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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More murderous Midsomer mayhem
I have to admit, Neil Dudgeon has exceeded my initially low appreciation expectations, and worked his way into the Midsomer series in worthy succession to his "cousin," John Nettles. These episodes continue the long-standing pattern of bringing top British actors with great parts and crisp dialogue into the most murderous county in all the Realm, cavorting with talented...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Midsomer Murders Stripped & Devalued
If you are expecting the beautiful cinematography, the idyllic English village backgrounds, all supported by a rich musical soundtrack, you will be sorely disappointed. Midsomer Murders has been reduced to a series of vignettes fading to black, with minimal musical accompaniment. I can only speculate that the tightly framed camera work is there to try to disguise the...
Published 18 months ago by ToolMaven


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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More murderous Midsomer mayhem, 7 April 2013
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jasonhad (Brussels - Oregon) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Midsomer Murders Series Fifteen [DVD] (DVD)
I have to admit, Neil Dudgeon has exceeded my initially low appreciation expectations, and worked his way into the Midsomer series in worthy succession to his "cousin," John Nettles. These episodes continue the long-standing pattern of bringing top British actors with great parts and crisp dialogue into the most murderous county in all the Realm, cavorting with talented glee through fanciful plots and sub-plots.

The telly was tuned religiously to the broadcasts - and the TIVO certainly did a better job of editing out the commercial breaks than the sad efforts apparent in the first series discs. The plan was to buy the set when it came out to keep the library complete - the entire series has been played at least half a dozen times over the years, full of old fiends as they portrayed an astounding number of characters.

The initial price of this set was slightly absurd (I'm being kind) in an age where iTunes and NetFlix have democratized media, so we waited until the set was more appropriately priced, making do with DVDs burned from the broadcasts.

At last, the price was dropped to an affordable level, and after two complete viewings, has joined the library. The writing is up to the high standards as always, and the performances are as well. The first episode - Dark Rider - is the weakest of the lot, rife with cartoonish ghoulishness, but a romp nonetheless. Neil Dudgeon (Barnaby) is a bit acerbic, and the tension between him and Jason Hughes (DSI Jones) is uncomfortable. Things seem to improve in the remaining episodes, as the flights of fancy of the writers border a bit less on the precipice of credulity. Dudgeon/Barnaby is still hard to read, and not good at resolving the tension with Hughes/Jones - but this may be a deliberate plot atmosphere to engage the viewer.

As always, the last scene of the last episode comes too quickly, but the stunningly good portrayals by guest actors of characters made of whole cloth are still there, awaiting the next viewing. You WILL come back for a second - or third, or more - visit, when yet another night offers naught but reality TV and "somewhere's there's talent" . . .
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific series murdered by a mad mad mad price tag, 16 April 2013
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R. King "raking" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Terrific series which is a must for any fans collection but will not be part of mine until the price comes right down. £43 for 6 episodes!! I know if you buy them individually they are more than that but you would have to be off your rocker to buy them like that - either that or have more money than sense. I have several other series to buy in the next few months which have much longer running times and they are all between £25 and £30, so why is this one so much more? Surely you would only buy this at £43 if MUG is stamped across your forehead. Shame because, as I said before, it is one that is a must for all fans but I do not like being taken for a ride. Bring it down to £30 and it will be in my collection quicker than you can say 'Whodunnit?'. Update: Won't name where but this is available now, no waiting until 6th May, and £10 cheaper. Investigate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Midsomer's Treacherous Beauty, 29 May 2013
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Midsomer is a remarkably deadly place, a deceptively delicious chocolate box filled poisoned confections. Generations of loyal inhabitants risk life and limb to live in Midsomer's bucolic hills and dales. Its coziness has a macabre stain; like a lace doily blotched with tea, darkness lurks at the edges. In Midsomer County's dangerous environs, denizens inflict and suffer numerous creative malaises. DCI John Barnaby, a cousin of our original curmudgeon, is wonderfully played by Neil Dudgeon. And he has a dog companion, the emotive Sykes; England, this blessed plot, rife with delightful dogs and detectives. DCI John Barnaby is as gifted at detection as his cousin Tom. The Barnaby line is rooted in Midsomer's earth, they are dependable in never being surprised by bizarre occurrences. Nothing flummoxes a true Barnaby. Jason Hughes is intrepid as Detective Inspector Ben Jones, his wry humor is the perfect foil. With the exception of the first episode, these stories return to the offbeat, humorous alternative universe that Midsomer fans crave.

The U.K. boasts numerous fine (and often underrated) actors. You may want to catch Neil Dudgeon's unforgettable performance in a superb story (episode 3) in the BAFTA Award winning series The Street, the first season. He plays Brian Peterson, a teacher accused of being a flasher. Ultimately, who is the betrayer? His wife claims she has never known him, perhaps it is the other way around. As Brian Peterson gazes out of a taxi window passing street after fogbound street, you understand that each street is full of stories, each person's life with its moments of mystery. Be aware that The Street is gritty, rough, and harrowing, quite unlike Midsomer!

