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Homicide: Life on the Streets (Complete Series) (1993)

Richard Belzer , Clark Johnson  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor, Andre Braugher
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 35
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 3298 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5U5TY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,112 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Homicide: Life on the Streets (Complete Series)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 122 episodes on 35 discs
  • Three Law & Order crossover episodes and Homicide: The Movie
  • Commentary on six episodes  
  • Interviews with Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Henry Bromell, David Simon, and James Yoshimura  
  • Episode from the A&E Series American Justice  
  • Superbowl XXVII commercials for Season One premiere  
  • Song listings about "The Board"  
  • Inside Homicide with David Somin and James Yoshimura  
  • Feature-length documentary "Anatomy of a Homicide"
  • Cast biographies
  • Limited-edition packaging

Editorial Reviews

Considered the most realistic cop drama ever aired, Homicide: Life on the Street gives viewers a unique cops'-eye view of one of the most challenging jobs imaginable. Created by Writer/Director Tom Fontana (St. Elsewhere, OZ) and Executive Producer Barry Levinson (The Perfect Storm, Oz) and based on David Simon's (The Wire) book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, HOMICIDE features TV's most powerful ensemble cast, including Richard Belzer (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), Emmy®-winner Andre Braugher (Thief, Frequency), Yaphet Kotto (Alien), and Ned Beatty (Deliverance) with guest appearances from James Earl Jones, Robin Williams, Steve Buscemi, Peter Gallagher, Chris Rock, Wilford Brimley, and other star actors. HOMICIDE garnered two Emmy® Awards, three Peabody Awards, three Television Critics Awards, two Writers Guild Awards, and was named to TV Guide's "The Greatest Episodes in TV History" and "TV's Greatest Characters" lists. Here, for the first time ever, one of television's crowning achievements is available in its entirety on 35 DVDs and includes all 122 episodes spanning seven critically acclaimed seasons, the three Law & Order crossover episodes, and Homicide: The Movie. DVD Features: Commentary on "Gone For Goode," "Gas Man," "The Hat," "The Documentary," "The Subway," and "Forgive Us Our Trespasses"; Interviews with Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Henry Bromell, David Simon, and James Yoshimura; "To Catch A Killer: Homicide Detectives" Episode of A&E’s Signature Series AMERICAN JUSTICE; Superbowl XXVII Commercials for Season One Premiere; HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET Song Listings; About "The Board"; "Inside Homicide" with David Somin and James Yoshimura; Feature-length Documentary "Anatomy of a Homicide"; VSDA Panel and Live DVD Commentary with Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson, James Yoshimura, and David Simon; Barry Levinson’s Acceptance Speech for the 2004 VSDA Career Achievement Award; Cast Biographies; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection Bonus Disc Contains "Law & Order" Crossover Episodes "Charm City," "Baby It’s You," and "Sideshow, " and the feature-length "Homicide: The Movie" series wrap-up.

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196 of 200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series and Great Packaging!! November 18, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There's really no need to expound on the fantastic qualities of "Homicide." Anyone who has seen the series or is contemplating purchasing it without ever having seen many episodes will know from other reviews how terrific it was. My chief concern when thinking of ordering the repackaged set concerned how it is packaged. Several other complete series editions (Sopranos, The Shield, etc.) have chosen to insert the DVDs into stiff and coarse cardboard slots. This has resulted in serious scuffs and scratches that have often rendered a disc (or multiple discs) unplayable. Not so with this set. Each season has been packaged in a slimline style case, and not one disc has so much as a smudge or mini-scratch on it. I'm looking at 35 pristine "mirrors." So, if anyone out there is debating whether or not to order this newest set of Homicide because of packaging concerns you are cleared for takeoff. It doesn't get any better than this. Go for it (and enjoy).
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162 of 175 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate collection for Homicide fans September 30, 2006
Format:DVD
Even though the series has been off the air for going on eight years, "Homicide" is still very popular with serious web discussion forums of this series still going on.

This is the collection that every "Homicide: Life on the Street" fan has been waiting for. It include all 122 episodes of the seven seasons of the original series, the Law and Order cross-over episodes, plus the movie "Another Homicide" that aired in February 2000 and was the last we fans ever got to see of our beloved series. Also, it is much more reasonably priced than the other DVD collections of "Homicide" available up to now. The movie isn't even available on DVD.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, "Homicide" was an original crime drama that aired on NBC between January 1993 and May 1999. It was based on David Simon's book, "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets", which was based upon Simon's experiences in 1988 when he spent a year as a civilian assistant to the Baltimore Police Homicide Unit so that he could document what life was like in a big city homicide squad. His extensive notes, interviews, and observations were eventually published as the book.

