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City Homicide: The Complete Collection (2007 - 2011/PAL DVD Box Set*)/Impulse: The Complete Series (2018 - 2019/Universal/PAL DVD Set*)/Into The West: The Mini-Series (2005/Paramount/DreamWorks/Blu-ray Set*)/Modus: The Complete Series (2015/PAL DVD Set/*all ViaVision Imports)/Trick Or Treat Scooby Doo! (2022/Warner DVD)

Picture: C+/C/B-/C/C+ Sound: C+ (West: B-) Extras: D/D/C/D/C Main Programs: C+/C/C/C+/C+

PLEASE NOTE: The Import DVDs and Into The West Import Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at ViaVision Entertainment in Australia, with the DVDs only capable of playing on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD players that can handle the PAL format, while the Blu-ray can play on all Blu-ray and 4K players. All can be ordered from the links below.

The following TV releases are from all over the world...

City Homicide: The Complete Collection (2007 - 2011) is not a variant of Barry Levinson's Homicide series, though a little like Law and Order at first, but with the cast of characters cracking bad jokes and leaning towards the U.S. police procedural TV shows that were glutted at the start. This show starts more official with its 'voice of God' opening it later looses by its fourth and final season. It starts with stars Nadine Gardner, Daniel MacPherson, Damien Richardson and Aaron Pedersen, then they add or lose actors as they go along.

That sounds like MidSomer Murders, but this never gets that ridiculous, especially because they quit while they were ahead. You get 78 hour-long episodes, plus the 6-hour mini-series finale we will consider to be part of the series itself. The result runs on a bit and has many things we have already seen in the genre for decades, but having it in different locales with different sensibilities does make it more interesting than the U.S. versions that have played themselves out. For big fans of this kind of show, getting this elaborate 21-DVD box might be fun.

There are no extras.

Impulse: The Complete Series (2018 - 2019) is an attempt by Bourne Identity producer/director Doug Liman to do a super heroine show, but the kind where she suddenly has powers out of nowhere (the original Lindsay Wagner Bionic Woman) versus one where the lead already has the powers (Wonder Woman with Lynda Carter) so one would hope it would play well like the former. However, this is almost as bad as the bizarre Bionic Woman revival around 15 years ago that rightly bombed.

Instead, it plays like a videogame movie in an unfortunate way (Tomb Raider, Resident Evil) but in a more slap-dash way that feels lazy and never recuperates, despite the best efforts of actress Maddie Hasson. Still, this might have some fans and be a curio, thus its DVD release. The 20 hour-long episodes cover 6 discs.

There are no extras.

Into The West: The Mini-Series (2005) was an ambitious attempt to capitalize on the success of Costner's Dances With Wolves and the cycle of new, naturalistic Westerns that held Native Americans in a new regard and with far more depth and detail than had been seen much before. The result to me was mixed and it still plays that way nearly two decades later as this gets too melodramatic for its own good and drags a bit.

To its advantage, some good money was put into it, it can have a good look and be period-convincing and has a good cast, yet that was not enough to overcome a project that always felt like it was playing it safe or just not having enough energy. Matthew Modine, Graham Green, Beau Bridges, Kerri Russell, Rachel Lee Cook, Tyler Christopher, Skeet Ulrich, David Midthunder, Raoul Max Trujillo and others who are not bad here. With a new cycle of hit Western TV shows far better than theatrical and telefilm Westerns, you can see why this is getting reissued now. However, it is for the most curious only.

Extras include a Music Video with Sarah McLachlan and Robbie Robertson for the song ''World On Fire'' and three vintage behind-the-scenes featurettes: The Cast Of..., The Making Of... and The Communications Gap.

Modus: The Complete Series (2015) is a two-season Swedish crime series has a ex-FBI profiler and psychologist (Melinda Kinnaman) who is trying to take care of her autistic daughter when a series of gruesome murders draws her now-peaceful life back into the stress and madness she tried to leave behind. Kim Cattrall shows up in the second season as a U.S. President who suddenly disappears. That might have been too much of a stretch for this or any show, so I can see why they folded, but it is not bad, though it is also an uneven show.

The plus is the look and feel can be different simply because it is from another country and the supporting cast gives their best efforts, while the locales and their other uniquenesses and things we may have not seen before makes this more watchable. You might even like the mysteries more than I did, but if nothing else, the show is a welcome change of pace.

There are no extras.

Last but not least, though still too familiar, is Trick Or Treat Scooby Doo! (2022) with the gang at the end of solving one mystery before the next starts up and they are being targeted, so someone (again???) wants revenge for exposing them for a past crime. The criminals are not only organized, but dress as monsters!

Too bad they could not make more of this and they had the usual 78 minutes for these straight-to-video telefilms, but it is also still made for younger children, so there is only so much they can do. Just play it safe and hope people buy it and watch. I have seen this thing way too many times otherwise, even if we just exclude ones childhood and just the programs on disc. Guess the play-it-safe formula works and its for fans only.

The extras three three episodes of later Scooby series.

Now for playback performance. The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on West look like older HD masters and can have motion blur, color limits and other minor flaws more obvious in the 4K age, while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix sounds a generation down and you might want to be careful of volume switching and high playback levels just in case.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on the four DVD releases are passable, but Impulse and Modus look a little older, including more softness and CGI digital visual effects that have not aged well and did not look that good to begin with. Scooby is the newest production and has some of the best color here (!!!) while Homicide had less effects to contend with and that results in a more consistent look throughout.

All the DVDs come with lossy Dolby Digital 5.1, Homicide with lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Modus with both types of track mixes, but its 5.1 sounds much better. The result is surprising as they all sound equally good for their age (save Scooby) and being in the older audio codec.

To order either of the ViaVision import Blu-ray or DVDs, go to these links for the title desired:

City Homicide DVD


Impulse DVD


Into The West Blu-ray


Modus DVD


- Nicholas Sheffo


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