CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Grave Danger (Part 1+2) (2005, USA) C/B&W-60+60m. n/r D: Quentin Tarantino. Starring William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Lois Chiles, Tony Curtis, Frank Gorshin, Andrew Prine, John Saxon. Finale of season 5 of the popular TV series features none other than Quentin Tarantino as a director, and he also receives story credit. CSI expert Eads is abducted and placed inside a glass coffin with oxygen for about 24 hours. His colleagues are desperately trying to find out why he was abducted and where he is. The kidnapper is demanding $1,000,000. Appropriately spectacular and exciting for a series final, with some typical Tarantino touches to satisfy curious cult movie buffs, but episodes remain too integrated in the whole series and - even if combined - could not stand alone as a feature film. Still, pretty good stuff for TV standards.

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