Foyle’s War: Set 3

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

As World War II continues to unfold, things in England still move on as usual, including criminal activities. In Hastings, the man who tries to keep the peace is Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen), who is joined by Detective Sergeant Paul Milner (Anthony Howell) and driver Samantha Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks). Milner left the police force to enlist, but suffered the loss of a leg and came back to the police, at the request of Foyle. Stewart’s main task is to drive, but she has a keen mind and does a lot to help in the cases. The war has a huge impact on Hastings, as ripples reach the small town and crimes seem to have gone up in its wake. Foyle has to investigate the usual crimes, large and small, but also ones spurred by the raging war, making his job that much more difficult. But no matter the added pressures, the streets must be kept safe and if anyone is up to the task, it would be Foyle and his loyal crew.

After I was impressed by the fourth set of Foyle’s War, I decided to watch the previous installments and finally, I have caught up on those previous releases. The experience of going back to the start and moving forward has been a great one, as the show has been terrific since the first episode and remained consistent. When I first watched the fourth set, I did feel a step or two behind, but now that I have been brought up to date, I have even more appreciation for Foyle’s War. If you’ve caught an episode here and there, I have to recommend that you go back to the start, as the show is great in episodic doses, but is so much more rewarding if you’ve taken the time to watch the previous episodes. This third set is another great collection of episodes, with four very good mysteries that are sure to delight fans. I think The French Drop stands out as the best of the quartet, but all four provide good entertainment, even the more traditional Enemy Fire. So all in all, another batch of worthwhile mysteries and once again, I cannot recommend Foyle’s War enough and I can’t wait for future sets to arrive.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The transfers here look terrific and since each episode is on a separate disc, no compression issues arise. I found the episodes to be crisp and well detailed, but this is a recent show, so that is to be expected. So unlike some of the more dated detective shows from England, Foyle’s War isn’t soft at all, instead we have what looks like a brand new show, as it should. The colors look bright and natural, while contrast is smooth and accurate at all times. This is about as good it gets, so kudos to Acorn on this one.

Audio: How does it sound?

This show has basic audio needs, with no call for flash or dynamic presence. As such, the included stereo soundtrack is more than capable. The sound effects are well handled and sound natural, while the music has life, but isn’t as expansive as you’d find on some other material. The real focus is on dialogue and that’s how it should be, as vocals are the main element here. I found the dialogue to be clean and clear, with no errors to report. Not the kind of soundtrack that will have you on the edge of your seat, but one that is true to the material.

Supplements: What are the extras?

In addition to the usual production notes and cast filmographies, there is also a well made behind the scenes featurette that runs just under half an hour. While not an in depth look into how Foyle’s War is brought together, it is a worthwhile featurette that gives fans some production insight.

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