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Brilliant But Cancelled - EZ Streets (1996)

Joe Pantoliano , Jason Gedrick  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joe Pantoliano, Jason Gedrick, Ken Olin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EUMMZ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brilliant But Cancelled - EZ Streets" on IMDb

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See the shows that were cancelled before their time as the Brilliant But Cancelled collection presents EZ Streets. Critics deemed this gritty urban crime drama as "simply too good for TV," and The New York Times hailed it "one of the season's exciting new series." Journey to the criminal underworld with three fiercely independent men: Jimmy Murtha (Joe Pantoliano, The Sopranos), a charming but ruthless mob boss who rules the E Street gang by whatever means necessary; Detective Cameron Quinn (Ken Olin, thirtysomething), an undercover cop determined to find the truth no matter where it takes him; and ex-con Danny Rooney (Jason Gedrick, Boomtown), a recent parolee who finds himself unwillingly drawn back into a life of crime. As the story unfolds from each of their perspectives, this innovative series from director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) proves that on the shadowy streets of compromise there's only one way to survive: trust no one.

The difference between right and wrong isn't easily distinguishable on EZ Streets, a compelling and sophisticated crime drama that lasted just one season on CBS. As a former cop tells his son, "You can only be betrayed by the people you trust." Ken Olin stars as Detective Cameron Quinn. After his partner is gunned down with $10,000 missing, both of them are pegged as dirty cops. To clear his partner's name, Quinn infiltrates a crime gang led by the charismatic Jimmy Murtha (Joe Pantoliano), whose inner circle includes a masochistic lawyer/girlfriend (Debrah Farentino) and a conflicted recent parolee (Jason Gedrick) who had served time for Murtha's crime. Created, written, and produced by Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), EZ Streets evokes a similar melancholy feel as The Sopranos, which it predates by three years. Thanks to the Brilliant But Cancelled series, fans get to see why this show was so critically acclaimed in its 1996 debut. If there's a fault to this DVD, which includes the pilot and two other episodes, it's that the viewer ends up frustrated with just a three-episode taste rather than the full-season meal. --Jae-Ha Kim

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
EZ Streets is one of the very best TV shows most people have never seen. Great writing, great casting, great story, great scoring, great critical raves. Great god, what must the network have been thinking to have cancelled it after barely putting it on in the first place. Well EZ Streets creator Paul Haggis finally found the acclaim this show should have won him from the masses when he wrote the screenplay for "Million Dollar Baby" and then wrote and directed this year's "Crash". That's not much recompense to those of us who loved THIS show, though.

So why just three stars? Because this isn't the entire series. This is just 5 episodes. It's not even clear WHICH 5 episodes. This not "Volume 1" or anything, so I'm guessing this is all you're gonna get, and that's just not enough. Especially since there were only 8 episodes aired (one the two hour pilot) AND (are you listening boys and girls?) a 9th episode ("Neither Have I Wings to Fly") which was NEVER AIRED in the US...No love for those of us who loved this show in it's much too brief time?
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great show, but something is missing on this dvd April 6, 2006
This was a great show that CBS messed with and then cancelled way too early. It was on in October, and it was off. It was on in March, and it was off. It was on in April, etc. CBS didn't even show the last episode, instead replacing it with an episode of Walker Texas Ranger at the last minute. At first I was glad to see it coming out on dvd and ordered it right away. Much to my chagrin though, I then saw that it only had 3 or 4 episodes instead of the whole 10. Bravo, come on, release the entire series. Don't cancel the Brilliant but Cancelled series by only releasing a few episodes.

Excited, and then disappointed, Mr.Pibb in Michigan
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed May 26, 2006
Verified Purchase
I really, really liked this series, and wouldn't even watch CBS for quite a while afterwards because they kept on cancelling great shows (every show that was any good, they cancelled). I was really excited to see it came out on DVD, pre-ordered it, and was looking forward to seeing the series again, especially the unaired episode. I guess they knew if they mentioned that is was only a handful of episodes, not as many people would buy it.

For those interested in purchasing it, the episodes included are:

EZ Streets Pilot

Every Dog has its Day

One Acquainted with the Night

The case lists the running time as 3 hours, 2 minutes (way too little for a show this good!)

