Summary of "The Complete 6th Season - Wow, more extras!": Take a look at the list of notable guest stars form the sixth season of Murder, She Wrote: Robert Vaughn (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), Elliott Gould (Friends), John Rhys-Davies (Sliders), Jerry Stiller (The King of Queens), Orson Bean (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle), Faith Ford (Murphy Brown, Hope & Faith), Jonathan Brandis (SeaQuest), Shirley Jones (The Partridge Family) and Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond).
Wow, Universal continues to include bonus material on Murder, She Wrote! They gave us a 10 minute featurette last season, and another one this season, plus the America's Top Sleuths special. I called someone in marketing at Universal and told him that I appreciate the inclusion of bonus material on their TV sets; it's not a lot, but it's a good sign from a company that has been very stingy with their sets in the past. I hope it continues, and I hope Universal includes bonus material on some of their other sets as well. (read entire review)
The Complete 5th Season - A bonus feature! (1/30/2007)
Summary of "The Complete 5th Season - A bonus feature!": I almost fell on the floor when I saw that Universal had put "Origin of a Series" on this set. This is a brand-new featurette created for the DVD release, something Universal hasn't done for this series before, and rarely does for any of their releases. Yes, I was very impressed they put this on the disc, and they deserve some praise for it. The piece is good as well; I expected a small chat with Lansbury, but they interviewed numerous people for the piece. I'd love to see featurettes like this on some of their other releases as well (imagine something like this on Magnum, or a Peter Falk interview on a Columbo set!). Maybe this is a sign of good things to come? (read entire review)
The Complete 3rd Season - They're still dying... (3/12/2006)
Summary of "The Complete 3rd Season - They're still dying...": Universal gets some points for trying to include the Magnum/Murder, She Wrote crossover. The ending wraps up the story in the episode, but it's easy enough to fill in the blanks. I liked The Great 80's TV Flashback (it was my first time seeing it), but I can see how someone would get sick of seeing it on their DVD sets (it's appeared on quite a few Universal titles).
It's time for "Where have I seen them before?" - a list of guest stars that appeared in the third season of Murder, She Wrote. Courteney Cox (Friends), Ronny Cox (Stargate SG-1), Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch), John Glover (Smallville), David Ogden Stiers (M*A*S*H), Leslie Nielsen (Police Squad!), Ken Olin (thirtysomething, EZ Streets), Tom Selleck (Magnum, PI), Chad Everett (Medical Center), Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch), Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Shaun Cassidy (The Hardy Boys Mysteries), George Takei (Star Trek), John Amos (Good Times), LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Ernest Borgnine (Airwolf), Jerry Orbach (Law & Order), Adam West (Batman), George Clooney (E.R.) and Buddy Hackett (Action). The third season had guest stars from every Star Trek series except Enterprise (which is the only Trek series not to contain Star Trek in the title).
Summary of "The Complete 2nd Season - Murder likes Jessica": Deluxe needs to provide better quality control for their DVD-18s, or Universal needs to find a different replicator; I'm so sick of writing about episodes that won't play on a set, and I'm sure consumers are sick of returning sets that don't work.
Look for these stars in season 2: Howard Hesseman (Head of the Class), John Astin (The Addams Family), Chuck Connors (The Rifleman), Nicholas Hammond (The Amazing Spider-Man), Mackenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time), Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes), Patrick Macnee (The Avengers), Norman Fell (Three's Company), Roy Thinnes (The Invaders), Parker Stevenson (The Hardy Boys Mysteries), Robert Vaughn (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), Robert Culp (I Spy), Vicki Lawrence (Mama's Family), Orson Bean (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman), Alan Young (Mister Ed), Larry Wilcox (CHiPs), Art Hindle (E.N.G.), Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough), Jerry Orbach (Law & Order), Robert Stack (The Untouchables), Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle), Linda Hamilton (Beauty and the Beast), Gordon Jump (WKRP in Cincinnati) and John de Lancie (Star Trek: The Next Generation).
If you love a good murder mystery then you need to pick up Murder, She Wrote season two.
Please note: This review was written back in December, 2005, but missed getting posted (oops!). (read entire review)
Summary of "The Complete 1st Season - ": I used to love watching this show as a kid. The whole family would curl up in front of the TV on Sunday nights and watch Jessica Fletcher run around and solve crimes. I didn't realize the show lasted as long as it did; 12 years is a long time. I couldn't figure out why the FBI didn't have someone tailing Jessica, since people always seemed to die around her. I can't say I would want to hang out with her! I think the episodes hold up well, I just wish the video quality was better.
There are a number of stars, and future stars that showed up in these first episodes. Keep an eye open for Cassie Yates (Dynasty), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Martin Landau (Mission: Impossible), Gabe Kaplan (Welcome Back, Kotter), John Astin (The Addams Family), Peter Graves (Mission: Impossible), Joaquin Phoenix, Robert Loggia (The Sopranos), Milton Berle, Vicki Lawrence (Mama's Family), Leslie Nielson (Police Squad!), Cesar Romero (Batman), Jerry Orbach (Law & Order), Linda Blair, James Gammon (Nash Bridges), Joey Bishop (The Joey Bishop Show) and Piper Laurie (Twin Peaks).
