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The Tunnel: Sabotage — The Complete Second Season (TheaterByte Blu-ray Review)

The Tunnel: Sabotage Blu-ray PackshotThe second season of the Anglo-Franco crime/mystery series The Tunnel, The Tunnel: Sabotage, reunites English detective Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane, Game of Thrones) and French detective Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy, The Ones Below) to solve a new intrigue. After a French couple is abducted from the Eurotunnel in front of their traumatized young daughter, the investigative duo must hurry to solve the mystery, but as they begin to investigate, a terrorist group hacks into an airplane and crashes it into the English Channel killing everyone on board. Are the crimes connected? The answer may lie with the seductive Eryka Klein (Laura de Boer) who quickly becomes a person of interest in the investigation, but also a surprising love interest for Elise.

Sabotage has so many plot twists you’d be forgiven for needing a neck brace while watching the series; and while it is an addictive and well-acted mystery drama, one can’t say that the neo-noir aspects of this drama are well scripted. It isn’t too complicated at all to unravel the mystery of who is behind the murders, ultimately, y the time you make about a quarter of the way through. The excitement lies in the surprise of what twists the plot and subplots will take.

As always, Clémence Poésy is electrifying and seething with sexuality even as she plays the cool, pragmatic, and calculating Elise. She’s offered an opportunity in this season to expand her role and unleash a little more emotionally. And Stephen Dillane’s Karl Roebuck is the perfect counter to his Game of Thrones personality – less devious and underhanded, more disorganized and vulnerable, but no less brilliant at what he does.

The Video

The Tunnel: Sabotage arrives on Blu-ray in an AVC 1080i encodement from PBS. Apart from the occasional hint of banding and slight noise in some of the shadows, this is a solid transfer with crisp detail, natural color reproduction and good contrast.

The Audio

The English/French bi-lingual DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is subtle, but provides some good atmospherics. I found that turning on the Neural:X processing for this one enhanced some of the foley effects in the surround channels and obviously boosted the ‘immersive-ness’ by engaging the height channels. Even without that, the mix is well-balanced if just a tad dry at times, but with good clean dialogue and the latter is what drives this series the most.

The Supplements

  • The Making of The Tunnel: Sabotage (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:10:18)
  • Anatomy of a Scene: Plane Crash (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:04:55)
  • An International Production (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:04:32)
  • The Evolution of Karl and Elise (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:05:36)
  • Anatomy of a Scene: Fournier’s Car Crash (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:03:56)

The Final Assessment

While not in the class of classic mystery series, The Tunnel: Sabotage is certainly a Grade-A guilty pleasure crime drama with superb performances from its leads and a high production value. The Blu-ray release looks solid as well.

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3.6 / 5 TheaterByte Rating
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Canal+ | Kudos Film and Television | Shine | Sky Atlantic | PBSStudios & Distributors
Mike Barker | Gilles Bannier | Tim Mielants | Carl TibbettsDirector
Ben Richards | Yan Le Nivet | Louise Ironside | Franck PhillipponWriter
400 MIns.Run Time
$59.99MSRP
11 Jul. 2017Release Date
1.78:1Aspect Ratio
AVC 1080iVideo
English/French (bi-lingual) DTS-HD MA 5.1Audio
English | English SDHSubtitles
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Summary
Two powerhouse performances by Clémence Poésy and Stephen Dillane carry this sometimes imperfect crime/mystery series through a second season filled with a number of twists and enticing subplots. The Blu-ray from PBS is solid.
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