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Monk: The Complete Series - Limited Edition (2010)

Tony Shalhoub , Bitty Schram  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard, Jason Gray-Stanford
  • Format: Box set, Color, Limited Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 32
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 5451 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WVJ65Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Season One
The ranks of fictional genius gumshoes were joined by former San Francisco detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) in the summer of 2002, and he is indeed a welcome addition. Cable channel USA Network introduced Monk, a bright comedy-drama series about an obsessive-compulsive sleuth drummed out of police work following the murder of his wife and a subsequent spike in his overwhelming neuroses. Once a rising star in the homicide department, the twitchy savant is still valuable to Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine), who reluctantly calls on Monk to solve difficult, high-profile murders of judges, billionaires, police informants, and famous attorneys. Monk's talent for finding clues and seeing the big picture in criminal investigations makes him a force to reckon with, but his many phobias (germs, heights, asymmetry, and much, much else) aggravate Stottlemeyer and make Monk completely dependent on a long-suffering assistant, Sharona (Bitty Schram), a single mom who functions as Dr. Watson to Monk's Sherlock Holmes. Each of the 12 episodes included in Monk: The Complete First Season is a delightful mix of clever whodunit puzzler, neurotic schtick, and deepening relationships. Among the latter, the bond between Monk and Sharona is most touching, as the platonic friends, sometimes aghast at how involved they are in each other's lives, surprise themselves with the breadth of their trust and commitment. In "Mr. Monk Goes to the Asylum," Monk is forced into a stay at a mental hospital, where a murderer has convinced him he's crazy; it's Sharona who makes her boss realize he's not. In "Mr. Monk and the Earthquake," it's Monk who rushes to Sharona's aid when he deduces that a lying friend is about to kill her. In almost every episode, Monk is confronted with a phobic limitation he must overcome in order to save the day. The question is whether he will heal enough, one day, to re-join his old squad. For the sake of Monk's winning formula and fans, one has to hope such good news never comes to pass. --Tom Keogh

Season Two
Monk: Season Two finds the popular cable dramedy all the more satisfying and fun in its second year. Relationships between the series' core characters have (against all odds) actually deepened and sweetened, while the new whodunit storylines challenge obsessive-compulsive investigator hero Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) in fresh and novel ways. There are no big changes, but there is more compassion, even friendship, exchanged between Monk and his former boss, Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine), and grudging admiration for the difficult private sleuth from Stottlemeyer's second-in-command, Lieutenant Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford). As for Monk's crucial bond with his long-suffering assistant, Sharona (Bitty Schram), well, nothing comes easier than before. On the other hand, Sharona continues to draw Monk out of his self-obsession by giving him someone to care about.

Highlights include the strong season opener, "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School," starring Andrew McCarthy as a science teacher whom Monk instantly suspects of killing a colleague. (The latter's death was disguised as a suicide.) Monk's investigation leads him to take, with many pitfalls and funny moments, a post at the school as a substitute teacher. But the episode also demonstrates the series' increasing preference for mysteries that concern how a crime was committed rather than who did it. Also good is "Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico," in which Monk finds himself in a panic without bottled water while working alongside two south-of-the-border equivalents (in looks and personality) of Stottlemeyer and Disher. "Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy" stars Gary Cole as a girlie-mag publisher who blackmails the chivalrous Monk by acquiring, and threatening to print, old topless photos of Sharona. One of the season's best shows, "Mr. Monk and the Paperboy," finds the fastidious, orderly detective in a major freakout when his own home becomes a crime scene. Still a comic joy and still stimulating for mystery buffs, Monk: Season Two is highly recommended. Among appealing guest stars are Rachel Dratch, Glenne Headley, Tim Curry, and John Turturro as Monk's Mycroft-like brother. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

He’s obsessive. He’s compulsive. He’s Monk, “TV’s most original sleuth ever” (Howard Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times).

Primetime Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Tony Shalhoub cleans up crime and grime galore in the beloved series that critics hailed as “fresh, exciting and utterly original” (Chicago Tribune).

Once upon a time Adrian Monk was a rising star with the San Francisco Police Department, but he lost his nerve, his mind and then his badge. Now, this obsessive-compulsive detective is determined to get back on the force by solving one crime at a time in “the best detective show to come along in decades” (New York Post).

Featuring hilarious guest stars, including Stanley Tucci, John Turturro and Sarah Silverman, and packed with every episode from all 8 seasons, this 32-disc set includes hours of behind-the-scenes bonus features along with the collectible 32-page Defective Detective Handbook, making Monk: The Complete Series a compulsively essential addition to any DVD obsessive’s collection.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Show, Highly Recommended February 2, 2011
I just watched Monk from start to finish, 8 seasons, one season a week for the past 8 weeks. It has to be the best -- or one of the very best -- TV shows ever produced, IMO. Terrific acting, great humor bordering on slapstick sometimes, good drama, fantastic character development. Tony Shalhoub is simply outstanding. Not to be missed.
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85 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a gift, and a curse July 25, 2010
Sherlock Holmes, Columbo, Hercule Poirot -- genius detectives are usually a bit quirky. But no other is as quirky as Adrian Monk, the obsessive-compulsive detective -- and "Monk: Complete Series " compiles every episode of this funny, likable little mystery series. Tony Shalhoub shines as title character, solving the case with his gift/curse and his willingness to go anywhere... that doesn't have germs.

