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Foyle's War: Series 1-5 - From Dunkirk to VE-Day (2009)

Michael Kitchen , Anthony Howell  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Kitchen, Anthony Howell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 19
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 1920 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024OW1QQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,164 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Riveting mysteries set against the backdrop of World War II history

"A triumph from start to finish" --The Wall Street Journal

"Brilliantly explores the moral gray areas of war" --San Francisco Chronicle

Combining uncompromising historical accuracy with compelling mysteries, this award-winning British series opens a unique window on a significant time and place. Michael Kitchen (Out of Africa) stars as the laconic Christopher Foyle, detective chief superintendent in the English town of Hastings. As World War II ravages the social fabric of this once quiet coastal community, Foyle investigates crimes the conflict has fostered on the home front. The 19 mysteries in this collection follow the course of the war from 1940 to 1945.

Also starring Anthony Howell and Honeysuckle Weeks. Guest stars include Julian Ovenden, Corin Redgrave, Robert Hardy, Charles Dance, Michael Jayston, Rosamund Pike, Amanda Root, James Wilby, and James McAvoy.

Includes all episodes from Foyle’s War Sets 1–5.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE exclusive interviews with series writer and creator Anthony Horowitz and stars Anthony Howell and Honeysuckle Weeks, making-of documentaries, production notes, historical backgrounds, cast reflections, notes on a real-life Foyle, photo gallery, and cast filmographies.


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236 of 238 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"FOYLE'S WAR: Sets 1-5" presents British Home Front war-life through poignant topics, compelling suspense, and many mirthful moments. Masterpiece Theatre created a 6-year running (2002-2008) British mystery masterpiece. They outdid themselves. This "War Years" series of 19 feature-length episodes is now available as a set and thus a better price. Wow, 32 hours, of sure-to-please mystery/period drama.

It is a 1940-45 Southern England countryside experience not to be missed. It serves as a home-front view documentary of the English WWII involvement and resulting life-style of the population away from the active war front. This series begins in May, 1940 when all England expects an eminent invasion from Germany. You'll learn lots about the British WW2 home-war preparedness.

On the other hand, FOYLE'S WAR is a series of some of the best 21st century written murder mystery stories ever presented on television--or theater. An interview bonus feature with creator/writer Anthony Horowitz proves that the dual focus--mystery/period drama--was intentional from day one. The combined perfection is "jolly good show." It's hard to believe--but, 19 episodes comprising 32 hours is simply not enough of "Foyle's War." You'll want to move from #1 through to #19 without stopping to sleep. It's that good.

Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) is a cop who'd rather be on the war front than investigating crime in Hastings, England. His cases, almost always murder, are quite involved, and never fail to end with a surprise--or two. I'll stick my neck out--Foyle's as good as Poirot. Foyle recruits help from an ex-soldier who lost a leg. Milner (Anthony Howell) manages to do much of Foyle's "leg-work" on an artificial limb.
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
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Michael Kitchen. Never heard of him, I'm sure, you're saying. That would be your loss, especially if you enjoy a great period piece now and then. Kitchen was marvelous as the British agent for a British landlord with holdings in 19th century Ireland, in "The Hanging Gale." And now Kitchen triumphs again as a detective chief superintendent Christopher Foyle. He often identifies himself, however, rather more charmingly: "My name is Foyle. I'm a police officer." No badge is shown or papers presented while so introducing himself. Such would be superfluous though as Kitchen's Foyle, in mannerisms, demeanor, as well as the way his carries himself, makes it rather apparent that he is in law enforcement. And to boot, all this takes place in the early days of 1940, "in the beautiful southern English countryside amid the disorder and danger of World War II"(to quote the packaging). The episodes herein "concentrate on the influence the war had on the home front."

