Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series

August 4, 2014 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Joe Geddes (Lennie James) and Frank Agnew (Mark Strong) are police officers, the people who are tasked to protect society and uphold the law. But these two detectives have a plan to break the law, as they want to murder a fellow police officer, Brendan McCann (Michael McGrady). While McCann is a cop, he is a crooked one and as such, Joe and Frank justify his demise as making the world a better place. Well aware of the mistakes criminals often make, the two devise an intricate plan that will cover all the bases and ensure they’re not even suspects. Soon enough, the plan is unleashed and McCann is killed, but things don’t go as smoothly as they expected. Internal Affairs becomes involved and while the plan was a solid one, Joe and Frank begin to question each other’s loyalties. Even when it becomes clear that Internal Affairs was more interested in McCann’s criminal activities than his death, the two find themselves at odds. As tension mounts, the two find their lives thrown into chaos and with a breaking point seeming inevitable, will their perfect crime prove to be their downfall?

While AMC tends to have a golden touch when it comes to original shows, Low Winter Sun was a rare exception and never found much of an audience. But cancellation doesn’t guarantee a show isn’t good, so did Low Winter Sun deserve the execution or was it just an innocent victim? Based on a UK show, Low Winter Sun is a dark in an unrelenting fashion. I think that is a big part in why it failed to find a connection with viewers. Similar shows have found success, so perhaps the lack of humor, even in a gallows way, prevented this show’s decline. You can maintain a dark atmosphere and narrative but keep some humor or break points, but Low Winter Sun plays it all totally straight. The show is still more than solid, especially when it comes to the cast. The performances are excellent across the board, which really helps fuel the story. As solid as it is, it just isn’t on the same level as AMC’s top tier programs like Breaking Bad and Mad Men. The show never manages to get the hooks in like those shows did, to make sure you wouldn’t want to miss a single moment. Even so, it is a solid show and has some good performances and an interesting narrative, which makes it worth a look. So no, Low Winter Sun isn’t another elite level AMC effort, but it has more than enough merit to earn a solid recommendation.

Video: How’s it look?

The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This treatment is top notch, though of course a high definition version would be preferable. This is a clean, sharp effort on all fronts however, with great detail and depth throughout. The colors are dead on and contrast is excellent, with no softness I could detect at all. Not a lot else to talk about here, the show looks great and leaves little room for complaints.

Audio: How’s it sound?

A Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is on tap and it sounds terrific. I love how more recent shows pack an impressive sound design, as that hasn’t always been the case. The surround presence is moderate, but it kicks in when it needs to. I like how the mix has a natural sound, so it doesn’t force the audio at all. The music sounds superb here, while dialogue is strong and consistent. Not much to talk bad about here, just a rock solid overall soundtrack.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release includes some deleted scenes, episode featurettes, and several behind the scenes pieces.

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