Continuing the brilliant series distributed in Australia by
Magna Pacific, Shadows Rising once again features the talents of Robson Green
and Hermione Norris as Anthony Hill and DI Carol Jordan respectively as they
desperately try to find out who is killing girls who look remarkably the same.
In the interim there is a stalker threatening a famous television couple, and
the level of threat is raised dramatically when the family pet is killed in a
most bizarre fashion.
I really like the way
that this particular episode was put together and what is so often the case
with shows like this canít tell you too much as it just gives stuff away.
There is a lot of extraneous activity always taking place in this series as
well as both Hill and Jordan realise that their affection for each other is
rapidly taking over from being a purely professional relationship, however
with Jordan in an existing one, itís hard for her to see past what she has at
I think that another of
the many reasons I do like this series to the extent that I do is that they
dare to be different in the way that the series is presented with a series of
camera angles and styles that we donít see in the normal shows that are
currently on the air. There is always an unexpected twist that crops up that
will amaze, even to someone like myself who lives for cop shows and murder
mysteries etc. You can guarantee that you will not guess every element to any
one story, so even if you do figure out who the killer is, it is almost
guaranteed that you will not know as much as you think you do.
The very nature of this
show makes sure that your eyes are glued to the television from the start to
the very finish. Having been made for TV, the series unfortunately doesnít
support surround audio, which I am of the very strong belief it would have
benefited from. This is a Dolby 2.0 mix, which still sounds great and utilises
the front speakers but I think it would have been even creepier with some
sounds coming from behind.
Once again due to the
television factor, there are no extras on this disc and I certainly hope that
at some stage in the future they do take the time out for possibly some
interviews and some insight from the series writers and producers. It would be
magnificent to see where the ideas are coming from, as this is one of the
cleverest series that I have seen in a very long time.
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