You want to die brutally? Judge David Johnson suggests a romp through the picturesque county of Midsomer.
Our reviews of Midsomer Murders: Barnaby's Top 10 (published September 24th, 2011), Midsomer Murders: Set 13 (published September 10th, 2009), Midsomer Murders: Set 14 (published February 10th, 2010), Midsomer Murders: Set 15 (published May 19th, 2010), Midsomer Murders: Set 16 (published September 22nd, 2010), Midsomer Murders: Set 17 (published January 27th, 2011), Midsomer Murders: Set 18 (published September 24th, 2011), Midsomer Murders: Set 20 (published May 31st, 2012), and Midsomer Murders: Set 21 (published December 26th, 2012) are also available.
What evil lurks beyond the well-trimmed hedges of Midsomer…
"Evil" might be a strong word, but that's exactly what's going down in the dark recesses of Midsomer County, a seemingly quiet rural area of England. Midsomer Murders explores the dark side of these suburbs, with a pair of relentless detectives striving to dig up the dirt. They are Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and his ace sidekick Detective Sergeant Ben Jones (Jason Hughes) and they won't stop until the psycho villager of the week is brought to justice.
Four mysteries on two discs:
• "The Made-to-Measure Murders"
• "The Sword of Guillaume"
• "Blood on the Saddle"
• "The Silent Land"
Of the mystery series that make their way over from across the pond, Midsomer Murders occupies the middle-of-the-road for me. The mysteries are well-plotted and I like how much screen time the side characters are given to flesh out this world, but Barnaby and Jones are fairly dull when compared to the likes of Luther and George Gently. The four feature-length installments on this set (each running 90 minutes) are of mixed quality, ranging from goofy ("Blood on the Saddle") to bizarrely compelling ("The Sword of Guillaume"). All four will satiate the cravings of the mystery lover in your house.
A fine-looking treatment from Acorn: episodes receive clean, crisp 1.78:1/1080i widescreen transfers, 2.0 PCM stereo mixes. The lone extra is a photo gallery, so…blah.
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