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Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Complete Collection (1972)

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Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Complete Collection + Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries: Harriet Vane Collection (Strong Poison / Have His Carcase / Gaudy Night) + Maigret: Complete Collection
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Product Details

  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 1005 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,843 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

BONUS Interviews with Ian Carmichael (38 min.), production notes, and biographies of Dorothy L. Sayers and Ian Carmichael

SDH subtitles (main program)

Editorial Reviews

Ian Carmichael stars in the original British adaptations

“Realized superbly” —The New York Times

As seen on Masterpiece Theatre

“Eternally appealing” —NPR’s Fresh Air
“The cast is splendid” —The Washington Post

Ian Carmichael stars in the original BBC adaptations of the Dorothy L. Sayers crime thrillers. Hailed by critics as one of the finest mystery series ever filmed, its success on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre inspired the spin-off Mystery! Running at least three hours each, these dramas do full justice to Sayers’s vivid characters, trenchant wit, and lavish 1920s settings.

Clouds of Witness—Death hits close to home when Lord Peter’s future brother-in-law is murdered. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club—Two siblings die on the same day, leaving Wimsey to untangle who will inherit their fortune.
Murder Must Advertise—Lord Peter goes undercover at Pym’s Publicity to investigate the death of a copywriter.
Five Red Herrings—With six potential suspects, Wimsey must determine who murdered an unpopular artist.
The Nine Tailors—The detective stumbles upon a decades-old case involving stolen emeralds and unidentifiable corpses.

Customer Reviews

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmichael epitomizes LORD WIMSEY, aristocrat sleuth March 23, 2013
Bonnie fine PI mystery. Bonnie -not wee, as EACH story is over 3 hrs. 16+ hrs total. Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey plays a perfect 1920/30s gentleman emitting proper pomp and finesse. Glyn Houston is gentleman's gentleman. Bunter is Watson-like in investigations, a chef, and spiffy as any Brit butler. View a parade of fine period vehicles.

SDH SUBTITLES available while enjoying English and Scot dialects. Scenery is wonderful, costumes perfection. A period delight in all ways. The BBC adapted Dorothy L. Sayers' Wimsey novels spot on, thank you.

CLOUDS OF WITNESS -book published 1926
Wimsey's vacation interrupted by his brother's, Duke of Denver, murder trial. A dispute was followed by a man being killed by Gerald's gun. The Duke has no explanation for his action and time. Wimsey investigates clues and changing facts. Lies? Secrets? Who has motive? It's a family affair of trouble. Delightful costumes and interior sets.

Can this investigation get more complicated? A respected Bellona member dies in the reading room. A sister the same day. Wimsey is called to verify a death time needed for an inheritance issue. Poison? Just the beginning of complicated discoveries. Watch for Phyllida Law.

MURDER MUST ADVERTISE -book published 1933
Ad copywriter, Dean, associated with wealthy drug user group. Was his spiral staircase death fall accidental? Sister Pamela (Gwen Taylor-"A Bit of a Do") says he's clean. How`s Maj Milligan (Peter Bowles- "Lytton's Diary") connected? An annoying over-played blonde actress in this story, but bang-on good. Book-true, a surprise, uncommon, satisfying end.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really love this series July 30, 2013
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I had read all of Dorothy L. Sayer's books back in the 1970's, loved the BBC series and was thrilled to see it was on DVD. Ian Carmichael is for me the perfect Lord Peter Wimsey. While this collection states it is the Complete Collection, I suppose technically it is with Ian Carmichael, but to get the Harriet Vane and Lord Peter stories I had to buy Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries also.
The Complete set is the original from PBS's Masterpiece Theatre: Clouds of Witness, The Unpleasantness at the Bellonia Club, Murder Must Advertise, Five Red Herrings, The Nine Tailors plus an interesting interview with Ian Carmichael.
Purchase Dorothy L. Sayer's Mysteries and you can complete the Lord Peter series with Strong Poison, Have His Carcase and Gaudy Night.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whodunnit at Its best April 19, 2013
I had never seen The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries before I received this set to review, but I think that its now one of my favorite crime based shows. I love period drama, and I love learning about criminal investigations. This show combines both in an early 1920's setting and is actually one of the first crime series ever made. These episodes are whodunits at their best. You'll learn how forensics excerpts solved the cases before they had the help of computers. Each episode brings you each of the best drama and mystery in realistic settings and with stunning period costumes. The cast of characters including priest, butlers English gentlemen of the highest caliber are funny, interesting and diverse. Siblings, artists, and even Lord Peter's own future brother-in-law are murdered and Wimsey must do whatever it takes to bring the killer to justice. This series is definitely a refreshing switch from the norm.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I say! March 1, 2013
Dorothy Sayers created a rather unusual sleuth in Lord Peter Wimsey -- think Bertie Wooster, except with a formidable crime-solving brain, a haunted past and a tendency to stumble across murders. And "Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Complete Collection" brings together all of the solid BBC adaptations of her works starring Ian Carmichael, which are hampered mainly by the fact that the cast is a bit old for their roles.

