Agatha Christie-Marple-At Bertram's Hotel (2007)
|Category||Mystery||Main Menu Audio|
|Year Of Production||2007|
|Running Time||93:24 (Case: 95)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Dan Zeff|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Agatha Christie created two of the most enduring characters in crime fiction, Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. Both of these characters have recently been brought to life again in a series of Granada Television telemovies over the last few years. Both series were shown on ABC television here in Australia and both have been released as a series of DVDs by Roadshow. Unlike Hercule Poirot where the stories are mostly set in the 1930s, these are set in the late 1940s after World War II.
As you would expect from Agatha Christie, all of these new Miss Marple stories (played here by the wonderful Geraldine McEwan) are full of murder, twists, lies, red herrings and deceptions. It is impossible to describe the plot in detail without giving away the story and spoiling the twists.
This is one of two movies shown on the ABC in 2008, however they were made in 2007 for the BBC. In At Bertram's Hotel Miss Marple returns to a hotel she stayed at when she was very young. She finds it strange that the hotel does not seem to have changed at all. She is there to assist a friend of hers, Lady Selina Hazy (Francesca Annis) who has asked for her support during the reading of a will. The will is of missing aviator Sir Richard Blake, who has been declared dead after being missing for more than seven years. There are many people interested in the will including Blake's ex-wife and their daughter. Also staying at the hotel at the time are a jazz singer, a milliner, a racing driver, a church canon, identical twins and some possible ex-Nazis. When one of the maids is found dead on the roof, Miss Marple investigates against the wishes of the assigned detective.
Stylistically, this telemovie includes some nice touches, somewhat reminiscent of a 1950s melodrama. This is a particularly fine example of the series with lots of twists, some romance, many suspects and lots of clues. Fans will definitely enjoy this one.
The video quality is very good but not spectacular.
The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced, which is most likely the original aspect ratio.
The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout without being overly crisp. There was no evidence of low level noise. The shadow detail was good.
The colour was very good with no issues to report.
There were no noticeable artefacts.
There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired which are clear and easy to read.
The audio quality is very good.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 256 Kb/s.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.
The score of this film, by Dominik Scherrer, is very good indeed- surprisingly so for a television production. It adds significantly to the mood of the show. The music sounds very rich and full.
The surround speakers were used quite extensively for music when played using Dolby ProLogic II.
The subwoofer was used to add bass to the music but this was more a function of my amp's bass management than anything else.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu was very simple only allowing for scene selection and turning on and off of subtitles. Very loud music plays over a still from the show.
There is no Region 1 release of this particular episode at this stage. Go for the local product.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is very good.
The disc has no extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output|
|Display||Sony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|