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

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (891 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Z4LOUK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,528 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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103 of 106 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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60 of 65 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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28 of 28 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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11 of 11 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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHERLOCK IN TORONTO June 29, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars PRIME
Love the series. Unlike other reviewers I find the acting believable and the plots interesting. Granted they don't follow Maureen Jenning's books however they are still enjoyable. Read more
Published 6 days ago by lisa m bartorillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this show---started watching it with my sister and decided I wanted my own copy- Will use them again.
Published 16 days ago by roberta johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent series from the BBC network
This is an excellent series from the BBC network. If you are a fan of the CSI shows on TV and also a Sherlock Holmes fan, then this series is a Must have. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Richard Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars ... bought this item for my Aunts birthday and she loved it, can't...
I bought this item for my Aunts birthday and she loved it, can't wait to see another season when we get one to her.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!
Fascinating mysteries set more than 100 years ago when the current "CSI" scientific methods were in their infancy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kay L. Kamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Cynthia M Randolph
5.0 out of 5 stars Great but disappointed
Great videos. Was disappointed after watching the first series on prime they changed it from prime to pay.
Published 1 month ago by Reinhold Sulea
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband, son (age 9) and I all watch ...
My husband, son (age 9) and I all watch this together. The plus are always compelling. My son is interested in forensics and unlike most forensic sites this is no too gruesome. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Willow M. Howlett
1.0 out of 5 stars I'll probably like this but .....
I would review this item but it hasn't finished downloading to my kindle.
Published 1 month ago by e berrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved this show
Absolutely loved this show! So cool to see what it must have been like when what we consider common today was cutting edge in forensic science.
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Taylor
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