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Murder One - Season 1-2 [DVD] [1996]

Mary McCormack , Michael Hayden    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
Price: 25.02 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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Product details

  • Actors: Mary McCormack, Michael Hayden, J.C. MacKenzie, Barbara Bosson, John Fleck
  • Writers: Channing Gibson, Charles H. Eglee, Steven Bochco
  • Format: Box set, 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 2460 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VF63S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,954 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All 41 episodes of the LA crime series. In Season 1, a single case is chronicled from its opening trial arguments to the final judgment over the course of the entire season. Theodore ('Teddy') Hoffman (Daniel Benzali) is a highly-regarded defense attorney in a prestigious Los Angeles law firm. Having successfully defended the wealthy but suspicious Richard Cross (Stanley Tucci) in a much-publicised murder trial, he is now involved in the defense of Neil Avedon (Jason Gedrick), a famous young actor who has been suffering from severe drug and alcohol problems - and has been charged with the murder for which Cross was acquitted. In Season 2, Jimmy Wyler (Anthony LaPaglia) has taken over from Ted Hoffman. Unlike the first season, which followed one case in detail throughout the entire season, this time round there are a string of new cases for the legal team - including a police officer who has been accused of brutality, and the murder of the governor of California.


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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Anita
I have totally missed this on TV. OK, having developed a substantial allergy for ads, I miss almost everything on TV, except football. But the reviews at Amazon were enthusiastic enough, and the name of Steven Bochco seemed quite trustworty, ditto the cast. As you can buy Seasons 1 AND 2 for the same price as Season 1 OR Season 2 (separately), I had little doubts in my choice.

The result? After the boxset arrived, I've witnessed several sunrises. The verdict for Mr. Bochco and Co: guilty!!!!!

My advice for anyone: grab it now! It's really amazing. OK, maybe it's my personal opinion, and tastes is not a subject for discussion, but if you are not interested in stuff like this in general, you are not reading this review, are you?

On more serious note. I tend to disagree with those, who say, that Season 2 is a setback in comparison with Season 1. Just the two seasons are quite different. Season one concentrates on just one case. (What?? One case for 22 episodes?? Sounds boooooring! Just check it, you'll see, how wrong you can be.) An exceptionally detailed insight to the process of trial, and wonderfully played, just let me mention the constant duel between Ted Hofman (Daniel Benzali) and Miriam Grasso (Barbara Bosson), enemies-on-court-friends-in-everyday-life. It's up to their wits to win the sympathies of the jury, and you never get tired to watch their efforts. Of course, there's much more to be mentioned... just too much.

In Season 2 we have no more Ted Hofman, but we do have Jimmy Wyler, and that means having Anthony LaPaglia, and that is always a tremendous pleasure. Quite a different character, by the way.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth it 2 Sep 2009
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I had not seen any of this series before buying this 2 series pack.
Case one is by far the better but case 2 is still interesting. I did get pretty addicted to case one and ended up watching all 17 hours of it almost back to back!
There are enough twists and turns to keep you wanting to watch and not getting bored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder One series 1 & 2 25 Nov 2011
By Romy W
Both series are brilliant- from the pen of Steven Bochco whose groundbreaking 'Hill Street Blues'formula of fast moving camerawork & multiple storylines began American cop/lawyer drama's now the norm. The first series follows a single case with through 23 episodes with lead actor Daniel Benzini as Ted Hoffman, a formidable actor if an unlikely looking lead but absolutely mesmerising in the role that required a principled, detached and at times sinister characterisation. He was dropped from the second series- a mistake I feel as this suggested that the viewer was unintelligent enought to need a conventially handsome leading man.

Anthony LaPaglia took a central role as the maverick rainmaker James Wyler brought into the law firm after Ted Hoffman moved on. This series looked at three complex murder cases as they progressed. These are compelling intelligent well acted drama's with fascinating plots that keep the viewer on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good buy 20 Mar 2010
By jayne
this is exceptional for a t.v. series. the acting is unlike the usual soap or detective junk. there are multipal plots running throughout and the characters are much more realistic than in "24". the price is good because there are so many feature length episodes.

it is full of political manouvering and is exceptionally well paced.
iwatched it over a few days and i think it benefited from intense viewing and i am sure it lost much being spread out endlessly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 15 April 2014
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The set is good and the internal box layout is quite nifty and deals with the situation cleverly and in a novel fashion. The quality of the show is good and to be fair is what you'd expect from a 4;3 show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 24 Mar 2014
By Susan
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Why this series as never repeated on tv I'll never know. Gripping storyline,good believable plot and characters. Even though it was made in the '90s it still looks up to date. Brilliant!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "thankyou for quick send out i will recomend" 11 Mar 2014
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loved it "thank you for quick send out i will recommend" its as stated on the ad ... good price
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Box set 3 Mar 2014
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Bought from zoverstocks as usual. Am amazed at what can be found through them. This box set is years old but was in perfect condition and was extremely good value. I am looking forward to finding a spare 3 hours to watch it all...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great who-dunnit with great actors
Series 1 is one of the best who-dunnit series I have seen for a long time. The actors are superb and you cannot wait for series 2, which although some actors have changed and the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Diane Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars Very poor sound quality
This is the second set and the sound quality is as bad as the first. Can't watch the second half of season one.
Published 3 months ago by tee cee gee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I would recommend this to anyone. Case one is excellent and as one episode finishes you have to watch the next it is riveting . Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr Angelo Athaide
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
i watched this the first time around i was hooked well worth the money wish they would do another one
Published 4 months ago by debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed The Show
Great series for both parts. Shame they never did a season 3. First series reminds me of the OJ Simpson trial I think that was going on about the same time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Martin Southern
4.0 out of 5 stars Before Boston Legal...
The precursor of all legal dramas: released in 1996, Murder One is an intriguing and well written TV series supported by a great cast (Daniel Benzali in primis). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Morgana
4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood doesn't compare to BBC.
Bought this by mistake. Not bad, typical Hollywood style. Acting is not realistic like BBC. Watched it anyways and stayed to the end.
Published 8 months ago by Vic Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD SERIES - MURDER ONE
I HAVE RATED THIS DVD SERIES WITH FIVE STARS BECAUSE IT IS EXCELLENT VIEWING. BOUGHT FOR FAMILY AND RECOMMENDED TO FRIENDS.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent.

Interesting plot, great acting, good script, original story, actors that know what they are doing. Great choice, enjoyable viweng
Published 10 months ago by mpm
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