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'A Most Mysterious Murder'
(Julian Fellowes, Christina Cole, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (2005) 2006 / Acorn Media)

Overview: Five real, unsolved murder cases are dramatized in a riveting new BBC series! Julian Fellowes, an Oscar®-winning screenwriter (Gosford Park) and veteran actor (Monarch of the Glen), combines his talents in a BBC series that enticingly blends period drama with true crime. These five high-profile murder cases, spanning four decades, baffled investigators and remain unsolved. Fellowes guides viewers through dramatizations of the events, wryly examining motive and opportunity, and arriving at some startling conclusions.

DVD Verdict: Nobody does murder quite like the British. The fascination with the fiction of writers from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Agatha Christie, and with nonfiction very real killers like Jack the Ripper, has been an English cultural thread for centuries. The first-rate BBC series 'Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder' grows out of that tradition and makes for terrific viewing. Fellowes, a British character actor and screenwriter (Gosford Park), helped develop the series, and acts as its Hitchcockian narrator and Greek chorus. Each episode follows the tale of a real, unsolved English murder, occurring between the 1870s and 1940s, acted out with smashing period detail and dialogue. Fellowes narrates, helps spotlight possible suspects, and in the end makes his own case for who he thinks the murderer was - popping in and out of the period sets wryly and gracefully. The five episodes in this boxed set include: The Case of Charles Bravo: In 1876, the new husband of a woman with a scandalous past dies in agony from antimony poisoning; The Case of Rose Harsent: In 1902, an unmarried, pregnant servant girl is stabbed to death in the village of Peasenhall; The Case of George Harry Storrs: In 1909, a wealthy industrialist meets an untimely death that is cause for alarm; The Case of the Croydon Poisonings: In 1929, the third person in a respectable middle-class family in Croydon dies after a short illness, raising fears of a serial killer; and The Case of the Earl of Erroll: In 1941, an aristocrat living the high life in Kenya is shot dead one evening on his way home from the Colonial Muthaiga Club. Try these mysteries out for yourself today ... trust me, your brain will thank you! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.78:1) and comes with the Special Features of:

Five High-Profile Murder Cases
Behind the Scenes Featurette
Photo Gallery
Biography of Julian Fellowes
Case Notes