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Kojak - Season One (1973)

Telly Savalas , Dan Frazer  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin James Dobson, George Savalas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 2238 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNHT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,918 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kojak - Season One" on IMDb

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  • 22 episodes on three double-sided discs

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Emmy and Golden Globe winner Telly Savalas is back as Lieutenant Theo Kojak, television's greatest detective, in the unforgettable homicide series Kojak. He's got style, street smarts and a penchant for lollipops, and he's hitting the gritty streets of New York City in pursuit of some of television's toughest criminals. Relive all his smart, edgy adventures in the mystery series that People Magazine raves is "a TV classic: slick, well-plotted and entertaining." And now, it's an open-and-shut case with all 22 Season One episodes available on DVD for the first time ever!

On the timeline of successful TV cop dramas, Kojak offered bold authenticity and paved the way for NYPD Blue. As immortalized by Telly Savalas, veteran detective Theo Kojak was introduced in the 1973 TV movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders (not included in this 3-disc set), a ratings hit that encouraged CBS and writer-producer Abby Mann to create a trend-setting series (based on a book by Selwyn Raab) that premiered on October 24 of that year. The Greek, bald-headed, snappily attired Kojak brought no-nonsense bravado to homicide cases in South Manhattan--a setting that lent a gritty, urban edge to intelligent plots that won the respect of real cops with an emphasis on diligent police work instead of overblown action and phony glamour. While working cases with his captain Frank McNeil (Dan Frazer) and closest colleagues Crocker (Kevin Dobson) and Stavros (played by Savalas's brother George, credited as "Demosthenes" for the first two seasons), Kojak had a knack for bending the rules (but never breaking them) if he knew it would solve a crime.

Kojak came at a perfect time for Savalas and cop dramas in general. The actor's career was slumping in the early '70s (he'd just appeared in the Italian horror film Lisa and the Devil), and he quickly put his personal stamp on the role with street-wise sarcasm and trademark lollipops (a perfect prop that Savalas adopted to quit smoking). Consistently well-written, the series was realistically rooted in a broad spectrum of New York City crime. These qualities attracted plenty of fresh and established talent, and these 22 well-preserved episodes include guest appearances by Harvey Keitel, James Woods, Richard Jordan, Hector Elizondo, John Ritter (in one of his first TV roles), Paul Michael Glaser, Dabney Coleman, Tina Louise, and a host of familiar TV veterans. For this debut season, Savalas won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and Kojak ran for five well-rated seasons, followed by several TV-movie revivals in 1985, 1989, and 1990. The enduring popularity of Kojak was further proven when the show was revived yet again in March of 2005, with Ving Rhames in the title role. --Jeff Shannon

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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF 1973-74 August 3, 2004
KOJAK was the best new series of 1973-74. Telly Savalas deserved his Best Actor Emmy for his portrayl of Lt. Theo Kojak, NYPD. The first season boasts 23 of the best one hour teleplays-dramas in the history of television. Authentic atmosphere and locations (the first season was shot primarily in NYC before shifting to L.A.) gave the premiere season a unique look absent in the following years. The first rate scripts by Jack Laird, Halstead Wells, Mort Fine and Gene Kearney were amplified by stellar performances by Savalas, Kevin Dobson (who came from the Long Island Railroad and stock to play Detective Bobby Crocker), George Savalas (Telly's brother, who went under the nom-de-gere Demosthenes for 2 seasons) and Dan Frazier. The guest stars were also outstanding, most noteable: Harry Guardino (DEAD ON HIS FEAT), Jackie Cooper (LAST RITES FOR A DEAD PRIEST), Tina Louise (DIE BEFORE THEY WAKE), Harvey Keitel (SIEGE OF TERROR) Paul Michael Glasser (DOWN A LONG AND LONLEY RIVER, which also features Jennifer Aniston's father, John, as mobster Albert Dansek) and a very young James Woods (DEATH IS NOT A PASSING GRADE). Telly was the man and he made the character his own: the charm, the ethnicity, the custom made suits. The first season of KOJAK continues to rank the best of the series 5, especially with the John Cacavas soundtrack of Season 1. FYI: What was to become Telly's signature line ("Who loves ya?") debuts in DIE BEFORE THEY WAKE. Without a doubt, we all loved you Telly!!!!
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning.... November 12, 2005
By Mike W.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a warning to anyone who buys multiple set DVDs or especially "flipper discs" (double-sided DVDs). There could be a problem with "sticking" (the picture freezes or skips) with these DVDs. When ever you buy a multiple DVD set (or any DVD for that matter), quickly view or fast foward through all of the DVDs to make sure that there are no defects on any of them.