The Dark Rider
This first episode is fairly preposterous, even by Midsomer's generous standards that encompass a broad width of deviant behavior. Written by Michael Aitkens (who foisted "Death in the Slow Lane" on viewers; an abominable intro to DCI John Barnaby), this is a poor indication of how good the rest of the collection is. Barnaby and Jones investigate a series of untimely deaths are linked to sightings of a headless horseman. The mystery revolves around the gentrified DeQuettevilles, who stage an historic battle re-enactment every year. Just get through it to the subsequent epsidodes. At least we get to see more of Barnaby, his wife (Fiona Dolman), Jones, and last but not least, the emotive Sykes. It gets better after this!

Murder of Innocence
Written by Elizabeth-Anne Wheal, this moody Midsomer inveigles DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and DS Ben Jones (Jason Hughes) with the protection a hated offender, released from jail, to lodge in a dismal cottage. A local barrister dies in suspicious circumstances, whilst past and present collide. The culprit claims to be innocent of the crime he was locked up for in the first place. Barnaby and Jones must delve deeper into previous events to identify the real murderer.

Written in the Stars
Will we ever get a chance to meet Ben Jones' gran? She of the portents and folk-superstitions? Writer Steve Trafford delivers a plot that will keep you guessing! Up on this Moon-mad Midsomer Ridge, a crowd gathers to watch an eclipse, ignorant that a murderer lurks within their midst. An astronomer is bludgeoned by a meteor, and an astrologer claims to predict each subsequent murder. Rivalries and illicit relationships amongst stargazers are unearthed.

Death and the Divas
This is a standout episode, classic Midsomer, wacky and weird; thanks to writers Rachel Cuperman & Sally Griffiths for satisfying loyal Midsomer fans. The Midsomer Langley Film Festival is underway, and it turn out our Barnaby is a fan of the main actress, and of these campy thrillers. Harriet Walter does a fine turn as an obnoxiously successful actor, returning to Midsomer to upstage her sister, the star of the festival and of the early films. During the festivities, a writer is murdered whilst a campy horror classic plays on the telly. The murder is ghoulishly like one that occurred in a cult 1960s horror film. This being Midsomer, further murders ensue, each one reenacting a cult-film classic. Enjoy!

The Sicilian Defense
Who knew that the world of chess could be so fraught with danger? But this is Midsomer, after all, and writer Paul Logue keeps us guessing as to how a young girl wound up in a coma, and whatever happened to her boyfriend? When the girl awakes, murders ensue . . . Midsomer's classic formula features charming villages with a high body-count.

Schooled in Murder
This is a classic, with a brutal murder of a dairy worker involving weaponized cheese, as can only (one would hope) occur in Midsomer, at the famous Midsomer Blue cheese factory. Writer Lisa Holdsworth delivers a great story. Thankfully, we are not inflicted by rubbish school kids, but witness a war between staff and school board, along with the cheese-mystery. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New blood, 21 Nov 2013
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J. Cyster (Adelaide Australia) - See all my reviews
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Iam a Midsomer addict, but it was getting a little stale, retiring Tom Barnaby and bringing in John his cousin has really lifted it back to a new high , well done to the producers especially for keeping Jason Hughes in it. He has always been the best sergeant out of all 15 series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Successful Midsomer Murders continues in great vein, 16 Oct 2013
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Neil Dudgeon is a worthwhile replacement for John Nettles. He is more witty than the former and blends well with Jason Hughes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 7 Sep 2013
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The new Barnaby is doing a great job of filling the shoes of the old Barnaby. These series are well worth watching a second time. Keepers for sure
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Series, 24 Sep 2013
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Starting watching it when it first appeared on U.S. television with John Nettles. Worried about it when he retired, but love the new series too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midsome Murders 15, 2 Sep 2013
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Wonderful series have watched it quite a few times now. Just hope it never ends and it continues for quite sometime
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL GOING STRONG, 6 Aug 2013
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DARK RIDER
MURDER OF INNOCENCE
WRITTEN IN THE STARS
DEATH AND THE DIVAS
THE SICILIAN DEFENCE
SCHOOLED IN MURDER
I was going to stop my collection of Midsomer murders with the last of John Nettles, but have found Neil Dudgeon even better at playing the countryside detective. I just love sykes as his aide for batting ideas at (his cute little dog), and am so pleased they kept Jones in the series as he brings so much animation to the programme, and a little comedy. long may it continue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hope I can get used to the change, 10 Aug 2013
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Unfortunate to see the stress between the new Barnaby and Jones and now know Jones won't return. The series misses the former producer
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