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Directed by Gary Harvey, David Frazee, Alexandra La Roche, Mike Rohl
UK 2018


Set during the thrilling social change of the mid-1950s, THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO captures the lives of four remarkable women as they navigate various challenges, rekindle their capacities, and seek justice. Jean (Julie Graham) and Millie (Rachael Stirling) are brilliant codebreakers who, following their time serving at Bletchley Park during WWII, have rebuilt their lives in London. Drawn to the Pacific Coast by a string of murders that share grisly similarities to that of an old codebreaking friend, the two women find Iris (Crystal Balint) and Hailey (Chanelle Peloso), their wartime US counterparts. Gifted with extraordinary intelligence and a breathtaking genius for decryption, all grappling with the return to their mundane post-war lives of domesticity and unremarkable jobs, the women use their unique constellation of talents and do all in their power to uncover and stop a killer. Plunged into fascinating corners of the city, the four women forge influential relationships, rediscovering their own powers and potential. But with San Francisco being more dangerous than they could have imagined, will their intrepid team prevail?

Theatrical Release: July 25th, 2018

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Distribution Acorn Media UK - Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 2:54:24 (4% PAL Speedup) - 4 X 43-minutes epsiodes
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 2.68 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Acorn

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Picture Gallery
• Behind the Scenes Picture Gallery

DVD Release Date: August 27th, 2018

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Chapters: 3 per episode



I really the first Bletchley Circle series (Season One on Blu-ray HERE, and Season Two HERE). This is The Bletchley Circle - San Francisco Part One where some of these super-smart gals from WW2 have crossed the pond to solve crime using their puzzle-solving abilities a decade and a half later. Great stuff!

Unfortunately, the Acorn DVD transfer is fairly weak with a very low bitrate and the PAL image is hazy and soft but, on the positive, consistent and watchable.  

The audio is unremarkable but clean and clear - I actually think this deserves BD transfer - as it is just as gripping as the first series on which it is spun. There are optional English subtitles (see sample) and only two pictures galleries as extras. It is almost 3-hours of entertainment and whets my whistle for the second half. Those keen on Brit crime drama will enjoy this - hopefully as much as I do. 

Gary W. Tooze

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