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The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Complete Collection
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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.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 1.3 x 5.4 x 7.6 inches; 9.18 Ounces
- Item model number : 8805
- Media Format : Color, NTSC, Full Screen
- Release date : April 30, 2013
- Actors : Ian Carmichael
- Studio : ACORN MEDIA
- ASIN : B00BDSRM4K
- Number of discs : 1
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Update. Since writing this review I have replaced my old DVD player with a newer model, Samsung BD-J7500. This unit solves the stretched-format problem by automatically playing programs in their native format (in this case 4:3 with dark bands on both sides). The color in this series is still murky, of course, but the overall improvement in viewing enjoyment is strong, and I would delete my original review except that some other customers may need a reminder to modernize their equipment from time to time! My old unit supposedly offered a format adjustment, but it didn't work, and another older unit just ignored the problem.
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.
I've read them all, and they are the best of the best ... and so say many more than I. Of all the detectives one ought to get to know, of all one would be privileged to know back here in real life, Lord Peter Wimsey tops the list. Urbane, witty, much more than meets the eye, unrelenting in love and detection, unassuming in his wealthy privilege, uncommonly beloved by those welcomed in, I would only say, be sure, be absolutely sure, that if you make this purchase and haven't read Gaudy Night or Strong Poison or Whose Body, you won't deprive yourself of Ms. Sayers timeless classics on account of the slightly period effect of these otherwise enjoyable episodes.
I give them 4 stars because there is an Edward Petherbridge series of three books on film that's better, but also newer. I should like to give nobody 5 stars until Hollywood or PBS or the BBC makes them again and makes them just exactly right. Very tall order.
Delightful series, well done!