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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 1 (2012)

Essie Davis , Nathan Page , Tony Tilse , Daina Reid  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Ashleigh Cummins, Richard Bligh
  • Directors: Tony Tilse, Daina Reid, David Caesar
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, 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: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 706 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A27O5AW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,536 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

BONUS The look of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (19 min.), meet the creators (5 min.), set tour (4 min.), cast interviews (8 min.), and more

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Editorial Reviews

Based on the novels by Kerry Greenwood

“A blockbuster hit” —The Sydney Morning Herald
“Witty and elegant” —The Australian

Seen on public television

In 1920s Melbourne, the Honorable Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis, Girl with a Pearl Earring) is a thoroughly modern woman operating in a mostly male world. The glamorous “lady detective” goes about her work with a pistol close at hand—and, more often than not, a male admirer even closer.

To the dismay of Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page, The Secret Life of Us), Phryne’s investigations take her through back alleys, jazz clubs, and shady neighborhoods. Ignoring the dangers all around her, she glides through life determined to enjoy every moment. But beneath her devil-may-care attitude, Phryne hides ghosts from the past that continue to haunt her.

Gorgeously costumed and evocatively shot, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries also stars Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Cloudstreet), Ashleigh Cummings (Tomorrow, When the War Began), Miriam Margolyes (Little Dorrit), and Nicholas Bell (Shine). Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings) guest stars.

Contains violence, coarse language, nudity, sexual situations, and drug use

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204 of 208 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phryne's fans need have no fear January 26, 2013
Format:DVD
When I read Cocaine Blues, I fell hard for Phryne (FRY-KNEE) Fisher, Dot, the Butlers, Inspector Robinson (call me Jack) Bert and Cec and the rest of the characters in Kerry Greenwood's delightful series and have since read every Phryne I could get my hands on.

Imagine my joy when, through the miracle of Roku and an Acorn Premium membership, Miss Fisher's Mysteries showed up as a January-February offering and I realized that this was indeed MY Phryne! I've now, at great sacrifice of housekeeping and household nutrition, watched every episode in Season One. I can, without reservation, hereby pronounce Miss Fisher's Mysteries a triumph!

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation spared no expense in recreating the Melbourne of the late 1920s nor the luxurious accoutrements of Phryne's world from Hispano-Suiza, to steam train, to Phryne's spectacular wardrobe. Essie Davis is perfect; fully portraying the many facets of Phryne, champion of the underdog, sensuous vamp, keen detective and tango dancer extraordinaire. The TV writing is exceptional and the stories are faithful as they can be to the books, given the limitations of 54 minutes and contemporary sensibilities probably unforgiving of Phryne's and Lin Chung's "arrangement" after his marriage and the decidedly decadent protagonists of the Murder in the Dark book have been cleaned up a lot. The musical score is splendid, mixing original work with jazz standards.

Don't expect every subplot each book contains when viewing that episode. Instead, sit back and let the sights and sounds of Jazz Age Melbourne become real and become a part of Phryne's inner circle. It's a more than fair trade-off and rarely, rarely does translation from page to screen get it so right!
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144 of 149 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully decadent new 1920's detective series January 23, 2013
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Move over, Mrs Bradley - there's another jazz-age lady sleuth in town! Author Kerry Greenwood first began writing her series of "Phryne Fisher" books in 1989, and earned legions of fans worldwide with her glamorous, sharp-witted 1920's heroine, Miss Phryne Fisher.

The Hon. Phryne Fisher has returned to Melbourne, Australia after many years of living abroad. Despite her well-heeled manner, Phryne hides a hardscrabble childhood spent in abject poverty, and is still haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her beloved sister Janey. It takes only a few moments after Phryne's arrival on the Melbourne dock for the murders and mysteries to start, but with her talent for attracting friends from all walks of life, including cab drivers Bert (Travis McMahon) and Cec (Anthony Sharpe), Mr Butler (Richard Bligh), Constable Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt), Aunt Prudence (Miriam Margolyes), Dr Mac (Tammy Macintosh) and new ward Jane (Ruby Rees Wemyss), Phryne is ready for anything!

