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Midsomer Murders, Set 21 [Blu-ray] (1997)

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 372 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009D4RPIE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

THE MYSTERIES Death in the Slow Lane—A classic car show becomes a crime scene after a grisly death.
Dark Secrets—Barnaby and Jones investigate the suspicious death of a social services employee.
Echoes of the Dead—The detectives look into a series of copycat murders.
The Oblong Murders—Jones goes undercover to investigate a local new-age cult.

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100 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macabre Midsomer November 8, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Midsomer County is oddly rife with peculiar mysteries and creative demises, but DCI John Barnaby is as gifted with powers of keen observation as his cousin, retired DCI Tom Barnaby. Sykes, John Barnaby's expressive dog, is also welcome! Neil Dudgeon, as the new DCI Barnaby, is an excellent addition to Midsomer, with his capacity for nuance; humor and seriousness shadow his countenance. The Barnabys are an old Midsomer family; in this verdant environment there are often recurring family resemblances (recall the funereal duo in first Midsomer mystery, "The Killings of Badger's Drift"). An amorous "look-alike" gardener was featured earlier in Midsomer, likely DCI John Barnaby is also good with plants. As always, the intrepid Jason Hughes is a wonderful foil as Detective Inspector Ben Jones, his wry humor adds another level of complexity to the series. The U.K. boasts many fine, underrated actors. Catch Dudgeon as a WWI vet/chauffeur in The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries - Series 1 (Speedy Death/The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries), which, despite the confusing title, is the complete set (no need to order a separate "Series 2."). We love the weird, unique Midsomer music, indicating that beneath Midsomer's quaintness, benign as a quivering vanilla blanc mange, danger lurks. Note the badger emblem on the police cars. In the U.K., coziness is often leavened with the macabre, like a doily blotched with tea, darkness lurks at the edges. And we love it. Brits have knack for mixing classic stories with ghoulish humor and sharp observations of the flawed human character. Historically, penny-dreadfuls were published at Christmastime, as in Robert Louis Stevenson and Charles Dickens. Read more ›
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is Midsomer becoming CSI? January 16, 2013
By L. B.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Midsomer Murders used to provide a mystery to unravel at a slow, leisurely pace amid the lovely setting of an English village and its eccentric inhabitants. Murder was the propelling force for action, but the real focus was on characterization, personal interaction, the setting and the culture of the English village as interpreted in the series. In particular, the viewer normally faced with the carnage of popular movies and television could find respite with a cerebral journey as Barnaby and Jones unravelled the mystery of the day. Enter Season 21 of Midsomer and the gruesome visage of a dismembered body in Echoes of the Dead and giggling, invasive school girls in Death in the Slow Lane. Dark Secrets fared a little better but salacious elements, gratuitous sex and incest, occupied center stage too readily and too much. I have not viewed The Oblong Murders yet, so perhaps all is not lost if it contains some saving grace.

Ironically, the formidable acting skills of Neil Dudgeon as Chief Inspector John Barnaby and Jason Hughes as Detective Ben Jones are apparent, but the characters they play are not the Jones of yore or the new Barnaby introduced before the departure of John Nettles. They are strangers. They are not the Midsomer inhabitants we have come to know. The medical examiner, Dr. George Bullard, played by Barry Jackson also suffers character misalignment. In Series 21 he seems be less inquisitive and now ready to accept any answer. His rhetorical bantering formerly appreciated by viewers is lost. The close family unit of Joyce (Jane Wymark), Cully (Laura Howard) and Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) that gave warmth and gentleness in the world of law enforcement and crimes has disappeared.
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89 of 99 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Set 21 November 21, 2012
Format:DVD
My wife and I are huge fans of Midsomer Murders. We just watched all four episodes of Set 21 on Acorn Streaming. We were most unhappy with the "new" show. The new Barnaby seems aloof and has no sense of humor. It was sad to see Jones be his second in command. It would have been nice to see Jones move into the Barnaby role. He has the personality and could have carried it off. My personal choice would have seen the actor who played "Dangerous Davies" take over the lead role.

The stories were dull and uninteresting.

As an unwelcome parting shot; George the medical examiner anounced that he was retiring and that would be his last show. I used to purchase these sets on Amazon. I have them all. Sadly Set 20 was and will be my last purchase.

We miss our old friend John Nettles.

Harpers
Newport News, Va
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81 of 93 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing November 15, 2012
Format:DVD
After being fans of this series for over 10 years, we sat down to watch this eagerly anticipated set/21 starring the new Inspector Barnaby. We couldn't have been more bored. It was lacking the usual charm, absorbing murders/stories, and, all 4 episodes were just plain boring. Two were remakes of similar stories from several years ago. No chemistry, yet, between any of the characters including between Barnaby and his wife. We liked her in the episode she was mainly featured, but there was just something lacking. All 4 stories just plodded along. Barnaby and his sidekick seemed to have good rapport and the series could improve over time, but do I want to waste more money waiting to see if that happens. The fact the new inspector has a background in psychology didn't add any pizzazz. So many familiar actors appeared in these 4 stories, previously seen in other episodes, but not even they seemed to be interested in acting out the stories! Not sure we will be interested in any future series. So sad, after this has been a great series for so many years.
Clarify further: Amazon is absolutely the best deal. If you can wait 3 months longer for a Midsomer set to be released rather than purchase from AcornOnline, which I did and paid $60, then wait. I have previously waited and purchased from Amazon. Read the AcornOnline reviews (and Amazon reviews). Over 100 viewers loved this new series/set 21 with Neil Dudgeon, who is a fine actor. But we were disappointed. Maybe our expectations were too high!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Midsome Series
I love the Midsomer Murders series. I can hardly wait for the latest DVDs to come out. And the great thing about them is that you can watch them over and over. Read more
Published 6 days ago by DaveW
4.0 out of 5 stars Falters a bit.
The moment of truth has finally come (to North America, at least). In the UK, MIDSOMER MURDERS, the phenomenally successful mystery program that turns the idea of tranquil,... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jon Wynne
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent choice for new cast member
I enjoyed it very much. I was apprehensive that Neil Dudgeon as Barnaby would not work but he did an excellent job.
Published 10 days ago by Ronald O. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Midsomer Murders series 21
We so enjoyed John Nettles that we were hesitant to see what Neil Dudgeon would do with the character. Needless to say it was an adjustment but the result is very satisfying. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martha L. Daubenmire
5.0 out of 5 stars made a great gift!
Bought this for my wife who is a big fan of the series. She said she liked the older series better, but that this was still good and growing on her.
Published 1 month ago by Don Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Dudgeon is terrific
I was a huge John Nettles fan and purchased every Midsomer series to see him. I was worried that the series might suffer without him, but Neil Dudgeon along with Jason Hughes is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia F. Mei
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Neil Dudgeon
Love this whole series, have watched it on T.V. for years. Got my sister-in-law hooked on it as well. Looking forward to receiving set 24 which I have already ordered.
Published 1 month ago by Pat
1.0 out of 5 stars So sad...
My wife and I have enjoyed the entire Midsomer Murders series from the very first season, and looked forward to each new set well before it became available. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tryglyph
5.0 out of 5 stars midsommer murders21
I enjoyed this set very much. I have been a big fan of English mysteries for a long time. Although there is a new head of detectives, I still enjoyed it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Donna L. Dodge
5.0 out of 5 stars tradtion continues along a different path
I'm going to give it 5 stars because the elements of good story telling are there and I like neil dudgeon though I think he was much more humorous in other series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LK
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