Jonathan Creek: The Specials
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Jonathan Creek hasn't quit his day-job of devising stunning feats for a hack magician, but his gift for lateral thinking finds its worthiest outlet when impossible mysteries are thrust upon him. This seven-hour set includes all four feature-length specials, including two never seen on US TV! Black Canary: The famous female illusionist known as The Black Canary is found dead in her rambling mansion. For Jonathan, an encounter with both an old flame and the swashbuckling Detective Inspector Gideon Pryke (Rik Mayall, The Young Ones) adds even more spice to an already baffling enigma. Satan's Chimney: When an actress is murdered on the set of her latest movie, Jonathan Creek is called upon to explain how the killer managed to fire a gun through a plate glass window without breaking it. The Grinning Man: Stage musician Lance Gessler lives in a mansion known as Metropolis that has a deadly history. When another victim succumbs to an ominous presence in the attic room, it’s up the Jonathan to unravel the mystery. US premiere! The Judas Tree: Jonathan Creek is called upon by his friend and skeptic Joey to investigate a series of mysterious and spooky events at a house called Green Lanterns. US premiere!
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...."Black Canary" (90 minutes) One afternoon, Jonathan is pleasantly surprised to spot Charlotte Carney. He had a crush on her 3 years ago and gives every appearance of being twitterpated once again. Which is why she's comfortable calling him in a panic because her mother, who once performed as a magician called the Black Canary, killed herself in front of her father. Except she couldn't have.
...."Satan's Chimney" (120 minutes) In a great introductory sequence, we visit Doomdorf Castle, 1557 Scotland, where a heretic is tested in a tower known as Satan's Chimney, her body magically combusting if she's guilty. Skip to the present, where movie star Vivian Brodie is filming "Black Snow". She is stressing out and her producer, Herman Grole, offers her some recuperation time. At his Scottish Castle.
...."The Grinning Man" (120 minutes) Start with a 1938 BBC newsreel, "Innocent House Party Becomes Dinner of Death". Jacques Futrelle, medium and psychic, owned a gothic mansion called "Metropolis" with a haunted attic room. One of Futrelle's guests was a cynic and he offered to be locked into the attic room for the night. When the party-goers unlock the room to let him out the next morning, he had vanished without a trace. Seventy-one years later, another sceptic offers to sleep in the same attic room, despite this warning, "No one who's spent the night there has ever survived to tell us. Something in that room has caused seven human beings to disappear without a trace." But the eighth time has Jonathan Creek to investigate.
I LOVED this illusion. Some suspension of disbelief is required in this episode, including, for example, a woman in high-heeled wooden platform shoes running on a concrete floor [clonk, clonk, clonk], who still manages to sneak up on someone.
...."The Judas Tree" (90 minutes) Emily Somerton has just started as assistant housekeeper at a house called Green Lanterns. She seems to be putting herself pretty obviously in the way of the man of the house, leading Mrs. Gantry, the housekeeper, to warn her: "I should hate to see history repeating itself." She's talking about death. And it happens in a big way. A big impossible way. Lucky Jonathan is around.
The first 2 of the 4 Specials were Christmas Specials. The 4 included in this DVD set originally aired in 1998, 2001, 2009 and 2010, spanning seasons 1 – 4. They total 410 minutes of humorous mysteries. English subtitles are available. There are no bonus features.
I really enjoy "Jonathan Creek". The humor is usually broad and frequently goofy, a lot of it due to the self-absorbed Adam Klaus. The explanations of the crimes depend on a knowledge of the art of illusion, which makes this a very interesting mystery series.