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Is this monstrous Complete Collection of the acclaimed mystery drama worth its $100+ price tag....?
Acorn Media / 3084 Minutes / 1998-2002 / Unrated / Street Date: August 13, 2013
Trial and Retribution is not an air-tight murder mystery program, but even with its unmistakable dramatic volatility, when the thing works, it really works. Using feature-length running times to really let the nuances (and, often, creepiness) of their cases at hand to truly get under your skin. So what this Complete Collection offers is a six-pack of two-part mega-mysteries, cases that are deeper, more specific, and perhaps even less predictable than other fare of its kind.
One of the cases has a chilling gay undercurrent to it, another involves skeletons that probably belonged to some poor souls dead for a decade or more, yet another focuses on a young girl gone missing – Trial and Retribution doesn’t perhaps focus its narrative intents on particularly rosy themes, but that’s what the genre calls for sometimes. If you want comedy, pop on a Big Bang Theory rerun; if you want take a walk around mankind’s more dubious natures, let Mike Walker (David Hayman) show you around some of these tales.
Not surprisingly, Trial and Retribution starts stronger than it ends on this door-stopper megaset, but that doesn’t mean that its later installments aren’t without merit. It’s hard to recommend a standard-def set like this that is pretty lean when it comes to A/V quality and bonus material, but there’s murder mystery magic on display here, pure and simple. Anglophile crime drama fans shouldn’t pass up a chance to investigate.