The English village mystery gets a contemporary spin in this hit British television series that has earned a worldwide following. Bucolic settings harbor macabre crimes and eccentric characters that are no match for DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon, Life of Riley) and his assistant, DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix, (Marcella). Delightful in a murderously charming way, (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy). Guest stars include Anthony Calf, Sally Phillips, Caroline Blakiston, Neil Morrissey, Susan Hampshire, Michael Obiora, and Jason Hughes..

midsomermurderss19p2bluStudio: Acorn Media
Year: 2017
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Run time: 186 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 2.0 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
Region: A

I’ve been watching “Midsomer Murders” since the beginning and I wrote a review several years ago which rated this show 5 stars. I based that rating on John Nettles’ performance in the lead role. I deleted that review so I could write an updated opinion since the lead actors have changed as have some other things. I now consider this a 9-star series, mainly because of Neil Dudgeon.

Many viewers were big fans of Nettles, but I always felt his performances were flat and one dimensional. I was hooked more by the mysteries and how they were solved. Now the tables have turned and I am more engaged by Neil Dudgeon. As Dudgeon’s character is a cousin to Nettles’ Tom Barnaby, he bears some slight resemblance but his portrayal of John Barnaby is so much more enjoyable. Casting him in this takeover role was brilliant. He brings a range of emotion, a wry sense of humor, and a confident intelligence to the character merely with a subtle facial expression or change in body language. I found Nettles’ performances quite wooden. Home life is now quite different, too. The original Tom Barnaby barely reacted in conversations with his wife and he looked almost uncomfortable when hugging his daughter. With Dudgen we immediately sense a relaxed and deep relationship with his wife and newborn daughter.
Movie Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Behind the Scenes [HD]
  • Bonus Trailers

Movie Quality: 5/10

Final Thoughts

Overall a very enjoyable program with interesting and believable characters (if you can get past the first season or so) and great actors. Usually not the most challenging of mysteries, but entertaining.
Overall Rating: 8/10