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The final sixth collection improves on the very poor fifth.
We still have the simple 4, 90 min episodes spread across 3 discs strangely - and they are more like standard ITV crime dramas than the original lengthy episodes. We do actually get some limited extras for once - though the behind the scenes do essentially summarize the plots with limited interviews.
For those people struggling to find episode 2 Sirens - it is on disc 1, though the menus on all the discs in the collections which contain more than one episode aren't great. You have two options - go for play all, and use the chapter skip to move through episode 1, or use the play episode menu option and select the very small double arrow >> option.
Episode 1 - Tracks - 4*, having Roy Marsden as a guest villain is good, though it was pretty easy to guess the gay twist Episode 2 - Siren - 3* run of the mill Episode 3 - Ghost Train - 4* quite enjoyed this one Episode 4 - Shooter - 4* - no real investigation as such, but starting with a trial made a nice change.
I have been collecting this series over the past six months, although I did watch most of the episodes on TV. Good TV Drama like this is worth collecting on DVD, because with some of the rubbish on TV just lately, I always have something good to watch. I have just recently bought the Cracker set of DVD's, again, brilliant series. I notice that the new series of Trial & Retribution, seasons 7 to 14 is now available as Dutch Import versions (similar to The Onedin Line set) but they are a bit pricy at the moment, averaging £23 for each season. My advice is to wait about twelve months before buying these (that's if you have not already bought them). If you like good crime drama, then I strongly reccomend Trial & Retribution. My next set to purchase will be Prime Suspect I think.
I have just spent the last half hour trying to find the episode called "Siren" The collection is billed as the sixth series, Episodes 19-22 but episode 20 is only shown in a "making of" type documentary.I have been reading through the revues on this page which rightly praise this series but only one mentions the fact that it only 75% complete. Am I missing something or have the two of us got a faulty first disc? Perhaps the manufacturers would like to comment.
This series is one of the many wonderful British TV series which we do not get in the US. Like most British series, the episodes are longer than in any US series, which allows more character development and more twists. It also has a more finely nuanced set of conclusions than the typical US series. Perhaps, more jaded than Americans, the ending of each episode is less likely to be "happy ever after", with both villain and hero getting their just desserts. The acting is always excellent, and so is the writing.
This set claims to be episodes 19 to 22 in fact episode 20 Siren is only covered on disc one as a limited Behind the Scenes extra. Also Ghost Train on disk two is not written by Lynda La Plante and it shows. Episodes Tracks and Shooter are up to standard and enjoyable viewing. Perhaps two stars for this set. Xavier Jones NZ
What a fantastic series trial & retribution. This is the last box set ( the sixth collection ) I'm just so sad they did not make more This set was well worth the money and well worth watching the whole series