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The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Pilot + Sets 1, 2 & 3


Picture: C+ Sound: B- Extras: C Telefilms: B-



The Inspector Lynley Mysteries has done so well for WGBH Boston Video that they have decided to issue all 13 DVDs of all three sets and the original pilot to date in one space and money-saving superset that best collects the cases of Sgt. Barbara Havers (Sharon Small) and Inspector Lynley himself (Nathaniel Parker) to date. The titles are as follows:


1)     A Great Deliverance (two-part single pilot release)

2)     Playing For The Ashes

3)     In The Presence Of The Enemy

4)     A Suitable Vengeance

5)     Deception On His Mind

6)     Well-Schooled In Murder

7)     Payment In Blood

8)     For The Sake Of Elena

9)     Missing Joseph

10) In Pursuit Of The Proper Sinner

11) A Traitor To Memory

12) A Cry For Justice (Jenny Agutter guest stars)

13) If Wishes Were Horses


It is not that long since we looked at the previous release sets and with no additional comments to make at this time, here are the links to the previous releases:


Pilot, Sets 1 & 2



Set 3




These are the same discs as in those sets, but a convenient DigiPak fold-up with a slipcase. This is one of the fanciest and most interesting such packagings to date and a space saver.


The 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 image is letterboxed in the earlier cases, anamorphically enhanced, but the improvement in the latter is not enough to raise its otherwise color consistent look. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has Pro Logic surrounds in all cases, sounding clearer and cleaner as the shows go on. Extras are few to nothing in the first set, while the follow-ups offer text on the stars briefly discussing the show, cast filmographies, virtual tour of the Mystery! studios, author Elizabeth George bibliography, and various weblinks and other suggested materials.


The show is deserving and good enough to get this larger set, but you could always start with the pilot to test the waters for yourself. Either way, we again recommend all the shows to date, but with the stipulation that one watches them in the original broadcast order. Otherwise, you cheat yourself out of some great British television.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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