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Van Der Valk - Series 1-5 - Complete [DVD] [1972]


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  • Actors: Barry Foster, Susan Travers, Michael Latimer, Joanna Dunham, Nigel Stock
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • 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: 11
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 1950 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V4IOC6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,198 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 32 episodes of the Thames Television detective series set in Amsterdam, starring Barry Foster in the title role as Dutch detective Commissaris Piet van der Valk. The series began in the early 1970s, and was reprised in the early 1990s. Episodes are: 'One Herring's Not Enough', 'Destroying Angel', 'Blue Notes', 'Elected Silence', 'Thicker Than Water', 'The Adventurer', 'A Death by the Sea', 'A Man of No Importance', 'A Rose for Mr Reinhart', 'A Dangerous Point of View', 'Season for Love', 'Rich Man, Poor Man', 'The Rainbow Ends Here', 'Enemy', 'Accidental', 'The Runt', 'Wolf', 'Man of Iron', 'Everybody Does It', 'Face Value', 'Dead on Arrival', 'The Professor', 'In Hazard', 'Gold Plated Delinquents', 'Diane', 'Doctor Hoffmann's Children', 'Dangerous Games', 'A Sudden Silence', 'The Little Rascals','The Ties That Bind', 'Proof of Life' and 'Still Waters'.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
Set against the cosmopolitan backdrop of Amsterdam, with its reputation for drugs and prostitution, this series explores the world of Police officer Van der Valk. He is a blond curly haired detective who searches out common criminals involved in subversive activity.
This classic British TV series is presented here in the complete box set. It is an interesting set with some excellent episodes.
Series one began with six episodes in 1972. This series has mostly studio based scenes with most of the drama taking place in the office of Van der Valk. But the series works well mainly because of the outstanding acting by Barry Foster who played Van der Valk.
Van der Valk is a sophisticated character. He likes fine wine and classical music and he is tough on criminals. He doesn't hesitate to speak his mind. This is a very strong character and the role is played perfectly by Barry Foster.
Series three is much better with plenty of outside location scenes, There is improved editing and production. The scripts are better too with some excellent stories. The series ended and it was revived again in 1977. Once again the episodes have strong stories, production and acting. There is a new actress playing the wife of Van der Valk.
These episodes from the 1970s are all excellent and offer not only good production but plenty of scenes of life in 70s Amsterdam. There are two other things the series was famous for. Firstly it features the DAF car, an automatic car that was very popular in Europe and thanks to this series became popular in the UK. Secondly the shows theme music was recorded by the Simon Park Orchestra and released as a single that topped the UK pop charts in 1973.
The series was revived again for a third time in 1991.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Pizzi on 22 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
Van der Valk is truly an absorbing and entertaining detective drama that featured the late talented actor Barry Foster as Commissaris Piet Van Der Valk of the Amsterdam Police. With an catchy opening theme called "Eye Level," the series was not only shot on location around quaint Amsterdam and its canals, but was filled with a number of engaging stories involving murder, kidnapping, blackmail, illicit drugs, and prostitution with many elite, high-profile suspects.

Those expecting a crime drama on the order of "Mannix" or the popular UK series "The Professionals" are likely to be disappointed. Van der Valk is a detective drama similar to the popular series "Columbo" here in the US or "Bergerac" in the UK. But unlike Peter Falk's exasperating detective from the LAPD, Foster's character has a certain appeal: a cynical and hardened yet sophisticated cop with a taste for fine wines, classical music, and quoting Baudelaire.

Supporting cast is also excellent with Susan Travers as Van der Valk's wife, Arlette, and Michael Latimer as Inspector Johnny Kroon, Van der Valk's rookie detective-in-training clearly recalling the chemistry between Karl Malden and Michael Douglas in the popular "Streets of San Francisco" soon to be released here in the US on DVD. Unfortunately, this set is not remastered very well; some episodes seem fare better than others when viewed on anything larger than a 40 in plasma or LCD television.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Doc on 12 April 2010
Format: DVD
My wife and I found the first season on Netflix, here in the US but could not find any other episodes or seasons anywhere. So, after checking out Amazon UK, we found the complete series and decided to get it. What a great decision that was. Although Van Der Valk is definitely set in the years it was made, the stories were quite good and well worth the price that we paid for the entire series. The ones made in the 70's were truly in that 70's atmosphere and as the series progressed, the episodes from the 80's had Van Der Valk imitating the "Miami Vice" look with the rolled-up sleeves on his jackets and such. All in all, it was a great watch and we look forward to finding more vintage and present day shows for further purchase. Highly recommend this series.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ginni on 17 Oct 2010
Format: DVD
As someone who grew up watching Van der Valk and that distinctive theme tune - I was in two minds whether or not to buy this DVD set. But I'm so please I did. The episodes are still enjoyable and Barry Foster is as good as I remember. If you fancy a bit of nostalgia...go for it...and enjoy!!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Eric Mckevitt on 24 May 2009
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this series when first shown on ITV and as it has never been repeated, unlike other shows, rewatching them again on this excellent box set is like seeing a news series of 32 episodes! I loved every moment of this fine show. As the series progresses the production, stories, acting and filming get better. Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities so seeing shots of it from the 70's onwards is fantatsic. I highly recommend this series to anyone who remembers this series and who likes good detective shows set in a picturesque city. Why this has not been repeated on TV I will never know.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Mar 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Moody, grouchy detective, often clashing with his superiors, working off inspired hunches, drinks too much, episodes that rely on characters rather than mystery and finally a great catchy theme tune. No, not Morse but Van der Valk, the Dutch detective wrestling with the criminal underbelly of Amsterdam. First screened in the early `70s, and sporadically reappearing over the years until the early `90s, this was great TV and has stood the test of time.

The cases always seem to tackle difficult social issues, and often reflect very nicely the tension between the Dutch acceptance of drugs and prostitution and the need to keep the streets safe. The scripts are always intelligent, nicely paced and thoughtful, which is an important part of great drama. The other half is the actors, and in Barry Foster the character of Piet Van der Valk is brought nicely to life. A range of guest actors (including the ever reliable Geoffrey Bayldon in a particularly memorable episode) flesh out the other roles. Finally, the streets of Amsterdam are used to great effect, and really add to the mood. Along with a great sound track (the theme was the ever popular `Eye Level' by the Simon Park Orchestra) this had all the ingredients for classic telly, and that is exactly what we got.

All 32 episodes are collected here on eleven discs. There are five normal size DVD cases collected together into one sturdy cardboard outer. There are limited liner notes, consisting purely of episode synopses, and no extras. All episodes are colour, mono sound and the original 4.3 aspect ratio. For the price it isn't bad I guess, but the picture quality is pretty poor at times, and for this I am docking a couple of stars.
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