The Inspector Lynley Mysteries – Pilot + Sets 1, 2 & 3
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)
For The Ashes
3) In The
Presence Of The Enemy
On His Mind
8) For The
Sake Of Elena
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
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