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Durham County: Season 1 (2010)

Hugh Dillon , Justin Louis , Adrienne Mitchell , Holly Dale  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hugh Dillon, Justin Louis, Helene Joy
  • Directors: Adrienne Mitchell, Holly Dale
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002V3AM8O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,033 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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They say there s only six degrees of separation between you and anyone else in the world, but sometimes it s not even that. Sometimes the most brutal evil you can imagine is already in your world. Sometimes he s just across the street.

DURHAM COUNTYis an emotionally powerful, six, one-hour dramatic series that revolves around Detective Mike Sweeney and his family as he hunts a serial killer he s certain is the guy across the street. You d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the cop and the killer or between you and them. They have a shared history, one that goes all the way back to high school. You think you can leave your past behind. But you can t...

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"Durham County follows in the footsteps of such hard hitting crime dramas as The Sopranos and Dexter... Don't Miss it --National Post

"Durham County is very, very creepy and unsettling, and entirely addictive" --New York Times

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
A few years ago I discovered this show called "Durham County" which is shown in Canada. Soon after I began watching it I realized this is a special type show. It was like nothing I had really watched before, as most shows, at least here in the US, tend to be "Safe". There are exceptions such as Sons of Anarchy or Dexter or The Shield, but by and large most shows have a "we won't cross this line" mentality that prevents it from seriously going in a direction that might be seen as offputting to a number of viewers.

Thankfully Durham County's network does not have that mentality, and so it has allowed this brilliant show to be crafted in a way that is unsettling and not at all "safe". The show is completely unpredictable and in fact the one thing that IS predictable is how you will feel afterwards. Kinda icky. And that's a great thing I think. Anytime a show can create these emotions inside you that make you question what you just watched is brilliant in my mind.

The only show that really approaches this in the sense of "oh my God he's not going to...oh he just did!" is probably Dexter. Dexter is a show that essentially has you rooting for a serial killer to get away with it. Perhaps because the people that he kills are all bad people. We know this watching it, so when he kills a pedophile or a child killer or a guy who killed his wife, we don't really feel that bad. We know killing is wrong, but we know 100% that the people he's killing are guilty and are getting away with it. So that makes it okay, if even in a questionable morals type of way.

Durham is much the same, only in a different way.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece January 27, 2010
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The box cover's description sounds a little cheesy, but these six episodes are a brilliant piece of storytelling. This is extremely intelligent, bleak, thrilling noir, with a great deal of subtext into dynamics between men and women, and male violence toward women. The writing is exemplary, as is the cinematography and performances. ... The best piece of television storytelling I've seen since The Wire.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific; Bad Guy Ray Is Fabulous March 8, 2010
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I watched this because the "sort of good guy", the cop, is the really good guy on the Canadian series FLASHPOINT. He's part good and part bad as the cop in this small town where he relocates his family. Right across the street from him lives the big deal in town, a real bad guy, a complete psychopath. Naturally, he is such a good old boy in the town, lived there all his life, that everyone loves him. His name is Ray. Ray plays this between high camp and straight. He reminds me somewhat of Ian McShane in DEADWOOD but, of course, worse. This is great fun. "Ray" was so good that he won the Canadian version of the Emmy for this as lead actor.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "killer" series! December 14, 2009
By Dee J.
Format:DVD
I've only gotten to watch part of Season One, but every show has been so well done that I've sometimes forgotten the actors aren't actually the characters in the series. Sometimes horrendously graphic, almost no one (even the "good guys") seems beyond reproach. I can't wait to see the rest of the series on DVD!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dark crime series produced in Canada August 15, 2010
Format:DVD
difficult to describe this series, except to say that it is a crime/detective series that follows the life of the lead detective as he is in investigates a series of murders. These murders get personal for him, because one of the victims he was romantically involved with.

A serial killer is on the loose, and as detective Mike Sweeney pieces together the clues, he is led to believe the killer is not only someone he knows (from high school), but who also lives in his same neighborhood.

So far, I've only watched the first three episodes, but this is a refreshing start. Being filmed and produced in Canada, it has a different "look" than we in the U.S. are used to seeing, in terms of cinematography. Much of it is bleak and gritty and looks like it was filmed through a blue lens at times, which fits the story-line perfectly.

Interesting supporting characters as well, from the daughter and wife of the detective to the detective's co-workers. Fine acting across the board. Justin Louis' (of Stargate Universe) has a intense role, which is well done.

Will update this review periodically as the season unfolds...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no closed captions July 3, 2011
Format:DVD
I bought this dvd and was surprised to see it had no closed captions. My hearing is very bad and I require captions. Most dvd produced these days have them. I never did watch the series but I still own the disk.

Recommendation for Amazon: please indicate clearly on your sales pages whether CC is included - it is important for your deaf customers and it might spur rogue producers (like the producers of Durham county) to create them for their products.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent show. Great acting and casting.

Would give it 4.5 stars if I could.
Published 2 months ago by Diane L. Nusser
5.0 out of 5 stars Very dark psychological drama
Very dark show that I had to gulp real hard to suspend my disbelief for at first. I am glad I did because once I accepted all the characters and situations for what they were, I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joon
1.0 out of 5 stars OBSCENE, STUPID SHOW TRYING TO APPEAR CUTTING EDGE
This program irritated the heck out of me for countless reasons, all of which had to do with how really stupid it is. First, the music is terrible--just awful. Read more
Published 4 months ago by alltatup
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good show!!
I just started watching the show on DVD and am instantly addicted!!
It's very compelling in it's intensity and creepiness!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Enfinity
2.0 out of 5 stars Very creepy- disturbing
Some may like this type of show (similar I suppose to to Dexter) but we did not. It has good audio/video clarity, but it is more a content issue for my wife and I, we didn't care... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just discovered this series...I LOVE IT!
Only on episode 8 and I am sad it will end soon as the show was cancelled. Dont understand why sad to see good series cancelled.
Published 9 months ago by Catrina Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and edgy
I have to admit that I have sort of a crush on Hugh Dillon and bought it mainly for that reason. But the story is riveting and edgy and leaves you wanting more, which is why I... Read more
Published 10 months ago by birdlady
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
I kind of stumbled on this series and instantly got hooked.. You have to watch each episode to really appreciate it
Published 13 months ago by nancy metzler
2.0 out of 5 stars promise that evaporates
The first 2-3 episodes have promise. From episode 4 the series has defined itself as a soap. Thereon the screenplay is so lousy it cant hold interest through the characters AS a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by .fgd
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Is there a Season 3? I LOVED this show and wish it was still airing! It's not any creepier or demented than some of the stuff on Criminal Minds and other shows.
Oct 5, 2011 by Smiles |  See all 2 posts
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There english subtitles or CC?
Mar 7, 2010 by analau |  See all 3 posts
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