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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! Michael Gambon is great as Inspector Maigret, and his subordinates and the bad guys are all great characters as well --- The cases the Chief Inspector solves are really very interesting, also the locations and sets make you feel as if you are right there on the case with the Chief Inspector and his men --- It's great to sit back and watch him slowly solve a mystery --- You can tell that a lot of thought was put into the making of this show --- Concerned more with "why" than "who," Maigret's profound perception of the realities of human behavior and extraordinary psychological insight make him one of fiction's most interesting and unique sleuths --- One of the best-selling authors of all time, Georges Simenon is most famous for his more than 100 novels and short stories featuring Chief Inspector Maigret of the Paris police

The Maigret Collection (Disc One)

The Patience of Maigret

Maigret and the Burglar's Wife

Maigret Goes to School

The Maigret Collection Disc (Two)

Maigret and the Mad Woman

Maigret on Home Ground

Maigret Sets a Trap

The Maigret Collection (Disc Three)

Maigret and the Nightclub Dancer

Maigret on the Defensive

Maigret and the Minister

The Maigret Collection (Disc Four)

Maigret and the Hotel Majestic

Maigret's Boyhood Friend

Maigret and the Maid



1. Michael Gambon

Date of Birth: 19 October 1940 - Dublin, Ireland

Date of Death: Still Living

Special footnote, actor Michael Gambon after joining the National Theatre, under the Artistic Directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier, Gambon went on to appear in a number of leading roles in plays written by Alan Ayckbourn. His career was catapulted in 1980 when he took the lead role in John Dexter's production of "Galileo". Since then, Gambon has regularly appeared at the Royal National Theatre and the RSC. Roles include, King Lear, Othello, Mark Anthony and Volpone. He was described by the late Sir Ralph Richardson as being "The Great Gambon" and he is now considered to be one of the British theatre's leading lights. He was made a CBE in 1992 ... In 2002, was named the successor to the late Richard Harris as Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series. His Potter debut will be in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) ... He has twice played two roles previously played by Richard Harris. The character of Jules Maigret, which Richard Harris played in a 1988 TV movie and secondly Albus Dumbledore of the Harry Potter Movies.


1. Episode Synopses, Cast & Credits, Weblinks

2. Includes Essay "Georges Simenon, "The Man Behind Maigret"

Great job by Koch Vision for releasing "The Maigret Collection" (2005) - Michael Gambon as Chief Inspector Maigret, the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more high quality releases from the BBC mini-series film market...order your copy now from Amazon or Koch Vision where there are plenty of copies available on DVD, stay tuned once again for top notch drama mixed with an outstanding cast and director --- just the way we like 'em

Total Time: 646 mins on DVD ~ Koch Vision KOCV6613 ~ (6/12/05)
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on April 2, 2003
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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on September 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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on December 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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on 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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on May 7, 2014
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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on December 16, 2002
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 else.
The 12 episodes that appear on four discs were produced by Granada Television and originally aired in Britiain over two seasons in 1992 and 1993. They were shown on PBS in the United States, and later on some public television stations in Canada. Adapted from the novels of Belgian-born writer Georges Simenon (who moved to Paris as a young man), the series effortlessly blends Maigret's intuitive detection style with a sympathetic and very Gallic view of the seedy denizens of the Parisian demi-monde. The Inspector is ably assisted throughout by the same three loyal colleagues, and is frequently chided by his nemesis, the Examining Magistrate.

In this superb series, Granada Television's meticulous production values are combined with consistently brilliant direction to yield 12 television episodes of unusual quality. There's not a dud among them. In each case, the crime unravels at a leisurely pace against a densely textured backdrop of Parisian or rural French daily life. Except that those familiar with this series will know that all of the lovingly photographed boulevards, sinister night streets and bustling sidewalk cafes were not filmed in France at all, but in Hungary. Nonetheless, it all looks agreeably French and faithful to the period setting of the novels.
The principal casting is English of course, with Michael Gambon a standout as the droll and humane Inspector Jules Maigret. Supporting him are a roster of some of the best of British film actors, with exceptional turns by Edward Petherbridge, Peter Barkworth, Tony Doyle and Jon Finch, and capped with a startling performance by Susie Lindeman in the series' final episode, Maigret and the Maid. Highly recommended.
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on December 26, 2002
Michael Gambon is wonderful as Chief Inspector Maigret in this series of mysteries originally broadcast on A&E. The supporting cast of his fellow detectives and the examining magistrate also give good performances. Some of the stories are a bit predictable, but they're still entertaining and well worth watching.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon January 5, 2012
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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on January 8, 2009
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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