Jonathan Creek-Series 5 (2013)

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Released 18-Jun-2014

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category TV Series None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 175:48
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By David Renwick
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Alan Davies
Stuart Milligan
Sheridan Smith
Sarah Alexander
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $29.95 Music Julian Stewart Lindsay


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

     The show Jonathan Creek, starring Alan Davies has been going in and out of fashion since 1997 on the BBC, with four proper seasons of episodes and quite a few specials being made over the first 16 or so years. The first special for a few years was an Easter special in the UK last year, The Clue of the Savant's Thumb. A fifth season has now been made, consisting of three hour long episodes. This fifth season is now available on DVD through Madman Entertainment. It is all on one dual layer DVD.

     Those who know this series well will know that the four early seasons were focused on 'locked room' style mysteries which Jonathan needed to solve. This new season takes a bit of a different approach with Jonathan and his wife, Polly (Sarah Alexander) moving to her family home in the country and Jonathan getting involved in mysteries around the area, involving their friends and neighbours. There are still mysteries to be solved, however it all feels a bit more domesticated. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just different to previous seasons. The three episodes here are enjoyable television mysteries certainly better than the special I mentioned above. The episodes are:

     Certainly worth a look but this season takes Jonathan Creek in a different direction which may disappoint long-time fans.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is good but probably restricted by the amount of material on one disc.

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

     The picture was reasonably clear and sharp but not as good as many new series. The shadow detail was good.

     The colour was generally good but nothing spectacular.

     There was some motion blur but no other noticeable artefacts.

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

     The layer change is not obvious.

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Audio

     The audio quality is very good.

     This set contains an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0.

     Dialogue was mostly clear and easy to hear and understand, although the subtitles were useful at times.

     The music sounds fine without standing out.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

    No extras.

Menu

    The menu included music and stills.

R4 vs R1

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    This disc is the same in Region 2.

Summary

       Jonathan Creek comes back for a fifth season, however, this feels like a different show. Not unenjoyable but certainly different to what has come before.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are still in the locked room.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, July 07, 2014
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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