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Maigret - Series 1 And 2 - Complete [1992] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Michael Gambon, Jack Galloway, Geoffrey Hutchings, Ciaran Madden
  • Directors: James Cellan Jones, John Glenister
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Dolby, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 620 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RJEIT8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,801 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The complete first and second series of the 1990s TV drama starring Michael Gambon as the famed Belgian detective Inspector Maigret. Includes the episodes: 'The Patience of Maigret', 'Maigret and the Burglar's Wife', 'Maigret Goes to School', 'Maigret and the Mad Woman', 'Maigret on Home Ground', 'Maigret Sets a Trap', 'Maigret and the Nightclub Dancer', 'Maigret and the Hotel Majestic', 'Maigret on the Defensive', 'Maigret's Boyhood Friend', 'Maigret and the Minister' and 'Maigret and the Maid'.

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An absolute must for fans of Georges Simenon's beloved sleuth, Inspector Jules Maigret, this four-volume Maigret Collection is the finest detective series from Granada Television since the late Jeremy Brett gave us his definitive portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the 1980s. The masterful Michael Gambon is the latest in a long tradition of familiar leading men (from Jean Gabin to Richard Harris) who have played Simenon's blunt but humane, occasionally whimsical, and magnificently insightful investigator. Yet Gambon is perhaps uniquely suited to the part: a popular star with none of the baggage of a brand-name icon or the self-effacing obligations of a character actor. He captures perfectly Maigret's measured but hardly inscrutable presence in the eruptive underworld of Paris crime.

Among the 12 episodes here is "Maigret and the Burglar's Wife", which does honour to Simenon's compassionate tale of a retiring thief whose accidental encounter with a corpse sets in motion one of Maigret's most intense psychological duels. The equally compelling "Maigret's Boyhood Friend" finds the detective on a case drawing suspicion to an old school chum, while "Maigret Sets a Trap" is a wonderful production of Simenon's puzzler about a serial killer whose patterns of motivation and action must be deciphered before he can be caught. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Having fallen asleep before the end of each programme (well it was shown at about 2.30 a.m. on ITV3), I was desparate to see the endings and the programmes I had missed. I loved the two series and wish that they had made more. Michael Gambon is fantastic. Would recommend this to anyone.
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This is wonderful stuff! I missed the series when originally aired on TV and I always had the feeling I'd missed something good. Well, good is an understatement. These are beautifully executed yarns with meticulous attention to period detail - but it's the gentle humour and wry observations of human behaviour that really set these stories apart from other 'tec stories. The ensemble acting, headed by Michael Gambon, is first rate and the pace of the plots perfect. Why were more episodes never made? A classic gem. I noticed that a US viewer complained about the poor image quality - I don't have a problem with the UK Region 2 version, maybe they're pressed from different sources.
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I have the US version of this set. The stories and acting are great, we all know that, but the DVD transfer is a disgrace -- dark, grainy, VHSesque. I hope future reviewers of this new UK set will comment on the video quality of the DVDs, so owners of the expensive, poorly transfered US set will know whether to, sob, buy it again.
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That actor of quality Michael Gambon understands perfectly the mind of Simenon's legendary, pipe-smoking detective. It is not the paraphernalia of forensic science that is brought to the fore to solve Simenon's mysteries but rather motive,intent and all the defects (and the odd virtue) of human behaviour are analysed by this most interesting and original of detectives. Check the credits to see where the series was filmed - it does look like Paris!

The next time you're in Paris and feel like an aperitif you'll find one of Maigret's bars in the Place des Vosges.
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I have had very little exposure to Michael Gambon, despite being a television aficionado of many things 1955+. First thing I saw him in was Doctor Who-A Christmas Carol, where the character and therefore indirectly the actor, is perhaps difficult to like. However, Maigret demonstrates why he is first rate, because he is so likeable, you feel that you are "with him" with his facial mannerisms, his occasional yet succinct outburst of sarcasm, and his just scraping through to keep the bosses happy. We feel much in common with Maigret except for where he excels in a unique and slightly unorthodox manner of detection work. He plays the role in such a likeable way; he is on the side of those who report to him, firm but kind, rather than always adopting the superior position. In the same way he would arguably fraternise too closely with his inspectors, he likes some of his villains too much too which gives us a unique perspective we don't often see in other detective series.

I do not know much about the back history of Maigret, but nearly twenty years after this adaptation was made, I have thoroughly enjoyed these two 6-episode series wishing there was more. I would have to say that some episodes are better or more appealing than others, but that is true of any series, and opinions will vary as to the best episodes.

Granada, producers of the excellent Sherlock Holmes series, have shown their talent for crime series and made another significant contribution to both crime television and television in general. I will soon be watching The Singing Detective (bought when first came out on DVD but still not seen) as I want to watch more Michael Gambon.
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What a shame they only did 2 series. Gambon is absolutely wonderful as the the enigmatic Maigret. And the supporting cast are fabulous. But Gambon brings Maigret to life in a magnificent performance of subtlety and wit. Great stories brought to life by a wonderful cast.
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I was too young to remember the previous maigret -rupert davies - but I love the books, so was glad when these remakes were put on tv.
Michael Gambon is brilliant -as is the supporting cast- and the episodes have a timeless quality to them. The writing is first class and the characterisation fairly faithful to the books. Nothing is overblown or out of place and you never feel that scenes have been written to give an actor the chance 'to shine'! Good old fashioned -in the best possible sense - tv writing and acting!!
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Good acting all around, marvellous scenery and attention to detail draw you into these stories. The first series especially is gently paced and so easy to become absorbed in, very different from modern cop stories. A great way to spend a few hours.
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