The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 3 has been released on Blu-ray by Acorn Media. Is the show worth delving into? Read on to find out!
I had not previously seen the first two series of Brokenwood Mysteries but thankfully other than character development all of the stories/mysteries are self contained in each episode. The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 3 is set in the small fictional town of Brokenwood in New Zealand. It is actually filmed on location in New Zealand’s North Island. There are two main characters – Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd and his assistant Detective Kristin Sims and a small reoccurring cast.
The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 3 has 4 feature length episodes (2 per disc). The episodes are as follows:
The Black Widower – The body of a woman is found under a giant foam spider that just happens to be the wife of a well known pub owner. Is the death from a real spider, diabetic shock or something else entirely?
Over Her Dead Body – Brokenwood is sad to hear of a popular local poet dying of cancer. However at the funeral the coffin falls open revealing the body of a different person.
The Killing Machine – Car lovers from around the area come to the annual Riverstone Beach Hop festival. A shock happens the morning of the event when the body of the chairman is found next to his cherished car. But that’s not the only body they find …
A Merry Bloody Christmas – December holidays is coming soon in Brokenwood and the local mayor is dressing up as Santa. Of course Santa is found dead and the fingers point to his political rivals. Who had the most to gain from his death?
The show itself is pretty lighthearted for the subject matter. There is quite a bit of dry humor mostly through the use of little comments that the characters make in dialog. The background music has a country feel to it which sets the tone for the offbeat style. I found the two main characters charming and interesting. The actors do a good job of playing off of each other. The scripts were decently written and the episodes were shot well.
The picture quality is exactly what you would expect from other modern Acorn Blu-ray releases. The rich greens and blues really show through during the country-side and island location filming. The visual detail is sharp and the audio is clear. DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 with English subtitles is included.
Interview with cast and writer Tim Balme (9 minutes)
Brokenwood Mysteries Series 3 Final Thoughts:
The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 3 doesn’t break any new ground in the whodunit genre but it’s still a solid entry. The New Zealand location, country music score and eccentric characters are sure to be fresh to a new audience of crime television. The show is not dark, or violent (other than the fact that murders are being committed). Instead it sets forth a nice warm, easy tone to it. The main characters are likable and fun. If you are already a fan you will want to pick this season up, otherwise it’s certainly worth checking out with a rental. You can buy it on Amazon in either Blu-ray, DVD, or Digital form.
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