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Inspector Morse -- The Remorseful Day / Rest in Peace [DVD] [1987]


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  • Actors: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Colin Dexter, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 194 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YAAT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,653 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:
Production Gallery
Length: 196 mins approx/Colour
Video Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Audio: English, Stereo, English HOH Subtitles

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Inspector Morse provides all the period cosiness of an Agatha Christie costume drama but in an apparently modern setting. Morse is a contemporary detective with all the nostalgic appeal of Poirot or Sherlock Holmes, an anachronistic throwback who drives a classic car, listens to Wagner on LP, quaffs real ale in country pubs or single malt at home and quotes poetry whenever occasion arises (at least once or twice an episode). His much put-upon sidekick Segeant Lewis (Kevin Whateley) is the bemused ordinary copper who acts as a foil for his artistic and academic passions, and not incidentally allows the writers to explain any possibly obscure or learned references to the TV audience. With plots of crossword puzzle-like intricacy, top-drawer thespian guest stars, loving views of quintessentially English Tourist Board Oxfordshire countryside and literate screenplays from such luminaries as Malcom Bradbury, the show was a sure-fire hit across middle England.

In 1994, after four successful series, John Thaw moved on to other projects (initially, the disastrous A Year In Provence) but always left the door open for more Morse. "The Remorseful Day" is, however, positively his final appearance. The story opens dramatically with a montage of kinky sex and murder, before settling down into a leisurely exploration of leads that might or might not be red herrings. More murders follow, naturally, as the story adds yet more twists. But this time things are different: Morse, on the very eve of retirement, is gravely ill. Convalescing at home he consoles himself with bird watching and a newly acquired CD player, but he is more than usually irritable and relations with Lewis, who is impatiently awaiting his own promotion to Inspector, are strained. Could Morse himself be the murderer? Certainly Chief Superintendent Strange (James Grout) is worried. The ultimate resolution of the case takes second place to the show's finale, which will be no surprise to anyone who has read Colin Dexter's novel. A poignant and dignified end to the casebook of a much-loved detective.

On the DVD: This disc also includes a 96-minute appreciation of the Morse phenomenon, "Rest in Peace", presented by James Grout who plays Chief Superintendent Strange in the series, plus a music video of the Morse theme tune, "Yesterday is Here". --Mark Walker


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov 2000
Format: DVD
This is the final episode in a long and popular series. The end of Morse has arrived to the disappointment of many people. This DVD will preserve this instant classic and complete a brilliant collection. This Episode shows further depth into the past of Morse and the true person behind Morse. The extra features on the DVD make it worth getting. The bonus appreciation of Morse is brilliant and the greatly loved theme tune is included for all of those Mores lovers. If you like Morse then I strongly suggest that you buy this DVD or the video before you miss out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cees on 5 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
This last appearance of inspector Morse in a criminal case that (a bit of a spoiler here) that partly involves the good man himself, is both beautiful and terribly depressing, as the good inspector did not survive that case. As the story progresses, we understand that nothing is at it seems, and that there is hardly someone (except for Lewis) who has not been affected by the life and death of the victim Yvonne Harrison. Perhaps, it is not so much a whodunnit than a whydunnit, as the spectator may find that being murdered sometimes happened for a good, or at least a decent reason! Morse is true to himself, with his nostalgic makeup and a thing for quoting poetry, not to mention his irritating (to those who cannot keep up with his brilliant detective mind) way of being far ahead everybody. As a guest star, Paul Freeman has an intriguing role, but given his enormous talent and presence on the screen, his part was too small. I found this dvd set plus its wonderful documentary, to be both of high quality. The dvd sound is very good, and the subtitles actually keep up with the dialogues, which is not always the case. To those who loved Morse, even if not big fans, this last case is a must-see. To others, it is definitively a detective story that offers great value for its money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By railton@talk21.com on 1 Jan 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Make a brew and regret it. If you miss the finale to this, you will regret it after an excellent build up. Without revealing the end of this marvelous piece of work, all I will say is, don't scrap the Jag. Murder, sex, tears and laughter are all in this one. Everything you could want to see in a final episode of an era of T.V is here. It had the country glued to their t.v sets on the evening of the showing. If you missed it, now is your chance to see what all of the fuss is all about. Or if you want to re-live that evening last year, then here goes. And don't move away from your set when you have started it. This is a standing ovation piece of work to be watched over and over again. Maybe a collectors item in years to come. Enjoy........
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 May 2002
Format: DVD
A TV script and a novel are two completely different, separate entities. Surely that is obvious? Oliver! the musical uses only about one-third of Dickens' Oliver Twist. That does not mean that Oliver! is not one of the greatest musicals of all time. Inspector Morse is probably the finest TV detetctive series of all time and John Thaw's performance as Morse was sublime. Because this was Morse's swansong - and, let's be honest, everyone knew it - the TV adaptation HAD to concentrate on the decline and ultimate demise of the great detective himself. And with only 140 minutes in which to do this AND provide the usual murder-mystery, many of the sub-plots of Colin Dexter's novel (which I HAVE read, by the way) had to be discarded. Perhaps The Remorseful Day isn't the best Morse adaptation (given that it wasn't adapted by the series' best scriptwriter Julian Mitchell, how could it be?); but it is an important milestone in British television history and you'd have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by the finale. The documentary on the DVD is compelling, too.
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Usual "Morse" high quality,except that it is particularly sad.
All good things must come to an end.
Recommend to all Morse fans
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A tremendous, fitting tribute to our Inspector Morse--a real tear jerker, but in the best of taste and decorum. This TV series is certainly one of the best, and "The Remorseful Day" simply caps it.

That said, as another reader pointed out, the BOOK and the FILM have some differences, mainly in the ending and who actually was the murderer. I never understood why the film version changed that. The book's conclusion was more logical, although the film's ending was more gripping. The Morse-Lewis relationship comes to fruition and logically so.
What the film omitted is the REASON that Supt. Strange and Morse were so tolerant of each other, often covering each other's backs. In the book, we find the REASON and for the life of me I cannot imagine why this was omitted in the film.

Still, both book and film are top notch. I've read the book more than once and seen the film more often.
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