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Vera (2010)

Brenda Blethyn , David Leon  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brenda Blethyn, David Leon
  • Format: 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: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 355 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050N0US4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,241 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Two-time Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn (Little Voice, Secrets & Lies) stars in a new British detective series based on the bestselling mysteries by Ann Cleeves. DCI Vera Stanhope is a solitary, obsessed, caustic, brilliant investigator, and a bit disheveled; think female Columbo. Filmed in the Northumberland villages of the original books, the set includes four feature-length, character-driven crime dramas. With David Leon, Wunmi Mosaku, and Paul Ritter. SDH. Mature audiences.

Disc 1
Episode 1:  Hidden Depths
A handsome young man, a coquettish student teacher, and nothing in common between them—except that both were murdered and left with their bodies meticulously posed. As the killer begins to zero in on a third victim, DCI Stanhope finds suspects and motives mounting.
Disc 2
Episode 2:  Telling Tales
Eleven years ago, Jeanie Long was found guilty of murder, despite unwaveringly maintaining her innocence. On the strength of new evidence, DCI Stanhope must put together the pieces of a decade-old murder—and stop a ruthless killer before he or she strikes again.
Disc 3
Episode 3:  The Crow Trap
As groundbreaking begins on a rock quarry in the moorlands, a local woman who had opposed the construction is found murdered. She had been pressured to sell her land to the developers but refused. When two other women with connections to the project find their own lives in danger, Vera questions what makes this quarry worth killing for.
Disc 4
Episode 4:  Little Lazarus
Generally indifferent towards children, DCI Stanhope finds herself acting as caretaker for a boy whose mother was murdered before his eyes. As she unravels the deadly secrets that led to the woman’s demise, Vera finds a kindred spirit in the boy—and the key to her case lying deep in his disturbed memory.

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars North England never saw a copper like VERA July 12, 2011
DCI Vera is crude, slovenly, crabby, obsessed, uninviting, and has a caustic mouth. She's a female Columbo. She'll get the job done, her way, so stick that in your beer and drink it-her way! You may find Vera less than respectable, but she finds killers. This first series has four 89-minute episodes [WITH SUBTITLES]. Teens and older recommended due to violence and gritty scenes. The episodes are named and adapted after mystery novels by Ann Cleeves. The Northumberland filming locale (the same place as Catherine Cookson stories) is delightful and parallels the books' venue. The shows ratings have fostered a 2012 2nd season.

Brenda Blethyn (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) as Vera, leads the team. DS Joe (David Leon) is the young family man and assistant. Single DC Holly (Wunmi Mosaku) looks for acceptance of her ample crime fighting help, while forensics is covered by Cartwright (Paul Ritter). DC Kenny (Jon Morrison) first appears, gets canned, and then rehired in episode 2. This nucleus cast questions guest stars playing criminals and victims.

1 HIDDEN DEPTHS: Murdered teen Luke's widowed mother Julie (Gina McKee-"Forsyte Saga", "Atonement") tells DCI Vera about Luke's friend Tommy drowning earlier. Connection? Teacher Lily Marsh is killed. Finding her is a bird-outing group, Peter ((Murray Head-"Sunday Bloody Sunday") & Felicity Calvert (Juliet Aubrey-"MiddleMarch"); Gary (Neil Armstrong) Julie's friend; Clive (Paul Higgins-"Hope Strings" view that show) the woman's-man. A new missing teen puts the case into compelling high gear.

2 TELLING TALES: Jeannie Long (Sarah Preston) escapes from prison, fights with dad, & steps in front of a bus.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic!!!! August 31, 2011
By billb
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These video adaptations of Ann Cleeves books are some of the best entertainment I have seen in a long time. Having read the books made them even better.
It seems they make better TV shows in the UK :o)
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cuddly she "ain't" but very good she is September 10, 2011
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The reviews to this outstanding British mystery series on four (4) DVDs with four (4) episodes running about an hour and one-half each have stated that DCI Vera Blenching (brilliantly acted by Brenda Blethyn) the lead investigating detective is a loner, and is rather cantankerous (bordering on nasty). I, after viewing this very fine series, found Vera NOT to be so cantankerous, cruel or nasty just a very private(she, comes across, as a "loner") individual that is extremely good at solving some really horrendous and puzzling cases that kept me unsuccessfully trying to guess "who done it?" until all was revealed.

