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The Maigret Collection [Import]

Michael Gambon    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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An absolute must for fans of Georges Simenon's beloved sleuth, Inspector Jules Maigret, the four-volume Maigret Collection is the finest detective series from Britain's Granada Television since the late Jeremy Brett gave us his definitive portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the 1980s.

Included in this collection are the first 12 episodes from the series, originally broadcast in 1992 and starring the masterful British actor Michael Gambon (now Sir Michael Gambon) as Maigret of the Paris Surete. Among the programs is "Maigret and the Burglar's Wife," which does honor to Simenon's compassionate tale of a retiring thief whose accidental encounter with a corpse sets in motion one of Maigret's most intense psychological duels. The equally compelling "Maigret's Boyhood Friend" finds the detective on a case drawing suspicion to an old school chum, while "Maigret Sets a Trap" is a wonderful production of Simenon's puzzler about a serial killer whose patterns of motivation and action must be deciphered before he can be caught.

Gambon is the latest in a long tradition of familiar leading men (from Jean Gabin to Richard Harris) who have played Simenon's blunt but humane, occasionally whimsical, and magnificently insightful investigator. Yet Gambon is perhaps uniquely suited to the part: a popular star with none of the baggage of a brand-name icon or the self-effacing obligations of a character actor. He captures perfectly Maigret's measured but hardly inscrutable presence in the eruptive underworld of Paris crime. --Tom Keogh

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By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Koch Vision present "THE MAIGRET COLLECTION" (2005) (646 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- featring Michael Gambon as the famous pipe-smoking Parisian sleuth. From Montmartre to the remote French countryside, Maigret probes the dark side of the human psyche with understated elegance and precision --- A dozen tales of death, intrigue, and ingenious police legwork fill this collection of Inspector Maigret mysteries --- Based on Georges Simenon's popular novels, which have tantalized readers for more than half a century --- This show is so realistic! Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Not So Great Transfers April 2 2003
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This is not the first British detective show on DVD that features great scripts and acting, and rather disappointing video transfers. The Poirot DVDs of the 1 hour shows, as welcome as they are, so far generally have the quality of mediocre VHS. I would say the Maigret shows are aren't quite that good. There are occasional scenes that are so grainy that they look like they were transferred from 8mm film. Even when this is not the case, much of the 12 episodes have little to boast of in terms of video quality.
I would like to know what the rationale is for putting out DVDs that cost this much that do not have the very best image quality.
The only reason I can see for buying this set is if your tapes are getting worn out, as mine nearly are. The stories and acting, of course, are wonderful.
My rating is average of high score for acting and story, and low score for image quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Gem in the genre Sept. 16 2007
I am a devotee of the characters Morse, Brett's Holme's, Inspector Frost, Cracker with Robbie Coltrane, Rumpole. This series ranks right up there in that respect, Gambon is an brilliant Maigret. Akl the plots are good but some are exceptional and the ambiance and the relationships are all spot on. The picture quality I can live with. I agree that a great deal of thought was put in to each episode and the feel of the series is completely realistic just like in Morse. I can't wait to get back to Paris after watching this series, you can practically smell it watching the series. Can't recommend highly enough to those that like the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OK, so the prints AREN'T perfect . . . Dec 12 2003
It would be great if the due care had been taken and these episodes of the MAIGRET series had been lovingly restored the way many bad movies are now routinely. But at least these shows are on DVD and we can again enjoy the gripping and often deeply moving stories and be reminded again what a wonderful actor Michael Gambon is. He is one of the few actors to play a detective who projects the intelligence that his character is supposed to have, and buttresses it with wit and humanity to spare. And he is often brilliantly supported by both the series regulars and a great selection of guest stars (think only of Frances Cuka as the desperate and embittered niece of a murder victim in "Maigret and the Mad-Woman" or Christopher Benjamin as the troubled husband of a missing woman in "Maigret and The Burglar's Wife" and you'll get the idea). And unlike many period films or TV shows, this one recreates the frayed edges and hum-drum details of life as it was lived 50 years ago, which gives the shows a comfortable, lived-in quality that adds to their appeal. And yes, someday, someone will hopefully restore the prints to their original condition. I mean, they've probably done it for movies by Russ Meyer--doesn't something this good deserve deluxe treatment?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right On Target May 16 2003
On the screen Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret mysteries have had a checkered history ,even in France, with productions of varying quality. This British adaption with an excellent Michael Gambon in the lead role is one of the finest adaptions in any language. The actors portraying Maigret's fellow officers are just as I imagined them from the books. The producers wisely avoided having the mainly British cast go overboard doing French accents. The officers avoided it and the British actors who do tread lightly as to avoid falling into carrictature .Those non British actors with accents are allowed to speak in their normal voice. It works surprisingly well. Although the books were written over a period of 30 or so years the producers have settled on a Paris of the mid 1950's to set them in. Some Paris locales are used but the majority of the shooting was done in Budapest, Hungary. Much of 19th Century Budapest was modeled on Paris and many parts of it today still have the flavor of small neighborhood Paris of the 1940's and 1950's. Simenon's stories are really character studies clothed is a mystery story and the script writers capture that quite well in their adaptions. My only complaint...I wish they had done more of them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money for this overpriced edition!
F.Y.I.: This collection has been issued 3 times. Each edition is identical including quality. You can buy it on Amazon for $49.62. Do not pay this outrageous price ($460. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bryan Brodie
3.0 out of 5 stars Maigret
I bought this mainly because Michael Gambon plays in this role. I watched them and found them not to be quite as good as Poirot/Midsomer Murders etc, but I still enjoyed them. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2012 by Duchess
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Nice to see something more gentle for a change and the stories are good all over again. Michael Gambon is great as usual.
Published on Nov. 9 2011 by sally
5.0 out of 5 stars A thinker's type of detective
As with the other reviews, I would agree. This one tests your own detective skills and unfolds in sutle and intriguing ways. Set in post war France it is also great to look at. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2009 by Paul D. Leney
3.0 out of 5 stars Picture qualitys ok--the storys are just a little dull
I've read several reviews complaining about the picture quality in this set--perhaps it could have been a little sharper--but all things considered, I didn't have any problem with... Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by "vanhubris"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatness of Maigret
The Agatha Christie novels are justifiably among the greatest mystery novels of our time. But it is equally clear that P.D. Read more
Published on April 23 2003 by Bob Michaels
5.0 out of 5 stars Collection of great stories
Michael Gambon is wonderful as Chief Inspector Maigret in this series of mysteries originally broadcast on A&E. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2002 by jenbird
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Series
The Maigret DVD Collection will be a welcome library addition for those mystery fans who prefer complexity over activity, deliberation over impulse and atmosphere over everything... Read more
Published on Dec 16 2002 by Michael Olson
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