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Inspector Morse - The Complete Series 7 [VHS] [1987]

4.7 out of 5 stars 101 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: 312 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YAAK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,255 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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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With all due respect to Colin Dexter, the Inspector Morse TV series is one of those rarities, where the film is genuinely better than the book. It's a lot of money to pay all at once, but think of it as £5 per episode and it's not so bad. One reviewer complains of dodgy quality, and this almost put me off. But my set arrived with one episode per disc and the quality is excellent. I found a few episodes I had not seen, and I enjoyed seeing some of my favourites again. One of the nice things about having the entire series is seeing how the characters of Morse and Lewis, and later Strange, develop, both as actors and as parts. It was also fun finding all the big-name stars who had bit parts earlier in their careers. Did you know Liz Hurley appears as a schoolgirl? And Michael Kitchen, Martin Clunes, Julia Sawalha, and just about every British character actor of the past twenty years have supporting roles. Such a shame he's dead, and also that nobody seems to be making quality drama like this any more.
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Do not be dissuaded by previous reviewers as they are either wrong or Amazon has combined reviews for alternative 'Morse' boxsets being sold.

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.
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I have never read the books but like most of you who are considering buying this set - I have seen many episodes of the televised series. If you have come to this point by the same route as myself what are you waiting for?

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.
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I rarely get jingoistic, but this is Great British television at its best. Turn off the sound if you like, and just watch the visual feast that is Oxford. Pump up the volume and you have plots and dialogue which are at turns sharp and amusing. The direction is so often better than that found in movies.
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?)
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This set really is money worth spent.
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!
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Have just finished this excellent 33 DVD set - apart from early 1987 John Thaw 'settling into role' episodes, all of the others were much better/visually-sonically superior to my memory of them when seen at original TV broadcast (2 of them I had missed somehow when transmitted).
Sound is stereo from Episode-DVD 23. Inspector Lewis due on TV very soon ...
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James Grout & Kevin Whatley are superb as Messars Strange and Lewis - but the biggest round of applause must go to the late great John Thaw . The writing is of a very high standard indeed - you must concerntrate very hard to miss all the clues not to mention the umpteenth twist & turn during the last half of hour of each episode ! The special guest stars such as Peggy Mount , Robert Hardy , Anna Massey , Sir John Giulgud , Sean Bean , Jim Broadbent , Ian McDiarmand , Diane Fletcher , Zoe Wanamaker , Richard Briers , Richard Griffiths , Liz Hurley , Barbara Flynn and Michael Kitchen are outstanding in terms of the power that they bring to their performances . Their inclusion is fully merited and if you love that great City that is Oxford then it is a joy to see it on screen as it were . Fans of superb TV drama owe the ever first class Colin Dexter a great debt of gratitude . Amazon.co.uk are selling this at a very fair price and if you love murder mystery then this collection strongly merits being in your collection !
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