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Da Vinci's Inquest 3 Seasons

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (93) IMDb 8.1/10

Fans have dubbed it "Quincy with brains." Nicholas Campbell stars as charismatic, mercurial Vancouver coroner Dominic Da Vinci in this lavishly awarded Canadian series. Each episode blends contemporary social subjects with topical issues of law and order, all seen through the eyes of a man who can't resist a battle for justice.

Starring:
Nicholas Campbell, Donnelly Rhodes

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1. Little Sister (Part 1)

A prostitute's body turns up in Vancouver Harbour, casting new light on old cases. Does she represent the latest victim of a serial killer who has stalked the city for years? And if so, how has he gone unnoticed? Da Vinci delves into the past, looking to link a string of seemingly unrelated deaths. But he meets resistance at every step--from his ex-wife, who performed the original autopsies; from his boss, who ruled the deaths accidental; and from the lead detective, who resents having his work questioned.

TV-NR Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: October 7, 1998

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2. Little Sister (Part 2)

A prostitute's body turns up in Vancouver Harbour, casting new light on old cases. Does she represent the latest victim of a serial killer who has stalked the city for years? And if so, how has he gone unnoticed? Da Vinci delves into the past, looking to link a string of seemingly unrelated deaths. But he meets resistance at every step--from his ex-wife, who performed the original autopsies; from his boss, who ruled the deaths accidental; and from the lead detective, who resents having his work questioned.

TV-NR Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: October 14, 1998

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3. Little Sister (Part 3)

A prostitute's body turns up in Vancouver Harbour, casting new light on old cases. Does she represent the latest victim of a serial killer who has stalked the city for years? And if so, how has he gone unnoticed? Da Vinci delves into the past, looking to link a string of seemingly unrelated deaths. But he meets resistance at every step--from his ex-wife, who performed the original autopsies; from his boss, who ruled the deaths accidental; and from the lead detective, who resents having his work questioned.

TV-NR Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: October 21, 1998

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4. The Quality of Mercy

After a television reporter breaks a story about suspected euthanasia, Da Vinci demands that she reveal her source and Detectives Shannon and Leary attempt to uncover more facts. The ethical implications of the case strike close to home, however, when Da Vinci's aging father suffers a debilitating stroke.

TV-NR Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: October 28, 1998

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5. Known to the Ministry

An epidemic of fatal drug overdoses sends Da Vinci and Detectives Leary and Kosmo on a hunt for a dead addict's missing infant, as well as for the source of the killer heroin. The twisted trail winds from an informant to a couple of users but reaches an apparent dead-end--two bodies, both suspected dealers, murdered execution-style.

TV-NR Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: November 4, 1998

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6. We All Fall Down

Accident or arson? That is the question when a nursing home burns, leaving most of the elderly residents dead and one missing. Evidence of abuse further arouses Da Vinci's suspicions. Meanwhile, his parents' growing difficulties at home give the coroner a deeply personal perspective on the harsh realities of eldercare.

TV-NR Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: November 11, 1998

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7. The Stranger Inside

Showing no obvious signs of foul play, a young woman's corpse is found in an underground parking garage. As the investigation proceeds, secrets upon secrets unfold, revealing a subculture steeped in sadomasochistic sex and apparently protected by political power.

TV-NR Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: November 18, 1998

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8. Gabriel

Investigating the death of a street kid on the docks, Leary suspects that other boys had tortured the victim. But for Da Vinci, the case dredges up a long-ago failure. Determined not to repeat past mistakes, he pursues a suspect who might have the answer to what really happened to the boy.

TV-NR Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: November 25, 1998

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9. The Most Dangerous Time

A raucous party ends tragically with the gunshot death of a 15-year-old girl. Another in a series of teen suicides, or something more sinister? Answers prove tough to come by when the teenagers turn uncooperative. Troubled by his own increasingly distant daughter, Da Vinci becomes driven to find the truth.

TV-NR Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: December 2, 1998

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10. The Bridge

After a drinking jag in a bar one night, Da Vinci falls under suspicion in a hit-and-run that injures a homeless man. Like sharks attracted to blood in the water, old enemies begin circling the embattled coroner. Even as he tries to clear himself, Da Vinci investigates a mysterious skeleton found beneath the Burrard Street Bridge.

TV-NR Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: December 9, 1998

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11. Final Chapter

In preparing to speak at a prestigious conference in Seattle, Da Vinci's ex-wife Patricia reexamines the case of a serial killer who preyed on prostitutes and wound up murdered himself. Her research reveals several discrepancies and uncovers new clues--ones that seem to point to the police as perpetrators.

TV-NR Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: January 13, 1999

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12. The Hunt

Da Vinci joins forces with a San Francisco-based FBI investigator, Special Agent Charlotte Turner, to investigate a series of abductions and murders that crosses national borders. One abductee manages to escape alive, and detectives follow her trail to an isolated farmhouse, thinking they've broken the case. But Da Vinci faces an ethical dilemma as he attempts to extract information that might lead to other victims.

