Posted Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 08:00 AM PST by Tom Landy
Next week will be the perfect time to catch up on the hit Canadian crime drama on Blu-ray.
Based on the characters from award-winning author Maureen Jennings’ Detective Murdoch novels, the acclaimed Canadian series has garnered 25 Gemini® nominations to its credit, including Best Writing and Best Dramatic Series. Set in Victorian-era Toronto, this mystery series follows Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson, 'Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye') as he investigates the city’s most challenging cases and encounters the famous figures of his day.
Seasons 1-4 aired in Canada on CityTV (2008 – 2011), and the first season aired on select PBS stations in the U.S. A fifth season aired in Canada in 2012, and a sixth season is airing in early 2013. Acorn previously released Season 1-4 in individual season sets on DVD and Blu-ray.
Bonus features include: Pilot episode commentary, interviews with the author and cast (18 min.), behind-the-scenes featurettes (30 min.), Season 3 alternate ending, Season 4 alternate love letters (2 min.), photo galleries, and character biographies.
Still reeling from a personal and professional crisis, Murdoch has taken up gold prospecting at the start of Season 5. Soon he’s back in detective mode, helping a woman accused of murder; investigating an Egyptian curse; experimenting with time travel; and crossing paths with Jack London, Henry Ford, and his idol, Alexander Graham Bell. Meanwhile, Dr. Ogden (Gemini® winner Hélène Joy, 'Durham County') hires a feisty new coroner, Dr. Emily Grace (Georgina Reilly, 'The L.A. Complex'), who catches the eye of Constable Crabtree (Jonny Harris, 'Hatching, Matching & Dispatching').
Season 5 guest stars include Aaron Ashmore ('Smallville'), Matthew Bennett ('Battlestar Galactica'), Peter Keleghan ('The Red Green Show'), Lisa Faulker ('Murder in Suburbia'), and opera star Measha Brueggergosman.
Season 5 aired in Canada on CityTV in 2012 but has not aired in the U.S.
Special Features include: Season overview (5 min.); featurettes for episodes 1, 5, and 6 (11 min.); costume design featurette (2 min.); and sound bites (6 min.)
Suggested list price for Season 5 is $59.99 and the Seasons 1-4 Value Pack is $149.99.
You can find the latest specs for 'Murdoch Mysteries: Season 5' & 'Murdoch Mysteries: Seasons 1-4 Value Pack' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under March 5.
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