Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) is on the job again with anotherpolitically charged case. In this instance, a skeleton is dug up that might be that of a young blackwoman. Her disappearance six years ago was badly handled by the police, to the point thatcharges might be laid. The investigation is not only explosive racially, but the way it plays outcould help or destroy careers, Tennison’s among others.
As ever, the Prime Suspect series delves r…morselessly into sensitive topics, gazingunblinkingly at both weaknesses and strengths in the police department. The case could be madethat the storyline is a little too didactic. On the other hand, a major plus is the character ofTennison. Mirren’s portrayal is nuanced and convincing. Tennison is a rather prickly characterherself, and though she is an excellent detective, she’s a walking disaster area when it comes torelationships.
The 2.0 sound is a pretty solid example of its kind, especially when it comes to TV releases.The environmental effects, be they rain or crowds, are very strong (though perhaps just a tad tooforceful). The dialogue is clear and undistorted. A solid piece of work, then.
The picture is acceptable, but not impressive. The colours aren’t bad, but some of the exteriornight scenes are a bit on the murky side. There is some grain, and the sharpness varies fromexcellent close-ups to the relatively soft the rest of the time. The blacks are very good.
Bare bones stuff: nice packaging, but no extras at all, and a picture that is no significanimprovement over VHS.