"ARMCHAIR THRILLER SET 1" is a set of four separate stories, each as long as full-length theater movies or more, and full of bewildering suspense. One might call them "doctor drama" as they have to do with crime and mystery while dealing with suspects with less than a normal psychological temperament. But then, in a British mystery setting, what is normal.
The series is dated to 1978 simply because that is the date when it was originally aired. It is not intended to be a period mystery set, but it is rather fun in seeing avocado green dial telephones, 70's furnishings and wallpaper, and technology such as reel-to-reel tape recordings, and a 33rpm record music center.
Other than the occasional hair style, each suspense/mystery is as contemporary enjoyable as any 21st century production. Acorn Media deserves a pat on the back for making this set available to a new generation and continent.
...1...DYING DAY...100 minutes. A loner named Skipling ends up with a cassette tape left by another train commuter. He listens and hears a plan by someone to kill himself on Feb. 28. Skipling fails to get anyone, including the police, to believe him. Everyone feels he needs a psychologist, not a bodyguard. Is he a crank? Is he deranged? Is he in danger? February 28th answers all questions.
...2...THE LIMBO CONNECTION...152 minutes. Hard-drinking husband, Mark, wakes up to find out his wife, Clare, has had an accident, food poisoning, and treatment at a private clinic. She disappears. Police suspect Mark. Mark must find her and clear himself.
...3...RACHEL IN DANGER...93 minutes. Innocent 10-year-old Rachel, who talks like an educated 25-year-old, and who has not seen her dad for 8 years, is met at the rail station by an impostor. It's the man who killed Rachel's dad. Rachel's phony "father" & "stepmother", find Rachel an opportunity and a problem. Their main focus, as terrorists, is the Royal Garden Party at the palace.
...4...THE VICTIM...142 minutes. An industrialist's child, Sue, is abducted. Although Vincent could afford the ransom, he decides to lead his own private search to find the kidnappers, leaving the police out of the loop. Vincent's relentless drive, latest technology, and specialists are put into high hear once the ransom payment is refused.
Each feature deals with criminals with a psychological make-up that makes them dangerous, hard to predict, and/or elusive. Thus: unpredictable "ARMCHAIR THRILLERs" that have a mind bending twist, and a bit of a surprise faceted ending.
More than one scene actually made me flinch. My wife's reaction was an occasional grasp of my arm. This DVD set lives up to it's title: "ARMCHAIR THRILLER."
As good as MURDER MOST ENGLISH, another recommended DVD set. See my review. Thanks for reading this. TA!