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directed by Ben Chanan
UK/USA/Belgium 2016

 

Sometime either before or after the Oliver Hughes investigation and its despairing denoument in 2014, retired inspector Julien Baptiste (Tcheky Karyo, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD) managed to find time to fly Eckhausen, Germany to meddle in the joint British Military Police and German Polizei investigation of Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham), a schoolgirl nabbed from the same spot eleven years earlier who reappears in the same spot eleven years later with a ruptured appendix and the name of Sophie Giroux on her lips. Sophie was a French girl who had gone missing the year before Alice, and Baptiste had made a promise to her parents that he would not rest until he found her. Dying of cancer, Baptiste is now racing the clock to discover from Alice anything of Sophie's whereabouts and the their captor, but he is not the only one who comes to believe that Alice is not what or who she seems. Just as the the previous series juggled timelines, so to does this one with Alice's reappearance in 2014 intercut with Baptiste's present day trek into the middle of an Iraq war zone with war correspondent Stefan Andersen (TRUE DETECTIVE's ”lafur Darri ”lafsson) in search of an AWOL soldier (Daniel Ezra, BLOOD CELLS) who may have discovered a link between his recently-deceased father and Alice's and Sophie's kidnapper in something that happened in 1991 during the Gulf War. Those thrown into emotional turmoil by the 2014 investigation and developments in Baptiste's 2016 investigation this time around include Alice's parents Sam (David Morrissey, DROWNING BY NUMBERS) and Gemma (Keeley Hawes, DEATH AT A FUNERAL), their troubled son Matthew (Jake Davies), Staff Sergeant Eve Stone (BREAKING BAD's Laura Fraser) who ends up having an affair with Sam while helping Gemma follow leads provided by Baptiste, Eve's father Brigadier Stone (Roger Allam, V FOR VENDETTA) whose reveals more than he has let on as he succumbs to Alzheimer's, German policeman Jorn Lenhart (Florian Bartholomši, THE READER) who continues to help Baptiste as the rest of the force and British military police shut him out of the official investigation, butcher's wife Nadia (Lia Williams, FIRELIGHT) whose husband (SALAMANDER's Filip Peeters) who becomes the prime suspect in Alice's and Sophie's disappearance but swears he is being set up, and military press liaison Adam Gettrick (Derek Riddell, HAPPY VALLEY) who may or may not be leaking sensitive information to the press for stories he must solicit statements on from Alice's family and the investigators. Just as twisty in its plotting as the first series but feeling a bit more calculated and less organic in its turns, series two is nevertheless an edge of your seat binge viewing experience.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 12 October 2016 - 30 November 2016

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DVD Review: Acorn Media/RLJ Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 7:49:56
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 2.88 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.

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Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English HoH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Acorn Media/RLJ Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One:
� Episodes 1-4 (with 'Play All' option; 3:55:40)
� Behind the Scenes (42:57)
� Photo Gallery

� Disc Two:
� Episodes 5-8 (with 'Play All' option; 3:54:16)

DVD Release Date: 26 December 2016
Amaray

Chapters 32

 

 

 

Comments

Whereas the eight-episode series one spread its eight hours of material over three dual-layer discs, Acorn's series two set squashes just under five hours of material onto disc one and just under four hours onto disc two. The average bitrate is lower but the presentation looks okay on medium-sized flatscreen displays but compression might be more apparent on larger displays. As with the series one DVD set, audio is stereo while the original mix was 5.1. English HoH subtitles are provided for the English dialogue while incidental German and French dialogue is given permanent subtitles (part of the original presentation and not burned in at the BD/DVD encoding stage). Disc one includes a forty-two minute behind the scenes featurette.

The series is also available on Blu-ray. Series one can also be purchased with series one on DVD and Blu-ray boxed sets.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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