Death in Paradise-Series 4 (2014)

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Released 18-Mar-2015

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Mystery Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2014
Running Time ?
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (3)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Kris Marshall
Don Warrington
Sara Martins
Danny John-Jules
Gary Carr
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI $39.95 Music None Given


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

     Detective series come and go pretty quickly on the BBC, however Death in Paradise has now made it into this fourth series and survived a change in lead actor (and now most of the rest of the cast). It is a high quality entrant to the genre which brings dramatic cases combined with lots of comedic touches, a fish out of water theme and exotic locations.

     This fourth eight episode series kicks off with DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) now being an established member of the local Sainte-Marie (a fictitious island in the Caribbean) police team, led by the commissioner (Don Warrington) and supported by fellow detective Camille Bordey (Sara Martins) and two uniformed officers, Dwayne (Danny John-Jules of Red Dwarf fame) and Florence Cassell (Josephine Joubert). Humphrey is a brilliant detective but also a bit of a buffoon, scatterbrained and disorganised. He tries much harder than his predecessor Poole did to fit into the local culture and is getting used to life on the island. Each episode brings a new murder mystery, sometimes locals, sometimes visitors or travelling criminals. This series there are episodes featuring team building courses, inter-island volleyball and an English band who have arrived to record their comeback album.

     This is an enjoyable and entertaining light mystery series with some great dialogue and nice comedic touches. Kris Marshall is a fun replacement for Ben Miller bringing a different style and a new dynamic to the series. The supporting cast are great too adding to the style and substance of the show. The show was filmed in Guadeloupe and the scenery is beautiful. The episodes feel a little more formulaic in this season with a setup, whiteboard discussions, reveals and the final group session at the end. The eight episodes are about one hour each and are spread over 3 discs.

     By the end of the fourth season the cast who started in Season 1 have virtually all been replaced.

     Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is good.

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

     The picture is mostly clear and sharp although there is some noticeable motion blur at times. Shadow detail is very good.

     The colour is very good showing off the tropical location to full effect.

     There is some mild motion blur and quite a bit of digital noise and aliasing, more than previous seasons.

     There are subtitles in English which are clear and easy to read.

     The layer changes cause an obvious pause.




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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

    The discs contain an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0.

    Dialogue was generally easy to understand and clear throughout.

    The theme music is suitably Caribbean in style adding to the atmosphere.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

    No extras this time.

Menu

    The menu featured music and a still from the show.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This film is available on Region 2 DVD in the same format.

Summary

    The fourth season of a fun detective series set in the Caribbean.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras are lost on Sainte-Marie.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
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