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Crime Story - Season Two
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The series' daring, pulp-fictional style attracted an impressive array of guests stars and newcomers, some of whom (like 24's Dennis Haysbert) would later appear in Michael Mann's films. Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs) reprises his role as burglar-turned-rocker Frank Holman; Margaret Avery (The Color Purple) and NYPD Blue's James McDaniel are superb in the racial-tension plot of "Seize the Time"; Laura San Giacomo (sex, lies, and videotape) aces her role as Luca's former flame in "Protected Witness"; and Elias Koteas delivers a fine performance in "Roadrunner," an exciting road-thriller episode that showcases Farina's skill with hardboiled comedy. (For the record, other noteworthy guest stars include Pam Grier, David Hyde Pierce, Billy Zane, David Soul, Steven Weber, Michael Jeter, and recurring performances by Andrew Dice Clay and Rolling Stone editor Jann S. Wenner.) "Pauli Taglia's Dream" is an outrageous experiment in all-out delirium, focusing on Santucci's scene-stealing character and providing a wacky lead-up to the season's climactic story arc, which leads Luca and Torello to their ultimate showdown in an unspecified Latin American country full of corruptible drug-trade politicians.
Of course, any innovative series has a few drawbacks: The violent shootouts turn somewhat redundant as the season progresses, and while Torello's gun-toting crew is brought to life by a perfect supporting cast (Bill Smitrovich, Ray Butler, Steve Ryan, and a young Bill Campbell), there was never enough time (or episodes) to properly develop their characters. The turncoat betrayal of lawyer David Abrams (superbly played by Stephen Lang) is never fully convincing (you just know he's not a bad guy), and when Crime Story's cancellation inevitably came to pass, the final-episode cliffhanger of "Going Home" (broadcast May 10, 1988) left frustrated fans with unanswered questions and nowhere else to go. It's especially regrettable, then, that this four-DVD set offers no extras whatsoever. The fact that Farina, Denison, Mann, and series cocreators Chuck Adamson and Gustave Reininger were not invited to do audio commentaries represents a missed opportunity of epic proportions. We can be grateful, however, that the series' pop-music soundtrack (chosen by the great Al Kooper, credited as "Guy Who Picks Music for the Show") remains intact and unchanged as an essential ingredient to one of the best TV shows of the 1980s. --Jeff Shannon
Top Customer Reviews
Now, after searching for hard to find and expensive VHS sets, I opted instead for the DVD sets which have both seasons. This show was, IMO definitely a precursor to "The Sopranos" and other great crime shows and Dramas that have since won legions of followers. If you were/are an ardent fan of the series or any other crime/mobster films, these DVD sets are a must have for your collection.
If you've never heard of Crime Story, buy season one and two and you will be hooked!
My main problem is that I just can't get over the AWFUL job that Anchor Bay did in releasing this wonderful show on DVD. I am sitting here shocked that there are no chapter selections on the DVD!!! This is unbelievable to me. It is archaic. I am really at a lost. Also, the menu graphic is beyond cheap. I remember that Anchor Bay massacred Night of the Living Dead a few years ago, but I thought that it would redeem itself with Crime Story, boy was I wrong. This is a travesty. Fans of the series deserved better. Yes, I am happy that it is finally on DVD, yet in my glee I am not blind to the fact that Anchor Bay did a shotty job here and consequently missed a great opportunity to truly pay homage to this wonderful series that was light years ahead of its time - then and now.
We will be lucky to see another series as good as this in our lifetimes!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my Husband as a Christmas present. He loves Dennis Farina. The price was fantastic and the look on my husbands face when he opened his gift was priceless. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Izzy
Once of my favorite Miami Vice inspired TV series. Dennis Farina has played a lot of the same roles, but this was one of his first. Time to start watching again!Published 2 months ago by Yooperhunter
Quality and clarity of the CDs were very good. If you liked Godfather, Scarface, The Sapranos, etc. You will love this. Even my Grandkids love Crime Story.Published 8 months ago by lde
One of the best series ever. I was so glad to see it again . Michael man was a genius.Published on October 5, 2013 by bart c. henry
Crime Story features the typical Good guys against the Bad guys . This time the Good Guys are led by the hard nosed
(real life Chicago cop ) Dennis Farina against organized... Read more
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