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Midsomer Murders: Set 19 (Blu-ray)

Acorn Media // 2009 // 400 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // February 20th, 2012

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All Rise...

You want to die brutally? Judge David Johnson suggests a romp through the picturesque county of Midsomer.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Midsomer Murders: Barnaby's Top 10 (published September 24th, 2011), Midsomer Murders: Series 1 (published July 15th, 2013), Midsomer Murders: Series 10 (published October 9th, 2014), Midsomer Murders: Series 11 (published October 23rd, 2014), Midsomer Murders: Series 17 (published December 19th, 2015), 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), Midsomer Murders: Set 21 (published December 26th, 2012), Midsomer Murders: Set 22 (published August 4th, 2013), Midsomer Murders: Set 23 (published February 27th, 2014), Midsomer Murders: Set 24 (published October 9th, 2014), and Midsomer Murders: Set 25 (published March 19th, 2015) are also available.

The Charge

What evil lurks beyond the well-trimmed hedges of Midsomer…

The Case

"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"
While on her way to confession, a widow is killed, and as Barnaby and Jones probe into the mystery they learn some startling truths about the grip of religion on the region.

• "The Sword of Guillaume"
It's another religion-flavored episode, and this one is even nuttier. Someone has been murdering people with a giant sword and sometimes leaving severed heads resting on nightstands.

• "Blood on the Saddle"
At a Wild West show, an enterprising sniper takes advantage of the gunfire-saturated atmosphere and kills a woman in a dunk tank. More and more cowboy-related killings crop up and Barnaby and Jones realize they're dealing with someone living not tethered to reality.

• "The Silent Land"
What's so special about Match Magna cemetery? A librarian's corpse is found on top of a grave and the cemetery's history has something to do with the malfeasance.

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.

The Verdict

Not Guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: Acorn Media
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080i)
Audio Formats:
• PCM 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English (SDH)
Running Time: 400 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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