Monday, October 1, 2018


Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Available on DVD and Blu-ray from PBS Distribution July 10
Premieres on Masterpiece Sunday, June 24 (Check Local Listings)

I first heard about this show when my girls and stayed at my parents' summer home. My parents were asking each other if they had recorded the recent episodes to this mystery series to watch, and I asked what it was about.  And, soon after I finished my question, they both chimed in telling me about this amazing show, and surprised I hadn't seen an episode. Then, that night after the girls went to bed, they showed me their DVD collection of the previous seasons of this popular Masterpiece Mystery series, before popping in the first season to watch with me.  Within a few minutes of the first episode, I was hooked, like they were, and couldn't wait to binge watch the rest of the first season, all the way through season 4.  We were only there for a few days so I only got through the first season. Thankfully, they let me bring the other DVD sets home to play catch, as they were watching the current series, which they recorded.

I ended up getting my husband hooked on this show, and we are now finishing up with the fifth season of Endeavour thanks to the new complete fifth season DVD set now available.  In addition to all six full-length episodes from season 5, this DVD also contains bonus videos -- odd couple; costume design; and favourite scenes.  We are almost done watching this season, which is 9 hours (on 3 DVDs).  I am so glad my parents told me about this mystery series and had the previous seasons for me to catch up on before watching this new DVD set which you can purchase online.  This would make a great gift idea for fans of this series, or those who love a good Masterpiece Mystery.

More about this new DVD release:

 "As 1968 dawns, a year of change promises to disrupt the private and professional lives of Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) and his colleagues. Endeavour’s recent promotion leads him to reluctantly mentor new recruit Fancy (Lewis Peek), while Thursday (Roger Allam) is beginning to think about life after the police. But in Oxford, crime never sleeps, and the team continues to be challenged by mysterious and intriguing cases of murder, greed, and deception. Meanwhile, the rise of organized crime in the city promises to change Oxford forever. When 1968 comes to a close, will things at Cowley Police Station ever be the same again?

ENDEAVOUR SEASON 5” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray July 10, 2018. The run time of the program is approximately 540 minutes on 3 discs. The DVD SRP is $39.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $49.99. The program will also be available for digital download.

A description of each of the episodes from Season 5 is listed below:

Past and present collide in Oxford, as the auction of a priceless Fabergé Egg gets underway at Lonsdale College. It soon attracts the attention of an infamous international thief – and the police – when a failed burglary attempt is reported. However, they soon have a bigger case to solve, as a series of gruesome deaths have Morse and Thursday searching for a serial killer. Meanwhile, newly-promoted Endeavour struggles with his role as he's forced to mentor young detective constable George Fancy.

Hollywood glamour comes to Oxford as the stars of a horror movie begin filming in the city. Meanwhile, the unexplained poisoning of a former detective sergeant leads Endeavour and Thursday to a local cinema, which is playing host to the film's stars in a special event. While Thursday fears a link to growing unrest in Oxford's underworld, the case takes a turn when the cinema's organist is also dramatically poisoned. The film's star is convinced a mysterious Egyptian curse is to blame, and Endeavour and Thursday find themselves uncovering long-kept secrets and a revenge plot determined to expose the truth behind a hero's past.

Endeavour investigates the disappearance of a local woman - with initial fears linking it to the unsolved murder of a teenager, killed several years earlier. Meanwhile, Thursday is absorbed in the investigation of a lorry hijack - which he suspects is linked to local gangster Eddie Nero. The murder investigation takes a surprising turn when a woman's body is discovered, but Endeavour notices anomalies at the murder scene which point away from the cold case theory. An invitation to Joan's new flat reminds Endeavour of the past, but could it also offer a chance for the future?

A photoshoot on an army base turns sinister when one of the models is found dead. But the investigation is complicated when Sam Thursday is revealed to be involved. With Thursday side-lined by protocol, Endeavour and Strange take the lead on the investigation - the first time without their mentor. Tensions rise, and the pair clash as their differing opinions push their friendship to breaking point. When another body is discovered on the base, Endeavour uncovers family secrets, political affiliations and thwarted love affairs to find the truth.

An assassination attempt at an international sporting event opens a new case for Endeavour and Thursday, but their investigation is quickly brought to an unexpected end. While Thursday wants to step away, Endeavour is determined to find out more. He soon finds himself embroiled in the dark dealings of espionage, big business and a long-held secret that goes to the very heart of the Oxford community. While Endeavour chases down the real story behind the assassination, Thursday works closer to home, attempting to protect a battered wife from her violent husband. When tragedy strikes, Thursday has to make a tough moral decision about how to administer justice.

After the mysterious disappearance of a teacher, Endeavour finds himself undercover, investigating the dark world of a public school. When a body is unexpectedly discovered, Endeavour has to question who he can trust - and uncover the truth about the crimes before more people are hurt. Thursday is determined to solve the ongoing unsolved murders linked to Eddie Nero, and charges Fancy with tracking down the elusive Cromwell Ames. Meanwhile, Thursday's life is turned upside down by the return of his brother, and Endeavour looks towards the future with the possibility of a new relationship. "


ENDEAVOUR SEASON 5 is a Mammoth Screen and MASTERPIECE co-production in association with ITV Studios. The executive producers are Russell Lewis, Tom Mullens, and Damien Timmer. The executive producer for MASTERPIECE is Rebecca Eaton. The writer is Russell Lewis. The producers are John Phillips ("Muse", "Passenger", and "Quartet") and Neil Duncan ("Cartouche", "Colours", and "Requiem"). The directors are Brady Hood ("Muse"), Andy Wilson ("Cartouche"), Jim Field Smith ("Passenger"), Robert Quinn ("Colours"), Geoff Sax ("Quartet"), and Gordon Anderson ("Requiem"). 

The top-rated drama series on PBS, MASTERPIECE celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2016. It is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is executive producer. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking® and Farmers Insurance® with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. MASTERPIECE is known for presenting iconic shows such as Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Victoria, Prime Suspect, Poldark and Wolf Hall.

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Street Date: July 10, 2018
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 540 minutes on 3 discs
SRP: DVD, $39.99, Blu-ray, $49.99
Format: DVD & Blu-ray

Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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