Thursday, April 16, 2015

DVD Review : Foyle’s War, Set 8

The final season of Foyle’s War, Set 8 debuts on DVD and Blu-ray on April 14, 2015 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. The acclaimed detective series finishes its long run with three new mysteries set in the uncertain days at the beginning of the Cold War. In 1946 London, former DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen, Out of Africa) now employs his unerring investigative skills on behalf of MI5, assisted by his ever-faithful driver, Sam Wainwright (Honeysuckle Weeks). The season premiered in the UK in January 2015, in the US on Acorn.TV, the premier British TV streaming service in North America, in February 2015, and will air on public television stations beginning in May 2015. Set 8  guest stars two-time Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee John Mahoney (Frasier) and co-stars Daniel Weyman (Great Expectations), Ellie Haddington (Life Begins), Tim McMullan (The Woman in Black), Jeremy Swift (Oliver Twist), and Rupert Vansittart (Holy Flying Circus). The DVD 3-disc set and Blu-ray 2-disc set feature three feature-length episodes plus over two hours of bonus features including a day in the life of Foyle’s War and an interview with John Mahoney ($49.99 each, RLJ Entertainment purchased all rights to Foyle’s War in 2010 and has co-produced the last two seasons. The entire series is also available to stream any time on Acorn TV at www.Acorn.TV.      

High Castle—A translator for the Nuremberg trials is killed, leading Foyle into the world of international oil politics and corrupt Nazi businessmen.
Trespass—With tensions running high ahead of a high-level Palestinian conference, Foyle investigates a plot involving murder, espionage, and a terrorist threat.
Elise—After an assassination attempt on Hilda Pierce, Foyle examines her Special Operations Executive activities during the war and rumors of a traitor.

Over two hours of bonus features!
Featurette about the truth behind the fiction for each episode (52 min.), a day in the life of Foyle’s War (26 min.), an interview with John Mahoney (21 min.), back in time with Foyle’s War (27 min.), and a photo gallery

Street Date: April 14, 2015                                SRP: $49.99 each
DVD 3-Disc Set: 3 feature-length episodes – Approx. 276 min. – SDH Subtitles
UPC 0-54961-2377-9-1
Blu-ray 2-Disc Set: 3 feature-length episodes – Approx. 276 min. – SDH Subtitles
UPC 0-54961-2378-9-0

My Thoughts

Set during World War II, Foyle's War is a mystery series worthy of its place in masterpiece theater.  The war has ended but there's still plenty of tension in London. Thrust into a world of spies during the Cold War, Foyle finds himself in a lot of hairy situations.  There are three episodes in this set:

High Castle : Foyle is dragged into international politics when the a translator for the Nuremberg trials is killed.

Trespass - Foyle investigates a murder after a high-level Palestinian conference.

Elise - Foyle fears a traitor is in their midst after an attempted assassination on Hilda Pierce.

Each episode in this set has its own disc so its really like watching three movies rather than a TV series by US standards. I loved both the sets and the costumes in this brilliant show. It's all very realistic and its easy to feel like you've stepped back in time to war torn London. The actors all do a great job too and bring us characters that are easy to invest in. This DVD set also offers some fabulous bonus footage that explains some of real events that inspired the fictional tales. Definitely a great deal and lots of of fun watching all the episodes back to back.

If you'd like to grab a copy of this amazing DVD set for yourself, its available on Acord Media for only $49.99 or you can find it on Amazon.