Midsomer Murders: Village Case Files
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As seen on A&E and the Biography Channel
WHAT EVIL LURKS BEYOND THE WELL-TRIMMED HEDGES OF MIDSOMER…
The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, a modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars John Nettles (Bergerac) as the unflappable Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby with John Hopkins (Love in a Cold Climate) and Jason Hughes (This Life) as his young assistants. Also starring Jane Wymark and Laura Howard as Joyce and Cully Barnaby. Guest stars include Diana Quick, George Baker, Simon Callow, Annette Crosbie, Elizabeth Spriggs, Harriet Walter, Peter Capaldi, and Julia McKenzie.
Things That Go Bump in the Night
Dead in the Water
Sauce for the Goose
The House in the Woods
Down Among the Dead Men
Four Funerals and a Wedding
Death in Chorus
Last Year’s Model
Mysteries previously released on DVD as Sets Nine, Ten, Eleven, and Twelve.
The Killings at Badger’s Drift connection
Caroline Graham biography
SDH subtitles (Vol. 4)
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A standout is Andrew Payne's "Country Matters," where Englishwomen are domineering and enterprising: watch for the superb Clare Holeman (seen before in a fine early case), of Masterpiece Mystery: Complete Inspector Lewis and "Inspector Morse" series, and the whip-welding Juliet Aubrey, before she became a scary paleontologist in Primeval: Volume 1 (Series 1 and 2) and Primeval, Vol. 2 (Series 3). New incarnations of the infamous Rainbirds are featured in "Dead Letters," and Nettles' favorite creative macabre murder in "Hidden Depths," via a catapult and bottles of Chateau Lafite. These are the Full Monty, no narrative is missing. What a treat! This collection reveals a Midsomer not seen on American television. When aired here, Midsomer's plots were abbreviated to accommodate room for commercials. Now, we get the well-seasoned bangers & mash of Barnaby's acerbic personality, and earthy English slang from his Sergeants. We relate to Barnaby's disdain for the insufferable clothing-clerk in the Midsomer Murders: The Early Cases Collection, preferring the excellent Marks 'n Sparks too (decade-old slacks from there still look good). We finally understand why this series is such an international hit of great duration. Beware especially the residents of Badger's Drift, rife with hidden agendas, and well upholstered, over-chintzed women bearing tea. Settle down for a virtual escape to a bucolic English countryside strewn with mayhem. This long haul is best accompanied by plenty of goodies, as Midsomer delights in torturing its susceptible audience by lingering on tea-trays laden with countless delicacies, and scrumptious looking roasts with taters 'n gravy, sausages, pudding, well, you get the picture.
A note on the fine packaging: I'd been worried about ordering this repackaging of the previous boxed sets, due to vociferous complaints by several reviewers here. They led me to believe that the packaging consisted of cardboard envelopes for the disks or worse, like "Avatar." Don't worry. The packaging is good, consisting of multiple plastic holders for the disks within a box. This common storage for longer series works just fine; no problem whatsoever.
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