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The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Complete Collection

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Editorial Reviews

Ian Carmichael stars in the original British adaptations

“Realized superbly” —The New York Times

As seen on Masterpiece Theatre

“Eternally appealing” —NPR’s Fresh Air
“The cast is splendid” —The Washington Post

Ian Carmichael stars in the original BBC adaptations of the Dorothy L. Sayers crime thrillers. Hailed by critics as one of the finest mystery series ever filmed, its success on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre inspired the spin-off Mystery! Running at least three hours each, these dramas do full justice to Sayers’s vivid characters, trenchant wit, and lavish 1920s settings.

THE MYSTERIES
Clouds of Witness—Death hits close to home when Lord Peter’s future brother-in-law is murdered. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club—Two siblings die on the same day, leaving Wimsey to untangle who will inherit their fortune.
Murder Must Advertise—Lord Peter goes undercover at Pym’s Publicity to investigate the death of a copywriter.
Five Red Herrings—With six potential suspects, Wimsey must determine who murdered an unpopular artist.
The Nine Tailors—The detective stumbles upon a decades-old case involving stolen emeralds and unidentifiable corpses.

Special Features

BONUS Interviews with Ian Carmichael (38 min.), production notes, and biographies of Dorothy L. Sayers and Ian Carmichael

SDH subtitles (main program)

Product Details

  • Actors: Ian Carmichael
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Full Screen
  • 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: April 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 1005 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BDSRM4K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,354 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By S. Hamilton on July 30, 2013
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I had read all of Dorothy L. Sayer's books back in the 1970's, loved the BBC series and was thrilled to see it was on DVD. Ian Carmichael is for me the perfect Lord Peter Wimsey. While this collection states it is the Complete Collection, I suppose technically it is with Ian Carmichael, but to get the Harriet Vane and Lord Peter stories I had to buy Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries also.
The Complete set is the original from PBS's Masterpiece Theatre: Clouds of Witness, The Unpleasantness at the Bellonia Club, Murder Must Advertise, Five Red Herrings, The Nine Tailors plus an interesting interview with Ian Carmichael.
Purchase Dorothy L. Sayer's Mysteries and you can complete the Lord Peter series with Strong Poison, Have His Carcase and Gaudy Night.
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Bonnie fine PI mystery. Bonnie -not wee, as EACH story is over 3 hrs. 16+ hrs total. Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey plays a perfect 1920/30s gentleman emitting proper pomp and finesse. Glyn Houston is gentleman's gentleman. Bunter is Watson-like in investigations, a chef, and spiffy as any Brit butler. View a parade of fine period vehicles.

SDH SUBTITLES available while enjoying English and Scot dialects. Scenery is wonderful, costumes perfection. A period delight in all ways. The BBC adapted Dorothy L. Sayers' Wimsey novels spot on, thank you.

CLOUDS OF WITNESS -book published 1926
Wimsey's vacation interrupted by his brother's, Duke of Denver, murder trial. A dispute was followed by a man being killed by Gerald's gun. The Duke has no explanation for his action and time. Wimsey investigates clues and changing facts. Lies? Secrets? Who has motive? It's a family affair of trouble. Delightful costumes and interior sets.

THE UNPLEASANTNESS AT THE BELLONA CLUB -book published 1928
Can this investigation get more complicated? A respected Bellona member dies in the reading room. A sister the same day. Wimsey is called to verify a death time needed for an inheritance issue. Poison? Just the beginning of complicated discoveries. Watch for Phyllida Law.

MURDER MUST ADVERTISE -book published 1933
Ad copywriter, Dean, associated with wealthy drug user group. Was his spiral staircase death fall accidental? Sister Pamela (Gwen Taylor-"A Bit of a Do") says he's clean. How`s Maj Milligan (Peter Bowles- "Lytton's Diary") connected? An annoying over-played blonde actress in this story, but bang-on good. Book-true, a surprise, uncommon, satisfying end.
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Dorothy Sayers created a rather unusual sleuth in Lord Peter Wimsey -- think Bertie Wooster, except with a formidable crime-solving brain, a haunted past and a tendency to stumble across murders. And "Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Complete Collection" brings together all of the solid BBC adaptations of her works starring Ian Carmichael, which are hampered mainly by the fact that the cast is a bit old for their roles.

In "Clouds of Witness" Peter is on vacation when he finds out that his brother, The Duke of Denver (informally "Gerald"), is on trial for murder -- he had a blowup with his sister Mary's fiancee, Denis Cathcart, and the next morning, Cathcart was found shot through the heart by Gerald's gun, with Gerald bending over the body. The Duke stubbornly refuses to explain why he was out in the rain at three in the morning. Now Peter must unravel a mass of lies, secrets and red herrings, and figure out who truly killed Cathcart.

"The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club" happens while Peter is lunching with his mentally fragile friend George Fentimen -- elderly General Fentiman expires in his chair. Because the exact time of death is unknown (and the general's sister died at around the same time), it's not clear who the inheritance is going to. And when the body is exhumed and examined, it's found that the old guy was actually poisoned.

"Murder Must Advertise" when an employee at an advertising agency falls down a spiral staircase and breaks his neck. Using the name "Death Bredon," Lord Peter goes undercover at the agency, and quickly discovers that he has a natural talent for it. He also discovers that the agency is involved somehow in a seedy drug smuggling ring, and has links to an upper-class party crowd. Oh yeah, and there are more murders.
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This is the complete series only insofar as it includes all of the titles in which Ian Carmichael starred. I enjoyed these when they first aired. This time, not so much, as I found Carmichael's performance too facetious and precious.

Take a look at the titles that feature Wimsey and Harriet Vane, which are available in a separate collection. In these Edward Petherbridge plays Wimsey, and I find that I like him better than Ian Carmichael. And Harriet Walter is just wonderful as Harriet Vane.

Before all of these originally aired on TV (1980's?), I had already read all of the novels. Now that I've viewed all the videos again, I'm going back to reread the novels. And perhaps, while I'm at it, I'll look in on the mysteries of Ngaio Marsh (Inspector Roderick Alleyn) and Margery Allingham (Mr. Campion).
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