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Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour Series 1 (2013)

Michael Matus , John Light , Colm McCarthy  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,031 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Matus, John Light, Flora Montgomery, Patrick Malahide, Shaun Evans
  • Directors: Colm McCarthy
  • Writers: Colin Dexter, Russell Lewis
  • Producers: Carolyn Parry-Jones, Damien Timmer, Dan McCulloch, Michele Buck, Rebecca Eaton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: July 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,031 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C888LOO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,675 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour Series 1" on IMDb

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The continuing stories of rookie Constable Morse. Shaun Evans ("The Take," "The Virgin Queen") stars as the young Endeavour Morse, before his signature red Jaguar, but with his deductive powers already running in high gear. Four new episodes and the pilot is included.

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Rejoice, Inspector Morse fans--he's back. Well, in a way. Debuting on DVD with the pilot episode and four from the first season proper, Endeavour is a good idea that's very entertainingly executed: a prequel to the popular Morse series, with Shaun Evans in the younger version of the role inhabited for so long by the late John Thaw. Faithful followers will get a kick out of watching Evans unveil the character's still-nascent quirks and habits. His Endeavour Morse, a detective constable when we meet him in the mid-1960s, is an Oxford dropout, a self-kept young man, somewhat socially awkward and a bit of a hothead; he loves opera and the ladies, often at the same time. He's unafraid to breach cop protocol when working on a case; but he's also necrophobic, liable to faint in the presence of a dead body. And while he's a detective of Sherlock Holmesian brilliance, he's also precocious and more than capable of making mistakes; as Detective Inspector Fred Thursday (Roger Allam), his mentor and principal (sometimes only) supporter, puts it, "You're a good detective--and a poor policeman." We know Morse's smarts will eventually prevail as he sorts out the murder of a schoolgirl who was caught up in some very unsavory business involving several of Oxford's more elite citizens, or another young woman who appears to have had a heart attack, or the death of a professor--all while coping with the interference and jealousies of the far less imaginative cops he's obliged to answer to. Let's just hope that this first season is only the beginning of Endeavour's endeavors. --Sam Graham

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260 of 270 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars these are fabulous!! May 15, 2013
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i watched all of the Inspector Morse episodes and also read the novels. little was i expecting that he would be resurrected for uk tv as a much younger man, at the start of his career. and i certainly wasn't expecting to like it as much or more than the original series! but indeed i do. this is absolutely first rate in every single episode. shaun evans is wonderful as morse.

a smart decision they made was to make his mentor, detective Thursday, every bit as fascinating as Morse. this part is played by one of my very favorite actors from THE THICK OF IT, roger allam. allam played peter on that show and his deadpan humor was priceless. they couldn't have picked a better actor for Morse's mentor. i enjoy Thursday much more than i ever enjoyed lewis as morse's partner.

much like the uk show GEORGE GENTLY, this show also benefits by being set back in time, the sixties i believe.

each mystery is very complex and morse brings to it all of his erudite abilities, which are wholly lacking by the rest of the force. no one lacks this ability more than the chief of the station, a man solely interested in the tried and true of old time police work.

if you have not watched this show yet and you are a fan of UK mysteries, you really need to start watching it now.

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216 of 230 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware - May Not Be the Original UK Edition June 29, 2013
Format:DVD
PBS edits 10-15 minutes out of each episode that they show on "Masterpiece Mystery." I am hesitant to purchase any version of "Endeavour Series 1" that does not say 'Original UK Edition' on the front of the DVD. Beware! You sure don't want to buy the edited versions! These programs are so fabulous, there isn't a single gratuitous instant in them that isn't required to fully understand the story. Caveat emptor!
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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful
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I love this Endeavour series. This Series 1 includes the Pilot episode. There are five episodes on this release: the Pilot episode, Girl, Fugue, Rocket and Home.

The box cover says that it is the full UK-length edition. English subtitles are included.

