Tuesday, October 4, 2016

DVD Review : Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas

Garnering more than two dozen Gemini® nominations and the sole 2016 ‘Fan’s Choice Award’ at the Canadian Screen Awards for Yannick Bisson, Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas makes its DVD/Bluray debut on October 4, 2016 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century, Murdoch Mysteries explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a methodical and dashing detective who pioneers innovative forensic techniques to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders. In this feature-length Christmas special, Murdoch and the team investigate when the host of a Christmas charity gala for sick children is killed, and all the presents he was going to give away are stolen. 

The DVD and Blu-ray Single also include bonus Making Murdoch: A Merry Murdoch Christmas ($24.99 each, AcornOnline.com). Inspired by Maureen Jennings’ novels, Murdoch Mysteries airs on the CBC in Canada and in the U.S. on Acorn TV and as The Artful Detective on Ovation. The special Christmas episode guest stars Ed Asner (Up, The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) and Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) and made its U.S. Premiere on Acorn TV, the premier streaming service for world-class television from Britain and beyond, in July 2016. It’s Christmastime in turn-of-the-century Toronto, and Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and his team have a murder to solve. 

At a charity gala for sick children, Murdoch and Dr. Ogden (Hélène Joy, Durham County) find the host, dressed as Santa Claus, dead from a broken neck. To make matters worse, all the presents that were collected for the children have been stolen. When witnesses report hearing a wild animal near the scene, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Coronation Street) suspects the legendary creature Krampus. Meanwhile, Constable Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Still Standing) worries he’ll have nowhere to spend the holidays. Can Murdoch and the rest of Station House No. 4 catch the murderer in time to save Christmas? 

My Thoughts

I think this is one of my favorite crime based shows. I love period drama, and I love learning about criminal investigations. This show combines both in a late 1890 - early 1900 setting. You'll learn how forensics experts solved the cases before they had the help of computers and DNA.  The cast of characters are funny, interesting, and diverse.

This DVD brings us a fun holiday special which is a full length feature. The team attends a charity gala and they are looking forward to a night off. Of course, that's not how things turn out. Santa turns up dead! Actually, it's the host of the party dressed as Santa, but it's still pretty traumatic. While some believe there's a supernatural explanation, Murdoch and his team are ready to uncover the very human killer.

I really enjoyed this holiday episode of Murdoch. It's gotten me in the mood for the Christmas season. If you want to check out this holiday DVD with a touch of murder and mayhem, be sure to pick up a copy from Acorn Media or Amazon.