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Midsomer Murders: The Early Cases Collection (2008)

John Nettles , Jane Wymark  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes, Laura Howard
  • Writers: Caroline Graham
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 19
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 1800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011B9W38
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Midsomer Murders: The Early Cases Collection" on IMDb

Special Features

  • First 18 episodes by original UK broadcast date (previously released as sets 1,2,3 and 5)
  • Exclusive bonus disc: Super Sleuth, a documentary about the show's first decade
  • Essay by John Nettles
  • Midsomer map
  • Production notes
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Caroline Graham biography
  • Cast filmographies

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Intriguing Crime Series. Looking forward to more sets!" -- British American TV DVD Blog

"Razor-sharp and fine -- Wilmington on DVD (thedailypage.com)

"Definitely deserves to be tagged as essential" -- MemorableTV.com

"Mystery film fans will enjoy these and be kept guessing until the end as to who done it." -- Library Journal

This is all done with a very deft hand, balancing dark humor with strong character work. -- Ink19

Product Description

As seen on A&E and The Biography Channel

WHAT EVIL LURKS BEYOND THE WELL-TRIMMED HEDGES OF MIDSOMER . . .

The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. The smash hit series stars John Nettles (Bergerac) as Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby, a dogged investigator and devoted family man, unflappable in the face of the maxabre crimes and eccentric characters he encounters on the job.

Collected here are the first 18 episodes by original U.K. broadcast date. These include the five mysteries adapted from the novels of Caroline Graham, as well as the next 13 original stories inspired by her characters. DS Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey), Barnaby's first and longest-serving deputy, assists the chief on all of these cases. Guest stars include Emily Mortimer, Anna Massey, Richard Briers, Prunella Scales, Julian Wadham, Orlando Bloom, and Celia Imrie.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE essay by John Nettles, Midsomer map, production notes, behind-the-scenes featurette, Caroline Graham biography, and cast filmographies.

Plus exclusive bonus disc: Super Sleuths a documentary about the show's first decade, featuring John Nettles, Caroline Graham, writer Anthony Horowitz, and others.

Mysteries previoulsy released on DVD as Sets One, Two, Three and Five.


Customer Reviews

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165 of 175 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Midsomer County December 30, 2007
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Imagine Saint Mary Mead. Squared.

That about describes the setting of "Midsomer Murders," a morbidly witty British mystery series based on Caroline Graham's novels. And "Midsomer Murders: The Early Cases" brings together the first eighteen cases in this cozy, dark little county, making up most of the first four seasons.

In the pilot episode, an elderly spinster is is hunting for orchids when she comes across something strange in the woods -- and soon she's found dead, with a broken neck. Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) is persuaded to investigate further, and soon he discovers that there's something far nastier coming up -- more bloody killings, secret incest, and an old forgotten crime.

"The Killings in Badger's Grift" is perhaps the clumsiest episode of the series, with some horribly over-the-top acting and a weird dream sequence. But the writers get their footing with "Written in Blood," about a double murder rooted in the shared past of two middle-aged men -- one a bestselling novelist.

From there on, Barnaby and his assistant, Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey), are forced to investigate all sorts of crimes -- obviously each episode has a murder, but there's plenty of adultery, theft, kidnapping, insanity and "cold cases" that are connected to current murders.

And they have to deal with some very strange crimes -- a strangled cigarette model, a New Age lodge, snotty aristocrats, a local sexpot's kidnapping (or not), a trophy wife murdered with a cricket bat, mysterious tramps, nursing home murders, a thief killed by a pitchfork, a haunted museum, toxic mushrooms, crop circles, adulterous mailmen, and a wedding that is disrupted when the groom's father is hoisted out of a well.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 HOURS OF TERRIFIC WHODUNITS April 11, 2008
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I love this droll, darkly humorous series set in the fictional UK county of Midsomer. Finally, the initial 18 episodes are available in the order they were first broadcast in the UK. What a treat!

There's something cozy about the madness behind the rustic hedges and lush landscape of this wonderful old-school murder mystery series. Midsomer is a contained world populated with slightly inbred middle-class eccentrics. The colorful villagers -- vicars, birdwatchers and cricket players mingle with -- and in some cases are -- murderers of great, if flawed, creativity.

Especially delicious are the first five titles taken directly from the novels of Caroline Graham. I have enjoyed "Killings At Badger's Drift," "Written In Blood," and "Death Of A Hollow Man" multiple times.

Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettle) brings a reasoned mature calm to the lurking menace of the deceptively heavenly, stately environs. A decent and normal man who represents the best of his breed. And make no mistake, this series is very much about breeding. Barnaby's sidekick DS Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey) is the perfect youthful -- sometimes naive, sometimes intuitive, sometimes brash -- balance to the proceedings.

This kind of closed story-telling, in which killings are center stage and around which all the action takes place, is reassuring in a world that often reflects far harsher realities. It's reassuring because there is closure and all is put in order and justice on some level is meted out. At least for the time-being.

The production is top notch all round. Colorful minor characters abound -- often stars in the making (see Orlando Bloom and others in early episodes).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Midsomer Murders August 28, 2008
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They are amateurs and pros, London dwellers moving equally comfortably in international society as in that of their occasional forays into the English countryside, and lifelong inhabitants of those rural settings. They investigate crimes in the Thames valley and cities as large as Oxford, midsize towns like a certain Kingsmarkham, and villages with such all-English names as St. Mary Mead or King's Abbot. And they have been portrayed by some of Britain's finest contemporary actors, from Jeremy tBrett and David Burke/Edward Hardwicke (Sherlock Holmes & Doctor Watson) to Roy Marsden (Commander Adam Dalgliesh), Patrick Malahide and William Simons (D.C.I. Roderick Alleyn & D.I. "Br'er" Fox), John Thaw and Kevin Whately (D.C.I. Morse & D.S. Lewis), David Jason (D.I. "Jack" Frost), George Baker and Christopher Ravenscroft (D.C.I. Reginald Wexford & D.I. Mike Burden), Peter Davison and Brian Glover (Albert Campion & Magersfontein Lugg), Edward Petherbridge and Harriet Walter (Lord Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane), David Suchet/Albert Finney (Hercule Poirot) and last but not least Joan Hickson as Miss Jane Marple, the grandmother of all English village detectives.

To that illustrious group, British author Caroline Graham in 1987 added another sleuthing couple, the middle-aged D.C.I. Tom Barnaby and his young colleague D.S. Gavin Troy, coppers in a cluster of villages which, collectively, make up an area known as Midsomer County, and which could easily rival Agatha Christie's very own St. Mary Mead in per-capita occurrences of treachery, crime, and bloodletting. The series' first entry, "The Killings at Badgers Drift," was so successful that it won a Macavity Award for best first mystery and, for its author, an instant loyal following.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story line
Awesome set of DvD I have all the sets the best story line in anything I've ever viewed.
Published 8 days ago by V W
5.0 out of 5 stars Midsomer Murders: The Early Cases
I have watched the later cases because they have subtitles and I am a mystery fan and very much enjoy Midsomer Murders. Read more
Published 10 days ago by ERNST BORCHERT
5.0 out of 5 stars There are some parts of England where murders abound.
This brings back memories of why I liked Midsomer Murders so many years ago. Never taking themselves too serious but always getting their man or woman as the case may be.
Published 26 days ago by Lee J
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Love this show!!!
Published 26 days ago by Debbie Stage
5.0 out of 5 stars It's nice to find a main character with a "normal"
My husband and I find ourselves enjoying English mystery series lately. We've just about finished this collection and look forward to settling into a mystery with detective... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Carol J. Harman
1.0 out of 5 stars let me state that I LOVE Midsomer Murders and am a huge fan
First of all, let me state that I LOVE Midsomer Murders and am a huge fan. I had difficulties with the 'Early Cases' collection, however. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rhenna st clair
5.0 out of 5 stars Great British Mysteries
My wife loves these murder mysteries so much she is now watching them a second time. Great British Mysteries.
Published 1 month ago by Charles Reichenbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment
For anyone who enjoys a great whodunit laced with the charm and quaintness of the English countryside. Great series!
Published 1 month ago by Donna M Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Captions or English Subtitles?
I bought the individual MM sets (all ten) and they do not have subtitles. I have also taped them off the TV with the captions so we can tell what is said because sometimes we are lost. So we have both groups of shows.
May 6, 2008 by Sandy |  See all 6 posts
What are the episodes here?
Just look at listings for sets 1 , 2 , 3 , and 5. Those are ones included. Not set 4. Got set on ebay for 86$
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