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Murder, She Wrote: Season 1
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A new chapter begins as Season One of TV's most popular and widely acclaimed detective series, Murder, She Wrote, comes home to DVD! Angela Lansbury stars in the role that earned her 12 consecutive Primetime Emmy Awardnominations as everyone's favorite super-sleuth, Jessica Fletcher, a famous mystery writer who has a knack for solving murders on and off the page. Along with the quirky residents of Cabot Cove, Maine, Jessica is joined in her deliciously suspicious tales of mystery and mayhem by some of the most celebrated guest stars of screen and stage, including Jerry Orbach, Leslie Nielsen, Joaquin Phoenix, Andy Garcia, Martin Landau, Milton Berle, Peter Graves, Vicki Lawrence and many more. Investigate all 21 Season One episodes and the suspenseful original pilot movie, The Murder of Sherlock Holmes, of the illustrious and thrilling series that will have you guessing "whodunit" until the very end.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.25 x 0.75 inches; 6.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 28130994
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 16 hours and 51 minutes
- Release date : October 1, 2013
- Actors : Angela Lansbury
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00E8AVN9A
- Number of discs : 6
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Not one to remain idle, Jessica constantly visits relatives located in various locations throughout the country or attends book signings in other locales. The guest appearances of actors from both film and television make the show quite nostalgic. I love Jessica's wardrobe, and how stylish and classy her character always appears.
I have purchased Seasons 1-5, and intend on purchasing the remaining sets. Murder, She Wrote is a delightful series. One in which I look forward to revisiting.
Angela Landsbury does a wonderful job in portraying the famous mystery writer/sleuth named J.B. Fletcher who helps the local police figure out who the killer is. She lives in the fictional coastal town of Cabot Cove in Maine. Some of the episodes take place in Cabot Cove, but many others take place in many different locations since Jessica Fletcher travels the world to promote her latest book. Her characher is very astute but at the same time, she comes across as a very warm and caring person. I think Angela Landsbury was made to play this character, and I can't imagine anyone else doing as good of a job as she does. What I also like about this series is that even though it's a thriller, it doesn't show a lot of violence or blood as many of the newer shows do on TV these days. I love this series and I could go on and keep watching one episode after another (if I had the time). Great series!
I too had some difficulty playing these double sided disks. For some reason my Blu-ray player couldn't handle them but my backup cheapo DVD player could. (It's an inconvenience though, switching machines in the middle of an episode, finding where you were with the help of the scene search-&-find feature in the menu.)
I was surprised to learn they initially thought to cast Jean Stapleton then Doris Day in the role made famous by Angela Lansbury (I still think it's criminal that they couldn't have coughed up one measly Emmy for the great work she did on this series!). It's also criminal that CBS purposely killed off the series in 1996. Don't even get me started on that!
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My partner in crime aka the better half loves Murder She Wrote and all the female cop/crime tv from years gone by. She's obviously picked some tips up as she always seems to catch me out!
So I've bought her this first season for Christmas so she can sit in her new slippers and Christmas socks infront of the fire watching Jessica solve crime after crime. I won't mention the Snuggy as it didn't go down well at all last year :(
Murder She Wrote was a very successful and well loved series that ran for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996 and also incorporated 4 movies. In this six disc set you get all 22 episodes including the pilot.
Here's a quick run down of the season one episodes which may jog your memory -
-The Murder Of Sherlock Holmes (The Pilot Episode)
1 Deadly Lady
2 Birds Of A Feather
3 Hooray For Homicide
4 It's A Dogs Life
5 Lovers And Other Killers
6 Hit, Run And Homicide
7 We're Off To Kill The Wizard
8 Death Takes A Curtain Call
9 Death Casts A Spell
10 Capitol Offense
11 Broadway Malady
12 Murder To A Jazz Beat
13 My Johnny Lies Over The Ocean
14 Paint Me A Murder
15 Tough Guys Don't Die
16 Sudden Death
17 Footnote To Murder
18 Murder Takes The Bus
19 Armed Response
20 Murder At The Oasis
21 Funeral At Fifty-Mile
Guest stars throughout season one included Leslie Nielsen, Martin Landau, Andy Garcia, Joaquin Phoenix, Peter Graves, Vicki Lawrence, Jerry Orbach and Milton Berie.
The series is in full screen with English or Dutch subtitles. There is no audio description on these discs.
A fantastic box set of over 1,000 minutes of Murder She Wrote.
So, here is all 22 episodes of the first season which aired from Sep 84 to Apr 85, in which we see a variety of instantly recognisable actors who make appearances from time to time. The transfer to DVD has vary good; picture clear as is the sound.
Recommended good family entertainment.
I think probably what we all like about this series is the life style. Jessica Fletcher lives in a nice house in a small town where everyone knows her and she is well liked. She travels extensively, and makes her living writing books. Everyone thinks this must be a really enjoyable and easy way to live, so watching the episodes is really a marvellous escape into an ideal world.