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Another great season, another great DVD set
on November 7, 2009
I've recently completed watching HAWAII FIVE-0: THE SEVENTH SEASON, and highly recommend it to all fans of this classic cop show.
This season, the first complete season produced after creator Leonard Freeman's death, maintains the fine mix of stories (featuring great guest actors of the time including Leslie Nielsen, Bruce Boxleitner, Sam Elliot, William Windom, Ossie Davis, Vic Tayback, Frank Gorshin and many more)and the usual wonderful performances by Jack Lord, James MacArthur, and crew. The guys battle art thieves, a computer hacker, a wealthy rancher who becomes a vigilante, a terrorist threatening to set off a volcano, a bomber, mobsters, a serial killer and more, including another caper with Steve McGarrett's arch-nemesis Wo Fat.
So how does this season stack up against previous seasons? While it doesn't have quite the ratio of excellent episodes that a few of the previous seasons had (namely seasons 3 and 6, my favorites), it is still packed with many solid and entertaining stories, with only a few mediocre ones in the bunch. The show is still about 3 seasons away from starting it's decline.
As for the DVDs themselves, CBS-Paramount has done fine job of presenting these episodes in digitally-remastered quality, looking better than they ever did when they originally aired on the network, and much better than their grainier syndicated, chopped-up versions. There is the usual disclaimer on the box about some episodes possibly being edited, but based on the run times of the episodes and comparisons with my uncut VHS recordings, these episodes all appear to be complete.
Once again, HAWAII FIVE-0 on DVD continues to entertain and remind us why it is one of the greatest cop shows of all time. All fans should do themselves a favor and order this set and enjoy another 24 adventures in paradise. Please keep them coming, CBS-Paramount!