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Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series (2014)

Daniel J. Travanti , Taurean Blacque , Gregory Hoblit  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Daniel J. Travanti, Taurean Blacque, Bruce Weitz, Joe Spano, Kiel Martin
  • Directors: Gregory Hoblit
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: 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: 34
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2014
  • Run Time: 6900 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

THE HISTORY OF HILL STREET: Steven Bocho and others talk about the creation of the show.

INTERVIEWS WITH THE OFFICERS: Featuring cast members James B. Sikking, Dennis Franz, Bruce Weitz, Charles Haid and Dennis Dugan.

WRITERS ON THE HILL:A Discussion with Steven Bochco, Robert Crais, Jeffrey Lewis and Alan Rachins about writing for the show.



FOUR EPISODE COMMENTARIES: Including Creator Steven Bochco, Actors James B. Sikking, Joe Spano, Bruce Weitz, Charles Haid and Dennis Dugan, Writer Jeffrey Lewis and Story Consultant Robert Crais.

Commemorative 24-page book

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

For the first time ever, the complete series of Steven Bochco’s landmark drama Hill Street Blues has arrived on DVD. Originally broadcast on NBC from 1981 to 1987, these 144 episodes represent compelling and groundbreaking television at its finest.

’Let s be careful out there, ’ advises Sgt. Esterhaus every morning at roll call. And as the officers and detectives at the Hill Street station house patrol their city’s streets, they must indeed maintain a careful balance between serving their citizens and inciting hostility from criminal elements. Yet as dangerous as their precinct is, the men and women of Hill Street often find that their biggest battles involve protecting themselves from the Public Defender’s office, self-serving bureaucrats and each other.

An incredible ensemble cast (including Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Bruce Weitz, Dennis Franz and Betty Thomas) and sharp, layered writing helped make Hill Street Blues the most acclaimed and influential series of its day. The winner of 26 Emmy Awards (including four for Outstanding Drama Series) and a mainstay on any roll call of the greatest television shows of all time, Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series is unquestionably a must-have for any fan of engrossing and classic television.


Hill Street Blues transcends its era to remain tremendous TV… Watching the entire series on DVD, available in this form for the first time, its amazing just how easy it is to get lost all over again in the world of the Hill, all of the ways that the show invites viewers to consider its universe of complexity and class struggle, complication, and compassion… Its in the cast of incredible characters that the show continues to resonate to this day. --Todd VanDerWerff, The AV Club

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174 of 183 people found the following review helpful
Previously, a box set of seasons 1 & 2 were available. The first box set had a few cool extras - the second box I don't believe had any. The third season was available on ITUNES and HULU and such places (AMAZON AS WELL) as digital only downloads. The entire series has been circulating around bootleg in crudely cut and shoddy looking VHS style visuals along with every ep having been cut for VIOLENCE and LANGUAGE?????? I don't know where these copies came from but without an official release one was forced to deal with them. The proper release of the greatest cop show of its time and maybe ALL TIME, all 7 seasons - one would HOPE that they would restore the (PREVIOUSLY ON HILL STREET BLUES) which were absent completely on the previous releases - and maybe, just maybe - we'll finally get the HILL STREET set we've been waiting for for all these years - I'm not going to pretend that this will have interviews with Bochco, Milch, Lewis, Franz, etc - I'm sure it will be bare-bones. That said - the price is not cheap, so maybe this really will be a lush restoration. But I'd be quite happy with crystal clear versions of all 7 seasons with the previously-on tags as well. PRAYING THIS IS REAL!!!!!!

SPOILER ALERT: I will discuss most (not all) of the aspects of the new box set here. If you want to be surprised, stop reading until after you open the set. I'm very explicit here as to what is contained in the box.

