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Lovejoy: The Complete Colection

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Lovejoy: Complete Collection (DVD)

Ian McShane is back as Lovejoy, the crime-solving antiques dealer with an eye for beauty…and trouble! The worlds quirkiest crime-solving antiques hero is back in Season three, now with four discs of side-splitting and outrageous escapades! Much to Lovejoys annoyance, hes not the only one on a never-ending quest for wealth and valuables. However, while he proves unstoppable in the face of sinister Italians, vengeful customers and even Erics vintage motorbikes, can he manage to escape the snares of love?


Special Features

Interview with author Jonathan Gash
Interview with Ian McShane and Gwen Humble
Ian McShane looks back on Lovejoy parts 1-6

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 22
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 3817 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DY9KRA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Steven Schafersman on June 12, 2010
Format: DVD
Lovejoy was one of the best television series ever offered on BBC and later shown in America. It had cult followings in both the UK and U.S. during its television showings. I watched almost every episode. Lovejoy (Ian McShane) is a "divvie," a person who can instinctively tell if an antique is authentic and valuable without consulting books or doing research. The term comes from the word "diviner" and it's a talent that few if any others possess. With such a talent Lovejoy is a natural for the antiques business, but his several character flaws prevent him from making a fortune. Instead, this lovable rogue gets himself in situations that are humorous, mysterious, and often exciting. Sometimes these involve crimes committed by others or by Lovejoy himself! In other episodes, Lovejoy helps to solve curious mysteries or helps some person in distress who seeks him out. Wonderful old antique objects are always a part of the plot and Lovejoy is not above sometimes creating or improving these in ways that satisfy a customer, pay off a debt, or get hilarious revenge on an unscrupulous adversary.

Lovejoy's friends--Tinker Dill, Eric Catchpole, and Lady Jane Felsham--are also amusing, often hilarious. Tinker is Lovejoy's inebriated sidekick who knows quite a bit about the antique business himself. Eric's character is really funny: a sullen, sometimes resentful assistant whom Lovejoy does not always treat with respect but who's actions always gets laughs. Lady Jane is Lovejoy's wealthy but married female friend who likes to hang out with the lovable rogue; she often financially aids Lovejoy and willingly and sometimes unwillingly helps facilitate his plots. There is an ambiguity about their personal relationship that continues throughout the series.
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Format: DVD
My wife and I originally became fans of this series back in the late 80s when it was imported by A&E, and always made sure to catch it or tape it. For many in the USA, this was their introduction to the delightful actor Ian McShane. We make sure to catch Ian in other shows and movies because of our appreciation for his work as Lovejoy, but truthfully we never like him as well in other roles ... the sometimes fate for an actor who makes a role his own over a long period of time. (Can anyone watch a current Tom Selleck role without comparing it to Magnum? Unlikely).

Lovejoy is a roguish and seldom successful antiques dealer in England who has a special quality to 'sense' if an antique is real or fake. For those more familiar with the books, his virtually psychic ability is played up more in the books than it is in the TV series, although it does make appearances from time to time in the shows. The TV series is also considerably sanitized over the content of the books, which have a lot more sex, mayhem, and out and out criminality on the part of Lovejoy himself ... although he always MEANS well. LOL

One major advantage of the TV series over the books is that you can always understand the endings. Gash from time to time dives into endings in his books in a very abrupt and chaotic fashion, and even though you somehow get the impression that everything worked out in the end, occasionally you're not certain of the mechanics of how it happened. And no, I'm not hopeless at reading comprehension, in fact I'm quite good at it. I'd say about one in four of the books have this problem.

As has been mentioned by other reviewers, the extras on the Lovejoy series DVDs are on the sketchy side.
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Format: DVD
Fans of rascally part-time detective Lovejoy (Ian McShane, most recently of HBO's Deadwood) will be thrilled with the recent release of Lovejoy: The Complete Collection. Containing every episode on 22 discs, this complete set follows the antiques dealer with "a keen eye for beauty" through more than 63-hours of sleuthing, sexing, and crime stopping in stores, auction halls, and stately homes in Britain. A popular series in the U.K., Lovejoy gained a cult following in the U.S., and now the entire series is available in one set.

Special Features

Lovejoy came before the days of DVDs, so extras are a bit limited. That said, die-hard fans will enjoy the included extras. An Interview with author Jonathan Gash is interesting (albeit not overly exciting), and explores the background for the show, stories, and characters, and how they developed. The real "meat," however, lies in the two extras that focus on the star.

The Interview with Ian McShane and Gwen Humble is entertaining and funny, not only offering a take on what went on behind the scenes, but also revealing the impact the role - and series - had on the actors. This sentiment is continued in the third and final feature, Ian McShane looks back on Lovejoy Parts 1-6, allowing him to offer additional tidbits of trivia, behind-the-scenes "secrets" and his take on the show.

Although the price is a bit high (Lovejoy: The Complete Collection retails for $300) given the lack of special features, you can find it much more reasonable on Amazon.
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