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Durham County: The Complete First Season (Bilingual)

Hugh Dillon , Justin Louis    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
A few years ago I discovered this show called "Durham County" which is shown in Canada. Soon after I began watching it I realized this is a special type show. It was like nothing I had really watched before, as most shows, at least here in the US, tend to be "Safe". There are exceptions such as Sons of Anarchy or Dexter or The Shield, but by and large most shows have a "we won't cross this line" mentality that prevents it from seriously going in a direction that might be seen as offputting to a number of viewers.

Thankfully Durham County's network does not have that mentality, and so it has allowed this brilliant show to be crafted in a way that is unsettling and not at all "safe". The show is completely unpredictable and in fact the one thing that IS predictable is how you will feel afterwards. Kinda icky. And that's a great thing I think. Anytime a show can create these emotions inside you that make you question what you just watched is brilliant in my mind.

The only show that really approaches this in the sense of "oh my God he's not going to...oh he just did!" is probably Dexter. Dexter is a show that essentially has you rooting for a serial killer to get away with it. Perhaps because the people that he kills are all bad people. We know this watching it, so when he kills a pedophile or a child killer or a guy who killed his wife, we don't really feel that bad. We know killing is wrong, but we know 100% that the people he's killing are guilty and are getting away with it. So that makes it okay, if even in a questionable morals type of way.

Durham is much the same, only in a different way. Durham is about Detective Mike Sweeney, played by Hugh Dillon (TV's Flashpoint) who after his partner is killed relocates with his family to the suburbs of Durham County.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Dillon is Amazing Aug. 4 2009
Format:DVD
Hugh Dillon has proven his incredible acting talent in this very dark, suspensful series.
A must have for Dillon fans, includes some of his post Headstones music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but good Aug. 5 2010
Format:DVD
I don't disagree with Gareth of Ottawa when it comes to the flaws he cites in his thoughtful and well-written review of October 15, 2009, here on amazon.ca. For example, yes, the shots of giant pylons are overused. In fact, I could list other flaws not mentioned by Gareth. I just don't think that these flaws reduce this intriguing series to a two-star proposition.

For those who don't know a lot about the series, it's a six-part cop drama, but it's also (or at least tries to be) a lot more. Homicide detective Mike Sweeney moves his family (wife and two daughters) back to a suburb where he grew up. The place has been built up since Mike was a youth, with some swanky new homes, but it has a rather grim atmosphere, at least as portrayed here, dominated by those giant pylons. One of Mike's neighbours, Ray Prager, is a fellow with whom Mike has a history. Mike starts working on a series of murders that have been committed in the area and begins to suspect that Ray is the culprit. There-I don't think I've revealed too much, since all of the above is relayed to the viewer very early on in the series.

I really liked the moody atmosphere evoked in this series, although I admit the creators overworked it a bit. I also found the characters interesting and I got drawn into the story, even though I don't consider it very plausible. But watching films and television is always an exercise in suspending disbelief and I was able to do that fairly easily in this series. The acting is generally very good, especially the women I thought. I found Justin Louis a bit uneven in the Ray Prager role, which admittedly is very challenging.

I noticed that a number of the actors in the series are French-Canadian, most notably Laurence Leboeuf and Patrick Labbé.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good April 21 2013
By Emma
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This was a good show. You ended up feelling something for the seriel killer, it wasn't just black and white. You have mixed feelings for the cop when you find out some of his secrets. I liked the way it was done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow Aug. 14 2009
Format:DVD
This is a great show.
I just wish the dvd had 5.1 surround sound.
Can't wait for season 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars durham county May 21 2009
Format:DVD
wow hugh dillon , his character is torn between his wife and almost lover.i was on the end of each ep.the season final ,holy smokes . ican"t wait for the 2 season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Durhsm County May 9 2009
Format:DVD
I have watched Durham County and it is so good it keeps your rooting for Mike Sweeny (Hugh Dillon). He really gets into his role, they could not have picked a better actor to play that part. It is so good that I have watched it so much I know what is coming next. I can hardly wait for season 2 to come out on DVD so I can get it. Hope Durham County stays around for a long time. Keep up the good work Hugh and all the rest.
Mary L Townsend
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars United States fan loves this show!! Oct. 31 2009
Format:DVD
I saw an ad for this show in TV Guide. I usually try out their recommendations, expecially if they seem out of mainstream. I loved Hugh Dillion in Flashpoint and the fact this show was Canadian really sparked my interest more. I found the series to be thrilling, dark and delicious! Memorizing and even fun, I watched it religiously until I lost the cable company that we were using and went to a new one that didn't have the ION channel. WIth only 2 episodes left, I scrambled all over the net, looking to buy the DVD. The only place I could find it was Amazon.ca. I usually don't purchase media from other countries but this was a must have. It came within 2 weeks and I got to finish the wonderful series and then watch it again.
I highly recommend it to anyone who loves dark mysteries. My only problem is that season 2 is not available yet for purchase. I'll have it the minute it is.

Mary Lee
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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