As in all Foyle episodes a murder takes place and Kitchen methodically goes about solving it. He has a sergeant for assistance as well as an actress side-kick (whose most unusual name in real life is Honeysuckle Weeks) who plays an army soldier seconded to drive for Foyle, who is without a license to do so. Like in many detective dramas the who did it is rather less important than the drama getting to that point. Actually, these hour and forty minute long Foyle episodes often go by for me without my giving much serious contemplation toward the solution Foyle seeks. Ever play chess and really focus on 3, 4, 5, 6 possible moves in advance and then play a casual game of chess just for fun? That's how I personally watch Foyle's War. I'm not too interested in guessing then second guessing again & again who I think is the murderer.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the British best July 27, 2009
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Nobody does period pieces like the British, and Foyle's War may be the best of them all. The setting of Hastings in Britain during WWII is the basis for important war related themes in addition to the whodunnits of each episode. Americans have no idea what wartime living was like compared to what the British experienced, and this nineteen episode series brings it to incredible reality. Michael Kitchen (Detective Chief Supt Foyle,) Honeysuckle Weeks (Samantha Stewart,) and Anthony Howell (Sgt. Milner) are impossibly good in their roles. Other fine actors drop in and out of the series and are spot on, as they might say. The research done for this series seems to have left no stone unturned when it comes to themes, settings, costumes, you name it. The good news: there is a sixth series coming with the same main characters, but in the post-war period.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest, but... July 2, 2010
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I have nothing to add but further praise for this terrific series. The three main stars are wonderful. I am even starting to make Michael Kitchen facial gestures. All I can say is shame on American TV producers who are stuck in the ruts of "reality" TV, and CSI ad nauseum!
Can you believe that they are even going to re-make Hawaii Five-0???? Jack Lord will come back from his grave to "Book 'Em!"

But on a purely technical note, I have noticed that some people are having trouble accessing the "closed captioning" feature. It is NOT on the discs themselves. You must have your TV set up to access them. AND if you are using a HDMI cable(as I was), instead of the one your set came with, you can't access at all. Try changing cables. Fortunately, Series 6 has subtitles accessed from the disc menus. Now for Series 7,8,9, etc:

Scott
PS Sometimes we Yanks have trouble understanding the cockney accents in British TV. Or is it my age!!!!????
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great series!
Foyle's War took me by surprise-totally different from my usual British shows-wow, was I pleased. I am now a loyal fan, have watched the entire series more than once, and I am... Read more
Published 1 month ago by great movies are for me
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly classic series - not to be missed!
Other than the pervasive attempt to deal with current cultural issues 60 years ago, the entire series is one historical masterpiece after another. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carl D. Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
This series is wonderful for showing the impact of war on Great Britain. Doesn't pull any punches over events at that time.
Published 3 months ago by rosamund jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a history lesson
I have learned more about WW II from just watching this series than I ever learned in school. They have managed to humanize the war in way that no other series has.
Published 3 months ago by Vanissa Thurman
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, engaging
I love the character of Foyle...intelligent and human. We purchased the series as christmas gifts and each couple raved and wanted more!!! So do I!!!
Published 4 months ago by elena
5.0 out of 5 stars Foyle's War - Protecting the public during World War II
Love this show!!!!! We have purchased all series that have been released in the USA.

The series is set during and after the Second World War in Hastings, England, with... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kenneth E. Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars FOYLE's WAR: series 1-5
Every stand-alone story is a movie, not just an episode; all are excellent. The Inspector Foyle himself is clever and powerful in a quiet way. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Renee Copeland
5.0 out of 5 stars Foyle"s War, excellent series
My wife and I have enjoyed all six sets of Foyle's War, they are well written, excellent actors. Michael Kitchen deserves and Emmy. Waiting for new sets, 8,9,10 hopefully. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Richard Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent Detective Series
WWII is an excellent background for mystery writer in London England. He did his research and Kitchen was a superb actor who made the mystery even better. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sandra Hinton
5.0 out of 5 stars Foyle's War: Series 1-5 is a winner.
I will be watching this series over and over again. Being British and growing up in England during the war, this is my most favorite time period of all, brings back so many... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ivy
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Closed Captioning versus Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
I don't think it is subtitled from the Netflix disc I rented. Too bad. That is the same reason I don't buy or continue to watch Foyles War, even though it looks like something I would really like. My wife needs the subtitles to enjoy it with me, and I like subtitles anyway to catch all the... Read More
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Foyle's boxed set
I understand that there are three new episodes covering VE Day to VJ day being shown either late 2009 or 2010 in the UK. Does anyone know when they will be issued on a Region 1 DVD? I found out that AMAZON.com will notify you when they are available.
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