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Monk: The Complete Series

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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.

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

Special Features

Monk: Season One:
  • Mr. Monk and His Origins
  • Mr. Monk and His O.C.D.
  • Mr. Monk and His Fellow Sufferers
  • Mr. Monk and His Emmy Award Winning Performance
  • Mr. Monk and His Partners in Crime

  • Monk: Season Two:
  • The Minds Behind Monk
  • Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) Character Profile
  • Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) Character Profile
  • Precinct Tours with Jason Gray-Stanford

  • Monk: Season Three:
  • Favorites
  • Monk (Tony Shalhoub) Character Profile
  • Life Before Monk
  • Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard) Character Profile
  • Quirks

  • Monk: Season Four:
  • The Monk Writing Process
  • Jon Perkins Behind the Scenes

  • Monk: Season Five:
  • Mr. Monk and the Leper Commentary with Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard, Sarah Brown, Executive Producer David Hoberman, Executive Producer/Writer Andy Breckman, and Director/Exceutive Producer Randall Zisk
  • Webisodes
  • Bonus Episode: Psych Pilot Episode

  • Monk: Season Six:
  • Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan Video Commentary by Writer/Executive Producer Andy Breckman
  • Mr. Monk and The Naked Man Video Commentary by Writers Tom Gammill and Max Pross
  • Mr. Monk and The Bad Girlfriend Video Commentary By Writer Joe Toplyn
  • Mr. Monk and The Birds And The Bees Video Commentary By Writer Peter Wolk
  • Mr. Monk and The Buried Treasure Video Commentary By Writer/Co-Executive Producer Jonathon Collier
  • Mr. Monk and The Wrong Man Video Commentary By Writer Sal Savo
  • Mr. Monk Is Up All Night Video Commentary with Writer David Breckman
  • Mr. Monk Is Up All Night Audio Commentary with Tony Shalhoub, Ted Levine, Jason Gray-Stanford, Executive Producer David Hoberman, and Director/Executive Producer Randall Zisk

  • Monk: Season Seven:
  • Mr. Monk Buys a House Video Commentary with Creator/Co-Writer Andy Breckman
  • Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever Video Commentary with Writer Hy Conrad
  • Mr. Monk Is Underwater Video Commentary with Writer Jack Bernstein
  • Mr. Monk Falls in Love Video Commentary with Writers Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan
  • Mr. Monk’s 100th Case Video Commentary with Writer Tom Scharpling
  • Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized Video Commentary with Writers Tom Gammill and Max Pross
  • Monk P.I. - Promotional Ad
  • Anatomy of an Episode

  • Monk: Season Eight:
  • Set Tours
  • Mr. Monk Says Goodbye
  • Mr. Monk and the End Video Commentary with Creator/Episode Writer Andy Breckman, Episode Director Randy Zisk and Series Star Tony Shalhoub
  • Andy Breckman Interview
  • Cast Interviews

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard, Jason Gray-Stanford
    • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B003WVJ65Y
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Monk is a tremendous series. I'd seen all of the episodes and most of them 2 or 3 times on TV, yet I still had to buy the box set. The first time you watch a show, it is fun to try to figure out along with Monk who the killer was, why, and how. Re-watching is also fun, as the humor is so great and the acting so well done, plus you get a better understanding of the build-up of the clues. It's also fun to see some places where the show "cheated" and "how it happened" is not actually what was seen at the beginning (for instance, the earthquake episode). I plan to watch the few episodes that I've seen only once, then start at the beginning and watch the whole series through again. That is, after I watch all of the bonus features. This is such a great show!!
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    The Complete Series of MONK was everything I expected it to be them some. The individual clips is an added extra that gives input on the personalities of the staff members. I would recommend this to whom ever likes the TV series.
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    Yes it's got English SDH.
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    what's the advantage?
    I purchased this complete series for under $80.00 at Amazon
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    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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