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August 26, 2014 DVD: 'Criminal Minds: The Ninth Season'

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The best FBI criminal profiling team is back in the mind-blowing Criminal Minds: The Ninth Season. FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) knows no boundaries when it comes to tracking down ruthless and unpredictable killers. Unit chief Aaron Hotchner and Special Agents David Rossi, Alex Blake, Dr. Spencer Reid, Derek Morgan and Jennifer "JJ" Jareau use the scientific art of profiling and psychological tactics to solve the FBI's most extreme and violent cases. With the help of skilled hacker and technical analyst, Penelope Garcia, the BAU takes down serial killers, uncovers dark secrets, and saves lives - including one of their own.

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Season 9 begins with the BAU searching for a methodical killer in Arizona who may be responsible for a series of ritualistic murders. Then the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination may be the motivating factor for a sniper who is terrorizing Dallas. One of their own fights to live when attacked by the Reaper. In celebration of the Day of the Dead, a killer may have a fascination with the Salem witch trials. When skeletons are found in the backyard of a Virginia home, the investigation uncovers dark family secrets rooted in the past racial divisions of the South. A series of murders in Kansas City lead Blake to a tense reunion with her retired police captain father and her detective brother. In the season finale, the investigation of murdered prostitutes in Texas uncover a deep web of corruption that put the lives of the BAU team at risk.

Special features include deleted scenes, a gag reel and “Eyes Only” featurette.

Criminal Minds: Season 10 premieres on CBS on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 9/8c.

Episodes:

  1. “The Inspiration” - Season 9 begins with the BAU searching for a methodical killer in Arizona. Meanwhile, the team speculate that Hotch wants to be the new unit chief.
  2. “The Inspired” - A bizarre familial connection leads the BAU to zero in on a suspect in the ritualistic murders they have been investigating in Arizona.
  3. “Final Shot” - A sniper terrorizes Dallas and the BAU must determine if the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination is a motivating factor in the shootings.
  4. “To Bear Witness” - The new BAU section chief arrives, and he shares a long work history with J.J. Meanwhile, an UnSub terrorizes Baltimore and leaves his victims unable to communicate.
  5. “Route 66” - Hotch fights for his life due to complications from being stabbed by the Reaper, and experiences visions of his late wife and his nemesis Foyet. Meanwhile, the BAU searches for a missing teen and investigates her estranged father as a suspect in her disappearance.
  6. “In the Blood” - The BAU investigates ritualistic murders in Utah. The probe reveals the killer may have a fascination with the Salem witch trials. Meanwhile, Garcia prepares for a Day of the Dead celebration.
  7. “Gatekeeper” - Strangulations in Boston are investigated and the probe reveals that the killer likes to keep mementos of his victims. Meanwhile, the unit rallies around Rossi when his favorite bar is on the verge of closing.
  8. “The Return” - Teenagers reported missing in Chicago commit a series of mass murders. Meanwhile, Morgan is conflicted when his girlfriend takes her job at a hospital as seriously as he takes his work.
  9. “Strange Fruit” - Skeletons are found in the backyard of a Virginia home and the investigation uncovers dark family secrets rooted in the past racial divisions of the South.
  10. “The Caller” - A boy goes missing from his home in St. Louis, which leads the BAU to reinvestigate a similar cold case to find the abductor.
  11. “Bully” - A tense-filled reunion occurs when Blake works with her father, a retired police captain, and her detective brother to solve a series of murders in Kansas City.
  12. “The Black Queen” - Garcia delves into her hacker past and reconnects with a former love to help the BAU investigate a murder in San Diego.
  13. “The Road Home” - The BAU hunts for a vigilante killer in Cleveland. Meanwhile, Rossi becomes concerned when his former Vietnam marine sergeant goes missing and he goes to Los Angeles to search for him; and the secret J.J. has been keeping from the team begins to catch up with her.
  14. “200” - When J.J. is kidnapped, the BAU delves into her time at the State Department to find clues to her disappearance and uncovers a secret mission that now puts her life in danger. The team also turns to Prentiss for help in finding her.
  15. “Mr. & Mrs. Anderson” - The BAU investigates several murders in the Pittsburgh area and the probe reveals that the crimes were likely committed by a pair of killers working as a team. Meanwhile, Garcia and Morgan share their Valentine's Day plans for their significant others.
  16. “Gabby” - A 4-year-old girl disappears while staying with a relative in Mississippi. The investigation uncovers some startling information as the BAU race to find the child and bring her to safety.
  17. “Persuasion” - The BAU investigate mysterious drowning deaths in the Las Vegas desert, and try to determine the true cause and motive for the murders.
  18. “Rabid” - Three bodies are found in a shallow grave near Milwaukee. The investigation reveals that the victims are all covered in animal and human bite marks. Meanwhile, Reid and Garcia work out for a company fitness test, but they try to hide their preparation from Morgan.
  19. “The Edge of Winter” - Unusual stabbings in Upstate New York are investigated. Just as the probe wraps up, Morgan visits one of the crime's survivors and realizes that all of the questions in the case aren't yet answered.
  20. “Blood Relations” - Two murder victims are found in a West Virginia backwoods community. The investigation reveals that the homicides may be linked to a long-simmering feud between two families.
  21. “What Happens in Mecklinburg…” - The BAU investigates a series of kidnappings near Memphis. Meanwhile, Savannah vents her frustration to Morgan about the amount of traveling he is doing for his job.
  22. “Fatal” - Victims of arsenic poisoning are found in Long Beach. The investigation reveals that the killer has a fascination with Greek mythology, based on handwritten death threats to the deceased and other mysterious clues. Meanwhile, Hotch becomes concerned about participating in Jack's third-grade career day.
  23. “Angels” - Part 1 of 2. Prostitutes are murdered in Texas and the investigation suggests the killings have religious overtones. But as the BAU delve further into the case, their lives are put at risk.
  24. “Demons” - Conclusion. Season 9 ends with the BAU continuing to investigate the murders of prostitutes in Texas and uncovering a deep web of corruption that could be the motive behind the killings. Meanwhile, one team member faces a sad secret from the past; and Garcia is forced into action to save a colleague.

Cast:

  • Joe Mantegna as David Rossi
  • Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan
  • Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid
  • A. J. Cook as Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
  • Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia
  • Jeanne Tripplehorn as Alex Blake
  • Thomas Gibson as Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner
  • Esai Morales as Mateo Cruz
  • Cade Owens as Jack Hotchner
  • Rochelle Aytes as Savannah Hayes
  • Josh Stewart as William "Will" LaMontagne, Jr.

Special Features:

  • Eyes Only
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes

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  • Best Buy - Save 15% when you purchase 2 or save 25% when you purchase 3 TV titles $14.99 and up. Offer valid 8/10/14 - 9/27/14.

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