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Pie in the Sky - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1994]

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  • Actors: Richard Griffiths, Maggie Steed, Malcolm Sinclair, Nick Raggett, Joe Duttine
  • Directors: Colin Gregg, George Case, Martin Hutchings and Lawrence Gordon Clark
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 16
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug. 2011
  • Run Time: 1962 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051ZH7DM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,704 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffi ths) plans to retire after 25 years on The Force and open his own restaurant - Pie in the Sky - much to the dismay of his superiors.

After being shot on duty in his last case, his decision is reaffirmed; however when his conduct on that case is called into question he is forced to continue on a part-time basis by the duplicitous Assistant Chief Constable Freddy Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair), who is fully aware that Henry is the main reason why so many crimes get solved. How will Henry cope combining running a restaurant with his detective work?

Includes all 5 series of this much-loved police drama series.

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I don't know what it is about this series, but whatever the stresses of the day, the moment the theme music starts, all cares melt away.

I certainly agree with 'Liesi Pug' with regards to the music. It really fits the persona of Crabbe - more than his name - and the tone and tincture of the entire series. His cool, composed, objective and intelligent resolution of crimes, his passive way of communicating it, his walk, his resigned upturn of the brow in the face of Fisher, all complement each other perfectly. You could say Crabbe is the most relaxingly entertaining feature of this series than anything else.

There are few series that appeal to myself solely on the basis of the central character, but this is certainly one of them - besides Dalziel of 'Dalziel and Pascoe', Rumpole of the Bailey, and Basil Rathbone as 'Sherlock Holmes'.

The comical moments are not rib-ticklers, more like a diaphragm-tickler. You laugh deep, though not out loud. I'll leave it at that.

Certainly highly recommended. If you can't appreciate it, learn to do so. You'll be the better for it.

***UPDATE:

1. For those who require close captioning/subtitles, it is NOT included.

2. The internal construction of the dvd cases are the worse i've ever seen. The first container's spine-catches that hold the individual dvd cases is broken. The second container's catches are also flimsy and the dvd sleeves are all loose. Fixing it back is not really going to solve it as it's probably going to come loose again.

For an exorbitant price like [] quid, i would have expected more - like the kind of casing that accompanies the complete 'Are You Being Served' series. Have to return it, with great regrets, given the superb quality of the series.
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I bought the 2004 box set and was dismayed to find it was not closed captioned or subtitled. Does anyone know whether or not this new set is? I'm hard of hearing and can't watch at all without the captioning. Thanks so much, Cathleen

PS: I love this series and recommend it unreservedly. The scripts and acting are excellent throughout.
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I cannot knock this series as it's brilliant every episode a joy to watch all 40 episodes. What I will say is that if I paid the full price for this I would of expected a Bigger Pie.
I was lucky to have paid just under £40 for my copy as Amazon reduced the price for a short while. The way the DVD set is packaged is not that clever, as it consists of a cardboard sleeve which houses two 8 disc clear plastic cases. The cases are of poor quality and it makes it very difficult to remove the discs from their mountings.
The special features are as follows:

1. Production Notes
2. Conversation With Maggie Steed (Oct 25th 2004)
3. Fimographies (up to 2005) (really needs to be updated)
4. Picture Gallery

These Special Features are repeated 7 times throughout the collection and are all identical.
Shame it could not contain an interview with Richard Griffiths, and maybe a feature on how he makes his famous Pie?
The picture quality is quite good especially playing it on a Blue Ray Player. There are no subtitles which is surprising as most DVDs have them.

One bit of Trivia is that the canopy outside the Restaurant 'Pie In The Sky' is Red in the early series but changes to Green for the remainder.

Amazon deserves a big THANKYOU for their prompt delivery and excellent packaging.....Thanks for reading my review.
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I love Pie in the Sky - its a lovely drama that can be watched by all ages, simple stories that can be enjoyed without being too clever. Richard Griffiths and supporting cast make it a joy to watch.

I cannot give it 5 stars purely because of the production of the DVD's. I bought the UK box set which has no subtitles. Its picture quality and sound are not always up to scratch but the thing I hate most is that it doesn't play full screen only in 4:3 (I guess it was originally filmed this way and you can change individual settings on your TV but at a loss of the whole picture top and bottom). It's as if the company producing the DVD's just can't be bothered to put any effort into improving them for todays market,'lets just get it out to the punters and make some money'. To make it worse Pie in the Sky is currently being shown on ITV 3 here in the UK in full screen and appears to be better quality so how hard can it be to make the DVD's the same?

Liesi Pu in their review on the 27/07/11 says that the American version has subtitles etc. so why does the British market get treated to a less than adequate version? Come on production companies get it together and lets have DVD's that are up to standard for current viewing considering that technology has improved vastly. It's not just Pie in the Sky it appears to be the case for several 'old' tv dramas etc. Get the recipe right and we might enjoy it better!!!
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I've purchased Series 1 and 2 in Amazon US and the DVDs has SDH subtiles. This series is light, fun, and I love the music, which fits Henry Crabbe very well. I hope this information can help Cathleen and everyone who needs CC or subtitle.
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