Plot: What’s it about?
Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) has been through a lot in her career in law enforcement, from joining at a young age to battling sexism within the department. But those trials and tribulations at work haven’t been her only ones, as her personal life has been stressful as well. She drinks heavily to ease her pain and has little success as far as romance, but she pushes on nonetheless. Now her father has been hospitalized and she faces pressure from her supervisor to not only retire, but do so without drawing attention to herself. Her lone outlet has been a young girl named Penny (Laura Greenwood), the best friend of a missing girl in the case Tennison is working on. As she closes in on the end of her career, Tennison vows to solve the case and bring the guilty to justice, but can she finish out this final case?
In the field of detective and other crime solving shows, few can hold a candle to Prime Suspect. The series has had all the right elements, an ideal lead in Helen Mirren, great stories, and memorable characters. In this seventh installment, also known as The Final Act, the series come to a conclusion. The end for a lot of shows, even great ones, is often a whimper, but Prime Suspect closes out with an appropriate finale. I don’t know if I’d call the best of the series, but Prime Suspect 7 is excellent and fans should be satisfied with this final installment. Mirren’s performance is the best of the series, thanks in part to the development of the role, as she has more depth and direction than ever before. Her character is so well written and evolved, its sad to see the journey end, but at least Mirren’s final performance is so superb. I cannot recommend Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act enough, but don’t forget to check out the previous six volumes as well.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a recent production and it shows, as the visuals look clean and crisp. The detail level isn’t super high, but the image looks clear and subtle touches are visible. The colors look warm and natural, while contrast is up to snuff, if a touch dark at times. So overall, I think this installment looks good and fans should be pleased with this transfer, no doubt.
Audio: How does it sound?
This show isn’t the kind of show off your sound system with, but the stereo soundtrack is more than acceptable. A few scenes could have been boosted a shade, but even then, the experience wouldn’t have been enhanced that much. The sound effects come across in fine form, with the same kind of audio presence you’d expect from a television show, though these days, some do provide a more immersive texture. No troubles with dialogue either, as vocals are clear and crisp throughout the episodes. In the end, the material sounds good and that is what counts.
Supplements: What are the extras?
In addition to the usual still photos and cast filmographies, there is a fifty minute behind the scenes piece. This is not promotional in nature, but also isn’t an in depth look at the production. Even so, there is some good stuff here and this extensive feature does add some value to the release.