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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Monroe w/James Nesbitt, Murdoch Mysteries 4 make U.S. debuts on DVD from Acorn

James Nesbitt (Murphy’s Law, The Hobbit) stars in new medical drama MONROE, Series 1 -- Makes U.S. Debut on DVD May 29, 2012

“Blessed with heart and brain” —The Sunday Times

“Sharply written” —The Guardian

Silver Spring, MD — With a dose of House’s dark humor and an infusion of humanity and warmth, the gripping medical drama, Monroe, debuts on DVD from Acorn Media on May 29, 2012. Acclaimed Irish actor James Nesbitt (Murphy’s Law, Woody Allen’s Match Point, and the upcoming Hobbit films) stars as Dr. Gabriel Monroe, a neurosurgical genius with a quick wit and a heart to match his titanic ego. Following no rules but his own, Monroe infuriates colleagues and terrifies interns with his glib repartee and arrogant self-regard. Monroe offers a riveting look inside the high-stakes medical profession (DVD 2-disc set, 6 episodes, $39.99, Series 1 premiered on ITV in March 2011; a second season has been commissioned. Monroe made its U.S. debut on Acorn’s streaming service, Acorn TV, earlier this year but has not aired on U.S. television.

Pitting his formidable skills against high-risk medical emergencies is only one of Monroe’s challenges. He and his team must also navigate the toll that medicine takes on patients and doctors—especially when dealing with their personal lives. As slick as he is with a scalpel, Monroe struggles at home as a husband and father, and at work he clashes with brusque heart surgeon Dr. Jenny Bremner (Sarah Parish, The Pillars of the Earth). Tom Riley (Lost in Austen) also stars.

Street: May 29, 2012                         SRP: $39.99

DVD 2-Disc Set: 6 Episodes; Approx. 274 mins. – British drama - SDH subtitles


Forensic Sleuthing in the Age of Invention; Fourth season of the charming period mystery on Blu-ray and DVD; Available to U.S. audiences for the first time

MURDOCH MYSTERIES, SEASON 4 -- U.S. debut on Blu-ray and DVD May 29, 2012

“If you haven’t seen it, you must” —The Globe and Mail

“Excellent adventure” —Midwest Book Review

“Truly outstanding” – The Fort Bend/Southwest Star

“Yannick Bisson is perfect as Murdoch.” —Deseret News

“Smart, fast-paced fun” —The Globe and Mail

Silver Spring, MD —Combining the period appeal of Sherlock Holmes with the forensic fascination of CSI, Murdoch Mysteries, Season 4, debuts on Blu-ray and DVD from Acorn Media on May 29, 2012. 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 smart, compelling series follows Yannick Bisson (Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye) as Detective William Murdoch as he pushes the boundaries of criminal science to solve the city’s most baffling murders. Distributed by ITV Studios and available to U.S. audiences for the first time, the 4-volume DVD boxed set and 3-disc Blu-ray set include all 13 episodes from season four, plus a behind-the-scenes featurette ($59.99 each, A fifth season has already been produced, and a sixth season begins production in spring 2012.

Season 4 pits the kindhearted Detective Murdoch against a would-be vampire, a costumed killer, and ruthless mobsters, inspiring him to whip up a slew of innovative crime-fighting techniques along the way. But while Murdoch nabs the culprits with the help of politically ambitious inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Where the Heart Is) and eager constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Hatching, Matching & Dispatching), he struggles to subdue his feelings for former sweetheart Dr. Julia Ogden (Gemini® winner Hélène Joy, Durham County).

The series guest stars Victor Garber (Alias, Titanic), Simon Williams (Upstairs, Downstairs), Peter Keleghan (The Red Green Show), and Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper in a cameo.

Season 4 debuted in Canada on CityTV in June 2011. Acorn Media previously released Season 1-3 on DVD as well as on Blu-ray for Seasons 1 and 3. The Murdoch Mysteries website is

Special Features: Behind-the-scenes featurette (15 min.), and alternate love letters (2 min.)

Street: May 29, 2012 - 13 episodes – Approx. 598 min., plus bonus - SDH subtitles

Blu-ray 3-Disc Set (SRP: $59.99) / DVD 4-Vol. Boxed Set (SRP: $59.99)

Acorn’s and Athena’s DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn Media at (888) 870-8047 or and


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