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  • Actors: Raymond Burr, John Saxon, Norman Fell, Don Stroud, Don Galloway
  • Directors: Anton Leader, Charles S. Dubin, Don Weis, James Sheldon, Leo Penn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 1380 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGBSQM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ironside: Season 1" on IMDb

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Wheelchair-bound detective Robert T. Ironside (Raymond Burr) battles the bad guys on the streets of San Francisco in this series opener from 1967. 8 discs.

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"He's not a man in a wheelchair. He's Ironside in a wheelchair." Yes, and while TV cop shows come and go, there was only one Ironside, which makes its first appearance on DVD with this eight-disc boxed set, containing 28 episodes from the show's first season (1967-68), along with the pilot that preceded it in '66. The series is like others of its ilk and time, in ways both good (snappy dialogue and very cool, jazz-inflected music, including a theme song by Quincy Jones and scoring by the great composer-arranger Oliver Nelson) and mediocre (slow pacing, and a thoroughly square take on the mid-'60s counterculture). But what sets this one apart is the presence of Raymond Burr in the title role. Just a year removed from Perry Mason, Burr is outstanding as a former San Francisco chief of detectives who returns to the force as a consultant following the shooting that leaves him wheelchair-bound (illuminated in the 90-minute "world premiere"). His Robert Ironside is gruff, acerbic, free of self-pity (told by a doctor that he'll never walk again, he replies, "Is that all?"), and always ready with a sarcastic quip ("Are you brother and sister, or do you just cross-pollinate?" he says to two self-described "flower people"). He's also a policeman who's not shy about bending a rule or two as he relentlessly pursues the bad guys. And while his team (Don Galloway and Barbara Anderson as young cops and Don Mitchell as the African American delinquent who becomes his driver and caretaker) often chafes under his, um, iron hand, he's also a sympathetic mentor skilled in the art of tough love.

Story-wise, Ironside is pretty typical: murder, robbery, car theft, and a smattering of more contemporary issues like drugs and the Cold War. While there are occasional chase scenes and gunfights (most of them less than gripping), the focus is on a facts-first, conclusions-later approach to crime solving; "the chief" relies on the dry, meticulous gathering of evidence and factual minutiae and an almost Sherlock Holmesian attention to logic and detail to win the day. The result: Ironside may be crippled, but he's not lame. The DVD transfers are crisp and clean, but the boxed set contains no bonus material. --Sam Graham

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Bennet Pomerantz
With this team in place, Ironside takes to the streets of San Francisco in a wheelchair accessible armored car.
trebe
Brought back a lot of good memories of the show.
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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By E. Hornaday on February 13, 2007
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"Ironside" was one of the best detective shows of the 1960s and remains a classic of its genre. Memorable characters, brilliant acting, well-crafted stories and unforgettable theme music written by the legendary Quincy Jones, "Ironside" brought the beloved actor Raymond Burr back to series TV after a nine year Hall of Fame portrayal of the most famous lawyer in TV history: Perry Mason.

"Perry Mason" ended its run in 1966, but the remarkably robust, vigorous and energetic Burr jumped immediately back into the rigorous demands of series TV in 1967. He starred as former San Francisco Chief of Detectives Robert T. Ironside in a pilot movie that led to the very successful series, which itself ran for eight seasons.

In the pilot, Burr's character, a tough, demanding and brilliant Detective with a quick wit and often just as quick temper, took his first vacation in 25 years. At a remote cabin while he is talking on the phone, Ironside is shot by a sniper with a grudge wielding a rifle and is left for dead. Somehow, he survives but is permanently disabled - he is paralyzed him from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair.

The series was created by Collier Young. The decision to make Burr disabled was remarkable for the era, as few TV leads were ever depicted as anything but able bodied.

Forced to cope with his disability, Ironside is humbled by his emotions, as well as the outpouring of support he receives from friends and colleagues.

Determined not to be trapped in his wheelchair or give up his career, he volunteers to work within the police department as a "special department consultant," investigating his own attempted murder as his first case.

Ironside drafts two young law enforcement officers, Detective Sgt.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Richardson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 11, 2007
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I have just watched a few of these episodes...and I want to alert my fellow DVD buyers that if they are fans of this show....the DVDs are very high quality. This show must have been shot on good film stock as the images are crisp, well saturated and excellent contrast. The guest stars are movie star quality and the stories are interesting..and well acted. Above all...Raymond Burr is a fascinating actor and as far as the small screen is/was concerned he had a commanding presence which is always compelling. I'd put these on a par with the columbo sets ...in story and strength of guest stars. If you are a fan you will not be dissapointed.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Terence Allen VINE VOICE on March 5, 2007
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Ironside was an outstanding television series for a number of reasons. One reason is that this series about the paralyzed Chief of Detectives of San Francisco began a wave of series with detectives and law enforcement types who dealing with some type of handicap or seeming hindrance (Longstreet, Barnaby Jones, and Cannon). Second, it was one of the first television shows that included a black regular (Don Mitchell) in its politically correct mix of white, black, and female that would often duplicated in years to come.

But one of the most compelling reasons that this show still intrigues and captures the attention of the viewer is the presence of Raymond Burr. Not only did he give Robert Ironside the gravitas, wit, and intelligence that the character required, but he did something that no other television actor had accomplished up to that point, and few have done since, and that is to completely reinvent himself successfully a new character in the public's imagination. The transition really began from motion pictures to television since Burr had been a reliable villain in films in the late 40's to mid 50's. Then, as Perry Mason, Burr transformed himself from a shady, often psychotic character to the smooth, intellectually astute attorney who never lost a case. Then two years after Perry Mason went off the air, Burr transformed himself once again from Mason to Ironside, a hardened, cynical, even bitter detective who has to learn to depend on others for the first time in his life.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on May 25, 2007
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Raymond Burr was known for two great TV roles-Perry Mason and Robert Ironside...and NO ONE (other than Burr) HAS EVER SUCEEDED in playing these two characters (and no one has played Ironside). Burr is Ironside and we are glad for it!

This DVD collection is full season of 28 episodes, the first Season. This stuff is truly timeless. This , to my knowledge , was first time there was a handicapped (wheelchaired) hero as a starrring role in a series on TV. In 40 years that has past, this mystery series bearly dates itself. The masters of these episodes seem clean and almost as good as if theyt would be seen today, almost vault quality stuff. Shout DVD you did well!

I remember watching this armchair Sherlock in awe...and I still have the sense of awe viewing these today

One would wish one of the other Ironside costars (Don Mitchell, Don Galloway or Barbara Anderson) would talk about the show in an audio commentary, about Raymond Burr, Show, the scripts, etc. However there is No such luck..However these episodes are fine without extras

So wheel down to the buy this and get this today

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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