“Alibi” is a thriller with a bit of romance and touches of black humour along the way. Greg is discovered with the dead body of his wife’s lover by Marcey, a public servant moonlighting as a waitress at a party thrown by Greg for he and his wife’s wedding anniversary. Marcey sets about ‘organising’ the slightly neurotic Greg in his attempts to cover up the ‘accident’.

alibidvdStudio: Acorn Media
Year: 2018
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Run time: 150 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 DVD
Region: 1

The Commander in this series does everything a good cop wouldn’t do. She garbles evidence and sleeps with suspects. On top of that, she has a huge ego. Now, ordinarily this wouldn’t kill a series – it would maybe even be an interesting touch.

Amanda Burton is superb as the female head of a homicide bureau, surrounded by male detectives who show a strong anti-feminine bias and who want to get her fired (sacked, canned, terminated, etc.). This female commander is no pushover though. She plays the male game superbly. She is a complex character, complete with faults, and thus utterly realistic. Also she is totally delightful.

Movie Quality: 8.5/10

Special Features

  • Interview with star Amanda Burton
  • Character Retrospective with creator Lynda La Plante
  • Supporting Cast Featurette

Special Features: 8/10

Final Thoughts

The result is a cat-and-mouse, play-like drama (whose creator wrote for the superb Robbie Coltrane series, Cracker). The writing is consistently excellent, as are the performances and the direction. Kitchen is wonderful when he’s on the edge and he’s definitely on the edge in Alibi.
Overall Rating: 8/10