Monday, March 15, 2010

Mysteries on TV: Armchair Thriller, Hawaii Five-O, Monk, and Ruth Rendell Mysteries, 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 plus the a collection of British mysteries based on the novels by Ruth Rendell.

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Information on Armchair Thriller: Set Two

The classic British mysteries seen on will keep you on the edge of your seat. Each set features stellar casts and scripts based on novels and stories by acclaimed crime writers (such as Antonia Fraser and Lionel Davidson).

This set includes two versions of The Chelsea Murders. Originally commissioned for the Armchair Thriller series as six short installments, The Chelsea Murders aired instead as a feature-length television movie in 1981. Both versions are included in this set for the complete viewing experience.

The Circe Complex is based on the 1975 stand-alone novel by Desmond Cory, and originally aired as a 6-part episode.

Quiet as a Nun is based on the debut mystery in the Jemima Shore series by Antonia Fraser, published in 1977. It, too, originally aired as a 6-part episode.

The Armchair Thriller: Set Two DVD set of 4 discs contain the above references episodes that aired on ITV during 1978, 1980, and 1981.

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Information on Hawaii Five-O: Season Eight

The classic aired its 8th season on CBS from September 1976 through March 1976. It starred Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett, head of an elite (and fictional) state police unit in Hawaii. The series was filmed entirely on the islands.

In January, CBS officially ordered an updated version of the series, currently scheduled to premiere this fall.

Alex O'Loughlin will play Steve McGarrett, and Scott Caan McGarrett's right hand man Danny "Danno" Williams. Other cast members announced include Daniel Dae Kim as Detective Chin Ho Kelly, Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua (Kelly's niece), and Jean Smart as Hawaii's Governor Pat Jameson.

The Hawaii Five-O: Season Eight DVD set of 6 discs contain the 23 episodes (including the 2-part opener) that comprise the 8th season.

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Information on Monk: Season Eight

Tony Shalhoub is back for one last obsessively compulsive good time in the final season of the hit crime series .

From the very first moment police detective Adrian Monk (Shalhoub), on leave from but a consultant to the San Francisco Police Department, appeared on the scene, audiences have been hooked on this intelligent and irreverent sleuth who uses his quirky phobias and neuroses to solve crimes in a way other detectives just can’t. Join him now as he reunites with former colleagues and friends from seasons past for some of the most riveting cases yet, including the one that has haunted him for the past eight seasons.

The Monk: Season Eight DVD set of 4 discs contain the 15 episodes, including the 2-part finale, that originally aired on USA Network from August through December 2009.

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Information on The Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Mysteries Collection

Bestselling crime writer Ruth Rendell (Baroness Rendell of Babergh) explores the motives for murder across England’s many landscapes, from rock-strewn moors to suburban estates in . The collection includes 17 stories of suspense based on her crime novels.

Featuring outstanding performances by Colin Firth, James Callis, Amanda Redman, James D’Arcy, Honeysuckle Weeks, and George Baker as Inspector Wexford, these programs bring Rendell’s work to life with every wicked irony and startling twist intact.

The The Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Mysteries Collection DVD set of 11 discs contain these 17 made-for-television movies, running about 100 minutes each, three of which (Harm Done, Simisola, and Road Rage) are based on the the character Chief Inspector Reg Wexford starring George Baker. The films originally aired from 1994 through 1998.

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