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Case of Conscience: Series 1 (2003)

Sebastiano Somma , Elisabetta Gardini  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sebastiano Somma, Elisabetta Gardini, Loredana Cannata, Stephan Danailov, Orso Maria Guerrini
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MHz Networks
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 598 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008UDXBKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,279 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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(In Italian with English Subtitles) Rocco Tasca is a hot-shot lawyer for a firm that's made a fortune advancing the interests of corporate clients.... and he's losing his soul. When he looks into the eyes of a bereaved mother after winning an acquittal for the hit-and-run driver who killed her son, he realizes he's gone too far. A shaken Rocco leaves the firm as well as his ambitious girlfriend, and starts arguing cases on behalf of the underdogs who dare to stand against corporate greed, environmental irresponsibility and bigotry. It's far from the glamour and money, but his new life does bring its rewards. His cases don't make him rich but they bring professional satisfaction and friendships with interesting colleagues, like the private eye Virgilio, and the newly minted lawyer Marta. Case by case, Rocco finds the way back to his own conscience, self-respect and even, love. Episode 1: A Case of Conscience - A formerly beautiful wife and mother has a facial nerve cut by mistake by a plastic surgeon. Rocco refuses the case when he finds out the woman once had a drug problem, but changes his mind when he learns about the methodology of the medical group.Episode 2: A Deliberate Accident - When a cadet from a prestigious military academy falls to his death from a balcony, school officials are content to call it suicide. His family and friends know that was impossible given the victims enthusiasm at being a soldier. Roccos investigation uncovers bigotry and a malevolent code of misplaced honor among the cadets.Episode 3: Like a Ton of Bricks - A plane crashes into a barn in the countryside, leaving a large family without husband, father, and breadwinner. Knowing that victory is unlikely, Rocco takes the case anyway and learns the extent to which corporate top dogs will defend themselves and their interests.Episode 4: Blackout - An elderly man whos lived in an iron lung for decades dies during a power outage. His distraught son wants to take on the power company, who in turn accuses the invalids caretaker of negligence. The investigation reveals the motives of all parties in relation to the not-so-powerless invalid.Episode 5: Bebes Snails - Local children are getting sick and dying from what appear to be environmental causes, and the primary industry in the area denies responsibility. Initial investigations prove nothing, leaving the factory owners blameless. One overlooked person speaks up changing the game entirely.Episode 6: The Fourth Wall - A mixed-use apartment building mysteriously collapses, killing an innocent victim. Rocco and his team battle wealthy corporate interests who put the blame on the victim and her family. Roccos colleague Marta and her children become endangered from the thugs whose crime they witnessed.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed this dvd series. I do not understand the poor reviews. No it isn't like your usual police drama but it is still a great Italian series with english subtitles. It kept my attention and I hated when it ended. I say try it you -- can always resell it on Amazon when you have finished it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Case of Justice September 29, 2013
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I found these episodes very entertaining and it is good to see the little guy come out ahead and to see big people realize their real worth. The characters are likable and they hold your interest. I would recommend these for anyone who wants to feel good and also see some really nice scenery. The show deals with a lot of social issues that are common to any country and that I think most viewers can relate to. Only in most places there is not someone trying to right the wrongs.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This "riveting series" is more boring than riveting October 12, 2012
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This is not a "criminal investigation" series, rather a "court drama", at least for the first three episodes. Starting with episode 4, it becomes a "personal relationship" series and quite boring: I had trouble going through that episode 4. In episode 6, personal relationships take over (one man, a former girl friend, the new girl friend with two children and a husband who wants her back). There is hope when Rocco Tasca, the main character, gets shot; unfortunately, he survives and will probably live happily ever after with the new girl friend and her two children. Therefore, there will be a Series 2, and I am not going to buy it.

Each episode involves a court case, solved (as could be expected) when some new witness or some new document emerges. Quite a few children in all these episodes, all very polite and very good at expressing their feelings. The whole thing is even more sugary than Don Matteo! (Warning though: in the first episode you get a glance at Girl Friend No. 1 in her birthday suit, albeit in the background).

So why two stars?

1. It is in Italian (no slang, no bad language)
2. You get to see the Bay of Naples, the Castel dell' Uovo and the Certosa (Carthusian Monastery) of San Martino, up on the hill in the background.

Judging from the introductory credits, this masterpiece was imagined and realized by one or several committees. It shows!

(Allow me to point out that MHZ Networks offers far better crime series: The Octopus, Fog and Crimes, Detective Montalbano, Commissario Brunetti,The Homicide Squad, and even Inspector Coliandro. Any of these is better than "A Case of Conscience".)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 13, 2014
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Great series.
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