A Touch of Frost moves into
its sixth season in much the same style as it's handled earlier ones.
The popular British detective series continues to offer a selection
of feature-length mysteries starring David Jason as the curmudgeonly
Detective Inspector Jack Frost. (I confess to not understanding the
apparent obsession with giving punning names to detectives in mystery
series, especially ones that are otherwise entirely serious, like A
Touch of Frost.)
Season 6 continues with Frost
investigating crimes in the town of Denton, with each mystery handled
with a realistic, slightly gritty style. Some continuity between
seasons is provided, and we also get a touch of character development
and interaction as Frost gets himself in hot water because of his
tendency to come on too strong in the pursuit of justice.
Realistically speaking, though, the episodes are all stand-alone.
"Appendix Man" starts off
with Frost still attempting to recover from the death of his partner,
but soon enough he's drawn into an investigation of a rather
suspicious suicide. Interestingly, this mystery turns out to have a
connection to the unknown body fished out of the river in the
third-season episode "Dead Male One."
"One Man's Meat" likewise
has a sub-plot focusing on Frost's private life, as he takes in a
lodger; the main focus of the story, though, is on Frost's
simultaneous investigation of two deaths: that of a homeless girl,
and that of an environmental health officer, who ends up leading
Frost to investigate a local meat-packing plant.
"Private Lives" offers a
good change of pace; instead of the usual murder investigation, Frost
is called on to investigate an accident that was nearly lethal, but
not quite. Aficionados of British mysteries
will not be surprised to find that the victim's seemingly quiet town
has a lot going on beneath the surface.
The season ends with another murder
in "Keys to the Car," in which the recovery of a stolen car
leads to the discovery of a dead body. Somehow there's a connection
between the body (who turns out to be a drug dealer), the owner of
the car, and the thief, a gigolo with a record of pulling off scams.
The four episodes presented here
offer solid entertainment for fans of the series; I've never been
quite able to be hooked by the character of Frost, but certainly the
stories are well constructed and offer a reasonable variety in terms
of plot and character.
This two-DVD set is packaged nicely
in a single-wide keepcase, making it more compact than earlier
The series is presented in its
original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. For a 1999 production, the image
quality is quite disappointing. The image overall tends to be
pixellated, with many jagged edges, and edge enhancement is visible
on many occasions. In an odd reversal of the usual for British
television, indoor shots are muddy and unappealing, but outdoor shots
look more natural and pleasing to the eye.
The Dolby 2.0 soundtrack is nothing
to write home about. It's rather muted and flat-sounding, with a
rather hollow quality to it at times. English subtitles are included.
There are no special features on the
A Touch of Frost: Season 6
gives fans of the British mystery series another set of four
feature-length mysteries to add to their collections. It's not
gripping enough that I'd recommend going out and buying it if you
haven't seen any of the Frost episodes before, but if you're a fan
it's easy to recommend it, despite the rather lackluster transfer.
I'll give it a mild "recommended" rating.