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|Genre:||TV series, Thriller|
|Regie:||Alex Pillai, Luke Watson, Renny Rye|
|Produktionsland:||Großbritannien 2014 - 2015|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 360 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||4|
|Sprachen:||German, English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Content: Anniversary in Midsomer! One would actually like to believe that in a small, contemplative county like this only small crimes are committed every now and then. Far from it! In the last 19 years there have been many murders and intrigues. 81 of them were solved by DCI Tom Barnaby before he was replaced by his oldest cousin John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon). He now has the great honor of solving the 100th case in Midsomer. In addition to the anniversary, which will take Barnaby to Belgium for the first time, the 25th DVD box will feature two more episodes of the 16th season, as well as the first episode of season 17.
Admittedly, since John Nettles left the popular series, Inspector Barnaby has lost some of its charm. Neil Dudgeon is a good successor, who embodies dry wit as well as a certain authority. But even he just can't hide the fact that after all these years the series moves too much along well-trodden paths and there are hardly any surprises left. The 100th episode tries to blow a little fresh wind through Midsomer by visiting Copenhagen and the two Danish guest stars Brigitte Hjort Sørensen ("Borgen", "Pitch Perfect 2") and Ann Eleonora Jørgensen ("Kommissarin Lund"). But this is only possible to a limited extent, since the actual case is simply too conventional.
What doesn't mean that the series can't entertain well even after 100 episodes. When murder takes place in gourmet kitchens or in stunt planes, John Barnaby's very special investigation methods make sure that the viewers still have a lot of fun in the leisurely murder hunt in the idyllic county. As DS Charlie Nelson, Gwilym Lee hasn't yet fully stepped out of the shadow of his popular predecessor Jason Hughes. However, you notice that between the two investigators slowly but surely a harmonious chemistry develops, from which the somewhat dusty series can certainly profit.
So all in all, these four new cases are certainly not among the best and most exciting that has come to our screens from Midsomer in the last two decades. However, if you love the series and can't get enough of the sometimes wonderfully weird characters, the imaginative murder scenarios and the entertaining investigations, you shouldn't miss this proud anniversary.
And that's what the new episodes of the anniversary DVD are all about:
DVD 1: The Truffle Pig Killer
The wealthy farmer, Martin Strickland, is found dead in the forest, mauled by wild boars. His widow tells of his anger at stolen truffles from his forest and is furious when Martin's daughter Amy turns out to be the sole heir. The investigation leads John Barnaby and Charlie Nelson to the Nobel restaurant Wyvern House, where Amy works as a sous-chef. When Amy is poisoned in the kitchen of the restaurant, it is initially unclear whether the attack was aimed at her or the tyrannical owner, Ruth Cameron. Barnaby dives deep into a whirlpool of disappointed love hopes and ambitious intrigues.
DVD 2: Fly, Killer Fly
Bernard King, the owner of the Finchmere Airfield, is dropped dead from a plane. Barnaby and Nelson enter the world of stunt pilots and heroes in awe and discover bad things. There's an aggressive citizens' initiative against the airport and its noise. But even more mysterious are the traces of events and affairs from the time of the Second World War. At the big air show, conflicts break out that eventually lead Barnaby to a solution.
DVD 3: Barnaby Must Travel - Episode 100!
Eric Calder, the executive director of Calder’s Biscuits in Badger’s Drift, is murdered during a business trip to Copenhagen - poisoned by a strychnine-infused cookie jar.
As this comes from Midsomer, the Danish investigators, DCI Birgitte Poulsen and DS Anna Degn, Barnaby and Nelson, ask for help. Apparently, Eric Calder had more in common with Copenhagen than just the cookie business. But who knew the truth about his double life, and who goes over corpses to keep these secrets?
DVD 4: British Roulette
The discovery of an unpublished novel by the late writer George Summersbee should be posted during the Luxton Deeping Crime Festival. But then the manuscript is stolen and his executor is cruelly killed: A Roulette table equipped with a booby trap electrocuts her to death. To find the killer, Barnaby must unravel a web of jealousy and obsession. Will the new father succeed in this?
Picture + sound: Everything stays the same here: Sharpness, coloration and contrast are on a good TV level in the brighter scenes, only in darker moments there are smaller blurs and slight picture noise. The stereo sound is absolutely convincing with the powerful and easily understandable mixed dialogues and the well tuned music. Good.
Extras: The third disc features an interview with the director of the 100th episode (ca. 16:24 min.) and a short feature in which the Danish guest stars talk about Barnaby (ca. 2:29 min.).
Fazit: "Inspector Barnaby" celebrates anniversary! The 25th DVD box now contains the 100th episode of the long-running hit, together with three other cases from the murderous county of Midsomer. Even though the very special charm of the earlier cases has disappeared a little, the series is still a lot of fun in its very special way. The technical implementation of the four episodes is at a good level and for the anniversary there are even two extras donated. All in all fans should not miss this box. Recommended
Quelle: Sebastian Betzold / Summary: Noble