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This monstrous 22-DVD set is a mystery lover's dream come true....
Acorn Media / 2220 Minutes / 2002-2010 / Unrated / Street Date: March 12, 2013
After more than a decade, I think it's fair to say that Foyle's War, the effortlessly engaging Michael Kitchen drama, is an exceptional series, one that engages both old-fashioned crime drama connoisseurs as well as viewers more used to modern television storytelling. Foyle's War is the kind of police/crime television enterprise that doesn't get made much any more - eschewing the camera gymnastics and in-your-face blood-and-guts of the CSIs of the world, Foyle's War is bold, gritty television that is somehow wonderfully retro in tone and presence.
It's not the kind of tough nut to crack as many British crime dramas of the 1970s and 80s - sometimes trying to get newcomers to those ol' beauties is tough, tough sell - and it moves. Foyle's War, when it really gets going, is the kind of TV entity that you don't want to see end: you don't want to have to wait for next week (or the next DVD set) to discern what happens next. And now Acorn has atoned for its enjoyable yet heinously truncated Best of Foyle's War set from late last year with this doorstopper of a standard-def collection, featuring every solitary episode from the show's first six incarnations.
In short: be prepared to lose a few days to this bad boy. For even minor crime drama aficionados, Foyle's War is an implicitly marathonable series, and this massive box set will facilitate a rapid consumption (prepare to get through a disc or more per night). Sure, a high-def bump might have appeased home theater geeks, but this is a fairly low-to-the-ground show as far as technical prowess is concerned - even in standard-def, it makes for sensational mystery entertainment. More, please!