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5.0 out of 5 stars THESE ARE NEW EPISODES FOR 2013, November 30, 2012
This review is from: Foyle's War: Set 7 (DVD)
These are all new episodes to air in 2013. The confusion arises from the fact that two of the SEASONS were merged into 1 SET in the states. Hence we have 6 "SETS" for 7 "SERIES" or "SEASONS". This NEW DVD covers the new episodes from the upcoming new SEASON 8.

Here is a statement from Acorn's own website --

"Series 8 ((which will likely be released as set 7 on DVD in the U.S.) will be set during the early period after World War II with Foyle focusing his attention on the world of espionage as he gathers secret intelligence in support of Britain's security, defense and the Government's foreign and economic policies. The stories will range from Foyle identifying highly placed atomic spies to a true story of government corruption. A world of transition where the values and certainties of the war have given way to austerity, exhaustion and doubts about the direction the new government is taking".
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Initial post: May 22, 2013 3:04:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 22, 2013 6:29:44 PM PDT
Lots of bad and misinformation about this DVD set, in your review and others, and from Acorn US itself. It's funny, but Acorn US doesn't have a clue what Acorn UK is up to, they've proven that time and time again.

The UK DVD's have the proper series numbers. Series 7 just came out last week in the UK, and I've already received my copy and watched it (It's on Amazon.co.uk) and the episodes for both "set 7" and the original UK "series 7" are the same. I buy the UK versions (a region-free DVD player is needed) because they come out months sooner than the US versions. And many times, the US versions are edited (many episodes of "New Tricks" on Acorn US are edited as well). If the series was shown here on PBS, and there is a PBS logo on the front of the DVD (ie, Downton Abbey DVD's) they are edited usually. FYI, the episode titles for series 7 (which you describe as Season 8) are: The Eternity Ring, The Cage, and Sunflower. Only 3 episodes. And longtime fans of the series will probably miss the Paul Milner character, played by Anthony Howell - he's not in this series. Honeysuckle Weeks returns as Sam, but no Milner.

It was nice to see Foyle again, but it's strange that he's taking orders from others, as he's working for the government instead of running a police department. The "old" Foyle that I know and love would have told them to bugger off instead of letting them recruit him so easily - literally after he just gets off the ship, returning from his trip to America.

But it's still a great show.

So again, in England, there are and have only been 7 SERIES of this show. Even IMDb has UK series 7 episodes listed as season 8. Incorrectly so. Maybe they're going by the US seasons. They are not "seasons" in the UK, they are series. Partly because they're very short series, and they can come and go at any time, not in the autumn like here in America (I lived in London for two years). Heck, there were 4 years between the 1st and 2nd series of Fawlty Towers.

Addition:
Here are the correct, original UK DVD (and UK TV series) episode listings for Foyle's War. IMDb has totally buggered up the seasons. Maybe that's where Acorn US got its misinformation from.

Original UK Series 1

The German Woman
The White Feather
A Lesson In Murder
Eagle Day

Original UK Series 2

Fifty Ships
Among The Few
War Games
The Funk Hole

Original UK Series 3

The French Drop
Enemy Fire
The Fought In The Fields
A War Of Nerves

Original UK Series 4

Invasion
Bad Blood
Bleak Midwinter
Casualties Of War

Original UK Series 5

Plan Of Attack
Broken Souls
All Clear

Original UK Series 6

The Russian House
Killing Time
The Hide

Original UK Series 7

The Eternity Ring
The Cage
Sunflower

Posted on Jun 15, 2013 10:11:00 AM PDT
RRP says:
Thanks for the helpful information, the other comment not withstanding.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2013 10:29:53 AM PDT
alnval says:
God bless you! Someone finally put it all together to explain what has been going on with Series (Season) 7 of Foyle's War. Amazon should hire you. Unfortunately, the clarity with which you write likely makes you ineligible for employment with them. Thank you again and keep up the good work.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2013 2:00:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 30, 2013 2:00:50 PM PDT
Great information Yes the Acorn UK info tends to get it right I appreciate the facts Good Job
Kurt

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2013 5:00:46 AM PDT
Excellent summay... just what I needed. Is the latest also shown with cc?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2013 8:15:14 AM PDT
alnval says:
Yes. Foyle Series (Season) 7 has closed-captions.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2013 8:51:24 AM PDT
Thank you so much for such a clear and much needed explanation about the confusion re the US v. the UK numbering of the series. We bought the entire series 1-5 from Costco a couple of years ago. I so much resent the so-called "editing" that Acorn US does. It's not only patronizing but detracts and spoils the original story. We also invested in an area-free DVD player. They are quite cheap really, and we get many of our British DVDs from Amazon UK. Even with the postage they often are less expensive than Acorn US and there is no "editing".

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2013 11:10:31 AM PDT
M.M. Bryan says:
Thank you, William. As a devoted US fan of Foyle, I was hoping he'd bring back the American murderer he went after in All Clear in Series 7. Also as an American I am at the mercy of BBCAmerica, Acorn, PBS and other companies that put out these British shows in hopes I get what to see what the Brits get to see. You should try keeping up with "Midsomer Murders!" Anyway, I have preordered this Foyle on it's merits alone. I'm sorry to see there will be no Milner, but you could tell by the animosity when they first met after Milner had left, that perhaps he wasn't long for this series. Shame really, because this is really, REALLY good television! Cheers mate and thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2013 10:46:55 AM PDT
I have all of the UK DVD sets of Midsomer Murders. They are the complete series, unlike the US "sets" that are botched up, mismatched shows from whatever series they felt like putting on them, at least in the earlier series - in the US Acorn started releasing them later and had to play catch up with "the early years" sets. The original UK series 15 DVD set came out on May 6th, 2013. (Don't hold your breath waiting for those episodes here, they won't be released for at least a year!) In the US, Acorn is releasing "set 22" next week, and those episodes were part of UK series 14, which was released on DVD in England April 2, 2012! That's why I buy the UK versions, the US ones can take 12-18 months to be released, and are sometimes edited, even if it's just music, as was done on the "New Tricks" US DVDs. And even figuring exchange rates, the UK sets usually work out cheaper (we don't pay the 17.5% VAT, which is deducted from the price at checkout on Amazon UK. The only UK TV show that comes out on DVD and Blu-ray in the US before it does in the UK seems to be "George Gently."

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2013 11:26:48 AM PDT
M.M. Bryan says:
I'm wondering, William, how hard is it to buy a region-free dvd player and hook it up to my 47" Vizio? The players themselves seem cheap. I have a Panasonic blue ray/dvd player, so I would think a Panasonic region-free player would be just as good??? I worry about the hook up complications mainly. With a US player it's usually just plug in a few cables and go. Can you help? If I could change over easily, then I could buy all the Poirot and Miss Marple series or movies that I don't have yet as well as getting REAL British TV. I was terribly disgusted by series 22 of Midsomer. Where is the MUSIC???? There is no eerie background noise ... ANYway, thanks for all your help. Cheers, (and yes, I still say that), Michele
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