Monday, January 18, 2010

Mysteries on TV: Damages, Durham County, Jonathan Creek, Law & Order, New Tricks, and Waking the Dead, 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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Information on Damages: Season Two

After her unprecedented victory last season over billionaire Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) has the legal world at her feet in the second season of . Just as she’s pondering her next move, Daniel Purcell (William Hurt), a man from Patty’s past, throws her into a new legal challenge. What starts as a domestic murder case escalates into the highest reaches of government as Patty unearths a vast conspiracy.

At the same time, Ellen (Rose Byrne) is on a mission to take down Patty. She's agreed to act as an informant for the F.B.I., assisting them in their criminal investigation of Patty and the firm. As Patty unravels the mystery surrounding Daniel Purcell, she must also negotiate the perilous minefields both inside and outside her office.

The Damages: Season Two DVD set ofdiscs contain the 13 episodes that aired on FX Network from January through April 2009.

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Information on Durham County: Season One

They say there s only six degrees of separation between you and anyone else in the world, but sometimes it's not even that. Sometimes the most brutal evil you can imagine is already in your world. Sometimes he's just across the street.

is a drama series featuring Hugh Dillon as Mike Sweeney, a homicide detective from Toronto who (during the first season) moves his family to suburban Durham County but soon discovers a neighbor -- someone from his childhood -- may be a serial killer.

Durham County debuted in May 2007 in Canada and is currently shown on the Ion network in the US.

The Durham County: Season One DVD set of 2 discs contain the 6 original one-hour episodes of the first season.

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Information on Jonathan Creek: Season Four

Houdini meets whodunit in intriguing tales of magic and mystery on starring Alan Davies as the titular character.

When a new TV crime series recruits Jonathan's specialist skills, he is reunited with his ex-girlfriend and old sparring partner, Carla Borrego (Julia Sawahla). Carla is pushy and an equally determined amateur detective, and she has no intention of playing Watson to this dishevelled, laid-back Sherlock. Can they solve the curious case of a policewoman who has been impossibly strangled to death inside an empty gymnasium; the mystery of how a girl can grow back a full head of hair that only two days ago was hacked off by a kidnapper; the instance of the "ghost hunter" trying to communicate with his lover from "the other side" after a fatal boat accident; and the puzzle of how a man could physically transform himself into another person in front of someone's eyes?

The Jonathan Creek: Season Four DVD set of 2 discs contains the 6 episodes that originally aired during March 2003 and February 2004 on BBC.

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Information on Law & Order: Season Seven

Unrelenting, powerful and full of twists, remains TV's longest running crime series of all time. (And though not officially announced, NBC is widely expected to renew Law & Order for a 21st season.)

In this seventh season, Carey Lowell joins returning stars Benjamin Bratt, Sam Waterston and Jerry Orbach as they take on new cases that deal with everything from explosive race relations to poisonous blood relations. Also featuring guest stars Taye Diggs, Edie Falco, Lauren Graham, Felicity Huffman, Jennifer Esposito and more, it's hard-hitting viewing that sets the bar for every other legal drama ever made.

The Law & Order: Season Seven DVD set of 5 discs contain the 23 episodes that aired on NBC from September 1996 through May 1997.

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Information on New Tricks: Season Two

Like a fine wine, the cops of just get better with age. Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong), Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman), Jack Halford (James Bolam) and their bullish boss Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman) have not given up on the old cases they are involved in nor on their abilities to solve them yet. Mixing nose-to-the-ground, old-school detective work with a fresh take on troublesome cases, the veterans investigate a range of unsolved crimes from the apparently racially motivated attack on a young Asian bride, to the mystery of the unidentified torso found in a forest populated by wild boars. Will they succeed where others have failed? Or will the burden of all the years begin to weigh down on them?

The New Tricks: Season Two DVD set of 3 discs contain the 8 episodes that originally aired on BBC during May and June 2005. The series has been so successful in the UK that a 7th and 8th series were recently ordered.

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Information on Waking the Dead: Season Four

Chief Inspector Peter Boyd (Trevor Eve) and his team are back to reopen the files of more cold cases in . A spectral leader, calling himself "The Shepherd," is inciting vulnerable women to commit murder; a sadomasochistic killer is counting off his victims, leaving the word "Sorry" carved into their skin; and the discovery of an unexploded bomb threatens to bring unforeseen upheaval to the team. Meanwhile, Boyd's visiting a shrink to deal with his anger management, while an apparently mild-mannered ex-con starts to reveal signs that he's actually well connected in a sinister crime ring. Whatever happens, whatever the result, Boyd is determined to get to the bottom of every crime, even if he must examine his own ways of working to unravel the truth. But the final case of the season brings a shocking turn of events that shakes the team to its core.

The Waking the Dead: Season Four DVD set of 3 discs contain the 12 episodes that aired on BBC during July and August 2004.

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