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Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour Series 2

Shaun Evans , Roger Allam , .  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Anton Lesser, Jack Laskey, Sean Rigby
  • Directors: .
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JJRLFTU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,317 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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...Shaun Evans is impressively understated as young Morse. --independent.co.uk

...very charming... --theguardian.com

3 out of 4 stars
This series forges its own identity apart from the beloved Inspector Morse, developing into one of the better British mysteries airing today...this is recommended. --Video Librarian

Product Description

Detective Constable Endeavour Morse becomes drawn into a murder investigation that changes the course of his life.
Genre: Television: PBS
Rating: NR
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: DVD

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132 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Exceptional Television Drama June 9, 2014
Format:DVD
The second series of Endeavour will begin on Masterpiece in a few weeks. Do not miss it. Better still: buy an all-regions dvd player so that you can get these kinds of shows in advance from amazon.co.uk. You can also comparison shop, because the prices vary between the U.S. and the UK.

Season 2 consists of four episodes, each approximately 90 minutes in length. Russell Lewis, the author of the season one episodes remains at the helm and he is at the top of his game.

The production values are spectacular. The period details--material culture items, the color palette, signage, clothing--are absolutely perfect. You never sense that the characters are wearing costumes. The plotting is a bit more complex than in season one. They are more reminiscent of Morse plots, with long explanations coming at the end. This is not a failing, just a change. The acting is heart-breakingly good. I was surprised to see (in an interview) that Shaun Evans actually has a natural Irish accent, which is completely suppressed when he plays Morse. He and Roger Allam carry the show with beautiful chemistry but the supporting actors are all rock-solid, particularly Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright.

In season two we learn some of Fred Thursday's backstory and we see Morse enter into a romantic relationship. While the stories are not interlocked and rigidly sequential we are promised retribution by one of the villains in the first episode. Thus, there is a cloud over both Morse and Thursday throughout the season, as we wait for the second shoe to land. Episode four ends the season with a series of cliffhangers, thus promising us, one hopes (along with the big UK numbers), a third season.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Length: 0:30 Mins
NOTE UPFRONT - there are no real "spoilers" in this review and I'll save (a partial one) for the end.

Also - I have added a "preview" video provided by PBS.

If you've read my other reviews on Amazon you will know that I'm a huge fan of British (or Irish or Scottish) crime and mystery series produced by the BBC or ITV , which air on US TV on either BBC America or PBS. I really prefer the home video versions because nearly every one of this shows has been edited (for either language or extreme violence - often both - and maybe even brief nudity). I prefer the original. I was really looking forward to this second "series" (they use "series", not "season", when there are only a few episodes, of this prequel to the long running "Inspector Morse" series of shows. But then a few things occurred as I watched it, and I honestly can't give it the five stars that many others probably will. Remember, I am reviewing the Bluray version - not the TV one - from a screener provided by PBS Home Video for review.

I'm also a big proponent of not providing episode plot summaries (as some do) because IMHO it spoils the enjoyment. And I most certainly don't like "spoilers", so you rarely - if ever - will find one in my reviews. After all, these are called "mysteries" for a reason.

Since this is the second in the "series", I will make the assumption that those reading this review will have seen Series One and know the main characters - DI Morse and DCI Thursday - and that the crime/mystery series takes place in Oxford, England in the late 1960s (and reflects the political climate then). There are four "episodes" - each lasting exactly 90 minutes (give or take a few seconds).
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Endeavour in the Cathedral? July 13, 2014
Format:DVD
Endeavour returns with four new episodes featuring Morse' early days with the Oxford City Police. The initial film opens with the young detective returning to duty after recovering from injuries sustained at the close of the first season thereby continuing the semi-serialized form. The production has a different tone from the Morse films and this set continues in that vein. Essentially "Inspector Morse" was character driven, episodic, modern gothic and often melancholy, while "Endeavour" is plot driven, at times violent, and somewhat serialized with an occasional film noire affectation. While the episodes are supposed to follow a chronology that traces young Morse' development into the Chief Inspector we know he will become, they feel oddly disconnected. This is no doubt a result of hiring different directors for each film which can be a problem with sequels and prequels when each of those directors has a different take on the original material. Additionally, the producers have chosen to craft story lines that are less about the central character than they are about the people around him; a significant departure from both the Thaw films and the Dexter novels. This is the same approach Masterpiece took with "Inspector Lewis" and is fundamentally why the original Morse audience became so disappointed with that series.

After the first season I had reservations about how the character was being portrayed with a specific concern that each episode would only be resolved by stumbling across some arcane clue that only Endeavour could properly interpret. One of the most difficult tasks a writer faces is letting their characters mature and develop and I'm pleased to see that the writers have successfully accomplished that task with this set.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this series and hope to see more of Shaun ...
I like this series and hope to see more of Shaun Evan. Inspector Morse is one of my all time favorites and I was pleasantly surprised how believable Endeavor (played by Evans)... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Esther C. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Every bit as entertaining as Season 1.
Published 1 day ago by Andrea Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Drama Storytelling At Its Best!
Continuity of character development, related threads as one follows case-by-case through the season, matchless attention to period detail, superb cast and production crew make for... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Philip Ciaffa
3.0 out of 5 stars Series 2 continues to follow young Endeavour Morse ...
Series 2 continues to follow young Endeavour Morse in his early day as an Oxford police constable working with CID. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Cherie Jung, Publisher, Over My Dead Body!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great series!!!!!!!!!!!!!actually equal to Inspector Morse original....
Published 4 days ago by Jeralyn H. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT
Published 5 days ago by Perry W. Hendrickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss Endeavour
Absolutely brilliant! I'm impatiently waiting for Series 3, not only because this series is extremely well written and acted, but also due to the cliff-hanger ending of... Read more
Published 5 days ago by James Coccaro
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL LOOK FORWARD TO FUTURE
WONDERFUL LOOK FORWARD TO FUTURE EPISODES
Published 6 days ago by odin 51
5.0 out of 5 stars I think this is better than Morse
I think this is better than Morse . I loved Morse but this series is richer and more human. Can't wait for the next series after this 'cliff hanger'
Published 6 days ago by Mrs. Enid L. Breese
5.0 out of 5 stars As usual, a superb presentation. always one too ...
As usual,a superb presentation.always one too many suspects but thats how the game is played.
Published 8 days ago by CWM
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