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Midsomer Murders, Set 21 (1997)

Neil Dudgeon , Barry Jackson , Simon Langton , Renny Rye  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Neil Dudgeon, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes
  • Directors: Simon Langton, Renny Rye, Richard Holthouse, Nicholas Laughland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • 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 (210 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009D4RW96
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,419 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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109 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macabre Midsomer November 8, 2012
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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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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is Midsomer becoming CSI? January 16, 2013
By L. B.
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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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102 of 113 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Set 21 November 21, 2012
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.

Newport News, Va
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88 of 101 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing November 15, 2012
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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