If you love a good murder mystery then you need to pick up Murder, She Wrote season one. (read entire review)
Packaging Pictures and Disc Count Breakdown for 'The Complete Series'
This past Tuesday, Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced an October 1st release of Murder, She Wrote - The Complete Series on DVD. Package art wasn't available at the time, but now we've got... (read entire news item)
'The Complete Series' Brings All 12 Seasons of Jessica Fletcher
Winner of four Golden Globes and nominated for 12 consecutive Emmy awards for Best Actress in a Drama, Angela Lansbury stars as the unforgettable Jessica Fletcher in the legendary murder mystery series... (read entire news item)
Sweetheart Street Date, 3D Packaging for the '4 Movie Collection' DVDs
The legacy of one of television's most beloved and acclaimed series continues with 4 full-length Murder, She Wrote movies. Oscar-nominee Angela Lansbury triumphantly returns as mystery writer Jessica... (read entire news item)
We've Got an Update About the Status of the '4 Movie Collection' Set
This past May we reported about an item titled "Murder, She Wrote - 4 Movie Collection", a DVD set which Amazon.ca (the Canadian arm of the big e-tailer) said at the time would be out in mid-July. In... (read entire news item)
TV Movies Coming Later This Year
A new listing for Murder, She Wrote "4 Movie Collection" was spotted on Amazon.ca by Nick, one of our readers. The set carries a list price of $30.99 Canadian, and the listing says it'll be released on... (read entire news item)
A First Peek at the Packaging for The Complete 12th Season
It's the final chapter of one of television's greatest mystery series of all time. Recipient of 41 Primetime Emmy Award and 16 Golden Globe nominations, Murder, She Wrote set the standard with its fascinating... (read entire news item)
It's the End for Jessica: Release Date Announced for The Complete 12th Season
In late April we reported that Murder, She Wrote - The Complete 12th Season, the final year of the legendary show starring Angela Lansbury as "Jessica Fletcher", was coming to DVD before 2010 was over.... (read entire news item)
Fletcher's Finale is On the Way: The Complete 12th Season Coming to DVD!
Angela Lansbury's classic crime series was a staple of Sunday nights for eleven seasons, and then for the show's twelfth and final year on the tube, CBS moved the program to Thursday evenings. Now it... (read entire news item)
Jessica's Almost Ready to Retire: Her 11th (Next-to-Last) Season is Announced ***UPDATE: BOX ART***
Read between the lines of Jessica Fletcher's famous novels and you'll discover what her legions of fans already know: mystery has a way of following this witty writer wherever she goes. Angela Lansbury... (read entire news item)
A First Look at the Package Art for The Complete 10th Season Set
Last month Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced that Murder She Wrote - The Complete 10th Season is coming to DVD on July 7th. This 5-disc set will contain all 21 episodes from that season,... (read entire news item)
Universal Received Your 'Amsterdam Kill' Advice, and the Results Are In!
Two weeks ago we posted a story describing how Universal Studios Home Entertainment was prepping the DVD release of Murder She Wrote - The Complete 10th Season, but needed advice from the fans: should... (read entire news item)
Official Announcement for the Date & Cost of Angela Lansbury's 10th Season Set
A week ago today we let you know that Universal Studios Home Entertainment is preparing a DVD release for Murder She Wrote - The Complete 10th Season. Today the studio has followed up with their official... (read entire news item)
The 10th Season DVDs are Coming, but Universal Needs Your Help
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is currently preparing Murder She Wrote - The Complete 10th Season for release on DVD, but something has come up...and they're asking for your help!
"Amsterdam... (read entire news item)
9th Season Set Officially Announced: Date, Price, Packaging and More! ***UPDATED***
Last week we had the heads-up about Universal's plans to release Murder, She Wrote - The Complete 9th Season on DVD early in 2009. This morning the studio has officially announced the title to retailers,... (read entire news item)
Price, Packaging, and other Info - Including Possible Release Date - for The Complete 9th Season
Last week Universal announced the February 3rd release of the Columbo - Mystery Movie Collection 1990 on DVD. What does this have to do with Murder, She Wrote? As you see below, the studio has provided... (read entire news item)
A Look at the Main Menu Screen for 8th Season DVDs
April 1st sees the DVD release of Murder, She Wrote - The Complete 8th Season, and now Universal has sent out a look at the main menu screen for this release. Take a peek! (read entire news item)
Universal Delivers Package Art For 8th Season Set!
It's been several weeks since Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced the April 1st release of Murder, She Wrote - The Complete 8th Season on DVD. Overnight they've finally made the package art... (read entire news item)
The 8th Season Is No April Fool's Joke...It's Murder!
