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Maigret Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Michael Gambon    DVD
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  • Actors: Michael Gambon
  • Format: Box set, Colour, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2005
  • Run Time: 646 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0009IWFDI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,494 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Koch Vision present "THE MAIGRET COLLECTION" (2005) (646 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- featring Michael Gambon as the famous pipe-smoking Parisian sleuth. From Montmartre to the remote French countryside, Maigret probes the dark side of the human psyche with understated elegance and precision --- A dozen tales of death, intrigue, and ingenious police legwork fill this collection of Inspector Maigret mysteries --- Based on Georges Simenon's popular novels, which have tantalized readers for more than half a century --- This show is so realistic! Read more ›
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OK, so the prints AREN'T perfect . . . 13 Dec 2003
By Matthew Patton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It would be great if the due care had been taken and these episodes of the MAIGRET series had been lovingly restored the way many bad movies are now routinely. But at least these shows are on DVD and we can again enjoy the gripping and often deeply moving stories and be reminded again what a wonderful actor Michael Gambon is. He is one of the few actors to play a detective who projects the intelligence that his character is supposed to have, and buttresses it with wit and humanity to spare. And he is often brilliantly supported by both the series regulars and a great selection of guest stars (think only of Frances Cuka as the desperate and embittered niece of a murder victim in "Maigret and the Mad-Woman" or Christopher Benjamin as the troubled husband of a missing woman in "Maigret and The Burglar's Wife" and you'll get the idea). And unlike many period films or TV shows, this one recreates the frayed edges and hum-drum details of life as it was lived 50 years ago, which gives the shows a comfortable, lived-in quality that adds to their appeal. And yes, someday, someone will hopefully restore the prints to their original condition. I mean, they've probably done it for movies by Russ Meyer--doesn't something this good deserve deluxe treatment?
63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Series 17 Dec 2002
By Michael Olson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The Maigret DVD Collection will be a welcome library addition for those mystery fans who prefer complexity over activity, deliberation over impulse and atmosphere over everything else.
The 12 episodes that appear on four discs were produced by Granada Television and originally aired in Britiain over two seasons in 1992 and 1993. They were shown on PBS in the United States, and later on some public television stations in Canada. Adapted from the novels of Belgian-born writer Georges Simenon (who moved to Paris as a young man), the series effortlessly blends Maigret's intuitive detection style with a sympathetic and very Gallic view of the seedy denizens of the Parisian demi-monde. The Inspector is ably assisted throughout by the same three loyal colleagues, and is frequently chided by his nemesis, the Examining Magistrate.

In this superb series, Granada Television's meticulous production values are combined with consistently brilliant direction to yield 12 television episodes of unusual quality. There's not a dud among them. In each case, the crime unravels at a leisurely pace against a densely textured backdrop of Parisian or rural French daily life. Except that those familiar with this series will know that all of the lovingly photographed boulevards, sinister night streets and bustling sidewalk cafes were not filmed in France at all, but in Hungary. Nonetheless, it all looks agreeably French and faithful to the period setting of the novels.
The principal casting is English of course, with Michael Gambon a standout as the droll and humane Inspector Jules Maigret. Supporting him are a roster of some of the best of British film actors, with exceptional turns by Edward Petherbridge, Peter Barkworth, Tony Doyle and Jon Finch, and capped with a startling performance by Susie Lindeman in the series' final episode, Maigret and the Maid. Highly recommended.
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent production in a fair quality DVD 2 Aug 2003
By Luiz L. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is an excellent british series on Inspector Maigret - excellent episodes and actors. I also enjoyed the french production - with Bruno Cramer playing the role of Maigret.
Both series are excellent and will delight Maigret (Simenon's) fans.
My point: this series deserves a MUCH BETTER presentation on DVD. Quality is fair, far below my expectations (seems we are not watching a DVD...), and subtitles are missing; at least closed caption avaliability. This makes a big difference for people from abroad, like me - and english subtitles, IMHO, is the minimum I would be expecting from an excellent DVD set like this one.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Maigret Collection ... Michael Gambon ... Koch Vision (2005)" 9 May 2007
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Koch Vision present "THE MAIGRET COLLECTION" (2005) (646 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- featring Michael Gambon as the famous pipe-smoking Parisian sleuth. From Montmartre to the remote French countryside, Maigret probes the dark side of the human psyche with understated elegance and precision --- A dozen tales of death, intrigue, and ingenious police legwork fill this collection of Inspector Maigret mysteries --- Based on Georges Simenon's popular novels, which have tantalized readers for more than half a century --- This show is so realistic! Michael Gambon is great as Inspector Maigret, and his subordinates and the bad guys are all great characters as well --- The cases the Chief Inspector solves are really very interesting, also the locations and sets make you feel as if you are right there on the case with the Chief Inspector and his men --- It's great to sit back and watch him slowly solve a mystery --- You can tell that a lot of thought was put into the making of this show --- Concerned more with "why" than "who," Maigret's profound perception of the realities of human behavior and extraordinary psychological insight make him one of fiction's most interesting and unique sleuths --- One of the best-selling authors of all time, Georges Simenon is most famous for his more than 100 novels and short stories featuring Chief Inspector Maigret of the Paris police

