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Inspector Morse - The Complete Series 5 [VHS] [1987]

4.6 out of 5 stars 143 customer reviews


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  • Actors: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Colin Dexter, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Carlton
  • VHS Release Date: 13 Nov. 2000
  • Run Time: 520 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YAAH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,397 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Box set containing the entire fifth series of the popular crime drama. In 'Second Time Around', the murder of a retired police superintendent results in the re-opening of an old case, and Morse (John Thaw) finds himself in conflict with a former colleague. 'Fat Chance' sees Morse and Lewis (Kevin Whately) investigating the murder of a female cleric who was about to be ordained as a priest. In 'Who Killed Harry Field?', the death of a local painter leads Morse into the environs of Oxford's bohemian art world. 'Greeks Bearing Gifts' sees Morse coming up against a language barrier when a Greek waiter is found murdered, and in 'Promised Land', Morse and Lewis are forced to travel to Australia to track down a police informant who has assumed a new identity.

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When Inspector Morse first appeared on television in 1987, nobody could have predicted that it would run into the next century, maintaining throughout a quality of scripts and storylines that raised the genre of the detective series to a new level. Much of its success can be attributed to John Thaw's total immersion in the role. Morse is a prickly character and not obviously easy to like. As a detective in Oxford with unfulfilled academic propensities, he is permanently excluded from a world of which he would dearly love to be a part. He is at odds with that world--and with his colleagues in the police force--most of the time. Passionate about opera and "proper beer", he is a cultural snob for whom vulgarity causes almost physical pain. As a result, he lives from one disillusionment to the next. And he is scarred--more deeply than he would ever admit--by past relationships. But he also has a naïve streak and, deep down, sensitivity, which makes him a fascinating challenge for women.

At the heart of Morse's professional life is his awkward partnership with Detective Sergeant Lewis, the resolutely ordinary, worldly sidekick who manages to keep his boss in an almost permanent state of exasperation while retaining his grudging respect. It's a testament to Kevin Whateley's consistently excellent performance that from such unpromising material Lewis becomes as indispensable to the series as Barrington Pheloung's hypnotic, classic theme music. Morse's investigations do occasionally take him abroad to more exotic locations, but throughout 14 successful years of often gruesome murders, the city of Oxford itself became a central character in these brooding two-hour dramas: creator Colin Dexter stating he finally had to kill Morse off because he was giving Oxford a bad reputation as a dangerous place! -- Piers Ford

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This is the restored version (barcode 5 037115 357335), they have changed the packaging again, restored removed from back of the flimsy box its printed on the front the disc boxes themselves.
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Inspector Morse was filmed for ITV using 16mm film stock. Since its production, there have been a number of releases of the show on DVD using various remastered editions of the episodes in the 4:3 ratio. In recent years, ITV has overseen a high definition restoration of the drama from the original 16mm negatives so as to boost the amount of HD content on ITV3 HD. Many of these HD episodes retain the original 4:3 ratio, though some of the later films (including the series finale) have been opened-out into a 16:9 widescreen frame. These more recent remastered editions have not been released on Blu-ray
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Originally bought this to compare with the "Endeavour" series, which my husband and I both love. He and I agree that the more recent series is rather more captivating. Still, in watching classical Morse, it's interesting to discover similarities in physical appearance and mannerisms of characters common to both series, to get a glimpse of what Sergeant Lewis endured while becoming Inspector Lewis, and of course to empathize with brilliant-if-socially-inept Morse. I will be viewing the entire series multiple times, most likely. Music and other "incidental" culture are one of the drawing points, as in Endeavour. And that's a major "plus" for both series.
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Good DVD, bought to replace defective VHS copy
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Really like the Inspector Series, and this one never fails to entertain, it's like watching them all from scratch. A very good sign for a great modern classic.
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I WAS VERY PLEASED AND INDEED IMPRESSED WITH THE QUALITY AND DELIVERY OF THIS DVD
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Gift for someone
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excellent value
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Like this very much and have now the complete set, for hours of wonderful entertainment.
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