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Murdoch Mysteries: Season 1 [Blu-ray] (2012)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (601 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 624 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (601 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Z4LOUK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Episode 1 commentary by stars Yannick Bisson and Jonny Harris, production designer Sandra Kybartas, and executive producer Cal Coons; interviews with the author and cast (18 min.); photo gallery; and character biographies

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Editorial Reviews

"Forensic sleuthing in the age of invention

"Smart, fast-paced fun" —The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Sly wit, surprising twists, and the fascinating roots of modern criminology

Cutting-edge Victorian science meets cunningly plotted mystery in this "stylish period thriller" (The Globe and Mail, Canada). In the 1890s, Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye) adopts modern techniques like "finger marks" and forensics to track Toronto’s most sinister killers. Though derided by his skeptical boss (Thomas Craig, Where the Heart Is), Murdoch finds friends and allies in a lovely pathologist (Gemini-winner Hélène Joy, Durham County) and an eager-to-learn constable (Jonny Harris, Hatching, Matching & Dispatching). Along the way they cross paths with some of the era’s most famous figures, including Nikola Tesla, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Prince Alfred. "


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98 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Series spinoff based on the novels by Maureen Jennings December 26, 2008
Format:DVD
Three television adaptions of Maureen Jennings' Victorian William Murdoch novels were so successful, the broadcaster (CITY television in Canada, UKTV in Britain and Granada International) commissioned a full fledged 13 episode series. 14 Gemini award nominations for season one led to the series being renewed for season two.
This collection of episodes from season one has some stellar performances. Thomas Craig as Inspector Brackenreid, Helene Joy (Gemini award winning actress) as Dr Ogden, Jonny Harris as Constable Crabtree, and Yannick Bisson as the handsome and dapper Detective Murdoch, will provide hours of great entertainment and suspense.
Standout episodes in season one include an adaptation of the novel Let Loose the Dogs, Elementary My Dear Murdoch (which features Arthur Conan Doyle), The Glass Ceiling, The Annoying Red Planet, and the touching Child's Play. Highly recommended.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Poor William Murdoch. Will he ever get a fair shake in the casting department? He's a police detective in a number of turn-of the-century mysteries set in gas-lit Toronto written by Maureen Jennings. They are good books, well written, detailed and intricate, and Murdoch is a fine protagonist. He's reasonably well educated, worked rough before he became a policeman and is a Catholic in a very Protestant town which has a largely Protestant police force. Murdoch is convinced that beating a confession out of a suspect -- the usual way of solving a crime -- is not as effective as using deduction and the new scientific methods that are being talked about. He's thoughtful, sincere and shrewd. He's not the most popular copper at his station, but he grudgingly earns the respect of his superior and most of his colleagues.

The Murdoch Mysteries is the second attempt by Canadian producers to bring Murdoch to television. The first consisted of three 90-minute programs based on three of Jennings' books. Murdoch's impostor didn't look much like Jennings' description but he was a skilled actor. It all started well but quickly drifted down into melodrama, with Murdoch in the third program involved with a loving street prostitute. With that highly unlikely development, not in the books, the axe came down on the show.

Murdoch Mysteries showed up a couple of years later. It's a conventional television approach with thirteen one-hour mysteries in a season, with two seasons finished and production started on the third. My impression is that the television producers and writers are caught between trying to bring Murdoch and his times to life and having a hit in the ratings.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Set in 1890's Canada, Murdoch Mysteries Season One is a four-DVD thinpack set collecting the first thirteen episodes of this popular mystery series following Detective William Murdoch (played by Yannick Bisson), a sleuth whose genius leads him to discover and use modern techniques such as "finger marks" to catch criminals. His antagonistic boss (Thomas Craig) derides his methods at every turn, but he has willing allies in a beautiful pathologist (Gemini-winner Helene Joy) and an intrepidly inquisitive constable (Johnny Harris). Famous brilliant minds of the era also make appearances, such as Nikola Tesla, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Prince Alfred. Based on the hero of the enjoyable and widely beloved Murdoch novels, Murdoch Mysteries Season One is an excellent adventure sure to please mystery fans, and is especially notable for winning two Geminis and being nominated for twelve more. Special features include episode commentary by stars Yannick Bisson and Jonny Harris, production designer Sandra Kybartas, and executive feature Cal Coons; interviews with the author and cast; a photographic gallery; cast filmographies; and brief cast biographies. 598 minutes, 16:9 widescreen, subtitles.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHERLOCK IN TORONTO June 29, 2009
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By chance I purchase the Murdoch Movies..and found them interesting and enjoyble...CSI in 1890 Victorian years....
Was surprised to learned that this had been made into a series...with a new cast of actors...with my interest peeked...I purchased the set...what a pleasant surprise...all episodes interesting and enteraining....My favorite episodes were with Murdoch and Arthur Conan Doyle..playing off on each other...Also, enjoy the sparks from Murdoch and the good doctor...(not many woman doctors back then or in the field.)
Have read there is a season 2..Will be waiting impatiently for that season to be release....since this program in not found on USA channels..
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars almost as good as the movies October 31, 2009
Format:DVD
While the movies were better than the series; this series is alot of fun and is worth watching. The plots are logical and not dumb as some have stated. I enjoyed every minute of this show and I am glad to see it come back for a second season. The historical guest 'stars" like Tesla and Sir Arthur conan Doyle make for even more fun. It's great to see a show this well produced and featuring a long ago time period that may have some historical inaccuracies but not overly so. We need more period dramas out there and it's a great thing to see a very good one on television being produced somewhere and in english. So I would say that any fan of dectective series that take place in the past should enjoy this show. It's fun to just sit back and take in the atmosphere. I don't think the leads acting is terrible either , he comes off as brainy and restrained and that fits the character. So this show is worth adding to your mystery collection if you are a fan of period mysteries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murdoch Mystery Season 1
I enjoyed the interaction of the actors and actresses. The plots were always interesting and easy to follow. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Robyn Merriett
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Maysteris and Stories Line
I love a good mysteries. If I can not known who did it, I love is. His mind in the science.
Published 1 day ago by Monica Mc Intosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series!
This is a very enjoyable detective series. The characters are great and the time period is fun. We like how they bring in famous characters such as Sir Arthur Doyle, Tesla, etc. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mary Meehan
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent copy
This DVD is in great shape. Thank you! Will be looking for more copies of this series in the near future.
Published 2 days ago by Sharon Everette
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series!
I've loved this series since it started on Ovation channel, but could not catch every episode. It's wonderfull to be able to watch all the episodes I missed. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sherry R Brooks
3.0 out of 5 stars Murdoch dos not have to try so hard at being "proper"
Well, I do like the plot and the way they work in the new scientific concepts of the time period. The circa is early 1900's in Canada. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Robbyn Knickerbocker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mysteries with unique format!
Fascinating historical background to modern forensic investigations. Excellent Victorian era characters and good family entertainment. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Robert L Watt
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new series.
I enjoyed watching this series as it was something new for a change. It was well acted with good story lines. Good chemistry created among the cast .
Published 4 days ago by Fe Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fun story
This show was recommended by the Heartland blog whisperer. Since I love Heartland, I figured I'd check it out. What an interesting story! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime with more than a touch of Tech
I can't say enough plaudits about this series! First of all, Yannick Bassoon is an odd mixture of complacency, religion, but, most of all a scientific, curious mind. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sharron Lee Henry
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