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The Best of Foyle's War (6 Disc Collection) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Acorn Media UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 573 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GP7Q22
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,116 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This six disc set features the best of Foyle's War, six episodes specially selected by Michael Kitchen. England is in the grip of the Second World War and Foyle, anxious to join the war effort, has repeatedly had his applications turned down. He returns to the South Coast sidelined and frustrated and it soon becomes apparent that his detective skills are vitally needed on the Home Front.

Episodes Included:

  • The German Woman
  • English Day
  • Fifty Ships
  • Among The Few
  • The French Drop
  • Bad Blood

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    Watched most of these when they were originally transmitted on ITV. They are much better to watch without the adverts getting in the way. They are feature length, but none have any filling or wasted time. The acting, direction, production values are just first rate - as far as I'm concerned.
    There are some collections of actors and production teams that from the start are able to transport you to whatever it is they're doing. They are making a show that you almost believe is real. For me that's the case here.
    It would have been helpful to know when it was that Michael Kitchen made this selection and which series it covered, but I thought a small collection might be better than boxes of DVDs that might never all get watched.
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    By Peppers #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2012
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    I bought this DVD set as an Amazon "Lightning Deal" because I am a real fan of Foyle's War but did not want to invest in recordings of the whole series that I might never get round to watching. All six of the episodes in this set are, in my opinion, "good choices" although, I've never seen a less than excellent episode of this compelling series. The six episodes included in this disc set and their chronology is as follows;

    - The German Woman - Series 1 - 2002
    - Eagle Day (rather than English Day as suggested in the product particulars on this page) - Series 1 - 2002
    - Fifty Ships - Series 2 - 2003
    - Among The Few - Series 2 - 2003
    - The French Drop - Series 3 - 2004
    - Bad Blood - Series 4 - - 2006

    All the above episodes are written by Anthony Horowitz, although, Fifty Ships was jointly written with Matthew Hall. The total running time is just under 10 hours.

    The acting by Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell and the other cast members is five star. Plus the attention to detail by Anthony Horowitz and others creates a real sense of history and atmosphere.

    The packaging is presentable for gift purposes plus the visual and audio reproduction is good too, and, there is the bonus of no adverts. In the interests of objectivity, for those people who need subtitles I'd draw their attention to the absence of them - the singular shortcoming of this DVD set. Also, curiously, the DVDs have a 15 classification.

    I don't think many people will be disappointed by this compact, well produced DVD set which contains a good selection of episodes. Recommended.

    PS. Although not strictly relevant to this review, I understand three further episodes of Foyle's War are currently being filmed for transmission in 2013.
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    Brilliant series that gives a completely new slant of what it was like for the folks back home to get through six long years of war. No scenes of the Blitz or Dad's army but how real people experienced everyday life and crime that such a situation threw at them. Beautifully tuned performaces by Michael Kitchen, Anthony Howland, Honeysuckle Weekes and Julian Ovenden. The atmosphere, settings and the stories perfectly convey the atmosphere of the period.Very convincing and most entertaining.
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    I missed the broadcasts of the series back then and having read the rave reviews here and on the Internet I decided to catch up with this box set. Since I wasn't around during WWII I am very interested in how ordinary life was in England during those times and the series promised to offer a glimpse of that.

    It didn't disappoint. Everything you read about it on this website is correct; great actors, great production values and complex storylines. The stories are slowly paced and show a lot of the social context in which the crimes take place. For me this was the series' greatest attraction.

    For someone looking for just another detective series there is a downside to all this realism however. The episodes taken together paint a very bleak picture. The fear of a random bombing raid is always present. The presence of the military is oppressive (I was shocked to find how many things you could be shot or hanged for during war time). The crimes aren't pretty (nothing aesthetically pleasant about anthrax), solving them doesn't provide a catharsis against a backdrop of wanton destruction and killing. The slow pace of the stories mask a lack of humour, although it is not completely absent. Foyle's world is not a cosy place to revisit.

    Audio quality is very good, but video quality is below-par. Although in general images are crisp there are occasionally whole stretches where focus is soft and grain is excessive, even in daylight scenes. The first episode (The German Woman) in my set was marred by digital artifacts and banding.

    BTW, The French Drop deals with an organisation called SOE. There was a real-life SOE I read a book about:
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    Michael Kitchen is without a doubt the most underrated actor in GB. His subtle performance as Christopher Foyle somehow explodes in every scene he is in. The series is pure joy. Well written and well acted by the entire cast. GB during WWII is a fascinating backdrop for this series and Anthony Horowitz did a brilliant job in putting the stories and details together. Easy to watch over and over as there are many details missed the first time around.
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