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Vera - Series 1-3 [DVD]

Brenda Blethyn , David Leon    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Brenda Blethyn, David Leon, Paul Ritter, Jon Morrison, Wunmi Mosaku
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Sep 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EQ30DFO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,204 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Academy Award nominee and BAFTA Award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn OBE stars in critically acclaimed crime drama, Vera, based on the novels by award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves.

Blethyn plays the title role of DCI Vera Stanhope, a sharp but shambolic detective driven by her own personal demons. With her caustic wit and singular charm, Vera and her trusted right-hand man DS Joe Ashworth (David Leon) face a series of captivating murder mysteries set against the breathtaking Northumberland landscape.

Starring: Brenda Blethyn, David Leon, Wunmi Mosaku, Jon Morrison, Cush Jumbo, Riley Jones, Paul Ritter, Gareth Farr and Clare Calbraith

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUCH TO APPLAUD 27 Feb 2014
By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Northumbrian and proud of it, DI Vera Stanhope is a force to be reckoned with. Unpredictable and looking like a bag lady, she lives for her work - success her speciality. Loyal DS Joe Ashwork forever keeps a watchful eye - mindful she has health problems, eats erratically and, when alone at home, is prone to drink.

This fine three season collection contains twelve episodes, each of around ninety minutes. All are set evocatively in scenery many may consider beautiful, others bleak. In the cases investigated nothing is cut and dried, some rather complicated and requiring close attention. Exploration of motives often reveals acts of desperation when there seems no alternative, some of the killers deserving sympathy, they victims of circumstances.

Brenda Blethyn triumphs as Vera, the brusqueness concealing humanity and a rare understanding. David Leon is excellent as Joe, ever trying to balance the demands of his job with the needs of his adored wife and young ones. Both in the books and on screen, chemistry between the two works a treat. Acting throughout impresses, even from those who are only briefly around. Enjoyments include Vera's exchanges with colleagues dour Kenny and Billy, the droll pathologist.

I made a mistake starting on the television series so shortly after enjoying five of Ann Cleeves' Vera novels. Four of them were included amongst the adaptations, I falling into the trap of being distracted by changes made (including in one instance a killer's identity). Better by far is the savouring of book and screen versions as separate entities - both with so much to offer, sometimes in different ways.

No extras, alas.

Brooding and fine, the series is rich in atmosphere and enhanced by a splendid central performance.

Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent police drama 20 May 2014
By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER
With a visual poetry reminiscent of the fasionable nordic noir, I viewed parts of my own region with renewed interest. Whilst I agree that the windswept landscape often looks bleak and cold, I take some enjoyment on looking at its rugged and natural beauty, although they could take some shots on sunny days, just once in a while to balance things out! The adverts for this didn't spark my interest and I avoided Vera until season three and only dipped in when there was nothing else on the TV. I'm glad I did though. Vera is the latest in a long line of offbeat detectives, full of contradictions, her shabby exterior reminds me of Columbo whilst the dogged approach to work puts me in mind of Prime Suspects Jane Tennison, although the sexism debate is refreshingly abscent. The storys aren't markedly different from any other police drama out there, with most murders boiling down to some localised human conflict. I find the characters particularly well drawn, I like the relationship Vera has with members of her team and especially with her Sargeant. I find strange comfort in the fact that she can barely reach the timeline board and that although she's oddly insular she's also worldly and kind. She doesn't suffer fools and gives credit where it's due, she's clever, but you wouldn't send her to the shop even with a list....I've met loads of people like that in my time...but I am a bit long in the tooth! I've ordered this product to catch up on the first two series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When is season 4 realeased? 29 Nov 2013
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Nothing better on a cold evening than watching two episodes of Vera on the trot. A great detective and good personal threads woven into the plots.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Psychologically powerful 8 Feb 2014
By Aletheuon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is an excellent series about a northern woman detective. It is not cheery viewing but the characterisation and the plots are first-class, gritty, realistic, consistent, powerful. Vera has her demons and does her job with shrewdness and compassion in the midst of her personal struggles. She has a dry sense of humour but her profound feeling for the suffering of others means that she suffers, too, in the harsh circumstances of her investigations.
The scripts are very skilfully written and the standard of acting is high. The plots gripped me from start to finish. I'll be honest and say that, if I had Vera's consistently dour life, I might be tempted to do something desperate. She lives her life in a state of resigned depression, it seems to me, making the best she can of circumstances that are seriously unfunny. Just a little lightness would be welcome, in my opinion, to balance the sadness. This is a very personal view, and it may be unfair, but it is the reason I gave this excellent series 4 stars and not 5.
Having said that, it is a tribute to the acting and writing that she emerges as a suffering and fully rounded human being whom one can discuss and analyse. These are first-class dramas and well worth watching.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 7 Oct 2013
By Suze
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Vera is such a brilliant series and having all three in one dvd box is fantastic!!! Its one of those series that if you blink you miss something!! The writing is superb and would highly recommend this to anyone who loves murder mysteries and detective stories!!! Love it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vera 22 April 2014
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I am a great fan of the actress who portrays the feisty and determined detective with a kind heart and compassion
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vera 25 Nov 2013
By Deborah
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Excellent box set I can not wait for the next season, if you enjoy touch of frost,
prime suspect and rebus ect you will enjoy this vera collection thank you Deborah
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