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5.0 out of 5 stars THESE ARE NEW EPISODES FOR 2013
These are all new episodes to air in 2013. The confusion arises from the fact that two of the SEASONS were merged into 1 SET in the states. Hence we have 6 "SETS" for 7 "SERIES" or "SEASONS". This NEW DVD covers the new episodes from the upcoming new SEASON 8.
Here is a statement from Acorn's own website --
"Series 8 ((which will likely be...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Foyle Doesn't Work Quite as Well in the Cold War as He Did in WWII
I know I'm going against the highly favorable reviews the latest instalment of Foyle's War is getting here, but I can't really join along with the enthusiastic praise. Don't get me wrong. The series is still eminently watchable thanks to Michael Kitchen and the endearing Honeysuckle Weeks and the scenes and settings are well done and give a good idea of the drab and...
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397 of 415 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THESE ARE NEW EPISODES FOR 2013,
This review is from: Foyle's War: Set Seven (DVD)These are all new episodes to air in 2013. The confusion arises from the fact that two of the SEASONS were merged into 1 SET in the states. Hence we have 6 "SETS" for 7 "SERIES" or "SEASONS". This NEW DVD covers the new episodes from the upcoming new SEASON 8.
Here is a statement from Acorn's own website --
"Series 8 ((which will likely be released as set 7 on DVD in the U.S.) will be set during the early period after World War II with Foyle focusing his attention on the world of espionage as he gathers secret intelligence in support of Britain's security, defense and the Government's foreign and economic policies. The stories will range from Foyle identifying highly placed atomic spies to a true story of government corruption. A world of transition where the values and certainties of the war have given way to austerity, exhaustion and doubts about the direction the new government is taking".
68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still A Great Show,
This review is from: Foyle's War: Set Seven (DVD)The UK DVD's have the proper series numbers. Series 7 just came out last week in the UK, and I got mine and watched it already
To correct some of the bad misinformation that's going on here, both the UK "series 7" and the US "set 7" are the same. I buy the UK versions (a region-free DVD player is needed) because they come out months sooner than the US versions. And many times, the US versions are edited. If the series was shown here on PBS, and there is a PBS logo on the front of the DVD (ie, Downton Abbey DVD's) they are edited usually. FYI, the episode titles for series 7 AND set 7 are: The Eternity Ring, The Cage, and Sunflower. Only 3 episodes. And longtime fans of the series will probably miss the Paul Milner character, played by Anthony Howell - he's not in this series. Honeysuckle Weeks returns as Sam, but no Milner.
It was nice to see Foyle again, but it's strange that he's taking orders from others, as he's working for the government instead of the police. The "old" Foyle that I know and love would have told them to bugger off instead of letting them recruit him so easily - literally after he just gets off the ship, returning from his trip to America. Buy Foyle does get to quietly correct and politely admonish his superiors, something he's very good at. He has a quiet strength about him. If you've seen Michael Kitchen in other roles, this role is not really a stretch for him, he really does speak and act that way.
This series deals more with the post war "cold war" that was also going on in England. It's a tad darker than the first 6 series I think. Even Sam has lost some of her youthful good nature, maybe that's down to struggling through the war and it's aftermath, I don't know, but she's not as cheerful this time out.
This series may not 100% up to par with the middle series of Foyle's War, but it's still a great show. The acting is great, and if you watch a lot of British TV shows, you'll know many of the actors by sight.
So again, in England, there are and have only been 7 SERIES of this show, no matter what US TV or Acorn US has done with the numbers. They are not "seasons" in the UK, they are series. Partly because they're very short series, and they can come and go at any time, not in the autumn like here in America (I lived in London for two years). Heck, there were 4 years between the 1st and 2nd series of Fawlty Towers.
184 of 206 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Order,
This review is from: Foyle's War: Set Seven [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)The series stands for itself in British Television quality in acting and production of this World War II Mystery series. It would be nice for Amazon or Acorn to let prospective buyers know how many episodes are included and perhaps total running time ? It might be helpful in selling it.
