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Hawaii Five-O: Season 2 (1968)

Jack Lord , James MacArthur  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong, Zulu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
  • Run Time: 1206 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PGTPC8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,139 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hawaii Five-O: Season 2" on IMDb

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  • 24 digitally remastered episodes from the second season on 6 discs
  • Episode Promos

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Solving crimes and putting the perps behind bars is Steve McGarrett's bag. Why, he says so himself, and in so many words, in the very first of the 24 episodes collected in this five-disc set comprising the complete second season (1969-70) of Hawaii Five-0. Portrayed by Jack Lord, and described by no less an authority than the New York Times as "a model of steadfast decency" and "beyond cool but still so square he could have been Lawrence Welk’s cop brother-in-law," McGarrett is the leader of the islands' crack, four-man police unit, and as usual, he has his hands full. Perhaps that's why the man has no discernible sense of humor and only the merest suggestion of a social life. Between keeping his famous hair in order, delivering stern lectures about right and wrong to clueless lowlifes, and, as he puts it in another Second Season episode, constantly worrying "about a world without law and justice… where no one gives a damn about anything," who has time for such trivialities? This season finds McGarrett and cohorts Danno (James McArthur), Kono (Zulu), and Chin Ho (Kam Fong) dealing with the usual complement of sleaze: murderers, gamblers, druggies, prostitutes, insurance scammers, low-rent terrorists, and so on. But Hawaii Five-0 offers its share of weirdness as well. In "Forty Feet High and It Kills!", Red Chinese uber-criminal Wo Fat (Khigh Dhiegh) and his crew orchestrate a fake tsunami warning so they can kidnap a brilliant scientist (an amusing performance by Will Geer) and force him to conduct genetic-tampering experiments designed to create a master race. In the fairly ridiculous "King Kamehameha Blues," a group of young folks steal the legendary king's robe from a museum, just to show they can; it's a measure of McGarrett's ultra-hardline attitude that the governor's offer of amnesty to the thieves if they'll return the precious garment really sticks in his righteous craw. And in "The Singapore File," McGarrett travels overseas in order to accompany a comely murder witness back to Honolulu; though tempted by her charms, he's far too scrupulous to indulge in any extra-curriculars while on the job (and Steve McGarrett is always on the job). Hawaii Five-0's other elements are a mixed bag. As always, the Hawaiian scenery is gorgeous. Morton Stevens' theme song remains one of the best ever, and much of the other music, especially the jazzy stuff, is also terrific. However, the show isn't big on either action or tension; too many scenes are slow and talky. And in the final year of the '60s, when men walked on the moon and Woodstock and Altamont marked the respective high and low points of the hippie movement, its depiction of the counterculture is laughably square; it's as if the entire decade barely happened. The box set includes brief, previous-week promos for each episode, but no other bonus material. --Sam Graham

Product Description

Filmed entirely on location in Hawaii, the show followed Jack Lord as he played Steve McGarrett, head of an elite state police unit investigating "organized crime, murder, assassination attempts, foreign agents, felonies of every type." James MacArthur played his second-in-command Danny ("Danno") Williams, with local actors Kam Fong, Zulu, Al Harrington, and Herman Wedemeyer, among others, playing members of the Five-O team. Guest stars included Helen Hayes, Ricardo Montalban, Leslie Nielsen, Herbert Lom, Hume Cronyn among others. McGarrett's nemesis is the evil Wo Fat — "a Red Chinese agent in charge of the entire Pacific Asiatic theatre.

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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long-Running Series Deserves DVD Release May 4, 2007
Format:DVD
Nothing lasts 12 years without having something going for it. In the case of Hawaii Five-O, it easy to dismiss it as a typically television crime drama that got lucky by finding its audience and keeping it. The same could be said for Law and Order. Except, in television years, luck usually runs out after two or three years. Gimmicks get old, the formula is figured out, and sharks are jumped so often they don't even complain.

But shows that last five years, much less 12, have to have something besides luck, gimmicks, and great scheduling. Hawaii Five-O had a number of things going for it. First of all, let's be honest. The setting was, and still is so lush and exotic that it is easily intoxicating. Hawaii is beautiful, and most people either live there or want to live there. Filming on location has always been a blessing when it's been done, and probably no more so than on this series.

Next, Jack Lord, playing Five-O chief Steve McGarrett, was one of a long line of no-nonsense law enforcement figures. The strength, integrity, and dedication of these kinds of characters cannot be overstated, and these characters will always have lots of fans rooting them on, not unlike Law and Order's Jack McCoy.

Finally, watching shows like this is always a treat because you see so many stars that were either big stars enjoying a working Hawaiian vacation, or lots of up and coming stars before they got their big break. Hawaii Five-O was a natural draw for both categories, and it's fun to watch them and remember when.

