Plot: What’s it about?
Miss Marple (Geraldine McEwan) isn’t the typical detective, as she is an older woman with a kind heart and kind manners. Her age is never a hindrance to her either, as her mind as sharp and her attention to detail is impressive. Those around her often underestimate her based on her age and warm disposition, which can lead to mistakes by those on the wrong side of the law. After all, what criminal thinks a simple old woman can unravel their crimes, especially one as wispy as Miss Marple? Her experience in life has paid dividends, as she can read people and pick up on things others would overlook. Even as the police work around her, she is able to gather clues they miss and make connections they haven’t even thought about. But can she solve the most complex of mysteries, or has age finally caught up with Miss Marple?
As I have said in previous reviews of this series, I was never a fan of Miss Marple, the shows I had seen were on the dull side and I avoided subsequent installments. But I sat down with Marple, a new take on Agatha Christie’s elderly sleuth, and I was hooked, the first few episodes were good and the next group were even better. I hoped this third batch of mysteries would continue the trend and I wasn’t disappointed. The series continues to entertain, with great stories that are up to the level you’d expect from Agatha Christie and plenty of twists and turns. The Miss Marple character is given even more depth, as we see more of the personal side of Marple, which really adds to the show’s appeal. Geraldine McEwan is excellent here as she has been throughout the series and she is given some wonderful guest stars to work with. Marple has gotten better with each new installment, so if you’re a fan of mysteries, you won’t want to miss Marple: Series 3.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. I was impressed here, as the episodes look clean and sharp. The period visuals look terrific here, with the only concern some light grain at times. This never proves to be a huge issue however, so no reason to dwell on that. I found the image to be natural, with bright colors and smooth, accurate contrast throughout. The detail level is solid through all the episodes, if a touch soft in some places. I think these episodes look as good, if not better than when broadcast, so fans should be satisfied.
Audio: How does it sound?
I have no complaints about the audio, but this show is about as low impact as it gets, so the soundtracks are reserved. The music does add a little depth and life to the experience, but by far, dialogue dominates. This makes sense, since I doubt anyone expects Miss Marple to break out submachine guns or rocket launchers. The vocals are the main focus and dialogue sounds fine, no volume issues or harshness to mention.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This release includes photo galleries, a profile on Agatha Christie, and filmographies on select cast members.