Wednesday, January 6, 2010

CASTLE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

An entertaining throwback to mystery shows of the 70s and 80s, ABC’s CASTLE stars Nathan Fillion (SERENITY, SLITHER) as best-selling crime novelist Richard Castle, who is called in to consult on a murder case by the NYPD when a killer seems to be using Castle’s books as a guide for his crimes. Impressed by attractive female detective Kate Beckett (sexy Stana Katic), he uses his celebrity to pull some strings and arranges to join her in her investigations with the intent of using the experiences in his fiction.

With charismatic leads, good writing, charm and self-contained "done-in-one" mysteries, CASTLE almost seems to be from another era of television entirely, but it makes for a refreshing alternative to the parade of plodding procedurals that make up most of television’s current crime dramas. Production values are top-notch, and the supporting cast is uniformly excellent. It really surprised me.

ABC’s 3 disc DVD set contains all ten of the short first season’s episodes, presented in flawless 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Bonus features include several Behind The Scenes featurettes, a blooper real, and audio commentaries on select episodes.

If you missed this on television, you might want to give it a spin on DVD. It’s been quite a while since one of the major networks actually scheduled a series as entertaining as this.

BUY: Castle: The Complete First Season