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Two-time Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn (Little Voice, Secrets & Lies) stars in a new British detective series based on the bestselling mysteries by Ann Cleeves. DCI Vera Stanhope is a solitary, obsessed, caustic, brilliant investigator, and a bit disheveled; think female Columbo. Filmed in the Northumberland villages of the original books, the set includes four feature-length, character-driven crime dramas.
 
 

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A sharp detective with a messy life, DCI Vera Stanhope patrols her “patch” of northeast England, pursuing the truth in cases of murder, kidnapping, and blackmail. Two-time Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) stars in 4 new feature-length crime dramas based on the bestselling crime novels by Ann Cleeves, with David Leon as her right-hand man, DS Joe Ashworth. 6 hrs, 4 DVDs, SDH. Mature audiences.

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Disc 1
Episode 1:  Hidden Depths
A handsome young man, a coquettish student teacher, and nothing in common between them—except that both were murdered and left with their bodies meticulously posed. As the killer begins to zero in on a third victim, DCI Stanhope finds suspects and motives mounting.
 
Disc 2
Episode 2:  Telling Tales
Eleven years ago, Jeanie Long was found guilty of murder, despite unwaveringly maintaining her innocence. On the strength of new evidence, DCI Stanhope must put together the pieces of a decade-old murder—and stop a ruthless killer before he or she strikes again.
 
Disc 3
Episode 3:  The Crow Trap
As groundbreaking begins on a rock quarry in the moorlands, a local woman who had opposed the construction is found murdered. She had been pressured to sell her land to the developers but refused. When two other women with connections to the project find their own lives in danger, Vera questions what makes this quarry worth killing for.
 
Disc 4
Episode 4:  Little Lazarus
Generally indifferent towards children, DCI Stanhope finds herself acting as caretaker for a boy whose mother was murdered before his eyes. As she unravels the deadly secrets that led to the woman’s demise, Vera finds a kindred spirit in the boy—and the key to her case lying deep in his disturbed memory.
 

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Disc 1
EPISODE 1: On Harbour Street
Stanhope investigates the stabbing death of a senior citizen aboard a crowded rush-hour train—and learns that the chief witness to the woman's killing is Ashworth's young daughter. The case takes the detectives to a tightknit community in the quiet coastal town where the victim lived and where, Stanhope suspects, the killer knew her well.

 

Disc 2
EPISODE 2: Protected
When a young man is beaten to death along the seafront at a popular resort, Stanhope wonders why he was there rather than at his father's retirement party. Suspicion falls on a local arcade owner with a grudge against the father. However, the inspector believes the answers may lie with the deceased's own family—the domineering patriarch, stepmother, underachieving brother, and a sister who appears not to have had contact with the others for years.

Disc 3
EPISODE 3: The Deer Hunters
Two local poachers are shot at and their truck torched—while less than a mile away, a man recently returned to the area is killed with a single round from a hunting rifle. The gamekeeper from the nearby estate denies involvement in the incidents, and Stanhope and Ashworth keep all their options open as they enter a world dominated by rural tradition and life on the moors. 

Disc 4
EPISODE 4: Death of a Family Man
Was the dead body found in a local river a case of suicide or murder? The victim was a successful businessman who was supposed to be on a business trip to Dublin. The waters muddy further when Stanhope and Ashworth discover that other law-enforcement authorities are interested in the man and that there was more to his family life than met the eye. 

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Packaging: Boxed Set

Run Time: 370 minutes    

Format: Widescreen

Number of discs: 4

Language: English

Subtitles: No

Color or B&W: Color

CC: No

SDH: Yes

Region Code: 1

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Rating: NR.

“Classy crime drama” —The Daily Telegraph (UK)

 

“Blethyn shines.” —The Daily Telegraph (UK)

 

“Blethyn is wonderful.” —The Times (UK)

 

“A first-rate mystery series” —Library Journal

 

“Captivating” —Library Bookwatch

 

Vera 4

5 Stars

from on 10/2/2014 10:10:00 PM wrote:

excellent acting, story line

vera series 4

5 Stars

Deanna from AZ on 10/2/2014 5:34:00 PM wrote:

I love Vera. She is a flawed person, & that's ok. She does get the job done in interesting ways. Hope there are many more to come.

Amother great series of Vera

K from TX on 10/1/2014 5:43:00 PM wrote:

I saw the 1st series of Vera on Acorn streaming. I fell in love with the show and decided I must have my own copy to watch whenever the mood hits me. Now my mother, sisters and sisters-in-laws watch them too.

