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|Originaltitel:||The Brokenwood Mysteries – Series 1|
|Genre:||TV series, Thriller, Mystery|
|Regie:||Mike Smith, Josh Frizzell, Michael Hurst|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 363 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||2|
|Sprachen:||German, English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Contents: New Zealand - The land of Kiwis and Hobbits. Idyllic landscapes shape the image of a country in which there can be no crime. Didn't I? Far from it. Since even in a quiet provincial town like Brokenwood there are mysterious deaths again and again, Detective Sergeant Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) comes from the big city to help his colleagues on site with the investigation. His first case is a supposed suicide, but Shepherd can't be fooled that easily. With his unconventional methods and not always appropriate humour he gets to the bottom of the murderous side of Brokenwood. At his side is the young policewoman DC Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland), who is much younger than Shepherd's beloved car, but who always proves to be a helpful and determined antithesis to the older policeman. Together they have to investigate in wine cellars, on golf courses and in alleged hunting accidents - yes, even in the New Zealand idyll policemen have their hands full...
"Brokenwood - Murder in New Zealand" is like the "Hobbit" without the dwarves, lead author Tim Blame describes the entertaining crime series. A kind of New Zealand counterpart to "Inspector Barnaby" is perhaps more appropriate - even though Neill Rea's outfit reminds us a little of the immortal Inspector Columbo. As an investigator with a penchant for country music, black humor and old cars, Rea is simply great. It's just fun to watch him do his sometimes somewhat unusual investigations. Of course, this pleasure is further enhanced by the fact that the young Kristin Sims has given him a completely mutual character.
Sure, this is a popular stylistic device, especially for crime series, but it also works well again and again. The first four episodes begin with quite unusual deaths. There is a corpse discovered in hundreds of liters of wine or in the middle of a golf course. This is not shocking, but rather amusing in a slightly morbid way. But even if the series has comedic traits, the suspense is not neglected. The familiar way of investigating in series like this, in which a prime suspect often reveals himself very quickly, only to eventually lead to a completely different culprit with a few unexpected twists, is also being followed here. Nevertheless, the entertainment value of the series is consistently high to very high.
As you can see, "Brokenwood - Murder in New Zealand" is not really a prime example of originality. But the New Zealand crime series is a good example of how you can serve even the best known fresh and extremely entertaining with well-drawn main characters and a good mixture of humour and suspense. If you can't get enough of traditional crime food, served with a slight wink of the eye, you should definitely take a look here: Worth seeing!
Picture + Sound: Thanks to the good overall sharpness and a harmonious colour scheme, the beautiful landscape shots come into their own atmospherically. In darker scenes, slight image noise can be detected, but otherwise the image quality leaves a really good overall impression. The Dolby Digital 2.0 mix is reserved, but transports dialogues, music and background noise well from the speakers of the home TV system. Good!
Extras: As a bonus there are on Disc 2 interviews with Neill Rea and Fern Sutherland (ca.5:28 min.), who talk about their roles and the preparations for the shooting, as well as with the lead author Tim Blame (ca. 5:21 min.), who provides general background information about the series and its creation. Not really much, but not uninteresting.
Result: "Brokenwood - Murder in New Zealand" is best crime entertainment with wonderfully bizarre deaths, a sympathetic investigator duo and appealing local color. The mixture of humour and suspense works and gives crime thriller fans a kind of New Zealand counterpart to "Inspector Barnaby". The first four cases of Sheperd and Sims are accompanied by some interesting interviews on the double DVD. All in all: Absolutely recommendable!
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