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  • Actors: Roy Marsden, Susannah York, Gemma Jones, James Faulkner, Tony Haygarth
  • Directors: John Davies
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 310 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00199PPCE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A serial killer known as "the Whistler" has been terrorizing the women of London and Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh (Roy Marsden) gets caught up in the search in this adaptation of P.D. James’ best-selling mystery. With twists and turns around every corner, Dalgliesh must navigate through an assortment of bizarre suspects to stop the murderer once and for all. Will he solve the case before it’s too late?

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Yet, this film is, in my opinion, not good.
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Dalgliesh, however, is redeemed because he deals with complex and often clever murders.
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I especially like Adam Dagliesh played by Ray Marston.
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Koch Vision presents "DEVICES AND DESIRES" (4 January 1991) (310 mins/Color) -- the 1989 detective novel in the Adam Dalgliesh (Roy Marsden) series by P. D. James --- It takes place on Larksoken, an isolated headland in Norfolk --- Commander Adam Dalgliesh, having published his second volume of poetry, retreats to the remote Larksoken headland where his recently deceased aunt, Jane Dalgliesh, left him a converted windmill --- However, a psychopathic mass murderer, known as the Norfolk Whistler, is on the loose and seems to have arrived at Larksoken when Dalgliesh finds the body of the nearby nuclear power plant's Acting Administrative Officer during an evening stroll on the beach --- We then watch the effect a following series of interlocking plots have on each other --- Certainly one of the outstanding examples of P.D. James mystery writing.

Under the production staff of:
John Davies - Director
Thomas Ellice - Screenwriter
P.D.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pat Kulinowski on August 31, 2008
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Enjoyed watching real actors at work. The pace of the storytelling allows for the development of the characters and the plot. There is nothing like a Brit mystery!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By bethecondon on August 18, 2008
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Unlike many other works of P D James,this one is slow moving,probably because
Dalgliesh is not in charge of the investigation.It is also somewhat unrealistic
(even for fiction),as 7 women have been murdered at night,and women are still
going outside alone after the sun sets. The discovery of the main murderer seems
to have occured with little police input (it's a wonder the local "cop" was
not superceeded by an outsider).The technical production is good,except I do
miss not having Closed Captioning (British sound/pronunciation takes some
careful listening at times. Also,a spell out of the character names would have
been helpful). All this said,this DVD set is worth viewing and my remarks should
be considered along with more positive ones,such as those of "Mr Jim".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary G. Newman on May 9, 2009
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I was very disappointed with the audio of this DVD. I turned the volume up on my TV to the highest level and was still unable to hear most of the dialogue even when the music didn't drown it out completely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Bower TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 10, 2011
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This series takes Dalgliesh to the Norfolk area where his recently deceased Aunt Jane has left him her home which is a converted windmill. As one would expect, murder and mayhem precede him and compels him to use his considerable skills to help the local police unravel the mystery.

This particular series is not for general viewing by the entire family as there are several scenes with partial frontal nudity and rather graphic scenes of murdered corpses; I cannot recommend this one for children. From the perspective of British detective shows this one is good and holds ones interest through all six episodes.

As is usual liberties are taken with P. D. James' story line but all in all the series works pretty well. There are some lovely beach scenes that help establish a mood of isolation.

If you're a Dalgliesh fan you'll probably enjoy this one too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 14, 2013
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"I tend to believe in an absolute morality, independent of time or circumstance."--Adam Dalgleish

Anyone who is a PD James fan is a fan of Adam Dangleish. He is the superlative in Inspectors. I have read the entire series,and I am a fan of the DVD series. This series is thirty years old and looks it in several ways, but I like to revisit that time when everything seems to be black and white,no grey to muddy the waters.

London Inspector Adam Dalgleish, played by Roy Marsden, Is on leave, trying to settle his aunt's estate. An old friend, Meg, played by Susannah York, catches him up on all the local gossip. There is a hint of a romance here, however, action is slow for Dangleish. Meanwhile, there's a serial killer known as The Whistler roaming the countryside. The local policeman has met with Dangleish asking his advice. The murders hit home for Dalgleish at a dinner party; one of the guests is late because he stumbled on a body. Naturally, he tells more of what he saw to the assembled guests than is wise, and, then, Dalgleish finds the body of a woman from the nearby nuclear plant after she is killed by an unknown assailant. It looks like The Whistler has struck again.

There are several older actors I recognize from many BBC films, Gemma Jones, late of MI-5, James Faulkner, Nicola Cowper, Susan Crowley, and a very young Kate Beckinsall. The action may be slow but it is steady and is superb for me.

Recommended. prisrob 04-14-13
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