Phryne's delicious "will they-won't they" banter with Detective Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) drives a great deal of the tension within the series. The early episodes rattle along gloriously and are hugely enjoyable as "single" adventures, however things take a darker tone starting in the 11th episode, "Blood and Circuses", as Phryne's quest to finally avenge her sister's needless death at the hands of criminal Murdoch Foyle (Nicholas Bell in a chilling performance) comes to a thrilling climax. The final three episodes careen along at breakneck speed, taking Phryne, her family and friends through their most terrifying and deadly brushes with Foyle.

Essie Davis plays the resourceful Miss Fisher and it is indeed a sensational performance.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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The Honorable Phryne Fisher has a lot in common with Emma Peel. Smart, dresses to kill, athletic, sexy and courageous. And they both solve mysteries. Except Phryne (pronounced FRY-knee) lives in 1928 and her foes are more realistic than the I-vant-to-rule-the-world type usually found in "The Avengers".

We first meet Phryne disembarking at Melbourne, Australia. She almost immediately receives an engraved invitation to dine with her old friends, Lydia and John Andrews, and her indefatigable gossip of an aunt.

When Phryne arrives at the Andrews', it's just in time to see her host's body carried out on a police stretcher. According to Aunt Prudence, "It seems that John collapsed suddenly after a light breakfast of tea and kumquat marmalade toast. And the maid found him, purple in the face and cold to the touch on the bathroom floor."

Phryne's investigation leads her to several interesting characters, including a French-Russian tango dancer, a Turkish bath owner and a handsome police detective. The last because, yes, John Andrews was murdered - with poison in the sugar bowl.

But what's especially interesting is when we get the first inkling of why Phryne really came to Melbourne. She visits a man in jail. We aren't given much information in the beginning, except we know it has to do with her late sister Janey. Phryne tells him, "I've come half way around the world to make sure that you never get out of here alive..... Whatever horrors you visited on her [Jane], I have imagined tenfold, and given the chance, I will do the same to you without smearing my lipstick."

This Australian Broadcasting Corporation series is based on the mysteries written by Kerry Greenwood. I haven't read the books, so I had no preconceptions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Adore Phryne!
This is a fun, fast-paced series. Love Phryne's clothes! Interaction between Jack and Phryne is amusing-a tiny bit Bogey and Bacall. We're awaiting the arrival of season 2.
Published 2 days ago by tommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series!
This series is one of those rare gifts that never disappoint. Essie Davis is absolutely perfect in the role of the wealthy Miss Fisher, and she is equally gorgeous in the styles... Read more
Published 3 days ago by R. Sabo
5.0 out of 5 stars Essie Davis is divine.
Every time another detective series comes out from Acorn Media it begs the question: “Can this be as good as—? Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jon Wynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Massachusetts
Smart dialogue and constant action; great dialogue and complex plots. This is a series that is worth my time and attention
Published 3 days ago by Summer
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
This series is a total delight. The costumes and sets are gorgeous and the 1920's time period is well researched and gives insight into an era we don't often see. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Shannon Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars i.am in LOVE with miss fisher's mysteries!!!
i just saw the last episode of season 2 and am in deep mourning :o( i cannot tell you how beautifully done this series is. it is so rich in so many ways... Read more
Published 8 days ago by coe lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Delightful Miss Fisher
The main character and all the minor characters are a delight. Plots are interesting and varied. What's not to like.
Published 16 days ago by C. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
I loved it and would really enjoy seeing more. I ordered the next one that hopefully will come shortly. Thanks.
Published 17 days ago by Toby Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and Easy
It's pretty good. I didn't know exactly what to expect but it's ok, I enjoyed it. Not real heavy drama, it's good for a nice and light lazy Sunday afternoon.
Published 19 days ago by NJD
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, mystery
Really enjoyed it, loved the costumes and the twists & turns of the plots. Worth watching more than once. Delightful.
Published 23 days ago by Hlinker
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