Vera is different

5 Stars

Jim Hartman from SC on 10/1/2014 1:40:00 PM wrote:

Vera Stanhope is a unique character, not just a unique detective. She is gruff with her staff and others, but has a kinder, gentler side that she rarely shows. But a side worth seeing. Her keen mind and ability to see through thing is spellbinding. I sometimes need to view an episode at least twice to capture all the nuances of the case. Worth watching.

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Disc 1

Episode 1: Castles in the Air

Three girlfriends spend the weekend partying at an isolated country retreat, and one ends up dead with a shotgun blast to the chest and a local hunter the prime suspect. Too late, Stanhope realizes that the dead woman was not the intended target any more than her suspect was the actual shooter.

 

Disc 2

Episode 2: Poster Child

A respected surgeon is murdered and his two teenage daughters abducted, leaving a wife and mother distraught and Stanhope at a loss for a motive. Ashworth spurs his boss to look for a family link to both the killing and the kidnappings.

 

Disc 3

Episode 3: Young Gods

When an extreme sports fanatic plunges to his death from a cliff after an apparent fight, Stanhope and Ashworth begin to search for potential enemies. An estranged ex-girlfriend will shed no tears at the young man's death, but the detectives discover that someone else has been holding a grudge as well.

 

Disc 4

Episode 4: Prodigal Son

The fatal stabbing of a former police officer outside a Newcastle nightclub sets Stanhope on a quest to recreate the victim's last movements. What she finds leads her back 25 years, to a web of deception, lies, and—ultimately—a brutal death.

 

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•Text interviews with Brenda Blethyn and David Leon

Packaging: Boxed set

Run Time: 369 minutes

Format: Widescreen

Number of discs: 4

Language: English

Subtitles: No

Color or B&W: Color

CC: No

SDH: Yes

Region Code: 1

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Rating: NR

“A first-rate mystery series” —Library Journal

 

“Captivating” —Library Bookwatch

 

“Classy crime drama” —The Daily Telegraph (UK)

 

“Blethyn shines” —The Daily Telegraph (UK)

Brenda Blethyn is Vera

5 Stars

Jerry Scheschy from NV on 4/25/2014 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Brenda Blethyn has captured the character of Vera flawlessly. She doesn't let you stray. Once you've seen the first episode, you can't wait to move on to the next. Vera is not a serial, but each disc is a complete story, and you can't resist moving on to the next. She is surrounded by an incredible cast in each. I was not into British mystery drama until I recently was given a gift of Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren. I loved it and thought I'd see what else was available in this ilk. I found Vera, and it is at least as great as Prime Suspect or even better. I understand a 4th season will be underway. Can't wait.

Vera: Set 3

4 Stars

Leigh Jordan from CA on 3/7/2014 11:05:00 AM wrote:

Vera is a good series with complex characters and plot-lines to keep the mystery's end cloaked

VERA, Set 3

3 Stars

George Copeland from MA on 1/24/2014 11:13:00 AM wrote:

I found the story line difficult to follow and was not sure as to the sequence of events.

Given as gift

4 Stars

William Buckner from VA on 1/7/2014 12:28:00 PM wrote:

The item ordered was given as a requested gift and not viewed by myself.

Vera - set 3

5 Stars

Reaves from CO on 1/5/2014 10:57:00 AM wrote:

I love British mysteries and this is a great one. I look forward to each season and am never disappointed. Acorn seems to have what no one else has.

vera set 3

4 Stars

I love British tv from CA on 12/31/2013 6:13:00 PM wrote:

i bought it because I LOVE this series!

Vera 3

5 Stars

retired from KS on 12/31/2013 3:47:00 PM wrote:

The Vera series has been excellent

Vera 3

5 Stars

from on 12/31/2013 3:47:00 PM wrote:

The Vera series has been excellent

Vera 3

5 Stars

76 years old, married to h.s. sweetheart. from IN on 12/31/2013 3:47:00 PM wrote:

The Vera series has been excellent

Great series

5 Stars

Ken Hoglund from NC on 12/30/2013 10:42:00 AM wrote:

I have the whole series and enjoy their intelligent approach to the story and the characters. They are not formulaic, like American TV

VERA SET 3

5 Stars

Deanna from AZ on 12/20/2013 10:13:00 PM wrote:

I love the series Vera , & it just seems to get better & better. I was very happy to hear there will be a fourth season. I would recommend this series to anyone. It has great actors & great stories.

Love this series!

5 Stars

A Jackson from IL on 12/20/2013 5:09:00 PM wrote:

More of the excellence that is Vera. My only complaint is that there's only four episodes each series. But, I'll take four episodes if more might lower the quality of the writing...

