The realism of Law & Order
. The science of CSI
. A sensibility all its own.
"Im not a policeman, OK? Yknow what I do? I look after the dead."
So says Dominic Da Vinci, a controversial, charismatic big city coroner. And in Da Vincis job, the dead always cry out for justice.
A richly talented ensemble cast joins award-winning actor Nicholas Campbell in this critically acclaimed crime series. Working with police and pathologists while fighting bureaucratic resistance, coroner Da Vinci relies on high-tech forensic science and old-fashioned shoe leather to illuminate the murky world in which men and women commit murder. With this complete first seasoncomprising 13 thrilling episodesyou can savor the delicately nuanced drama of Da Vincis Inquest from the very beginning.
DVD FEATURES INCLUDE trailer and cast filmographies.
The crackling Canadian police procedural Da Vinci's Inquest
combines the best elements of popular U.S. police procedurals like CSI
, Crossing Jordan
, and Law & Order
--with a little throwback to Quincy
for good measure. What makes Da Vinci's Inquest
so compelling is the performance of lead actor Nicholas Campbell, a cop turned coroner who tells anyone who'll listen, and lots of people who won't, that his job is to represent and look after the dead. Season 1, which debuted in 1998, follows Campbell's Dominic Da Vinci through the gritty side of Vancouver, navigating serial murders as well as extreme dysfunction in his own life. The focus on Da Vinci's personal life--his tumbles off the wagon, the torture of his ex-wife's involvement with a colleague--gives the series more heart than most blood-and-guts crime series. The show and Campbell have won several Gemini Awards (the Canadian Emmys) for the nuance and intellect that keep viewers engaged, even as they sense ominous turns of events about to unfold. Mystery fans can't ask for more. --A.T. Hurley