The Maigret Collection (Disc One)

The Patience of Maigret

Maigret and the Burglar's Wife

Maigret Goes to School

The Maigret Collection Disc (Two)

Maigret and the Mad Woman

Maigret on Home Ground

Maigret Sets a Trap

The Maigret Collection (Disc Three)

Maigret and the Nightclub Dancer

Maigret on the Defensive

Maigret and the Minister

The Maigret Collection (Disc Four)

Maigret and the Hotel Majestic

Maigret's Boyhood Friend

Maigret and the Maid

SPECIAL FEATURES:

BIOS:

1. Michael Gambon

Date of Birth: 19 October 1940 - Dublin, Ireland

Date of Death: Still Living

Special footnote, actor Michael Gambon after joining the National Theatre, under the Artistic Directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier, Gambon went on to appear in a number of leading roles in plays written by Alan Ayckbourn. His career was catapulted in 1980 when he took the lead role in John Dexter's production of "Galileo". Since then, Gambon has regularly appeared at the Royal National Theatre and the RSC. Roles include, King Lear, Othello, Mark Anthony and Volpone. He was described by the late Sir Ralph Richardson as being "The Great Gambon" and he is now considered to be one of the British theatre's leading lights. He was made a CBE in 1992 ... In 2002, was named the successor to the late Richard Harris as Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series. His Potter debut will be in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) ... He has twice played two roles previously played by Richard Harris. The character of Jules Maigret, which Richard Harris played in a 1988 TV movie and secondly Albus Dumbledore of the Harry Potter Movies.

DVD EXTRAS:

1. Episode Synopses, Cast & Credits, Weblinks

2. Includes Essay "Georges Simenon, "The Man Behind Maigret"

Great job by Koch Vision for releasing "The Maigret Collection" (2005) - Michael Gambon as Chief Inspector Maigret, the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more high quality releases from the BBC mini-series film market...order your copy now from Amazon or Koch Vision where there are plenty of copies available on DVD, stay tuned once again for top notch drama mixed with an outstanding cast and director --- just the way we like 'em

Total Time: 646 mins on DVD ~ Koch Vision KOCV6613 ~ (6/12/05)
28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Not So Great Transfers 2 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is not the first British detective show on DVD that features great scripts and acting, and rather disappointing video transfers. The Poirot DVDs of the 1 hour shows, as welcome as they are, so far generally have the quality of mediocre VHS. I would say the Maigret shows are aren't quite that good. There are occasional scenes that are so grainy that they look like they were transferred from 8mm film. Even when this is not the case, much of the 12 episodes have little to boast of in terms of video quality.
I would like to know what the rationale is for putting out DVDs that cost this much that do not have the very best image quality.
The only reason I can see for buying this set is if your tapes are getting worn out, as mine nearly are. The stories and acting, of course, are wonderful.
My rating is average of high score for acting and story, and low score for image quality.
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