Nero Wolfe: Complete Series
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Faithfully adapted from the best-selling stories by Rex Stout, THE COMPLETE NERO WOLFE MEGASET stars Maury Chaykin (The Sweet Hereafter) and Oscar(r) winner Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People) and features all 20 episodes of the critically acclaimed A&E series, including the feature-length series pilot, The Golden Spiders.
- All 20 episodes on eight discs, including the feature-length series pilot The Golden Spiders
- "The Silent Speaker" double episode in 16x9 format
- Bonus behind-the-scenes featurette: The Making of Nero Wolfe
- Cast biographies and filmographies
- Slim Case Box Set
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The "Nero Wolfe" DVDs have some extras (though fans of the series would be happier with more). Included with the set are: "The Golden Spiders," the 2000 TV movie which led to the series, "The Making of Nero Wolfe," a short documentary which offers interviews with Timothy Hutton, Maury Chaykin, and others involved in the production of this marvelous series, and a "bonus" widescreen version of "The Silent Speaker." To include the widescreen "bonus" of "The Silent Speaker" as an extra is ironic since all of the the episodes were shot in widescreen and should have been reproduced as such on the DVDs. And to make the set truly "mega" it would have been most gratifying if the European versions of the episodes were included in the set.
The producers choose some of Rex Stout's favorite Nero Wolfe stories for adaptation to the screen. "The Doorbell Rang," directed by Timothy Hutton, is the premier episode of the series. Nero Wolfe takes on "the big fish" J. Edgar Hoover to earn the biggest fee of his career. With the able assistance of Archie Goodwin, his intrepid legman, Wolfe triumphs over the F.B.I., earns his client's admiration (Mrs. Bruner, played by Debra Monk: "Is there anything you can't do?Read more ›
In case you don't know, an unusual feature of this series is that the same core actors appear in all the episodes, but some are playing different roles each episode. We found that just added to the fun, but some folks might find it irritating, so be aware. Also look out for the use of colour - the series uses specific shades of green, red, and yellow all the way through.
I don't understand why this complete edition is cheaper than either of the two separate series. Sure, the DVDs are in slim-line cases, but I actually prefer those. The video quality is identical to the more expensive versions (I already had series 1 so I compared the two). Given the many hours of pleasure you will get from it, this complete edition is a fabulous bargain.
If A&E ever release these as widescreen HD DVDs I will likely buy them over again.
The tragedy is that A&E canned the show after the second season, so there will be no more Nero Wolfe.
Timothy Hutton stepped into Archie's shoes I had mixed reservations. I love Hutton, son of the brilliant Jim Hutton. While you see a lot of his daddy in him, he is definitely his own man, and cuts a smart style when fleshing out his roles.
So I thought, okay, he would make a good Archie. Then I wondered what about Wolfe? They cast Maury Chaykin. Brilliant! Wow, someone actually loved the books enough to follow them.
A&E is to be commended in letting Hutton run with the series for two seasons. They are to be CONDEMNED for canceling it because they deemed it too expensive to make. Shame on them! The series was a class act all the way. A delightful ensemble cast who changed roles episode to episode gave it a theatre feel.Read more ›
Maury Chakin (who does an admirable job playing the eccentric and egocentric Nero Wolfe) and Timothy Hutton (who just about steals the show as the debonair and determined Archie Goodwin) so skillfully execute their respective roles that the viewer may feel that he or she has walked into one of Rex Stout's books.
The rhythm, the dialogue, and the narration are all faithful to the author's voice. The pity of this series is that it is limited to 20 of the 73 stories Stout penned using Wolfe and Goodwin. It's my understanding that the series didn't produce the revenue expected by the powers-that-be at A&E, which I attribute to the erratic scheduling rather than the quality of the episodes.
Not only do I highly recommend seeing this series, but also reading Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Spectacular production values, excellent ensemble acting, loyal reproduction of the Nero Wolfe plot lines. A true classic that should have had a longer first run than it did.Published 2 months ago by Timothy D. Mahoney
I love the Nero Wolfe Mysteries by Timothy Hutton. A lot of style and humor.Published 3 months ago by Elena
I wish that A & E had continued producing this excellent series with Tim Hutton & Maury Chaykin and the outstanding ensemble cast! What a loss! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent series, true to the novels, sets, costumes, brownstone perfect, acting outstanding, actors were well chosen for their parts, quality production, worth watching over and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Larry S.
These shows are so well done and so true to the books, love thisPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love all things Nero Wolfe.
The acting at times is a little cheesy, but if you want a good mystery, totally worth the watch
What a disappointment. I never made it through the first episode. Love Tim Hutton but this was pathetic.Published 10 months ago by JR
A great adaptation of the novels and short stories of Rex Stout's famous detective and his snarky side kick, Archie. A must for all Nero Wolfe fans.Published 10 months ago by Virginia Conterato
Excellent dvd. No better mystery writer than Rex Stout. Of course, Timothy Hutton makes an excellent Archie Wolfe. Well done tv series and wish it was still on the air.Published 12 months ago by storm ready
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