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Kolchak: The Night Stalker, the uniquely eerie mystery series that paved the way for The X-Files, comes to DVD for the first time with all 20 original one-hour episodes of the 1974-1975 series. Emmy nominee Darren McGavin stars as Carl Kolchak, a headstrong investigative reporter on the trail of the paranormal: zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, succubi and even aliens. No matter how unnatural or unbelievable, Kolchak is there to uncover the truth…one supernatural threat at a time. Join the hunt in the dark alleys and creepy hidden lairs of Chicago with such sensational guest stars as Scatman Crothers, Antonio Fargas, Sharon Farrell, Dick Van Patten, Jamie Farr, Larry Linville, Jim Backus and more. Kolchak: The Night Stalker is finally on DVD, digitally restored to capture every shiver every scream, and every bump in the night.
The acknowledged inspiration for The X-Files, and the basis for an updated 2005 network version, Kolchak: The Night Stalker was a short-lived 1974 series spun off from a pair of extremely popular made-for-TV movies about the supernatural adventures of dogged newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin). Though plagued by low ratings and critical brickbats, the show has cultivated a huge cult following over the past three decades, which has given rise to this three-disc set, which compiles all 20 episodes of the show. Though none of the episodic stories matches the suspense and writing strength of the Night Stalker or Night Strangler movies, TV horror fans will appreciate the parade of interesting and inventive monsters encountered by Kolchak (including a witches' coven in "The Trevi Collection"; an Aztec cult in "Legacy of Terror"; a Hindu Demon in "Horror in the Heights," which was penned by Hammer Films scribe Jimmy Sangster; and a headless biker in "Chopper," an episode deemed in extreme poor taste by Stephen King and co-written by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, and Sopranos creator David Chase). McGavin is of course topnotch as Kolchak, and he's well-matched by Simon Oakland as his hot-tempered boss; guest stars include Scatman Crothers, James Gregory, Phil Silvers, Eric Braeden, Tom Skerritt, and Richard Kiel as the monster in two back-to-back episodes. Sadly, no extras accompany this fun collection of Kolchak's creepiest cases. --Paul Gaita
Two of the discs worked fine but the first one wouldn't run on side one and skipped alot on side 2, otherwise it was fine.Published 18 days ago by Katherine Elmy
Great collection of the entire Kolchak TV series - too bad the two earlier movies aren't included. Darren McGavin always entertaining! Read morePublished 26 days ago by Thunderhawk
This was the first long running attempt at anything like the X-Files. Low budget, it still did well thanks to excellent guest stars and decent writing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Boyd
The creatures are crude, the plots are goofy -- who cares? Darrin McGavin is a joy to watch. The makers of the new Kolchak (with Stuart Townsend) even rotoscoped him in to the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas
'Kolchak: The Night Stalker' is one of my favorite shows from the '70s. I ordered the three disc set & was shocked when Disc 1 could not be read or recognized by my Blu-Ray player. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris Thomas
I have to admit that this is a first for me. I was looking forward to this as I actually watched this show when it was on TV in 1974/75. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Classic George