In "Clouds of Witness" Peter is on vacation when he finds out that his brother, The Duke of Denver (informally "Gerald"), is on trial for murder -- he had a blowup with his sister Mary's fiancee, Denis Cathcart, and the next morning, Cathcart was found shot through the heart by Gerald's gun, with Gerald bending over the body. The Duke stubbornly refuses to explain why he was out in the rain at three in the morning. Now Peter must unravel a mass of lies, secrets and red herrings, and figure out who truly killed Cathcart.

"The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club" happens while Peter is lunching with his mentally fragile friend George Fentimen -- elderly General Fentiman expires in his chair. Because the exact time of death is unknown (and the general's sister died at around the same time), it's not clear who the inheritance is going to. And when the body is exhumed and examined, it's found that the old guy was actually poisoned.

"Murder Must Advertise" when an employee at an advertising agency falls down a spiral staircase and breaks his neck. Using the name "Death Bredon," Lord Peter goes undercover at the agency, and quickly discovers that he has a natural talent for it. He also discovers that the agency is involved somehow in a seedy drug smuggling ring, and has links to an upper-class party crowd. Oh yeah, and there are more murders.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars This was not the Lord Peter I was thinking about
I like Lord Peter mysteries. The actor in this one was not the actor I viewed on PBS and I did not enjoy his characterization as much as the actor I saw on PBS.
Published 1 month ago by 3589
5.0 out of 5 stars A most delightful return to pre-postmodernity.
Nearly every literary narrative that has been rendered on film or video has been dreadfully REVISIONIST in nature, and takes ridiculous liberties with the plot and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R.C.Beck the Raging Calvinist
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Entertainment
I wasn't sure what to expect with these period mysteries, but we enjoyed them very much. The mysteries are clever, there is some humor in them, the acting is excellent.
Published 2 months ago by Sandra DiMaio-Leach
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful vintage styling!
Dorothy sayers mysteries are not quite in the Agatha Christie category but the styling of this series is terrific. Read more
Published 2 months ago by filmlover
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun series to watch.
I watched The Lord Peter Wimsey series when I was younger. It has been fun watching it again. I like Ian Carmichael as Wimsey. The mysteries are interesting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mona Romans
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish there subtitles
These are favorite, and fun stories to watch again and again. I wish there were subtitles, because some of the dialogue isn't easy to hear.
Published 2 months ago by LindaPage
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it met my expectations.
I first saw these on Masterpiece Theater in the seventies. They were good stories then and they are good stories now. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Drew E
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stories
Peter Wimsey solves these five mysteries very efficiently. Since these are old TV shows that were serialized on PBS and they showed only one episode a week it does take a while to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Movie Magic
3.0 out of 5 stars Only if you are an Anglophile
Being produced in the 1970's it is not up to the current standards in BBC. The acting varies in portrayal actor by actor. Some are superb and some mediocre. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eddie Mo
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Carmichael's Triumph
Perfectly packaged and produced plus forty minutes of comment/interview by Mr. Carmichael. This alone is worth the price but the five mysteries are civilized entertainment.
Published 3 months ago by Barry Lane
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