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Editorial Reviews

One of the greatest shows in the history of television is now available in this exciting five-DVD boxed set edition, featuring the very best episodes from the original series. A genuine collectible, it’s sure to become a “must-see” favorite in your home entertainment library. This pioneering police drama starring the great Jack Webb set the standard for all future “cop shows.” Opening each episode with its famous theme song, always delivering fascinating and fast-moving stories, DRAGNET profiles the cases of Sgt. Joe Friday, the tough-minded detective who did his job, with little glory or thanks. Drawing their stories directly from LAPD files, the show’s documentary-like realism makes you feel like you’re on the job with Friday – and the final shoot-out and capture of the criminal is even more exciting!

Special Features

  • Bonus booklet featuring an in depth biography of Jack Webb
  • Trivia Quiz

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Jack Webb
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Full Screen
    • Language: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 5
    • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    • Studio: Madacy
    • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
    • Run Time: 600 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000NOKJD6
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,217 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

    Customer Reviews

    Makes you want to see more.
    Tony
    There has been NO, digital cleanup & picture quality/sound varies from episode to episode.
    Western Swing Fan
    I love the old Dragnet shows.
    Judith Gribble

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    82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By excellent-literature on February 24, 2008
    To address the previous reviewer's concerns, here is more detailed product info
    25 Episodes from 1952-1958, black and white starring Jack Webb
    5 DVDs in a collectible tin box. Includes a booklet with a bio of Webb and history of the show. Bonus disc features include a trivia quiz and direct scene access
    Episode titles from the back of the box:
    The Big Cast
    The Big hands
    The Big War
    The Big Trunk
    the Big Break
    The Big Phone call
    The Big Frame
    The Big Frank
    The Big False Mate
    The Big Little Jesus
    The Big Betty
    The Big Bar
    The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas
    The Big Boys
    The Big Seventeen
    The Big Crime
    The Big Girls
    The Big Thief
    The Big Shoplift
    The Big Show
    The Big Bird
    The Big Hit and Run Killer
    The Big September Man
    The Big Producer
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    47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 14, 2008
    This Dragnet set is a compilation of episodes from the original TV show that ran from 1951 to 1959. They entered the public domain due to an oversight in maintaining the copyright and now we have a sample of some of those many episodes which have never been released. The scripts in this series are nearly unmodified radio scripts and the actors were chosen more for their voices and delivery than for their looks. Each story is based on actual events, making the early Dragnet one of the first "reality" shows.

    These episodes are much more noir-ish than the later shows that most of us are familiar with. The show is less pessimistic than most film noir, but still gritty and deliberately realistic. Jack Webb is outstanding, showing the passion that was robbed from him after filming hundreds of episodes and seeing his career stagnate into one role. This is a brilliant taste of the original, archetypical cop show, that, as Webb observed, "was as real as a guy pouring a cup of coffee." If you like Dragnet from any era, want to see how it became the much copied and much parodied phenomenon, know how cop shows got started, or just enjoy an outstanding bit of 50s drama, then you should drink a big gulp of Joe Friday and buy this set.
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    31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Western Swing Fan on September 28, 2008
    We spent this weekend watching all 25 episodes all of which are 50+ years old. There has been NO, digital cleanup & picture quality/sound varies from episode to episode. Some actors & clips are used in multiple episodes in different roles which you will see. Jack Webb is terrific with his acting, dialogue & story lines. The key factor for me is Webb's/Joe Friday is believeable. Friday comes across as the real thing, GREAT! You also get an early performance from future Oscar winner Lee Marvin as a nut killer. Dennis Weaver ("McCloud"), Frances Bavier ("Aunt Bee/Andy Griffith") & a very young Martin Milner ("Adam 12") show up. Nice package job & price make this a good set to have.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ron Wise on July 14, 2012
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    This is a review of the Dragnet DVD box set produced by Madacy Entertainment. It is copyrighted 2006 and can still be purchased new from Amazon.com, and both new and used from Amazon Marketplace sellers.

    This set comes in a colorful, embossed tin box. Inside is a well-made, fold-out holder with five DVDs. Each DVD contains five Dragnet episodes from the 1950's for a total of 25 episodes. The picture and sound quality of each episode is above average. Keep in mind that these public domain Dragnet episodes are not TCM quality, so you will see some scratches and imperfections on each film. But, for the most part, these classic episodes are easy to watch.

    Unlike most bargain bin collections of Dragnet's early public domain episodes, this set is certainly a cut above the rest, and it is evident that Madacy put some time and effort into this affordable collection.

    Also, included is a booklet that contains some great pictures of Jack Webb and the original Dragnet cast from the 1951-59 series. Also, a brief history of Dragnet is presented from it's inception with the 1946 noir cult film "He Walks By Night" in which Webb played the part of a police forensic scientist, to Dragnet on radio in 1949, and then to its transition to early television in 1951.

    Other reviewers have listed all 25 episodes, so I won't do that here. If you are looking for a nice selection of Dragnet's 1951-59 shows, chances are that you will not be disappointed.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Eck on March 10, 2014
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    As others have remarked, this is one of the only sources for original episodes of the 1950's version of "Dragnet." These are not digitally processed, super high quality episodes. The transfers were done from 16mm prints of the series that had considerable wear and tear. Not terrible, but one has to put up with scratchy film and a few edit glitches here and there. At least one of the "Dragnet" episodes is actually from "Badge 714," the syndicated version of the series. It's the same episode with a different series title. Since there are few options for the original "Dragnet" at this time, it's this or nothing. Even so, I'll give it five stars.

    Jack Webb, who directed each episodes, as well as stared in the series, was a TV pioneer. He created a specific look and feel for "Dragnet" that was one-of-a-kind at the time. Others would soon pick-up on his techniques - clever camera angles, the use of numerous close-ups (TV's were much smaller in the 50's), and what some call the monotone dialogue delivery. It's actually isn't monotone; that is an unfair criticism. What Webb sought to do what to make his series seem more real by encouraging his cast to deliver lines in a more realistic way. In other words, not "acting," but the way people naturally interact. I was impressed by his skills.

    The 1950's version seems more realistic than the revival in the late 1960's. And for much of it's original run, the 1950's "Dranet" was a top-ten TV series. But, by 1967, Webb seemed to be tired of "Dragnet" and the revival is lacking. If you want to get an idea of what the show was really like, buy this set and enjoy it. Overlook the not-so-good 16mm prints this set was transferred from. If you can transcend this, you won't be disappointed.
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