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Inspector Morse, the hit crime drama from itv Studios and PBS, finally made its final bow late last year when it wrapped production of the hit crime drama’s eighth season. Over the course of the past nine years, Robbie Lewis have kept audiences enthralled with his modern-day Sherlock Holmes style sleuthing. But as the old adage states, all good things must come to an end…or must they? Next week, PBS Distribution will release Inspector Morse: The Complete Series on DVD, allowing audiences to relive every one of the series’ stories any time that they want. There is a lot for audiences to appreciate about this set beginning with the most obvious of its elements, its packaging. That will be discussed shortly. The series’ episode guide is another important element to discuss. It will be covered later. The set’s price rounds out its most important elements. Each element is clearly important in its own right to the set’s overall presentation. All things considered, Inspector Morse: The Complete Series proves itself to be one of the year’s top new box sets for grown-ups.
Inspector Morse: The Complete Series is one of this year’s top new box sets for grown-up audiences. It is a wonderful way for fans to say not goodbye but hello all over again to the hit UK crime drama. That is due in part to the series set’s packaging. The set’s 34 total episodes are spread across 18 total discs within three separate cases. That sounds like a lot on the surface. But in reality, PBS Distribution is to be highly commended for its work ensuring the series’ packaging turned out quite ergonomically sound. As a way to illustrate how smart the set’s packaging is, it is the exact same depth and width as the series’ previously released Season 1 – 6 box set, which was released in 2007. That means that the packaging used to house this set saves quite a bit of space on audiences’ DVD/BD racks since Season 7 and Season 8 were released in their own standalone boxes separate from that six-season set. Keeping this in mind, the set’s packaging proves to be quite the positive to its overall presentation. It is only one of the positives to note of the set, too. Its episode guide is worth noting, too.
The packaging that houses Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series is in itself a key part of the set’s presentation. That is because of its ergonomic value. In comparison to the series’ six season set and its standalone sets for Seasons seven and eight, this full series set’s packaging definitely saves some space. It is just one part of what makes the set’s presentation stand out. The set’s episode guide is just as important to note as its packaging. Sadly though, that is both a good and bad thing. On the good side, each standalone box within the larger set lists the episodes contained within each disc. The down side to the episode guide is that there is no actual guide providing an episode summary of the episodes inside the boxes. This seems like a minor issue on the surface. But in the bigger picture, it does detract from the set’s overall presentation. That is because something as simple as an episode summary, even a brief, concise summary, can make a world of difference in a set’s presentation. That is because even as simple as it might be, it helps a viewer decide which episode he or she wants to watch at given moment. To that extent, the set’s episode guide is not perfect but still is a positive at least to a point. It is still not the only remaining element to examine in the set’s presentation. The set’s pricing is just as important to note as its packaging and its episode guide.
The packaging used to house Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series’ 18 discs and the episode guide used to help viewers make their way through the series are both key elements to note in examining the set’s presentation. The packaging is a clear positive. The episode guide, however, is a bit of a double-edged sword so to speak. It is a positive. But there is a downside to it, too. Even with that in mind, the set in whole is still a win despite that one negative. Having minded all of this, there is still one more element to note in examining the set’s presentation. That final element is the set’s pricing. The set is seeing a very wide range of pricing from its different outlets. Both Best Buy and Amazon have the series’ set listed below $70. more specifically, each outlet has the set listed at $68.99. Of course shipping and handling adds a little more to the price. But that still keeps the set’s price well below the $100 mark. PBS’ online store is the most expensive, listing the set at $94.99. That is still below the MSRP of $99.99 in PBS’ defense. So even with some shipping and handling, it will still again be just below the $100 mark. On the surface this doesn’t seem significant. But when one adds up the prices for the series’ other standalone sets, the price for this full-series set is still comparably much more affordable. When one sets that fact alongside the set’s space-saving packaging and its episode guide, double-edged as it may be, then one will agree that the pricing is in fact its own important part of the set’s presentation if not one of its most important elements. Keeping all of this in mind, one can say that all things considered, Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series is still a win overall, and one of the year’s top new box sets for grown-up audiences.
Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series is one of this year’s top new box sets for grown-ups and a must have for any true fan of the series. That can be argued by examining the set’s space-saving packaging first and foremost. The episode guide that is included with the set, despite being both a pro and a con, still does its own part to add to the set’s presentation. The set’s pricing, which would appear to remain below $100 regardless of the outlet from which it is ordered, is the finishing touch to the set. It isn’t cheap. There’s no denying that. But in comparison to the total price of owning all eight seasons alone –or other related variances—it proves to be quite affordable. All things considered, this brand new full series set from Inspector Lewis proves in whole to be, again, one of the year’s top new box sets for grown-ups and a must have for any of the series’ hardcore fans. Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series will be available next Tuesday, Oct. 18. More information on this and other PBS Masterpiece series is available online now at:
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