Hawaii Five-O (Classic) 12 Seasons 1970

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Season 3
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Five-O is confronted with the problem of corralling foreign agents responsible for critically wounding a U.S. government undercover agent upon his return from a 10-year mission in Red China. McGarrett and his aides must then move swiftly to prevent a threat against the kidnapped daughter of the surgeon who is to operate on the wounded U.S. agent. Khigh Dhiegh is again seen as Wo Fat, the Red agent leader in Hawaii.

Jack Lord, James MacArthur
51 minutes
Original air date:
September 16, 1970

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Season 3

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Genres Drama, Mystery
Director Charles S. Dubin
Starring Jack Lord, James MacArthur
Supporting actors Zulu, Kam Fong, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Donald Moffat, Khigh Dhiegh, Norman Dupont, Sherry Plep, Linda Ryan, Chuck Couch, Nick Nickolas, Michael Leong, Danny Kamekona, Baird Miller
Season year 1971
Network CBS
Producers Leonard Freeman, James Heinz, Stanley Kallis, Robert Stambler
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By J. Herman on January 22, 2008
Format: DVD
Five-0 fans, cop show fans in general, and fans of classic television will thoroughly enjoy HAWAII FIVE-0: The Third Season, which I just received on DVD.
This is the season where the show really hit its stride. Virtually every episode in this season is a winner: solid, suspense-filled, action-packed mysteries with gorgeous scenery, great musical scores, a supremely talented cast and a nice group of guest stars, including Martin Sheen, John Vernon, Vera Miles, Pernell Roberts, Anne Archer, Eric Braeden, Gary Collins, Diana Muldaur, Hume Cronyn, Monte Markham, Sorrell Booke, Tim O' Connor and many more, including the return of Khigh Dhiegh as arch-villain Wo Fat, who appears in not 1 but 2 thrilling espionage adventures.

These episodes appear to be complete based on their 50-minute or more run times, despite CBS DVD's now-standard disclaimer that says "some episodes may be edited from the original network versions". No music appears to be altered, either.
Every single episode from season 3 is included, and as a bonus the episodic promos are featured for most of them. THese promos have not been shown in syndication and probably haven't been seen since their inclusion during the original network run.
The episodes appear to all be digitally remastered as with the previous seasons and have never looked more vibrant, along with animated menus, 6 discs each with 4 episodes and disc art, and a nice summary of each episode on the 3 slim cases housing the discs.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Terence Allen VINE VOICE on November 9, 2007
Format: DVD
Nothing lasts 12 years without having something going for it. In the case of Hawaii Five-O, it easy to dismiss it as a typically television crime drama that got lucky by finding its audience and keeping it. The same could be said for Law and Order. Except, in television years, luck usually runs out after two or three years. Gimmicks get old, the formula is figured out, and sharks are jumped so often they don't even complain.

But shows that last five years, much less 12, have to have something besides luck, gimmicks, and great scheduling. Hawaii Five-O had a number of things going for it. First of all, let's be honest. The setting was, and still is so lush and exotic that it is easily intoxicating. Hawaii is beautiful, and most people either live there or want to live there. Filming on location has always been a blessing when it's been done, and probably no more so than on this series.

Next, Jack Lord, playing Five-O chief Steve McGarrett, was one of a long line of no-nonsense law enforcement figures. The strength, integrity, and dedication of these kinds of characters cannot be overstated, and these characters will always have lots of fans rooting them on, not unlike Law and Order's Jack McCoy.

Finally, watching shows like this is always a treat because you see so many stars that were either big stars enjoying a working Hawaiian vacation, or lots of up and coming stars before they got their big break. Hawaii Five-O was a natural draw for both categories, and it's fun to watch them and remember when.

It's also fun to remember when you could look forward to hearing one of the best and most recognizable theme songs in television history. Not a small thing when you add it with the other factors. Hawaii Five-O had a lot going for it then, and it has a lot going for it now.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on March 4, 2008
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One of McGarrett's trademark quotes - besides "Book 'em, Danno!" - is "Go over it with a fine tooth comb," in reference to how he wants his crack team of investigators to go to work. Well, the folks at CBS/Paramount really did that with the classic series, producing a compilation that not only looks better than it did almost three decades ago but sounds crystal clear. One can only imagine how brilliant the show would look in high definition 'cause it sparkles in this release of the show's third season.

And what a season it is!!!

"Hawaii 5-0" had its share of standard cops and robbers episodes but it also had some that were a cut above the norm, making commentary on the environment ("Paniolo" and "The Last Eden"), false imprisonment ("The Double Wall" and "Dear Enemy"), drug addiction ("Trouble in Mind"), and the horrors of war ("Force of Waves" and "To Kill or Be Killed").

Jack Lord continues his fine performance as the always-in-charge Steve McGarrett, even being allowed to show his softer side as the character reminisces about a lovelost with the prime suspect being his ex-girlfriend. Even "Danno" (James MacArthur) has a romantic interest, although it ends tragically ("Beautiful Screamer"). Kam Fong ("Chin Ho") and Zulu ("Kono") are not just "Hawaiian window dressing"; they are integral to each story and are perfect in their supporting roles.

The guest star roster reads like a who's who of character actors of the time, many repeat performers. Simon Oakland, Andrew Duggan, Harry Guardino, Ed Flanders, and Albert Paulsen are just a few examples of the fine talent that made its way, more than once, into the exciting stories of this landmark show.
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