Prime Suspect 4

Prime Suspect 4

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Director: Sarah Pia Anderson, John Madden, Paul Marcus

Cast: Helen Mirren

     
 

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The superlative Helen Mirren returns as police investigator Jane Tennison in the fourth season of Prime Suspect. The three murder mysteries from that set of shows are presented in standard full-frame transfers that preserve the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no supplemental…  See more details below

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The superlative Helen Mirren returns as police investigator Jane Tennison in the fourth season of Prime Suspect. The three murder mysteries from that set of shows are presented in standard full-frame transfers that preserve the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but fans of the series, Mirren, or well-written British murder mysteries should enjoy this release from HBO/Rysher.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
With its novel focus on shorter, self-contained mysteries, Prime Suspect 4 should have been a standout installment of the long-running BBC series. Indeed, the new format brings with it new themes -- especially a greater emphasis on the personal life of London detective Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren). The first story line juxtaposes a child's abduction with Tennison's feelings over her recent decision to abort a pregnancy, while the final arc traces her troubled romance with a shrink who, unbeknownst to her, is writing a book about one of her cases. Although these additions give Mirren plenty of room to explore her character's complexities, they leave little room to flesh out the already abbreviated mysteries. The result is a season that feels far more like a conventional cop show than the sprawling epics of seasons past and future. That said, the middle episode, "Inner Circles," features some sharp twists and interesting social anthropology as it juxtaposes the lives of England's richest and poorest residents. Unfortunately, the opening and closing episodes devolve into the kind of over-the-top coincidences and unbelievable plots that give crime drama a bad name. The final story line, "The Scent of Darkness," proves especially belabored -- like some third-rate sequel to a serial-killer classic. Prime Suspect 5 and Prime Suspect 6 would return to the original series format, suggesting that the producers recognized the failure of their experiment.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
UPC:
0026359227325
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
5:12:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen Mirren Jane Tennison
Glen Berry Actor
Beatie Edney Actor
Scott Neal Actor
Stuart Wilson Patrick Scofield
James Laurenson Paul Endicott
Philada Sewell Olive Carradine
David Phelan Actor
Jill Baker Maria Henry
Gareth Forwood Denis Carradine
Anthony Bate James Greenlees
Roger Milner Norman
Ralph Arliss DCI Raymond
Sophie Stanton DS Cromwell
Richard Hawley DI Haskons
Albert Welling Club Manager
Nick Patrick Hamish Endicott
Anthony Daniels Pathologist
John Benfield Chief Supt. Kernan
Martin Matthews Tory Councillor
Marilyn Finlay 2nd woman at meeting
Kenneth Hadley Opposition Speaker
Alex Hall Opposition Councillor

Technical Credits
Sarah Pia Anderson Director
John Madden Director
Paul Marcus Director,Producer
Paul Billing Screenwriter
Eric Deacon Screenwriter
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Sally Head Executive Producer
Guy Hibbert Screenwriter
Doreen Jones Casting
Meredith Oakes Original Story
David Odd Cinematographer
Brian Park Producer
Stephen Warbeck Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. To Save a Child
2. Man From the Park
3. Chris's Alibi
4. Finding Victoria
5. Taken Hostage
6. Confession
1. The Circle Is Broken
2. Slumming at the Estate
3. Burdett House
4. The Witch Hunt
5. Little Polly
6. Emotional Blackmail
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. Feeling of Doubt
2. Scent of Gardenia
3. Wrong Man Theory
4. From Mother to Murder
5. Out on a Limb
6. The Third Day

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