44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Changes,
This review is from: Foyle's War: Set Seven (DVD)Outcry and popular demand brought about additional installments of the wildly popular crime drama Foyle's War chronicling the cases of a keen British detective protecting the home front while a world is at war. Penned by Anthony Horowitz, the most recent installments may honor the end of one war but begins the start of a new, equally threatening one.
England is not the same place it once was. The horrors of a second world war are still raw in the minds of the people and upon his return to his homeland Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) is reminded of the stark remnants. Just back from America, two things consecutively happen soon as he sets foot on British soil. He meets again with a former policeman he once worked with in Hastings just released from spending years as a POW and his services are requisitioned by MI5 leading him again into the acquaintance of the formidable Miss Pierce (Ellie Haddington). Disinterested in working for the government spooks, Foyle is compelled to help them uncover a Russian spy ring known as "The Eternity Circle" until he learns they are looking at Sam (Honeysuckle Weeks) as a suspect when presented with photographic evidence. Not believing that his former driver could in any way be involved, Foyle agrees to help MI5 in order to make sure no harm comes to Sam and her politically minded husband, Adam (Daniel Weyman).
Pushing forward in his investigation, Foyle learns that working among his colleagues involves learning the ins and out of politics - and that protecting the wrong people is MI5's business. He soon discovers there are more shady dealings going on inside the walls of the MI5 offices rather than out, and it becomes a question of figuring out who is trustworthy and who is not.
Nothing ever stays the same. This is something we know, but golly, it's hard when we have to wave good-bye to such a beautiful piece of nostalgia. And if we were honest, this series is just that. Not in the traditional sense, this series experienced a gripping identity to its stories and more poignant moments than any unsuspecting viewer would ever expect, we are now given a duller, less shiny version of that. Where it once managed to be quaint and terribly brilliant, it feels as if there's a weight on the shoulders of everyone. Seeing this come to a close was the end of an era and seeing it return (in 2011) was a joyous occasion, one that seemed unable be matched and upped. Now, a new year brought us three all new installments and people, oh my stars are you in for unexpected and sometimes, sad changes.
Instead of moving viewers with the things that easily humanized the stories - like the needless, tragic deaths of those on the home front - missing in these new installments is the same focus on people, now the angles zero in on political schemes and governments protecting former war enemies. It's a new mine field for everyone to navigate, leaving us and oftentimes Foyle more exasperated than satisfied justice is being served. The first few minutes of `Eternity Circle' starts out well presenting a group of people who possess a very dangerous, terrifying knowledge before it kind of fizzles out. The character's seemed only half-hearted, the mystery written poorly and not at all as intelligent as some of the prior chapters. Part of me understands the emotions of this series - a long and hard fought war is still fresh in the mind of these people, and another part misses all the spunk, humor and cleverness of what this series built itself on. Fortunately, the final episode is the best of the group (more on this later) and also has a wonderful conclusion to what seemed an untouchable situation.
Those who are unfamiliar with this series may suffer in places from a lack of knowledge as the show references an American entrepreneur who once escaped Foyle's reach or the history there is between Samantha Stewart (now Wainwright) and Foyle, and has undergone some (glaringly) obvious shortcomings and changes from what was once a more "solid," character relationship. Sam is no longer the same plucky girl we laughed with and ended up loving; now she seems weary and less up for a bit of sleuthing whereas before she was eager and willing to do nearly anything. There is one scene involving her husband's political run that was typical Sam and for a moment, we were again reminded of who the old Sam was and it was a ray of sunshine. She and Adam are cute together (in rare moments of spontaneity) but if memory serves correct, I preferred the actor who portrayed this character in the last series better.