We learn a little bit about Morse's personal life in this series. The newspaper reporter, Dorothea Frazil, is played by Abigail Thaw, who is John Thaw's real life daughter. John Thaw, of course, was the original Morse. Great series. Shaun Evans is fun to watch. Looking forward to many more episodes.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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I admit I was initially skeptical about this show which is a prequel to the Inspector Morse series. I am a great fan of the original show and have watched the episodes many times over, discovering something new each time and appreciating the stellar performances of John Thaw as DCI Morse and Kevin Whately as DS Lewis. I am glad to say that I enjoy this series and find the acting credible and the storylines compelling. I have this DVD in the UK version which will only play on a multi-region DVD player and is not compatible with US Region 1 DVD players.

Shaun Evans plays a young Endeavour Morse, a brilliant young man who never quite managed to complete his degree at Oxford and joins the Oxford police force as a detective constable. Morse's trademark solitary habits are evident here and I could absolutely believe how the mature, older Morse came to be as he is depicted in the Inspector Morse series. Shaun Evans delivers a credible performance, from the little mannerisms unique to Morse, e.g. the hands cupping the chin, to the interest in Jaguars, an appreciation for opera, fine ale, and of course the fascination for the opposite sex. Viewers learn how Morse's liking for a certain kind of woman develops - the sort who is enigmatic, beautiful, talented, but always just a little bit out of reach, well for the most part anyway.

In the series, young Endeavour rubs some of his colleagues the wrong way, especially an older DC (played by Jack Ashton) who resents Morse's obvious brilliance, but luckily for Morse, he finds a mentor in DI Fred Thursday (Roger Allam) who sees the potential in young Morse and takes him under his wing.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Endeavour! July 7, 2013
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If you are a fan of the Inspector Morse series, and mourned the passing of John Thaw at the young age of 60 who was recently voted by British viewers as #3 in the best 50 actors over the past 50 years, you will be delighted to know that the series is being revived in a new form.

John Thaw, as the older Morse, is clearly irreplaceable. His brooding, melancholy, curmudgeonly Morse captured the policeman's essence. Thaw's own life paralleled Morse's own with the loss of his mother's constant presence in his life at an early age when she left home and he didn't see her again until he was 19. The character Morse's parents divorced when he was 12, and his mother died three years later. Did this life experience help Thaw to capture the depth and underlying strain of unresolved grief in Morse? Is this why Morse constantly falls for the women in his investigations, even when they turn out to be the culprit?

But now enters the new younger Morse in this series Endeavour, which is a prequel to the iconic series. Morse's mother was Quaker which explains the origin of the name Endeavour. However, the author Colin Dexter, supposedly found the name on a building in which boats were housed along the river Thames in Oxford where he liked to walk. And the names Morse and Lewis actually came from arch-rival cross-word puzzle clue writers whom Dexter knew.

Is this new endeavor worthy of the old series? I found it to be so. The younger Morse is a tad gawky, as you imagine Morse probably was in his early days, but his enjoyment of fine cars, classical music, women witnesses, crossword puzzles, literature classics, stubbornness and tenacity is already in evidence. The production values I found to be superior to the old series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal Prequel
Terrific and effective prequel to Morse. Want more epidodes
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved this; well written, well cast - enjoyed very much
Published 1 day ago by MG136
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent viewing, engaging and absorbing.
Very satisfying viewing, like reading a good short story because of the excellent character development and superb acting.
Published 1 day ago by burninghorse
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed it, I like a thriller and it was not bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Terrific! Want to see more.
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We love these shows. Wish there were more of them. We have even watched some of them twice, heartily enjoying them both times. Acting is great. Plots are great. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy a tour of Oxford while finding clues and characters to solve the...
In addition to enjoying following the clues and solving the crime, I much enjoy revisiting Oxford. The photography, lighting, and costumes, are superb and enhance the writing.
Published 2 days ago by Bisonfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fascinating! !!
Published 2 days ago by R. Barrera
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Clever and thoughtful!
Published 2 days ago by Becky T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series!
Wonderful series!! I love every moment of it!! The subtleties in the plot are incredible. I can't wait for the new episodes!!
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