Tuesday, April 28, 2015

DVD Review: New Tricks, Season 11

The beloved fan favorite returns for another hit season, New Tricks, Season 11 makes its DVD debut on April 28, 2015 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Beautiful DCI Sasha Miller (Tamzin Outhwaite, EastEnders) leads a team of detectives called out of retirement to solve cold cases in this long-running British series. New cast members rejuvenate the show in Season 11, which still features the fascinating mysteries and easy humor that have made the series so wildly popular on both sides of the Atlantic.  Broadcast on BBC One from Aug.-Oct. 2014 and syndicated to public television stations, Season 11 stars Dennis Waterman (The Sweeney), Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses), and Denis Lawson (Bleak House), with guest stars including David Hayman (The Paradise), Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey), Liz White (Life on Mars), Phil Davis (Whitechapel), and Julie Graham (The Bletchley Circle). This DVD 3-disc set features 10 episodes plus a bonus featurette with the new cast members ($39.99, AcornOnline.com).

As this beloved British cop show returns, the old dogs of the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) have a new boss. Beautiful young DCI Sasha Miller (Tamzin Outhwaite) keeps a watchful eye on her motley crew of veteran detectives: Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman), Steve McAndrew (Denis Lawson), and Danny Griffin (Nicholas Lyndhurst). Although the show’s cast has changed over the years, these retired cops still solve daunting cases with classic sleuthing skills and ample humor.

In Season 11, the team tackles crimes involving antinuclear protesters, battle reenactors, an amateur sleuth, illegal immigrants, and state secrets from the Cold War era.

BONUS New Tricks—New Team featurette (22 min.)

Street Date: April 28, 2015                           SRP: $39.99  

DVD 3-Disc Set: 10 episodes – Approx. 610 min. – SDH Subtitles

UPC 0-54961-2384-9-1                                  ISBN 978-1-62172-384-4

My Thoughts

I've always been a fan of crime television. There is something about a good murder mystery that really gets your adrenaline pumping, and I especially love to see cold cases solved. New Tricks, Series Eleven gives you 10 episodes filled with back to back action that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Sara miller calls a team of detectives out of retirement to solve cold cases, and each one is better than the next.

Episode 1: Bermondsey Boy - Gerry helps out an old friend who believes an architect's fall in an abandoned building is really murder.

Episode 2: Tender Loving Care - A new witness opens up a case about a young doctor who was murdered in 2010. The team uncovers a slew of suspects including a possible stalker and the angry husband of a patient who died.

Episode 3: Deep Swimming - Thirty years after his death of a suspected terrorist involved with the Greenham Common antinuclear protests of the 1980s, his daughter gets a letter stating he was murdered.

Episode 4: Ghosts - An old woman with dementia walks into the station claiming her bobby husband was murdered 60 years ago.

Episode 5: London Underground - The body of a film critique  found in the sewer is somehow related to the death of an artist 20 years ago.

 Episode 6: Roman Ruined - A pub landlord was killed in a fire in 2009, and the Turkish barmaid who vanished right afterward is finally located.

Episode 8: The English Defense - A teenager throws a brick into traffic and when its examined, the team discovers DNA from a murder victim from 30 years ago.

Episode 9: Breadcrumbs - An amateur sleuth who's a friend of Danny's is murdered, and it turns out to be tied to a 25 year old murder.

Episode 10: The Queen's Speech - The openining of a 30 year old time capsule leads to the reopening of a teen's murder case.

 I had never seen New Tricks before getting this DVD set to review, but let me tell you, once I got it I was so enthralled I watched the complete set in just a few days and while there are some minor references to previous seasons, each episode can be watched stand alone. If you want to get a little crime drama, grab your copy of New Tricks, Season11 from Acorn Media for only $39.99. Its also available on Amazon.