Where the first two installments aren't the best of the bunch (humbly, this is just my opinion and as with any form of entertainment, fans may disagree with that), 'Sunflower' is brilliant! Saving it for last was a great strategy as it whets our anticipation, wanting more and it's all the harder to say good-bye when the screen goes black. (Plus Foyle gets an epically good moment at the end!) It is dark as it covers a frightening period of the war and counteracts these tendencies by offering the human side of the story through Foyle's eyes and his determination to always look for truth and justice in those investigations. Avid fans will pick up on the little changes. They add up and offer new perspectives, sometimes for the better, oftentimes they leave the show worse for the wear as if the war took its toll behind the lens of this history piece of cinematic entertainment - there is a dullness where once this was a bright copper penny; the creativity seems "zapped." That being said, don't let my cynical ramblings ruin anything, any fan of this ITV series (myself included!) will enjoy set seven - it's really the bees knees; Horowitz puts out another solid edition of mystery, mayhem and of course, the keen investigative eye of Christopher Foyle is on the case. That's worth any flaws.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Episodes,
This review is from: Foyle's War: Set Seven [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)Edit as of April 4, 2013
Episodes 23 and 24 have already been shown on ITV the last two weeks. The last episode of the series is due to be shown this week. ACORN still has the DVD's (US Series 7) being released Nov. 1, 2013, so yes, we'll be seeing the shows 6 months after air date in the UK. If you want a synopsis of the episodes, just go to the ITV website.
The 3 episodes (UK Series 8) in 2013 are:
1 (23) "The Eternity Ring" (Episode 1 in the series, Episode 23 in total.)
2 (24) "The Cage"
3 (25) "Sunflower"
According to ACORN's website, the Blu-Rays are subtitled, the DVD's are not. So, if you need subs, get the Blu-Ray version. Early days yet, so maybe this will change. The DVD's are scheduled to be released November 1, 2013.
In the US airings on PBS, UK Series Four and Five were combined and shown as Season Four. Therefore, UK Series Six was aired as US Season Five, and UK Series Seven as US Season Six. So, this Series is Series 8 UK, Series 7 US.
119 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sets Versus Series,
This review is from: Foyle's War: Set Seven (DVD)Simply fantastic series! To help explain some of the confusion in several of the reviews, two series (4 and 5) were combined into a single DVD set (4), so the series numbers and set numbers are one off from there on. For example, DVD set 6 (the last one released so far) covers series 7.
31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foyle's War - A Great Detective Series,
This review is from: Foyle's War: Set Seven (DVD)You will not be disappointed to view this series. To date 22 episodes have been produced and are available in dvd format or streaming. Three episodes are set to be produced in 2013. Join Detective Chief Inspector Foyle as he solves cases in Hastings, England during WWII. His able driver and his assistant help him to solve criminal cases. This series is great because it incorporates real historical events into the episodes. It is kind of like the old Perry Mason TV series in that Foyle always gets his man or woman as the case may be with clever detective skills. There are many red herrings to throw you off as you watch the series. This is excellent TV programming and shows that you don't have to be totally gory to produce a quality mystery series. Buy it today - you won't be disappointed! The three main characters remain throughout the series and you will enjoy the sets as they convey real British locations. This series is highly enjoyable - I recommend it highly.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 HD stars for Foyle & historical drama,
This review is from: Foyle's War: Set Seven (DVD)SET 7 ---Cold War Foyle's War keeps fans mesmerized in entertainment. 3 NEW EPISODES set in 1946-47. As excellent as the British home-front WWII series. Perfection in period dramatizing history, with action, romance, mystery, and suspense. Communism and traitors are new issues. Storylines are based on real people/events, confirms Anthony Horowitz (creator & writer of 2 episodes).
Foyle's War is a modern classic, indisputably the FINEST war and now post-war drama and crime mystery combo ever produced. Foyle reigns.
