Judge David Johnson solved the Mystery of the Strange Sock Odor.
Time-sink mystery watching at its time-sinkiest.
In the mid-'70s, PBS's Masterpiece Theatre imported these hefty, feature-length mysteries, based off the writings of Dorothy K. Sayers. Ian Carmichael stars as the titular character, Lord Peter Wimsey, an animated private investigator who tracks down ne'er-do-wells in 1920s Britain.
Here now is the complete collection and it's a doozy. Though there are only five mysteries (in two sets), they boast monster runtimes. In fact, "feature-length" undersells the girth of the mysteries; clocking in at a minimum of three hours each, these are feature-length only if said feature was Dune. Six discs, total:
"The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club"
"Five Red Herrings"
"The Nine Tailors"
Grand total: 1,002 minutes. I was tempted to write that The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries are not "for the faint of heart," but let's be honest: that's exactly who they're for. With that much runtime, this is the perfect collection for your grandmother. The plot unspools at about as easygoing pace as you can envision, with plenty of time dedicated to developing characters and letting Ian Carmichael do his thing. If anything, these mammoth offerings aren't for those with fully-functioning hearts, eager to move on to the next thing and not interested in spending more than 40 minutes tops for resolution. It is a dated construct, sure, but not without its benefits—or its audience.
Acorn's DVDs deliver full frame transfers that look their age, stereo mixes and a pair of old interviews with Ian Carmichael.
Not guilty, but this is a collection for a very narrow target audience.
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