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Disc 1

Episode 1: The Ghost Position

Vera Stanhope is reunited with her first mentor after his home is firebombed and his teenage daughter badly injured in the blaze. Having survived an apparent murder bid, her old friend then makes a tragic decision, leaving Vera to find out why.

 

Disc 2

Episode 2: Silent Voices

What connects the murder of a well-respected social worker and a famous case in which a child was drowned by his own mother? The answer seems to lie in a book the murdered woman was writing—until Stanhope’s prime suspect ends up drowned, too.

 

Disc 3

Episode 3: Sandancers

The authorities at a local army base are keen to declare the death of a decorated Afghanistan War veteran a suicide, but Stanhope has other ideas. Yet when a fellow soldier confesses to the killing, the detective doesn’t believe that either and continues to pursue the investigation wherever it leads.

 

Disc 4

Episode 4: A Certain Samaritan

When a young man is found dead with heroin in his body and a stolen credit card in his wallet, Stanhope and Ashworth suspect he led a life his possessive mother knew little about. Only when they learn details of the mother’s own life does a motive for murder emerge.

Packaging: Boxed set

Run Time: 370 minutes

Format: Widescreen

Number of discs: 4

Language: English

Subtitles: No

Color or B&W: Color

CC: No

SDH: Yes

Region Code: 1

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Rating: NR. Contains disturbing images.

“Blethyn is wonderful.” —The Times (UK)


“A first-rate mystery series” —Library Journal

 

“Captivating” —Library Bookwatch


“Classy crime drama” —The Daily Telegraph (UK)

Shipping

4 Stars

L Collier from AB on 8/20/2014 10:23:00 AM wrote:

Too bad I was charged shipping when I placed the order and then paid an additional postage charge when I picked it up at the post office. Shame!

5 Stars

from TX on 4/22/2014 12:00:00 AM wrote:

The VERA series has a human touch that ropes you in wanting for more.

Vera is tops

5 Stars

Jim Hartman from SC on 7/31/2013 12:17:00 PM wrote:

I found Vera to be a delightful character, and the interactions among the cast members added to the enjoyment. Hope to see more of her in the future.

Vera set 2

5 Stars

Rita Dixon from TN on 4/22/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

We enjoyed the first set, but this is even better Vera makes you like her even when you think you won't and her sidekick is one of the better ones in a series.

Vera set 2

5 Stars

from VA on 4/22/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

We enjoyed the first set, but this is even better Vera makes you like her even when you think you won't and her sidekick is one of the better ones in a series.

Vera 2

5 Stars

mature female, anglophile who loves fine acting from TX on 4/9/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Loved both Vera Series 1 and 2. Great actress. Hope there is a Series 3. Thanks for great selection of British Mysteries.

Vera 2

5 Stars

Patricia Caton from ME on 4/9/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Loved both Vera Series 1 and 2. Great actress. Hope there is a Series 3. Thanks for great selection of British Mysteries.

Vera

4 Stars

EJBaizman from MA on 3/18/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Excellent characters and good story lines

Vera

4 Stars

Ruth Redfern from CA on 3/18/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Excellent characters and good story lines

Vera

4 Stars

James Blanchar from IA on 3/18/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Excellent characters and good story lines

Vera

4 Stars

Tim from AZ on 3/18/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Excellent characters and good story lines

Love that Vera!

5 Stars

BMac from SC on 2/8/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Love the detective who speaks what she is thinking! Always a treat to watch!

Vera Part 2

5 Stars

Diane CH from WY on 1/11/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Vera 1 was great so I got both I and II for my parents (British expats) for Christmas; they love them.

5 Stars

from NY on 12/16/2012 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Outstanding... I really enjoy British dectective stories and to see them on the TV screen is exciting...

great detective series!

5 Stars

avid fan of British detective series. from NY on 11/14/2012 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Inspector Vera Stanhope is a character who relies on her knowledge of human nature and consistent detective work to solve crimes.

great detective series!

5 Stars

avid fan of British detective series. from NY on 11/14/2012 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Inspector Vera Stanhope is a character who relies on her knowledge of human nature and consistent detective work to solve crimes.

VERA

5 Stars

B C Witts from UT on 11/6/2012 12:00:00 AM wrote:

I am British and, living in the US, I miss first class productions like this --I was not disappointed. I buy every British produced DVD and I thoroughly enjoy every one.

