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Midsomer Murders - Blue Herrings [1997] [DVD]

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  • Actors: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes, Laura Howard
  • Writers: Caroline Graham
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Jan. 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000Z0I70
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,772 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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John Nettles and Daniel Casey star as Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby and Sergeant Troy in these two stories taken from the hugely popular ITV series. Based on the characters created by Caroline Graham in her best-selling Inspector Barnaby novels.

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Based on Caroline Graham's novels and featuring the stolid crime-solving skills of Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby, Midsomer Murders made their television debut in 1997 and continue to keep viewers happy with that potent whodunnit ingredient: spectacularly bloody murders in the most tranquil rural settings the Shires have to offer. Midsomer is a vaguely defined area of villages and hamlets with charming names like Badger's Drift and Goodman's Land. It also has the highest number of violent deaths per capita outside the average war zone. Serial killings abound to test the nerve of Barnaby (John Nettles) and his sidekick Sergeant Troy (Daniel Casey), a dullard easily perplexed by a world which refuses to stick to his black and white view of things.

Nettles is excellent; there's a hint of Bergerac still, now heavier of jowl and broader of beam, though the chasing is necessarily limited and the DCI enjoys the home comforts of an understanding wife and a spirited daughter. "Every time I go into any Midsomer village, it's always the same thing", he huffs. "Blackmail, sexual deviancy, suicide and murder." Ain't it the truth? The murders are astonishing. Family feuds, jealousy, incest, industrial espionage, all erupt at regular intervals leaving a trail of bodies with throats slashed, limbs dismembered and blood absolutely everywhere. Rivers of sheer nastiness run deep beneath the superficially pastoral perfection of Midsomer. Thank goodness there are still men like dependable Barnaby to get to the bottom of things. Eventually.

Sure of Barnaby’s eventual success, Midsomer Murders make for a cosy, even comforting, couple of hours curled up in front of the television. And they make a great showcase for star turns from the great stable of British character actors, too, from Celia Imrie and Elizabeth Spriggs to Imelda Staunton and Duncan Preston, who invariably turn this whimsical stuff into the tastiest possible ham.--Piers Ford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I absolutely love midsomer murders. It may be set in a village and targeted more at older people (I'm 15) but I still love it with the bigoted villagers and beautiful scenery. It reminds me so much of where I live, without the violent murders. Each episode has a dramatic storyline and an ending which you would never have predicted and it's surprising the amount of famous actors there are in it, in one episode I saw Orlando Bloom and in another the woman who played Professor Umbridge in Harry Potter 5 (I don't know the name). Barnaby is of course, brilliant and I can't imagine Midsomer Murders without him and I have refused to watch the new one without him in it. I only critisice one episode; Blue Herrings, which was rather dull and didn't have an exactly dramatic climax but all tv shows have the odd rubbish episode. The rest are faultless, well I say faultless, the whole series is of course completely unrealistic with the sheer density of murders in such an idealic village but that's all part of the charm. If your a midsomer fan then buy this, you will not regret it. I would also reccomend buying it on here seeing as places like hmv sell them at full price (£50 to £60), that may be different now but it was when I last went in.
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It's good to see the adventures of John Nettles' Inspector Barnaby finally come to DVD. Taken from the first series 'Death of a hollow man' is one of the strongest episodes in the series history.
Full of memorable characters played by some of this countrys finest actors and with one memorable murder inflicted by the victim as he performs on stage.
The story is set around a amateur production of 'Amadeus' at the Causton Playhouse. But the cast, who includes the Inspector's wife Joyce, soon discover that someone is more interested in murder than showbusiness.
John Nettles returned to television after concentrating on his stage career and fits the part of Barnaby perfectly. He is paired with the accomplished young actor Daniel Casey who makes an admirable foil to his bosses ideas.
Well worth buying if you're a fan of the classic English murder mystery.
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1 DEAD MANS ELEVEN
2 BLUE HERRINGS
3 JUDGEMENT DAY
4 DEATH OF A STRANGER
5 GARDEN OF DEATH
6 DESTROYING ANGEL
7 ELECTRIC VENDETTA
8 WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN
9 DARD AUTUMN
over 14 hours of watching detective Barnaby working in the area of Midsomer, excellent value
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This five disk set contains four Midsomer Murders which were all originally broadcast during the Christmas period. Also included is the Super Sluths documentary which features interviews with cast and crew as well as Caroline Graham who originally wrote the Inspector Barnaby books. This documentary is only available on the Amazon exclusive release and is well worth paying a few pounds more for.

The selection of episodes is excellent and includes one of my all time favourites Death Of A Stranger. The other episodes are A Talent For Life, Ghosts Of Christmas Past and Shot At Dawn. Guest stars in these episodes include James Bolam (New Tricks), George Cole (Minder), Richard Johnson (Zombie Flesh Eaters) and many more.

All four stories are of the usual high standard we have come to expect in Midsomer Murders. This set is well worth adding to your collection.
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Just a word of advice to Barnaby fans thinking of buying this box set - most or all of the episodes will be found in the First or Second Collection box sets. Highly recommended for those not lucky enough to have bought the "Collections". Chief Inspector Barnaby and his slow-witted Sergeant Troy investigate whatever murder and mayhem Midsomer provides - and it does provide a great deal of murder and mayhem! The scenery is as idyllic, and Joyce Barnaby's cooking as bad as ever. Buy and enjoy but check the episode titles first.
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Although not the best episode of the series (Death's Shadow gets my vote for that accolade), Dark Autumn makes for a good evening's entertainment and is a must for fans of the Midsomer Murders series. The story centres on a randy postman intent on delivering more than just the mail to the local female population, who quickly has his head chopped off for his efforts. Barnaby and Troy are put on the case, with Troy quickly falling for the local WPC, a dishy dark-haired beauty who has a few dark secrets of her own. What I liked more than anything in Dark Autumn was the creepy big band music that accompanied each murder - nice touch, guys. It sends a shiver down your back every time you hear it. As far as the "whodunnit" aspect of this episode is concerned, you'll have absolutely no idea who did it, but in my opinion neither would Miss Marple or Poirot in this case either (and even Barnaby is pushed), as the murderer's motive is a bit obscure to say the least. Nevertheless I enjoyed it - long live Midsomer Murders!
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I love watching Midsomer Murders but I have to say it's not one of the better episodes. The story is rather dull and predictable which is unusual for Midsomer Murders.The cast however, is excellent and I can't fault anyones performances - it's the story thats the problem. Out of the entire series there are only a few episodes which I did not enjoy.

Now the series is being released in very nice box sets each containing 10 episodes. However, for some strange reason this story has not been released on any of the collections. This is very annoying because now anyone who buys the box set will have an incomplete set or will have to buy this dvd on its own. A real shame.
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