It's also fun to remember when you could look forward to hearing one of the best and most recognizable theme songs in television history. Not a small thing when you add it with the other factors. Hawaii Five-O had a lot going for it then, and it has a lot going for it now.
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75 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great show now on DVD. "Book 'em, Danno!" May 14, 2007
Format:DVD
Hawaii Five-O was not your ordinary police drama. Besides the lush location of Hawaii and the unforgettably terrific theme music, the stylized characters and story lines really added a fantastic element to the show, an element missing from more mundane or "realistic" police dramas of both then and now. When you turned this show on from week to week you never knew what kind of story you were going to see. It might be a story about thieves, mobsters or murderers, but it might just as likely be about something larger or more fantastic like international spies, assassination conspiracies or the threat of biological epidemics. Even the stories dealing with common crimes were heavily stylized, often pitting the Five-O team against near super-villain type enemies. In a way, this show mixed the best of police dramas with some of the best elements of stylized spy thrillers, classic detective fiction, and even a tinge of comic book superheroes. It's as if someone took all the best elements of Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Mission Impossible and Batman and somehow came out with a surreal blend of police melodrama and heroic fiction that is fascinating and fun to watch.

Here is an episode list for Season Two:

Thousand Pardons -- You're Dead!

A scam to claim widows' benefits results in the deaths of the bar women used in the scam.

To Hell with Babe Ruth

A deranged Japanese WWII vet escapes from the mental hospital and tries to carry on the war.

Forty Feet High and It Kills!

Wo Fat kidnaps a scientist and wants to smuggle him to China.

Just Lucky, I Guess

A salesman uses the services of a lady of the evening, and then witnesses a mobster killing her.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't worry! August 15, 2007
By Mike F.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The early reviews almost scared me out of buying this set, but I'm glad I didn't cave! I just finished watching disks one and two and if any episode has been edited, I sure couldn't tell. The shows are fun to watch and, like Season One, the color and sound are outstanding!

I'm disappointed about the missing episode, too, but it's possible that the studio just couldn't find a suitable print. If they never intended to air it again, they might have been lax with the film. As for the legal department theory...some nut could just as easily say that an episode gave them the idea to commit insurance fraud or become a "Red Chinese" agent or try LSD as to try a new and dangerous way of finding...well, let's just say, "self-fulfillment," so the "we'd better leave it off or they'll sue us" theory doesn't make sense. At least they were honest by printing the disclaimer on the box (the fact that there's a disclaimer at all is probably the work of the legal department!).

In addition to the previously-mentioned guest stars, I spotted former professional wrestling champ Nick Bockwinkel in a cameo as a union foreman in the first episode on Disk Two.

Enjoy. I really don't think you'll be disappointed. Aloha!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful but not complete July 31, 2007
Format:DVD
As a huge fan of the original show, I was ecstatic when the first season appeared and watched each episode at least two or three times. They just don't age - which is a tribute to the production standards of the show and the passion of Jack Lord for what was his master work.

However, having Series Two in my hands tonight, I am scandalized to see no episode appearing between "Blind Tiger" and "Run, Johnny, Run". What is missing is the "banned" episode "Bored, She Hung Herself". This episode was more than a little controversial, dealing with practitioners of "near hanging" experimentation - and was one that never saw much syndication for the supposed ideas it would put into peoples' heads.

To my mind, the whole idea of a DVD collection that you pay good money for is to possess the full and unabridged series as it originally aired. In its "wisdom", Paramount / Viacom decided against that with this set - and I for one am very very upset.

I give this set five stars for what it represents and the quality of the series that everyone should experience - but not for the cowardice of the "suits" who are selling an incomplete product.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Only Steve can make tires screech every time he gets in his car.
Published 1 month ago by KK
4.0 out of 5 stars Color Beautifully Restored
I"m only giving it 4 stars because There was an episode that is not included entitled " Bored She Hung Herself " is not included. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wrecking Crew Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars MUCH ACTION AND GOOD ENTERTAINMENT FOR
I WILL ALWAYS PREFER THE ORIGINAL HAWAII FIVE-O, MUCH ACTION AND GOOD ENTERTAINMENT FOR EVERYONE
Published 1 month ago by ELAINE
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawaii Five-0 season 2
I bought the entire series because i enjoyed if so much when it ran the first time. I'm enjoying having it to see it again
Published 1 month ago by dhannon
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a great series set against the beautiful backdrop of an...
What can you say about Steve McGarret and his 5-O department? It is a great series set against the beautiful backdrop of an beautiful island paradise! Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. K. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars There's Nothing Like the Real Thing Baby!
Quality is there. Price is right. Shipping was fast. Although I do like the new series, the original will always be the best for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel B. Rutter
3.0 out of 5 stars book 'em Danno
this 2rd season of this classic groundbreaking show for it's time(over 35 years ago) it's great to watch then compare to the new one on TV though the landscape in Hawaii has... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nick Danger
5.0 out of 5 stars Have not seen a bad show yet
We love the show. Every show has been interesting with excellent acting. There are NO negatives in the Police staff. Everyone works well together like a fine tooled machine. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars "Be here, aloha"
Season 2 continues along with mostly solid story-lines and builds on the legend of Hawaii Five-O. There are a good assortment of guest stars who frequently appeared on many TV... Read more
Published 4 months ago by CreateEnergy
5.0 out of 5 stars classic television
one of my favorite series well written and portrayed that's been copied but never surpassed...glad to be able to own it..
Published 4 months ago by Mark Kubeczka
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