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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Reasons Why Kojak Will Remain One of the Best Detective Series,
This review is from: Kojak: Season Three (DVD)Season Three opens strong right out of the gate with "Questions & Answers" (2 parts) and concludes with "A Grave Too Soon." 24 hard hitting episodes which include: A savage murder of a priest, a car theft ring, an 18 year old homicide cold case, a cop killer and a mob hit on Kojak.
Here are my 5 reasons why Kojak will forever remain ONE of the best television detectives series of the 70s:
#1 Telly Savalas as Theo Kojak
He IS Kojak. The intelligence, charm and wit of Telly Savalas are irrepressible and inimitable. Savalas was a trendsetter. He takes his place in the pantheon of TV and Cinematic movie Detectives such as Humphrey Bogart. Clint Eastwood. Peter Falk.
#2 The Scripts/Stories
These are tight-as-a-drum, flawlessly well-written episodes indicative of cinema. Suspenseful, gritty crime writing with purpose and heart. Fantastic one-liners that are quote-worthy to this very day. Crime writer Joe Gores received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Episode in a TV Series Teleplay for the third-season episode "No Immunity for Murder."
#3 The Actors/Performances
C'mon..."fuggedaboutit," as the mobsters say... the whole cast: Kevin Dobson, Dan Frazer, George Savalas and the guest stars: Eli Wallach. F. Murray Abraham. Sylvester Stallone... the list goes on.
Great casting and credible performances.
#4 The Locations
New York in the 70s beautifully rendered on film in this series. Lots of WTC shots and inner cityscapes that convey the realism of detective work and Manhattan South. It feels very real like when Sidney LumetMaking Movies shot in New York.
Memorable theme song (Billy Goldenberg, John Cacavas). Music throughout and through episodes is just the right touch of jazz and great compositions. When the final credits roll in each episode, it's film quality.
As a bonus on this set, there is a respectable and heartfelt documentary on Kojak and, most importantly the man who played him so well... Telly Savalas. Angie Dickinson and his close family fondly remember him as the great man he really was.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real NYC of the 70s and 80s.,
This review is from: Kojak: Season Three (DVD)One of the best police series of all times. It presents the crude reality of the "big apple" from 30 years ago.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV series,
This review is from: Kojak: Season Three (DVD)I watched the whole third season. Print quality: excellent. The third season is better than the second. That is: it's great! Watch for Sly Stallone in an ambiguous/bad guy role. Jerry Orbach is great, too. It's like Gene Hackman's "Conversation" meeting Harvey Keitel's "Copland." And Telly rules!
PS The music is very good too. It would deserve a CD. Maybe a bonus, for season 5. I would pay extra money for it. Like what they did for M Squad.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shout Factory Doesn't Disappoint!,
This review is from: Kojak: Season Three (DVD)This is a rave review for the quality of production on this set of videos. They are sharp and clear, lighting is just right, which is important since the Kojak was reminisant of film noire. I intend to purchase Kojak , Season 4, and hope Shout Factory does the fifth season. Could we convince them to make some other old tv classics available with their signature quality? How about Maverick with James Garner and The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp with Hugh O'Brian.
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Kojak fan,
This review is from: Kojak: Season Three (DVD)This is for the Kojak fan. Telly played a tough hard NY detective. He was very nice and easy going with the ladies.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show!!,
This review is from: Kojak: Season Three (DVD)Loved this show when I was a kid & still love it!1 Great to watch a show where they do actual police work without the use of computers (OMG!! They had to use their brains!!) Kojak is a hard nosed cop but he can be a charmer when it comes to the ladies. Love Kevin Dobson as Bobby Crocker too!! Best show ever!! I plan on buying all 7 seasons
5.0 out of 5 stars Kojak,
This review is from: Kojak: Season Three (DVD)The quality is good and it's Kojak.....love the show.
Kojak, was the best cop show on tv. I'm proud to have Kojak
5.0 out of 5 stars Great,
This review is from: Kojak: Season Three (DVD)Excellent show...puts current programs to shame Well written and well done in every department. You will not regret buying it
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT AS ALWAYS,
This review is from: Kojak: Season Three (DVD)THIS TS THE TIPICAL KOJAK, GREAT AS ALWAYS! TELLY SAVALAS IS KOJAK , HE IS BRINGING IN HIS FAMOS TOSESROOL SUCKER IN AND HIS "WHO LOVE YOU BABE" PHRESE!
5.0 out of 5 stars love kojak,
This review is from: Kojak: Season Three (DVD)Got this for my boyfriend,loves kojak but he notice on some of the episodes
were edited.I would love to buy a tv show without any edits.
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Kojak: Season Three by Charles S. Dubin (DVD - 2012)