Michael Kitchen continues playing Foyle, driving himself. Kitchen is a master at facial expression and line delivery timing. He says much without voice. What joy! 'Sam' (Honeysuckle Weeks) returns in all 3, now married, but these 2 reconnect in odd ways. The tradition of perfection in detail continues in sets, locals (filmed in period-rich Ireland), costumes, and props. Each episode retains the fact that there are subplots, thus multiple stories all at once, intricately woven in precision. Hastings local crime has changed to London and MI5 (Brit homeland security started even before WWI or II).
SUBTITLES for three 90+ min episodes plus the entire bonus (longer than an episode).
THE ETERNITY RING--1945-46
Foyle returns from America only to be drawn under MI5 threat into a Russian spy adventure. Sam's married Adam Wainwright (Daniel Weyman, all 3 eps) a politician, they involved in plot and subplot. She works with a nuclear scientist and lives in a post-war prefab. Eternity ring is code for a Soviet spy ring. Nicholas Jones is Sir Wm chambers; Ellie Haddington returns as Hilda Pierce (in all 3 eps) a top MI5 position; and Glenvil Harris is Jeremy Swift in all 3 eps.
THE CAGE--June, 1946
Another true story inspired this spy segment where Lt Col Galt (Jonothan Hide) is held in the cage. Rationing and food shortage remains causing many to ask "What was the war for?" NKDV adds mystery when again Foyle deals with murder. Tim McMullen (played in all 3 eps) is agent Valentine, in charge of safehouses gone wrong. MI5 gets a new head, Rupert Vansittart fills the role in this and the next episode.
SUNFLOWER--1947 with 1944 war back story
Will a stalked ex-Nazi (Lars Eidinger) be assassinated before Foyle can help him? MP Wainwright has his own story in politics and helping constituents. Teacher Thomas's (Charles Aitken) story is about his return from the front with shock, now PTSD. 1944 "Sunflower" operation was a real Nazi war crime event now dramatized.
A. Horowitz intro for each episode.
The making of Origins, On the Set, & more.
" Old Friends & New Faces.
" The Styling of Foyle's War.
" The Sunflower massacre: Hist facts, Visual fictions
" Photo Gallery
If you watched "Foyle's War: Series 1-5 -From Dunkirk to VE-Day", then Set 6, you'll want these 3 feature-length episodes too. 6-STAR ENTERTAINMENT. Foyle's War is one of the best programs I've seen on TV.
As always, the question is, will Foyle's War return? Rumor says Series 8. Others say Kitchen is done, but he said that before. Horowitz says there is historic material enough for many more.
Just learned from a press contact who has a foot in the production door that the next set/series will begin production soon. Foyle's War WILL continue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foyle's War Season 7 is a Treasure,
This review is from: Foyle's War: Set Seven (DVD)Foyle's War - Season 7 -DVD
Attention all Foyle's War fans, there is a terrific treat awaiting you! Foyle's War is back for Season 7 on PBS, and it is available to add to your DVD collection! Acorn Media brings us this wonderful gift, three new episodes of the best historical drama series on television, in the complete UK broadcast edition and with a wealth of bonuses.
A recap of seasons 1-6 brings viewers up to speed and introductions by series creator Anthony Horowitz set the stage for the new "war" that catapults retired DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) into the midst of international espionage and intrigue. It is 1946, and George Orwell's prediction of "a cold war" is coming to pass, with former allies engaging in a race for power and information that may lead to ultimate destruction.
In "The Eternity Ring" Foyle, upon returning from America is picked up literally dockside by MI5 agents and coerced into investigating an alleged Russian spy ring. "The Cage" is about a secret military facility that comes to light as Foyle investigates the deaths of several Russian defectors. "The Sunflower" brings together the old war and the new as Foyle looks into the assassination attempts on a former Nazi, a defector who is now under the protection of MI5.
Each of these riveting episodes is based on an historical event or person, be sure to watch Anthony Horowitz's introduction before viewing the episode. This adds even more richness of detail to a series that has flawlessly portrayed the war years, and is now giving viewers an excellent rendition of life in Britain during the post war time period. Not only do we have the accurate and gripping mysteries, but also slice of life story elements that highlight how much the world has changed in the aftermath of the great conflict.
