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Inspector Lewis: Pilot & Series 1
Inspector Lewis Pilot Series 1
Actor: Inspector Lewis
Director: Inspector Lewis
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2008     4hr 0min

Studio: Wgbh Wholesale Release Date: 09/02/2008


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Actor: Inspector Lewis
Director: Inspector Lewis
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: WGBH Boston
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/02/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 4hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

PBS has cut out 10 minutes from the UK version of each episo
Iqbal Faizer | Montreal to Toronto, Canada | 08/02/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"We fans in North America have been duped by PBS video! It was bad enough that we endure a lazy DVD production that is 2 years behind what's available in the UK and simply applies the "Masterpiece Mystery" broadcast version of the show onto video. That is to say, one must endure annoying PBS ads; a superficial intro by host Alan Cumming; an unacceptable preview that spoils some surprises for anyone hoping to enjoy the episode freshly; and a cruel removal of Barrington Pheloung's end credit theme music for the show, which I've therefore never heard.

HOWEVER, each of these episodes is missing about 10 minutes of story that has been edited out so that PBS can air the show in its 90 minute time slot. I found this out when I realized that my "Inspector Morse" DVDs released by Carleton Video always ran about 1 hour and 34 minutes, and asked PBS if "Lewis" should really be longer than the DVDs' 1 hour and 24 minutes. They had the courtesy to admit the truth. Why it's necessary for PBS (which has long publicized itself as commercial free) to edit out 10 instead of 3 minutes is beyond me, but we're missing out on details and texture in the story telling that is available to UK viewers and DVD buyers.

It is one thing if PBS decided to do this for its on-air version, but Shop PBS hasn't had the decency to restore the original footage back into the DVD release; even more supposedly commercial studios like Fox Home Video treat fans better than this! Yet, what's especially unacceptable about all this is that PBS has made it impossible for a more considerate and honest company like Carleton Video to do the program justice by releasing the full versions of the episodes. This is because, according to ITV America, PBS has acquired exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute the DVDs in North America. So, PBS hasn't just released a bad product for fans of the show, but has prevented other companies from doing a better job. What disgusting and monopolistic behavior for an entity officially dedicated to serving the public. When it comes to Inspector Lewis, it has carried out a willful public disservice!

I ask all "Inspector Lewis" fans to protest to WGBH PBS ( and to write to ITV."
Excellent follow-up to Inspector Morse
A Reader/Viewer from Northern Calif | 07/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have just seen the pilot and three episodes of "Inspector Lewis", which I assume comprise this DVD, on my local PBS station and am already considering buying the DVD. Like so many, I was a huge "Morse" fan and have been surprised and delighted at the wonderful job that has been done in developing the "Lewis" sequel. The development of the aging Lewis is compelling and believable; the relationship with his new, younger partner, Hathaway, promises to be as rich as that of Lewis and Morse. It's not that often that a "spinoff" or follow-up is as good as "Inspector Lewis" promises to be. I only hope that there are more to come."
Possibly better than the Morse series
Sue Scott | Illinois | 07/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A big fan of the Morse mysteries, both videos and books, I was really pleased when the Inspector Lewis series began and I hope there will be more. Who knew Lewis had so much personality? Totally enjoyable. And his partner Hathaway has some depth, too. A terrifically entertaining series."
Very well developed and can't wait to see more!
C. J. | in PA | 08/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just finished watching series 1, already saw the pilot before. This is just great, I was and still am a huge "Morse" fan, rewatch my DVD's all the time.
But this promises to be as good as MORSE, but then after all he was Lewis' mentor!!!!
The pairing with Hathaway is excellent, it's a bit reminiscent of some of the exchanges Morse and Lewis had. Just that now Hathaway is the scholar, anyway I could just go on and on.... get the DVD, you will be happy you did!!!"