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Da Vinci's Inquest - Season 2 (1998)

Nicholas Campbell , Donnelly Rhodes , Anne Wheeler , Scott Summersgill  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Nicholas Campbell, Donnelly Rhodes, Ian Tracey
  • Directors: Anne Wheeler, Scott Summersgill, Alan Simmonds, David Frazee, Tom Braidwood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 572 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R349JS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,509 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Da Vinci's Inquest - Season 2" on IMDb

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The acclaimed crime drama that blends high-tech forensic science with old-fashioned legwork

'I'm not a doctor. I don't pretend to be. My job is to prevent death.'

That's how Dominic Da Vinci sums up his job as the controversial coroner for the city of Vancouver. He relies on the expert findings of criminologists, pathologists, and police - and his own hard-nosed inquiries - to ferret out the truth behind suspicious deaths. Along the way, he makes plenty of enemies.

Combining the intricate realism of Law & Order with the high-tech forensics of CSI, Da Vinci's Inquest has a social and moral resonance that makes it truly unique. In this complete second season, you ll see why Da Vinci's Inquest has earned international acclaim and devoted fans.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE interview with series creator Chris Haddock, photo gallery, Chris Haddock bio, and cast filmographies.

Nobody does world-weary cop quite as intensely as does Nicholas Campbell, who plays Dominic Da Vinci (though the late Jerry Orbach comes close). In Season 2 of Da Vinci's Inquest, the hit Canadian police procedural, Campbell is in fine form as Da Vinci, a former Vancouver cop turned coroner. What's great about Da Vinci's Inquest is that it never feels formulaic, even though it delivers as a good cop procedural should.

Case in point: The episode called "Blues in A Minor." The story revolves around the body found in its first scene--that of a young boy found washed up on the rocks underneath the Second Narrows Bridge in Vancouver. Instantly this feels different from an American cop show. The boy's body is splayed horribly--realistically--on the rocks as the tide laps around it. There's no unnecessary gore, but the realism grabs the viewer viscerally. There's also another case unfolding at the same time, just like in real life--having nothing to do with the original case, but calling for attention just the same. Our hero, Campbell's Da Vinci, is scattered between the two cases, though it's the first that eats at him, as he follows well-meaning but mistaken leads and finally homes in on the horrible truth that led to the boy's death.

Da Vinci's Inquest feels as untidy as real life, and at the same time manages to be a valentine to the lovely, but quietly violent, city in which it's set. This Vancouver is gorgeous, but not romantic; the hard-scrabble folks who settled here at the edge of the continent breed their own type of malaise. And thankfully, Da Vinci is there to battle it. Extras in the boxed set include an interview with series creator Chris Haddock, a bio of Haddock, a photo gallery, and cast filmographies. --A.T. Hurley

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'll tell you this for free" November 15, 2007
Applause to whomever finally decided to get off the stick and release subsequent seasons of this phenomenal TV series, based on the exploits of Vancouver's legendary coroner-turned-mayor Larry Campbell. Nicholas Campbell's Da Vinci ranks with James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano as one of the greatest sustained performances in television. Charismatic, principled, cranky, witty and deeply flawed in so many interesting ways, Campbell is surrounded by a deep and appealing ensemble cast of characters(Ian Tracey, Venus Terzo, Alex Diakun, Kim Hawthorne, Sarah Strange, Sulekha Mathew, Gwyneth Walsh and especially Donnelly Rhodes as the equally crusty Leo), all buoyed along on writer-producer Chris Haddock's fast-paced interwoven storylines. A textbook example of how to create an ongoing storyarc along a spine of individually satisfying episodes. The series loses its way a bit in later seasons, and builds a long meandering plotline that never satisfactorily resolves itself, but it's still a completely addictive ride along the way because the acting, directing and character writing are of such a high level. In this season, look for a particularly chilling guest shot by Matt Frewer ("Max Headroom") as a weirdly self-confident serial killer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By jipi
The second season of Da Vinci's Inquest is as good the first season was, and it still has everything one can wish for :
Strong characters supported by excellent actors, fascinating stories, competent direction.
What is amazing is the overall coherence of the sum of those parts : this show clearly has its own personnality, this is not the average crime drama but an unique work of art.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SERIES FOR ALL SEASONS February 26, 2008
By Pepper
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I'm an American, fortunate to be able to receive CBC. When I see Chris Haddock's name on anything, I know it will be quality. The minute I saw the second season of "DaVinci's Inquest" was available, I bought it. I've no idea how it is possible, but this series just gets better every season. The mixture of humor, pathos, mystery and drama is perfection. The only flaw I've seen in either season is the attempt to make DaVinci's mother seem more Italian than she is. I can't tell whether the problem lies with the actress or the director, but when she uses an Italian phrase, it comes off as clumsy and amateurish. This character doesn't spend more than 15" on the screen in all the episodes together, and that's a good thing.
Season 2's episode of "Sister's Light" will break your heart and is flawless, as are most of the episodes. In the first season, the writing had Leo (Donnelly Rhodes) as an irritating grump, but by the second season, they figured out what to do with him and his gruff humor, sadness of a husband with a wife losing her mind - fit the character beautifully.You know when he comes on the screen he will either make you laugh or break your heart.
Wish I knew how to reach the team that put this series together and ask them why they don't just put the entire set on sale? I didn't find this series until just before it was shot down by CBC, so was at the mercy of the commercials/reruns until the first two seasons came available on DVD.

