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DVD Reviews: Wire in the Blood: The Mermaids Singing

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Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 20 July 2003
Distributed by:
Magna Pacific
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Distributed by Magna Pacific, Wire in the Blood Episode One had me instantly hooked. Basically a British murder mystery, the Poms are great at doing this sort of story and Mermaids Singing had all the elements of a fascinating tale that has me asking for more of the series immediately.

There is a serial killer taking the lives of young men and disfiguring their bodies whilst still alive, then torturing them. It's up the local cops to find the killer before it's too late. The aggression with which the murders are being carried out is
escalating and the bloodbath needs to be stopped as soon as possible.

It's to that end that DI Carol Jordan enlists the help of psychologist Anthony Hill to assist in creating a profile to help find the killer based on what is left at the crime scene and the way that the murders are being carried out. Everyone leaves clues as to what they do, but it's the professional who notices the small points that will pin point or narrow down the suspect list and Hill is famous for his assistance in high profile murder cases.

The plot twists and turns in this tale and things heat up for the police when it's  discovered that one of the investigative team is leaking vital details out to the press. This impede progress as the police have to battle against a foe who knows as much as they do as the newspaper publishes everything with abandon. As the case progresses, Hill and Jordan get closer to being involved personally with each other which adds a personal element to the whole feeling of the film.

When it came down to reviewing this disc, it's a bit harder as I thoroughly enjoyed it however when it comes down to it's essence, this DVD is nothing more or less than a recorded TV show with scene selection. Sure it looks and sounds good however extras on here would have been great. The camera angles and colour washes are well done and add an element of grit to the show as well, at times giving it a bit of a 'dirty' look.

Wire in the Blood: The Mermaids Singing will have you guessing until the very end and clamouring for more in the series. The nice thing about this is that at the very low price of $19.95 RRP you also cannot go wrong. Highly recommended for fans of this genre.

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