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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!
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VINE VOICEon August 4, 2009
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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Season Seven of the long-running series features the same great storytelling, locations, acting, writing, and music as its predecessors. The 24 episodes presented in this set have been restored to crisp color and sound, only adding to the enjoyment of the dramas presented...and what dramas they are.

"Hawaii 5-0" was always a series that dealt with more than just the cops and crooks theme; it dealt with the social and political issues of the day and was sometimes on the edge of issues that were just emerging. Examples of the latter would be "Diary of a Gun," a tale about the path of murder and death followed by a too-easy-to-get "Saturday Night Special," and "Computer Killer," a story of a computer "hacker" with murderous intentions.

Other outstanding installments include "I'll Kill 'Em Again," "Right Grave-Wrong Body," "The Two-Faced Corpse," "Ring of Life," the "Thelma and Louise"-like "A Woman's Work is With a Gun," "Bones of Contention," "Presenting the Center Ring...Murder (featuring the return of frequent villain Wo Fat), "How to Steal a Masterpiece," "Hari-Kari: Murder" with a rare television appearance by Ossie Davis, and "Welcome to Our Branch Office," a lighter-than-usual episode with guest stars Cameron Mitchell and Frank Gorshin.

Two of the best and most tense-filled episodes are "We Hang Our Own" and "The Hostage." The former features Leslie Nielsen as a wealthy patriarch who seeks revenge after the murder of his youngest son, played by Bruce Boxleitner. Perry King also appears as the older son. "Hostage" deals with a traumatized World War II veteran, well-played by veteran Dane Clark, who holds a young girl (Linda Purl) hostage in an Hawaiian high-rise. Both episodes are well-acted and series star Jack Lord gets to show his acting mettle as well.

Even the two "weak" episodes of the season have something going for them. Boxleitner returns, as another character, in "And the Horse Jumped Over the Moon," a not-so-engaging episode that is salvaged by some stunning scenes of parachuting and the Hawaiian landscape. It's too bad the story isn't as captivating. "Small Witness, Large Crime" benefits from an early scene of a jet taking off as an assassin makes ready to hit his "target." Whether or not the plane shot was planned or just a coincidence is not important; it's still an impressive sight.

Like other season sets, the only "extras" are the episodic promos. It would've been nice if there had been some commentary from the last surviving member and longest, sans Lord, of the original cast: the late James MacArthur.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon August 1, 2012
Hawaii Five-0 the original series ran for 12 seasons from 1968 through 1980, and starred Jack Lord as Detective Steve McGarrett in the unsurpassed role of his career. Perhaps the show's feel was so authentic in part because most of the cast became Hawaiian residents, Jack Lord in fact living in the glamorous Kahala area of Honolulu until his death. Also adding a note of realism was Kam Fong (Chin Ho Kelly) who was actually a former policeman. A very important co-star was the backdrop of the beautiful, incomparable island paradise of Hawaii, and they filmed all around the island of Oahu at parks, beaches, attractions, luxury hotels and millionaire's homes, enticing armchair travelers to come visit to our tropical 50th State where I have been fortunate to have vacationed four times. The stories were solidly told, with plenty of chases and action, and there were many recognizable guest stars of the 1970s on this 7th Season six-DVD set whose episodes are listed below along with their featured guest stars:

Disc 1

The Young Assassins - Larry Wilcox, Scott Marlowe
A Hawaiian Nightmare - Sheree North, James Olson
I'll Kill 'Em Again - Danny Goldman, Ivor Francis
Steal Now, Pay Later - Ray Danton, Casey Kasem

Disc 2

Bomb, Bomb, Who's Got the Bomb? - William Windom, Melody Patterson
Right Grave, Wrong Body - Charles Cioffi, William Watson
We Hang Our Own - Perry King, Leslie Nielsen
The Two-Faced Corpse - Jessica Walter, Sam Elliott

Disc 3

How to Steal a Masterpiece - Luther Adler, Gail Strickland
A Gun For McGarrett - Carol White, Ivor Barry
Welcome to Our Branch Office - Frank Gorshin, Cameron Mitchell the Center Ring...Murder - James Hong, Khigh Dheigh

Disc 4

Hara-Kiri Murder - Ossie Davis, John Fujioka
Bones of Contention - Vic Tayback, Keene Curtis
Computer Killer - Jeff David, Robert Simon
A Woman's Work is with a Gun - Patricia Hindy, Dale Morse

Disc 5

Small Witness, Large Crime - Bert Convy, France Nuyen
Ring of Life - Don Knight, William Prince
Study in Rage - Gretchen Corbett, Richard Hatch
And the Horse Jumped Over the Moon - Bruce Boxleitner, Ed Flanders

Disc 6

Hit Gun For Sale - Tommy Sands, Sal Mineo
The Hostage - Linda Purl, Scott Brady
Diary of a Gun - Ramon Bieri, Douglas Mossman
6,000 Deadly Tickets - Jack Hogan, Jack Kosslyn
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on November 9, 2011
McGarret recieves post cards from a killer who recreates murders from Five-O's past casebook in minute, chilling details. The murders are shown in slow motion with the "psycho" music for that extra creepy effect. This classic episode features Danny Goldman as Eddie Josephs, an unreliable bookstore clerk who harbors a deep resentment for authority figures, especially McGarrett.
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on April 18, 2014
With 24 episodes filmed for the show's seventh season "Hawaii Five O" continued to be the best crime drama series on U.S. TV. With the beautiful Hawaii Islands as its backdrop and a series of guest-stars like Bert Convy, Jessica Walter and Abe Vigota "Hawaii Five O" continued to mesmerized viewers.

The series finished the 1974-1975 TV season as the #10 show on network television bringing in a whopping 24.8 rating. This would be the last season that "Hawaii Five 0" would be placed in the Top 10.
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on April 28, 2016
If you like Hawaii, especially Waikiki, you'll love the scenery in this. Lots of outdoor shots before the public made it nearly impossible to do realistically. Fun stuff and a nice visit to 70's paradise! Acting and direction could be considered "camp".
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on February 5, 2014
I have always been a fan of the Original Hawaii Five-O. I like the presentation of the actors involved & I always enjoy the story line. Would recommend this series to anyone liking a good detective/police show. RW
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on May 13, 2014
Haven't even watched it yet, but I know I'll like it. This particular set comes with multi-language options (Spanish or Portugese sub-titles and/or Spanish soundtrack) in addition to English of course, if that's a factor for you (later seasons did not).

I bought it new and it was obviously new, but the quality of the packaging is poor as most of the plastic teeth of the plastic hub that holds the DVD is place broke off, so the DVD will not stay in place in the box.
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on December 22, 2012
All episodes are uniquely different. Each has come up with unique police efficiency, quick solid direction as necessary to put the law breakers behind bars. I highly recommend this to all comers who enjoy decent TV series.
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