Hailed a “gripping crime thriller”, The Level has been brought to Blu-ray courtesy of Acorn Media, one of my favorite new distributors and labels as of late, as I’ve been more and more enthralled by British television. Will this trend continue? Or have I finally found the end of my fascination with the tv from overseas?
The Level is a television miniseries that revolves around Nancy Devlin, a Detective Sargeant for the local police precinct who is charged with investigating the murder of a local drug trafficker named Frank Le Saux. And, while the murder mystery is an interesting enough plot line, there is the added twist that Nancy has an interesting and secret connection with the deceased.
Frank Le Saux is Nancy’s father.
While the two have not been close, and their connection is largely a secret to everyone, she does care that he has been murdered. However things become increasingly complicated as she is charged with finding the murderer and investigator her father’s death. This is the main draw to the show, seeing Nancy interact with the other police officers and with the criminals who knew her father. In fact, when some people start finding out who she really is, the show gets particularly fascinating, as she must rely on this secret remaining on the low.
As with the several other British television shows that I’ve encountered as of late, there is a distinct difference from what you would expect to see on American drama television. What I mean by this is that The Level, and similar shows, are a bit more “real” or “grounded” than something like 24, CSI, or other similar shows in the States. This isn’t to say they are less exciting or entertaining, just often feature less of the improbable, which I find refreshing.
The acting in this show was very compelling and well done. Overall the show is just a fantastic watch and I definitely recommend it if you are interested in a more grounded police investigation drama.
The visual quality of this release is right up there with other current television series. The colors are all vibrant and pop out quite well, and the darks stay true. Similarly, the audio quality is as good as you can ask for, with a somewhat limited use of the surround channels, but an overall pleasant mix that never drops dialog or has any popping.
- On Set and Behind the Scenes
- From Page to Screen
- Where Truth Meets Fiction
- How They Do Like to Be by the Seaside
- What’s Location Catering Like?
- Why Are Murders and Cop Dramas So Popular?
- Introductary Trailers
As with other Acorn releases, The Level comes in a standard 2-disc amaray case with a slipcover that matches the sleeve. Inside, you get the two Blu-ray discs that have really nice scenic art on them, and an insert displaying other Acorn releases.
The special features are unique and interesting, but there’s not a lot to them. Most of the featurettes are five minutes or shorter in length, which is a bummer because there are some good questions being asked there.
An interesting and entertaining cop drama with a unique twist? Yes please. If you are looking for a series to watch and this sounds like a good time, then I definitely encourage picking it up.
You can purchase it here on Amazon.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.