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Masterpiece Mystery: Complete Inspector Lewis

Kevin Whately , Laurence Fox , Chris Burt  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Bill Anderson
  • Directors: Chris Burt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 1800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056031NW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This complete set of Inspector Lewis mysteries, inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of Colin Dexter… Includes the Pilot, Series 1, 2, 3, 4.

Inspector Morse fans had a long wait after that show stopped production in 2000, so the arrival of Inspector Lewis in the mid-'00s must have seemed like a cool drink after a long drought. Robert "Robbie" Lewis (Kevin Whately) had been Morse's sergeant before being promoted to detective inspector, and his former boss's unusual methods continue to resonate here; what's more, his new superior, Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent (Rebecca Front), isn't a bit sure that Lewis can fill Morse's shoes. That's not all that weighs on him. As the series begins, he's returning from two years "on attachment" in the British Virgin Islands, recovering from the death of his wife in a hit-and-run car accident; Lewis both mourns her and rages that whoever's responsible hasn't been brought to justice. And then there's his workplace: the genteel environs of Oxford, England, home to a world-famous university and a population that Lewis, a man not exactly to the manor born, derides as "fashionable idiots." But at least he has James Hathaway (Laurence Fox), his detective sergeant, who's not only a good cop but a learned Cambridge man with a bone-dry wit. It's a treat to watch their partnership evolve as they solve all sorts of murders in the course of the twenty 90-minute episodes offered in this ten-disc set (comprising the pilot and first four seasons). There are multiple killings in every episode, and the culprit is never the first or most obvious choice, but refreshingly, there's little or no gun violence; in one episode alone, victims are run over by a car, shot up with heroin, and strangled. And considering the locale, it's not surprising that both perps and victims tend to be a rather different sort than you'll find in the average American procedural. These are educated people who perform Shakespeare, listen to Wagner, quote Nietzsche, worship the god Dionysus, and forge letters by the poet Shelley (on the other end of the spectrum, one delightful episode centers on legendary '60s rock band "Midnight Addiction," whose sound Hathaway compares to "[the group] Status Quo whinging about the biscuits in the old people's home"). Law & Oxford? That's as good a description as any for this witty, literate, highly entertaining program. --Sam Graham

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189 of 203 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full episodes September 6, 2011
I wrote to PBS. The episodes in this box set will be the full length shows as aired in the UK, not the shorter edited-for-Masterpiece versions. We still might have to deal with annoying Alan; didn't ask about that.

Lewis, Hathaway and Laura, any episode, anytime, what could be better?


All, saw the comments of early purchasers. I am sorry if my 9/6/11 post misled you. The only info I had was what shoppbs (dot) org told me,

"Thank you for supporting PBS. We have recieved your inquiry regarding the Inspector Lewis Series ?UK version? refers to the unedited content. We are letting the customer know that they version they are purchasing is the same as was aired in the UK. It is not the cut-down version that will air in the US."

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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series January 8, 2012
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Wife & I love the Inspector Lewis series. We like having the full-length, (almost) unexpurgated version. Good writing, convoluted plots, lots of dead bodies, and Lewis is paired with a Cambridge man. So you can actually learn a little something from watching. Not too overly histrionic, just occasionally. Has a lot of unusual British words and phrases. Laurence Fox is a pleasure to watch, a man of both words and action. That's enough for now. (DVD cost was low, fast shipment, good quality.)
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The mostly complete boxed set of Inspector Lewis... August 31, 2012
By Phoenix
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I currently have this series on permanent loop in my DVD player. That should tell you that I'm a fan of the series. I like this show very much, that's why I bought it. My one niggle however, isn't with this show or how it's produced. My problem is with PBS DVD's.

PBS unabashedly cut down the UK versions of many episodes and that's a shame, if not a crime. These episodes are 2 hours long and they've been abridged to approximately 85 minutes.

Whom the Gods Would Destroy - 120 minutes - series 1
And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea - 120 minutes - series 2
The Great and the Good - 120 minutes - series 2
The Dead of Winter - 120 minutes - series 4
Wild Justice - 120 minutes - series 5
The Mind has Mountains - 120 minutes - series 5
The Gift of Promise - 120 minutes - series 5
The Soul of Genius - 120 minutes - series 6
Generation of Vipers - 120 minutes - series 6
Fearful Symmetry - 120 minutes - series 6
Indelible Stain - 120 minutes - series 6

