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Criminal Minds - Season 1 Complete [DVD]

Mandy Patinkin , Thomas Gibson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A. J. Cook
  • Format: Box set, Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 960 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M2E7G4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,383 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The complete first season of the American drama series which revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyse the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. Special Agent Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) is the FBI's top behavioural analyst and he joins the Behavioral Analysis Unit lead by Special Agent Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), a family man who is able to gain people's trust and unlock their secrets. Also on the team are Elle Greenaway (Lola Glaudini), Special Agent Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau (AJ Cook), and Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness). Episodes comprise: 'Extreme Aggressor', 'Compulsion', 'Won't Get Fooled Again', 'Plain Sight', 'Broken Mirror', 'L.D.S.K.', 'The Fox', 'Natural Born Killer', 'Derailed', 'The Popular Kids', 'Blood Hungry', 'What Fresh Hell?', 'Poison', 'Riding The Lightning', 'Unfinished Business', 'The Tribe', 'A Real Rain', 'Somebody's Watching', 'Machismo', 'Charm and Harm', 'Secrets and Lies' and 'The Fisher King (1)'.

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102 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, glossy, and rewarding 9 Feb 2007
By Miss VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Criminal Minds is filmed with the same slick, well-produced Hollywood-style gloss as CSI and Without A Trace, and features the same case-of-the-week format and a similar team of young, attractive specialists headed by a complex, tortured and brilliant older man. This always successful formula, teamed with a tight and often amusing script, some excellent acting and a lot of seriously gasp-out-loud scary climaxes, makes for a brilliant programme.

Mandy Patinkin plays Agent Gideon, an intense, quiet but very talented criminal profiler who puts together physical and psychological descriptions of criminals by examining the crime scene. Most episodes build their way up to a climax where Gideon and his team struggle to identify and find the criminal before he commits another murder/kidnapping/arson etc. It's often edge-of-the-seat stuff, although it can be very gruesome, so be warned. The final showdown with the criminal is often electric, especially if the team have to play into his psychological fantasies, essentially reading his mind, in order to catch him or get him to surrender (an episode where Elle is trapped on a train with a maniac is especially good in this regard!).

Patinkin is great in the role (though arguably not as fantastic as he is in Dead Like Me - check it out if you're a Patinkin fan) and is very ably backed up by his team, especially Matthew Gray Gubler who plays the somewhat socially inept but genius Dr Reed. The good thing about Criminal Minds is that the actors have a lot to work with as we get to understand a little of the characters' backstories and motivations in some episodes, more so than in similar shows like CSI.

If you like your criminal shows tense, unpredictable, and with an element of intelligence, you'll love this - definitely worth checking out.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV 23 Aug 2007
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Being a huge fan of crime shows such as CSI and Without a Trace i'm always looking for new shows in the same vein and after recently finishing season 2 of dead like me I decided to give Criminal Minds a go partly so I could see more of the brilliant Mandy Patinkin. I certainly havent been disappointed. Where other shows sometimes rely too heavily on blood and gore for shock value, Criminal Minds is committed to showing the reasoning behind why individuals are compelled to commit such awful crimes in the first place. The fact that all of the episodes are based on real cases makes the show even more interesting to watch in a morbid kind of way. All in all, an exciting and brilliantly written series with a fantastic cast.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 31 Dec 2007
Format:DVD
This series has surpassed what we've seen to date in the CSI, NCIS, BONES and DEXTER series' - (all of which are worth watching). There appears to be a trend towards introducing eclectic characters - the genius with social ineptitude is seen in this series as well as in BONES - although in this series we're given more of a glimpse into the minds of the profilers and into their past, their struggle with what they see in their job and how they reconcile this with their personal lives. The acting is stellar throughout - the only character I was unsure of initially, was A.J.Cook as the liason agent - I felt she was too young for this role.

The series gives more depth to the criminal, tracing their path through life - what preceded and shaped them into what they are today - the psychology behind the crime - the patterns - how that fits in with the history of similar crimes.

Many of the episodes in this series excel; others are great; some are good. All, are worth watching.

The quotation at the start and end of each episode, gives a touch of class and provokes thought - often encompassing the episode and adding the perfect finishing touch!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminal to miss it! 26 Mar 2009
Format:DVD
I avoided Criminal Minds as I was hooked on csi and the shield and didn't want to commit to a new series. I recently happened upon the first series box set while house-sitting and I am completely addicted.
I have always loved anything about profiling and this didn't disappoint. The cases are varied and interesting, the stories drag you in. I am watching series 2 and so far, none of the cases have been a bit silly as I feel some episodes of CSI have been.
The characters are interesting, likeable and the dynamics between them are something which other crime series have been missing. The acting is top notch and the cast well chosen.
I ended up watching 16 episodes in one weekend and am desperately waiting for my series 3 to arrive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, love it, love it! :) 28 Aug 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:DVD
I bought this dvd season because I watch Medium and Bones etc and wanted something new to watch. When reading the reviews for Criminal Minds all I was seeing was words like 'Dark' 'Gruesome' and 'Depressing', and it put me off a bit, but I ordered it anyway to give it a try, and I have to admit - I LOVE it! I'm on Season 4 now and still do :) Yes, okay, it's a bit dark and dingy if you watch loads at once, of course it's going to be, it's about murder, but there's also bits of fun and humour in there aswell, and who can get depressed with Garcia there? She's a wonderful character and helps keep the programme funny and light-hearted, along with Agent Morgan. So, yes it's a bit dark, but give it a go, you might really enjoy it! :) Oh, and if you still feel it's a bit too dark and depressing for you, I recommend you try The Mentalist, it has a lot more humour and wit in it :) thankyou for reading!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good watchable American crime drama.
Published 12 days ago by Pamela Cheadle
2.0 out of 5 stars Out of Date
Plots are too black and white, too simple! Not enough emotional depth. Too many women sexual victims - stereo type! May be I am too old for this. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jac Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best
Interesting and Entertaining plots in every episode. Great show and hope they continue to make more. Even when some of the characters change they still deliver a great show. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really worth watching!
I enjoyed this very much, especially as I am interested in psychology and behaviour! Humans are amazingly complex and this series captures some of the issues very well.
Published 1 month ago by Gwendy
5.0 out of 5 stars quick delivery
Really big fan and have all the series in box sets. Waiting to add series 9 to my collection too
Published 2 months ago by Jill
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but....
Our order had 2 of disk 5, and no disk 6 - fortunately Amazon were extremely helpful in resolving this matter. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scotty
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series.
I started watching this during the middle of its first season, back in 2005/6 i think it was. At just 14 I was hooked and have watched it ever since. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stuart
1.0 out of 5 stars Mandy, what did you think you were doing?
This is absolutely dire. The plotting, script and acting are all very poor. Its use of "genius" characters who seem to think in quotations is very lazy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. P. J. Dawe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series, we're now addicted
A great series, well written and well acted. Still as good in later seasons with cast changes...

The word "unsub" and "stresser" are now part of our... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ThatsAwkward
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminal Minds
Excellent series. I watch most of them on the television, hope to buy some more of the series soon.
Excellent price for this DVD.
Published 4 months ago by Claire Matthews
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