Judge David Johnson dressed up as a grizzled British investigator for Halloween this past year.
Our review of Dalziel & Pascoe: Season Seven, published May 17th, 2013, is also available.
Two guys, four mysteries, uneven oral hygiene.
Season Five of the BBC's mid-'90s two-man procedural Dalziel & Pascoe brings another selection of feature-length mysteries, pitting old-school Superintendent Andy Dalziel (Warren Clarke) and his partner Peter Pascoe (Colin Buchanan) against all manner of criminal element.
Four 90-minute mysteries on two discs:
• "A Sweeter Lazarus"
• "Cunning Old Fox"
• "Foreign Bodies"
• "Above the Law"
How many procedurals does the BBC have in its vault? Seriously, each month it seems like there's a new release from the heyday of feature-length mystery solving. Dalziel & Pascoe stacks up nicely against its brethren. The two main characters drive the action and the show looks at their personal lives as much as their professional adventures. The partners are indeed an "odd couple," with Dalziel the gruff awkward blowhard (he mistook his new commander for a stripper), and Pascoe the slick, young, not-quite-as-accomplished counterpart. Clarke and Buchanan have good chemistry which is the main reason the show works.
A lean DVD, with a so-so 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 2.0 stereo mix, and nothing for extras.
Not Guilty. Mystery fans will be well-served by these tales.
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