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Foyle's War - Set 3 (2003)

Michael Kitchen  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michael Kitchen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYELA6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,895 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Foyle's War - Set 3" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes: The French Drop, Enemy Fire, They Fought in the Fields, A War of Nerves
  • Behind-the-scenes documentary with interviews and exclusive making-of footage
  • Production notes
  • Historical backgrounds
  • Cast reflections
  • Cast filmographies

Editorial Reviews

Foyle's War: Set 3, another great suite of mysteries largely written by series creator Anthony Horowitz, finds Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) presented with his best opportunity to do what he has wanted to do since the outbreak of World War II: take a hiatus from sleuthing to join Britain's intelligence campaign against the Nazis. But there's a problem, as Foyle learns in Set 3's first mystery, "The French Drop." The circumspect detective investigates the suspicious death of a young operative whose father, a highly placed intelligence officer, objects to Foyle rooting around top-secret projects. "The French Drop" is particularly fascinating for Foyle's dangerous visit to a government operation that trains agents to employ assassination and dirty tricks in their work. Meanwhile, Foyle's right-hand man, Sgt. Milner (Anthony Howell), looks into an elaborate deception designed to throw Foyle and company off the case.

"Enemy Fire" is also a fine story, featuring Foyle's heroic son, Andrew (Julian Ovenden), a Spitfire pilot for the RAF and a man about to crack from combat stress. Andrew's problems are set against the possible murder of a despicable man whose carelessness as a mechanic caused the severe burning of another pilot. "Enemy Fire" also outs Andrew's romance with Sam Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks), Foyle's straight-arrow driver, to the unsuspecting Foyle himself. "They Fought in the Fields" marries several phenomena about Britain's wartime experience--among them the capturing of German pilots on English ground and the hard work of "land girls" (women put to work on farms)--in a thriller about the death of a farmer. A nice bonus: longtime widower Foyle grows interested in a woman who appears, despite a seemingly low opinion of men, interested in him. Finally, "A War of Nerves" deals with the hard work of "sappers," soldiers who defuse unexploded German bombs, and the sad reality of black marketeers who steal supplies badly needed for the war effort. Foyle also looks into, against his wishes and principles, the work of a socialist activist who makes a compelling case that the war is suppressing workers' rights. As with previous sets, this one is superb in its depiction of little-known facts about World War II's effects on civilian life in Britain. Michael Kitchen, heading a superb cast, continues to make Foyle one of the most interesting English detectives of all time, a figure of unimpeachable integrity. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

The international hit mystery series continues with four stories set in 1941, as World War II rages over Europe. Michael Kitchen (Out of Africa) stars as detective Christopher Foyle, whose loyalties are put to the test as his investigations uncover unpleasant truths that powerful people would rather keep hidden. Grounded in historical fact and filmed in London and the southern counties of England, Foyle’s War opens a unique window on a significant time and place. As seen on PBS.

Also starring Anthony Howell, Honeysuckle Weeks, Julian Ovenden, and featuring Corin Redgrave, Bill Paterson, Stella Gonet, Samuel West, Angela Thorne, and James Wilby.


  • THE FRENCH DROP—Investigating a suspicious death, Foyle gets caught up in the rivalry between the established spy agency MI5 and the newly created SOE (Special Operations Executive).
  • ENEMY FIRE—Sabotage, murder, and adultery at a pioneering RAF hospital brings Foyle face to face with the devastating physical and emotional consequences of war.
  • THEY FOUGHT IN THE FIELDS—A murdered farmer and the crash landing of a German plane present a confusing case, especially as spring is in the air and even Foyle is not immune to a whiff of romance.
  • A WAR OF NERVES—An unexploded bomb at a busy shipyard leads to a startling discovery in a complex story of greed and politics.
  • DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE behind-the-scenes documentary with interviews and exclusive "making-of" footage, production notes, and cast filmographies.

