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COMPLETE SET REVIEW-completely thrilling & well done
on July 17, 2010
UPDATE: This set is rumored to be released on Blu-ray in fall (Aug or Sep) of 2013.
Now, "PRIME SUSPECT" is available, boxed as "The COMPLETE COLLECTION". A bargain compared to individual segments. If you are just finding Prime Suspect, you WILL want all 7 years. 9 stories. Not just tales of cops and murder, but in-your-fact realistic cop activity, which was done with so much realistic detail, it was the show to change British (and world) crime shows forever. It is the gritty type of show that all mystery film and TV now try to duplicate. Police drama was changed forever by Helen Mirren and her role as Jane Tennison.
Be aware, the cases may not always end to your satisfaction--just like real life crimes and punishment. But you will be on the edge of your seat while you watch. 6 stories last over 3 hours each. The other 3 are about 1 1/2 hours long. Each is compelling viewing, ruthless in the detail, definitely not for children and the squeamish, blatantly course visually and in dialogue, but oh, so realistic.
Helen Mirren makes the show as Tennison. Obsessed, work-driven, feminist attitude, course, in-your-face drive, compellingly believable, more man-like rather than the occasional romantic which does exist, she's a drinker, and she almost never smiles.
Subtitles for series 1-6. CC for 7. Even subtitles on the bonus features. Stars in every segment, and plenty of them. A list too long to post.
1-Brutal murders, & DCI Tennison gets promoted to head of the murder investigation team after the present leader dies. She takes on a botched investigation, a slippery suspect, a home-front relationship, and proves to have more than what it takes, even being a woman, to male surprise. Loads of blood, mutliated bodies, bare chests (including star Zoe Wanamaker), graphic scenes and language. It's unrated-but be warned. Introduces the woman-at-the-head cop and makes you glad you own "THE COMPLETE COLLECTION."
2-DCI Tennison gains her staff's acceptance but all is not as conciliatory with the murder investigation of a black corpse found in a black neighborhood. London's citizens and police force have some race issues. Then there's Jane's hot new "sleep-with."
3-A murder turned arson to cover the death, becomes DCI Tennisson's first case in her new job after a transfer. The department tries to steer her away from the murder case. Is there a department connection? And her love life is messier than the arson victim. A good mystery involving disgusting crimes.
4-three 90 min. stories: A--Supt. Tennison exits a hospital after receiving a voluntary procedure and must face an abducted baby case. B--A club manager is killed in his own home, and defiled. Suspects are caught, but the why is yet unanswered. C--Tennison finds home life better than work-evidenced by a naked bath with her beau. New murder cases suggest past cop errors in crime cases.
5-DS Tennison's 1st crime investigation is a drug related murder that moves into another level of heinous crime. And Jane finds a different married copper colleague to sleep with. Tossed in is a police leak (Brits must love bad cops.)
6-A tortured and murdered female body leads an investigation through Bosnian illegals. There is a prime suspect but no convicting evidence. Will the truth be known prior to another murder? (Bonus: 23 min "behind the scenes of this segment with subtitles)
7-Tennison is 60, a month from retirement, drinking heavy, her father dying of cancer, and determined to find the killer of a teenager. It will be Jane's last case. A very emotional, suspenseful, final 3 hours. (Bonus: 50 min series behind the scenes, with subtitles, filmographies & photos.)
Started in 1991 and ending in 2007, every series was a hit, and done with perfection. A female cop show will never be this good again. But be warned, for language, and gritty gruesome graphic content. Tennison not only colors outside the box, she makes the box.