Foyle’s War: Set Two

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.

As I have said before, I started watching Foyle’s War with the fourth set and I was so impressed, I wanted to go back and catch up on what I had missed. The first set filled in some gaps in character development, but also offered entertaining, well written stories that proved the show was great right from the start. Now we’re on the third set and as expected, the same level of quality is found in all four of these episodes. I loved the Fifty Ships episode, it could be my favorite from the series to this point. The story is intricate and has a lot of subtle touches, but is never hard to follow. You might not be able to put the pieces together right away, but the attention to detail is excellent and when the pieces do fall into place, it all makes sense. Even The Funk Hole, which takes a more traditional mystery approach, proves that Foyle’s War can deliver when it counts. The writers take a predictable scenario and create a story that keeps you interested throughout. This is another fine collection of episodes and Fifty Ships is simply must see, so Foyle’s War: Set 2 earns a high recommendation.

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?

The main supplement is an interview with stars Honeysuckle Weeks and Anthony Howell, which is brisk and worth a look, but don’t expect in depth insight. This release also includes the usual production notes, cast filmographies, and still photos.

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