Da Vinci's Inquest - Season 1
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"Im not a policeman, OK? Yknow what I do? I look after the dead."
So says Dominic Da Vinci, a controversial, charismatic big city coroner. And in Da Vincis job, the dead always cry out for justice.
A richly talented ensemble cast joins award-winning actor Nicholas Campbell in this critically acclaimed crime series. Working with police and pathologists while fighting bureaucratic resistance, coroner Da Vinci relies on high-tech forensic science and old-fashioned shoe leather to illuminate the murky world in which men and women commit murder. With this complete first seasoncomprising 13 thrilling episodesyou can savor the delicately nuanced drama of Da Vincis Inquest from the very beginning.
DVD FEATURES INCLUDE trailer and cast filmographies.
- 13 episodes on four discs
- Cast filmographies
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great program. Why have the remaining seasons been released on disc?Published 1 month ago by videophile
This series is an excellent Canadian crime drama. Interesting stories, well developed characters and Vancouver locations. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Zou Zou
I too, found this television gem on the late, late night TV schedule. Wow! You almost feel like you're watching a documentary. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Keyestone
if you like forensic science and dramas, this is a show for youPublished 8 months ago by edgarallencrow
Everything promised. Speedy delivery. Thanks! Sorry for the delay in posting. Computer problems. Great seriesPublished 10 months ago by Doris Judy O'connor