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Inspector Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately) is back on familiar ground-Oxford, England-though not all is as it was. Five years after the death of his long-time partner, the legendary Inspector Morse (John Thaw), Lewis is trying to prove himself to his dubious new boss while rebuilding his life following the hit-and-run death of his wife. To do that, he must confront his past, his future, and his new younger partner, the brilliant and distant Detective Sergeant James Hathaway (Laurence Fox). Fortunately for Lewis, his most compelling cases haven't changed much at all; they still revolve around the secrets and lies of the Oxford elite he knows so well. This set contains 11 mysteries: the series pilot, Whom the Gods Would Destroy, Old School Ties, Expiation, And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea, Music to Die For, Life Born of Fire, The Great and the Good, Allegory of Love, The Quality of Mercy, and The Point of Vanishing.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox
  • Directors: Bill Anderson, Marc Jobst, Sarah Harding, Dan Reed, Richard Spence
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 990 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TCRQ5Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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127 of 128 people found the following review helpful By rabidreader on June 14, 2010
Format: DVD
I absolutely love this show! I am one of perhaps a dozen people on the planet who enjoyed watching 'Inspector Morse' more for the character of Sergeant Lewis than for Morse. I am angered, however, by the shameful way 'Lewis' is treated by PBS.

Have you ever watched an episode and wondered 'How did Hathaway know about that film deal?' or 'Why are they suspecting so-and-so all of a sudden?'; not to mention some incongruous, apparently midday, wardrobe changes? I'll tell you why this happens: these DVDs do NOT have the complete version of the episodes; PBS has done a hatchet job on them. They cut even more scenes from the versions they air on Masterpiece Mystery.

The only complete versions are those on the ITV DVDs which you'll need a region-free DVD player to watch. On the bright side, you can get the ITV versions of the pilot and series 1 through 3 (12 episodes) and a Behind-the-Scenes bonus disc for about the same price as incomplete versions of the pilot and series 1 and 2 (11 episodes - what PBS calls series 1-2 includes all the series 1 and 2 episodes and three series 3 episodes; excluding only the episode 'Counter Culture Blues' from series 3. Don't ask me why.). Oh, and the British DVDs have subtitles, too.

American license-holders: Stop giving us an inferior product for an increased price!!
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By W. Higgins on March 1, 2010
Format: DVD
I picked up this set for my parents as a Christmas present, as they'd seen a few episodes on Public Television and enjoyed them. They've enjoyed having all of these new episodes to work through, but consistently have been running into issues with being able to understand what the main characters are saying. I've watched a few and have to agree--the mix is very poorly done. The seemingly ever-present musical score is constantly drowning out the dialog, and it's been tried now on several speaker setups so it's not just a problem with a particular entertainment center setup. Couple this with the occasional British slang and the habitual dropping consonants, and watching becomes very difficult at times.

Furthermore, though closed captioning is listed as a feature, there doesn't seem to be any way to actually turn it on--again attempted on a couple of players (one DVD and one Blu Ray) and different TVs. The TV says that CC is on, but no text ever appears. It's a shame as the characters are very likable and well played, and the writing is above average for the type of show it is. I do recommend it, I just wish a less amateurish sound mix had been achieved.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert VINE VOICE on July 16, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
These are not as good as the Inspector Morse mysteries because the main characters, Lewis and Hathaway, are not as compelling as Morse and Lewis. But the mysteries are every bit as good, and in some cases better. So if one is more interested in the plots than the characters, then this is for you. Indeed, the episode "And The Moonbeams Kiss The Sea" has got to be one of the best I have ever seen. The others are good, solid who done its with excellent cinematography.

What forces me to rate this a 4 instead of a 5 is the rather sloppy job done on the sound, which is poorly equalized and not normalized. This makes it difficult to hear the actors talking clearly. If one is used to British English, perhaps there is no problem, but Lewis talks like he has marbles in his mouth, and often mumbles. I would often back up the DVD to catch what he was saying. That is, by the way, the single biggest advantage of getting the DVDs. The ability to back up and carefully listen to the words.

The plots are great, however. I will get series 3 and 4 when they finally get around to releasing them.

Below is a list of what is on the DVDs:

0. Pilot
Lewis returns from overseas, having come to terms with the loss not only of Morse, but also of his wife Val (killed in a hit and run incident).

Series one

1. Whom The Gods Would Destroy
Lewis and Hathaway investigate a murder involving a group called the Sons of the Twice Born named after an epithet of Dionysus relating to his birth, whose activities are shrouded in Greek codes, quotes from Nietzsche and a Dionysian fondness for drugs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Almy on January 7, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I realized the mistake when I started playing them and got what was basically the PBS broadcast, right down with sales pitch to buy the DVD set! If I only read the reviews first..

I'm waiting on some DVDs purchased from Amazon UK. If I can view them on my computer I'll buy all my future British series from the source. Less expensive as well.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 11, 2010
Format: DVD
The Complete Inspector Lewis is the DVD collection the pilot and complete first and second series (for a total of 11 episodes) of "Inspector Lewis", the British detective who strives to live up to the legacy of his late long-time partner, the legendary Inspector Morse. Lewis must rebuild himself after the terrible loss of his wife to a hit-and-run accident, figure out how to work with his intelligent yet estranged younger partner, and prove his worth to a questionable new boss. Yet the cases Lewis receives remain his specialty, as each involves the affairs of the Oxford elite. A dramatic mystery collection featuring flawed yet well-rounded characters, The Complete Inspector Lewis is a superb pick for fans of the genre. 8 DVDs, 16.5 hours.
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