I believe that, unfortunately, the makers of these products are just out to make a quick buck, so they just rush, crank 'em out as quickly as possible, not worried so much about the quality of the final product.

As for the Kojak shows themselves, in my opinion, they're excellent. The show plots, dialog, and action (and Telly Savalas) are worth the price of the DVDs themselves (and the shots of '70's New York are priceless!!). The picture quality is good, although I do have to turn up the volume a bit to hear the sound. You can read more indepth reviews of "Kojak" on this site.

I brought these DVDs in March of this year and just a few days ago found out that there was a defect on one of them, on the third (3 of 3) DVD, of course! I didn't suspect anything wrong with the set, since while I have only a few DVDs, none of them have had this "sticking" problem. I was taking my time, watching one episode about one to three times every month after having just brought them. Then I get to the third DVD, episode 19 to be exact, and near the end, the DVD freezes, then about 5 minutes later (after a few tries to get it to play) skips to the end credits, freezes a few more times, then ends. And it was soooo good up until this point! And I can't return it because its waay after the 30 day return period. s***!!

Again, check the DVDs you buy right away. You don't want to be stuck with a DVD you can't watch.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHERE IS THE PILOT? October 3, 2009
I am only interested ina a LEGITIMATE reason
the PILOT aired as a 3 hour TV movie
(Yes, it runs over3 hours!)and
a brilliant pilot it was- entitled
included? And for everyone's
information it was produced
by Universal. They own it,. and yet
they fail to give us the Pilot.
That pilot was realistic and shot
not far from where I gew up
In East new York. There
are scenes of streets
and streets and streets
of burned out buildings.
Does anyone REMEMBER
when most of Brooklyn
was burned out?

Maybe they considered
this pilot in some
way 'racist" or
politically incorrect.
Yet if you WATCHED
the pilot (I have
a POOR quality VHS tape
of it). It is neither
racist nor even politcally
incorrect. It is a solid
writing. A great mystery
plot and introduction
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This complete first season DVD set of Kojak is wonderful. There are no extras, but the episodes are complete and uncut. Really takes me back to my teen years in the 70s. I loved this show along with Hawaii Five-O and other classics of the era. Sadly, the movie length pilot for Kojak, entitled The Marcus-Nelson murders, is not included with the Season One release. It is also an excellent Kojak story and Telly Savalas had already set the tone for the character in the pilot. Hopefully all the Kojak seasons will be released in complete sets. Would love to see the pilot released as an extra with a future complete season set.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Tootsie Roll Pop March 18, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have been enjoying season one of KOJAK and now I know why I don't enjoy today's TV shows. KOJAK takes you back in time when there is mystery, thrills and even comedy rolled all into one drama show. The reference to sex is subtle and not overly exposed. It is the type of show where you and the entire family can sit down and enjoy without holding your breath about the next sexual reference of foul language sprewing out. There is murder, but nothing compared to today's blood and guts. I throughly recommend this series and hope ther will be a future release of seasons 2 and 3.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Savalas was great as Kojak.....un beatable. Great viewing.
Published 6 days ago by Gary Hacker
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Vintage TV
Another must for your vintage tv collection.
Published 11 days ago by Fine Knots
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 1970's Crime Drama Hands Down!
Who loves ya baby? I do! I love Kojak and this DVD series is a must for all 1970's kids who had to go to bed at 9pm when this came on TV. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T2honor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gave to my husband for Christmas and he loves it.
Published 2 months ago by maria mihailos
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
hard to follow the plot
Published 2 months ago by james roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER SHOWS
Good Shows. It beats what they have on T.V. now.
Published 3 months ago by Gocho
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is perfect and I thank you
This was a replacement for a defective disk. This one is perfect and I thank you.
Published 3 months ago by R. THORNE
5.0 out of 5 stars great
love the show season one is great
Published 3 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars KOJAK - Best NYC Detective Show
I love shows that are taken place in the Greatest City in the World - NEW YORK CITY. Like no other. Recommend KOJAK for the nostalgic of the old NEW YORK CITY of the 70's.
Published 5 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
Great series and really am enjoying it. The only reason i did not give 5 stars as then a couple of the episodes skip but i guess that will happen sometimes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Greg
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