Judge David Johnson is The Commander of his pants.
Mum in charge.
More British mystery-slinging in The Commander. This time, it's headlined by a steel-strong female commandant, Clare Blake (Amanda Burton), who takes over the elite Homicide and Serious Crime division, which indeed deals with serious crimes. She makes her arrival resonate with a gruff demeanor that initially turns off her number two, DCI Doug James (Mark Lewis Jones), but he eventually comes around to realize she's got the goods.
Four mysteries, running a total of 411 minutes:
• "The Devil You Know"
• "Windows of the Soul"
Keep it coming Acorn! My mother is deeply appreciative! Actually, no matter what your age might be, if you're a fan of gritty crime procedurals, The Commander will scratch that itch. Just look at the opening case: a dead toddler! Oof…Aside from "Fraduster," these tales are dark as hell, filled with bloody corpses and more than a few F-bombs.
The best part is the hard stuff isn't exploitative; it fits The Commander's dark tone and the actors are all top-shelf, so nothing feels unearned. At the forefront is Amanda Burton who's great as the lead—tough, demanding, vulnerable, and strangely attractive in that MILF-who-will-absolutely-discipine-you-if-the-siuation-calls-for-it kind of way.
Good work from Acorn, delivering a clean standard definition 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, joined by an adequate Dolby 2.0 stereo mix. Extras are text-only stuff, including an introduction from Lynda La Plante and biographies of Amanda Burton and La Plante.
Not Guilty. Robust investigative thrills all around.
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Studio: Acorn Media
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