'Midsomer Murders Set 9'
(John Nettles, John Hopkins, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (1998) 2007 / Acorn Media)
Overview: Four stand-alone, contemporary British mysteries from the hit, ongoing series featuring sly humor, eccentric characters, and idyllic settings; a clever update of the classic English village mystery, starring John Nettles (Bergerac).
DVD Verdict: 'Midsomer Murders - Set 9' is actually comprised of four episodes from Series 8! They are: Episode 1 - Things That Go Bump in the Night; Episode 2 - Dead in the Water; Episode 4 - Orchis Fatalis; and Episode 5 - Bantling Boy. Episode 3 - Ghosts of Christmas Past, the Christmas Special was included in the previous set.
Anyway, and with all that straightened away, there are three more episodes in the eighth series (Second Sight, Hidden Depths, and Sauce for the Goose), and once again, we will have to wait for another set to see them. In England these were released in sets of 10 episodes (at $100 to $200 US per set). If they want to issue fewer episodes per set in the U.S. to keep the price down on each set, they could still have issued multiple sets at one time, covering an entire series.
If you are new to this wonderful series, here is a quick overview: The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars John Nettles (Bergerac) as the unflappable Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby with John Hopkins (Love in a Cold Climate) as his brash young assistant. Guest stars include John Burgess, William Gaunt, Freddie Jones, Keith Barron, and Margery Mason.
With that said, this is still my all-time favorite mystery series. I still haven't completely adjusted to Barnaby's new assistant, but I'm liking him better with time. Well-plotted, well-acted, with interesting guest stars. If you are a mystery fan who wants a quality "library" then this series is for you. It is well written, directed, and great acting performances with an adult tilt on the storyline. Not necessarily something you want to have playing on the 'tube' with the kids around as they have some sexual content although the language is OK. Quality adult, mystery,entertainment at it's best though. You can't go wrong. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Caroline Graham Biography