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Emergency: The Final Rescues (2011)

Randolph Mantooth , Kevin Tighe  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London, Bobby Troup, Robert Fuller
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 588 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JAHQ0M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Emergency: The Final Rescues" on IMDb

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Courageous paramedics Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) and John Gage (Randolph Mantooth) take the pulse-pounding action from Los Angeles to San Francisco and Seattle. Golden Globe nominee Julie London is on board as the heroic nurse Dixie McCall. Here are the explosive final adventures!

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165 of 175 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emergency Movies January 31, 2010
Warning: some possible spoilers in this review.

After Emergency! finished its 6 year TV episode run, the show then had 6 "made for TV" movies that were released in 1978 (the year following the last season of Emergency!) and 1979. So, technically, this is not "Season 7", although there is about 12 hrs. worth of programming on this set. It would be cool if they released the Emergency +4 cartoons with this final movie set - but I seriously doubt that will happen.

These movies included:

"Survival on Charter 220" - where a small plane collides mid air with a larger passenger jet. They land in a neighbor and the havoc ensues. If I'm not mistaken, Squad 51 is crushed by a part of a plane and Johnny and Roy are trapped inside a house. (2 hr. movie)

"The Steele Inferno" - basically a high rise building fire stretched into a 2 hr. movie.

"What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing?" - Johnny and Roy travel to San Francisco. (2 hr. movie)

"Greatest Rescues of Emergency" - Johnny and Roy are promoted to Captain and reminisce about their days on the squad. The movie is made up mostly of flashback scenes from the TV series, but it is still nice to see Johnny and Roy promoted to Captain (2 hr. movie)

"Most Deadly Passage" - Johnny and Roy travel to Seattle (2 hr. movie)

"The Convention" - Johnny and Roy return to San Francisco (2 hr. movie)

For those who have never seen these two hr. movies, be forewarned that you don't see A LOT of Johnny and Roy in most of these movies (with the exception of "Greatest Rescues of Emergency" - where you see A LOT of Johnny and Roy - but this "movie" consists mostly flashbacks). In fact, there are a number of very long segments in the other movies with no Johnny and Roy.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witness Some Pieces of History December 19, 2010
This will complete the collection. I will pre-order this.

I purchased "Greatest Rescues of Emergency!" on VHS when JEMS carried it. You really see how Johnny and Roy worked together as partners, and after going through their adventures for six years, the bonding that took place. They looked out for each other, and worked as a team. My favorite line is, "Were going to be staying in touch with one another. Right, it's not like we are moving out of town or anything. We are still here, still in the same department, still friends." I was a little kid when I saw this episode on December 31, 1978, and nearly cried that Johnny and Roy were departing ways.

About six years ago, a local independent showed re-runs, and I purposely stayed up late the week the movies were shown. I felt OLD seeing the San Francisco EMS ambulances, because the manufacturer no longer makes those "converted Winnebago ambulances", and San Francisco EMS no longer exists - it merged into the San Francisco FD sometime in the 1990's. Another part that made me laugh really hard was when the Haz-Mat unit showed up at the chemical explosion - that Hazardous Materials gear looked useless.

I read that the idea was for R.A. Cinader to resurrect "Emergency!" at a different location, and the San Francisco movies were intended as pilots for a spin-off (unfortunately, NBC didn't pick it up). The format of San Francisco seemed like a good place to do this, where the filming crew could spend a third of the time on Rescue (at the fire station), a third of the time at the hospital (note that John De Lancie from Star Trek played a doctor), and the rest on the ambulance. I remember the discussion of navigating San Francisco streets, which are narrow and hilly.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Product of its Time January 14, 2011
How does a weekly TV series morph into a handful of TV movies? There were three things going on at once here.

First, after six seasons what sort of rescue hadn't these guys done? That episode in season six where the guys play basketball for about twenty minutes was the shark-jumper. I imagine the cast and crew were up for trying something new at that point.

Second, in the mid-seventies cable TV hadn't taken off yet, so the networks were not only competing with each other, but also with movie theaters, especially on the weekends. Their biggest weapon in this battle was the TV movie, which was usually mediocre, but had the virtue of being free.

And in the mid-seventies TV nearly did kill off cinemas in the US. Westerns were dead and during the VietNam era war movies were out of fashion. This left Hollywood macho with few options, thus the disaster movie was born. It started with "Airport" in 1970, which divided like a bacteria to produce Airport '75, Airport '77, and Airport '79. One of the biggest disaster flicks was "The Towering Inferno" in 1974.

These disaster movies were very formulaic. You spend an hour getting to know (and either love or hate) the innocent bystanders, then - WHAM! Disaster strikes, and for the rest of the film the audience plays "Guess Who Croaks." You can see why Star Wars was such a big deal.

Anyway, "The Steel Inferno" and "Survival on Charter 220" clearly follow the disaster film plan. Roy and Johnny have to take a back seat so the victims' characters can be developed. This is disappointing, but the emergency response action scenes are as good as ever.

As an Emergency! fan, this is the last of the DVD sets I would buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Randolph Mantooth!
Anything with Randy in it I love! John Gage is so adorable! Some of the movies don't show much of him, but some do, so it's worth getting. Some of the stories are hair raising! Read more
Published 6 days ago by Lisa M. Pignotti
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete the series
Bought this for my husband to complete his box set collection. He absolutely loves it. I must say after being "forced" to watch it on an almost nightly basis it has grown... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie H.
4.0 out of 5 stars good but could be better
not a bad mixture of shows but some are a bit boring but other wise it helps you pass the time away
Published 2 months ago by david thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE!!!
If you like any and every thing EMERGENCY! you will love this collection. Bought to add to my husband's collection and he loves it!!
Published 2 months ago by KaDY
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the County of Los Angeles, CA...We work here...We're...
Courageous L.A. County Fire Dept. paramedics Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) and Johnny Gage (Randolph Mantooth) take the pulse-pounding action from L.A. to San Francisco and Seattle. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Television
I grew up in the 70's and I used to watch Emergency all the time.
The great thing about this dvd is that these episodes are not
available on Netflix. Enjoy!
Published 3 months ago by Michael Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE , lLOVE IT
I love watching this back in the day of the 70s and have completed the series I can continue to enjoy for many more years to come. THANKS AMAZON FOR FULLING MY PAST.
Published 3 months ago by Barb T
5.0 out of 5 stars John Gage is a Gorgeous paramedic :-)
I Love Randolph Mantooth he is Gorgeous and a great paramedic. I watch this show over and over again. I have all the seasons of the show on DVD
Published 4 months ago by Leah Helmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great Quality. I could not find this one any ware. Now I have the total set. Just wish you could put the hole set together and sell it at a great price. I would get it.
Published 4 months ago by Mark A Warnicke
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing at all like the TV series
The series Emergency was about a group of firefighters, particularly paramedics Gage and Desoto, and Rampart General Hospital where the patients are taken. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cocoa's Mama
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It won't come as low as 15 til the first tv show blow out after release, which means no earlier than the summer likely. I still can't see how they will get 6 feature length on only a 2 disc set, unless they go back to using double sided discs. Now 3 single sided discs with little or no extras,... Read more
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Emergency! season 7
I heard Dec 4th, 2010. The info was on a fan site somewhere claiming the news was leaked by Amazon. Gosh I hope it's true!
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There is NO Season 7
I purchased a set of Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 for my Dad, which he loves. I am also wondering when Season 6 will be available. I thought that there was going to be a Season 7, but from the previous message, I understand that there were made for TV movies after that.
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