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|Inspector Lewis Complete Set Pilot Series 1 2|
Actors: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox
Director: Bill Anderson;Marc Jobst;Sarah Harding;Dan Reed;Dan Reed;Bill Anderson;Richard Spence;Stuart Orme;Bill Anderson;Bille Eltringham;Maurice Phillips
Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
Inspector Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately) is back on familiar ground-Oxford, England-though not all is as it was. Five years after the death of his long-time partner, the legendary Inspector Morse (John Thaw), Lewis is trying... more »
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Great series, poor sound
W. Higgins | College Station, TEXAS United States | 03/02/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I picked up this set for my parents as a Christmas present, as they'd seen a few episodes on Public Television and enjoyed them. They've enjoyed having all of these new episodes to work through, but consistently have been running into issues with being able to understand what the main characters are saying. I've watched a few and have to agree--the mix is very poorly done. The seemingly ever-present musical score is constantly drowning out the dialog, and it's been tried now on several speaker setups so it's not just a problem with a particular entertainment center setup. Couple this with the occasional British slang and the habitual dropping consonants, and watching becomes very difficult at times.
Furthermore, though closed captioning is listed as a feature, there doesn't seem to be any way to actually turn it on--again attempted on a couple of players (one DVD and one Blu Ray) and different TVs. The TV says that CC is on, but no text ever appears. It's a shame as the characters are very likable and well played, and the writing is above average for the type of show it is. I do recommend it, I just wish a less amateurish sound mix had been achieved."
The Good and the Shameful
rabidreader | 06/15/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I absolutely love this show! I am one of perhaps a dozen people on the planet who enjoyed watching 'Inspector Morse' more for the character of Sergeant Lewis than for Morse. I am angered, however, by the shameful way 'Lewis' is treated by PBS.
Have you ever watched an episode and wondered 'How did Hathaway know about that film deal?' or 'Why are they suspecting so-and-so all of a sudden?'; not to mention some incongruous, apparently midday, wardrobe changes? I'll tell you why this happens: these DVDs do NOT have the complete version of the episodes; PBS has done a hatchet job on them. They cut even more scenes from the versions they air on Masterpiece Mystery.
The only complete versions are those on the ITV DVDs which you'll need a region-free DVD player to watch. On the bright side, you can get the ITV versions of the pilot and series 1 through 3 (12 episodes) and a Behind-the-Scenes bonus disc for about the same price as incomplete versions of the pilot and series 1 and 2 (11 episodes - what PBS calls series 1-2 includes all the series 1 and 2 episodes and three series 3 episodes; excluding only the episode 'Counter Culture Blues' from series 3. Don't ask me why.). Oh, and the British DVDs have subtitles, too.
American license-holders: Stop giving us an inferior product for an increased price!!"
A superb pick for fans of the genre
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 02/11/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Complete Inspector Lewis is the DVD collection the pilot and complete first and second series (for a total of 11 episodes) of "Inspector Lewis", the British detective who strives to live up to the legacy of his late long-time partner, the legendary Inspector Morse. Lewis must rebuild himself after the terrible loss of his wife to a hit-and-run accident, figure out how to work with his intelligent yet estranged younger partner, and prove his worth to a questionable new boss. Yet the cases Lewis receives remain his specialty, as each involves the affairs of the Oxford elite. A dramatic mystery collection featuring flawed yet well-rounded characters, The Complete Inspector Lewis is a superb pick for fans of the genre. 8 DVDs, 16.5 hours.
Henry Sasser | Goldsboro, NC USA | 06/30/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To me Inspector Lewis is not only the best detective/crime solving show of all-time, but the best TV show. I have started to purchase the complete Inspector Morse series just so I can catch a young Detective Sergeant Lewis. Inspector Lewis and Sergeant Hathaway are great together. While they have completely different personalities, they just have a certain chemistry in working together. And the Hathaway character is not just there so Lewis can play off of someone. You can tell that Hathaway respects Lewis (a great change from the Pilot), but is quick to interject his opinion or viewpoint. I purchased the box set of the Pilot and Series 1 & 2 and I am trying to find Series 3 and Series 4 on Region 1 DVD format but have not been successful. But I can assure you that I will keep trying."