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article imageReview: New on DVD for July 2 Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Jul 2, 2013 in Entertainment
This week’s releases include a troubled detective who becomes the target of his suspect; a man with an outlandish hypothesis; and a military drama of many extreme measures.
Falcón (DVD)
Entertainment One
Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón (Marton Csokas) prowls Seville's serpentine alleys to uncover the malice lurking in the magnificent city. A smart, intuitive detective, Falcón exposes hard truths and corruption – even when it costs him dearly. In these two feature-length thrillers – The Blind Man of Seville and The Silent and the Damned – Falcón investigates a murder connected to his father's murky past and the apparent suicide of a businessman whose former misdeeds impact the present. Falcón also contends with his attraction to a glamorous widow (Hayley Atwell) and simmering tensions with his ex-wife, Inés (Emilia Fox), and her handsome, high-flying lover, Judge Esteban Calderón (Santiago Cabrera).
This is a combination of House and any crime drama currently on the air. The former comparison is based on the protagonist's substance problem and personal demons. Otherwise it's just an extended episode of The Mentalist or CSI. The cases are incredibly detailed, causing the slightest deference of attention to result in a missed plot point. However the slow progression of the story sometimes allows the viewer’s mind to wander, immediately returning to realize some new development has just passed. Csokas plays the role of a broken man hidden inside a competent detective quite well.
Special features include: The Blind Man of Seville behind scenes featurette; “Javier Falcón: Behind the Man”; “Falcón’s Seville with Robert Wilson”; and photo galleries. (Entertainment One)
The Frankenstein Theory (DVD)
Anchor Bay Entertainment
When he is suspended from his university job for his outlandish ideas, Professor John Venkenheim (Kris Lemche) leads a documentary film crew to the rim of the Arctic Circle in a desperate effort to vindicate his academic reputation. His theory: Mary Shelley's ghastly story, "Frankenstein," is, in fact, a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy.
Special features not available. (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
The Last Resort – The Complete Series (DVD)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The U.S. ballistic submarine Colorado sits 500 feet below the Indian Ocean when orders come in to fire nuclear missiles at Pakistan. Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) and XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman), both question the legitimacy of the order and ask for confirmation, but instead receive missile fire from another U.S. submarine. Left for dead at the bottom of the ocean, the Colorado finds refuge on an exotic island. As troops come toward the island, the members of the crew must work to clear their name and find out who is involved in a conspiracy of nuclear proportions.
The explosive first episode creates a lot of expectation for the remainder of the series. Unfortunately it begins to waver soon after. The intense military drama gives way to more personal problems with locals and amongst the crew. The initial intensity is recaptured occasionally in episodes like “Another Fine Navy Day,” in which the island undergoes a chemical attack. Most of the episodes begin somewhere further ahead in the narrative and then backtrack to show how they got to their current situation. It's an effective device, but sometimes feels a little overused. As the extensive conspiracy that is receiving a lot of public attention continues, it becomes less tangible making investment in the stories more difficult. Nonetheless, the acting is solid and Speedman is adequate as the fast thinking second in command, though the more personal plot lines take away from the overall. But not to worry, even though the series was held to one season it does provide closure in the final episode.
Special features include: 13 featurettes exploring visual effects, characters and more with the show’s creators, cast and crew. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
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