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Sublime Period Drama
, 30 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Foyle's War Series 1-6 Complete Boxed Set [DVD] (DVD)
For those who saw this incredible series when it was first telivised or those new to the sheer brilliance of Michael Kitchens acting, Foyles War is without doubt one of the most accomplished period dramas to appear on British television in many years.
One has to look back to the likes of Inspector Morse to find a drama of equal merit and even then the storylines of Inspector Morse were not always magnificent.
It was the entire series of Inspector Morse with great acting by both John Thaw and Kevin Whately that made it such a huge success but unlike Foyles War not every episode of Morse was a stand alone classic.
I am sure you are familiar with the 1940s recreation which received assistance from the Imperial War museum with a realism and script so relevant to England under the threat of invasion.
The attention to detail is so precise that one could forgive the acting if it was second rate but in this instance the acting is amongst the finest you are likely to see.
The picture transfer to disc is superb with fine detail, almost to BluRay standard, this is indeed a very successful transfer to disc of what is now a fairly old production and the sound and dialogue just as fine with no interference.
One almost feels that a special effort has been made by Freemantle Productions in producing a boxset of such high quality simply because Foyles War was such a beautiful creation.
Also included are a few breif documentaries on the background to certain episodes but no subtitles which is a shame because those with poor hearing are denied the opportunity to enjoy this great series.
I just cannot make my mind up which series reigns supreme, Morse or Foyle.
On watching the episode "The White Feather" the script and storyline was remarkable with Charles Dance puting in a great performance as Fascist sympathiser and speaker but the handling of the Dunkirk rescue was very moving and powerfull and all brilliantly written and acted.
Every episode of Foyle is handled magnificently with a script that is particularly relevant to the period.
For storyline and acting i think Michael Kitchen as Foyle just beats Inspector Morse into second place but it's a photo finish.
This is one boxset that due to it's popularity still commands a high purchase price but it's a price worth paying.
For those who may have seen one or two episodes repeated on television this is a boxset worth buying.
Each episode tries to out do the other in script and visual experience and is usually successful in doing so but the recreation of 1940s England with the constant threat of Nazi invasion is dealt with most convincingly.
The series finishes with probably the finest episode ive seen of either Morse or Foyle titled "The Hide".
Every Foyle episode is superb but the storyline and script of that particular episode stood out as something very special indeed.
For those who thought Inspector Morse still reignes supreme as televisions finest hour think again.
Foyles War is almost without equal and will go down in the annals of television history as possibly the finest period drama shown on British television.
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