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If you haven't already bought Midsomer Murders: Sets 13-16, this Mayhem & Mystery collection is for you....
Acorn Media / 1500 Minutes / 2006-2008 / Unrated / Street Date: September 25, 2012
A British murder-mystery show for the modern generation, Midsomer Murders is a compulsively watchable series. This Mayhem & Mystery Files edition contains hours and hours of capable, intriguing crime drama (officially the same material that was previously released on Sets 13-16) that go by in a flash. The show proves yet again to be a wildly enjoyable exercise in pitting British restraint against the fresh fever of youthful search-and-rescue.
Unlike, say, Rumpole of the Bailey, a series that showcases how curmudgeonly and cranky “truly British” people can really be, John Nettles' Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby is the kind of guy that may be as proper as they come, but he's totally hip to the notion that the world around him isn't one that Agatha Christie wrote about in the 1940s: It's a new world.
And as these fifteen Midsomer mysteries unravel - Dance with the Dead, The Animal Within, King’s Crystal, The Axeman Cometh, Death and Dust, Picture of Innocence, They Seek Him Here, Death in a Chocolate Box, Blood Wedding, Shot at Dawn, Left for Dead, Midsomer Life, The Magician’s Nephew, Days of Misrule, Talking to the Dead, and Days of Misrule - we're able to get a great look at what is really one of the better mystery shows of the last few years, regardless of which side of the Atlantic you're on. Sure, this may be a re-release package of sorts, but it's chock-full of solid TV crime drama mystery.