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Hunter - The Complete First Season (1984)

Fred Dryer , Stepfanie Kramer , Arnold Laven , Bill Duke  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, William Windom, Ray Girardin, Sam J. Jones
  • Directors: Arnold Laven, Bill Duke, Bruce Kessler, Charlie Picerni, Corey Allen
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • 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: Lorimar Telepictures
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 953 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GAOOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hunter - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 19 episodes from the 1984-85 season
  • New interviews with Stephen J. Cannell and Stefanie Kramer

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Studio: Starz/sphe Release Date: 03/14/2006

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 80's police drama... July 28, 2005
Nominated for three Emmys, Hunter stands out as one of the premiere action police dramas of the 1980s. Just as Tom Selleck's on-camera charisma carried Magnum, P.I. through nine highly-rated seasons, Fred Dryer's knack for drawing an audience to his unique persona carried an otherwise lackluster series through much of the decade. The brainchild of Frank Lupo, creator of The A-Team (1982) and writer for such hit series as Battlestar Galactica (1978), Magnum, P.I. (1980), and Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), Hunter is built on the clichéd concept of a rogue cop who breaks the rules and takes justice into his own hands. Dryer does well in his role as the Clint Eastwood of the small screen, yet the show's writers give him little to work with in terms of a highly developed character and, as the seasons pass, the plot becomes quite formulaic. Nevertheless, Hunter is pure mind-numbing police chase entertainment with the added element of nostalgia for those who long for the 1980s when Hunter ruled along with The A-Team, Magnum, Miami Vice, and Knight Rider, and I for one loved those shows...!

Hunter follows the life of Los Angeles Police Department detective Sgt. Rick Hunter (Fred Dryer), a renegade cop whose family has ties to organized crime. This family tree, coupled with a penchant for getting his partners injured and a propensity to bend the rules, make Hunter an unpopular guy within the department. Only two officers will even agree to partner with him - Bernie Terwilliger (James Whitmore Jr.), who's a total incompetent, and Dee Dee McCall (Stepfanie Kramer), a stunning brunette with a rebellious streak of her own (and also disliked by her colleagues).
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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The original music for each season of Hunter has been removed and replaced with generic music. Many consumers buy old TV shows such as Hunter because of the nostalgia value. When totally generic music and bland vocals erupt where there was once the popular music of the era, the scene is completey ruined. The new soundtrack is quite horrible and ruins the mood and much of the nostalgia value of quite a few episodes.

These DVD sets are cheap, and it's fun to see the episodes with a high quality picture, but whoever was in charge of changing the soundtrack should be fired!


It isn't a matter of COST for the studio to get the rights to the original music, it's a question of GREED concerning profit margins. VEI (an excellent company) released all THREE seasons of Hardcastle and McCormick (Another great Stephen J. Cannell TV series), quickly, and with all the original music. In comparison, Anchor Bay has RUINED every single Stephen J. Cannell release by horribly editing episodes and replacing the original music. You can't tell me that Hunter, 21 Jump Street, or the Greatest American Hero wouldn't sell well enough to cover the cost of obtaining the rights to the original music. If VEI could do it, that tells me that Anchor Bay just didn't care enough about the fans!

- JM
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It "kinda" works for me! March 26, 2005
I was only a casual fan of the show when it was first aired in the mid 80's. I enjoyed the first few seasons but as the years went bye I lost interest. When I came across this Season One DVD I looked at the price and thought "Why Not?" I'm sure glad I did. The stories all move at a quick pace and the chemistry between Hunter (Dryer) and McCall (Kramer)worked very well. I just wish actor John Amos had stuck around to portray their police captain during the following seasons. Perhaps the nicest thing about HUNTER is that it doesn't take itself to seriously. Some of the humor, such as Hunter always being assigned a wrecked car, is subtle but does a lot to lighten the mood. One of the cute things about this show was watching the attraction between Hunter and McCall build. Nothing to overt but always lurking underneath the surface.

I did notice the substituion of old soundtracks for the newer country soundtracks. It didn't bother me too much. Why shows just can't be seen & heard the way they aired is beyond me. It wouldn't surpirse me if someday they will be digitally removing actors, whose contracts have run out, from the shows and replacing them with substitute actors. Anyway, the price for this set of DVD's is good and the shows hold up pretty well considering they aired two decades ago. I guess I'm one of the few people who enjoyed the two interviews. It was kind of weird looking at Kramer without her big hair. Anyway, Season Two will be out in a few months and I'll be right there to pick one up.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works for me.. January 18, 2005
By Deckard
Hunter was probably my favourite cop show growing up in the 80s. It had a much grittier edge than a lot of it's contemporaries, and the interplay between Hunter and McCall was superb. I think it's great that companies are releasing seasons of these old shows, (Knight rider, quantumn leap, Miami Vice etc) and I can't thank Anchor Bay enough for picking this one up. Occasionally looking back on old 80s shows you tend to remember them as being a lot better than they actually are, and can get a bit disappointed when nostalgia induces you to buy an entire season of an old series - but Hunter (along with Tour of Duty, and Miami Vice) is one of those that wil totally live up to how you recall it. I remember havin the wildest crush of Stephanie Kramer too, and sitting through these hugely enjoyable shows again, I totally remembered why.. She's hotter than hot, the action is great, the scripts are fast paced and massively ientertaining. As for the music substitutions (I didn't even know this till I read other reviews), what's to complain about? If companies have to replace some tunes to keep royalties down, then who cares. The main thing is, we get the show - all episodes from the first season - sit back, remenisce, and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 28 days ago by ANDY A. APONTE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it and might think about getting other Hunter DVD's.
Published 1 month ago by Cdogz
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunter is wonderful classic 80's tv show it's crime and drama and ...
Hunter is wonderful classic 80's tv show it's crime and drama and Fred Dryer is partner are great I thing you are going love it.
Published 1 month ago by Darcy Drinkwine
5.0 out of 5 stars Really serious
Beautifully cliche' ridden fun packed cops and robbers ... beautiful Stephanie Kramer (brass cupcake) keeps Fred Drier (hunter) almost honest (when she isn't breaking the law)... Read more
Published 1 month ago by sammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good cop show
I ordered these for my daughter who loved the series in the eighties she still loves it
Published 2 months ago by lamlou
4.0 out of 5 stars Its ok
Came fast and in good condition
Published 2 months ago by chippy fortune
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service.
Came quick, good condition, This must have been on while I was in my hay day teen yrs I missed it, cant wait to watch
Published 3 months ago by chet fortune
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunter Season 1
I chose this rating because I am a huge fan of Fred Dryer and the tv show Hunter. I would recommend to any one that likes that showl.
Published 4 months ago by lynn tomlinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Hunter 1st. Season
I really like this show back in the 80's. And I still like it today. The first season of Hunter is the best of all I think. Read more
Published 4 months ago by carlos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action and suspense show!
Excellent storyline & plot. Lots of action and suspense. Dee Dee & Hunter make a great team! Wonderful reminder of the best retro shows!
Published 6 months ago by DEBRA M. BEAVERS
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