I'm including season 5(USA)/[series 6 UK] in this review because I think people should know that PBS has cut out 5 1/2 hours of this show from their DVD's. For this particular boxed set the abridged episodes end at, "The Gift of Promise" with a total of 3 1/2 hours edited out. Every episode of season 5(USA) is missing 30 minutes of content. There is so much in the 30 minutes of content that's needed to clarify the story-lines. The episodes now look choppy to me. Why do some characters have relationships and how does each individual relate to the others? I still love Lewis but I'd love to see the full length versions, if only to understand the story the way the writers intended them to be.
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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erudition and Earthiness: A Great Mystery Series November 29, 2011
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The superb acting and character development of Kevin Whately as Detective Inspector Robert Lewis, and Laurence Fox as his partner, Detective Sergeant James Hathaway, are a treat. Laurence Fox as Hathaway is a great surprise, playing a wryly humorous ex-seminarian with issues of his own. Kevin Whately as Lewis is perfect as a widowed survivor, in search of the perpetrator of the hit-and-run that left him bereft. Clare Holman as Dr. Laura Hobson adds another rich dimension to the narratives, as does Rebecca Front as the formidable "Mum," Chief Superintendent Innocent. The wonderful Dr. Hobson first arrived in the previous series, Inspector Morse, Set Ten, Disk 2, "The Way Through the Woods." The introductions by Alan Cummings are informative and fun. For those of you going through Midsomer Murders: The Early Cases Collection to Midsomer Murders: Set 18 withdrawal, this will more than heal thy wounds. One can't always be a Badger of Badger's Drift, hoping for help from the wry team of Barnaby and Jones. Although Lewis and Hathaway are another duo altogether, and this series lacks the tongue-in-cheek self mocking of Midsomer, "Lewis" is well worth exploring. Of course, it's a treat to meander through Oxford's beautifully filmed spires, cobbled streets, and nearby countryside. The tensions between upper-class academics and regular citizens of Oxfordshire are explored. Lewis may start me on a long-term sandwich and ale streak, as the sustenance looks delicious and some viewers are highly suggestible in terms of gluttony, if not violence. Read more ›
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UK Version January 22, 2013
By S.L.S
I bought the Uk version last nov./2012 of the Lewis series because it's
cheaper and is the un cut version.
To set the record straight.I cheery picked some of the dvds and timed
the episodes.
Whom The Gods Would Destroy :133 min.
And The Moonbeams Kiss The Sky : 131 min.
The Dead Of Winter : 129 min.
Fearful Symmetry : 129 min.
On the Uk version there is no introduction,no quick preview of the upcoming
episode,no thanking sponsors or donors to pbs and Pheloungs music over the end
credits has not been cut.In other words,each episode starts immediately
upon selecting it.
The cost including shipping ran to $50.Cdn.(about the same in Us dollars)
Here is what is included in the UK Lewis collection Series 1 to 6.
In the box there are 3 containers of dvds.
Container #1: 5 discs:(series one & two)(disc 3 is Behind the scenes of series one)
Container #2: 4 discs:(series three and four)
Container #3: 4 discs:(series five and six)
24 episodes in total.On disc 11 series 5 there is also an interview with kevin whately.Two episodes per disc.
Hope this clears up any questions regarding the UK version.
Do yourself a favor and buy yourself a region free dvd.The difference between
the cost of the Uk version of the series" New Tricks" paid for a region free dvd player.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good. Like the "side-kick
Fairly good. Like the "side-kick," but Lewis as the romance interest is hard to envisage!
Published 22 days ago by Dr. Marilyn A. Turkel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality.
We always liked Morse and now Robby and Hathaway. It is hard to let a good detective show go so this is one way to keep a favorite.
Published 1 month ago by R. E. Dilley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy.
Bought the entire collection and do not regret it. Great buy.
Published 1 month ago by Quarter Inching
5.0 out of 5 stars Another favorite of mine
Another favorite of mine. I hope the series continues, especially now that Lewis and Clare Holman's character are finally getting together!
Published 2 months ago by Steve Groves
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband has all the British Mystery's.. Loves them all.
My husband loves this set.
Published 2 months ago by Lynda L Garland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I bought this item as a present for my mom and she loves it!
Published 2 months ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is tv entertainment at its best
Published 2 months ago by Susanne Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
always enjoyed the series,great viewing
Published 2 months ago by FB Mckee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good on you Robbie!
I always liked Lewis with Morse. I used to feel sorry for him, although I liked Morse too. It was good to see Robbie as Inspector Lewis. I like his sidedick too.
Published 3 months ago by Mickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product!! Definitely recommend
Love this series so much, wish they made more!
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth Sundaresan
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We have season 1-4. first two discs had subtitles, but the rest did not. why??
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