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Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise (2015)

 

A must-own for all Jesse Stone fans, this 3-disc Blu-ray collection features three acclaimed mystery movies from the series in stunning HD including Innocents Lost, Benefit of Doubt and Lost in Paradise. Starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Tom Selleck as the tough and troubled chief of police of a small New England town.

Struggling to keep his demons under control, Stone exposes killers, cover-ups, dark secrets, and more in these hard-boiled thrillers, based on the bestselling novels by Robert B. Parker. 

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The character begins the series at about 35 years old. He is a former minor league baseball shortstop whose career was cut short by a shoulder injury. He was raised in Arizona and California. He was asked to resign from his job as a homicide detective for the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division because of a drinking problem that began after his divorce from his beautiful wife, Jennifer. Showing up drunk to an interview for a job as police chief for the small town of Paradise, Massachusetts (loosely based on the real town of Marblehead, Massachusetts), Stone is hired because the corrupt president of the town board of selectmen thinks he will be easy to control. Stone quickly notices that the town has big league crimes, struggling with the mob, white supremacists, wildly errant wives and a triple homicide, and that his job will be more difficult than he expected. But, he proves up to the task, beginning with making a corruption case against the town council president and arresting him. In the novels Stone typically carries a .38 Special snub-nosed revolver, the same weapon that he carried as a LAPD detective.

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Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost is a 2011 American made-for-television crime drama film directed by Dick Lowry and starring Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker, and Kohl Sudduth. Based on the characters from the Jesse Stone novels created by Robert B. Parker, the film is about the retired police chief of a small New England town who investigates the suspicious death of a young friend while the police force deals with the arrogant new police chief who is the son-in-law of a town councilman. Filmed on location in Nova Scotia, the story is set in the fictitious town of Paradise, Massachusetts. Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost is the seventh in a series of nine television films based on the characters of Parker's Jesse Stone novels. The film first aired on the CBS television network on May 22, 2011.

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Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt is a 2012 American made-for-television crime drama film directed by Robert Harmon and starring Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker, and Kohl Sudduth. Based on the characters from the Jesse Stone novels created by Robert B. Parker, the film is about the police chief of a small New England town who returns from his forced retirement after his replacement is blown up in the town police car. Filmed on location in Nova Scotia, the story is set in the fictitious town of Paradise, Massachusetts. Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt is the eighth in a series of nine television films based on the characters of Parker's Jesse Stone novels. The film first aired on the CBS television network on May 20, 2012.

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Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise is a 2015 American made-for-television crime drama film directed by Robert Harmon and starring Tom Selleck, Mackenzie Foy, William Devane, and Luke Perry. Written by Tom Selleck and Michael Brandman, the film is about a police chief of the (fictional) small town of Paradise, Massachusetts, who investigates the murder of the apparent fourth victim of a brutal serial killer. Filmed on location in Lunenburg and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise is the latest in a series of nine television films based on the characters of Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone novels.

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Review: ViaVision Entertainment - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Innocence Lost Lost in Paradise Benefit of the Doubt
Runtime 1:30:49.026         1:29:00.376     1:29:36.704    
Video

1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 17,723,845,293 bytes

Feature: 17,682,438,144 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.09 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 17,295,050,805 bytes

Feature: 17,254,791,168 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 18,135,567,241 bytes

Feature: 18,085,877,760 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.08 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Innocence Lost Blu-ray:

Bitrate Lost in Paradise Blu-ray:

Bitrate Benefit of the Doubt Blu-ray:

Audio

Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
ViaVision

 

1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 17,723,845,293 bytes

Feature: 17,682,438,144 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.09 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 17,295,050,805 bytes

Feature: 17,254,791,168 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 18,135,567,241 bytes

Feature: 18,085,877,760 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.08 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

None


Blu-ray Release Date:
March 6th,2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10 / 11 / 9

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ViaVision bring three of Tom Selleck's (Produced, co-written and starring) Jesse Stone film series to Blu-ray. Each film is on it's own single-layered BD disc.  It is in the original 1.78:1 aspect ratio (shown ion the Hallmark channel) and look decent in 1080P and superior to DVD. They are clean and relatively smooth in-motion with some impressive detail in close-ups in the latest two film. Innocents Lost has texture (minor noise but grain-like) and is slightly softer. Interior shots are dull-ish and dark but that may reflect the original production. The DVD set I own HERE has fairly weak video quality but had all nine films. The bitrates are supportive and the HD image quality exports the quaint small atmosphere of Lunenburg and Stonehurst East (Jesse's home), Nova Scotia, Canada where the films were shot. The Series is as follows:  

Stone Cold (February 20, 2005)
Jesse Stone: Night Passage (January 15, 2006) a prequel to Stone Cold
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (April 30, 2006)
Jesse Stone: Sea Change (May 22, 2007)
Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (March 1, 2009)
Jesse Stone: No Remorse (May 9, 2010)
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (May 22, 2011)
Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt (May 20, 2012)
Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise (October 18, 2015)


The audio is lossy Dolby 5.1 surround. There is aggression, but usually limited in each film (these aren't action films) and I only noticed minor separation in the gunfire. The paced, lilting, score is by Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Rome) and is played to open all three films and is usually used in some of the idyllic setting scenes. There are no subtitles on this Region FREE
Blu-ray (despite the case stating that it is Region 'B'.)

ViaVision have no extras and only one menu per
Blu-ray.

I'm a hug fan of the neo-noir Jesse Stone films as well as Tom Selleck and hope more will be forthcoming. There are a few issues with ViaVision's
Blu-rays; this is labeled as 'Collection 1' but it is the last three films in the series - also I would appreciate both extras and lossless audio. As a positive - I loved seeing these films again and in HD video. Jesse Stone of a compelling and flawed character wrestling his demons as he seems semi-retired resolving injustice is a sleepy seaside town while limiting himself to 2 drinks a night and drifting through distant relationships with women. I encourage fans to indulge. 

Gary Tooze

 


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