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Haven't caught up on early New Tricks? Now's the time....
Acorn Media / 2295 Minutes / 2003-2008 / Unrated / Street Date: September 24, 2013
Proceeding like an Anglo RED, New Tricks is about spies who tried to quit but got pulled back into the fold. With differing degrees of crankiness, ability and work habits that are all over the map, in New Tricks we see the sassiness of a modern age coupled with a refreshingly old-fashioned way of telling stories - it's the old meeting the new.
At the center of these semi-retired ass-kickers is the lovely Amanda Redman (Sexy Beast), who is flanked by her team of fellows - Dennis Waterman (Circles of Deceit), Alun Armstrong (Bleak House) and James Bolam (The Beiderbecke Affair): each has his own specialty, and all have particular baggage as far as why they retired (and how). And for those viewers who have yet to experience the show, this door-stopper megaset allows a full-blown marathon of the show's first five go-rounds.
It’s fair to say that there's nothing particularly groundbreaking or wildly exotic about New Tricks as an overall show, but as steadfast crime television goes, it sure passes the time. The dramatic interplay and camaraderie among the show's main characters is enough to keep the entire series above water - while the show will sometimes descend into typical melodramatic predictability, these characters’ scintillating repartee keeps New Tricks' wheels spinning nicely.
[Die-hard New Tricks fan alert: the back of the box art on this set states that 'due to music rights, Seasons 1 and 3 have been modified for home video presentation']