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Lord Peter Wimsey - The Complete Collection
Lord Peter Wimsey - The Complete Collection
Actors: Ian Carmichael, John Quentin, Vivien Heilbron, Anna Cropper, Donald Pickering
Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2003     16hr 59min

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club — "I'm investigating when a man died of natural causes," states aristocratic sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, "but it's beginning to look more interesting everyday." So it is in this impeccab...  more »


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Actors: Ian Carmichael, John Quentin, Vivien Heilbron, Anna Cropper, Donald Pickering
Creators: A.A. Englander, Alex Scott, John McGlashan, Alan Bradley, Chris Wimble, Jock Clark, Richard Trevor
Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Acorn Media
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 08/26/2003
Original Release Date: 10/07/1973
Theatrical Release Date: 10/07/1973
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 16hr 59min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 10
SwapaDVD Credits: 10
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 14
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Definitive British detective series
Max W. Hauser | Silicon Valley, USA | 07/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Finally, finally, the full set of this series is on DVD. (Individual titles have been trickling onto the market for years.) These engrossing, spirited productions are the major detective-fiction product from a distinct period and style of British productions that gave the world some enduring classics: Upstairs Downstairs, its sequel The Duchess of Duke Street, Poldark, Danger: UXB, and of course (by informal consensus the best TV series ever made), All Creatures Great and Small. These 1970s productions share a look and feel that is quickly recognizable (with videotaped interior and filmed outdoor scenes, and a pool of outstanding actors, in the British tradition, many of them famous in higher-budget theatrical films also). They all aired in the US when they were new and occasionally later, and captivated audiences, who have looked eagerly for them since. (And who were, therefore, all the more disappointed with a later, 1990s re-make of some of Sayers's Wimsey stories, slick but without the heart and energy of this 1970s classic series with Ian Carmichael.) The original stories by Sayers are themselves very entertaining; she was one of the most intellectual, and certainly the most hard-working, of the British detective-fiction writers who flourished between the wars. (One of her stories turns on the gender of a definite article in French; another, relying on details of architecture, sent her studying the subject for six months so that she would know what she was talking about -- modern best-seller writers, please note.) Her fondness for and knowledge of the Church of England informs a number of the dramatizations, especially The Nine Tailors, thought by many people (including me) to be best of them -- certainly its plot is a lollapalooza. But they are all very good."
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not-just-yeti | Blacksburg, VA USA | 01/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just a logistical note: My parents (Americans) loved watching this series on PBS, but hit a snag with the DVDs -- closed-captioning isn't included, and they found they could no longer understand the british accents!
A Class Act
M. H. Mariner | 04/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Everything about this wonderful series is a class act -- the wonderful plots, the incredibly talented actors -- Ian Charmichael especially. I saw this series on PBS when it first came out and was absolutely hooked. It's even better the second time around."
Lord Peter Wimsey - The Complete Collection
N. J. Ramsey | Yakima, WA USA | 10/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Being a Lord Peter Wimsey fan, I was pleased to find this set of Dorothy L. Sayer stories on DVDs. This set has five stories, Clouds of Witness, The Unpleasantness of Bellona Club, Five Red Herrings, Murder Must Advertise, and The Nine Tailors all starring Ian Carmichael. I purchased this as a used set and it was still expensive, close to $400. It was in like-new condition and I received it in just a few days to my doorstep. I am extremely pleased with the condition, speed of delivery, and the movies are wonderful. Each story is several hours long. Before purchasing this set with Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter, I purchased the Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night set starring Edward Petherbridge as Lord Peter. Each actor brought a little different spin on Lord Peter's character, but both did an excellent job bringing out his personality. I would highly recommend Lord Peter Wimsey, The Complete Collection to any Dorothy L Sayer's fan. You won't be disappointed."