Vera Set 2

4 Stars

Sharon Hunter from CA on 10/25/2012 12:00:00 AM wrote:

I love British mysteries, the characters are so interesting abd the story is excellent

vera set two

4 Stars

Reed Robinson from ID on 10/8/2012 12:00:00 AM wrote:

it was a good mystry

4 Stars

AJ from CA on 10/2/2012 12:00:00 AM wrote:

I like the characters but the story lines were not as interesting or as intense as Set 1. I love a good mystery and I will keep buying Vera.I have seen all of Midsummer Murder and Foyle's War.

absolutely first-rate

5 Stars

Pamela Ray from KY on 9/25/2012 6:02:00 PM wrote:

I bought Vera 2 primarily because of Brenda Blethyn's truly remarkable performance. I am now watching Vera 1 again because Vera Stanhope is such a fascinating "multi-layered" and delightful character. Stunning acting! Also, I enjoy David Leon as Sergeant Joe Ashworth, who is so caring and long-suffering. The stories themselves are great and I appreciate discovering the beauty of Northumberland. Set 2, by the way, is even more wonderful than Set 2, and I just hope Set 3 is on its way.

Vera Victorious

5 Stars

2120SoMichiganAve from NJ on 9/25/2012 10:43:00 AM wrote:

Another splendid series from Acorn Media. A cranky Midsomer's with wonderful acting led by Brenda Blethyn and her understated DS David Leon. Writing and settings remarkably atmospheric and thoughtful. A+

Brilliant!

5 Stars

Shelley..a native desert child from Arizona from AZ on 9/17/2012 7:33:00 PM wrote:

Really like the series...the actors, the location, etc. i like to watch the various mystery series that are filmed on location throughout the UK.

Great Entertainment

5 Stars

Helen Schafer from CA on 9/7/2012 9:50:00 PM wrote:

Blethyn and Leon make a perfect pair for solving crime. Plots are intricate yet easy to follow. The brooding scenery adds to the sense of evil waiting to happen and great cops ready to stop it.

Vera, Set 2

4 Stars

from on 8/31/2012 1:06:23 PM wrote:

Sometimes difficult to follow the accents! Brenda Blethyn is a FINE ACTRESS,.....one of my favourites.

Vera, Set 2

4 Stars

Bev from CT on 8/31/2012 1:06:00 PM wrote:

Sometimes difficult to follow the accents! Brenda Blethyn is a FINE ACTRESS,.....one of my favourites.

The Best of A Genre

5 Stars

Heather C. from NH on 8/28/2012 11:10:00 AM wrote:

Even better than Vera-1. Brenda Blethyn's portrayal of DCI Stanhope rivals any in this genre (Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect, e.g.) - She's a different kettle of fish and as believable as any character I've seen. The twists and turns of the plots are terrific and always keep you guessing. The resolutions of the cases are satisfying but not facile. The combination of excellent story lines and outstanding character development make Vera a real treat. The only complaint? The wait until the next one comes out!

vera set 2

5 Stars

from TX on 8/26/2012 1:20:00 PM wrote:

love the actress and all her work. Mysteries are my favorite

Vera, just a little mellower

4 Stars

World Traveller from IL on 8/23/2012 8:25:00 PM wrote:

I really liked the Vera stories in Series One. However Vera is just a little too critical. In the second season she is still Vera but she has mellowed and is trying to interact with people. Having said that I am eager for a Season 3, which I would not have been if she hadn't become a bit more personable.

Vera - 2

5 Stars

from MA on 8/23/2012 4:23:00 PM wrote:

I loved the development of the personal relationships and the way the cases affected the personal lives of both detectives.

Vera and cast

5 Stars

I am half French and half English from Southampton, from MD on 8/22/2012 4:30:00 PM wrote:

I love the quirky lady "Vera" and love the Handsome Italian stud Joe. My wife and I both do!!!! For me, he is "what I would love to look like" and for my wife he is what she want to be in bed with!(Can you believe she would say that!! Now for the writers...please,please write lines for character "Vera" to say that are no mean, biased and debasing to KENNY. Yes, it makes "Joe" look like he is really up Vera's bum. WHY?????always the new girl of color is of the darker shades. CAnm't there be an anglo,Frecn,spanish of Italian or eve Asian girl . The writers have shown they are not racially biased so stop with the one "race" and spread your liberal wings to other ethnic groups and that does not just mean pretty boy "Joe". Vera is super and her absolute lack of sentimentality is amazing. HOW HOW HOW did she ever get the jog(in this make believe world)?

Vera, set 2

5 Stars

I'm a senior citizen who loves British mysteries. from IL on 8/22/2012 12:12:00 PM wrote:

I love Vera and was delighted there was a set 2. She is a rough and tumble kind of woman who can be very abrasive but lovable underneath--pet being her favorite endearment. Carol Agner

Vera-set 2

4 Stars

from on 8/21/2012 10:26:00 PM wrote:

Another well written group of stories from this series.

