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|Originaltitel:||The Bay – Series 1|
|Genre:||TV series, Thriller, Drama|
|Regie:||Lee Haven Jones, Robert Quinn|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 274 min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||2|
|Sprachen:||German, English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Extras:||Behind the scenes|
Film: When policewoman Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie) is supposed to investigate the disappearance of twins Holly and Dylan in the British coastal town Morecombe, she has no idea that this case will become very personal for her. In the stiff father of the two teenagers she recognizes the man she had a one-night stand with the night before. While she is not allowed to reveal the stepfather's alibi, the police are desperately searching for the siblings - until a body is found on the pier.
The six-part crime drama "The Bay" may at first glance remind you of the acclaimed series "Broadchurch" (and its various remakes). But even if the similarities can't be denied, "The Bay" goes its own way in the end and doesn't feel like a cheap imitation. The dramaturgy can also benefit from the fact that police work actually has a rather subordinate role. Instead, the focus is on how the crime affects not only the twins' family, but also that of policewoman Lisa. Thus, the series is more gripping drama than thrilling thriller at the end - and that works out really well.
In the leading role is Morven Christie, who series fans from "Grantchester" might know. She convinces as an outwardly tough policewoman, who struggles with family problems and a big mistake, by which she sabotages the investigation work, all along the line. Certainly, especially concerning her children, some aspects of the story seem to be badly constructed. Yet, Christie credibly plays over such script weaknesses. She creates a very interesting character, who is a good fighter against crime, but also against her own mistakes. Another leading actor is the location, the coastal town Morecombe. The team has received great support from the city, always with the condition that the location is not portrayed in a negative light. The creators have succeeded very well in this, even though they always reveal the dark sides behind the picturesque facade. "The Bay" may not reinvent the wheel. But from already known ingredients a thoroughly exciting and rousing soup is cooked here, which only in a few places has a slightly pale aftertaste. All in all, there is clearly a: Absolutely worth seeing!
Picture + Sound: The film locations on the west coast of England are captured in very atmospheric pictures, which can unfold their power very well thanks to the harmonious colouring and the good picture sharpness on the DVD. The detailed presentation is absolutely convincing at least in the outdoor shots, only in darker indoor shots there are some slight point deductions. The sound is available in a decent Dolby Digital 2.0 mix, in which especially the ambient noise ensures a good exploitation of the surround channels. Good!
Extras: As a bonus there is a short but worth seeing Making of (approx. 9:14 min.), where actors and makers of the series have their say.</On the surface "The Bay" is a very conventional crime series. But because it not only portrays the work of the police, but also shows what triggers a terrible crime in the family concerned, the whole thing is much more profound and stirring than in other series of this genre. The DVD presents the 6 episodes of the first season in good picture and sound quality. As an extra there is a short look behind the scenes. All in all a very clear: Absolutely recommendable.</p>
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