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Cadfael is "enchanting." I know this, because that review (by the Washington Post), is on the covers of all four sets of the medieval mystery series. I don't need to be told that, though, because the series really speaks for itself. From the first moments of the opening titles, which show intricate and macabre carvings in a dim light, the entire tone of the series is set.
Derek Jacobi portrays the titular monk, who is essentially the only voice of reason for many of the show's thirteen mysteries, which are spread out over thirteen discs. Cadfael (pronounced Cad-file) as a character is fine, and Jacobi does a great job with the character. Meanwhile, some of the dialogue is a little cheesy -- too often we see the clear stereotypical line between mumbling lowlifes and eloquent, well, everyone else. As such, a lot of the acting is a little overdone. Thankfully, »
- Sam McPherson
Seen on PBS.s Mystery! in the late 1990s and based on the best-selling books by Ellis Peters, Cadfael: The Complete Collection has arrived on DVD from Acorn Media, and M&C is giving away a copy autographed by Sir Derek Jacobi! Featuring all 13 episodes from the acclaimed series, Cadfael: Complete Collection sees Jacobi (I, Claudius; Gosford Park; Hamlet) in the role of Brother Cadfael, a warrior turned monk who solves crimes in war-torn medieval England. Filled with pitch-perfect period detail, the award-winning series also features stars Julian Firth (Sylvia) and Michael Culver (A Passage to India) and offers a riveting glimpse into the past. Once a Crusader, now a man of the cloth, the worldly but humble »
- Patrick Luce
If you are at a loss as to what to give the mystery lover on your holiday list, consider the wonderful complete collection of Cadfael. Acorn Media presents 13 discs of medieval mysteries starring Sir Derek Jacobi as the intuitive Brother Cadfael. The adventures of Brother Cadfael are based on the novels of Ellis Peters (the pen name for the series of well renowned historian and writer Edith Pargeter.) Set in a time period not covered by many authors, a time of bitter civil war between two cousins Stephen and Maud for the throne of England, Cadfael brings to life the customs and styles of 12th century Shrewsbury centered around the monastery. Within the community the »
- June L.
3 items from 2010