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Forensics: You Decide

Discovery Channel // 2009 // 215 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 14th, 2011

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson has decided: he indeed feels like a burrito for lunch.

The Charge

You decide.

The Case

When a crime goes down and the forensics team is called in to comb through the evidence, one question circulates through all of these professionals' minds: what does the viewer at home think?

That's the question the makers of Forensics want you to tangle with. For each of the five episodes included on the disc, a closed case is presented, featuring interviews with investigators and lawyers and witnesses and forensics specialists. The evidence is broken down and the show ends with the trial and/or a resolution to the case. The whole gimmick is this: with the voluminous material associated with the respective cases, what side of the investigation do you land on?

In other words, it's a reality procedural.

• "Blood Brothers"
Two brothers fight, a gunshot rings out and the forensics pros race to figure out if it was a murder or a suicide.

• "Caught on Tape"
A makeup artist dies in an assault, and there is surveillance footage of the perpetrator. But this isn't an open-and-shut case.

• "Nature's Evidence"
When two children vanish and later turn up dead, the stepfather becomes the prime suspect.

• "Deadly Kiss"
A cold case is reignited when a man is charged for the abduction of a teenage girl.

• "Silent Witness"
The death of his high school girlfriend leaves a tow truck driver rattled—but investigators aren't sold on his innocence.

This set is for fans of true crime and/or procedurals. If you're a CSI buff, there's plenty of investigative nerd porn to get hyped about, with forensics smart-asses detailing their discoveries and sometimes, if you're lucky, utilizing charts.

A no-frills disc: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo, no extras.

The Verdict

I did decide! Not Guilty!

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: Discovery Channel
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English (SDH)
Running Time: 215 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Crime
• Mystery
• Reality TV
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None


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