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  • Actors: Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Castilian, Dutch, French, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Castilian, French
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Nov. 2013
  • Run Time: 405 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CD4AC72
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,038 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Following the departure of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson from the LAPD, Captain Sharon Raydor (McDonnell) is selected as the new head of its fictional Major Crimes Division. Throughout the first season, she faces the challenge of earning the trust and loyalty of her officers, who are still in shock over Johnson's exit, while trying to close the department's highest-profile cases

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As with so many great US dramas and series, this has been missed by many in the UK. The choice by both ITV and the BBC to effectively black-list US series means that Major Crimes, and many other fine series, are under appreciated and unseen in Britain. Major Crimes is a superb example of this, and is indeed a superb series. The plots are good, the acting better and the pace of the episodes is pitched just right. Lets face it, cop series in the US have been going on long enough for them to get all this right, but they seldom do. Mary McDonnell is the perfect lead, and as a Battlestar Galactica fan, I was concerned I wouldn't be able to banish her character in that series from my mind. However, within minutes she'd gone from being Laura Roslin to the Captain of a police squad. She's that good. GW Bailey is also excellent, and while the early tension predictably dissipates, it doesn't feel forced. All in all, this is a worthy successor to series like NYPD Blue, but like so many others of late, Rookie Blue, Blue Bloods and The Boss spring to mind, it won't be seen and enjoyed on the major channels. All the more reason to catch it on DVD.
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Have watched all of The Closer several times, Major Crimes is an excellent successor. Many of the characters are carried over, but they are having to cope with new situation in terms of bosses, policy and economics. The show has the same feel and well honed ensemble as The Closer.
If you haven't seen The Closer, then some of the long term relationships and nuances might be lost to you and this show might then lack some of the depth appreciated by old hands.
We bought this and tried to ration ourselves, but finished up watching at least an episode a day - and now we've finished. Looking forward to the next series.
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For those of you who rued the demise of 'The Closer', fear not, this spin off is excellent, a seamless transition from one series to another. Yet to be shown on Freeview we should thank Amazon for this exclusive set. Go buy and enjoy!!!
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A great series really enjoyed can't wait for season 2 to come out on DVD and hopefully many more great story lines and a super cast to boot !!!
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After taking command of the Major Crimes unit, Captain Raydor has the double whammy of solving the most difficult murders in LA, but has to earn the respect and confidence of the squad she now commands, having previously playing devils advocate to the squad under Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson's leadership.

Her character doesn't have the (almost paranoid) traits that made Brenda Johnson so vunerable (where most of her humour came from). Captain Raydor lacks that vulnerability, but shows her weaknesses in not being able to express herself, thereby providing the characters humour in her actions and motives being misunderstood.

The storylines are on a par with The Closer, but the audience will need to settle in with the new squad, having been endeared to the near mayhem provided by Kyra Sedgewick as Brend Lee Johnson. I give it a three for now, but I expect that will rise with subsequent series when Raydor and the team learn a little more trust.

The crimes are as puzzling as
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I've only watched a few episodes so far but am very impressed and healthily consumed by it's appeal, as it eases us, without being boring, through the more obscure protocols of the U.S justice system which other series' assume everybody knows. The content is strong in internal politics and the means by which the new chief, Mary McDonnell, has to apply psychology to get everyone rowing in the same direction, if reluctant to be on her team due to their own ego's and preconceived myths about how the World ( that one that men think they run ) works. Very good stuff. The story lines are thought out in depth, which prompt you to pay attention to all the developments. So it's not all cardboard cut-out goodies and stereotypical baddies, but a menu of interestingly potent scenarios for us to savour. Is the damper being put on the perverse projections of the 'macho man as hero who saves the day' nonsense at last ? As one who has suffered and been judged ( both by men and women ) for not living by those fantasy standards since childhood, I thoroughly recommend this.

Eamonn
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I was not sure whether I would like this after the Closer and the departure of Kyra Sedgwick, but it is good and Mary McDonnell fitted in well with the rest of the cast, im sure with being in the later Closer episodes helped a great deal. I will certainly bebuying the rest of the series as they become available, a good price too from Amazon as always.
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I wasn't sure I'd like this after losing Brenda in the closer but because of the remaining cast I thought I'd give it a go. I'm really glad I did, the new captain kind of creeps up on people and they can't help but respect and like her. I didn't think I would say it but I actually prefer it to The Closer. The plots are not bad, the interaction between the team is even better than ever and a slight change in the way they hand things to prosecutors already having made a sentencing deal is a really nice inclusion. I sat down late afternoon to watch an episode and watched the whole series before heading off to bed it was so enjoyable. Seems like it will be a long wait till series 2 but it's on my list already. Mary McDonnell - excellent job !
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