Monday, November 17, 2008

Mysteries on TV: Bones, Burke's Law, and Hawaii Five-O, New on DVD This Week

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 three series that have season DVDs being released this week.

is based on characters created by forensic anthropologist and mystery author and stars Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance Brennan who has an uncanny ability to read clues left behind in a victim's bones. The series also stars David Boreanaz as Special Agent Seeley Booth of the FBI's Homicide Investigations Unit. Bones debuted on Fox in 2005 and is currently in its fourth season.

The Bones: Season Three DVD set of 5 discs contains all 15 episodes that aired from September 2007 through May 2008. Additional features on the DVD set include extended episodes, a gag reel, and four bonus episodes from season four. For more information about the series, visit the official site on

Gene Barry starred as Amos Burke, the Los Angeles multi-millionaire chief of detectives, in , a series that ran for two and a half seasons on ABC from September 1963 through January 1966. Each episode featured unusual plot twists, glamorous settings and a fabulous list of A-list guest stars. They also featured a "Burke's Law", a witticism or other pithy comment ("Look innocent when you're suspicious", "If catching a killer was easy, anyone could do it", "To catch a criminal, you have to think like one", and dozens more). Episodes were titled "Who killed ..." followed by a character name or profession and opened with the murder taking place. It was up to Burke and his detectives to identify the killer.

The Burke's Law: Season One, Volume Two DVD set of 4 discs contains the 16 episodes that aired during the second half of the first season, from January through May 1964.

Jack Lord starred as Steve McGarrett, the head of a (fictional) elite state police unit, for 12 seasons in . Filmed entirely in Hawaii, the series had a terrific look and storylines derived from its remote setting.

In August of this year, The Hollywood Reporter reported that CBS had ordered a pilot for an updated version of the series (dubbed Hawaii Five-O 2.0). Like the original series, it chronicles the workings of the fictional Hawaiian state police department but in the new series, McGarrett's son Chris will be the top cop. The famous opening music will be back as will a version of the classic closing line "Book 'em, Danno".

The Hawaii Five-O: Season Five DVD set of 6 discs contain all 22 episodes that aired from September 1972 through March 1973 on CBS.

Visit the Mysteries on TV website to discover more currently available on DVD.

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