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Cadfael: Complete Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Derek Jacobi , Terrence Hardiman , Graham Theakston , Herbert Wise    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Derek Jacobi, Terrence Hardiman, Michael Culver, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock
  • Directors: Graham Theakston, Herbert Wise, Ken Grieve, Malcolm Mowbray, Mary McMurray
  • Writers: Ben Rostul
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 13
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 975 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YCI1UC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,967 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Brother Cadfael, the medieval mystery-solving monk, is a fascinating detective, at once a man of God, of science, and even of action. Derek Jacobi stars as the former "soldier, sailor, sinner, and Crusader" who has his faith tested by crimes of royal intrigue and baffling murders that seem to plague 12th-century Shrewsbury. You'll find few Benedictine monks so skilled at using a quarterstaff, but beware never to tell him your theory of how a crime "must" have been committed. "We must always be wary of 'must'," he states. "Nothing is certain." And so attest these divine mysteries based on the books by Ellis Peters. Each feature-length episode is self-contained but plays against the backdrop of England's civil war between forces loyal to King Stephen and those to Empress Maud. Eoin McCarthy costars as local Under-Sheriff Hugh Beringar, who relies on Cadfael when murder subverts his efforts to keep the peace. --Donald Liebenson


The Cadfael - The Complete Collection - Series 1-4 DVD contains all 13 episodes, over 16 hours, from all four series about the crime-solving monk in 12th Century England.

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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Presented here are all thirteen episodes of `Cadfael', starring Derek Jacobi. Based on Ellis Peter's popular series of novels, they tell the tale of Brother Cadfael, Soldier, sailor and sinner, now a Brother in Shrewsbury abbey at the height of the civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud, in the late 12th century. The location and time were well chosen by Peters, as the civil war and Shrewsbury's position close to the sensitive Welsh border provides rich territory for plotting and bloody murder. Bodies keep popping up all over the place, and it falls to the worldly Cadfael, with his knowledge of pathology gained from the battle field and his knowledge of men gained from many years in the world, to solve the crimes and see justice is served.

The productions are quite well done, evoking the medieval period very nicely. The pace is usually quite leisurely, with the occasional burst of excitement. Jacobi is perfectly cast in the central role, bringing forward the various facets of the character (his devotion to god and spiritualism, his worldliness and, finally his willingness to act in the face of all authority in order to see what he thinks is justice served) very well. He is ably supported by Sean Pertwee and latterly Eoin McCarthy as Cadfael's friend Hugh Beringar, under sherriff of Shrewsbury. Michael Culver as the ambitious Prior Robert, Julian Firth as the officious and sneaky Brother Jerome and Mark Charnock as Cadfael's other worldly, yet loyal and brave assistant Oswin form most of the regular supporting cast, and all do very well at providing memorable characters.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cadfael - Simply superb medieval Who-dunnits 29 Jan 2011
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Well filmed, well acted, medieval who-dunnits in the vein of the equally superb 'Name of the Rose'. Each episode is loosely based on one of Ellis Peter's original Brother Cadfael books. English/Welsh Cadfael is a worldly wise 12th century Benedictine monk who solves murder mysteries while providing herbal remedies and medicines (so he knows his poisons). Having been on the Crusades and been disappointed in love, Cadfael is far more down to Earth and sensible than his `stay at home' snooty & spiritual monk superiors who often find him an irritation. Being Derek Jacobi he is also very nice, in a totally ruthless Miss Marple 'Nemesis' sort of way. The books and episodes are also fairly accurate historically, and include real event's like the siege of Shrewsbury by Stephen in 1138 that forms the setting for One Corpse Too Many. Like-wise all love interest is strictly between those of the same class.

The series is set in Shrewsbury Abbey, Shropshire, near the volatile Welsh border. The stories are set between about 1135 and 1145, during the civil war between the forces of King Stephen and the Empress Maud - they eventually agreed a peace where Stephen remained king with Maud (Matilda)'s son being recognised as heir to the throne (but that's not important). The thirteen episodes on the five DVDs are, most recent first: The Holy thief, The Potter Field, Pilgrim of Hate, The Rose Rent, St Peter's fair, The Raven in the Foregate, The Virgin in the ice, The Devils Novice, A morbid taste for bones, One Corpse too many, The Sanctuary Sparrow, The Leper of St Giles, and Monks Hood. This is all the seasons, one to four, that were first shown between 1994 to 1998. My favourites are 'The virgin in the ice', and `A morbid taste for bones' based around a search for St Winefride's body in Wales.
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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful
When the decision was made to produce for TV several episodes from her mystery series about Brother Cadfael, that 12th century crusader turned monk turned detective who has been, ever since his creation, one of the most compassionate and unusual sleuths of literary history, novelist Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter) was not entirely happy. In fact, as the series' star, Sir Derek Jacobi, explains in the extra footage provided on the now-released DVDs, Ms. Peters had very mixed feelings about giving up her brain child and entrusting it to other people who went about cutting and adjusting everything, from the storylines themselves to the way the protagonists speak and even the Chronicles' sequence, to the necessities and limitations set by the new medium. But she eventually acquiesced and at one point promised that "the next one I write, I'll make sure it's easier for you all to film."

While the thirteen episodes that were eventually produced are, thus, not entirely true to the individual Chronicles they are based on, they are closer than many other movie or TV versions of famous works of literature. Most importantly, they maintain not only the core story lines but also the historical authenticity, atmosphere and spirit set by Ms. Peters's books in a marvelous fashion. And Sir Derek Jacobi brings both the wealth of his experience and skill and all of his own shrewdness, intelligence, sense of humor and empathy to the role of the medieval Benedictine sleuth and thus truly becomes Cadfael -- for the thousands of new fans who are discovering the series through its enactment for TV just as much as for us who loved the books before they were ever transposed to a visual medium.
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