The Good

A well written show with great acting.

The Bad

No real extras. The look of this show was somewhat jolting.

Father Brown: Set 2 brings us Kenneth More as the aforementioned detective. This 6 episode, 2 disc set finds the kindly father going up against all manner of criminals. Whether he is dealing with blackmailers, dead people, or whoever else, one can always count on the Father to unravel the case even when it seems like he is doing nothing at all. There are times in the viewing of this show where one may wonder how the father is ever going to figure anything out. Described as "dotty" on the packaging for this release, I quickly realized that this was all a part of his lofty scheme to deduce, decipher and work as many angles as possible in an effort to figure out his cases.

Having Father Brown r sleuth that he is really works well for the 6 stories in this collection. It is easy to be lulled by his somewhat plodding ways, but in the end like the tortoise and the hare, the Father always gets where he needs to be.

Features

G.K. Chesterton Bio and Cast Filmographies

Sadly, these features are the sort where one needs to read their screen in order to obtain them. As a result, there really isn't too much to say but enjoy them if that is your cup of tea.

Video

4:3 Full Screen. The look of this show was very jolting to me. At times seeming to merge different formats of film and video stocks, I was surprised at how strongly the images of have held up (the show is from 1974), and I was also shocked at how the formats looked against one another. All in all the best way I could describe the look of these discs is muted. There is no real sharpness to any of the colors but when you realize the age of the assets, that can be forgiven.

Audio

Dolby Digital. I had to turn the sound up a bit more than halfway which was surprising because Acorn Media titles don't usually need that. Also, there wasn't much about the audio on this release that really grabbed me. I didn't notice too much richness with the soundtrack, and the dialogue sounded quite wooden at times. One can obviously make out everything that is being said, I just think the audio was recorded in a highly simplistic way.

Package

Father Brown stands on the front of this green slipcase cover. The back showcases a contemplative shot of Brown, a description of what this show is about, a Features listing and technical specs. The 2 discs in this collection are stored in 2 amaray cases, both of which offer up episode listings and descriptions.

Final Word

The strength of Father Brown: Set 2 lies in both the writing and the acting. Also, the creators of this show don't make following this set that easy. As I moved through the various stories, I eventually found the rhythm's that this show was going for. However, at first, I really felt like I had been dropped into another world. In the opening episode, "The Actor and the Alibi," I was completely thrown off by the juxtaposition between the real world and stage world. So shocked by what I was seeing I half thought that things might have been messed up in the editing and transfer of these discs. Then, like Father Brown himself, I found myself wading through the actions and the characters to put together what had happened.

This is Father Brown: Set 2's greatest asset, that it drops viewers in the shoes of its protagonist and often lets you figure out things as he does.