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Inspector Morse's Oxford

BFS Video // 2012 // 84 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 3rd, 2012

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson has been to Inspector Morse's Oxford. Frankly, it needs an urban revitalization plan.

The Charge

The inspirational setting for the Morse murder mysteries.

The Case

Inspector Morse is an iconic British detective, played by John Thaw in the eponymous show that ran for 13 seasons. My light research has revealed Morse was sort of a big deal, which makes this release more feasible.

Look, it's pretty simple: you're only going to enjoy Inspector Morse's Oxford if you have an abiding love for the TV show. Even detaching completely from the series and hoping to find some travelogue-centered entertainment, this DVD yields disappointment. Sure there are plenty of nifty, historical locations displayed and toured, but each stop is rooted in relevance to the show.

Dr. Antony Richards presents and—surprise!—he's "a leading authority on the Inspector Morse series." Again, evidence of the show's impact when there are "leading authorities" running around. As Richards escorts us through the locations found in the series, many individuals associated with the show's production are interviewed, including Colin Dexter and Kevin Whately, composer Barrington Pheloung, and producers Ted Childs, Christ Burt, and Michele Buck. They offer color commentary for the tour, sharing a myriad of anecdotes along the way.

What does it mean for me, a non-Morse-head? Absolutely nothing. If ever there was a DVD released for a niche audience, this is it. Inspector Morse's Oxford delivers a wealth of trivia, background, and peripheral content. For fans, I have to believe this is optical-disc Nirvana; it's like a feature-length DVD extra.

The DVD: standard definition 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 2.0 Stereo, and some bonus interviews.

The Verdict

For the tiny percentage of the world's population that know what all these people are talking about: Not Guilty. If, like me, you've never seen a single episode, I wager you'll be bored out of your skull.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 75

Perp Profile

Studio: BFS Video
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 84 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Documentary
• Foreign
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Bonus Interviews


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