Da Vinci's Inquest: The Complete First Season
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Vancouver coroners, pathologists and homicide detectives inhabit a murky world as they attempt to solve the mysteries behind the unnatural, accidental, or suspicious deaths committed in the city's back alleys and bedrooms. At times selfless, at times grudging, they all have agendas and history, passion for their work, and ambition for their futures. Charismatic, controversial and mercurial Vancouver Coroner Dominic Da Vinci (Nicholas Campbell) is the pivot around which this complex world spins.
Gemini Award-winner Nicholas Campbell stars in Da Vinci's Inquest as the controversial Vancouver Coroner who, working with homicide detectives and pathologists, speaks for the dead to protect the living.
The crackling Canadian police procedural Da Vinci's Inquest combines the best elements of popular U.S. police procedurals like CSI, Crossing Jordan, and Law & Order--with a little throwback to Quincy for good measure. What makes Da Vinci's Inquest so compelling is the performance of lead actor Nicholas Campbell, a cop turned coroner who tells anyone who'll listen, and lots of people who won't, that his job is to represent and look after the dead. Season 1, which debuted in 1998, follows Campbell's Dominic Da Vinci through the gritty side of Vancouver, navigating serial murders as well as extreme dysfunction in his own life. The focus on Da Vinci's personal life--his tumbles off the wagon, the torture of his ex-wife's involvement with a colleague--gives the series more heart than most blood-and-guts crime series. The show and Campbell have won several Gemini Awards (the Canadian Emmys) for the nuance and intellect that keep viewers engaged, even as they sense ominous turns of events about to unfold. Mystery fans can't ask for more. --A.T. Hurley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My main complaint is...where's the rest of it? Season seven just finished. Season eight has been confirmed and a spin-off show is in production. So, why is only season one out on DVD? Some more extras wouldn't hurt, either. I'd happily buy the rest of the seasons as is, and the quality of what you get is fine, but some commentary from the writers and/or actors would be fun, too.
(and for all you DaVinci City hall fans, please write CBC to tell them to bring back the series!!!)
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In response to a previous review, the set includes 13 episodes on 4 dvds with french and english subtitles.
The main character, Dominic Da Vinci, is an investigator for the Coroner's office; his job is to investigate the circumstances surrounding the victim's death. He works closely with both the medical examiner and the detectives on the homicide squad. The interaction of all the characters makes for a rich mix of personalities. The first story arc spans three episodes and it does a fine job of establishing the cast and the feel for the series. Subsequent episodes introduce and usually resolve the mystery in one show, but the consequences continue to affect the storyline throughout the season. Minor plot threads run through the whole season to flesh out and provide motivation for the characters.
Viewing the first season is like reading a great novel - you don't want to stop it because it's so engrossing.
I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys thought provoking television mysteries.
This is a travesty, given how excellent this series is.
I urge all fans to contact Alliance Atlantis and ask them to change their minds.
Perhaps now that the series is in syndication in the U.S. they'll change their minds...
Just heard back from the producers. They say "Program Partners, our friends who have brought Da Vinci to the States, have the rights to DVD sales for the USA and are planning to release them some time in 2006. You can always drop them a line." Here's the info for Program Partners (LET'S ALL CALL OR WRITE THEM ASKING FOR THE NEXT SEASON'S RELEASE!!) PROGRAM PARTNERS, 818 Hampton Drive, Suite 1; Venice, California 90291; 310-399-4499 telephone; 310-399-6336 fascimile; OR GO TO THEIR WEBSITE ([...]) click on "Contact" AND SEND AN EMAIL ASKING FOR MORE SEASONS TO BE RELEASED FOR SALE!
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This is a classic Canadian show. If you are a fan of CSI and those types of shows you will find this entertaining. It's the best of Canadian drama has and it predates CSI.Published 22 months ago by E. A. Schattschneider
I'm another fan in the US -- a recent one, in 2013 no less -- of this series. First I happened upon Intelligence, whose fast intelligence made it easy to love, then I followed the... Read morePublished on May 6 2013 by M Marsh
I can only agree with all the positive comments posted about this show. This series had it all: alcoholism, drugs/drug addiction, prostitution/sex, crooked cops, divorce/s (with... Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2011 by Alaskan Princess
I loved watching this show when it was on the air, and I love that I can watch it again on DVD! It is a shame the series ended! Loved the characters and the storylines.Published on Oct. 29 2010 by dcaccountant
Makes CSI and all the other clones look like the cliched, corny and formulaic atrocities they are. The Writing in Davinci's Inquest is subperb and has some of the best naturalistic... Read morePublished on March 2 2007 by David E. Liebrock
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