TV-NR Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: January 27, 1999

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13. The Capture

Da Vinci joins forces with a San Francisco-based FBI investigator, Special Agent Charlotte Turner, to investigate a series of abductions and murders that crosses national borders. One abductee manages to escape alive, and detectives follow her trail to an isolated farmhouse, thinking they've broken the case. But Da Vinci faces an ethical dilemma as he attempts to extract information that might lead to other victims.

TV-NR Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: February 3, 1999

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By James E. Maynard on September 23, 2005
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For those of us in the U.S. who are fortunate enough to have access to Canadian CBC programming on cable television, DaVinci's Inquest will be a familiar offering. It is typical of the literate and sophisticated television offerings which are wholly produced in Canada largely for Canadian audiences. This series involves the Vancouver coroner's department as well as the police department in a series of death investigations which involve serious and often philosophical looks at the contemporary crime scene. The characters are well defined and believable while the acting is uniformly excellent. In particular, the coroner, Domenic DaVinci, played by Nicholas Campbell,is extremely well played. None of your typical U.S. serial pap here. Rather a sensitive and vulnerable coroner with his own personal hang ups, a recovering alchoholic, recently divorced, with a teen age daughter, who is trying to make sense of his personal life as well as provide compassionate understanding to those who find their lives down on the seamy side of Vancouver.

Many will already know that Canada treats drug abuse and prostitution quite differently than is the case in the U.S. This well acted series provides ample discussion of the isues surrounding the handling of social ills in Canada. I believe that it is a must see for those who want not only to be entertained but wish to understand the basis behind the more liberal Canadian thinking on these matters.
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I'll admit my bias upfront. I like this show, and I like what Acorn Media does on DVD. Still, being a skeptic by nature, I did my homework regarding the claims that Acorn's release of "Da Vinci's Inquest" Season One was somehow edited from the Canadian versions. What I found was that the Canadian version that some people are praising (as if it held the cure to cancer) actually clocks in SHORTER than Acorn's release.

I can't speak to where A. Wharton got the 423 minute time quoted in his/her (erroneous) review, but whatever the source was it was clearly wrong. The Canadian version lists a run-time of under 600 minutes, while the copy of the Acorn release I'm looking at clocks in at 611 minutes. That's nearly one minute per episode. Again if any version of the program is cut (or "censored" as some maintain), it would clearly seem to be Canadian one that's missing something.

Another thing that seems to be missing from the Canadian release is closed-captioning. Speaking for myself, a few too many rock concerts in high-school have done a number on my hearing, and I love captioning.

As to the show itself, the reviewer who compared it to "Homicide" really hit the mark. Dominic Da Vinci's comment that he "[speaks] for the dead" very much echoes the attitude of the detectives on "Homicide." Indeed, Da Vinci strikes me as what "Homicide" would have been like had the medical examiner been the main character rather than primarily a supporting role.

Shows like "Law & Order" are entertaining enough, but programs like "Homicide" and "Da Vinci..." go a step beyond that. Where "Law & Order" seldom stretches beyond the generic police procedural drama, "Da Vinci..." makes you feel like you've stepped into a world that is completely concrete. You know that these characters had a life before the episode started and (assuming they're not the victim) will have one that goes on after. This show is something special.
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Several months ago, quite by accident, I came across the Da Vinci's Inquest TV show and was instantly hooked. The show is set in Vancouver, British Columbia, and features an ensemble cast of police, pathologists, criminals, and other denizens of the city, headed up by the Vancouver coroner, Dominick DaVinci, who takes his job seriously indeed. As he says, his job is to speak for the dead. Acting, plotting, casting, writing and photography are all excellent. Now the first season is finally available on DVD for all of us who can't often catch the show at the odd hours it is shown in the states. I can't say enough good things about this show! As I said, I'm hooked.
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This may well be the best show out there today. It's a police procedural about a Vancouver coroner, Dominic Da Vinci, and his daily routine. But it's also about his friends and allies: Leary, Shannon and Kosmo in the Homicide Division, Chick the Crime Scene Investigator, Zack the traffic cop, his secretary, Helen. And it's about the dark side of Vancouver. If you loved Homicide: Life on the Street, this is your kind of show. If you love great writing and acting, this is most definitely your kind of show. It has storylines and characters that really hook you in for the long haul. And Nick Campbell (Da Vinci), one of the most celebrated actors in Canada, is backed up by some of the best actors in the business. Even better, though he's in every episode, the other characters get their time in the sun, too. It's not just a one-man show.
My main complaint is...where's the rest of it? Season seven just finished. Season eight has been confirmed and a spin-off show is in production. So, why is only season one out on DVD? Some more extras wouldn't hurt, either. I'd happily buy the rest of the seasons as is, and the quality of what you get is fine, but some commentary from the writers and/or actors would be fun, too.
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