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directed by Julian Amyes
UK/USA/Australia 1985

 

The comic relief cricket enthusiasts of Alfred Hitchcock's THE LADY VANISHES reluctantly step into the eighties in this incident-packed lighthearted thriller from writer Keith Waterhouse (BILLY LIAR). Meeting up for their first Friday of the month lunch and cinema get-together, country-living widower Charters (Robin Bailey, THE WHISPERERS) and city-living bachelor Caldicott (Michael Aldridge, CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT), two retired Home Office bureaucratic cogs, stop by the latter's flat to settle an argument about cricket scores only to discover the body of a woman in the bedroom. No sooner do they discover that the victim is Jenny Beevers, the daughter of recently departed school chum Colonel Beevers who was with the Trade Commission in Hong Kong, than they receive a call from a woman claiming to be the real Jenny Beevers (ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES' Tessa Peake-Jones). The girl explains that she broke into Caldicott's apartment in search of her father's papers and, discovering the body, switched purses with the woman because she believed she was the intended victim. Jenny is not the only one who believes her father to have been involved in some sort of espionage as Inspector Snow (Gerard Murphy, BATMAN BEGINS) also suspects Charters and Caldicott not of the murder but of knowing more than they are letting on. When they discover among the dead woman's belongings a letter to American soda pop king Josh Darrell (Christopher Muncke, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME), Caldicott's lady friend Margaret (Caroline Blakiston, RETURN OF THE JEDI) gets her a temp position at the company to investigate while Charters and Caldicott accompany her on a "dirty weekend" at Darrell's country house where they discover that there are more people who seem to be interested in the affairs of the late Beevers, including goosestepping foreigner St. Clair (Tony Chambers), Darrell's chauffeur Gregory (Granville Saxton) who has already broken into Charters' home and held him at gunpoint, and Darrell's rival company soft drink executive Wrigley (Scott Fredericks, SEE NO EVIL). Although acquaintance Venables (Philip Stone, THE SHINING) lurks in the periphery and pops up in interesting places, he is above suspicion to Charters and Caldicott since he belongs to their club. Each time Charters and Calidcott think they've identified the murderer, the likely suspect has a habit of winding up dead underfoot. As the bodies pile up, Charters and Caldicott begin to become just as much an annoyance to Inspector Snow as he is to them (repeatedly turning up at their social club as a non-member to question them), and a cryptic letter addressed to them among Beevers' belongings may lead to a literal pot of gold if they can only decipher the meaning of "Mix Well and Serve."

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 10 January 1985 - 14 February 1985

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DVD Review: Simply Media - Region 2 - PAL

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Simply Media

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 4:49:07 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: ~6.94 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.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles English HoH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Simply Media

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One:
� Episodes:
� - 'Petunia Day' (4:;3 47:42)
� - 'Mix Well and Serve' (4:3; 50:44)
� - 'Will the Real Jenny Beevers...?!' (4:3; 48:11)

� Disc Two:
� Episodes:
� - 'Not Cricket' (4:3; 48:40)
� - 'Northern Lights' (4:3; 47:53)
� - 'Play Up, Play Up' (4:3; 45:57)

DVD Release Date: April 25th, 2016
Amaray

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Comments

Simply Media splits six fifty-minute episodes between two dual-layer DVDs. Compression is generally fine, subject to the eighties video master with its softish 16mm filmed exteriors and video interiors (with flaring highlights and occasional noise in fine patterns). The Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio fares better while the optional English subtitles are helpful but contain the occasional transcription error. There are no extras.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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