If you are a fan of Foyle's War, you will definitely want to own this DVD. The stories are exciting and accurate, the bonus features include 86 minutes (four featurettes) of special material as well as the above mentioned introductions. And while DCS Foyle is superb, we get to see "Sam" Samantha Wainwright (Honeysuckle Weeks) newly married and helping her politician husband with his career. A complete five star rating for this well written, meticulously produced series 7.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Foyle Doesn't Work Quite as Well in the Cold War as He Did in WWII,
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This review is from: Foyle's War: Set Seven (DVD)I know I'm going against the highly favorable reviews the latest instalment of Foyle's War is getting here, but I can't really join along with the enthusiastic praise. Don't get me wrong. The series is still eminently watchable thanks to Michael Kitchen and the endearing Honeysuckle Weeks and the scenes and settings are well done and give a good idea of the drab and cheerless place post-WWII "austerity Britain" was.
It's just that switching Foyle from being a policeman to being an MI5 security agent seems to have resulted in plot events that don't strike me as terribly realistic. In two of the episodes, Foyle deals with cases where the Soviet intelligence service murders British nationals and Soviet defectors. Granted, Russian "diplomats" acted very thuggishly at times, but I don't believe for a moment that in that time frame, they would have dared to act that way on British soil.
Another thing that bothered me was an episode where Foyle commissioned a former Special Operations Executive operative to break into a covert British military intelligence base and rescue a British citizen who was mistakenly abducted after being confused with another woman by the same name. I really, REALLY doubt that something like that could have happened.
I was also disappointed by the way that the dangling plot thread from the great Foyle's War episode "50 Ships" was resolved. When we last saw Foyle before this season, he was embarking on a ship to America to catch up with a murderer who had escaped justice due to pressing national security interests. I thought this would have made an ideal episode for the series..."Foyle in America." But instead, that plot thread is resolved by saying that the murderer killed himself apparently in response to a threat of arrest or exposure instigated by Foyle.
I can't help but contrast improbable plot developments like those cited above with the stories that took place in World War II. I felt that those had a ring of authenticity to them and what made them interesting was the fact that WWII in the Home Islands created some pretty unique and fascinating criminal cases for Foyle to solve that wouldn't have happened at any other time.
So to sum up, I'm not sorry I bought the DVD of this collection, but I'm going to watch the next set of episodes if there are any before buying that DVD set.
Coda after watching the third episode of the season:
I found myself lowering my initial three star rating of this set to two stars after watching "Sunflower." It was good up until the very end. The premise was okay and based on some historical fact...that allies made use of German intelligence operatives who had blood on their hands in the aftermath of WWII. Where it ran off the rails was the resolution. Foyle had figured out that MI5 had faked the death of one such German it was making use of. Foyle had confronted the German at an airfield but seemed resigned to the fact that the man was going to slip through his fingers.
Then in a truly implausible deus ex machina, a couple of American military officers come up and apprehend the German to face trial for ordering the shooting of American prisoners in 1944 in France. Foyle did not tip the Americans off but another disaffected MI5 operative did. The Americans take the German into custody and the credits roll.
C'mon. Britain was a sovereign nation back in the aftermath of WWII. The idea that two American military officers could detain someone who was under the protection of the British Government gives new meaning to the term absurd.
And it's worth pointing out that the United States did not exactly have an immaculate record in terms of Germans it used for intelligence activities. One such individual was Klaus Barbie, the "Butcher of Lyon." We made use of this Nazi thug despite the French demanding that we hand him over to them and helped him flee to South America.
The truth is that boatloads of Germans and their collaborators escaped consequences for hideous crimes they committed during WWII. Most of them did so without assistance of Western intelligence services. But the ones who were lucky enough to have "friends" were particularly likely to evade justice...which Barbie did until decades later.
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