Dorothy L. Sayers' famed detective gets repackaged on DVD yet again - should you re-invest? Lord Peter Wimsey is on the case....
Acorn Media / 1005 Minutes / 1972-1975 / Unrated / Street Date: April 30, 2013
Acorn Media knows that they have an audience who will engage completely with any crime drama with a U.K. bent. It seems like every week they’re able to offer up a new brand of mysteries – sometimes retro, sometimes new – that showcase detectives with thick accents who get to the bottom of whatever grisly crisis has befallen them. This writer, like so many other Acorn devotees, can’t quite get enough of it.
And now we have Lord Peter Wimsey, a crime solver who graced UK tellies in the mid-1970s. Ian Carmichael plays our title detective, and it’s clear very early in the first installment here – Clouds of Witness – why Wimsey retains the resonant accolades it has had since its debut: this is one of the most heartily-requested British crime series on the market, and this is a new repackaging of this series’ entire output. Start the kettle – we’re going to be here for a while.
It sounds dismissive, but it’s true: if you love oldy-foldy British detective shows, you’ll go gaga for Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Complete Collection, and if you’re disinterested, you’ll be bored silly. These are definitely not state-of-the-art CSI-grade affairs, but for viewers who find solace and quiet thrill by retreating to the fuzzy glow of throwback mystery programming, this box set will be just what the doctor ordered.