DVD roundup – Lewis Complete Boxset, The Killing (US), The Fall 2, The Missing

Lewis series 8, and complete 1-8 series

DVD ★★½
Special features ★★★★
Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox

Here, in all its glory, is the complete boxset of Lewis, the Inspector Morse spin-off that has ably carried on the classy production and intricate storylines set in crime-ridden Oxford since 2006. Lewis and Hathaway are developed nicely across the whole eight series, with Lewis coming out of retirement in the most recent series to assist his one-time sidekick. Devotees will enjoy looking out for Morse/Lewis creator Colin Dexter’s Hitchcockian cameos in several episodes. A ninth series will be shown this year, but Kevin Whately has already said that could be his last. It’s been a hugely popular staple in the ITV schedules – and around the world – and will be sorely missed. Special features in the complete collection include the original pilot episode, behind-the-scenes and cast interviews.
DVD Series 8 RRP £19.99. Series 1-8 £109.99

The Killing (US)

DVD ★★★
Special features ★★★★
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman
Best not to fixate on how this US reboot compares with the brilliant Danish original, starring Sofie Gråbøl. This American version shadows the original closely in the opening episodes but then develops into its own show, with a nice atmosphere of frosty menace. Mireille Enos is good as Sarah Linden, the homicide cop on the trail of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen’s killer. Special bits include an extended finale to season one, deleted scenes and a gag reel.
DVD Seasons 2, 3 RRP £29.99. Seasons 1-3 boxset £69.99

The Fall 2

DVD ★★★
Special features ★★★★
Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan
DSI Stella Gibson and serial killer Paul Spector continued their psychological warfare as the Belfast police closed the net on him in this second season. The build-up to the finale was again gripping, but there was a feeling that the last episode was a little disappointing, with Gibson’s character veering a bit too far on the hard-to-fathom side. But again, the series featured fine performances throughout, and the door is definitely ajar for a third outing. Special features include a behind-the-scenes report with cast and crew.
DVD RRP £19.99. Blu-ray RRP £24.99

The Missing

DVD ★★★½

Special features ★★★★
James Nesbitt, Frances O’Connor, Tcheky Karyo, Ken Stott
A powerful series that easily made CrimeTimePreview’s top shows of the year list. It sounds like a really downbeat drama, about a couple whose five-year-old son is abducted while they are on holiday in France. It is certainly harrowing at times, but it is a truthful, sensitive and beautifully performed piece of storytelling that is gripping throughout. Special features include eight mini-features, including cast and crew interviews.
DVD RRP £24.99. Blu-ray RRP £24.99

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