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Endeavour: The Origins of Inspector Morse [DVD]

Shaun Evans    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Shaun Evans
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ZL84EW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,195 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This release of Endeavour features the full 98 minute cut as shown on ITV1. The difference between this edition and the previously released version is an 'additional' 9 minutes to the run-time which now includes the sub-plot about secret government investigations going on in parallel to Morse's murder inquiry and also the bitter/sweet exit of D.S Lott.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In Oxford in 1965 Endeavour Morse is a tee-total,classical music loving young constable who considers leaving the force after an unhappy affair but stays to join Inspector Thursday's investigation into the disappearance of schoolgirl Mary Tremlett. By deciphering a code based on crosswords in the local paper and Mary's poetry books,Morse deduces that Mary was meeting a lover and leads Thursday to the site of her murder. Following the suicide of Mary's boyfriend,student Miles Percival,Morse meets Miles' tutor, Dr. Stromming,the crossword setter,who was seeing Mary but had an alibi for the murder. DS Lott,jealous of Thursday's regard for Morse's sharpness,attempts to incriminate Miles but then the police learn that Mary and other girls were paid to attend orgies by creepy car dealer Teddy Samuels,who has Lott in his pocket,as well as other worthies. As a result,Thursday,a great mentor who also introduces the young constable to real ale,and Morse are carpeted and Morse considers leaving Oxford. However his job and future are secure after he works out a code Mary had written on her hand,ultimately leading to his cracking the case. ...Endeavour

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but...... 10 Jan 2012
I would have given this 5 stars but having just received the dvd this morning, I noticed after watching it all the way through that certain edits have been made from the film that was shown on ITV a few days ago!!! They have missed out the scene at the end where the MP is given a 'choice' as how to continue with his career after his dealings with the young girl in question in the episode. Plus various other scenes seem to have gone awol from this dvd. So my question is why? Are these people to be seen again in a new series and therefore we can't have them written out in the pilot? It seems a shame not to sell this dvd as it was seen on television!!!

Just a small gripe but I would have liked what was transmitted and not what they want us to see!!!

The acting was superb by all the cast and the young Endeavour did Morse proud!! But like I say, it was excellent but....
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229 of 232 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Into the West away . . . 3 Jan 2012
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Shaun Evans plays Morse with his own style, never once did i think he was doing an impersonation of John Thaw, but little inferences in his performance payed due homage to John and also gave us definition and clarity to Morse the human being.
Strongly supported by a great cast, we even see Morse giving his future Jaguar MK II a glance over.
I wasn't prepared to be so overcome with emotion when we see John Thaw's reflection in a mirror near the end, but it summed up how i felt about this prequel, it reflected the things i love about Morse as a whole, Oxford, Morse character, the music, the whole essence.
I'm pleased the makers didn't fall into the trap of trying too hard to copy and repeat things, instead we get a prequel that could run and run, but also a fitting tribute to a much loved and much missed character.
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197 of 201 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Give us all the programme 12 Jan 2012
By mikey
I watched this on the TV and it was very good - just like watching Morse work out the twists of the case. When I bought the DVD and watched it, I was shocked to see that parts of it were missing.

1. Dempsey developing photographs in a darkroom.
2. Crisp's daugher going to the car showroom to see the mechanic.
3 Morse and Thursay breaking into the large house and meeting Dempsey.
4. After Morse gave Crisp his resignation letter, the Sargent was talking to Morse in the corridor and said he done him a favour getting tranfered to Vice.
5. Dempsey taking a photograph of Morse.
6 Dempsey watching the Minister's house.
7 Dempsey giving the Minister the ultimatum to sign the resignation letter or get shot.

This all explained how the girl got the Minister's phone number on her hand and how he paid the consequences for his involvement in the sex party with underage girls.

This DVD shows that, in the 1960s, it was ok for politicians to have sex with Minors and get away with it, while the verison aired on TV clearly showed him paying the consequences.

Although not vital to the primary storyline, these ommisions leave unanswered questions and remove an importsnt sub-plot.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 4 Jan 2012
Probably like a whole bunch of other people, I was prepared to watch this with my mind already made up. i.e. it would be rubbish, a cash-in spin off and ruin the memories that I have of the original series. What a real surprise and what an excellent production. This reminds you once again of what good TV can be like. Your other reviewers have said it all with all the neat touches and references of things that were to come in the 'future' for Morse and like them, I won't spoil it for anyone that has not seen this yet. Quality TV with a quality cast many of whom had appeared in different roles in the Morse series. I am hoping that the people that make this 'one off' will read the reviews and I am sure they will realise that there is the potential for a series of Endeavour in it's own right.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the rest of it? 14 Jan 2012
What was shown on the DVD was very good and much enjoyed. HOWEVER after watching the 88 minute DVD both of us realised how much subplot was not shown, another reviewer has listed most of them but I think has missed the oily little detective being told to get out as he's not wanted in that Division any longer. I was really disappointed to hsve so much cut out and noticed similar cuts in the "Case Historied" series DVD. Is it too much to expect that we get what we think we've ordered - the complete episode!!!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No More Morose Morse 2 Jan 2012
Long standing Morse fans will either loathe this 'early days' rendering of the classic series or accept it with open arms. True to the originals,we get to see how young Morse stands against his bent superiors and solves the labyrinthine maze of posh suspects and red herrings. The famous Jag makes its debut as Barrington Pheloung's haunting melodies play once more to the back drop of the stunning Oxford architecture. John Thaw's daughter has a cameo role, whilst John himself features in a rear view mirror as young Morse contemplates his future in the Force. As Endeavour,Shaun Evans hits the right notes of a nervous, uncertain but occasionally inspirational detective in his formative years. And yes,you can still play "Spot Colin".
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Start 2 Jan 2012
I have just finished watching this on ITV1, and was very impressed.

I am not what you would call a Huge fan of Morse, and prefer the books to the TV shows, although I have a great respect for John Thaw and Kevin Wheatley. But I am pleased that ITV have decided to trust this series to a new actor, Shaun Evans, an actor which I don't beleive we have seen the last of.

While the story started off to be quite a simple murder and possible suicide, it developed slowly into the more complex cases that so many people have enjoyed and come to expect from Morse.

It moved slowly, but not sluggishly and kept my attention for the two hour running time. It's understated historical aspect, the Tax disc in the police car showing DEC65, the newish Mary Quant style women's fashions and occaisional mentions of the second world war are enough to firmly set your mind into an older Oxford, much more subtly done than in Heartbeat or The Royal.

I found myself wondering how old Lewis was at the time of Morse's entry into the detective ranks. The missing presence of Kevin Wheatley is admirably filled by Roger Allam playing Detective Inspector Thursday, Roger is a favourite of mine, his character giving Morse a rather fartherly figure from which to learn. He is on the level, slightly army-ish and as straight as a die, his character fits in so well that I hope to see him in future episodes.

As yet Morse has not developed all of those famous character traits fans know so well, although I did spot a few, his quickness to anger, his rather snobbish views on the intelligentia, and his dislike of forensics.
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