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NYPD Blue - Season 1 (1993)

David Caruso , Dennis Franz , Brad Silberling , Charles Haid  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: David Caruso, Dennis Franz, James McDaniel, Sherry Stringfield, Amy Brenneman
  • Directors: Brad Silberling, Charles Haid, Daniel Sackheim, Dennis Dugan, Eric Laneuville
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • 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: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 1078 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (620 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007I6FP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,526 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "NYPD Blue - Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 22 season one episodes on 6 discs
  • One-hour "Making of Season One" documentary with never-before-seen footage
  • All-new "Love on NYPD Blue" and "Cast Blotter" featurettes
  • Selected episode commentaries
  • Script-to-screen comparison

Editorial Reviews

Within the first few minutes of the pilot episode, it's clear what made NYPD Blue stand out from the rest of the cop show pack, as the characters express themselves in startlingly colorful language. This, combined with glimpses of nudity, earned NYPD Blue the reputation as R-rated television--but just about every episode demonstrates the propulsive storytelling and superb ensemble acting that put substance behind the flash. The show revolves around two detectives: Tough, moralistic, but passionate John Kelly (David Caruso) and hair-trigger Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), who wrestles with booze and racist tendencies. Caruso rose to prominence as the star, but his intensity bleeds too easily into preening self-righteousness; it's Franz, with a much more complex role, who really drives the show.

NYPD Blue's writers skillfully navigate both single-episode criminal cases (ranging from tense procedural sequences like Kelly slowly drawing a confession out of a man who killed a cab driver, to lighter cases like a stolen Oscar statuette) and storylines that stretch dizzily across the entire season. These sustained plots are the real meat of the show: Kelly's hardline ethics are humanized by watching him clumsily come to a professional relationship with his ex-wife Laura (Sherry Stringfield) and work through an affair with Officer Janice Licalsi (Amy Brenneman), who is herself entangled with mobsters; while Sipowicz's near-death in the pilot has repercussions that crop up throughout the series, threatening his sobriety and his developing relationship with a lawyer (Sharon Lawrence)--and then there's his tense relationship with African American Lt. Fancy (James McDaniel), which affords some trenchant looks at racism inside and outside the department. The writing, directing, and acting only gets more subtle and complex as the show goes on, making this set a must for any fan. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

As close to New York City's sordid crime scene as you're likely to get-or want to get. The first season of this stark, pull-no-punches cop show set the tough tone that continues to distinguish it from its many imitators 10 years later. Original cast members David Caruso (CSI: Miami), Dennis Franz, Sherry Stringfield (ER) and Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy) develop their distinctive, multifaceted characters in 22 slam-bang episodes. Includes audio commentaries, never-before-seen footage and a "making of" documentary. About 18 hours on 6 DVDs.

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind The Blue Wall April 7, 2003
With the fact that the show has been on for ten seasons and the proliferation of gritty and realistic programming now on TV (especially on HBO which has no restrictions), one can forget the power and shock of NYPD Blue when it premiered in 1993. David Bochco insisted that ABC allow him to use minor profanities and brief nudity to create a more realistic portrayal of the lives of New York City cops. While several stations balked at the show and refused to carry it, the show was an instant success. What really made the show so interesting was not the language or nudity, but the well written shows and first rate acting. Bochco veteran Dennis Franz plays alcoholic detective Andy Sipowicz, who was only supposed to be in the first episode, whose character is gunned down and nearly dies. Mr. Franz is superb as the volcanic Sipowicz and was rewarded with the first of his four Best Actor Emmys for the season, but the real star of the season is David Caruso. Mr. Caruso is simply magnetic as Sipowicz's partner John Kelly. Whereas Sipowicz is a hot head, Kelly exudes cool and calm. He is passionate about what he does, but his anger boils beneath the surface where Sipowicz's explodes. It is this dynamic between the two that makes the pairing work as one of the best in TV cop show history. Other cast members include Sherry Stringfield as Assistant D.A. Laura Michaels who is also Kelly's ex-wife, Amy Brenneman as Janice Licalsi who is a police desk officer that is tangled up with the mob and carrying on an affair with Kelly, James McDaniel as Lt. Arthur Fancy who heads the department and is black. Sipowicz is also a racist which causes much tension between him and Fancy. Nicholas Turturro is Dt. James Martinez who is a new detective who struggles for acceptance on the job. Read more ›
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I had never seen any of the early NYPD Blues episodes with David Caruso until now. In fact I never wanted to see them because I had never found Caruso to be an attractive or particularly talented actor and wondered why he had the conceit to leave NYPD Blue so early in his career. After watching his charismatic and convincing performance as John Kelly I now understand. This whole first season of this groundbreaking show somehow made me wistful for a time gone by.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes. It's that good. March 28, 2003
What a joy to be able and revisit this show. I clearly recall the uproar it caused when it premiered, and it's still pretty provocative lo these ten years on.
If you follow the show, Dennis Franz has created one of the greatest characters in the history of television. Sipowicz is one for the ages, and seeing the tortured man in the initial episode, unable to know what we know...he calls his (unbeknownst to him) future wife a "p***y little b***h" within the first minutes of the first episode, for's a bit like going back in time.
Again, looking at that first episode. The cast includes, of course, the outstanding David Caruso (you can't take your eyes off him when he's he's on CSI: Miami), Amy Brennemann (Judging Amy), Sherrie Stringfield (ER), Nicholas Turturro, James McDaniel, Daniel Benzali, even David Schwimmer (Ross from Friends) a delight. The video transfer is eye-popping. The crisp yellows of the NY taxis, the cool blues in the station, Caruso's hair...all delivered vividly, with killer sound as well.
Oh yeah...this is great stuff.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yorkshire Reg March 21, 2003
Well I received my season one NYPD DVD's this morning, watched 2 episodes already, I'm in TV heaven, it does'nt come any better than this(thats TV of course!).I thought Hill Street was the best but I think Bochco & co surpassed themselves with this, like other reveiwers I think the departure of David Caruso as the King of cool John Kelly was a big blow, (but to be fair Jimmy Smits as Bobby Simone in series 2 was a great replacement)
Dennis Franz is brilliant as Andy Sipowicz, but the shows greatess asset is its humanity, you care about the characters because you know they care, something clearly lacking in many movies and TV shows today, anyway starting to get a bit deep so better say goodbye to our American cousins,keep making great shows!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First And the Finest Blue July 24, 2005
Now that this series has run to its conclusion, one can look back on it and analyze what we have seen with much more clarity. Does it rank up there with the best police television series of all time? Did it change considerably during the course of its run? Can we honestly say that it will stand the test of time?

