Monday, February 23, 2015

DVD Review: Midsomer Murders

Featuring the 100th Episode, this set includes five contemporary British television mysteries from the smash hit series (Series 16, 2013-14). Neil Dudgeon (Life of Riley) stars as the capable Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby, with Gwilym Lee (Land Girls) as his new sidekick. THE MYSTERIES: The Christmas Haunting, Let Us Prey, Wild Harvest, The Flying Club, and The Killings of Copenhagen. BONUS Celebrating 100 Episodes and an interview with Gwilym Lee. (DVD 3-Disc Boxed Set). U.S. Premiere on Acorn TV in Dec. 2014.

My Thoughts 

If you are a fan of Law & Order, you're going to love its British rural counterpart, "Midsomer Murders". In the county of Midsomer, things aren't always what they seem, and there is murder lurking behind many of the well trimmed hedges. The series, which was inspired by the novels by Caroline Graham, offers a selection of murder mysteries filled with intrigue and drama. I received the Midsomer Murder Set 25 to review, and although I have only seen the series in bits and pieces,  I was able to follow along with no trouble. Each episode stands on its own and offers its own unique and suspenseful storyline. The season reunites a great cast with lots of British humor and five wonderfully written mysteries including the 100th episode of this fantastic show. Here's a little about each one.

The Christmas Haunting -  We're introduced to new detective, Charlie Nelson. A stabbing takes place at a house that's supposed to be haunted, but the detectives know it isn't ghosts that have everyone spooked.

Let us Pray - A reverend finds a med-evil fresco in a crypt that's threatened to be washed away by a flood. Barnaby gets involved when bodies start showing up, murdered in fresco style.

Wild Harvest - A wealthy farmer dies under mysterious circumstance and his death could be connected to a popular restaurant.

The Flying Club - When a man "falls" out of a plane, Barnaby and Nelson are called in to get to the bottom of things and discover that not everyone there is flying the straight and narrow.

The Killings at Copehagen - Barnaby heads to Copehnhagen to help out the Danish police when a local is poisoned on a  business trip.

In addition to the full season of episodes, the DVD set also includes behind the scenes features, an interview with Gwilym Lee, and a photo gallery. If you want to get the advantage of a full set of amazing  stories that will leave you on the edge of your seat, than this is the box set for you. You can order Midsomer Murders Set 25 for only $49.99 at Acorn Media or online at Amazon.