Monday, October 06, 2008

New on DVD This Week: Midsomer Murders and Mission: Impossible

Mysteries on TV

, your source for the most complete selection of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series now available or coming soon to DVD, is profiling two series that have season DVDs being released this week.

What evil lurks beyond the well-trimmed hedges of Midsomer County? The cozy villages reveal their most sinister secrets in , inspired by the novels by . The series stars John Nettles as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby with Jason Hughes as his earnest, efficient protege Detective Constable Ben Jones. The series is filmed on location in the villages and towns of the rural counties of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

The Midsomer Murders Set Eleven DVD set of 4 discs contains the feature-length episodes that aired from October 2005 through March 2006: The House in the Woods, Dead Letters, Vixen's Run, and Down Among the Dead Men.

Peter Graves starred as Jim Phelps, the head of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) in , a series that aired on CBS for 7 seasons in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In addition to Barney Collier (Greg Morris), Willy Armitage (Peter Lupus), and master magician Paris (Leonard Nimoy) who reprise their roles from the fourth season, Leslie Ann Warren joins the cast as Dana Lambert. By this season, the team largely focused their attention to the war on crime in America, specifically organized crime and drug trafficking. Despite some dated technology (by today's standards), Mission: Impossible continues to be one of the most imaginative series ever developed.

The Mission: Impossible Season Five DVD set of 6 discs contains all 23 episodes of the fifth season that aired on CBS from September 1970 through March 1971.

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