that the second series, comprising four more investigations, also comes quickly to DVD.

     The episodes are:

  1. Ipswich Man - a seemingly African skeleton unearthed in mediaeval Ipswich. Who was he?
  2. Mummified Child - a tiny mummified body found in a cellar stop - what happened to this child?
  3. Stirling Man - the skeleton of a gladiator, a 12th century grave? Is he hero or villain?
  4. Crossbones Girl -can the team recover the identity of this Victorian Jane Doe

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Transfer Quality


     History Cold Case is presented on DVD in a 1.78:1 transfer consistent with the original widescreen television presentation. It is 16×9 enhanced.

     This recent television programme was shot on high-definition digital.

     It is suitably sharp throughout.

     The colours are strong and clear and technical defects such as minor aliasing are only present in scenes featuring fast motion.

     The series looks very good on DVD. The flesh tones are accurate.

    There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired.

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     The sound for History Cold Case is English Dolby Digital 2.0 running at 224 KP/S.

     This is perfectly adequate for a television show which consists largely of talking heads and narration. Everything is clear and easy to understand.

    There are no technical problems with the sound. Music for the series is interesting and varied.

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    There are no extras.

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     History Cold Case is an engaging series presenting forensic challenges from the past. It is interesting to see highly trained professionals working at their craft in investigations which perhaps would not have been possible without television funding.

    This series looks and sounds good on DVD.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Trevor Darge (read my bio)
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDCambridge 650BD (All Regions), using HDMI output
DisplaySony VPL-VW80 Projector on 110" Screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer SC-LX 81 7.1
SpeakersAaron ATS-5 7.1

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