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Inspector Morse 25th Anniversary Collection

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In this intriguing British crime fiction series, renowned actor John Thaw (Kavanagh Q.C.) delivers a compelling performance as the irritable and morose, but brilliant Chief Inspector Morse. In partnership with his dependable Detective Sergeant Lewis (Kevin Whately Inspector Lewis), Morse investigates complex cases of death and murder in the atmospheric university town of Oxford, England.

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the award winning Inspector Morse television series, this complete murder mystery collection contains all thirty-three episodes, plus 3 bonus programs, The Making of Morse, The Story of Morse and the 25th Anniversary special, Inspector Morse's Oxford. Also included is the fascinating guidebook, The Oxford of Inspector Morse, by Bill Leonard.

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Thaw, Kevin Whatley
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 36
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 3600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008BF7TBY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,927 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Happy Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2012
"Inspector Morse" premiered on BBC in 1987 - and yet it does not feel dated. Only occasionally are you reminded it is an older show - once when someone types a letter using carbon paper, and once with a computer using the old DOS (remember green letters on a black screen?)!

I can put up with that, given the exceptional scripts and characterizations. I wish I had room here to give you a synopsis of every episode, or even my favorite episodes. For that matter, there are some scenes which stand out in their excellence.

Inspector Morse (played by John Thaw, now deceased) is cranky, intelligent, tenacious and curious. He loves his pint, he's addicted to crosswords, and he seems to only be attracted to women who are in love with someone else. He is a bull-dog when he sniffs something odd, and he frequently gets in trouble for overstepping.

His murder mysteries are anything but run-of-the-mill and definitely excellent entertainment.

The "Inspector Morse 25th Anniversary Collection" on this page gives you all three of the TV specials. You can buy "The Making of Morse" separately. And you can buy "Inspector Morse's Oxford" separately. "The Story of Morse" is not available to buy separately, but is included with this and some other sets, as indicated below.

I thought I'd give you a run-down of other options for collecting Inspector Morse. If you are only interested in a favorite episode here or there, I have created a review for each Collection Set and Inspector Morse Set with an episode synopsis, which may help you find the specific episode in which you're interested. I guess these episode synopses, covering all 33 episodes, were truly a labor of love!
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How wonderful that this 33 episode series (1987-2000) has finally been released in a new format. During your vicarious travels to England, be aware that the body-count in Oxford is as high as Midsomer's. John Thaw is magnificent as Inspector Morse, a tour de force of soul and depth. Morse is a deeply intelligent, thoughtful, misunderstood, and complex character. His opera loving ways and fascination with crossword puzzles are authentic; he loves rich ales and fine women, though the former is consistently more in close proximity than the latter. Morse's beautiful, vintage, alluring crimson Jaguar Mark 2 is another character in the series. His childhood was darkly troubled, and it's implied he lost a scholarship and dropped out of St. John's College, Oxford, due to a tragic love affair with yet another unavailable woman. He remains smarter and more sensitive than is good for him, or his human relationships, caught between yearning for connections and yet requiring solitude. In "The Dead of Jericho," we meet Morse for the first time, hankering after the pale, sweet-toned music teacher Anne Stavely (the elegant Gemma Jones). Sadly, she meets a lonely and final demise.

Kevin Whately is pitch-perfect as the intrepid Sergeant Robert Lewis, and James Grout is wonderful as Chief Superintendent Strange. Throughout, Lewis resists Morse's offers of breakfast beer, and after-work visits to pubs. You may want to sample Morse's "favourite" food: Samuel Smith's ales (Smith's Imperial Stout is fine indeed, as is the rare, oak-aged Yorkshire Stingo, released every two years).
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This is the 25th anniversary year set of all 33 episodes of the Inspector Morse series. It is on 33 DVDs, plus 3 bonus DVDs: The Making of Morse, Inspector Morse's Oxford and The Story of Morse. Each of the 33 episodes is approximately 100 minutes long. Each set of three individually boxed DVDs are packaged in a cardboard box with a full color cover. The eleven sets are housed in a very nice leatherette covered hinged chest.

Inspector Morse is brilliantly portrayed by John Thaw, who in essence becomes Morse; Sargent Lewis, Morse's able Dr Watson, is flawlessly played by Kevin Whately. From the moment you begin to view the Inspector Morse episodes you will fall under the enchantment of Morse, his dedication, his determination to prevail, and his passion for discovering the truth.

You will learn to appreciate the music and opera that Morse loves so much and will enjoy his vintage Jaguar. You will become a devotee of the fine English Ale, which is his nourishment and the lubricant of his mind that allows it to sort through the facts and unravel the most intertwined plots until they become a brilliantly clear statement. You will understand his ongoing search for romance and understanding love.

All 33 episodes are intriguing, and addicting. As soon as you finish one episode you will want to see the next one. One in particular, when Morse and Louis traveled to Italy to find the culprit and ended in enjoying an opera featuring a brilliant soprano, thrilled me so much I will have to see it again and again.

You may love Agatha Christie's Poirot as I do but you will become a devotee of Colin Dexter's Morse.
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