Monday, July 06, 2009

Mysteries on TV: Callan, Matlock, and Murder She Wrote, 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 three series that have season DVDs being released this week.

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Edward Woodward starred as , a brooding, conscience-stricken assassin for a shadowy British intelligence service so secret it doesn’t have a name. The series aired on UK television for 4 seasons from 1967 through 1972. (Woodward later starred as a not dissimilar character in The Equalizer.)

With the Cold War grinding on, agents from the East and West engage in elaborate deceptions, both sides seeking temporary advantage in an endless struggle. No one plays this game better than Callan. His sharp eyes, steely will, and steady hand with a gun make him a valuable asset to his superior, called Hunter (William Squire). But Callan knows his usefulness could end at any moment--especially with the younger, ruthlessly ambitious agent Cross (Patrick Mower) eager to advance.

In a somewhat confusing manner, the Callan: Set One DVD set of 3 discs is actually the 3rd season of the series, featuring the 9 episodes that originally aired from April through June, 1970.

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ran for a total of 9 seasons on two networks from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. The series starred Andy Griffith starred as Atlanta defense attorney Ben Matlock, known for charging a $100,000 fee but also known for finding the real culprit of the crime. His defense team changed frequently during the series run.

The series was created by Dean Hargrove who was also associated with the revival of the Perry Mason series, (in an episode of which, during its 4th season, Matlock is pulled out of retirement to defend a colleague of Dr. Mark Sloan), , the Father Dowling mysteries, and more.

The Matlock: Season Three DVD set of 5 discs contain the 17 episodes (several multi-part) that aired on NBC from November 1988 through May 1989.

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Angela Lansbury starred as mystery writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher for 12 seasons in .

The 10th season has Jessica commuting between her teaching job in New York City and her home in Cabot Cove, Maine. This season also has her traveling the globe, finding murder wherever she goes. In the first episode she comes across "A Death in Hong Kong." Later she visits Ireland ("A Killing in Cork") and London ("Murder in White") and still has time for side trips to Canada ("Northern Explosion") and Texas ("Roadkill").

Guest stars this season include Mickey Rooney, Tippi Hedren, David Warner, George Segal and Morgan Fairchild.

The Murder, She Wrote: Season Ten DVD set of 5 discs contain all 21 entertaining episodes of the 10th season that aired on CBS from September 1993 through May 1994.

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