Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Road Rage [Import]
Modernity's classic conflict with the primitive wild is ablaze in this enthralling story of bloodshed in the battle between trees and pavement. Based on a Ruth Rendell novel, the story concerns a protracted fight by pro-environment extremists to stop a road from being built through a forest near Kingsmarkham. Detective Chief Inspector Wexford (George Baker) looks on in dismay as eco-terrorists and local bailiffs beat and maim one another, but he becomes directly involved when a weird series of daytime kidnappings--including the disappearance of his wife, Dora--are linked to a militant group.
As police procedurals go, Road Rage is a model of tea-sipping restraint: neither Wexford nor his close colleague, Mike Burden (Christopher Ravenscroft), ever loses his professional demeanor despite personal involvement in the case. Adapted for the screen by Baker, Road Rage is most interesting for its startling counterpoint between criminal monstrosity and heroic decency. --Tom Keogh
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When I did a search to see if they were available on DVD I found a real life mystery much like a Ruth Rendell Mystery.
Turn's out that when it came to the DVD collections of Ruth Rendell Mysteries they are lots of twist's and turn's in finding the Inspector Wexford series with George Baker.
Ruth Rendell Mysteries on TV were a collection of 84 episodes made for ITV between 2 August 1987 and 11 October 2000.
55 of the episodes were on the Detective Inspector Wexford stories staring George Baker and Christopher Ravenscroft.
Good luck trying to find Just the Detective Inspector Wexford stories on DVD,most of the DVD collections of Ruth Rendell Mysteries have only three
episodes of Detective Inspector Wexford .
That been said the review of this single DVD Ruth Rendell Road Rage is good,
the plot does a lot of twist's and turn's and seems a bit dated now given the subject matter.
This was next to the last episode of the Inspector Wexford series with George Baker and Christopher Ravenscroft and I would say it was the weakest.
There seems to be an issue as to who owns the DVD rights to this great TV series.
It may be some time before we have a complete DVD set of the Inspector Wexford series .
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Road Rage has as it's seeming main concern the environmental opposition to a new motorway coming from the hippie-like travellers, who, as any visitor to Britain will know are the bane of the Western side of the Cotswolds with their illegal campsites, begging etc etc.
Inspector Wexford is a genial man with a disarmingly charming wife and a colleague who has a degree of impatience matched by his university education.
This plot is interwoven with mysterious disappearances and other nefarious activities which appear to be linked to a local minicab company.
In this lengthy set, the twists and turns are juxtaposed with the demands of extended family life as Wexford's dughter is about to give birth and does so as the centre of the drama unfolds.
As we follow the developments the human, erring side of the detective unfolds in sharp relief to the realtively inhuman objective side of Mike, his subordinate.
Once again a vehicle for the generous shots of the beautiful English countryside, this show, while rather sentimental and nostalgic somewhat reminiscent of Premier John Major's pechant for warm beer and cricket, demonstartes a preference for the past where good policing wins the day against well defined bad guys without any of the trappings of urban violence and tribal activity.
My only reservation is the willingness of the American audience to put up with the thicker dialects spoken so much on this show. It seems to me that this would be a significant drawback to the general acceptance of this show on US soil.
Having lived in and around this area I have a weakness for this particular show and would welcome more episodes on DVD. While the US has been very quick to mine the vaults of television shows and get the DVDs out while making this one of the fastest growing retail DVD market segments in America, the British have been backwards in coming forwards in this area.
Which reminds me when are we going to see Bergerac and the Equalizer?
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