- Actors: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Colin Dexter, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Carlton
- VHS Release Date: 13 Nov. 2000
- Run Time: 312 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004YAAK
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,287 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Inspector Morse - The Complete Series 7 [VHS] 
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Box set containing the entire seventh series of the popular crime drama. In 'Deadly Slumber', Lewis (Kevin Whately) wonders whether Morse (John Thaw) is allowing his judgement to be clouded when the detective begins sympathising with the suspect in a murder case. 'The Day of the Devil' sees the duo attempting to track down an escaped criminal mental patient who is also a master of disguise. In 'Twilight of the Gods', Morse finds his illusions shattered when he investigates an attempt on the life of a visiting opera singer.
When Inspector Morse first appeared on television in 1987, nobody could have predicted that it would run into the next century, maintaining throughout a quality of scripts and storylines that raised the genre of the detective series to a new level. Much of its success can be attributed to John Thaw's total immersion in the role. Morse is a prickly character and not obviously easy to like. As a detective in Oxford with unfulfilled academic propensities, he is permanently excluded from a world of which he would dearly love to be a part. He is at odds with that world--and with his colleagues in the police force--most of the time. Passionate about opera and "proper beer", he is a cultural snob for whom vulgarity causes almost physical pain. As a result, he lives from one disillusionment to the next. And he is scarred--more deeply than he would ever admit--by past relationships. But he also has a naïve streak and, deep down, sensitivity, which makes him a fascinating challenge for women.
At the heart of Morse's professional life is his awkward partnership with Detective Sergeant Lewis, the resolutely ordinary, worldly sidekick who manages to keep his boss in an almost permanent state of exasperation while retaining his grudging respect. It's a testament to Kevin Whateley's consistently excellent performance that from such unpromising material Lewis becomes as indispensable to the series as Barrington Pheloung's hypnotic, classic theme music. Morse's investigations do occasionally take him abroad to more exotic locations, but throughout 14 successful years of often gruesome murders, the city of Oxford itself became a central character in these brooding two-hour dramas: creator Colin Dexter stating he finally had to kill Morse off because he was giving Oxford a bad reputation as a dangerous place! -- Piers FordSee all Product Description
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The choice of actors; the characters; the plots: the settings; the music; the filming - are all superb. I feel privileged to own this set in the knowledge that it will not be bettered and may not always be available.
If you buy the declared 33 disc set (it may previously have been issued with fewer discs) each disc contains only 1 episode !
The packaging is fine (each series is in a cardboard sleeve with 1 disc per 'page' in the 'book' style housing for each series) with lots of photos of Morse and the picture/sound quality good for what is now a dated archive recording.
(I have added 2 photos to the item page showing an example of the packaging for the case of each Series within the boxset)
HOH subtitles are available and each disc has a picture gallery. All other features are as per the Amazon listing. Well worth buying if you enjoy, like me, the caustic nature of the working relationship between Morse and Lewis.
It has all the episodes from the series and they view in top quality. Nothing has been edited so they are all in the original form.
The last season also contains a review documentary which is okay - but I don't recommend it after you've watched a lot of the episodes because it does get a bit boring.
My only complaint about this set is that some of the discs are really hard to get out of the covers - but still I believe this series is a must have!
"The Sins Of The Fathers" sees John Thaw rattling sabres with a very superior, matriarchal Isabel Dean, as he attempts to unmask the murderer of her son, general manager of, of all things, a real ale brewery! Lionel Jefferies also puts in a striking performance as Charles Radford, head of the Radford brewing dynasty. Not for the first time, Sergeant Lewis provides the seemingly innocent clue which leads to the episode's satisfying and surprising denouement.
"Driven To Distraction" is a personal favourite, one of a number of superior episodes directed by Anthony Minghella. John Thaw delivers a great performance, showing the human side of Morse - the flaws we all grew to love. He is eclipsed though by Patrick Malahide, easily the least likeable protagonist in any episode I can recall. Morse investigates the killings of two young women, but things are not as clear cut as they seem - a great twist for anyone watching for the first time, and superb acting to savour on repeat viewings.
My only reservations of these discs is the sound quality, but that may be through being spoilt by 5.1. The extras are limited, but it would be difficult to provide original and meaningful extras for each disc in such a large series.
Thoroughly recommended for all Morse afficionados.
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The definitive and ultimate dvd set to own.
Beautifully presented set containing ALL the 8 series of this classic crime series. Read more
Exceptionally well written series.
The acting is of the highest order
One of the discs malfunctions due to production error (guess). Else Morse is great as expected.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love Morse. Saw the series when originally shown on TV. Great drama.Published 7 months ago by Barfly