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Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis Series 5

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Four new mysteries which were inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of Colin Dexter. Episodes include - The Soul of Genius; Generation of Vipers; Fearful Symmetry; and The Indelible Stain.

You might think that Oxford, England--a place known as "the city of dreaming spires," nestled in the countryside, dominated by the oldest university in the English-speaking world--would be at least somewhat immune to the vagaries and superficialities of the modern world. But in this fifth season of the outstanding murder mystery series Inspector Lewis (with four 90-minute episodes on two discs), that world intrudes anyway. Did a lonely college professor who was once a well-known author kill herself because her online video dating profile was stolen, leaked, and then publicly ridiculed at a snarky TMZ/Perez Hilton-like gossip site ("Man-hating feminist who's punting for a poke," the caption reads)? Do "fetish photos" of women bound with elaborate knots have something to do with a young babysitter's killing? As always, Detective Inspector Robbie Lewis (Kevin Whately) and his right-hand man, Detective Sergeant James Hathaway (Laurence Fox), do their dogged best to solve these complex crimes, which also include the more recondite kind of misdeeds typical of the show's genteel setting ("The Soul of Genius" involves an obsession with Lewis Carroll's poem The Hunting of the Snark, along with "the Wednesday Club," a secret Oxford society that may or may not really exist). The stories are good, but better yet, we also learn a bit more about the lives of our principals. When Hathaway flirts with an attractive woman, Lewis offers quiet encouragement, telling him, "You need a partner, James"; meanwhile, could Lewis, the widower still mourning the death of his wife in a hit-and-run accident, finally be surrendering to the charms of Dr. Laura Hobson (Clare Holman)? Inspector Lewis fans will surely want to stay tuned for the answers to this and other pressing issues--not to mention the dastardly murders that will follow as this terrific show winds down after just one more season. --Sam Graham

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  • Actors: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman, Rebecca Front, Alton Letto
  • Directors: Dan Reed, Nicholas Renton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,246 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007T40GOK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis Series 5" on IMDb

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175 of 183 people found the following review helpful By NYBackus on July 29, 2012
Format: DVD
Check the Internet Movie Database where these episodes are listed as lasting 120 minutes. PBS has chopped them down to 90 minutes although some sources claim ONLY 10 minutes has been hacked off. It was particularly noticeable in Fearful Symmetries where the episode seemed so badly edited that it was at that point that I decided to see if it had originally been longer. Yes, it had. It is a pity that the original is not available. Very disappointing. Amazon Prime only gives the 90-minute version. PBS and Amazon both ought to do better.
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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Jack E. Martinelli on June 7, 2012
Format: DVD
There is a serious lack of clarity in the first three reviews of the "Inspector Lewis" series.

I own the Series One through Four of the UK versions, released by ITV Studios, [...].
Series Four includes the four episodes:
The Dead of Winter
Dark Matter
Your Sudden Death Question
Falling Darkness

These are not the episodes in Series Five of the USA release, as described in the Amazon editorial comment.

Hope this helps decision makers. FWIW, the UK versions play wonderfully on my Pioneer DV-220KV-K all-region DVD player
which I purchased from an Amazon partner especially to play "Inspector Lewis".
To be able also to view the PAL version of "Blythe Spirit" is a great joy!
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73 of 85 people found the following review helpful By R on May 13, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This is the American blu ray of season 5 of Inspector Lewis by PBS. The numbering for the British and American releases of Inspector Lewis series are numbered differently. If you see the PBS on the DVD or the Blu Ray, you have the American version.

I have all of the Inspector Lewis and Inspector Morse sets, which are an outstanding series.

The PAL DVD set is always cheaper than the American DVD, and sometimes a better picture. The American blu ray is better than the British Blu Ray, by a little bit. The British Blu Ray is usually close in price, unless there is a price cut, then British Blu Ray is usually will cost less until the American blu ray does the same price cut.

I agree with most people, we do pay more for our DVD sets(American) than British DVD. It does pay to have a region free DVD player.

I will be buying this new blu ray set, season 5 of Inspector Lewis by PBS when the price decreases.

Later Add:

I bought the Blu Ray set, region A/1. This is the US/Canada reqion. Picture and sound are outstanding. The show is always tops.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Phineas T. Whipsnade on August 9, 2012
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I bought these through Amazon Prime Online for $2/episode, a fabulous deal.If you're not a Prime member, you should be. Back to Lewis -- I've watched all of them and the writing has gotten better and better. The real story in these episodes is the slow enhancement of James Hathaway's character. He is getting better lines, smarter lines. Maybe there's another spinoff coming and Hathaway will get his own show. In the meantime, though, the Inspector Lewis series is one of the best going. The ensemble -- the doctor, the chief inspector, Lewis and Hathaway have all settled into their roles. Lewis is not the usual leading man, with the hard edges of Morse, Dalziel, or Wallender, but for all that he's more reachable, more of a guy you'd enjoy a pint with. There hasn't been a weak episode yet, although some rise above the others, such as "The Quality of Mercy," and "And the Moonbeams Kissed the Sea." If you haven't tried Lewis yet, I hope you do.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 12, 2012
Format: DVD
This box series includes The Soul of Genius, Generation of Vipers, Fearful Symmetry, and The Indelible Stain. These were aired in the UK between May and June 2012 as UK Series 6. Hence US Series 5 is the same as UK series 6. I believe that each of these episodes is edited down by 10 minutes so as to fit the 90 minute time slot in the Masterpiece Mystery series.

It is hard to put your finger on just what makes Lewis work so well. However, a large part of its success must be down to the chemistry between Lewis, played by Kevin Whately and Hathaway (Laurence Fox). Hathaway acts as an excellent foil for Lewis in much the same way that Lewis himself previously did for Morse and the result is at least as effective. It is hard to remember now that this series was a spin off from Inspector Morse following the death of John Thaw and its pilot aired as recently as 2006. It feels like it has been around much longer than that and has almost become an institution.

This series follows the strong tradition set by the earlier series. We thought that Oxford seemed like a dangerous place to live as the body count mounted during the time of Inspector Morse. Lewis continues to add rather alarmingly to the death toll. As previously these episodes are quite varied. For example, this time round one episode concerns the strange death of a babysitter, whilst the final episode involves the mysterious death of a visiting lecturer which may have racial overtones. The lengthy feature film format gives the stories time to develop fully in an unhurried manner.

It is interesting that as this series has progressed, DS James Hathaway has become as significant a figure as Inspector Robbie Lewis and it is hard to imagine Lewis without him.
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does this series have SDH subtitles?
Same here; am planning on buying the Pilot and Series 1-4 set (which according to the PBS shop site has SDH), but cannot find info on this set. I was quite discouraged when, over the last few weeks when several of the episodes aired on my local PBS station, only one of the three was captioned.... Read More
Jul 25, 2012 by Ralph Fontcuberta |  See all 3 posts
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