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Canterbury's Law: The Complete Series (2008)

Julianna Margulies , Ben Shenkman  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julianna Margulies, Ben Shenkman, Keith Robinson, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Terry Kinney
  • Writers: Dave Erickson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, French, Korean
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 283 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MVYUP2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,102 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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With a Pilot episode directed by Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas, Cold Creek Manor) this new series centres on Elizabeth Canterbury (Julianna Margulies - ER), a tough-minded defense attorney who isn't afraid to push boundaries in order to protect innocent clients. Executive produced by Denis Leary, Jim Serpico, Walon Green and Mike Figgis and featuring Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall) as Canterbury's husband.

“Why are lawyers buried 30 feet underground? Because deep down they really are good people.” That crack, delivered by a character in Canterbury’s Law about his own profession, pretty accurately reflects how a lot of folks feel about attorneys. But that hasn’t stopped television producers from churning out shows about them, or viewers from watching, and this short-lived Fox series (with all six episodes on two discs) is a fine addition to the canon. Julianna Margulies stars as Elizabeth Canterbury, a defense attorney struggling to maintain her private practice in Providence, Rhode Island. Like several other female leads these days--The Closer’s Kyra Sedgwick and Saving Grace’s Holly Hunter are but two examples--she isn’t always, or even often, especially likable; though she’s clearly good at her job, Canterbury can be arrogant and humorless, with a knack for alienating everyone around her, friend or foe. She also has a penchant for bending the legal rules, starting with the very first episode (directed by Mike Figgis of Leaving Las Vegas renown), in which she commits two felonies in the process of gaining an acquittal for an accused child murderer. That stunt puts her directly in the crosshairs of Deputy District Attorney Zach Williams (Terry Kinney), her vindictive nemesis, but it’s hardly Liz’s only problem. Indeed, the unsolved abduction of their son three years earlier has put an unbearable strain on her marriage to law professor Matt Furey (an excellent Aidan Quinn), climaxing in an extraordinarily bitter (and drunken) scene in the third episode, “What Goes Around,” that’s straight out of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff. The ongoing personal element of the show, also including Canterbury’s relationships with nominal partner Russell Krauss (Ben Shenkman) and private investigator-lover Frank Angstrom (James McCaffrey), is more compelling than the actual cases, but it’s also more than enough to keep us involved in this slick, fast-moving show. The box set has no bonus material. --Sam Graham

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
A legal drama with an edge, "CANTERBURY'S LAW" was a series that had so much potential but was cut too short with only six episodes in the DVD complete collection.

The drama which aired during the Spring of 2008 featured Emmy Award Winner Julianna Margulies ("ER") as the feisty defense attorney Elizabeth Canterbury. A woman who seeks justice for the people she defends even if it means breaking the law.

Running the law firm Canterbury & Associates, she is joined by her partner Russel Krauss (Ben Shenkman) and her two attorneys Chester Grant (Keith Robinson) and Molly McConnell (Trieste Kelly Dunn). They take on cases which seem impossible and a grand slam for the District Attorney but Elizabeth Canterbury has always outbest the Deputy Attorney General Zach Willliams (Terry Kinney).

But Elizabeth's personal life is anything but good. Her marriage to her husband Matt, a law professor has gone down the drain since their son was kidnapped. Three years ago, she took her toddler Sam to the playground and answered her phone for business and next thing you know, she lost sight of him and they don't know if he is dead or alive.

Despite being successful as a defense lawyer, her life has been spiraling down hill. She has become a drunk after hours, she has been having an affair with Frank Angstrom (James McCaffrey) and because her husband has held his pain of feeling that she is responsible for their son's kidnapping, he wants to move on with their lives and declare him dead. But Elizabeth believes her son to be alive. And thus, her marriage life is in shambles.

To make things worse, because she has broken the law in order to win a case, now she is being investigated by the District Attorney and Grand Jury for jury tampering.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome show, quick demise October 25, 2009
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I love Julianna Margulies acting style. Everything about her screams grace and depth when portraying her characters. I am loving 'The Good Wife' and in turn sought some other shows she had starred in to add to my collection.

I was pleasantly surprised to stumble across this gem of a series. I agree with others that the show had so much potential. The acting was brilliantly played out. The theme and recurring events patterning through the show kept you waiting and wanting for more.