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Disc 1
Episode 1:  Hidden Depths
A handsome young man, a coquettish student teacher, and nothing in common between them—except that both were murdered and left with their bodies meticulously posed. As the killer begins to zero in on a third victim, DCI Stanhope finds suspects and motives mounting.
 
Disc 2
Episode 2:  Telling Tales
Eleven years ago, Jeanie Long was found guilty of murder, despite unwaveringly maintaining her innocence. On the strength of new evidence, DCI Stanhope must put together the pieces of a decade-old murder—and stop a ruthless killer before he or she strikes again.
 
Disc 3
Episode 3:  The Crow Trap
As groundbreaking begins on a rock quarry in the moorlands, a local woman who had opposed the construction is found murdered. She had been pressured to sell her land to the developers but refused. When two other women with connections to the project find their own lives in danger, Vera questions what makes this quarry worth killing for.
 
Disc 4
Episode 4:  Little Lazarus
Generally indifferent towards children, DCI Stanhope finds herself acting as caretaker for a boy whose mother was murdered before his eyes. As she unravels the deadly secrets that led to the woman’s demise, Vera finds a kindred spirit in the boy—and the key to her case lying deep in his disturbed memory.
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 355 minutes
Format: Widescreen
Number of discs: 4
Language: English
Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: Color
CC: No
SDH: Yes
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: NR, Contains disturbing images
 

Vera

from CA on 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM wrote:

So-so. Found the character irritating, but enjoyed the stories. Doubt I will order any further episodes.

Love Vera

5 Stars

Love the British detectives from GA on 11/18/2013 12:26:00 PM wrote:

You can't go wrong if you like detective mysteries.

Better still

5 Stars

Jim Hartman from SC on 9/18/2013 10:10:00 AM wrote:

Vera is my new favorite crime solver. Her personality is a big crass at times, but she has a way of inveigling herself into one's heart and mind. Love the series.

Vera (seasons l and 2)

5 Stars

Jack Sughrue, teacher, poet, freelance writer and game-maker. from MA on 4/26/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

I saw the 1st episode on the Acorn site and loved it. I have been buying all the George Gentlys, Midsomers,Foyle's Wars and most others over the past two or three years. Vera belongs in that club, tool. Ms. Blethyn is superb. The series is extremely well written, acted, directed. Like so many British series it is detailed. You feel you're on the location and in the time frame. This is an extraordinary crime series.

Refreshing!

5 Stars

AJ from IL on 4/22/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Saw a couple of eps during a PBS marathon. Enjoyed those so I bought the DVD's. Excellent choice. Loved both of the sets.

Vera

3 Stars

Decline from IL on 4/20/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

I bought this series because I had watched the whole Midsomer Murders series and wanted another series with the English countryside. It seems to be too dismal and no humor. Too serious.

Vera

3 Stars

from CO on 4/20/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

I bought this series because I had watched the whole Midsomer Murders series and wanted another series with the English countryside. It seems to be too dismal and no humor. Too serious.

Vera

3 Stars

s grant from ON on 4/20/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

I bought this series because I had watched the whole Midsomer Murders series and wanted another series with the English countryside. It seems to be too dismal and no humor. Too serious.

Vera

3 Stars

Ruth from TX on 4/20/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

I bought this series because I had watched the whole Midsomer Murders series and wanted another series with the English countryside. It seems to be too dismal and no humor. Too serious.

VERA has not been televised in USA

4 Stars

ME Jones from NJ on 10/23/2012 12:00:00 AM wrote:

I like mysteries but VERA has not been televised in USA to my knowledge, so I wasn't sure if I'd like it. I do. I like her look, which leans towards slovenly and her personality which leans towards manic-depressive. And while the dialogue is more down to earth than heard in Morse or Lewis, as an American I still appreciate(need)the subtitles

VERA has not been televised in USA

4 Stars

ME Jones from NJ on 10/23/2012 12:00:00 AM wrote:

I like mysteries but VERA has not been televised in USA to my knowledge, so I wasn't sure if I'd like it. I do. I like her look, which leans towards slovenly and her personality which leans towards manic-depressive. And while the dialogue is more down to earth than heard in Morse or Lewis, as an American I still appreciate(need)the subtitles

4 Stars

from CA on 9/10/2012 12:13:48 PM wrote:

The series we just viewed had a rather dark leading character who is hard to like. She is a lot like the wallander leading character. Not a series as satisfying as mid sommer murders.