Monday, May 11, 2009

Mysteries on TV: Case Closed and Lovejoy, New This Week on DVD

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.

The criminal mind is a twisted one and Jimmy Kudo knows the shady corridors of humanity like no other detective in the business. He’s put more scum behind bars than just about anyone on the beat and his skills have earned him plenty of enemies, and he pays the price one dark night, being poisoned and left for dead. But rather than meeting his end in a shallow grave, Jimmy gets a new beginning. Awakening to find himself transformed, the evil elixir of his faceless foes has changed him into a small boy – the perfect cover for continuing his work! Utilizing his unlikely new persona and cutting edge technology, Jimmy is hot on the trail of his assailants as Conan Edogawa in the anime series . New episodes of Case Closed have been airing weekly in Japan since January 1996.

The Case Closed: Set Five DVD set of 4 disc contains the 24 episodes numbered 100 through 123 (106 through 130 using the Funimation numbering system). The DVD lists this as Season Five but it spans episodes that aired during both the fourth and fifth seasons in Japan.

Ian McShane is back as the crime-solving antiques dealer with an eye for beauty and trouble in , a British series that aired over 6 seasons on BBC in 1986 and then from 1991 through 1994. The series was based on the character created by Jonathan Gash (a pseudonym for novelist John Grant) in a series of books featuring Lovejoy.

Several cast changes took place during the 5th season. The characters Lady Jane Felsham and Eric Catchpole left, with two new characters joining the cast: Beth Taylor as Lovejoy's new apprentice and Charlotte Cavendish as the owner of a local antiques auction house.

The Lovejoy: Season Five DVD set of 4 discs contains the 13 episodes that aired from January through April 1993.

Also being released this week: the first season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on Blu-ray (5 discs).

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

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