While we've all got the winter holiday season on our minds right now, studios are looking ahead to April Fool's Day, or April 1st, as they plan months ahead for their DVD release schedule. This morning... (read entire news item)
Today's 7th Season Set Gives a Clue to an 8th Murder-ous Season
Today sees the release of Murder, She Wrote - The Complete 7th Season, and when you open it up there will be a little something in there to encourage you to come back for more Murder. Universal has inserted... (read entire news item)
Another 'Book' for season 7
Universal has been very consistent with their packaging for Murder, She Wrote, so it's no surprise that season 7 looks like the previous 6 seasons; it's packaged to look like a book. The set will be released... (read entire news item)
She's More Than Halfway Through Her Story: 7th Season Announced
Get ready for yet another chapter of television's most clever series as all 22 episodes of Murder She Wrote: The Complete Seventh Season arrive on DVD! Rejoin Golden Globe winner Angela Lansbury as writer/detective... (read entire news item)
Season 6 Box Art, Menus and Bonus Material
Universal has made the season 6 artwork available, as well as two menu screens. Those shots reveal new bonus material for the DVDs, the second set in a row to feature something! "Recipe for a Hit" includes... (read entire news item)
More Murder in April
Universal has announced the sixth season of Murder, She Wrote for releasing on April 17. The 5 disc set will include the 22 episodes from season 6:
Appointment in Athens
Seal of the Confessional
The... (read entire news item)
Jessica's back for season 5 - Artwork Added
Jessica Fletcher is back for another 22 Murderous episodes in the fifth season of Murder, She Wrote. The fifth season will be Full Frame (1.33:1), with English stereo audio and subtitles. Here are the... (read entire news item)
Season 4 Artwork
Universal has released artwork for the fourth season of Murder, She Wrote which was announced for October 17. (read entire news item)
Get Murder-ed With Official Announcement For 4th Season Set!
At the beginning of this month we had the scoop that Murder, She Wrote - The Complete 4th Season would come to DVD on October 17th. Now Universal has formally announced the set, confirming that date.... (read entire news item)
She's writing another Season for DVD
One of our retail friends wrote us a quick note about the 4th season of Murder, She Wrote. Apparently Universal has plans to release this on October 17, the same day as Alfred Hitchcock Presents Season... (read entire news item)
Menu Screens for The Complete 3rd Season
Universal has announced the March 14th release of Murder, She Wrote - The Complete 3rd Season. Now they've sent out a pair of menu shots from the upcoming release, which includes a look at extras we've... (read entire news item)
Awesome change to season 3 set!
When Dave posted the news for the third season of Murder, She Wrote he mentioned the cross-over episode with Magnum P.I. titled "Novel Murder." Dave hoped that Universal would include the episode on the... (read entire news item)
Two bonus features on season 3 set
Universal has announced some more specs for the third season of Murder, She Wrote and we were happy to see that there are two bonus features on this set.
The first is a 30 minute featurette titled... (read entire news item)
No Need For That Magnifying Glass: Hi-Res Box Art For Season 3 Is Here!
Playing detective can be fun, but using that magnifying glass all the time can sprain your eyeballs. No need to use one to view cover art for Murder, She Wrote - The Complete 3rd Season anymore, though.... (read entire news item)
Every Time She Shows Up, Someone Dies! 3rd Season Announced...
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the release of Murder, She Wrote - The Complete 3rd Season on DVD. The third of 12 seasons hits home on March 14th, in a 3-DVD set with presumably double-sided... (read entire news item)
Murder-ous Box Art & Menu!
Murder, She Wrote - The Complete 2nd Season is coming out on December 6th, as we reported yesterday. Now we have the full-sized box art for it, plus alook at the main menu. Enjoy! (read entire news item)
Another 22 murders
Emmy Award nominee Angela Lansbury is back on the case in all 22 episodes of the critically acclaimed series, Murder, She Wrote Season Two. Rejoin Jessica Fletcher, everyone's favorite mystery writer,... (read entire news item)
Cover Art & Menus for Season 1 (In-Store Release)
We've already shown you what the cover looks like for the direct-sale version of Murder, She Wrote - The Complete 1st Season (the same art will be seen in rental stores, by the way). Now Universal has... (read entire news item)
Universal Studios announces retail release of classic Angela Lansbury series
Around a month ago we let you know that a direct-sale version of Murder, She Wrote - The Complete First Season was already available, but that in March we would see an in-store release of the box set.... (read entire news item)
Mystery Solved! Jessica *IS* on DVD in '04...just not from Universal!
Back in August we assured you that Murder, She Wrote would be on DVD before 2004 ended, according to a trailer that Universal distributed on a promo disc given to Best Buy customers for certain purchases.... (read entire news item)
DVDs, they said...before year's end! Trailer gives clues to release timeframe.
In this news item yesterday, we filled you guys in on a DVD that Best Buy is giving away free (under certain conditions; see the other article for details). The disc comes courtesy of NBC-Universal,... (read entire news item)
Press release mentions series
Although it's not a whole lot more than we've already posted, Universal has officially announced that Murder, She Wrote is planned for a DVD release in the near future. The news came in an official press... (read entire news item)
Classic Whodunnit Headed Planned For DVD
Many of you have already seen the stories we've posted about various Universal television properties and their mention by the studio as being looked at for DVD release. Among the properties we've already... (read entire news item)