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Crime Story: Series 1 (1986)

Dennis Farina , Anthony John Denison , Leon Ichaso  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dennis Farina, Anthony John Denison, Bill Smitrovich, Steve Ryan, Bill Campbell
  • Directors: Leon Ichaso
  • Producers: Crime Story (Series 1) - 3-DVD Box Set ( Crime Story - Series One ), Crime Story (Series 1) - 3-DVD Box Set, Crime Story - Series One
  • Format: Import, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1047.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Q4XZ62
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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United Kingdom released, NTSC/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Box Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Following the phenomenal success of Miami Vice, executive producer Michael Mann returned to the small screen with a new kind of gritty police drama, one that talked tougher and hit harder than anything TV had ever seen before. Crime Story is the hard boiled saga of hair-trigger cop Mike Torello (Dennis Farina) and his obsessive pursuit of ruthless gangster Ray Luca (Anthony Dennison) from the mean streets of early 1960s Chicago to the neon nights of mob paradise Las Vegas.

Episodes comprise:
1. Pilot
2. Final Transmission
3. Shadow Dancer
4. The Saint Louis Book Of Blues
5. The War
6. Abrams For The Defense
7. Pursuit Of A Wanted Felon
8. Old Friends, Dead Ends
9. Justice Hits The Skids
10. For Love Or Money
11. Hide And Go Thief
12. Strange Bedfellows
13. Fatal Crossroads (aka Fortune On Men's Eyes)
14. Torello On Trial
15. The Kingdom Of Money
16. The Battle Of Las Vegas
17. The Survivor
18. The Pinnacle
19. Top Of The World (aka The King In A Cage)
20. Ground Zero SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Emmy Awards, ...Crime Story (Series 1) - 3-DVD Box Set ( Crime Story - Series One )

