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Forensic Files: Historic Cases (2 Disc Set) (2009)

Peter Thomas , Paul Dowling  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Peter Thomas
  • Directors: Paul Dowling
  • Producers: Paul Dowling
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: TGG Direct
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051QS1R2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,847 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Forensic Files: Historic Cases (2 Disc Set)" on IMDb

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The World's Longest-Running and Most Successful True Crime TV Series. The First Time ever released on DVD, FORENSIC FILES is a pioneer in the field of fact-based, high-tech, dramatic storytelling. This critically acclaimed, award winning series delves into the world of forensic science, profiling intriguing crimes from around the world. FORENSIC FILES: HISTORIC CASES contains 12 Episodes. True to life reenactments drmatically portray step-by-step how each crime was carried out.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What you would expect if you're a FF fan August 24, 2011
By D. Knox
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Episodes included on this two-disc set:

Cats, Flies and Snapshots
Chief Evidence
Drowning Sorrows
Fire Proof
Nice Threads
Over a Barrel
Purr-fect Match
Reel Danger
"Shear" Luck
Ticker Tape
Tight-Fitting Genes

I would have given this dvd a five-star rating (as a huge fan of the show) if it had included some dvd extras, but alas, it did not. This set is merely the episodes listed, no extras or any advertisements.

This set deals with historic cases, which simply means that the new methods of evidence collection used in those cases were either ground-breaking or just new ways to use old things. Many have gone on to become standards for evidence collection when needed in similar circumstances. It is fascinating to hear how the cases evolved, and to hear from the experts!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 12 Interesting Cases ( Full Listing ) November 6, 2012
Forensic Files is an American documentary-style series which reveals how forensic science is used to solve violent crimes, mysterious accidents, and even outbreaks of illness. The show takes a "whodunit" approach, making each case a mystery to be solved. Every 22 minutes episode follows one case from initial investigation until conviction, acquittal, or some other legal resolution. Pathologists, medical examiners, police officers, detectives, prosecutors, defense attorneys, friends and families of victims or sometimes even the suspects themselves are all interviewed about their roles.

This set is about Historic cases, cases where the investigators used new forensic techniques to find the killer(s). All 12 investigations are very interesting. Here are the 12 episodes you'll find on this set:

1. Bio-Attack: The 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack was the food poisoning of 751 individuals in The Dalles, Oregon, United States, through the deliberate contamination of salad bars at ten local restaurants with salmonella.
2. Cats, Flies and Snapshots: The disappearance of 19-year-old Lori Auker leaves police stumped due to the poor quality of a surveillance tape. With help from NASA, however, digital imaging was employed to clean up the video; later, three hairs that belonged to her cat were found in a suspect's trunk, leading to his arrest and eventual conviction.
3. Chief Evidence: A young suburban couple was murdered during what appeared to be a drug deal gone awry. But police found no drugs in the home of the victims - and there were no traces of the victims' blood on the clothing of the suspects. The victims' dog, Chief, eventually led police to the killer.
4. Drowning Sorrows: A family vacation becomes a nightmare when the wife is found face-down in the lake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forensic Files March 12, 2012
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All of the episodes of the Forensic Files DVDs are stunningly excellent and commendable. The attention to details is simply superb and provides immense and valuable information about forensic sciences. The narration of Peter Thomas is exceptionally outstanding and impressive. A must-must see series !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this for my kiddo and she loves it!! December 30, 2013
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It's set up like a Dateline but lots of information in it. I would definitely recommend it! Both she and I were very pleased!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Circumstantial Evidence November 21, 2013
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I chose '5' stars for this 2 disc set of historic forensic cases because the investigations are so thorough. I love how each case shows how circumstantial evidence can make all of the difference in the findings of a case. One great example of that is a cat hair that was on the body of a victim in the trunk of a car. The only thing that lead investigators to know for sure that the victim was in the trunk was a hair from her cat. Anyone intrigued by suspenseful murder mysteries will definitely enjoy this set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great bunch of true dramas. November 12, 2013
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This is a real nail-biter for those who enjoy the real life whodunit. Amazing how clues are unearthed. Reasonable price, too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good November 4, 2013
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This is a very complete collection from the TV series of the same name. A must have for fans of the program.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show September 24, 2013
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I have always loved this show. Started watching it on Court Tv (then TruTv). It is so amazing that you can a minute item and it will fill a novel.
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