Agatha Christie-Marple-Ordeal by Innocence (2007)

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Released 4-Sep-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Mystery Main Menu Audio-VERY LOUD!
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2007
Running Time 93:23
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Nicholas Winding Refn
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Geraldine McEwan
Juliet Stevenson
Alison Steadman
Richard Armitage
Burn Gorman
Lisa Stansfield
Jane Seymour
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $19.95 Music Dominik Scherrer


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
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 Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Agatha Christie created two of the most enduring characters in crime fiction, Hercule Poirot & 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 have been 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 (played here by the wonderful Geraldine McEwan) stories 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 the second of two movies which were made for UK TV in 2007 and were shown here in 2008. In Ordeal By Innocence Miss Marple is invited to the wedding of an orphan who worked for her some years before. The lady, Gwenda Vaughan (Juliet Stevenson) is marrying her former employer, widower & author, Mr Leo Argyle. Mr Argyle has a large family of adopted children who he adopted with his former wife. Two years previously, the wife Rachel (Jane Seymour) was murdered and one of her adopted sons, Jacko (Burn Gorman from Torchwood) was executed for the murder. Other members of the family include oldest adopted daughter Mary, her husband Phillip Durrant (Richard Armitage from Robin Hood), Bobby - Jacko's real brother, Micky - a younger adopted son, Hester & Tina - adopted daughter and housekeeper, Kirsten (Alison Steadman who some my recognise from Worst Week of my Life). Obviously all of these are suspects in the original murder and the murder of one of these characters that happens during the story. An interesting member of the cast is former pop singer Lisa Stansfield.

    As usual with this series the production values are high with excellent costumes, a fine ensemble cast and a fine score. This is a particularly fine example of the series with a great tone, quality acting and lots of intrigue. Fans of the series will definitely enjoy this one, however, I believe fans of the original Agatha Christie story may find it too different. I have not read the book and enjoyed this episode greatly.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    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 some mild macro-blocking in backgrounds. There was no evidence of low level noise.The shadow detail was good.

    The colour was very good with no major issues to report.There was some light colour bleeding.

    There was some edge enhancement here and there along with some occasional light grain.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired which are clear and easy to read.
    

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Audio

    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 and atmosphere such as storm effects 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.

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Extras

    None.

Menu

    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.

 

R4 vs R1

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

    There is a Region 1 release of this particular episode but only as part of a four disc set. If you only want this story, go for the local product, otherwise consider the Region 1 set.

Summary

    Another fine instalment in the series of Miss Marple mysteries featuring Geraldine McEwan.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The disc has no extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, February 16, 2009
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DisplayLG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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