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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful transfer for a brilliant series November 12, 2003
I love Crime Story. I watched every episode during its original release (a large statement, since I almost never follow a TV series) and five or six years ago, I bought on VHS the complete series. The fact that I have now purchased this DVD set says a great deal about my respect for the plot, the actors, the director, and just about everyone involved.
But the transfer to DVD is shockingly bad. Apart from the image quality, which is a standard TV grain, they have replaced much of the original music. This is most dramatic in episode four, "The War," which used to have John Coltrane and Duke Ellington playing their classic, meditative version of "In a Sentimental Mood" and now features a studio saxophonist playing music that, at best, would be appropriate for a meaningless hot tub encounter.
The four-page booklet inside does not track the episodes--the only way to know what's included on each disk is to insert the DVD and check the menu--nor do the episodes include any chapter breaks. Given what's possible now, this packaging is genuinely third rate.
This set is not as disappointing as the cancellation of the show, but it's close.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Story - An original shotgun blast from the past!! December 13, 2003
Crime Story is one of the finest crime dramas ever aired on network television bar none. This is the L.A. Confidential of television and then some! The cinematography, casting, acting, writing, painstaking attention to detail in rendering period authenticity, music, style...there's never been anything like it before or since. It holds up very well to repeat viewings even for those who don't like watching anything a second time. Until now, the only examples produced, have been various videotape releases, the domestic LD releases of both pilot and first 2 episodes, and the Japanese release of the entire first season (complete with subtitles). They all consist of dated, soft, low contrast, hazy transfers. None of them compare to this new Season One DVD Box Set in picture quality. The Pilot episode in this new set is sharper and smoother looking than previous releases (even the DVD), has excellent contrast with nice inky blacks, deep rich colors and a warmer look to it. The rest of the episodes have the same high contrast, deep blacks and saturated colors with adequate shadow detail. The dark and gritty look is by design, fitting to the film noir subject and not distracting in any way; and being DVD, clean clear freeze frames are rendered. This transfer is current and up to the minute.
As for audio, some have had their panties in a wad over replacement music. Expecting the worst, I did A/B comparisons between this set and older tapes of the series. Episodes compared were The Kingdom of Money (one of my favorites) and The War. Sequence for sequence from opening scene to closing credits both versions of The Kingdom of Money were virtually identical-not a single note of music was different (I suspect this is indicative of most of the episodes as well).
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect December 29, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What can I say about Crime Story as a show that hasn't already been said here? It was underrated in its day and still is. So I'll keep this review focused on the DVD box set itself.
As an owner of the VHS box set that came out in the early '90s, I was really looking forward to a DVD version mainly for the better picture and sound quality. I was not let down and this alone makes the set worth the price. The picture is sharp and clean and the sound, although mono (remember, this is from the pre stereo TV days), is clear and free of chops and drop-outs. Anchor Bay did a great job transferring the series to this medium.
About the only thing I can fault is the lack of extras. There are no bonus features at all. No interviews. No original trailers/teasers. No press photos. Nothing. Although the liner notes for the set are extensive with some really nice background info, it doesn't make up for the utter lack of extras that could have been included.
And one plea to Anchor Bay. Back when the show was first on TV, New World produced a full video for the theme music. I saw it a few times on late night TV and it was a bonus on the VHS version of a New World movie called The Demons. When the season two box set is released, how about putting that on there?
Regardless of the lack of extra features, this is a wonderful collection of a wonderful series. Whether you're a Crime Story fan or just looking for something to watch when the network shows are in reruns, do yourself a favor and grab this set. You won't be disappointed.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed. Shame on Anchor Bay November 17, 2003
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I was so looking forward to this release. I love Crime Story, and have not seen it in many years. But this DVD is terrible. The transfer is muddy and grainy, the packaging is terrible, NO CHAPTER BREAKS!! and the original music has been replaced with generic music!. I was going to purchase the second season, but I am going to pass. Anchor Bay should be ashamed.
I rate the series 5+ stars, the DVD rates a zero.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fans of CS, Beware November 17, 2003
I had been hoping that the DVD release of Crime Story would finally bring fans of the show a "definitive" release of this classic series. However, after borrowing the set from a friend (I did not shell out the $60, thank goodness) I was VERY disappointed in both the poor quality of the transfers (some of my original VHS copies look better!) and the replacement of the original music on many of the shows. I do not know if this was merely an error (using the wrong masters) or cheapness (going by the rest of the packaging and the mastering, it wouldn't surprise me) but this set is far from "definitive".
I'll hold on to my old VHS copies (as beat to hell as they are) and continue to wait for SOMEONE to treat these shows with the care they deserve. Meanwhile, anyone that is new to the show, you could pick this set up - the acting will stand up on its' own - but the overall quality and soundtrack mastering mistakes will prevent one from getting the exhilirating viewing experience of the original shows as they aired.
Also - as a long-time fan of the show since it originally aired - don't even bother with season two. In fact, cut your losses and stop watching after the next-to-last episode ("Top Of The World"). Everything after that is a mere cartoon charictarization and pale shadow of what came before it. The second season lost most of the orignal writers (and is an outright abomination), but that does not excuse the poorly-written "season finale" of season one (which plays out like it was written on a matchbook cover during lunch), especially following the excellent episode that preceeded it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great show
Published 2 months ago by Gary Rutledge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series filmed in "Sweet Home Chicago" with some 'seasoned' ...
Great series filmed in "Sweet Home Chicago" with some 'seasoned' actors - Dennis Farina (RIP) and Anthony Denison (now on Major Crimes). Read more
Published 2 months ago by itsjoan
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Published 7 months ago by ROBERT TOM
3.0 out of 5 stars original music
just bought the german boxset and it has original music,but only when you put on german audio.very odd.same with Stingray boxset,but that contains uncut pilot at least
Published 15 months ago by Mr. C. W. L. Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Story - Season One
I never saw the original series on TV and only just learned about it after renting the movie/pilot episode from the library. Read more
Published 18 months ago by nunya
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime does pay - Season One
What could be better than a Michael Mann produced crime drama
set in Chicago in the early 1960's? Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rick Sand
4.0 out of 5 stars not perfect but worth it.
Some the negative reviews of this boxed set caused me to hesitate ordering this series that I lusted after for so long. Read more
Published 20 months ago by DwayneC
1.0 out of 5 stars A little forewarning...
There are a number of DVD versions of Crime Story to choose from. This review (or non-review) refers specifically to the version produced overseas entitled Crime Story Series One... Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by armlabes
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Opportunity To See One of TV's Greatest Crime Shows
There was a period where produced Michael Mann's TV unit seemed to be changing TV in an exciting way. Everyone knows Miami Vice the highly stylized in sight and sound series. Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by John Werner
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Story Season One
If you like the mob and detectives going at it always trying to get their guy and do sometimes then you'll love this DVD. It has you always wanting more.. Read more
Published on January 15, 2011 by Nancy M. Daves
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