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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2012
At a glance, it would appear there won't be any episodes in this box set that weren't in the Image releases of several years ago. As a "Naked City" lover, I got each of those volumes as they were released, I have kept them all, and I do rewatch them from time to time.

Disappointing if you're like me and have wished for a complete series set, or at least the complete hour-long episodes. I would buy them all over again if they were part of a complete set (hear me, Madacy?)

That said, this set does look like a great deal for the price if you don't have these already. Four stars for the content. Very highly recommended ... a great slice of early 1960s attitudes and styles. Thoughtful dramas, terrific looking on-location scenes in New York City, inspiring music by Billy May and Nelson Riddle ...
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
What a great set for a great price, very good audio and video and nice packaging

DVD 1
A Death of Princes
Debt of Honor
The Man Who Bit A Diamond In Half
Murder Is A Face

DVD 2
A Hole In the City
Button In The Haystack
Shoes For Vinnie Winford
Vengeance Is A Wheel

DVD 3
New York To L.A.
The Hot Minerva
The Night The Saints Lost Their Halo
A Case Study of Two Savages

DVD 4
The Fingers of Henri Tourelle
Which Is Joseph Creely?
Requiem For A Sunday Afternoon
Ooftus Goofus

DVD 5
The Face of the Enemy
The Contract
Let Me Die Before I Wake
To Walk Like A Lion

DVD 6
Prime Of Life
The One Marked Hot Gives Cold
Hold For Gloria Christmas
A Horse Has A Big Head-Let Him Worry

DVD 7
Portrait Of A Painter
Don't Knock It 'Till You've Tried It
Alive And Still A Second Lieutenant
The Tragic Success Of Alfred Tiloff

DVD 8
Spectre Of The Rose Street Gang
Goodbye Mamma, Hello Auntie Maud
Torment Him Much and Hold Him Long
Five Cranks For Winter... Ten Cranks For Spring

DVD 9
The Virtues of Madame Douvay
King Stanislaus And The Knights Of The Round Stable
Her Life In Moving Pictures
Robin Hood And Clarence Darrow,They Went Out With The Bow And Arrow

DVD 10
The S.S. American Dream
One, Two Three, Rita Rakahowski
Golden Lads And Girls
Barefoot On A Bed Of Coals
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2013
When I was about nine or so my grandfather would get home from work and watch with me a television line-up that included Kojak and The Naked City. I loved both programs, but there was always something about the early Sixties black and white TNC that was all engrossing - like a box of chocolates, you never knew what you were going to get, except that it was always going to be good.

Until I received this ten disc set last week I hadn't seen TNC in over 30 years. I had fond memories but no clear recollection of the series format. So I'm delighted to say that each episode follows the lives of any one of the eight million New Yorkers the opening credits mention and the inclusion of the three police detectives are virtually incidental.

Similar concurrent "story oriented" programs that are still popular today, like the Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents", will seem positively mainstream in comparison with TNC. TNC is existential, and there is a dream like quality to each episode I've seen now. Characters pour their souls into the dialogue - they say the things we never would have the nerve to in real life, with their hearts and minds open - painfully so. Being a drama, it is appropriate that each major character seems like a walking talking raw nerve, but the honesty in their portrayals goes beyond what is required to entertain and demands a response from the audience. In one episode, when the father of a lost legally blind boy tells the police that when his son was born blind, after two prior miscarriages, he stopped going to church, the moment is painfully real - yet dreamlike because we conceive that no one would ever actually admit that to a stranger. In TNC, all hearts are open and the audience is required to look and feel. These eight million stories require us to participate emotionally, and it's a pity that only 138 were committed to film - and only 50 different episodes to DVD (the other smaller set has an additional ten different programs with a repeat of ten on this set).

This is such a different experience from any other television series that watching TNC today with even a cursory knowledge of what was broadcast in 1962 leads one to almost disbelieve that this program was ever shown in the United States, much less created here. Every episode is saturated with beautiful, real images of New York and its burroughs not phoney staged street scenes. The acting talent who participated in this series will astonish you. For every episode where a now well-known actor is top-billed you will find others in cameo roles - like a remarkably young Alan Alda playing an East Village poet in an episode that bills the great Burgess Meredith as the star. Fans of the original Star Trek will delight in observing a great number of early/mid Sixties character actors ply their trade with dedication and energy. There are other pop-culture surprises for the observant, like new copies of Spider-man's and Marvel's Mighty Thor's first appearance in evidence at a curbside newstand in the background.

