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This TV-on-DVD mystery set is odd, exotic, and deliciously cool, even though it doesn't establish much of a standard-def presence...
mHz / 200 Minutes / 2013 / Unrated / Street Date: September 24, 2013
When the first of two episodes on this Detective Montalbano set begins, we find our titular protagonist (Luca Zingaretti) falling under the spell of a beautiful woman while on the case. Angelica’s Smile ostensibly focuses on a series of robberies that have taken place in the town of Vigata (Montalbano’s stomping grounds), but when the hotness of Angelica gets thrown in with the increasingly complicated crimes being committed, Montalbano quickly finds himself way out of his league.
The second installment here, Mirror Effect, thrusts Montalbano into even more kaleidoscopic territory. There are corpses and questionable motives of the various suspects on the periphery of this particular case (business as usual, really), but Montalbano slowly begins to find himself upside down as details about the murders he’s investigating become so bizarre and unsettling that the guy has just as much trouble maintaining his own sanity as he does tracking down the bad guys.
Crime drama aficionados hungry for something a little off the beaten track might find some tricky fun on Detective Montalbano: Episodes 23 and 24. As a standard-def compilation, there’s nothing too much here to write home about, but I found the slippery cases here to be intriguing and surprisingly unpredictable. It’s just above-average crime drama programming, but as a one-time experience, it’s a great way to waste some time.