Foyle's War: Set Five
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Combining uncompromising historical accuracy with compelling mysteries, this acclaimed PBS series continues with three feature-length episodes. Michael Kitchen (Out of Africa) stars as DCS Christopher Foyle, investigating wartime crimes in an English coastal town. With the end of World War II slowly but inevitably approaching, Foyle and his fellow citizens learn the price of victory and face a peace that will transform their lives in unexpected ways.
Also starring Anthony Howell and Honeysuckle Weeks, and featuring Nicholas Day, Malcolm Sinclair, Nicholas Woodeson, Duncan Bell, Julian Ovenden, Mark Bazeley, Julian Wadham, and Phyllida Law.
DVD SEPCIAL FEATURES INCLUDE making-of documentary, cast member reflections, notes on a real-life Foyle, and cast filmographies.
No one was unhappy when World War II ended, but the demise of Foyles War is something else entirely. For fans of this first-rate British murder mystery series, set against the backdrop of that epic conflict, Set 5 represents something of a reprieve; although Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) retired at the end of Set 4, circumstances force him to return to action in "Plan of Attack," the first of three 90-minute episodes (each on its own disc) offered here. But by the end of this set, the war is over and Foyle has eased back into retirement. Thats lamentable. Smartly conceived and often quite masterfully executed, this show will certainly be missed. "History meets mystery" has been the concept from the beginning, as the low-key (like Peter Falks Columbo, he knows much more than he lets on), unfailingly decent Foyle and his assistants, Sgt. Paul Milner (Anthony Howell) and driver Samantha "Sam" Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks), solve murders and various other crimes in and around bucolic Hastings, England, while WWII rages on at home and abroad. But this time out, the war provides much more than context, as the murders tend to be directly related to it. Whats more, Set 5 affectingly deals with combats heavy emotional psychological toll. Its a burden we see carried by the cartographer who cant bear knowing that his work is helping to kill innocent German civilians (in "Plan of Attack"); by the maimed former POW struggling to readjust to life at home, the teenager whose job it is to deliver bad news telegrams to soldiers families, and the Jewish doctor, a refugee from Poland, whose survivors guilt leads him down a very dark path (all three in "Broken Souls"); and even by Foyles own son (Julian Ovenden, in "All Clear"). OK, so the mysteries may not be all that mysterious--perceptive viewers will have little difficulty identifying the culprits. But with its multi-layered storytelling (the scripts were written by creator Anthony Horowitz) and fine production values (the cinematography, editing, and music are all excellent), Foyles War is a whodunit thats both a prime example of its genre and thoroughly successful on its own unique terms. Bonus features include a brief "making of" featurette and cast filmographies. --Sam GrahamSee all Editorial Reviews
- Making-of documentary
- Cast member reflections
- Notes on a real-life Foyle
- Cast filmographies
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One suggestion - a BIG one - DO NOT BUY from any of Amazon's 3rd party sellers - I did - thought I was saving money.....turned out it was a 'used' copy from a Colorado library - and it only contained one disc. Amazon, being the honorable company that they are, refunded my money from the 3rd party seller (which, by the way, would have been triple the price) and I bought it direct from amazon.com.
With the war over what happens next? The "trio", as Sam once stated, "all for one and one for all something like that", will no longer be a team once the war really ends. What happens next? There's a sadness to seeing these last episodes. We've watched Sam get bombed 3 times and survive, her heart broken by Foyles Son and the American who dumped her for a French girl. Will she end up marrying Andrew even after his war time fling with another Woman?
Although this was fictional the accuracy of the time is unparraled. Many of the WW2 era are dying off and all we have is their stories of what really happened. That was a generation of people who saw war at it's worst. My Father fought in that war and he often didnt like to talk about it. When he did, he spoke of the snow so deep it went over his waste and he had to fight off frost bite and other calamities which he and his comrads had to endure. Foyels war brings back a bit of nostalga which many of us never knew.
My Father once told me of a time when he and several others had taken over a German brewery. For a few nights, German and American soldiers actually sat together in a bomb shelter drinking guiness. When I watch this movie and see everyone running for cover I often think about the stories my Dad shared with me and those few special nights where enemies put down their rifles to drink to better times. That was rare, and yet even today war is at hand.
Thank you for writting this series and I also thank the actors, especially Honeysuckle Weeks (Sam) for her relentless ability to show us what Woman went through during those harrowing years. I actually cried when Foyle looked at his office for the last time. Yes, the war was finally over!
That wasnt just the end of a great movie series, but an end to an era that no longer exists.
To the writters, please make a sequal.Show us just how hard it was for those who fought to get back to every day life. War is war and even though WW2 was years ago, our brave young Men and Woman today still fight for freedom and democracy. I salute all of them for making the sacrafices they do so we can actually have the freedom to comment on a movie. What we see on the movies and what happens in real life is not always fact! However this series is by far one of the best I've ever seen in showing just how hard it really was and still is today.
My Dad was Army, I was Navy, and my Son is Coast Guard. Only my Dad saw the real war and fought in it, but there's still Men & Woman who battle in Iraq etc Lets never forget them! Please writters, give us a bit more and let us know what it was like to get back to normal again. History always repeats itself and I know a lot of young Men and Woman could use a bit of help today.
Thank you for this series, and I along with many others look forward to a sequal.
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