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Lovejoy: The Complete Collection (2009)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 22
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 3817 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DY9KRA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,806 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Interview with author Jonathan Gash
Interview with Ian McShane and Gwen Humble
Ian McShane looks back on Lovejoy parts 1-6

Editorial Reviews

For the first time ever, every Lovejoy episode and Christmas special is available together in this 22-disc gift set including over 63 hours of heart-stopping intrigue!

Just call him Lovejoy. Ian McShane (Deadwood) stars as the irresistible rogue with a keen eye for beauty... and trouble! This antiques dealer and part-time detective scours the murky salesrooms, auction halls, and stately homes of Britain, always on the lookout for a find. Lovejoy has a particular weakness for a good sob story or a pretty face, either of which is enough to send him off in pursuit of villains and help victims recover their property. Whether it's a priceless old master or a pretty young lady, his love of beauty is sure to land him in trouble wherever he goes.

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93 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovejoy is the Best! June 12, 2010
Lovejoy was one of the best television series ever offered on BBC and later shown in America. It had cult followings in both the UK and U.S. during its television showings. I watched almost every episode. Lovejoy (Ian McShane) is a "divvie," a person who can instinctively tell if an antique is authentic and valuable without consulting books or doing research. The term comes from the word "diviner" and it's a talent that few if any others possess. With such a talent Lovejoy is a natural for the antiques business, but his several character flaws prevent him from making a fortune. Instead, this lovable rogue gets himself in situations that are humorous, mysterious, and often exciting. Sometimes these involve crimes committed by others or by Lovejoy himself! In other episodes, Lovejoy helps to solve curious mysteries or helps some person in distress who seeks him out. Wonderful old antique objects are always a part of the plot and Lovejoy is not above sometimes creating or improving these in ways that satisfy a customer, pay off a debt, or get hilarious revenge on an unscrupulous adversary.

Lovejoy's friends--Tinker Dill, Eric Catchpole, and Lady Jane Felsham--are also amusing, often hilarious. Tinker is Lovejoy's inebriated sidekick who knows quite a bit about the antique business himself. Eric's character is really funny: a sullen, sometimes resentful assistant whom Lovejoy does not always treat with respect but who's actions always gets laughs. Lady Jane is Lovejoy's wealthy but married female friend who likes to hang out with the lovable rogue; she often financially aids Lovejoy and willingly and sometimes unwillingly helps facilitate his plots. There is an ambiguity about their personal relationship that continues throughout the series.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series, lackluster DVDs May 19, 2010
My wife and I originally became fans of this series back in the late 80s when it was imported by A&E, and always made sure to catch it or tape it. For many in the USA, this was their introduction to the delightful actor Ian McShane. We make sure to catch Ian in other shows and movies because of our appreciation for his work as Lovejoy, but truthfully we never like him as well in other roles ... the sometimes fate for an actor who makes a role his own over a long period of time. (Can anyone watch a current Tom Selleck role without comparing it to Magnum? Unlikely).

Lovejoy is a roguish and seldom successful antiques dealer in England who has a special quality to 'sense' if an antique is real or fake. For those more familiar with the books, his virtually psychic ability is played up more in the books than it is in the TV series, although it does make appearances from time to time in the shows. The TV series is also considerably sanitized over the content of the books, which have a lot more sex, mayhem, and out and out criminality on the part of Lovejoy himself ... although he always MEANS well. LOL

One major advantage of the TV series over the books is that you can always understand the endings. Gash from time to time dives into endings in his books in a very abrupt and chaotic fashion, and even though you somehow get the impression that everything worked out in the end, occasionally you're not certain of the mechanics of how it happened. And no, I'm not hopeless at reading comprehension, in fact I'm quite good at it. I'd say about one in four of the books have this problem.

As has been mentioned by other reviewers, the extras on the Lovejoy series DVDs are on the sketchy side.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series, lacking in special features... November 23, 2009
Fans of rascally part-time detective Lovejoy (Ian McShane, most recently of HBO's Deadwood) will be thrilled with the recent release of Lovejoy: The Complete Collection. Containing every episode on 22 discs, this complete set follows the antiques dealer with "a keen eye for beauty" through more than 63-hours of sleuthing, sexing, and crime stopping in stores, auction halls, and stately homes in Britain. A popular series in the U.K., Lovejoy gained a cult following in the U.S., and now the entire series is available in one set.

Special Features

Lovejoy came before the days of DVDs, so extras are a bit limited. That said, die-hard fans will enjoy the included extras. An Interview with author Jonathan Gash is interesting (albeit not overly exciting), and explores the background for the show, stories, and characters, and how they developed. The real "meat," however, lies in the two extras that focus on the star.

The Interview with Ian McShane and Gwen Humble is entertaining and funny, not only offering a take on what went on behind the scenes, but also revealing the impact the role - and series - had on the actors. This sentiment is continued in the third and final feature, Ian McShane looks back on Lovejoy Parts 1-6, allowing him to offer additional tidbits of trivia, behind-the-scenes "secrets" and his take on the show.

Although the price is a bit high (Lovejoy: The Complete Collection retails for $300) given the lack of special features, you can find it much more reasonable on Amazon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted, breezy, entertainment especially if the viewer is ...
Light-hearted, breezy, entertainment especially if the viewer is an antique buff and an enjoyer of non-violent mysteries. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Cynthia Henrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy Indeed!
Simply divine. No matter how down I may feel, these episodes never fail to put me in a good mood.
Published 10 days ago by Librarius42
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
My husband and I both love antiques, so actually learning something while being entertained is a great way to go! Great series!
Published 1 month ago by D. Atkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth acquiring a multiregion player
Several years ago I acquired a multiregion player in order to view some movies that have no American release. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
I have been trying to get this complete Lovejoy collection for years. I was so afraid it would disappear before I could afford to get it, but I got it just in time for my Birthday... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dena Willard
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovejoy
I always liked this series when it was on tv. Now I can watch it whenever I want. I enjoy the characters and the mysteries about the antiques.
Published 3 months ago by Cheri W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series on antique dealers
If you like antiques you may love Lovejoy, who is a shrewd and cunning antique dealer. Lovejoy has a set of friends with whom he interacts. I think you will like them too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by 3589
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Although filmed in the early 90's this series "stands" the test of time. The characters, plots and dialogue are as entertaining now as then. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joye Rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars What fun, Lovejoy has a "find' and Lady Jane returns
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This is a review of the Complete Collection which also includes the Christmas Specials. Read more
Published 5 months ago by revit
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful series
It took me three tries to get a decent set from Amazon of this series but it was worth the frustration since it is such a great show. Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. L. James
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