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Maigret: Set 1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B006VXX8IQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,908 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Marshall on 1 May 2015
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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
Bruno Cremer IS Maigret 5 Mar. 2012
By DC Redhead - Published on
When I first saw Maigret - after having read several of the Simenon books - I instantly recognized that the producers had captured the essence of the mysteries and had found in Bruno Cremer the perfect actor to portray the enigmatic French detective. It's a joy to see this series again in a remastered edition, especially when mysteries rely increasingly on forensics, technology & special effects to support the plot. Here, in the tradition of good old-fashioned detective work, the story is revealed through Maigret's masterful comprehension of the facts and manipulation of the people he meets, quietly assessing and judging, seemingly without sympathy. The sympathy comes from the dignity of the writing and directing, which humanely never allow the archetypal characters of post-war France from descending into cartoon representations. The stories are intriguing and the atmospheric productions are full of memorable images evocative of the time period. When Bruno Cremer died about two years ago, I felt unexpectedly sad at the loss because he was truly great as Maigret; he inhabited the character. There is a nice tribute to Bruno Cremer on the first DVD, and indeed he lives on because these lovingly produced stories stand the test of time.
62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
masterful 16 Mar. 2012
By Robert Hills - Published on
Yes, Bruno Cremer IS Maigret. Reading these mystery stories many decades ago, I was struck by the fact that atmosphere was everything. No high speed car chases, no shootouts in the bedroom. Maigret interacts with myriad characters relying on his experience, empathy and intuition. Some relevant history is unearthed and the case is solved. Sometimes a person will end up in jail, sometimes not. Either way justice and the viewer's sense of appropriateness is served. These shows perfectly capture the stories, every character, even the most minor feels correct. One hopes all 4 series which I have seen on Region 2 DVD's are made available in the U.S.
Incidently, the Michael Gambon version is excellent too, but very different, far more English in its sensibility (Gambon takes the ministry stairs two at a time, Cremer seems to take them one half at a time. Cremer speaks on the phone to his wife in each episode but she almost never appears, with Gambon, the wife is often shown).
The only downside to these episodes is that, like Downton Abbey, they are very addictive.
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By Arsene Lupin - Published on
The show, and Cremer, areas the novels are--scintillatingly and subtly great. The transfer?--horrible. Buy the Region 2 PAL DVDs if you can, as MHZ has taken the original 1.66:1 frame size and has blown them up to fit a typical widescreen (16:9), thereby cropping off the top and bottom of the original frameshots/size. So the image you see on these MHZ sets is overblown and huge, and misframed, as a director obviously would not have shot scenes this close--we are missing the rest of the context of the shot, backgrounds, rooms, the faces are too big, etc. A very poor idea--buy the European sets instead, get a region-free DVD player and do not support these altered versions.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
an excellent portrayal of Maigret 22 May 2012
By wisdomstar - Published on
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These episodes are very true to Simenon and what I imagined when I read the books long ago. Bruno Cremer is a very good actor and perfect for the part. What I didn't notice when I bought this series was that it was in French. The English subtitles come on automatically and I couldn't find a way to get rid of them, but I needed them anyway. My high school French classes were also long ago. If you are a Simenon fan you will love these mysteries.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
True to the books 7 Oct. 2012
By Jane in Maine - Published on
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I have read all of the Maigret mysteries available in English, and seen the English language films. These are far superior and very true to the books. No movie can quite capture the subtle psychological sense of the books, but these do a good job.
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