As an American, I rarely get the opportunities to seek out and watch good TV and film from other countries. For the most part, I am usually only privy to the ones that make it super big and take on a global presence. But thankfully, Acorn exists, and I am pretty lucky to get the chance to review their releases from time to time. Today, I’m going to be talking a bit about My Life is Murder – a story about an Australian ex-cop Alexa who is routinely convinced to help out with current investigations by her friend and former boss.
The first series, which is now out on Blu-ray, features ten episodes of murder-mystery solving goodness. Alexa Crowe is a more than capable and more than entertaining lead character who brings her intellect and one of a kind personality to her work as she chews through case after case, solving each one as she goes.
Throughout this series, you’ll see a really diverse and interesting set of mysteries that Alexa will investigate with the help of her data-analyst friend from the police force. Each of these situations is both believable and also surprising and pretty entertaining.
The acting is great, the characters are great, and, most notably, the locations and scenes are great. Taking place in Australia makes this show a bit exotic to me as an American viewer, even if the two countries aren’t all that different. I think that this is testament to the set direction and locations chosen for the show.
One final thing I want to praise this series for is the solutions to the crimes. I’m generally one who will spot the killer early on and then get bored while the characters play out their roles leading up to a solution just in time for the episode to end. I won’t say that every episode is perfect, but many of them had me surprised and even when I was not surprised, I was not certain of the culprit until the end, which is what I would like most in a show like this.
I was impressed with the audio and visual quality for this series. It seems that the tech for high quality television quality is cheap enough these days for shows to be able to have nice and clear image with great texture and colors on screen. Similarly, the audio track – while dialogue heavy, was often exciting with music or the hustle and bustle of crowds or busy sets.
This Blu-ray release comes in a standard bluecase with three Blu-ray discs and a nice slipcover. Also included are:
- Behind the scenes featurette
- Animated shorts
Our Recommendation for My Life is Murder:
I always like to recommend foreign film and television when I can. I think it is important to have a more global set of experiences. In this case, My Life is Murder is a really fun and interesting who-dunnit style show with a kick ass female lead and a series of interesting and tricky mysteries that must be solved. If you like a challenge, then this should be it.