Buono! What else need be said about the MHz Home Entertainment gem “Don Matteo”? Terence Hill (famous for his partnership with Bud Spencer in spaghetti westerns such as “They Call Me Trinity” and “My Name is Nobody”) stars as Don Matteo, a thoroughly ordinary Catholic priest with an extraordinary ability to read people and solve crimes.
He’s a parish priest who never met an unjustly accused person he didn’t want to help. In fact, he never met anyone marginalized he didn’t want to help: the elderly, the homeless, the immigrant, the unemployed. He sees them all as he bicycles along the streets and through the countryside of his parish. He’s a hometown boy who was baptized and ordained in Gubbio and is beloved by just about everyone in this stunning Italian mountain village. His easygoing manner endears him to people, making it easy for them to reveal their secrets when they get into trouble.
His friend and chess partner is Marshal Cecchini, who slips him information about new cases much to the chagrin of the police chief who isn’t at all thrilled about the collaboration. But he’s in agreement with Don Matteo about one thing: the importance of justice being served. Don Matteo has one more concern besides justice: to bring a word of hope to the culprit no matter what the crime. These simple tales of redemption and humanity will bring inspiration, a chuckle and a smile. Amen!
There are three new DVD box sets at the ready; all are in Italian with English subtitles.
“Don Matteo: Set 13”
This four-disc DVD set includes episodes 129-141:
No Joke the Ring, The Girl Without a Name, Never Say 30, The Anniversary, Who Killed Sitting Bull?, Race Against Time, Dance with Me, The Wrong Road, A Friendly Chat, Perfect, Tango, For A Mother
“Don Matteo: Set 14”
This four-disc DVD set includes episodes 142-155:
Shadows of the Heart, A Daisy for Natalina, Whatever it Takes, That Was My Daughter, Rave Party, Proof of Love, The Man Who Could Fly, The Return, Three Grandchildren and a Nanny, Severino In Love, Another Life, Marry Me, Deception, The Father-In-Law Is Always Right.
“Don Matteo: Set 15”
This four-disc DVD set includes episodes 156-168:
The Secrets of Gubbio, Life Choices, Generation Y, The Most Beautiful Day, Miracle Baby, The Contested Child, Old Friends, A Shadow of Suspicion, Investigation of a Daughter, Love Is Not, Enough, Betrayal, All Is Lost, Don Matteo Stands Accused