Inspector Morse - The Complete Series 7 [VHS] 
Box set containing the entire seventh series of the popular crime drama. In 'Deadly Slumber', Lewis (Kevin Whately) wonders whether Morse (John Thaw) is allowing his judgement to be clouded when the detective begins sympathising with the suspect in a murder case. 'The Day of the Devil' sees the duo attempting to track down an escaped criminal mental patient who is also a master of disguise. In 'Twilight of the Gods', Morse finds his illusions shattered when he investigates an attempt on the life of a visiting opera singer.
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 FordSee all Product Description
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If you buy the declared 33 disc set (it may previously have been issued with fewer discs) each disc contains only 1 episode !
The packaging is fine (each series is in a cardboard sleeve with 1 disc per 'page' in the 'book' style housing for each series) with lots of photos of Morse and the picture/sound quality good for what is now a dated archive recording.
(I have added 2 photos to the item page showing an example of the packaging for the case of each Series within the boxset)
HOH subtitles are available and each disc has a picture gallery. All other features are as per the Amazon listing. Well worth buying if you enjoy, like me, the caustic nature of the working relationship between Morse and Lewis.
The choice of actors; the characters; the plots: the settings; the music; the filming - are all superb. I feel privileged to own this set in the knowledge that it will not be bettered and may not always be available.
The great thing about the whole set is that you watch the programme grow up. It starts off as a better-than-average formulaic 80s cop show. You know, old grouchy cop (Morse) and an understanding detective (Lewis) wet behind the ears. There are amusing appearances by actors in their early days - Liz Hurley, Sean Bean et all.
But as the episodes progress it develops and grows into a police drama that ranks among the best television I've ever seen. You could watch two hours just of the relationship between Morse and Lewis, occasionally the plots seem incidental. And towards the end Lewis often outshines his craggy boss.
This series was such a fantastic breeding ground for new talent: Anthony Mingella, Danny Boyle et al. You could argue the extras are disappointing, but with raw drama like this, who really cares. A good Sunday lunch, a nice bottle of wine and a good episode of Inspector Morse, what more could you want from life? (Or do I need to get out more?)
It has all the episodes from the series and they view in top quality. Nothing has been edited so they are all in the original form.
The last season also contains a review documentary which is okay - but I don't recommend it after you've watched a lot of the episodes because it does get a bit boring.
My only complaint about this set is that some of the discs are really hard to get out of the covers - but still I believe this series is a must have!
Sound is stereo from Episode-DVD 23. Inspector Lewis due on TV very soon ...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this after getting all I could on the "ENDEAVOUR" series which is definitely a 5 star series. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Leila
What's not to love about Morse? The DVDs have been remastered and are very crisp and clear. These DVDs are for Region 2 - not for Region 1 (Canada and USU), but most computers... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Ernie's girl
I love the Inspector Lewis series, and love the prequel Endeavour series as well. Had missed the origi8nal Morse, so felt obliged to get the entire series run. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cougarguide
Although the picture is slightly grainy, as it is from video, the stories are still lovely. Thank youPublished 2 months ago by F.J. in play
Don't know what I am going to do when I have finished them ! WonderfulPublished 2 months ago by Dr. T. Young
Extremely good value for money. If you loved it the first time around then it's time you reacquainted yourself with Morse & Lewis when they made such an interesting team of polar... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laurence Paul