Ruth Rendell Movies on DVD
Sets 1-4 are included in an 11-disc collector's set.
In addition her popular Inspector Wexford stories, "Queen of Crime" Ruth Rendell authored numerous beguiling one-off mysteries, four of which are featured in this three-disc set. First, Stephen Whalby (Colin Firth) finds his enjoyable walks on the moor taking a sinister turn when he is implicated in a series of murders, in "Master Of The Moor" (1994). Robert Urquhart, Emma Croft co-star. Next, "Vanity Dies Hard" (1995) for a lonely and aging heiress (Eleanor David) whose desires yield dramatic consequences. Mark Frankel, Peter Egan also star. Then, try as she might to mind her own business, a woman finds her life turned upside down after finding murdered lovers next door, in "The Secret House Of Death" (1996). Amanda Redman, Owen Teale star. Finally, when a man has an affair with a woman who is "The Double" (1997) of his betrothed, a deadly superstition plagues everyone involved. Camilla Power, Jason Flemyng star. 7 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; biographies.
"Queen of Crime" Ruth Rendell unveils a sextet of spellbinding mysteries. Was it "A Case Of Coincidence" (1996) or something more sinister that led a corpse to the Norfolk lowlands? Keith Barron, Caroline Bliss star. The scent of "A Dark Blue Perfume" (1996) figures in the tragic love story of a Hampshire man who falls for a woman after failing to save her husband's life. Susannah York, John Castle star. "Bribery & Corruption" (1997) surface as a young engineer investigates the murder of a friend. James D'Arcy, Abigail Cruttenden star. You're in the "Front Seat" (1997) for humorous suspense as a woman finds a bench once dedicated to her late father replaced with one bearing a murderer's name. Janet Suzman, Edward Hardwicke star. A funeral opens old family wounds and inflicts new ones, in "May & June" (1997). Phoebe Nicholls, Julian Wadham star. "The Orchard Walls" (1998) follows a young girl fleeing the Blitz only to find tragedy at her aunt's house. Sylvia Sims, John McGlynn star. 7 3/4 hrs. total on three discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; filmographies.
Mystery master Ruth Rendell teases the brain with five more spellbinding tales. "Going Wrong" (1998) can be fateful indeed when a former teen gang member tries to reunite with the love of his life. George Baker, Louie Ramsay star. "You Can't Be Too Careful" (1998) with your roommate, as two women soon discover. Jane Hazlegrove, June Barrie star. A man haunted by his past returns to the place of his strangest memories, in "The Fallen Curtain" (1999). Laura Sadler, Philip Croskin star. Is "Harm Done" (2000) to the children living on an estate when an elderly pedophile is released from jail? Simon Shepherd, Clare Holman star. "The Lake Of Darkness" (2000) envelops an accountant with a bad gambling habit. Jerome Flynn, Gillian Barge star. 7 1/2 hrs. total on three discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; biography; filmographies.
First, George Baker plays mystery scribe Ruth Rendell's resolute English lawman Chief Inspector Wexford in "Simisola" (1995). A missing black girl triggers an investigation that uncovers murder and a prominent family's shocking secret. To crack the case, Wexford is forced to confront his own prejudice. Louie Ramsay, Christopher Ravenscroft co-star. Next, Rendell's put-upon lawman gets caught up in a "Road Rage" (1998) showdown between police and environmental activists, who have taken over a woodland area to stop its razing by developers. The clash becomes more tense when radical protestors take five people--including Wexford's wife--hostage. Louie Ramsay, James Allen also star. 5 3/4 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; biography; featurette.