It's obvious that the wrong network had the rights to air it. If this had been on primetime tv such as the likes of an awesome show, "The Good Wife" that Julianna now stars in, it would have soared in popularity and would have been given a real chance to succeed.

I'm into the fourth episode, wishing there was more than six. However, fortunately I can also watch Julianna shine in her latest endeavor.

I liked this show so much I also bought a set for Christmas. If you like Julianna Margulies, you will DEFINITELY enjoy this short lived show!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Canterbury's Law May 22, 2009
This show is definitely a case of "right show, wrong network". I was able to catch 2 episodes while it ran but then stopped seeing it in the listings so I assumed that it'd been a mid-season test show and would return in the fall but was sad to hear that it'd been canceled.

Julianna Margulies was great in the lead role and her delivery of the pulled together "with it" attorney by day vs a woman who is falling into an alcoholic stupor by night connected with me as a viewer. I could feel her pain as a mother who had looked away for a moment as her child is kidnapped, I could feel her hope that the child is alive & would return to her one day and wanted to see more of her story - would she completely fall apart or keep it half together or eventually move on?

I liked the ensemble cast and was especially happy to see Keith Robinson (since I developed a crush on him after seeing DREAMGIRLS).I wish this show had been picked up by the TNT network since they seem to have a commitment to tv shows with strong female leading characters and I think that they certainly would've given the show more than 6 episodes to succeed which leads me to my final comment about this dvd "set" - it is too expensive for just 6 episodes of a now canceled show. Initially I thought that viewers would be getting at least 13 epis but I can't recommend the purchase but would highly recommend renting it because it had the makings of a good series but just didn't get enough of a chance to cultivate an audience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary January 20, 2011
By Mary
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I loved the show, but didn't like that it was canceled and that there won't be any more! It is worth watching, however, as the acting is so entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only five eps?? January 5, 2011
By Viva
What is wrong with these networks? This was quite a solid show, from what little I saw, and it should have been given more of a chance, a better time slot, something. With Denis Leary producing along with J. Margulies and with Jace Alexander directing, it was a quality show about a troubled attorney whose marriage is crumbling not only due to her work but also due to the abduction of her young son.

Give it a shot!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the show! June 20, 2010
By serving
How disappointing that Canterbury's Law did not survive. This is one of the best legal shows I've seen and the entire cast was amazing - especially Julianna Marqulies!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show cut short March 24, 2010
I agree that this was a great show! It is so disappointing that a story with fantastic acting, great writing and a suspenseful plot that kept you hooked was just cut off by Fox after six episodes with nothing to resolve the great storyline. Julianna Margulies is absolutely riveting in the lead role! But since she is now starring in another show I love, "The Good Wife", clearly this show is truly done.

I LOVE the suggestion of another reviewer that this series would be a great movie!!! Let's see it done! Please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love juilanna in her role as a lawyer so this ...
I love juilanna in her role as a lawyer so this was right up my alley.
Published 8 days ago by CHARLIE HUBERT
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Good movie
Published 1 month ago by bubbles
3.0 out of 5 stars Good wife is much much
Margulies first try I guess. It's okay. Good wife is much much better
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Martin-Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality. Timely arrival
Received as expected. Good quality. Timely arrival.
Published 3 months ago by Don J. Williamson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad show
I just happen to adore Julianna Margulies which is why I bought this series. This can NO WAY compare to "The Good Wife", or even her roll on "ER", but it's MUCH... Read more
Published 6 months ago by K.K
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Good Wife
I can't figure out why they took this series off the air and yet they keep The Good Wife ongoing.
Published 7 months ago by Geradine Dinardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Why was this show canceled?
This show was a good show! It has characters with flaws and a pretty good story to back it up. The acting was great! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tracey Deanne Homan
5.0 out of 5 stars Canturbury's law-The complete series
Great T.V. Series, shame it didn't make it to Australian screens. I am very happy I have seen it.

Published 8 months ago by Basil Kanavaros
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this discontinued??
This is a fantastic series. What a tease! I love the Good Wife, and Julianna Margulies. I wish this would have continued. So good...
Published 18 months ago by DeeJae
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this an audition ???
Show looks like a audition for the good wife (which is far superior)
transparent plot, but not a bad show...
Published 20 months ago by H. Hermelin
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