My Life is Murder DVD and Blu-Ray Region 1

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Acorn TV is releasing Season 1 of My Life is Murder on DVD and Blu-Ray for a 28 January 2020 release date.

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Region 1 (US / Canada). There is no word yet for a Region 4 release date.

Award-winning actress Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Parks and Recreation) stars in this contemporary Australian mystery series as retired cop Alexa Crowe. But with her old boss (Bernard Curry, Once Upon a Time) regularly asking for her insight on cold cases and a young police data-analyst (Ebony Vagulans, The Heart Guy) eager to be mentored—whether Alexa wants to or not—Alexa can’t seem to stop solving crime.

Tenacious and unapologetic, Alexa brings her dry wit and brash style as she contends with a suspicious death at a competitive cooking school, a murder in an exclusive cycling club, a woman who fell from the balcony of a male escort’s apartment, a locked-room mystery, and more. Guest stars in this lighthearted detective drama include Danielle Cormack (Wentworth), Don Hany (East West 101), Magda Szubanski (Kath & Kim), Adrienne Pickering (Rake), and Nadine Garner (The Doctor Blake Mysteries).

Bonus Material

  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (17 min.)
  • Animated Shorts (18 min.)
  • (The animated shorts are the Captain Thunderbolt animated series)

    Actors: Lucy Lawless, Ebony Vagulans, Bernard Curry, Alex Andreas
    Directors: Leah Purcell, Mat King, Jovita O Shaughnessy, Ben C Lucas
    Format: NTSC, Widescreen
    Number of discs: 3
    Studio: ACORN MEDIA
    DVD Release Date: January 28, 2020
    Run Time: 450 minutes

    Warrior Princess Is Rebranded As A Suburban Crime Fighter (I Newspaper UK) 25 September 2019

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    I Newspaper (UK) 25 September 2019

    My Life is Murder on Alibi (UK) 3/5 stars

    Lucy Lawless achieved cult status in the 1990s fantasy classic Xena: Warrior Princess, but in Australian drama My Life is Murder, she joins the ever-expanding ranks of TV detectives, playing Melbourne-based investigator Alexa Crowe. Crowe used to be on the police force, but now spends her time making bread with a complicated German gadget called a Loobenschwegen. Screenwriter Matt Ford must have a fetish for wacky brand names, since later we got a walk-on appearance from the Schmilford vacuum cleaner.

    Crowe claims to be retired, but that appears to be true only when she hasn’t been offered a crime to solve. It merely took a quick coffee with her former boss, DI Kieran Hussey (Bernard Curry), to get her interested in the case of a woman who had fallen from the 19th floor apartment of a male escort called Dylan Giroux. Did she fall, or was she pushed? Have a guess.

    Gritty realism is emphatically not the objective here, as the show aims to mix a little leisurely sleuthing with ironic glances at issues and obsessions of contemporary life (though it’s set in Australia, it could be transplanted to almost anywhere). Thus, the Giroux case afforded space for some reflections on Crowe’s life as a single woman in middle age (“Paying for sex doesn’t make you lonely, it makes you practical,” she asserted), and there was some mild satire of “wokeness” when Crowe enlisted her researcher Madison (Ebony Vagulans) so they could pose as a lesbian couple pretending to be flat-hunting in the suspect’s building. “That’s sexuality appropriation!” Madison objected. “It’s workplace harassment!”

    You wouldn’t recommend Crowe’s investigative technique to aspiring young police officers – she doesn’t bother with back-up, and here cut to the chase by simply booking an appointment for Giroux’s smarmy professional services.

    Cramming a complete case into a 43-minute show (when you take the ads out) required a few short cuts. For instance, Madison can find out anything about anybody within seconds using just a phone and a laptop, like a one-woman fusion of Google and the FBI. It’s enjoyable, but feels a little lightweight.

    Mindfood Magazine: Fighting The Good Fight 01 August 2019

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    Mindfood Magazine

    01 August 2019 Issue

    Fighting The Good Fight

    Written by Charles Parcell

    She is best known for her breakout part, the feminist icon Xena: Warrior Princess. Now, actor Lucy Lawless is enjoying playing an ex-detective helping to clear the streets of Melbourne of bad guys while hanging out with middle-aged men in lycra.

    Lucy Lawless is recovering from a cold. Fresh from fighting crime on the mean (and terribly chic) streets of Melbourne in her new dramedy My Life Is Murder, the star says she caught the “obligatory post-production cold”.

    Crimefighting is actually good for one’s health, she claims. It’s when you stop that the ‘lurgies’ actually hit you.

    I sympathise. No-one thinks about what happens to these heroes and heroines after they’ve had their adventures, do they?

    “I know. You’re not thinking about us at all,” she laughs.

    For example, one would hope Xena: Warrior Princess – the iconic role that Lawless is indelibly connected to – might have retired with her sidekick Gabrielle at the end of her adventures. Perhaps to grow organic produce on a farm somewhere? Instead, the female role model to millions of fans died in a grisly manner.

    “But we’re not allowed to talk about that because it upsets the fans so badly. Which is understandable.” Unlike Xena, Lawless’s career is again on the rise as she plays the complex, contrary and compelling investigator Alexa Crowe in My Life Is Murder.

    Following the death of her husband, Alexa has retired from the police force, but is called back by her former colleague, Detective Inspector Kieran Hussey (Bernard Curry), to investigate crimes the police can’t – or won’t – solve.

    “I appear to have entered the ‘Miss Marple’ phase of an actress’s career. It’s partly my own doing because I’m a lover of true crime and law. In between jobs, I go and sit in the courthouse and watch the murder trials.”

    Is that a joke?

    “No, it’s true. If I find myself with a few days off, that’s where I can often be found.” The crimes in her six-part series take place in some unusual locales: everything from the world of male escorts and cooking schools to the world of the ‘MAMIL’: the “middle-aged man in lycra”.

    “Yes – I had never heard that term, but it’s real, isn’t it? With men in lycra, we get to discover something about what turns my character on.” Intriguing.

    Lawless raves about her co-stars: “the wonderful Bernard Curry, who is such a divine fellow”, as well as Ebony Vagulans – “I think she is such a star and the minute I met her, I knew she was the right girl to play [data analyst] Madison”. Lawless also fell in love with the city of Melbourne itself, with all its great buildings and public art. But now, the star of stage and screen is back home in New Zealand and sitting out on the steps in the cool winter sun as we speak.

    New Zealand enjoys an international reputation for being an unspoiled paradise removed from the troubles of the world, but it has seen its share of suffering lately. “Christchurch has been through a great deal,” agrees Lawless. “Earthquakes and instability and what that does to a community. Insurance nightmares and then the mass murder of 50 innocent people minding their own business.

    “I think it opened up a much better dialogue between New Zealanders of all faiths, if you’re to look for a silver lining from a really dark cloud.”

    Are New Zealanders resilient? “I think all humans are resilient, but you never know until you’re tested. That one scarred us pretty bad.”

    Today, the former warrior princess is fighting to save the planet as a climate ambassador for Greenpeace, spreading the world about climate change.

    “For 30 years I have known about what’s coming, but it’s just been hushed up. I’m glad that your average person is starting to understand it a little, understand what climate change means … more frequent and more ferocious catastrophic events and that it can touch all of us and challenge all of our society structures, redefine boundaries of countries and statehood and cause untold refugees. It’s a very, very serious conundrum.”


    Find out more about Lucy’s role on My Life is Murder by going to the AUSXIP My Life is Murder subsite