I found this series very intriguing with four (4) really good and suspenseful mysteries plus it is acted fabulously. By the way, I adore the character of Vera--she really comes across as a highly efficient detective that "ain't" too cuddly or too comfortable with young kids.

I used the subtitles because I found the North England English a little hard to understand.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vera- Very Good! October 5, 2011
By loki
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Very good addition to British Murder Mystery Genre. Especially like the realistic gritty nature of the murders and that Vera is a real person. This is no slick snappy snazzy detective show where everything is glib conversation and a flourish finish. The Northumberland setting is broad vistas, grey, wet and tricky. Each story gets better. Hope there is more to come!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salinity and Truth October 11, 2011
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The rumpled DCI Vera Stanhope is salt of the earth, what a refreshing character. The driving force and star is the fine actress Brenda Blethyn as Vera. Blethyn's face is as expressive and interesting as the blustery northern landscape, weathering storms of conflict. The Northumberland villages, soft northern light, and seascapes provide a timelessness to the human narrative strewn upon the landscape. The marvelous Brenda Blethyn and crew are authentic and entertaining. David Leon, as her sidekick, is capable, and it's a treat to catch the fine and underrated John Lynch of The Secret of Roan Inish, among others, as guest stars. Gina McKee is superb in the first mystery, as a mother coping with economic hardships; she lives in a modest row-house, on a block where the Northumberland sky seems to slam down at the end of the street, a permanent dead-end. Her pathos over her losses it utterly believable.

The Brits reward actors who are robust, plump, assertive, deeply human, and divinely wrinkled, while too often American TV is dominated by polished, dull, and immobile faces. "Vera" is a tremendous visual and imaginative treat. The dialect is easy to understand, the rich nouns as hefty and delicious as meat-pies and ale; subtitles are utterly unnecessary. In the first mystery, "Hidden Depths," we're introduced to Vera, who is coping with the recent death of her father. This loss haunts all the subsequent mysteries. As she says, a culprit is "caught in the act of being alone." Slugging down whisky under a sullen sky, she declares such loneliness is "not for the faint-hearted." Dust to water, Vera sheds her father's ashes in the sea.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not there yet.
Brenda Blethyn has enjoyed a long and distinguished career on stage and film. She is well-known for her creative partnership in the films of innovative director Mike Leigh. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jon Wynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Vera grows on you!
Wasn't sure at first, why I was watching this abrasive, seemingly self centered detective. Her wardrobe appears like that of my Mother, and friends Mothers, in the early sixties;... Read more
Published 13 days ago by msdoli
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT MISS VERA!
A mature, sly, detail seeking sleuth is our Vera. She lives in the north of England and reflects her culture and her age. Read more
Published 16 days ago by JoAnn P. in Portland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Good writing, British mysteries are something that I really like and this one is well acted and keeps you guessing until the very end.
Published 1 month ago by Lynn Glessing
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!!
It exceeded my expectations in every way. The acting, storylines, script and location are all top notch. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vera Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars The work is very artistic and true to its location.
I think Vera is well done with very good acting from the cast. Fore my taste I prefer something more in the line of Miss Fisher Mysteries or Mrs. Bradley Mysteries.
Published 2 months ago by Dwight W. Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Northumberland and George Gently, this series is a must
After reading the write ups on Vera 3, enjoying the George Gently sets, remembering the four or five trips my wife and I have taken in Northumberland, we had to check... Read more
Published 2 months ago by William L. Brockner
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent quirky British series
I bought the first series to see what I thought of it. I liked it a lot so have now sent for series 2 and 3. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dianne
5.0 out of 5 stars Love ...
This series! I'm hoping to purchase more in the future as they come available. Sad to get hooked and then have no more in the series to be found.
Published 3 months ago by L. Schryver
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
This series interested us, as we seem to really enjoy many BBC mysteries. Blethyn 's character is crusty, and appealing as a police captain, and we laugh at the stingers she... Read more
Published 3 months ago by alaskafan
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season two?
There is a Season 2, but I believe it is only out on Region 2 so far.
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