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Endeavour: The Origins of Inspector Morse [DVD]

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  • 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 (290 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ZL84EW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,714 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Matt Summers on 10 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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233 of 236 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stringer on 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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201 of 205 people found the following review helpful By mikey on 12 Jan. 2012
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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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T. Taylor on 4 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
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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99 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Jan. 2012
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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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Toll on 2 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Skelton on 6 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
The 2nd day of 2012 & at last its here - the show I was waiting for eagerly. It was all here. Sensational Oxford. Fabulous classical music from Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly' to Faure' Requiem 'In Paradisum'. Already my heartstrings were beginning to rip with emotion. A beautiful woman, or two, for Morse, or should that be Endeavour? The cameo from Colin Dexter! Endeavour's first pint of beer which he grew to love. The sight of blood that he always hated. The final shot when Endeavour looked in the rearview mirror to see his older self staring back at him. Ouch! That was very powerful. By now my emotions were escaping in tears. Shaun Evans' portrayal of Endeavour was sublime & wonderfully understated. I telephoned Mammoth Screen, who along with ITV, were responsible for the production, to congratulate all concerned. Endeavour, please come back soon ye hear! Until you do I'm revisiting your older self on my DVD collection. We need More of Morse & more quality television like this. Fantastic. Thank you. Happy 2012 & many Un bel di's to you all. Peter Hastings.
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