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The Best of Foyle's War

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"A triumph from start to finish" —The Wall Street Journal

“Outstanding” —The New York Times

Michael Kitchen won a legion of dedicated fans as the enigmatic detective chief inspector Christopher Foyle in the acclaimed PBS series set in WWII England. These six feature-length episodes—each specially selected by Kitchen—represent the best of the award-winning mystery. Also starring Honeysuckle Weeks and Anthony Howell, with guest stars including Rosamund Pike, Robert Hardy, Edward Fox, Amanda Root, Ronald Pickup, and James McAvoy.

The German Woman—After a gruesome murder, Foyle’s seemingly peaceful town is full of suspects.
Eagle Day—Foyle uncovers a plot to steal art treasures from a local museum.
Fifty Ships—The discovery of a body on a deserted beach puts American aid donations at risk.
Among the Few—The investigation of an illicit fuel racket turns personal for Foyle.
The French Drop—Foyle gets caught up in the rivalry between British spy agencies.
Bad Blood—A biological warfare experiment goes wrong, threatening the life of Foyle’s loyal driver.


Special Features

BONUS Interviews with Anthony Horowitz (23 min.) and with Anthony Howell and Honeysuckle Weeks (14 min.), behind-the-scenes featurette (24 min.), photo gallery, historical background, cast reflections, and more

closed captioned (main program)


Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Box set
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007ISJS9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,204 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 8, 2012
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How did Foyle pick 6 `best' when all episodes are 6-star perfection? It's a good way to get initiated into Foyle's War, but let me warn you, the real deal is the 19 episode "Foyle's War: Series 1-5 - From Dunkirk to VE-Day" collection. Episodes are like eating chocolate covered peanuts, eat one after another and always want more.
This set is Foyle's (Michael Kitchen) favorites, all commendable. Episodes are packed with guest stars, too many to cite all. It's southern England WW2 home front history. DCS Foyle wants to do more for the war effort. Solving local murder is not enough in his mind. 1940s period-perfect sets, costumes flawless, as are the abundant threads of plot that tell of wartime civilian life like it's never been told before. Factual & often little known points. A drama-documentary almost.

This set includes the premier and introduces 3 other main characters close to Foyle. `SAM'antha (Honeysuckle Weeks) is his driver. You'll fall in love with her facial expressions, as good as Kitchen's. Milner (Anthony Howell) does copper leg-work for Foyle, after losing a leg in the war. Andrew (Julian Overden) is Foyle's RAF pilot son.
Remember, there also is the 19 episode set, a Set 6 1945 post-war era, and GOOD JOLLY-GOOD NEWS, new episodes are in the works for 2013.

Closed Captioning provides for the hearing impaired. All 6 discs have bonus material.

~~~The German Woman - May 1940
Foyle desires to serve the war effort but gets trapped in a Hastings crime job. German ancestry locals suddenly become an enemy. Stars include: Robert Hardy, Rosamund Pike, James McAvoy, and Edward Fox.
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FOYLE’S WAR, the WWII-era police drama starring the great Michael Kitchen continues to offer viewers superb drama in a period setting. The show has been rightfully lauded for its historical accuracy and high production values. It remains popular for many reasons, including its intelligence, literate scripts and thought-provoking performances. And let’s not forget the air of melancholy about Christopher Foyle, which is central to Michael Kitchen’s performance, and which is subtly conveyed in the show’s main theme played on that most melancholy-sounding of instruments, the oboe.

THE BEST OF FOYLE’S WAR is special, not the least because the episodes were selected by the series’ star, Michael Kitchen. As a producer of the show, Kitchen has a vested interest in the series’ success and there is no question his choices were thoughtfully made.

Perhaps to fully appreciate the artistry of Michael Kitchen – and hence the obvious care he took in compiling this collection – it is helpful to note that even as a boy, Kitchen stood out as an artist. He was head chorister (and thus a frequent soloist) in the Church of the Martyrs choir. After gaining acting experience with such distinguished organizations as the National Youth Theatre, Kitchen trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he not only won an award for “outstanding talent and aptitude for the professional theatre”, he was also discovered by a top talent agent. His professional career, therefore, began when he was in his early 20s, and his achievements since 1971 to the present have been considerable.

Kitchen is the kind of actor who can hold his own with anyone, yet he isn’t a big star, at least in Hollywood terms. It is doubtful he wants to be, for he values his privacy and rarely gives interviews.
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I love the Foyle's War mysteries. This is the best show on TV/ I have watched them over and over again and never get tired. Foyle's War has to be the most authentic reproduction of the 40's and Michael Kitchen plays him to a British Tee. Can't get enough of Foyls's War. I can't wait on 2013 to be released. I have already pre-ordered it.
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THIS IS NOT ONLY AN EXCELLENT MYSTERY SERIES BUT IT IS DONE WITH HONESTY, INTELLIGENCE'
AND A STRONG SENSE OF MORALS. INSPECTOR FOYLE OPERATES FROM A VALUE SYSTEM WHICH ALSO
INCLUDES COMPASSION.
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since I love every edition of foyle's war, of course if would love these (even though I already have them all in the sets I have). I have written of my enjoyment of this series. now all I want is to go to hastings and see Christopher foyle walking down the street in his long coat and the hat he wears as only he can wear it. I can't review every episode/set of foyle's war because it just becomes redundant. but never have I been so engaged in such a delightful, clever, suspenseful series. and all written and directed by the same man. I had hoped it was based on a book, but no. so I just watch the dvd's over and over and over and....
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I really enjoy having my own copy of DSI Foyles adventures that I can watch anytime and not have to wait to catch it on public tv. Mr. Foyle is played with just the right nuances. One can't help but wish to sit down and have tea or a drink with him.
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wonderful scripts, acting, scenery. Michael Kitchen is the best..a great actor....his subtle expressions tell all. perfect. Best mystery show on TV..should still be on.
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