I'd like to comment on CBC and their treatment of this team, as evidenced by what they are currently doing to "Intelligence", but that's another show and a separate issue.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time October 23, 2007
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I am so excited that the second season of the most exceptional and wonderful televised series is now available for pre-ordering. I have ordered mine, have you.? I have begged Program Partners and anyone else I could contact to please put ALL of the seasons out on DVD. This is a start.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD is in English, not French! October 29, 2007
The description says the language for this DVD is French, but it is most definitely in English. Amazon has been notified and we hope the error will be corrected shortly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Da Vinci's Inquest Season 2 March 13, 2008
Da Vinci's Inquest Season 2 was just as good if not better than season 1. I love this show!! The DVD set was awsome! For the person who commented on the DVD being in French, it is formated in English. However, you can go in and select it to be tranlated/subtitled in French at the beginning of the set up. There was only one of the shows that had a French subtile running (like you would see for closed caption for the hearing impaired) and I could not figure out how to get it off. To me it was worth it once you get into the show who cares about a subtile on one show? The quality of the DVD's for season 1&2 was fabulous. Can't wait for Season 3 to release!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Police Procedural March 24, 2013
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This is one of the best tv police procedurals I've seen and is in the league of Homicide Life on the Streets.
The show is set in Vancouver, BC, and we see a side of this tourist city, one would never expect. DaVinci is a coroner who is passionate, liberal and forceful and although he appears to be outside the good ole boy network, he uses it when needed.
The show is old and started in the late 90s and went on for eight seasons, but for some reason only seasons 1-3 are available.

The main characters are diverse and good looking and are Indian, Hispanic, black and white. And the bad guys are not always minorities, so it's pretty inclusive. I can watch an entire season in two days - by just sitting in front the of the tv. Can't get enough and wish they make available seasons 4-8 soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Movie arrived in excellent condition. Thanks.
Published 1 month ago by herman j.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hungry for more
I love this show but don't understand why all the episodes aren't available. I've spent hours trying to find them but it's impossible
Published 3 months ago by Mary Hirsch-jones
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
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series of all time!
I'm on my second go round of this amazing series from Canada.
Chris Haddock's name should be a household word for creating the wonderful characters in Da Vinci's Vancouver! Read more
Published 14 months ago by karen mulhern
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the series
Fell in love with the characters and the series while watching TV late at night when I could not sleep. Glad to have bought all of three of the seasons.
Published 16 months ago by J. T. Maroney
4.0 out of 5 stars Canadian gold
great characters, filmed in cinema verite style, almost comes off as documentary, and stories don't always get resolved as we expect or want... makes for great realism
Published 21 months ago by L. Eugene Pelfrey
3.0 out of 5 stars ??? Not too sure!!!!!
I did get the first set a few years back and enjoyed them! This one dissapoints first: No Subtitles!!!!
Two: Stories are VERY HARD to follow, kind of mixed up even!! Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by Letzeburger
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and thoughtful
This series is different from American Detectives. More gritty and realistic. I thought about the stories in series 1 for a long time. Read more
Published on May 16, 2012 by abbiely
4.0 out of 5 stars arragance unleased
This series would be much better if the writers would not have taken thier personal scewed political agenda as the normal and excepted by everyone.
Published on January 4, 2012 by Rocket "J"
I got hooked on this show just by watching the re=runs on ABC at 130 am Mondays... I ordered the first three seasons, since those are the only seasons that so far are available on... Read more
Published on August 15, 2011 by M. C. Massey
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