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Manufacturer: Acorn Media
Publisher: Acorn Media
Starring: David Hayman, Dorian Lough, Victoria Smurfit, Kate Buffery, Vince Leigh

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Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0054961810192
Feature: Factory sealed DVD
Format: Multiple Formats
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Acorn Media
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Acorn Media
Model: 4166866
MPN: unknown
Number Of Discs: 4
Number Of Items: 4
Number Of Pages: 4
Publication Date: 2008-09-30
Publisher: Acorn Media
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2008-09-30
Running Time: 804
Studio: Acorn Media
Product Features:
Factory sealed DVD
Editorial Review:

"Powerful, inventive" -- The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
"Terrific" -- The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

Crime-to-court suspense from Lynda La Plante

No one explores the human cost of crime and punishment with more depth and resonance than Lynda La Plante, creator of the critically lauded Prime Suspect. In this Law & Order-like British series, La Plante follows cases from the commission of the crime to the trial of the accused. She examines grueling, pressure-packed police investigations in all their gritty detail—the sudden insight that can crack a case and the careless mistake that can jeopardize justice. Going behind closed doors, she reveals the strategies of both prosecution and defense as they maneuver toward a final verdict.

With its first-rate cast, innovative direction, and daring storytelling, Trial & Retribution ratchets up suspense at every turn. No emotions are spared, and no characters emerge unscathed in this unflinching detective drama.

Starring David Hayman (A Sense of Freedom, Sid & Nancy) and Kate Buffery (Wish Me Luck), with guest stars Simon Callow, Richard E. Grant, Rhys Ifans, James Wilby, Helen McCrory, Iain Glen, Hugh Dancy, and Corin Redgrave.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE interview with creator Lynda La Plante, biography of Lynda La Plante, and glossary of terms.
Fans of British crime dramas and American police procedurals will find a lot to cozy up with in the full-season boxed set of Trial and Retribution. The series, the brainchild of Prime Suspect creator Lydia LaPlante, follows just one crime, from its commission in the first episode, through the investigation and prosecution--much like Steven Bochco's 1995 series, Murder One. But unlike the Bochco series, and more like Prime Suspect, this series does more than skim the surface of the intimate lives of the key players. That, more than the crime and its investigation, is what makes the series so compulsively watchable. The journeyman British actors David Hayman and Kate Buffery lead the stellar cast, as Detective Superintendent Michael Walker and Detective Inspector Pat North respectively. Both have perfected the world-weary yet dedicated personas made so believable by Helen Mirren in Suspect, as they race against time: first to find a child missing from her lower-middle-class council estate, and then, when the girl turns up dead, doggedly pursuing investigation of the case, with mere snippets of evidence and leads to go on. As whodunits go, it's a doozy, with a lot of possible bad guys--from the local ice cream man to the "pervy alcoholic" neighbor to any number of random roaming predators. As the case progresses, guest stars make memorable appearances, adding nuance and texture to the story without confusing it. Especially notable are Richard E. Grant, Rhus Ifans, Simon Callow, Hugh Dancy, and Corin Redgrave.

The viewer becomes as invested as the lead detectives, hopefully pursuing promising leads, and feeling hopes dashed as critical mistakes are made and minutes lost. The direction is top-flight, too, making excellent, suspenseful use of split-screen and other tension-building tactics. By the time the case is prosecuted, there's no pat, happily-ever-after feeling as with some episodes of Law & Order; here, English law and order are in the hands of hardworking, and all-too-human, people trying to beat the clock and unlock the mysteries of the pedestrian, and the truly evil. The DVD extras include a great interview with the lively LaPlante, and a helpful glossary of British court and law terms. --A.T. Hurley

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