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Crime Story - Season Two (1986)

Dennis Farina , Guy Boyd , Bill Duke , Colin Bucksey  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dennis Farina, Guy Boyd, Ismael 'East' Carlo, Michael Jeter, Anthony Pellicano
  • Directors: Bill Duke, Colin Bucksey, David Jackson, David Soul, Eugene Corr
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 1280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WQH3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,108 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crime Story - Season Two" on IMDb

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It was hailed for its realism, condemned for its violence and ended with a climax that shocked millions. Though it lasted only two seasons, fans and critics still consider CRIME STORY to be one of the most uncompromising and influential action dramas in television history. In this stunning final season, obsessed lawman Mike Torello and his street tough strike force pursue mob kingpin Ray Luca from the neon battleground of Las Vegas to the corrupt killing fields of Latin America. Experience the explosive closing chapters of the acclaimed crime epic that New York Newsday calls "A genuine work of art... a masterpiece in a classic genre"

When the first season of Crime Story ended spectacularly in the Nevada desert, it was anyone's guess what season 2 would do for an encore. With low first-season ratings and conservative watchdogs complaining about its violence, the show received a surprise renewal that necessitated the "miraculous" return of mob-boss Ray Luca (Anthony Denison) and his dimwit sidekick Pauli Taglia (played by former Chicago burglar John Santucci). Moving from 10:00 p.m. Fridays to a new 10:00 p.m. Tuesday-night timeslot on NBC, the Michael Mann-produced series continued its ratings decline, and this lent the series a giddy, go-for-broke quality that held plenty of surprises. The year is 1966, and Chicago Police Lt. Mike Torello (Dennis Farina) and his close-knit Major Crimes Unit continues to track Luca's criminal activities in Las Vegas, where additional complications fueled a number of dynamic, stand-alone episodes, beginning with season opener "The Senator, the Movie Star and the Mob," guest-starring Kevin Spacey (in his first major TV role) and Jenny Wright (Near Dark) in a sordid, mob-connected plot with obvious parallels to Bobby Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. This established the neon-lit, casino-and-nightclub milieu of the season, and Luca's reappearance set the season in volatile motion.

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

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have found this February 20, 2007
By Gil
When "Crime Story" starring Dennis Farina and Anthony Dennison came out in 1986, I was instantly hooked, and could not wait until the next episode. Once the show ended, I was disappointed and caught re-runs when I could.

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.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see it on DVD but a Disappointing Transfer April 24, 2006
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I had read a few reviews here regarding the DVD versions of Crime Story, including some that commented on the poor visual quality of these transfers, but still purchased these anyway for the content, hoping those reviewers were real nitpickers. Sadly, I have to agree. While not dark and muddy as one reviewer described, they are strangely flat, lacking the contrast and brilliance one expects on a DVD. In addition, there is an annoying pattern to the image, much like if it were being viewed through a very sheer cloth, or projected onto a cloth screen. Not graininess, but definitely a faint weave-like pattern. The sound is also a bit muddy. The content is still why I bought these, but the quality is definitely not anywhere near what you'd expect. In fact, the first two seasons of Superman from the 1950's put the quality of these DVD transfers to shame. I haven't run across the song substitutions yet that have been mentioned, and my memory might not be good enough to notice those. The Del Shannon rework of Runaway is still intact at the start of each episode.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Story Rocks! March 9, 2006
The season two DVDs are great. The upgraded video quality captures every nuance of the fantastic lighting and set design of Crime Story. The ability to pause the DVD and capture the various expressions and body language of the rat with an artist's soul, Frank Holman, is worth every penny.

If you've never heard of Crime Story, buy season one and two and you will be hooked!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars for Season 2, 0 for Anchor Bay November 21, 2005
I loved Crime Story when it originally aired, and in reruns. However, I have to admit that Season 2 was not as good as Season 1. Season 2 did have some bright moments - final scene not included - but it lost focus in too many episodes to warrant 5 stars like Season 1.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegas, Baby! March 10, 2007
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Just when I thought it was as good as it could be, the best cop show ever on TV kicked it up a notch by moving the action from the gritty streets of Chicago to the neon Babylon of Las Vegas. In the second season of Crime Story, Dennis Farina is as macho as ever, Anthony Denison takes evil to a whole new level, and the rest of the cast are unparalleled in acting ability. I gave seasons one and two to my husband as a gift over a month ago, and he hasn't stopped watching them since. If you like cop shows, the Sopranos, or even the sixties, you gotta see this!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A much wanted gift February 20, 2006
By Kath
This was a gift for my husband...he loved this TV show and never got to see the final episode. He was out of town that night and I forgot to tape it for him. This show was never on reruns ever, so he has never been able to see the ending. He was so happy when we gave him both boxed sets for Xmas and he finally got to see the ending. It was a great series and both sets are fun to have if you enjoyed this show. If you never saw it, I would definately recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational January 19, 2007
As with Season 1 the action and intrigue is non-stop.It was such a pity that the show was cancelled after 2 seasons!

We will be lucky to see another series as good as this in our lifetimes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible unwatchable transfer worst season set I own August 17, 2011
save your money and wait for the reviews of the Image entainments release of complete season set in the $30.00 range. I own the Anchor Bay release of Crime Story set and it a crime it was released . Season two Muddy washed out transfer and sub standard audio tracs to boot (like badly rip B5 episodes off the news groups back in the day) and most of the orginal broadcast music was strip out replace my elevator music like the second season of the Fugitive. Buy if you like flushing $60.00+ usd down the toliet . I own this set it a train reck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent show too bad it was canx
Published 2 months ago by Gary Rutledge
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it you will like it
One of the best series ever. I was so glad to see it again . Michael man was a genius.
Published 13 months ago by bart c. henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Being raised in the Chicago area I had a special intrest in Crime...
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
Published 13 months ago by Commander Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime does pay - Season two
A continuation of the entertaining mayhem that is
Crime Story - now relocated to Las Vegas circa the mid-1960's. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rick Sand
Why does this set cost so much? $65 for one season of a show that had terrible ratings during its entire two year run? This is ludicrous. Read more
Published on March 29, 2011 by Wayne Atchison
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated series with amazing cast and guest starts
This series only ran for two seasons and, in my opinion, was underrated. Good ensemble series with very recognizable guest stars.
Published on September 23, 2010 by Kathie Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars blast from the past
What a treat! My husband is a big fan and after watching these episodes, so am i. It is a nostalgic winner, highly recommend it.
Published on June 7, 2010 by linda m.
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Story
I am very pleased with this DVD. Crime Story was a movie way ahead of it,s time and I always watched it. It is just as appealing now as it was then. Read more
Published on November 13, 2009 by W. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Story Season 2 DVD
DVD's were received in a reasonable time frame and I am satisfied with the merchandise. I would do business with this seller again.
Published on September 21, 2009 by Marcella Merryman
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Story in Vegas!
This crime story series takes place in Vegas! My husband loved it as a Christmas present! GREAT SERIES!
Published on January 17, 2009 by Jennifer Gentry
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