We've had this set (bought at a most appealing discount from the distributors, Acorn Media - check their website) since early February and are steadily working our way through it on Fridays in the early evening, fire blazing, drink in hand. They're the perfect way to start the weekend
Mrs G consumes the odd glass of wine and falls asleep before the end of every one. I stick to a bottle or two of Punk IPA and manage to watch them through. Our biggest worry, what to do when we get to the end of this set? Start again at Series One I suppose.
There are many very good episodes of Midsomer Murders and a few that you can pick holes in if you feel like it. If you watch this set in order, you'll find that the WPC who appears in most of them is promoted to Detective Constable in one and then reverts to WPC in the next.
And how come Joyce Barnaby is involved in every single social function or event that happens in the area? Strange, but probably irrelevant to your enjoyment.
But I have to say on the whole they're excellent. The acting is always believable, most have a bit of black humour here and there, and don't they just look great. As they're on DVD, there's no adverts to spoil the continuity either.
There's something indefinably English about Midsomer Murders, and I'd heartily recommend this set (and Punk IPA!), to anyone wanting to escape the reality of day to day life for a couple of hours at a time.
Incidentally, 'Talking to the Dead', which seems to be the subject of much discussion, was first shown on ITV in England on 5th May 2010. So it's not likely it would be included in this boxed set which came out in February 2010. A release in 'An Eighth Collection' seems probable for that one.
(Update 27th February 2011 - The 'Eighth Collection' is now out, we've had it since the 22nd. It can be found on the Acorn Media website if Amazon don't list it. And yes, it does include 'Talking to the Dead'.)