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Above Suspicion, Set 1 (2009)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 254 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006JY3OBI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

BONUS Behind-the-scenes segments for Above Suspicion (23 min.)

The Red Dahlia (28 min.)

cast interviews (4 min.)

photo galleries

and more

SDH subtitles

Editorial Reviews

From the creator of Prime Suspect

"The best UK police drama in years" —The Times (U.K.) "Bravura acting" —The Financial Times (U.K.) "Gripping Lynda La Plante crime thriller" —Daily Record (U.K.)

"A cracking plot and a terrific lead character" —The Telegraph (U.K.)

On her first day on the job, rookie detective Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly, Sherlock Holmes) wears the wrong shoes, throws up at a crime scene, and faints at a postmortem. Does she have what it takes to succeed in what is still mostly a man's world?

Based on the bestselling novels by Lynda La Plante, this hit British police drama is a "younger, sassier successor to Prime Suspect" (The Telegraph, U.K.). Acclaimed actor Ciarán Hinds (There Will Be Blood, The Debt) is Anna's brusque boss, DCI James Langton, whose interest in his new charge quickly turns personal.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABOVE SUSPICION Is A Cut Above April 22, 2012
So long as I've been watching them, the Brits have done televised mysteries exceedingly well. Granted, I haven't seen them all, but I've seen enough to known that theirs is award-winning formula that seeks to bring quality material to the small screen, and ABOVE SUSPICION is no different. The program - it recently aired its fourth series in January, 2012 - are based on Lynda La Plante's novels of Detective Anna Travis. While I've not read any of the books, I'm certainly inclined based on the quality of narrative presented in release of the first two series on DVD.

In short, Ms. La Plante's novels focus on the cases of (rookie) Detective Anna Travis (played by the adorable Kelly Reilly). Along for the ride are several significant supporting characters, including DCI James Langton (Ciaran Hinds), DI Mike Lewis (Shaun Dingwall), and a handful of recurring police players. Together, they explore cases involving serial killers and prostitutes, as well as a maniac who may be preying on beautiful young women .

Particularly winning is Ms. Reilly, who subdues the usual big-city-sexiness so common with female leads of the U.S.-based crime shows beneath a layer of small-town charm: her hair is unkempt most of the time, and, indeed, her coworkers of the first installment remark how she wears practically the same outfit to work every day. Her first day on the job, she traipses through a muddy crime scene in fashionable high heels, only to end up throwing up and fainting upon viewing her first corpse. Still, she's a comely lead, and she brings a kind of naïve, wholesome charm to stories otherwise weighted with dark and bloody matters: psychosis, murder, and incest.

Balancing out Reilly's naiveté is Mr. Hinds as her superior, DCI James Langton.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DARK CRIME THRILLER DONE COMPELLINGLY January 13, 2012
ABOVE SUSPICION set 1 is the 1st 2 stories, 2 disc, 2 series/years 2009-10 of an ongoing British crime gripper. It's raised the bar for realistic crime scene, morgue, and victim visuals. It is so realistic, it can put off the viewer, turned my head a couple of times. DC Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly-Sherlock Holmes; Poldark: Series 2) is the new female copper on the team and the reality of atrocities turns her stomach too. Lovely Reilly plays the role so well, sassy and wanting to be first-rate, but making rookie gaffs. So if you've a weak stomach, you may decide to give this a miss. If you can take the graphic scenes, then you'll also find some top acting by regulars and guest stars of gritty London crime, by author/screenplay writer/producer Lynda La Plante, well known also for Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection. At least reviewers can't complain the film writer took too many liberties with the book, since they are the same person.

ABOVE SUSPICION (book title & series in 2 parts) 114 min WITH SUBTITLES
Pt 1: An 8 year female victim murder series, each alike & brutal, then one exception. Travis goes undercover to end the carnage. DCI Langton (Ciaran Hinds-Amazing Grace) heads a team with Travis a young, rookie, shapely cop with taut blouse and loads to learn-like stemming gag reflex. John Savident is one guest star in this series.
Pt 2: It's a ballet night as Anna is undercover with suspect Daniels (Jason Durr). A trap's set, but some of the HOT action moves to HQ, twixt she and Langton.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a disappointment June 27, 2012
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I am a huge fan of previous Lynda LaPlante series, especially Trial and Retribution and Prime Suspect. I had high hopes that this series would be as good or better than her earlier works. This is not the case. The main characters are not particularly gripping or engaging. Kelly Reilly in particular is a very poor substitute for Victoria Smurfit or Helen Mirren. She seems perpetually confused and uncomfortable in her police role, not at all the strong female lead Ms. LaPlante has created so well in the past. I was overall disappointed with this purchase and delighted to see that Ms. LaPlante turned her attention to Series 5 of Trial and Retribution after this misstep.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ghastly horrific stuff March 12, 2012
This series fails the usual outstanding quality level of the La Plante mystery genre, e.g., "Prime Suspect" and more recently "The Commander" in that it is an obsessive concentration of gore and the grisly and gruesome(a body cut in half) . "Prime Suspect" and "The Commander" are the typical outstanding interwoven, high-quality plots written, acted, filmed, and directed with the amazing skill and excellence of British crime-drama videos. The emphasis on The two previous tales is in the mystery itself. I was extremely disappointed with "Above Suspicion, Set one". The three stars are for the production itself, not the storyline.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Above Suspicion June 18, 2012
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Good Entertainment. It is a modern day look at the Prime Suspect style of police drama. Ciaran Hinds is always worth the money. He was the reason that I actually read the offer to purchase. I have to say that it is worth the money. Both the stories were interesting and held your interest. If you enjoy a good story Above Suspicion will give you all you want.
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