Mr & Mrs Murder-Series One (2013)

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Released 19-Jun-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Mystery None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 564
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (4)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Sian Davies
Shirley Barrett
Abe Forsythe
Daniel Nettheim
Studio
Distributor
Fremantle Media
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Shaun Micallef
Kat Stewart
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Dan Luscombe


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.70:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.70:1 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

     Shaun Micallef is becoming quite ubiquitous on Australian TV, spreading his particular form of humour and entertainment across two networks, Ten and the ABC. Unlike some other ubiquitous television personalities, Micallef is always worth watching, whether it be hosting a game show, doing satirical comedy or writing and starring in a murder mystery series as is the case with this show. Micallef created this murder mystery series, Mr & Mrs Murder, with Jason Stephens who also produces. It is shown locally on the Ten Network.

     The concept here is that Charlie Buchanan (Micallef) and his wife Nicola (Kat Stewart) run a business cleaning murder crime scenes after the pathologists have done their work. Of course, they cannot just restrict themselves to the cleaning and always find clues which allow them to help the police, led by Detective Peter Vinetti (Jonny Pasvolsky) or mostly just to solve the case themselves. The stories are mostly set in suburban Melbourne involving locations like golf clubs, modelling agencies, bodybuilding gyms, restaurants, musical theatres or the races. In each of the 13 episodes they are called in the clean a scene and end up solving or helping to solve the crime. Charlie has a deeply analytical mind and Nicola is like a terrier, never letting go of a clue or lead.

     The emphasis in this show is on entertainment rather than gritty reality. There is lots of humour especially in the relationship between the married couple which is a strength of the show. The mysteries are fairly serious but never gritty or overly violent. The relationship between Kat Stewart & Micallef is great and there are running jokes between the two and the police detective. The show has a good mixture of comedy and mystery and fans of lighter English mystery series such as New Tricks will probably enjoy this show. On the down side, some of the stories are not overly compelling and the tone sometimes veers from amusing to silly or too knowing which tends to spoil the effect at times.

     The DVD set includes all 13 episodes (each of about 43 minutes) across four DVDs.

     A good show but not a great one. Perfect for when you feel like something light and entertaining.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is very good.

     The series is presented in a 1.70:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout. Shadow detail was good.

     The colour is very good although the reds seem a little over the top.

     Other than those mentioned above the only artefacts were some motion blur during fast motion and a little aliasing.

     There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read.

     There is no obvious layer changes during the episodes.

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Audio

     The audio quality is good.

     The discs contain an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. The sound is obviously quite front focused.

     Dialogue was generally easy to understand and clear.

     The music sounds great and fits the show well, including the nice jazzy theme tune and other appropriate incidental music.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

    No Extras

Menu

    The menu featured music but was pretty basic otherwise.

R4 vs R1

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    This show is only available locally at this stage.

Summary

    A fun and light murder mystery series starring Shaun Micallef.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, August 01, 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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