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Prime Suspect 6 - The Last Witness (2004)

Helen Mirren , Oleg Menshikov , Tom Hooper  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, Oleg Menshikov, Ben Miles, Robert Pugh, Clare Holman
  • Directors: Tom Hooper
  • Writers: Peter Berry
  • Producers: Andy Harries, David Boulter, Rebecca Eaton, Thea Harvey
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 195 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I56LE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,155 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prime Suspect 6 - The Last Witness" on IMDb

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Helen Mirren returns in triumph to the role that brought her international stardom, British police inspector Jane Tennison, in the sixth series of Prime Suspect. Tennison finds herself being pressured to retire and responds by seizing a difficult homicide investigation: A young female Bosnian refugee has been tortured and murdered. As the trail begins to suggest connections to war atrocities in the Balkans, Tennison finds herself struggling with resistance from higher up, uncooperative and ambitious underlings, and deeply buried secrets. The strength of Prime Suspect has always been how it merges suspenseful detective work with an intricate grasp of police politics, and The Last Witness is no exception. The plot unfolds masterfully, the program is directed with striking visual style, and Mirren (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover, Gosford Park) commands the screen. Her authority in this role, honed through five previous series, is unmatchable; the richness of the character--steely, sexy, obsessive, rash, cunning--makes Prime Suspect essential viewing. --Bret Fetzer

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It's been thirty years of police work for Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison. She's older, in some ways wiser, still fighting the urge for a cigarette & still fighting the "men only" attitude of the force. Ripe for retirement in the eyes of some. Tennison is still up for a fight, and she'll need all the energy she can muster when she takes on the darker forces of British government in search of a sadistic killer with a guilty past.

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS, BUT YOU'RE BUYING THE WRONG VERSION! January 27, 2005
I will demur extended comments on the film to the reviewers below. Suffice to say, it is more taut, edgy, fast-paced, and visually compelling than the preceeding films. Obviously, the great script was paramount in Ms. Mirren's decision to return to the role.

My review has to do with the DVD presentation. I obtained this U.S. release from Netflix before I knew that it had been cropped and mastered in pan & scan. Much of this film has been shot with a super wide-angle lens, so after 30 seconds of viewing that P&S bastardization, it went back in the Netflix return envelope. Then I purchased the widescreen Region 2 PAL version from Amazon UK. It arrived in Los Angeles in under 10 days.

I have a Sony 34" 16X9 direct-view set, and an all-region JVC NTSC/PAL DVD player. You can pick up name-brand all-region NTSC/PAL players all over the web for usually less than $100. They come in very handy with DVD's that are not available in the U.S.

The Region 2 disc looked fabulous; I cannot imagine watching this film butchered in P&S. I highly suggest buying the widescreen version.

When you view all the other Pime Suspect DVD's, which are all also mastered in pan & scan, you realize they were originally filmed in widescreen. Perhaps some day, the entire, awesome series will be made available in the correct aspect ratios.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Helen Mirren once again returns in her Emmy Award-winning role as Jane Tennison in what is, I believe, the series' most powerful police drama yet. This sixth episode in Prime Suspect, "The Last Witness," has Tennison hunting down the leaders of a paramilitary death squad in London. These men had perpetrated heinous crimes against humanity during the Balkan Civil War and could possibly be the cause of a terrible murder in Jane's jurisdiction.
Former Chief Detective Tennison, has now been promoted to overseeing all murder investigations in London. She is, as usual, battling the male establishment and coming to grips with advancing middle-age. At 54 she feels she is being pushed toward early retirement and the pressure and presence of ambitious younger colleagues who would love to have her job are ever present. At this point in her life Jane Tennison is also beginning to realize that her career has become her life - a sad and lonely realization.
When the body of a young Bosnian woman turns up, with signs of brutal, sadistic torture, Jane takes over the case. Her investigation leads her to one man, and perhaps two, who are alleged war criminals with much to hide as they attempt to make new lives for themselves in Britain. The murdered woman's older sister is finally found and promised protection in return for her story and assistance with the ongoing investigation. The police protection proves to be weaker than the will of the murderer to eliminate all possible witnesses to his crimes. And disaster strikes again with horrifying results. As usual Tennison risks all in her determination to bring the guilty to justice and in this sixth episode "all" could mean her career.
The Prime Suspect series has long been a favorite.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Full Screen version - NOT widescreen May 20, 2004
When this aired in Canada on CBC, it was the original widescreen presentation. I missed it when it aired on PBS recently, so I'm not sure if they showed a widescreen or full screen version. However, I assumed that HBO and Warners would release the original widescreen presentation, enhanced for 16x9. Apparently, that's how the DVD was released in Region 2. But despite what it says here on Amazon in the technical specs, this DVD is a full screen presentation. That's a real shame, and it makes me want to purchase an "all region" player and order the Region 2 DVD from the U.K. - so I can see Prime Suspect 6 as it was meant to be seen.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Full screen feature... widescreen extras! May 21, 2004
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What makes this DVD even more frustrating is that while the feature itself is full screen, the bonus 'making of' featurette is widescreen and enhanced for 16x9!
The widescreen 'making of' featurette contains clips from the feature, and if you do an A/B comparison, you can clearly see how the left and right sides of the image have been cropped for the full screen presentation.
Shame on Granada, HBO or whoever was responsible for this decision.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They saved the best for last April 26, 2006
Prime Suspect 6 is, without question, the best of the Prime Suspect series. The combination of a stellar cast, a fantastic script, inventive cinematography, and a haunting score add up to one of the more entertaining dramas I've seen, period. Helen Mirren is, as usual, outstanding in the role of Jane Tennison. The character is as strong as ever there is a real depth to her character in PS6, including some great scenes with Jane's father. I recommend this wholeheartedly. If you're a fan of Prime Suspect, and who else would be looking at this, you are going to love it.

I agree that the fact it is not widescreen is a disappointment, but it is still very enjoyable. I believe the UK edition (widescreen) is now out of print, so this is the one we've got. I'm not complaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's never forget... January 16, 2007
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Another great episode. The historic background in which the plot is developed around is another shameful chapter in Humanity's history-Bosnian War (1992-1995), and the story develops around two sisters who survived the atrocities of that conflict and a war criminal in hiding whom are suddenly thrown in each others paths for one last time. Mystery, suspense, sadness, shame, despair... are feelings that are respectfully not resolved in the last fifteen minutes but there is a little justice at the end, achieved only by the tenacity of Chief Superintendent Jane Tennison.
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See my review of season 4 and you will have my input into what is one of the best TV series to come out of Great Britain.
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Published 2 months ago by S. D. Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another good Prime Suspect
This is another well done Prime Suspect series. If you like Helen Mirren and a well produced and acted mystery, you should like this.
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