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Criminal Minds: Season 1
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In addition to serial killers, the series unleashes a gallery of twisted and depraved specimens. "Trust me," Derek comments early on, "we cover the whole spectrum of psychos." This includes arsonists, rapists, child abductors, and even a cannibalistic killer. Anchoring the proceedings is Patinkin, who exudes authoritative gravitas, and who is always good for scenery feasting. He really comes to life when killers have Gideon at gunpoint and he taunts them into losing their already unsteady grip. Most episodes feature the voiceover of a team member reciting a pertinent quote from such varied sources as W.H. Auden ("Evil is always human") to actor Peter Ustinov, a literary conceit that could stand to be retired. Stylistic flourishes in the editing and camerawork are likewise more of a distraction when the cases themselves are so gripping, given that the victims are primarily women and children. "There's nothing I would rather do than put the bastards away," Greenway states at one point. And there's nothing we'd rather do than watch them do it, which has made Criminal Minds, initially Lost opposite that ratings juggernaut, one of television's solid hits. --Donald Liebenson
- All 22 episodes from the 2005-2006 season on 6 discs
- Deleted scenes
- The Making Of Criminal Minds featurette
- Inside Quantico & The Criminal Mind featurette
- Meet Matthew & Gray Gubler featurette
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The purpose of this FBI team is to solve cases of all natures... missing people, homicides, psychopaths, sociopaths, pedofiles, etc.. but from a common perspective. They are criminal profilers and as the evidence gathers and their knowledge converges the profile os the UNSUB (unknown subject) leads them, hopefully to a resolution. Most of the times its a race against time itself, to help prevent the unsub for attacking again.
From the very first episode of Criminal Minds, "Extreme Agressor" I've been totally hooked up. The acting is superb, the dialogues and the stories are believable and well thought.
This DVD set includes the 22 episodes of the first season:
1 Extreme Aggressor
3 Won't Get Fooled Again
4 Plain Sight
5 Broken Mirror
7 The Fox
8 Natural Born Killer
10 The Popular Kids
11 Blood Hungry
12 What Fresh Hell?
14 Riding the Lightning
15 Unfinished Business
16 The Tribe
17 A Real Rain
18 Somebody's Watching
20 Charm and Harm
21 Secrets and Lies
22 The Fisher King: Part 1
I have been eagerly waiting for this DVD to come out as it is one of my favorite series ever. Every episode you learn something, as silly as it may sem, this show open your minds and your eyes a little bit every time.
Finally, I really really hope this show is here for the long run. It is pure quality and it's very nice to watch Mandy Patinkin again after Dead Like Me was unfairly cancelled
watching the entire Season 1 at once was that I had to eat! The story
lines are fantastic! The acting is so real that one forgets that the viewer is watching it on your TV! Buy it! Watch it! But one word of caution! Have a protable frig next to you loaded with food so you don't have to move!
Mandy Patinkin (Chicago Hope) stars as Special Agent Jason Gideon, and Thomas Gibson (Dharma & Greg) is Special Agent Aaron Hotchner. Gideon and Hotchner head up the BAU team. Each member of the team has his or her own area of expertise. Derek Morgan (former soap star Shemar Moore) specializes in obsessive crimes, while Elle Greenaway (Lola Glaudini) has a background in sexual offenses. Matthew Gray Gubler is Dr. Spencer Reid, the geeky, socially-challenged genius. A.J. Cook plays rookie agent Jennifer "J.J." Jareau, and Kirsten Vangsness is Penelope Garcia, the techie. The producers have assembled an excellent cast, with each actor well suited for his/her role, and they have great chemistry, playing off each other very well.
The writers and producers of Criminal Minds consult with staff at the real-life Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia. This allows the writers to come up with some incredibly realistic storylines for the show. It is because of this gritty realism that some of the stories come off incredibly dark and heavy, as seen in one episode in which a serial killer forces husbands to watch while their families are murdered and the killer collects the husbands' wedding rings. Many of the writers have confessed that these darker plots have been very difficult for them to write, and some have said writing for this program has been so creepy that they have been checking the doors and windows in their own homes.
DVD bonus features include three featurettes. The first is "The Making of Criminal Minds" which includes comments from the show's creators, writers and producers as well as the cast members. "Inside Quantico and the Criminal Mind" takes a look inside the real-life FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia. The third featurette is "Meet Matthew Gray Gubler," a look at the actor who plays Dr. Spencer Reid, which includes comments from his co-stars, and the production staff was well as from Gubler himself. There are also commentary tracks for several episodes. Along with the original CSI, Criminal Minds is one of my favorite programs on television today. They started off with a very strong first season. I am currently watching and enjoying Season Two while looking forward to Season Three.
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