"So damn addictive" --Film.com "Great crime series" --NPR Weekend Edition "Smartly crafted and acted" --San Francisco Chronicle "Full of great writing (and great acting) that will sizzle your brain cells" --EW.com "A British spin on the Law & Order format" --The Boston Globe
Trial & Retribution: Complete Collection
On DVD August 13, 2013
All 22 feature-length mysteries of the gritty British drama in a value-priced collection; From the creator of Prime Suspect, Lynda La Plante
Silver Spring, MD --Teeming with the same hard-bitten sensibility and emotional resonance that made Prime Suspect a television landmark, Trial & Retribution: Complete Collection arrives on DVD in a value-priced collector's edition from Acorn on August 13, 2013. Created and written by BAFTA winner and Emmy(R) nominee Lynda La Plante--"the playwright laureate of women crime-stoppers" (NPR's Weekend Edition)--the 22-feature-length mysteries of the long-running British series follow each case from the scene of the crime to the courtroom verdict. Boasting innovative storytelling and uncompromising realism, Trial & Retribution powerfully portrays the psychological scars that violence leaves behind. The DVD 18-disc set includes 22 mysteries (Sets 1-6), plus bonus behind-the-scenes documentary with cast and crew interviews (46 min.), interviews with Lynda La Plante, David Hayman, Victoria Smurfit, and Colin Salmon (41 min.), and much more ($149.99, AcornOnline.com).
Akin to Law & Order, Trial & Retribution takes viewers from the crime scene to the forensics laboratory and from police headquarters to the courtroom. David Hayman (Sid and Nancy) stars as DCS Mike Walker, with Kate Buffery (Wish Me Luck) and Victoria Smurfit (About a Boy) as his partners.
Guest stars include Hugh Dancy (Black Hawk Down), Iain Glen (Downton Abbey), Simon Callow (Amadeus), Greg Wise (Sense & Sensibility), Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones's Diary), Corin Redgrave (The Forsyte Saga), Charles Dance (Gosford Park), Rosamund Pike (Pride & Prejudice), and Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds, X-Men).
The series premiered on ITV in the U.K. in 1997, and aired for twenty-two mysteries, ending in 2009. Acorn has also released several other series from Lynda La Plante including Prime Suspect, Above Suspicion, and The Commander.
Bonus: Behind-the-scenes documentary with cast and crew interviews (46 min.); interviews with Lynda La Plante, David Hayman, Victoria Smurfit, and Colin Salmon (41 min.); Set 6 behind-the-scenes footage (32 min.); description of the Criminal Investigation Department; photo galleries; biography of Lynda La Plante; and a glossary of terms
Street Date: Aug. 13, 2013 SRP: $149.99 UPC: 054961201693
DVD 18-Disc Collector's Edition: 22 feature-length episodes - Approx. 51 • hours, plus bonus --- SDH subtitles (except Set 3 bonus) Contains graphic scenes, nudity, and coarse language
Best British TV streaming service Acorn TV is featuring a free 30-day trial for complete access to the 18 different series plus marathons. Thereafter, a subscription is just $2.99/mth or $29.99/yr. Each week three new seasons are added and three are removed. The press login/password for complete access is readily available upon request. Acorn TV features the U.S. premiere of Jack Irish starring Guy Pearce as well as War and Peace, Jack Taylor, I, Claudius, Vera, Joanna Lumley's Nile, the U.S. premiere of Blandings Series 1, and marathons of Prime Suspect, Foyle's War, and Agatha Christie's Marple. Press access readily available upon request. Acorn.TV
An RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand (NASDAQ: RLJE), Acorn specializes in the best of British television on DVD/Blu-ray. 2013 releases include: Jack Irish starring Guy Pearce, BBC's The Syndicate, The Fall starring Gillian Anderson, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Doc Martin Special Collection, Helen Mirren's Prime Suspect and Smiley's People on Blu-ray, star-studded Tales of the City: 20th Anniversary Edition, and more episodes from George Gently, New Tricks, Murdoch Mysteries, and Vera. Acorn's DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn at (888) 870-8047 or AcornOnline.com. Select series are streaming at Acorn TV, Acorn.TV
An RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand (NASDAQ: RLJE), Athena releases provide an authoritative and entertaining learning experience through high quality, informative, non-fiction programming. Athena's 2013 releases include: She-Wolves: England's Early Queens, Missions That Changed the War: The Doolittle Raid, Shakespeare: The King's Man, The Story of Math Collection, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, and Understanding Art: Hidden Lives of Masterpieces. Athena DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from RLJ Entertainment at (888) 870-8047 or AcornOnline.com.
Acorn's and Athena's DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from RLJ Entertainment at (888) 870-8047 or AcornOnline.com. Select series are streaming at Acorn TV, the first British TV-focused streaming service, at AcornOnline.com/TV
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