There were other police series before and there will be others of the best examples of this would be Hill Street Blues, in which Dennis Franz also had a role, which was ground breaking in its day but doesn't really stand the test of time now.

One could argue with Blue that it stands up more because it was still running original episodes until 2005. That, however, doesn't explain the first season of the series, filmed in 1993-94 and how, even today, it comes across as fresh as it did then.

Funny thing, though, it is the latter episodes that probably won't stand up...when the show became less about grit and the characters and more about the catch em and intimidate them in the interview other words, it became more predictable.Not bad...just predictable.

In season one we're treated to the dark, below the surface leadership of Detective John Kelly, as portrayed by David Caruso. To imagine and think of what direction the show would have taken had Caruso stayed past episode four of season two would be pure conjecture. Here, though, it is apparent that this is his show. Dennis Franz makes a capable second lead, showing us much of what was to come, but it's Caruso's below the surface darkness that resonates in these shows.

The cast would change considerably in season two, but they were letter perfect in season one. I thought Amy Brennerman as Officer Janice Licalsi stood out more than some people gave her credit for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NYPD BLUE
NYPD Blue is one of the best shows in the history of television. The characters are highly imperfect and the best part is that, as in real life, colleagues change with great... Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Dick Ellsworth
3.0 out of 5 stars nypd blue season 1
I would have given more but they made me look at sipowits butt!
I have to live with that folks. It could take years for that memory to fade.
Published 15 hours ago by sparsparkster
4.0 out of 5 stars Big city realism
Realistic portrayal of big city cops.
Unnecessary nudity and sex scenes.
Good color and sound.
I believe episodes are overpriced.
Published 2 days ago by Paul Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cop Show Ever
Best Cop Show Ever...terrific cast....most story lines excellent....Sipowitz (Dennis Franz) steals the show but supporting cast is excellent too...highly recommend
Published 2 days ago by colin rosse
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show, great stories, great performances
This show is better then I remembered. Love the character development and story line. This is one of the best shows ever.
Published 2 days ago by Noulis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action!
I watch NYPD Blue while on the treadmill. Time flies! The characters make this a TV classic. Horatian in his younger days.
Published 2 days ago by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Crime Classic
I should be ashamed to admit it, but I missed this entire series when it originally aired. Thanks to Amazon I've been holding my own NYPD Marathons!!! Read more
Published 4 days ago by La Rhonda Crosby Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars NYPD BLUE
Greatest show great actors NYC at its finest. Adore Sipowitz and Kelly good partnership and friendship looks real. Recommend watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars n y p d blue...why do we as prime members have to pay $1.99 for each...
Loved it when it first aired, and am enjoying it again I wish that St Elsewhewe was reasonable give us a break
Published 4 days ago by Ken Szydlowski
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Gem
I had forgotten how good this series was. A real groundbreaker and as fresh today (except for the smoking!) as it was when it was originally aired. Read more
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