Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries-Series 1 (2019)
|Category||Mystery||Featurette-Behind The Scenes-7|
|Year Of Production||2019|
|Running Time||339:08 (Case: 354)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
That show was set in the late 1920s in Melbourne and featured Phyrne Fisher as a lady detective played by Essie Davis. This new show Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries has been updated to the 1960s and features the original character's niece, Peregrine Fisher (Geraldine Hakewill). Peregrine is living in a country town in Victoria, struggling to get by when she is called to Melbourne for her inheritance. She knows nothing of her aunt but quickly discovers that she was a detective and a member of the Adventuresses Club, led by Birdie Birnside (Catherine McClements). She finds out that her aunt in missing in New Guinea plane crash and that she has been left her house and car. She quickly decides that she wants to follow in her aunts footsteps and become a detective, becoming a member of the Adventuresses club which only allows talented, brave and resourceful women to join. Birdie is an ex-spy and other members include scientists, mountain climbers and pilots.
This set of 2 DVDs contains all four episodes of the first season, which are all feature length. The episodes all use unique sixties settings; Episode 1 set around a fashion show, Episode 2 features a young TV singer killed during a live broadcast, Episode 3 features a secret military facility and UFO sightings and Episode 4 is set in a Chinese cooking school run by a white man. Each episode highlights one of the other Adventuress club members.
This is an entertaining light mystery series which should be enjoyed by those who like murder mystery style shows such as the original series. The period detail in sets, costumes, cars, trains, locations and other detail is very well done and creates an atmosphere that is believably 1960s Melbourne. The various stories are well written and keep the audience intrigued and entertained. Those after a grittier style of television mystery such as Taggart or Cracker should probably look elsewhere. The cast are well chosen and seem to be enjoying making the show. Unlike the original series these stories have been directly written for the screen rather than based on novels. To me, this new series is not quite as compelling as the original but is certainly still enjoyable.
Recommended for murder mystery fans and fans of the original.
The video quality is good.
The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.
The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout and the shadow detail was good. A standard DVD presentation with no artefacts of note.
The colour was very good with no issues to report.
There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired which were clear and easy to read.
The audio quality is good.
This disc contains an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 at 224 Kbps.
Dialogue was quite clear and easy to understand.
The music sounds pretty good, featuring songs of the era.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu was silent and still.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The show is only locally available at this point.
The video quality is good.
The audio quality is good.The extras are OK but are all short featurettes.
|DVD||Sony UBP-X700 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG OLEDC8PTA 55”. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 2160p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|