    Customer Reviews

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    193 of 198 people found the following review helpful
    Series 3 of the excellent series Foyle's war was first telecast in the U.S. on PBS on 11, 18, 25 Sep. and 3 Oct. 2005 and was released on DVD on 1 Nov. 2005. However, watching the DVDs of all series is preferable if one wants to see the unexpurgated episodes. Here are the first telecast dates for series 1-4 of Foyle's war:
    series 1: telecast UK Oct.-Nov. 2002, US in Feb. 2003 (on Masterpiece theater, with Russell Baker introducing)
    series 2: telecast UK Nov.-Dec. 2003, US in July-Aug. 2004 (on Mystery)
    series 3: telecast UK Oct.-Nov. 2004, US in Sep.-Oct. 2005 (on Mystery)
    series 4: was filmed in spring 2005 and will be telecast in 2006
    The PBS broadcasts in the US are edited for a 90-minute period, which includes the Mystery (or Masterpiece theater) opening-closing sequences, between-program promos, etc. This means that each episode is really only 85 minutes long at best. Region 1 DVDs (U.S., Canada), in contrast, are about 100 minutes per episode, as are the region 2 DVDs (Europe--see specific values for the 4 episodes on series 2 are (for region 1) 98.5, 97.9, 98.3, 98.3 minutes. Thus in the U.S. for the proper, more nuanced episode watching Foyle's war on DVD is essential and preferable to viewing it on PBS.

    Note: In a 28 Sep. 2004 interview with creator-writer Anthony Horowitz, he was asked: "Do you realise that the show is edited to pieces when it's shown on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the states?" Horowitz replied: "Yes we're very sorry about that. It's not something I'd choose to do. It's American networking. I'd advise all American fans to get their hands on the English DVDs to see them in full." I note here that American fans need only get the *American* DVDs to see the episodes in full. Also, if you first watch the shortened PBS telecast, you may later wonder about some lengthier scenes when you watch the DVDs.
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    44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    "Foyle's War" is as much an exploration of the era in which it takes place as it is a series of murder mysteries. Writer/creator Michael Horowitz based the stories on real institutions and circumstances of World War II, as they were experienced by the 2 generations of Englishmen and women whom we see in the films. The attention to detail in dress, speech, and production design is extraordinary. Series 3 takes place in 1941 and incorporates the Women's Land Army, the early years of Special Operations Executive, and the military's pioneering burn treatment centers into the mysteries. Michael Kitchen stars as quiet, perceptive Detective Superintendent Christopher Foyle, a widower and veteran of the First World War, who feels he should be contributing more to the war effort in spite of his great success as a crime-solver. Sergeant Paul Milner (Anthony Howell), a veteran who lost one leg and perhaps his marriage, is Foyle's right-hand man. And Samantha "Sam" Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks) is Foyle's spirited, youthful driver. "Foyle's War" is a wonderful trip back in time, where ever-popular murder mysteries are set against the intriguing background of a world at war.

    The DVDs (Acorn Media 2005): PBS cut these episodes down to 85 minutes for American television. The DVDs contain the full 100-minute versions, which truly are better. There are 4 DVDs, with one episode per disc. Bonus features on Disc 1 are: "The Making of Foyle's War" (24 min) which follows one day of filming "Enemy Fire" on an RAF airstrip in Buckinghamshire, including filming the crashing spitfire. "Production Notes: Anthony Horowitz" (text) comments on history and characters. This was also on the PBS web site.
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    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars How do they do it?? November 21, 2005
    Foyle's War season 3 was a long time coming (or at least it felt like it!) and I am happy to say that it measures up in every way to the excellent standard already set.

    To get the nitpicking out of the way first, the picture quality seems a little less pristine than in the previous release, with the dark scenes, and even a few of the daytime scenes, a little grainy. Minor matter. Also, the "making of" documentary on disk one was nothing of the sort, merely a roughly narrated "day on the set" coverage of the making of one scene in particular. It is interesting to watch, but a true "making-of" would be very welcome at this point in the series. Also a minor matter.

    Nit-picking mode: off.

    What continues to impress me about this series is the meticulous attention to detail and to historical accuracy. Each story is built around actual events, from which the mystery naturally springs. Season three finds the stories becoming more graphic (yes, that pinkish stuff all over the walls is brains), and evolving somewhat from the cozy-mystery-in-a-large-estate of season one to a grittier (dare I say more realistic?) type of mystery. And yet the show brilliantly manages to maintain that charm and humor that have made it so popular.

    The best episode of the lot is the first, The French Drop, guest starring the wonderful Ronald Pickup and the equally wonderful Samuel West (Hornblower fans will recognize both). A fantastic episode with an expertly maintained sense of tension. Has to be watched again to be appreciated! And there is plenty of humor, with Sam doing a bit of sleuthing on the side, and Sgt. Rivers selling raffle tickets for an onion.
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