When a schoolgirl from a wealthy family is missing morse is convinced she has been murdered and his investigations reveal that there is more going on at her school than meets the eye. Studio: Bfs Ent & Multimedia Limi Re... more »lease Date: 08/13/2002 Run time: 102 minutes« less
"LAST SEEN WEARING was one of the first dramatizations of the BBC/PBS series of 33 episodes based on the character of Endeavor Morse, Detective Chief Inspector of the Thames Valley Police Department--serving the city of Oxford in England. LSW is actually based on one of the 13 books Dexter wrote, and contains a clever and complex plot. I think I'm fairly intelligent, and I read many mysteries, but I will say, I was baffled by this story. I read the book first, and recommend you do too. The storyline is this--a young girl who is a day student at a private girl's school fails to come home one day. The police are called in to find the girl. Six months later, the girl is still missing and Morse is put on the case. He tells Sargeant Lewis, "She's dead." "Why do you say that Sir?" says Lewis. Morse replies, "Because I'm the three-file man. They bring me in when there are three files, and when there are three files, someone's gone missing too long." So the first mystery is this, is the girl alive as Lewis says, or is she dead as Morse insists?? If she is dead, who killed her? The headmaster of the school has been behaving suspiciously. His wife thinks his actions are odd. The assistant head mistress seems to have some knowledge she is keeping under wraps. And then there's the father who has access to all sorts of earth-moving equipment--and he's her stepfather after all and a wealthy one at that. On the other hand, one of the male instructors quit quite recently, around the time when the young girl disappeared. He moved onto a lower paying job in another school. Why would he do that?For regular fans of BBC/PBS drama and comedy, the cast is filled with many familiar faces. Julia Sawhalia ("Absolutely Fabulous" and "Pride and Prejudice") and Hugh Grant's old girl friend (Estee Lauder model) play students. "As Time Goes By" fans will recognize the actor who plays Alistair. In LSW he plays the young male teacher who recently vacated his job at the private school where the female student disappeared. The DVD is excellent. The shots of the English countryside are wonderful. The crisp clear photography reveals the black circles under Morse's eyes (he has a little alcohol problem) as well as the 20 layers of dirty green paint on the long corridor in the old police headquarters building. This is vintage stuff."
Another horrible transfer!
leograd | 01/06/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I am sure that many of the Ispector's fans waited impatiently for the series to be released on DVD. I made a fatal mistake of selling my VHS collection.
Beware! This transfer is a disaster!
Conclusion: Stick to your VHS for now!
Note: same thing with Brother Cadfael DVDs. Is it the London fog or what?"
Inspector Morse : "Last Seen Wearing"
Tristan Finch | New York, NY United States | 10/22/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If you own this episode on VHS there is no reason to purchase the DVD version. I am a big Inspector Morse fan and find this to be one of the better episodes but the DVD itself is horrible.
I cannot believe how a show as popular as Inspector Morse can be turned into such a shoddy DVD. The DVD contains no extras (although some newer episodes do contain laughable text trivia, ha!) The transfer is mediocre at best, and lastly the packaging is cheap. I recently purchased "Brideshead Revisited" on DVD, wonderful transfer, wonferful packaging, many extras including a booklet. Is it really too much to ask that the series be treated with a little respect, how about some extras behind the scenes footage? a director or author voice over? maybe an interview with some of the surviving cast? Its just dreadful in every respect. I can only hope the series is issued again by a company with more taste."
Cultured Curmudgeon--Character Study
Janet Riehl | St. Louis, MO | 07/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What I particularly enjoyed about LAST SEEN WEARING is the character study of Endeavor Morse, Detective Chief Inspector of the Thames Valley Police Department, serving Oxford.
In the opening scene, Morse is reading Thomas Hardy, one of the brooding classics of English Literature. But construction noise (by a firm that later turns out to be tied into the case) disturbs him and he goes into work--where he continues to read Hardy, and ignore the files that his eager Seargant attempts to thrust into his face.
The pathologist, in trying to get Morse to feel the pain of the parents' loss of their daughter says, "Imagine that your copy of the Ring Cycle [Wagner's interminable opera] was destroyed and it was your only one." Yes, as the editorial review says, the "cultured curmudgeon." I love it!
Morse's lined face, slight paunch, in-need-of-a-haircut and always in need of a drink gives us a completely different portrait than, say, the dapper Poirot. When Morse confronts the contractor, the man says, "Oh no, are you the one who drinks?" Morese doesn't miss a beat to confirm or deny, but simply says, "Are you the tyrant?"
His boss asks Morse if this flu of his is really a depression. Though Morse denies it, this seems likely. He seems burnt out, and doesn't really snap to in the case until a real body is found to galvanize his attention.
The story is amazing in crime literature in that it has a happy ending of sorts!
--Janet Grace Riehl, author Sightlines: A Poet's Diary"
Sexuality and Sin
William J. Thor | Vero Beach | 12/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A teenager has gone missing - Morse believes she is dead - Lewis believes she is alive. The plot builds from there with a woman, other then the teenager being murdered. The involvement of a girl's school leads us to various behavioral patterns, heterosexuality, bi-sexuality, homosexuality all adding to most interesting plot lines, and confusing Morse no end. Additional complications are introduced with Catholicism and abortion. Not much opera here - our only compensations are some chamber music which Morse is relaxing to while reading Thomas Hardy at the very beginning of the story and an orchestral excerpt from Die Walküre just prior to the ME Max's excellent analogy he poses to Morse. While both are sipping a pint at a local pub Max asks Morse if he understands what it would be like to lose a child, when Morse answers no, Max suggests he grasp the situation by envisioning he (Morse) cannot find his copy of "The Ring". Morse's reply will be found in the video. There is very little icing aside from brief exchanges relative to flowers and first editions. A fine plot carries this episode despite the lack of topping which we have come to expect."