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Murdoch Mysteries: Series 1 [DVD] [2008]

Yannick Bisson , Helene Joy    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy, Thomas Craig, Jonny Harris
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 598 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MK9ZLW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,995 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Murdoch Mysteries is a dynamic drama series set in Toronto, Canada in the 1890s. William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) is a young detective who uses progressive new forensic techniques, such as fingerprinting and trace evidence to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Each theory is revealed as an intuitive flash – a visual dramatisation of events based on the evidence given. Murdoch is man with an almost supernatural instinct in solving crimes.

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All 13 episodes from the first season of the Canadian historical crime drama series set in late 19th century Toronto. Yannick Bisson stars as Inspector William Murdoch, a dashing young detective who pioneers new scientific approaches to solving crime such as fingerprinting, forensic techniques and lie detector machines. Assisted by coroner Dr Julia Ogden (Helene Joy) and Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), Murdoch employs these new-fangled methods - as well as his own unswerving instinct - to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take us to see, Mr Murdoch... 25 Feb 2009
As mentioned in previous reviews, this DVD box set contains season one of the Inspector Murdoch TV series - a new take on the earlier, more filmic Murdoch cases which starred ever-excellent Canadian actor Peter Outerbridge ( ReGenesis, Men With Brooms) and a pre-Spooks Keeley Hawes.

All 13 episodes of the new Murdoch, (who has now re-generated Dr. who stylee from Outerbridge into French-Canadian actor Yannick Bisson) - are here. And very good they are, too!

If you fancy a pinch of 'Murder, She Wrote' mixed with a dash of 'The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes' and stirred into the bustling metropolis that is late 1890's Toronto, you won't be disappointed.

The Victorian costumes, set design and period recreation is pitch perfect - which, if you have ever seen any of 'ReGenesis', another Canadian TV show which shares both Murdoch's production team and its high production values - will come as no surprise.

Yannick Bisson is not Outerbridge, but his slightly stilted, gentle Jesuit, sub-Sherlock Murdoch does grow on you. Providing you can take your eyes off his eyelashes for long enough to actually concentrate on the dialogue, that is..!

Bisson is ably supported by Canadian actor Jonny Harris, who as Officer Arthur Crabtree is genuinely amusing, and Thomas Craig - DFS voiceover supremo and ex-Corrie mechanic, last seen getting his head stoved in in Kev's garage (well, if you will overcharge for M.O.T's...) - whose gruff Superintendent Brackenreid gets to bark all manner of Northern-English insults at the bewildered Torontonian rogues of his manor, whilst the earnest Murdoch tries not to look permanently appalled.

We also get the lovely Helene Joy taking over the Keeley Hawes role of Forensic pathologist Dr. Julia Ogden.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Three television adaptions (which starred Keeley Hawes and Colm Meaney) of Maureen Jennings' Victorian William Murdoch novels were so successful, the broadcaster (CITY television in Canada, UKTV Alibi in Britain and Granada International) commissioned a full fledged 13 episode series. 14 Gemini award nominations for season one led to the series being renewed for season two.
This collection of episodes from season one has some stellar performances. Thomas Craig (Coronation Street) as Inspector Brackenreid, Helene Joy (Gemini award winning actress) as Dr Ogden, Jonny Harris as Constable Crabtree, and Yannick Bisson as the handsome and dapper Detective Murdoch, will provide hours of great entertainment and suspense.
Standout episodes in season one include an adaptation of the novel Let Loose the Dogs, Elementary My Dear Murdoch (which features Arthur Conan Doyle), The Glass Ceiling, The Annoying Red Planet, and the touching Child's Play. Highly recommended.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classy, somber period thrills 23 Aug 2009
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I say this Canadian series is classy, in the sense that the tone is appropriate to the period in which it is set (1895). The period reconstruction is interesting, and the costumes very beautiful. The pioneering of early forensic investigating techniques on the part of det. William Murdoch gives this a nice CSI-ish feeling (together with the by-now-somewhat-clichéd loud music cues to transition scenes). The acting is good if at times understated (it's that period thing again), and the writing for the most part above-par. Yannick Bisson is very pleasant (and handsome) as the somewhat reserved (repressed?) detective, who engages little battles with just about any out-of-the-ordinary feeling he has, such as the sexual tension with his pretty (female) pathologist colleaque (Helene Joy).
I would not say it is exceptional, but pleasant and engaging.
Looking forward to Season 2.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series - terrible dvd boxset! 19 May 2010
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Murdoch Mysteries is a fantastic series and I highly recommend it to everyone. However, the DVD boxset is a great disappointment. There are no special features at all, despite the fact that the Region 1 set has audio commentaries from the cast and 'making of' featurettes - why don't we get these in Region 2? There isn't even an index in/on the box listing which episodes are on which disc and there are no episode titles on the episode selection screen either. This is particularly awkward because they are in a completely different order to the one they were aired in. The disc contents are as follows (order originally aired in brackets):

Disc 1:
The Glass Ceiling (2)
Elementary, My Dear Murdoch (4)
Let Loose the Dogs (6)
The Knockdown (3)

Disc 2:
Body Double (7)
Till Death Do Us Part (5)
Still Waters (8)

Disc 3:
Child's Play (10)
Power (1)
Belly Speaker (9)

Disc 4:
The Rebel and the Prince (12)
Bad Medicine (11)
Annoying Red Planet (13)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Detective 4 Aug 2010
Very enjoyable series of Victorian Murder Mysteries, very good plots and acting. A good mixture of Gothic Horror, Mystery, and Humour are all blended in well together. Yannick Bisson plays an excellent Good Looking Detective, well supported by the rest of the cast making it Good All Round Entertainment. We were hoping for some features on the cast but it did not have any, hope there will be some on future releases, this hasn't spoiled our enjoyment of the DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB entertainment!
This is a BRILLIANT series. The cast are all superb, especially Yannick Bisson! I would recommend this series to EVERYONE. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. J. S. Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Good stories that make you think and are not violent. Interesting history on how detective work developed in that era.
Published 8 months ago by pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising little gem
I bought this on the back of another product when it was recommended by Amazon, never having heard of it before. I was glad that I did. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MacDee
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Different
Easy watching, An easy to watch mystery series with some good charaters and story lines as well, all pre CSI of course.
Published 9 months ago by Dralla
4.0 out of 5 stars Detective Series Estimation
I enjoy "Who Done Its" and these lived up to my expectations. The era is well captured and authentic. My one gripe is the misuse of Jesus' name by the young constable. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brian Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
We came across this series by accident but treated ourselves to the first three series over xmas. They are really excellent stories and well acted; thoroughly recommended!
Published 14 months ago by Nigel
5.0 out of 5 stars great series!!
I first saw Murdoch Mysteries on TV but it was series 4 and I just wanted to know how it all started. The first season is great. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jan Lyczakowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
There is so much utter rubbish on our screens that however many channels we have access to it remains sometimes difficult to find something palatable to watch. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2011 by H. Lacroix
Late 1890's, Toronto, Det. William Murdoch the pioneer forensic sifter of evidence which helps identify villains. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2011 by Mr. D. L. Rees
4.0 out of 5 stars The mind of Murdoch
Most police procedurals are very, very modern-day. "Murdoch Mysteries, Season One" breaks the mold by jumping back in time to late 19th-century Toronto, and featuring a detective... Read more
Published on 1 May 2011 by E. A Solinas
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What about series 3 separately?????????? 18 5 Feb 2012
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