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Cold Case Files – The Most Infamous Cases


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Episodes: B-



For all the bad reality TV, documentary series about real life are at least as cheap to produce, and are far more interesting, important and relevant like A&E’s Cold Case Files.  Maybe it is easy to become desensitized about such a show by taking for granted that it will always be there.  The “true crime” genre has always been interesting and had its share of exploitation in it, but this series has been smarter and host Bill Kurtis is also the producer.


We are so used to bad news that we expect to hear about murder, torture, and other kinds of celebrated ugliness (the news soap operas that no one makes money off of except the 24-hour networks that they never want to see end), that it is further reason to point out programs such as this that do have merit.  Kurtis picked his ten favorites, most distinct cases from the series to date as follows:


1)     One Night On The Bayou

2)     Killer In The County

3)     Frozen In Time

4)     A Map Of Murder

5)     The Zodiac Killer

6)     The Green River Killer

7)     Weepy-Voiced Killer

8)     The Lady Killer

9)     Kidnapped

10)  Love Triangle



Without the commercials, you can see the formatting to keep the viewer interested, so fans will be happy these were not reedited.  Otherwise, the repetitions are minor and do not get in the way of the stories.  Of course, you expect for their to be a resolution in every case and the only problem with the series is it tells it viewer everything is solvable when it is not.  That is even with investigators explaining all the hard work.  The Most Infamous Cases is a good set worth seeing if you have missed the series.


The 1.33 X 1 image was produced on professional analog NTSC video and rarely features older film or videotape footage, so the shows consist of mostly of new footage.  The sources are clean and in great shape, though the detail limits are undeniable.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has some Pro Logic surround information, enough to play it that way.  Not bad.  There are no extras, but it is a solid set.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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