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2.0 out of 5 stars Give us all the programme, 12 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Endeavour (The Origins of Inspector Morse) [DVD] (DVD)
I watched this on the TV and it was very good - just like watching Morse work out the twists of the case. When I bought the DVD and watched it, I was shocked to see that parts of it were missing.

1. Dempsey developing photographs in a darkroom.
2. Crisp's daugher going to the car showroom to see the mechanic.
3 Morse and Thursay breaking into the large house and meeting Dempsey.
4. After Morse gave Crisp his resignation letter, the Sargent was talking to Morse in the corridor and said he done him a favour getting tranfered to Vice.
5. Dempsey taking a photograph of Morse.
6 Dempsey watching the Minister's house.
7 Dempsey giving the Minister the ultimatum to sign the resignation letter or get shot.

This all explained how the girl got the Minister's phone number on her hand and how he paid the consequences for his involvement in the sex party with underage girls.

This DVD shows that, in the 1960s, it was ok for politicians to have sex with Minors and get away with it, while the verison aired on TV clearly showed him paying the consequences.

Although not vital to the primary storyline, these ommisions leave unanswered questions and remove an importsnt sub-plot.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2012 16:51:43 GMT
J Lay says:
Many thanks for the warning .Fortunately I recorded it ,if I had bought the DVD I would feel very let down , this is surely illegal ? That aside I thought this prequel, if that is what it is ? was a real tonic ,great acting by all of them, anything that brings back Morse , Oxford , Phelong background music, is well worth waiting for , though not for too long !

Posted on 19 Jan 2012 18:55:29 GMT
J. J. Wright says:
This is an excellent reveiw, I logged on to warn people as I was similarly a fan of Morse and rated this programme and was shocked, it's not as if the cut out bits were superflous, they added to the background information and development of the plot. I don't understand how a warning isn't issued regarding abridgement, they do it on audio books how are they not required to do it for dvd distributions, I felt sad and cheated by the ommisions.The early portrayals of characters who appear in later Morse series, promoted and part of his past, and references to his own personal history are excellent. Great writing and casting.

Posted on 1 Mar 2012 00:40:09 GMT
RD says:
Thanks for the tip, Mikey. I was about to order when I saw your review (& comments). The good news is that a complete version was released afterwards on January 26, 2012 (totaling 98 minutes vs the 89 minute shortened one). The word, Complete, is in the same title if you're searching it here on AmazonUK. It also appeared at the very top of the list when I searched it here, just above the shortened version.

Posted on 12 Apr 2012 06:06:00 BDT
En.N says:
Amazon has posted this comment about missing parts from the original broadcast, under the version of the DVD that has them restored, with the broadcast in its entirety. Just make sure the one you buy is 98 minutes and you'll have the whole thing, the way it was meant to be.

Posted on 22 Apr 2012 03:26:49 BDT
Muldfeld says:
Huge thanks to you and other keen "Endeavour" watchers. Thanks to your criticisms, ITV has released the proper aired version. It's folks like you that keep media companies honest or at least correct their mistakes.

Posted on 11 May 2012 20:54:08 BDT
JD says:
Thank you for your review and for holding ITV to the proper standard. We in the US that absolutely love these works especially find the versions we get, often years after release in the UK, are chopped to bits for reasons nobody knows.
Morse would approve of your keen eye and mind!

Posted on 15 Sep 2012 23:28:43 BDT
I don't get this. We bought the DVD and it had ALL of those bits on it.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2012 20:59:31 BDT
Jukebox Bill says:
Read the previous comments and you know why.

Posted on 30 Jun 2013 06:27:36 BDT
Ekka says:
Given that many of the people reading reviews a) are considering buying the DVD, b) have not seen it, and c) would prefer not to be confronted with details of the plot, why give so much detail of the omissions without an explicit warning of spoilers in the title?

Posted on 28 Jul 2013 17:40:24 BDT
Thank you so much for the warning! The editing out of ANY material is not only unforgivable, but it just doesn't make sense since so much info fits onto discs versus the old video tapes. This is precisely why I'm buying from UK instead of the US where I live - for some reason here in the States, so many of the British programs are edited. I also never understood why not provide the entire episodes because PBS doesn't have commercials, so no need to edit for timing. Grrrrr! So glad to see this shortcoming remedied for Endeavor and quickly, too!
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