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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
Format:DVD
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
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money for this overpriced edition! May 7 2014
Format:DVD
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 ($460.53) for something you can you get from Amazon for only $46!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maigret Jan. 5 2012
By Duchess TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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. They are, I think, more like the Wycliffe series I have because they are about an hour long and they are also good enough plots that don't have the necessity to contain the violence to get the point of the plot across. If you like the Wycliffe series, you may also like these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful Nov. 9 2011
By sally
Format:DVD
Nice to see something more gentle for a change and the stories are good all over again. Michael Gambon is great as usual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thinker's type of detective Jan. 8 2009
Format:DVD
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. You will want to read the novels too. The original author, Georges Simenon, is a bit of a French Agatha Christie.
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