Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis 4 [Blu-ray] Original UK Edition
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My only complaint is that the price currently shown ($31.49) is substantially higher than the price offered on another site. I have no doubt that Amazon will rectify this problem. I love Amazon, but you should check this issue before you place your order.
Although the product description of this DVD set claims that the running time is only 60 minutes, another web site notes that it is 360 minutes. This is probably a typo. I mention this because it means that the episodes provided by PBS on this DVD set are the full episodes shown in the UK. PBS cuts 10 minutes from the US TV broadcast in order to fit the episode into the Masterpiece time slot, which I don't mind so long as the full episodes are offered on the DVD. Unfortunately, PBS has a history of only putting the abridged version of episodes on the DVDs that PBS produces (as opposed to ACORN or BBC). For example, while the full Inspector Lewis episodes are offered on Series 3 and 4, only the abridged versions are offered on the earlier series. I believe that the change to selling the full episodes on the DVDs happened because a number of people complained about the abridged DVDs in reviews like this one. So, be careful about the running time when you buy PBS Masterpiece produced DVDs. Wikipedia states:
"PBS owns the exclusive rights to both broadcast Lewis and to manufacture DVDs for North America. This is in contrast to Inspector Morse, which was commissioned by British company Carlton Television (originally Central Independent Television) and which included all original broadcast footage, even if that footage was edited on North American TV stations.Read more ›
Had to add this postscript...I just finished the last episode, which I was trying to save...the last exchange between Hathaway and Lewis is priceless! Great place to leave us until the next series!
Lewis, once Morse's lackey D.S., is now a Detective Inspector and has his own sergeant, James Hathaway. Inspector Lewis, while more mature and now in charge, is pretty much the same character he played in "Morse". Hathaway on the other hand is very much a younger, Cambridge educated version of what we might imagine Morse was like early in his career. Like Morse, Hathaway is brilliant but flawed, so the critical dynamic of character remains the same in both series. And, like in "Inspector Morse", the university plays a pivotal role just as important as the lead characters themselves. While the Morse mysteries were elementarily more Gothic than "Inspector Lewis", the conflict of old religion intruding into the modern world is still an occasional thematic treatment. As of yet we haven't been treated to story lines from the Greek classics, Italian opera or Wagnerian excess, but give it time. They did do a nice murder mystery involving the Romantic poets in seasons past, so Morse's legacy of the erudite policeman lives on.
Initially I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of Lewis' character development and kept wishing him to become more of a prototypical lead rather than just a member of the ensemble.Read more ›
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Adore Inspector Lewis just like Inspector Morse and Endeavor. Such brilliantly done, facinating and always intreiguing episodes. Will so miss this show!Published 11 hours ago by M. Wyatt
Love this program. The stories are complex and holds your attention. Disappointed it is coming to an end. I will miss it.Published 4 days ago by Pg
I love Inspector Lewis, the acting is superb, and the plots are excellentPublished 7 days ago by wilford king