Much of the cases chronicled in the first two seasons of the show are adapted from actual events in the book. The first two seasons focus on rookie Tim Bayliss's first case - the murder of 11 year-old Adina Watson whose murder is never solved and haunts him for the duration of the series. The original cast was truly brilliant, but to get a third full season the show's producers had to delete veteran actor Jon Polito (Crosetti) from the cast and pretty up the cast by adding Isabella Hoffman as shift supervisor Megan Russert.
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111 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest TV series ever aired June 11, 2009
Format:DVD
I will warn you that this review contains spoilers.

This is the collection that every "Homicide: Life on the Street" fan has been waiting for - and got - back in 2006. For some reason it is being rereleased and repackaged. It includes all 122 episodes of the seven seasons of the original series, the Law and Order cross-over episodes, plus the movie "Another Homicide" that aired in February 2000 and was the last we fans ever got to see of our beloved series.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, "Homicide" was an original crime drama that aired on NBC between January 1993 and May 1999. It was based on David Simon's book, "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets", which was based upon Simon's experiences in 1988 when he spent a year as a civilian assistant to the Baltimore Police Homicide Unit so that he could document what life was like in a big city homicide squad. His extensive notes, interviews, and observations were eventually published as the book.

Much of the cases chronicled in the first two seasons of the show are adapted from actual events in the book. The first two seasons focus on rookie Tim Bayliss's first case - the murder of 11 year-old Adina Watson whose murder is never solved and haunts him for the duration of the series. The original cast was truly brilliant, but to get a third full season the show's producers had to delete veteran actor Jon Polito (Crosetti) from the cast and pretty up the cast by adding Isabella Hoffman as shift supervisor Megan Russert.

There was an entire episode, perhaps the best of the series, dedicated to detective Crosetti's suicide at the beginning of season three. Crosetti left no note, and apparently had no huge looming problems in his life.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars best cop show ever produced...just one little annoyance December 13, 2006
Format:DVD
I waited with baited breath for this to come out.I never missed an episode first run and to find a program that me AND the wife liked was a rarety in itself!

I'm almost all the way through this set now and the ONLY problem i have with this is that...well...its 2006 and technology certainly exists to have included captions for the hearing impaired.I'm deaf in one ear and have to turn the volume WAY up or I won't really catch everything.So...i watch in the daytime when i got the house to myself.It never occurred to me to even check,i assumed that darn near all DVD's released in the great new millenium would have that.

oh well...live and learn.

That having been said...(whinewhinewhine)...the complexities of the characters on this show are so brilliantly written AND acted that viewing this set should be mandatory!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!!
Fantastic show. So glad to have the entire series to enjoy at my leisure.
Published 4 days ago by California girl
5.0 out of 5 stars watch enjoy and revel you will be satisfied
nothing short of 5 stars for this highly exceptional television program from nbc nbc now and then does the right thing. Homicide was treated correctly by the network. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this Series
I Love this Series! One of my favorite shows of all time. Truly a ground breaking show with outstanding acting. The package and the price totally exceeded my expectations!
Published 1 month ago by Paul Godke
1.0 out of 5 stars GARBAGE
all four box sets of homicide life on the streets froze up on the second episode, so much so you could not watch them. Second episode on disc one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars As described
This was purchased as a gift. It can on time and as expected.
Published 2 months ago by Ree
5.0 out of 5 stars Homicide Rocks!
I L O V E D THIS SHOW! Very cool box with lots of extras. No commercials, keep watching without season breaks. Ah, this is the life! Read more
Published 2 months ago by musicfool
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078
Back in the day, networks stood behind the shows they picked up. They believed in them, they advertised them, they pushed them to do whatever they could to get ratings. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Todd Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars AND SO THE SLOW, SLOW BLEED BEGAN...
A show that began so well, so different, documentary-like before documentary-like became passé began the slow bleed around about season 4. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. A. G. Donaghey
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd best show ever
After three minutes, I was sold on this show. Until The Wire, there was nothing like it. Brilliant, brilliant show.
Published 4 months ago by Francaise
5.0 out of 5 stars The best police show ever!
Loved this show when it aired and recently bought the entire award winning series to watch all over again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by irish75
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Captions?
apparently it doesnt, see www.dvdfile.com review
Nov 14, 2006 by A. Tully |  See all 5 posts
Homicide the Movie
they released the movie on dvd shortly after it aired on tv (way before any of the season box sets).
Nov 22, 2006 by Christopher Menkhaus |  See all 3 posts
Looking for a particular Homicide episode.
The episode would be Thrill of the Kill from Season 4, disk 2.
Dec 23, 2007 by Michael Haug |  See all 7 posts
This is expensive... when's the Blu-Ray release going to arrive??
It was edited on video tape so an awful lot of work would need to be done to make HD versions. I wouldn't count on it any time soon.
May 18, 2011 by nametag |  See all 2 posts
Listed at $89.00 now $191, Amazon.com pulling a bait and switch
Unlikely it was a gold box offer (gold box discounts are rarely that deep). More likely the initial price was either a mistake (it happens, I almost bought a new $16 book for $1.50, but I waited too long to decide, they corrected the error), or sometimes the publishing house has special... Read More
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