Video Reviews: 'Prime Suspect 1' and 'Prime Suspect 2'
Nearly four hours each and never less than brilliant, these gripping British crime dramas are even better than their stellar reputation. Helen Mirren’s star-making turn as the prickly Det. Chief Inspector Jane Tennison is still a marvel, with Tennison’s razor-sharp professionalism contrasting wonderfully with the shambles of her personal life — somehow, she’s never more appealing than when she’s being rude to a superior or snapping at a loved one — and the intriguing murder cases she must solve. In an error rare to the format, our copy of Suspect 2 froze on side 1 and proved difficult to get started again, though a second copy we tested worked without a glitch. And while the no-frills packaging philosophically fits the no-nonsense Tennison, the dearth of extras — where’s the commentary from Mirren or Suspect creator Lynda La Plante? — hardly befits these landmark moments in TV movies. Prime Suspect 1: A Prime Suspect 2: A+ Presentation: C-