New Tricks-Series 10 (2012)

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Released 11-Dec-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Drama Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Featurette-Making Of
Filmographies-Cast
Gallery-Photo
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 590
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
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, ten seasons of this series have been made and this three disc set includes the entire tenth season consisting of 10 one hour episodes. This tenth season continues with the changes started in Season 9 without losing the quality that this show has had since it started. According to what I read Season 11 is on the way.

     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 Brian Lane in episode 4, replaced by retired DI, Dan Griffin (Nicholas Lyndhurst) who is introduced in the 5th episode. He is a quite different character and adds a new flavour to the squad. Late in the series Sandra Pullman makes a big decision about her future which brings DCI Sasha Miller (Tamzin Outhwaite) to the team.

     Besides the change in the team, this season features the first double episode of the entire series and is also the first episode set outside the UK, in Gibraltar. That double episode is excellent and kicks off this series in style. The fourth episode where Brian moves on is also excellent, involving Esther in the case and the rest of the series is of the usual high quality.

     The main returning characters are:

     This is an excellent English cop show which has been improved and reinvigorated over the last couple of seasons by the addition of new cast members 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 it was effected by some of the artefacts mentioned below. Shadow detail was good without being spectacular.

     The colour was very good although there was some chroma noise at times.

     From an artefacts perspective there was some MPEG grain at times 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.

     These DVDs contain 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.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Overall

Extras

     Small selection of extras.

Menu

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

Behind the Scenes (13:36)

     This featurette focuses on the two actors leaving the show after 10 years, Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong with some behind the scenes footage. Worth watching.

New Tricks in Gibraltar (9:57)

     A featurette on the double episode which starts the series which was the first outside the UK and the first double episode. Worth watching.

Cast Filmographies

     Selected filmographies for the main cast in text screens.

Photo Gallery (1:20)

     Stills from the series.

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 which continues to change (in a good way).

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    A few minor extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, December 11, 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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