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Doc Martin Series 9 Blu-ray Review

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“Doc Martin” returns for a ninth series.

Fans of the drama-comedy “Doc Martin” get to take a trip back to the seaside town of Portwenn for another 8 episodes in the ninth series of the hit long-running British series. In this season, key plots involve the General Medical Council assessing Martin (and his hemophobia) which could put his career in jeopardy, Al opening a holiday home, Martin and Louisa’s relationship, Louisa becoming a child counselor, Ruth’s health, the local pub, James (the child), a police investigation into a camper being shot, a wedding, Penhale taking up surfing, and Buddy the dog.

In this age of peak television and complex and rich storytelling, “Doc Martin” is a decidedly old fashioned comfort show. It’s a very straight forward series about a close knit small town community and the serious, grumpy titular character (with a poor beside manner). You know what you’re getting with this series after one episode and the series never pretends to be anything more than what it is. With that said, it does what it sets out to do well as it focuses on character above all else. Martin Clunes (who plays the title role) nails the part as a self-serious man who slowly opens up throughout the course of the series. The supporting cast is also aces here with winning performances by the likes of Ian McNeice (Bert), Caroline Catz (Louisa), Jessica Ransom (Morwenna), John Marquez (Joe Penhale), among others.

It should be noted that series nine might potentially be the final season. If that is the case, the alleged series finale is satisfying albeit in a rushed way. However, there’s certainly more to mine here for future seasons given the revelations at the end (no spoilers here). The rest of the episodes are business as usual as they focus on hijinks, character drama, and ongoing story arcs.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9 1080p. How does it look? The Blu-ray picture quality isn’t quite up to hi-def standards, but it’s by no means poor.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? It’s far from dynamic, but it does the job.

Extras:
* “Doc Martin” cast members Ian McNeice and Joe Absolom play trivia games, a game of real or rubbish, and “Flip The Script” games with the 2 reading script pages and switching parts.
* “Coming Back To Cornwall”- A behind-the-scenes featurette
* “Bert Large’s Failed Ventures”- A featurette on the character
* “Meeting James Henry”- An extra about the character.
* “Weddings And Proposals”- A look at the big wedding

 

December 22, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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