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Vera, Set 3

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BRENDA BLETHYN is Vera Stanhope, a sharp detective with a messy life

“A first-rate mystery series” —Library Journal
“Captivating” —Library Bookwatch
“Classy crime drama” —The Daily Telegraph (U.K.)

Two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) plays Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in this compelling mystery series inspired by Ann Cleeves’s bestselling novels. Patrolling her patch of northeast England, Vera resolutely pursues the truth in cases of murder, kidnapping, and blackmail. While her manner is sometimes caustic, her single-mindedness gets results.

Vera is supported by her trusted team, including right-hand man Detective Sergeant Joe Ashworth (David Leon, RocknRolla). A family man, Ashworth is ever trying to strike a balance between home and work. Meanwhile, forensic pathologist Billy Cartwright (Paul Ritter, The Eagle) and Detective Constable Kenny Lockhart (Jon Morrison, High Times) tend to bring out the scathing side of their boss. Guest stars in these four new feature-length dramas include Saskia Reeves (Luther), Dean Andrews (Life on Mars), and Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones).

Contains disturbing images

Additional Features

Photo gallery and text interviews with Brenda Blethyn and David Leon

SDH subtitles

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2014
  • Run Time: 369 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,636 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I fell in love with "Vera" in Set One. Pessimistically, or was it realistically, I didn't think the love would last. I'm happy to report that after three sets, the honeymoon isn't over. I remain in love for a couple of reasons; the writing is brilliant and Brenda Blethyn is heavenly. It doesn't hurt that the setting of Northumberland is moody and beautiful, I can almost smell the earthy fragrance of the windswept land, nor that the supporting cast matches Blethyn's skill.

I have long loved the Brits' excellence in this genre of film and t.v. to the point where I have not followed American detective stories in many years. I understand the accents to the point where I think Americans on the telly sound funny. My love and appreciation is pretty simple; I prefer the stories they tell and the way they tell them. For these reasons the British just do it better for me. The actors look like real people look and are brilliantly believable in the roles they play. I think this is because the writing and casting is spot on. Apparently, my tastes run to their tastes. If I want crime-solving, gun-wielding, super-models I'll tune into something American. I understand why they have an audience, but they are not for me. Different strokes for different folks. Programs like Vera are what ring my bell.

I love puzzles and people are my favorite kind. I have the unfortunate tendency to analyze everything and everyone. And I can't help but do this with what I view and read. The reason I think the writers of this series are excellent is because their main character remains true to who she was created to be. This series is about Vera. So far there has been no slippage from real, to unbelievable, to farce. Vera is a kindred spirit to those similarly afflicted.
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DCI Vera Stanhope is rough, untidy, obsessed, but softed in Set 2, brittle as ever in Series 3. She's a female Columbo. Her health is showing her age. But she's a determined sleuth. This new series has four episodes. Teens and older recommended due to violent disturbing scenes. The characters are adapted after mystery novels by Ann Cleeves. The Northumberland filming locale, also the story settings, (the same place as Catherine Cookson stories) is delightful. Cases are as violent as the country is beautiful. Vera's tough enough for the job, most days.

Brenda Blethyn (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) as Vera, convincingly leads the team. DS Joe Ashworth(David Leon) is the young family man and assistant. Forensics and some very funny dialogue is covered by Billy Cartwright (Paul Ritter). This nucleus cast questions guest stars playing criminals and victims. Really strong acting casts in every episode, too many to mention.

SDH SUBTITLES available/optional for all episodes.
Episode 1: Castles in the Air
Girls'-weekend in isolated country house party ends with Lizzie shot. Why? Alternate target intent? Who? Local night hunter? NE England is Very Stanhope's territory. DS Joe Ashworth & DC Lockhart (Jon Morrison) are at her side, but one has a conflict. Sonya Cassidy (The Paradise) plays Joe's wife in this and the next episode.

2: Poster Child
Two daughters kidnapped after their surgeon dad is murdered. Not easy for the wife (Saskia Reeves -Luther). Vera struggles to find a "Why?" Pressure mounts to find the girls in time.Photographer Jonah (Dean Andrews -Life on Mars).

3: Young Gods
DCI Vera Stanhope and team investigate a fiery death & fall from a cliff. An extreme sport gone too far? Murder or misadventure?
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The best mysteries transcend the genre to encompass a wide range of life-issues. These four new episodes of "Vera: Set 3" explore this complexity beautifully. Filmed in clouded northern light, with nuanced shades of human emotion, "Vera" is a tremendous visual and imaginative treat. Always superb, Brenda Blethyn is the driving, elemental force that is Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope: salt of the earth. Blethyn's face is as expressive and interesting as the blustery northern English landscape, weathering storms of conflict within and without. This superb actor grew up in unpretentious, working-class circumstances, and she brings that wealth of experience to her role. DCI Vera Stanhope's unresolved pathos over her lonely life underlines the narrative. Slugging down whisky under sullen clouds, Vera once declared that solitude is not for the faint-hearted. Northumberland is another character, its rolling hills and rough coastline, the heavy line of the sea, castle ruins, and towns hit hard by decades of economic hardship, providing a unique canvas for these mysteries. Houses huddle under a leaden sky that slams down at the end of the street, a permanent dead-end. The northern dialect, strewn with a heritage of Viking remnants, is as hefty and delicious as meat-pies and ale. Northumberland's northern light and wave-tossed seascapes provide a timelessness to the human narrative strewn upon the landscape.

The haunting soundtrack, by Ben Bartlett, adds an ominous depth to the series. The marvelous Brenda Blethyn is amazing as Vera, she and the rest of the talented crew authentically bring alive the mystery novels of Ann Cleves. The series is further enlivened by a great cast.
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