The physical set itself is a little bare bones and not designed to endure time and weather. It is mainly card-stock images wrapped around heavy gauge paper press-board whose glue will eventually crack and whose paper will someday - the first humid day I expect - warp and twist. The set is designed to be one of those junky sets one sees at big box stores in the discount aisle next to shlocky horror film collections or those B-westerns by John Wayne before he was famous.

That said, this is a thirty-three plus hour diamond in the rough and worth every penny. I'm only sorry that IMAGE has not seen fit to release the entire series in a single boxset but only this re-release of material they already distributed. Nonetheless, I'm glad it's here again because I missed those previous DVD releases. I cannot praise it enough nor explain how peculiar the series is, except to say that if one took the slightly melancholy spirit of early recordings by Simon and Garfunkel and somehow fused them with the images and drama of Dragnet you might come close to what is here presented.

Wonderful and engrossing like they just don't make anymore.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2013
Based upon a 1948 movie with Barry Fitzgerald, this series is GREAT and likely underatted. Filmed on location and pushes human interest which I think it brilliant. Goes beyond mere crime drama. High class and attracted excellent actors/actresses who later became big. I particularly loved the episode, "A Horse Has a Big Head - Let Him Worry!" with Diahann Caroll about a kid with low vision, roaming streets of New York (included in this set and is priceless). Film quality is excellent.This set has 40 episodes.
BTW, the 1948 movie is also brilliant and worth purchasing and watching, particularly if you're a senior.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2014
Great show from the Black & White TV past. These DVD's were flawless and played well. Excellent video & audio. The first few discs didn't seem to have an Episode index, but the last 7 or 8 discs did. 10 DVD's in all. Great crime stories, set in NYC with lots of stars and big names of the 1960's era. Loved all the old cars in the scenes. Plenty of older Pontiac's, used as Police Cars, but all the other makes and models of the 1960's were in attendance also. To Me, New York City and older (classic) cars make these DVD's a plus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I remember my parents watching these when I was a kid on their old black and white RCA television. Only had one channel we could get at the time. Channel 9 KGUN, out of Tucson, Arizona. A video document of time gone by. The attitudes, dress, actions of a lost era. Stories are much the same as now, without the sex, etc. that plague our society now. Gave it three stars because disk #3 is defective and I am just getting around to watch them. Can't return them now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2014
Format for selecting individual episodes is difficult, compared to popular series such as MASH. Fun part in watching series is the youthful stars who went on to bigger things. Stories are good with easy to comprehend plots. Would recommend to all who wish to watch early television with excellent dialogue and plots. Today's are so much in your face violence and vulgarity.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2013
"Naked City" is one of the best dramas ever produced for television. I remember growing up as a child watching it with my parents. Although too young to understand the stories, there was something about it that intrigued me. Now as a baby boomer I can fully appreciate the style of this dramatic series. Filmed on location in the streets of New York City with bystanders, onlookers, passersby, and grime (over flowing trash cans, littered sidewalks, demolished buildings, debris, construction sites, overgrown weeds, and vacant lots). Realistic stories about regular, everyday people in raw, untouched, settings. Each story unfolded at a comfortable pace with character development focused on one or just a few characters. Simplistic story telling that was easy to follow. The endings were not always happy, but they were always satisfying. Even the "Naked City" opening/closing theme should be ranked among the top television opening/closing themes in classic television history. An unexpected bonus is the special features section that is not listed anywhere on the packaging. The packaging itself is noteworthy made entirely of sturdy paper cardboard, except maybe the white buttons to hold the discs in place. The special features which consists of original commercial spots from the early 60's, are located on discs 4, 5, 9, and 10. Two options are available to watch them separately or watch them as a group. I enjoyed watching the commercials as much as the episodes. A host of Hollywood Stars appeared in the series. One of my favorite episodes stars Diahann Carroll. The episode is "A Horse Has A Big Head-Let Him Worry! However the big star of this episode is a little boy. His story will leave you a little teary eyed with a warm feeling inside. Through the decades I have seen many good television dramas including some of those currently televised. There are many other great television dramas of the 60's. "Naked City" is one of the best of them. As the credits roll to an end, the "Seal of Good Practice" is displayed. I can't remember the last time, last year, or even last decade (post 60's) that symbol was displayed at the end of any television program. Television programming is not what it used to be.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2013
I own most all crime shows from this era,Naked City ranks at the very top,if you love this genre I STRONGLY reccomend this show,you won't be disappointed
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2013
The series has no "Titles or table of contents".....It's a nightmare when trying to get to the next show....Very DISAPPPOINTED !
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