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Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Sixth Season – Someone’s Out To Get Jane!

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Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Sixth Season started with Homicide having one of its own investigated for murder and then, after a few episodes, began what came to be a campaign of destruction waged against Detective Jane Rizzoli – a campaign that threatened everyone she knew; but especially Chief Medical Examiner Maura Isles.

Despite starting out as a much breezier show, the continued darkening of Rizzoli & Isles has served the series well. It’s never lost the breezy banter, but acknowledges the effects/consequences of the job  in sometimes disturbing ways.

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From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: Season Two – Screwed On Tight!

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Season one of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series essentially told a slightly different version of the story from the movie – in which nearly everyone died – in order to keep Seth and Richie Gekko alive. Along the way, it just happened to be great fun.

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Frankenstein Just Wants To Save Her Son!

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Ever since Boris Karloff donned the flat top and neck bolts in James Whale’s Frankenstein, there have been many attempts to capture the essence of Mary Shelley’s Classic novel.

Jed Mercurio’s 2007 take – available on home video today – updates the story with Dr. Victoria Frankenstein working to develop artificial organic organs for transplants – and driven to push her experiments ever faster when her son becomes deathly ill.

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A Brilliant Young Mind – Not Just Another Big Brain With Issues Movie!

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Nathan Ellis is a brilliant young man – math is like breathing for him – who sits ‘on the spectrum’ as his doctor puts it.

Since his father died when he was a toddler, he’s been incapable of giving or receiving love – which makes things hard for his mum, Julie. When he discovers math, it gives him a way to deal with his life, if not that of others – until an unorthodox tutor, Martin Henderson, enters their lives.

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The Flash: The Complete First Season – Speeding Into The Hearts of Millions!

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The Flash: The Complete First Season is a welcome addition to the library of TV and movie superhero adventures. The (not surprisingly) fast-paced series was well received by critics, fanboys/girls and the general audience with equal enthusiasm.

The DVD/Blu-Ray sets provide a lovely package combining the show’s first 22 episodes and over three hours of special features.

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: Season One – American TV’s First Great Spy Series!

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. debuted on September 22, 1964. It was the first American spy series and is, to this day, one of the best ever. It was television’s first international phenomenon, too – years before Star Trek and Dark shadows. The series was developed by Sam Rolfe as a kind of American answer to James Bond and though it ran for four seasons, the first comes as close to being perfect as anything that comes to mind.

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Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fifth Season – Farewell & Hello!

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The fifth season of Rizzoli & Isles had a couple of obstacles to overcome in the loss of Lee Thompson Young during the show’s hiatus, and trying to remember him while moving on. It’s a measure of the show’s consistency that both obstacles were handled well.

In every other way, the show maintained its mix of procedural efficiency and character heart. In a way, season five was one of the show’s most inventive.

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Major Crimes: The Complete Third Season – Solid Procedural Solidly Proceeding!

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Major Crimes is about to enter its fourth season on TNT – not too shabby for a spinoff show; especially when the mothership was Kyra Sedgwick showcase The Closer.

Although Major Crimes also has a spectacular female lead in Mary McDonnell’s Captain Sharon Raydor, the biggest difference between it and its predecessor is that more weight is placed on the shoulders of the rest of the ensemble (most of whom came over from The Closer). One thing that links the two shows inextricably is charming, vicious psychopath Philip Stroh – who has a big presence in Major Crimes’ third season.

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The Book of Negroes – A Roots For This Century!

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The Book of Negroes is a mini-series adapting the novel by Laurence Hill – a story that follows the remarkable Aminata Diallo from prior to her kidnapping by slavers in Africa, through her time as a slave in South Carolina – owned by two very different types of slave owners, to seeking her freedom in New York, moving with black loyalists to Nova Scotia and thence to Sierra Leone before heading to London to help the abolitionist put a halt to the slave trade.

Summed up in a few words like that, it doesn’t seem like much, but the CBC/BET co-production covers a lot of history through the eyes of a single human being. The device of using a fictional protagonist – through whose eyes we see that history – makes the journey, which could have been perhaps too epic, more personal and thus more relatable.

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DVD Review: Longmire: Season 3 – Still The Best Mystery Series On TV!

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Despite having great ratings, Longmire was canceled by A&E after its third season, leaving fans with (if nothing else) an emotional cliffhanger and a lot of questions. With a fourth season being picked up by Netflix, millions of fans breathed a sigh of relief.

Now Warner Home video has released the show’s third season DVD and fans can binge their way through the ten episodes again (which is likely how they’ll watch season four if they’re anything like me…). Despite being light on bonus features (a single featurette), the DVD is worth having because the show is one of the great mystery series.

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