Adrian Monk's wife Trudy was killed in a car-bombing, and the devastated detective fell apart completely. Years later, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is partially recovered, but he still is obsessive-compulsive and has dozens of phobias. The only way he manages is with his assistant Sharona (Bitty Schram) -- and later her successor Natalie (Traylor Howard) -- babysitting him.

Courtesy of his friend Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine), Monk is called in for dozens of bizarre, baffling cases. His excellent memory and his OCD ("It's a gift.... and a curse") allow him to see patterns and details where other people see nothing.

Among Monk's cases are going undercover at a prison, a killer dentist, a deadly Christmas gift, an elephant used as a lethal weapon, a billionaire mugger, saving Willie Nelson from a murder rap, trapping a black widow, the death of a 115-year-old man, the Mafia, garbage strikes, rock concerts, a cult, real estate, a murder on a sub, a voodoo curse, UFO sightings, martial-artists, murdered models, and a guy who leaped out of a plane -- and died by drowning.

But as quirky and bizarre as the cases is, it never stops hitting the heartstrings. Monk becomes attached to a little boy and a murder victim's dog, and it's a credit to this show's writers that the ending of those episodes aren't maudlin or sappy.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monk must have February 23, 2011
The complete box set is a necessary purchase for every Monk fan who wants to laugh over and over again. The only negative I have found with my purchase is that the first season's bonus footage has defective audio.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare jewel in the world of television! March 24, 2011
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Had this show been on one of the broadcast networks, it would never have shined so bright... cancellation would have been inevitable.

Monk is one of the few shows that succeeded in having both an ongoing back story along with a primary story for each episode. The writing was superb and the number of episodes per season just right (16 per year except for the 12 in season one). I remember when every series on TV used to crank out 20-26 episodes per year, meaning at least 10 of them were clunkers. There are very few clunkers in this series, just a lot of good old fashioned crime solving by one of TV's greatest detectives.

Because of its home on cable television, Monk's writers had the luxury of telling their ENTIRE story all the way through. The build up to - and finally reaching - the amazing 2-part finale makes this one of the best television series of all time.

I watched all the episodes up until the end, then viewed the 2-part finale with total amazement while laughing and crying.

Oh, and Sharona shows up again in Season 8 for an episode too... Sharona, Monk, and Natalie together trying to solve a crime is something that might not have happened on any other show.

Wonderful, wonderful... I am proud to add this series to my collection. It's good old fashioned entertainment for the whole, detective-loving family!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS November 7, 2011
This is an excellent set of one of the best detective shows ever. The only thing that is keeping me from giving it 5 stars was the fact that the episode guide did not come with the set. Other than that this set is worth the money.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable show if you can relate March 18, 2011
I really enjoyed this show because it is pretty funny. It also has good endings on how they did the crime. It makes you think throughout the whole episode. But Monk I can relate to because I have OCD as well. I need to have the exact number of boxers to my t-shirts, etc. I have to clean everything. It is really annoying and wares me out. But Monk is pretty funny.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to love Monk November 9, 2011
I never saw this show while it was on t.v., but a neighbor of mine loaned me this set and I became ADDICTED. It is one of the best shows I've seen, all the actors are perfectly cast, the writing is hilarious-- Just a great show. I was sad when I reached the end of the series!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Love the Show, hated the DVDs June 5, 2013
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Two DVD players, three computers, and I couldn't get the first disc to play on any of them. The second disc was cracked. I don't blame the seller (it was still shrink-wrapped when I received it), but rather the cheapness of the manufacturing process. Very disappointing, because it is a cleverly written show and deserves better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monk: The Complete Series
I haven't had time to open the pkg but it was a quick delivery and a reasonable price. I will have to make time to start watching the series.
Published 2 days ago by S J B
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the show
Love the show, sad it's over with !
We think we have watched every episode, but now we will, plus with all the extras. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Classic Car Care
1.0 out of 5 stars Monk is Junk
This is repulsive . Sure the writing is outreagueosly stupid and cheesy even for a detective dramady , and the acting is bad , but this is for people who like laughing at the... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Z.M.Jamison
2.0 out of 5 stars Great show, but..
I absolutely love this show. I was pretty excited to see the complete series on sale for $66.99 so I made a purchase. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Great Price.
Quirky, character driven, and hilarious. "Monk" was (and perhaps still is, even after "Sherlock" started airing) the best detective/crime show on television. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Matthew Boren
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great USA Network Show!
I had to grab this Amazon deal!

I started watching Monk during the ION Channel weekend marathons. The USA network has become known for it's great character driven shows. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Roxanne
2.0 out of 5 stars Modern-Day "Mr. Magoo"
For those unfamiliar with "Mr. Magoo", it was an old cartoon about a man who was very nearsighted and couldn't see a lot of things properly, and got into all kinds of scrapes as a... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Long Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Monk:one of best shows ever
This package is well worth the price. Monk is such a great show that I couldn't wait for this package deal-I had to buy each season as it came out. Highly recommended!
Published 18 days ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Monk
I never saw this show when it aired originally but I have purchased the DVD's and just love the show.
Published 19 days ago by Jeanette K. Kozak
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter is thrilled with this series!
My daughter wanted this complete series since she loves this show. When it came, it looked great and she is already enjoying the shows.
Published 1 month ago by Lori
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subtitles: any???
Yes it's got English SDH.
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Nov 3, 2011 by Rayan S. Alballaa |  See all 3 posts
what's the advantage?
I purchased this complete series for under $80.00 at Amazon
Feb 1, 2014 by Carl A |  See all 4 posts
I am not sure of the title but it is where Monk goes to prison to investigate a murder. The Dryer is in the prison laundry.
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