Nero Wolfe: Complete Series
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Like Sherlock Holmes and Watson before them, the brilliant but curmudgeonly Nero Wolfe and his streetwise sidekick Archie Goodwin are crime's greatest nemeses. With Nero preferring to solve crimes at home amid his orchid collection, it is Archie who does the legwork about town to allow Wolfe to unravel the most confounding crimes. Together the duo cracks cases of murder, deception, blackmail, and more, resulting in an unforgettable confection of mystery, suspense, and style.
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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I just purchased the complete set (NOTE-the preview movie The Golden Spiders IS also in this very complete set) of season 1 and 2 from Amazon, and it is a region-free (or multi-region) DVD set that will play on any player (and was made in Australia, apparently). It was $77.69 with free shipping. Amazon item #ASIN: B00DM8LFZ6. 8 disks, nearly 1,500 minutes. It is superior! I had seen a few episodes back when they were broadcast, but I'd forgotten just how excellent the acting, production values, and costumes were.
And although I do own a region-free DVD player because of a collection I've put together of mostly UK TV shows, and I was prepared to play these on the player, I watched them all on my USA Region I Sony blu-ray player, so I know it will play on any player. I had never heard of region free disks, but I'm surely glad to know they exist.
So, to be clear, do not hesitate to buy this set, whether you are in the USA or the UK. You will be able to view it.
Highly recommended. A&E really ought to show this treasure again, and Amazon or Netflix should make this available for streaming.
I was and am a HUGE Nero Wolf fan, to the degree that at one time I owned almost all of his novels in paperback. I watched the series when it was on A&E way back when, so when I saw the DVDs, I just HAD to get them. I remembered the cases that made it to the program, and the scripts were for all practical purposes Rex Stout's writing verbatim. The fact that I recalled how many of the cases came out did not in the least stop me from enjoying seeing the words on the page brought to life. Indeed, it was like getting reacquainted with some treasured old friends.
The casting for the series was excellent. All of the characters liooked exactly like I had imagined them -- all except Inspector Kramer. I always pictured Kramer as a tall, debonair gentleman with a full head of gray hair, and in the series he was a short guywho was 10,000% New York City!!
If you are unfamiliar with Nero Wolfe, this DVD set will give you a full education about him. If you are a long-time fan like I am, you will be glad to have the disks to watch over and over again. In any event, the set is definitely money well spent.
Timothy Hutton has played many a great character, but for my money, Archie Goodwin is where he shines, bringing Stout's snappy dialogue to a new level of wit. When a raving man snaps at him, calling him a "goon," Hutton's Goodwin doesn't miss a step replying, "Actually, it's Goodwin. You forgot the D-W-I" whist dragging him out of his employer's office, kicking and screaming. That scene alone is worth the price of admission.
The other lead is a presence unto himself. Maury Chaykin, a character actor you have most likely seen before, makes you instantly forget you're watching a television program. This character, for my money, was Chaykin's defining role. While a sleuth like Jessica Fletcher often comes under fire from the police, and sometimes even accused of murder, Chaykin's Wolfe would roar at the police during a party he was hosting, "The police shall receive NO SANDWICHES!" all because they were wasting their time, and thereby deemed a nuisance. I have yet to see another detective be as brash, as bold, or as much fun as the Nero Wolfe brought to life by the late Maury Chaykin.
I also feel the need to bring up the cast of this series. You're sure to see some familiar faces. That's because this show was almost like a theater troupe. The main people stayed the same, and every episode, the same actors would play new characters. I have yet to see another series do this.
So if any of the antics I've described have piqued your interest, I highly recommend checking out this series.