This is the last time I will pre-order from the "Brilliant but Cancelled" series, unless, of course, they are up front about how little they are really offering. I guess the only way it's safe to buy anything from their series is to wait and see what's missing - which will evidently only be available from reviews that people make after they buy it and are disappointed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars what's the holdup? May 26, 2006
It's a 5-star series, but only three episodes on this DVD 'set'? What a moronic thing to do. Why is it taking so long for an actual collection of all nine, including the unaired finale? It's been nearly ten years, and Paul Haggis has won Oscars... I mean, get moving, somebody. In the meantime, dear consumers, skip this poor excuse for an 'EZ Streets' set.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars brilliant show but wait for all the episodes May 9, 2006
i absolutely loved this show and often list it among my favorites of all time. that being said, i'll stick with my video copies until a complete set of all the episodes is available on dvd
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EZ Streets ahead of its time June 3, 2006
Paula Haggis' "EZ Streets" was a drama far ahead of its time, and despite the best efforts of Les Moonves (who cancelled it not once but twice) has finally reached its fans 10 years after being broadcast. The series had an extraordinary cast, particularly Joe Pantolianao as the sadistic Jimmy Murtha, Ken Olin as devoted almost to the point of fanatical cop Cam Quinn, and a pre-"Boomtown" Jason Geddrick as the sweet but clueless loser Danny. Backed up by excellent co-stars like veteran character actor Mike Starr, Sarah Trigger as Danny's wife Ellie, and Deborah Farantino as a twisted man-eating lawyer, this series keeps you glued to the screen, laughing and crying at the stories of three men whose lives are intertwined, for good or ill, since childhood. Also of note is Haggis' use of music. If you fall in love with the pilot, be sure and check out cellist Caroline Lavelle's haunting recording of "Moorlough Shores". Also featured on this first disc are Maire Brennan and Loreena McKennitt.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars EZ pieces January 18, 2007
I like EZ Streets. It was gritty, It was complex and it had a soul that many crime shows never had. Suddenly, as it come on TV... it was canceled after eight episodes (here is only three episodes outta eight!).

Written and created by Oscar Winner (for Crash) Paul Haggis, someone should tell Universal DVD division-if you say something is BRILLANT , Show me all the episodes! I agree it was, not let me have it!

I will give it FIVE stars when there is a FULL collection of EZ Streets...Otherwise I leave the review at TWO stars

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ditto Mr. Robert Black May 21, 2006
First the network cuts/cancels this brilliant critically accalaimed series after only 8 shown episodes. Now the dvd producers do the same with only a 5 episodes dvd. I to will wait until someone see's fit to produce the "complete" series rendition on dvd.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best pilots ever.
The pilot on this show is one of the best ever made - from PAUL HAGGIS who made the movie CRASH - it's a mind-blower. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Weinstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV Show that Never Was.
Does anyone know how I can find the rest of the series, I was disappointed it was only 3 episodes.
Published 8 months ago by Brett A.
1.0 out of 5 stars very disapointing
the program is brilliant indeed, but the dvd does not have spanish subtitles, and only has the pilot and 4 or 5 chapters, not the whole season. Read more
Published 9 months ago by cesar bernal
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!
Loved this show. Should never have been canceled so early. Have shared this DVD with many, many people.Highly recommend it.
Published 10 months ago by Melissa Sutherland
3.0 out of 5 stars The series may be brilliant, but the DVD company that released it...
Amazing that a video company can characterize a short-lived television series as "brilliant" and then issue a butchered version ... Read more
Published 17 months ago by filmmessages
3.0 out of 5 stars I Know Where To See The Missing Episodes
It was actually too painful to order this product when I found it was so incomplete. I watched the entire series, including the last, un-aired, episode over a few week period, by... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sandra
2.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Crime Series, Disappointing DVD
This DVD only has three of the nine episodes of EZ Streets! I bought this DVD a few years ago from Tower Records for $16.99, thinking it was the complete series. It wasn't. Read more
Published on March 1, 2012 by Mr. J. Murdock
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the entire show
This was a great series that CBS cancelled before the last episode was shown so left fans hanging, not knowing the wrap up of the whole mystery they had been watching all season. Read more
Published on February 17, 2012 by Susan Austin
3.0 out of 5 stars Initially good but canceled; Network execs aren't the villians
Well, maybe the Network execs aren't such dunderheads as reported so often.
The 'Brilliant But Canceled' is a good marketing ploy, maybe aimed at movie
mavericks. Read more
Published on November 1, 2011 by Roy Clark
2.0 out of 5 stars Good show, disappointing DVD
The show's a gritty drama that has been compared with "The Wire". It's full of beautiful, celtic music, predominately from Loreena McKennit. Read more
Published on June 1, 2011 by Traxy
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