UPDATE: I now have the 2014 NEW DVD SHOUT FACTORY SET of HILL STREET BLUES: The Complete Series. Without "spoilers," allow me to say that this is THE REAL THING. If you've been waiting for a real presentation of this great series for 20/30 years - look no more. This is a very handsomely housed set of discs comprising all 7 seasons of the great show.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd set by Shout Factory May 1, 2014
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I give this dvd set of Hill Street Blues the complete series a 5. Unlike other complaints of complete series dvd sets having defective disks, or the packaging not being well liked, this is an awesome set in terms of both issues. The dvds are good working order, and I love the condensed packing of the individual seasons to make up the box set. I recommend this to any hill street Blues fan.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
This is the show that started them all. If I can be so bold, we probably would not have shows like The Wire, The Shield, The Sopranos, or Breaking Bad without this classic. It still holds up. Not much else needs to be said. Get it and watch it and love it.
Thanks Shout for correcting Fox's really massive screw up. Now please save, St. Elsewhere and (if possible) WKRP!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its ABOUT TIME...This took too long... January 10, 2014
I recorded all of the shows in the first run syndication, after having watched all the shows 1981-1987...when the first two years came available...I last...and been waiting almost a decade to get the rest (season 3 was least).

The Greatest Show of ALL TIME. No questions, no doubts. Great character development, story lines that were real, and talent ...and loads of guest talent. Seeing James Woods, Danny Glover, and Alfre Woodard's incredible performance in season 4 that earned her an EMMY.

Anyone who has never seen the series in its entirety will finally have their day.

Thank you Shock Entertainment for stepping up and getting the rights to what TV Guide said is the Greatest Drama of All Time.

CJ- Maine
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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If you are old enough to have enjoyed HSB when it aired on TV, you will enjoy revisiting it in this collection. The DVD's all work and have good picture definition and sound. I can't get my 19 year old daughter to watch it, but my wife and I are enjoying seeing it all again, and there is something to be said for watching a 7 year series in the course of a month or so of evening viewings. We have discovered all kinds of plot twists and characters we were not consciously aware of when it aired on tv.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Subtitles October 17, 2014
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Brilliant series - unlike modern TV, it's not all flash with no substance. Every episode is a great mix of tension, humour and drama. Great writing and acting in each episode.

My only disappointment is the lack of subtitles with the Complete Series. I previously owned series 1 and 2 on DVD and they had subtitles in English and Spanish. The complete box set does not have any subtitles which is a real shame. I like subtitles as there are often overlapping discussions and arcane remarks (often relating to contemporary events) which are hard to catch now, but subtitles helped to make clear.

Fantastic to have the entire series released, I just wish they had added subtitles.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY -- THE COMPLETE SET! May 6, 2014
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After many years of impatiently waiting for the complete series to become available, I am thrilled to be able to now catch up on seasons 4-7. This is the series that set the standard in terms of multiple story lines, complex character development, superb acting...I could go on and on! The quality of the release is very good. While definitely a product of the 1980s, it's withstood the test of time -- still very entertaining and not leaving me scratching my head wondering what attracted me to the show in the first place. As a fan of this series I could never understand why so many sub-par series ("My Mother the Car" and "Alf" for example) could be released while this one stayed under wraps -- it's been beyond comprehension!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. Best cop show there
Love it.Best cop show there is
Published 15 hours ago by Vincent Struffolino
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
This series set the bar for depicting the personalities and personal lives of the characters. We had waited years for it to be available on DVD.
Published 3 days ago by jakki
5.0 out of 5 stars Cop Drama at it's Finest!!!
Great Show!!! One of the best cop shows ever put on TV!
Published 3 days ago by Paul Godke
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the Best TV show of all time!
Hill Street Blues had it all: action, drama, endearing characters who became friends and even humor that came at some of the oddest times. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Ronald Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The Hill Street Blues box set honestly saved my marriage.
Published 4 days ago by Mitchell D. Turck
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love them all
Published 12 days ago by Richad Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a reason this show has the reputation it does
I always knew where I would be Thursday nights at 10! I'd take the phone off the hook because my friends knew how devoted I was to HSB and would call me to annoy me. Read more
Published 22 days ago by David A. Steinberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant !!!!
Published 23 days ago by Jenny Grainger
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good transfer. There are only two cop shows I ...
I'm a retired police officer and had waited for ages for this release - and given up hope. Then out of the blue the show was released in its entirety, Very good transfer. Read more
Published 24 days ago by J. A. Sellin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Glad the Whole Series Is Coming Out
I finished watching the Australian set and I'm very impressed. The picture is very sharp and clear and the audio is good. Either they started with very good prints, or they have done a substantial amount of remastering. The Oz set has 8 more discs than the US release, so I suspect that less... Read More
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Region 2 UK or not?
subtitlles ? french ?
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