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Police Story (1973)

Scott Brady , Joe Santos , Virgil W. Vogel  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Scott Brady, Joe Santos, Dane Clark, Shelly Novack, Tony Lo Bianco
  • Directors: Virgil W. Vogel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 1170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00266PDZ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,304 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Police Story" on IMDb

Special Features

90 minute pilot movie Slow Boy

Video interview and commentary with Creator Joseph Wambaugh

Short essay by Wambaugh

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Product Description

Created by ex-cop-turned-author Joseph Wambaugh (The Onion Field), Police Story is an anthology series detailing the lives of LAPD officers in a collection of realistic and gritty accounts of what it meant to be a cop in 1970s Los Angeles. The series became the archetype for many critically acclaimed shows that followed, including Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and Homicide: Life On The Street. The series distinguished itself from its predecessors by a multidimensional portrayal of its protagonist: these cops were flawed, not cartoonlike heroes. From week to week, gripping episodes addressed difficult issues such as police corruption and the stresses and hell that can come with leading a cop’s life.

With no regular cast, the show featured different stars each week, as well as a rotating acting ensemble including James Farentino (Jesus Of Nazareth), Tony Lo Bianco (The French Connection), Don Meredith (NFL Monday Night Football), Laraine Stephens (Matt Helm) and Vic Morrow (Combat! ). Season One stars included Ed Asner, Lloyd Bridges, Angie Dickinson, Dean Stockwell and Kurt Russell. All 21 Original Episodes from 1973 74


TV s first authentically gritty look at cops coping with real-world challenges --Newsday, September 2011

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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Police story tv series from the seventies. This was a brilliant cop show from the seventies.Hard to believe this is not available on dvd yet.Police story had an incredible line up of stars which appeared with the cast changing constantly.Gritty police action at its best.Just look at the list of guest stars no other show could match it-James Farentino,Tony Lo Bianco,George Maharis,Rory Calhoun,John Saxon,Martin Balsam,Jan Michael Vincent,Cameron Mitchell,Stuart Whitman,Vic Morrow,Kurt Russell,Darren Mcgavin,Michael Cole,Frankie Avalon,Sal Mineo,John Randolph,Jerry Lee Lewis,Jack Soo,Harry Guardino,Smokey Robinson,Earl Holiman,John Forsythe,Angie Dickinson,Barbara Rush,Chuck Connors,Lloyd Bridges,William Shatner,Richard Egan,Pernell Roberts,Patty Duke,Sylvester Stallone,Robert Stack,Louis Gossert jnr,George Hamilton,Robert Culp,David Janseen,Glen Ford,David Cassidy,Alex Cord,Edward Asner,Jim Brown,Robert Goulet,Donald Oconnor,Bernie Hamilton.Antonio Fargas,Mcdonald Carey,JIm Buckus,June lockhart and even the list goes on.So come on you lot please help to get this series out on dvd or i will send some of our south aussie big white sharks to getcha
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joseph Wambaughs Police Story January 5, 2010
By Simon
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This is the best overall police procedural ever developed for television. It spun off two other series and ran for about 100 episodes. I am amazed this series never made it into syndication or is not currently being run on one of the cable networks. This is one series that I will buy immediately upon its release and I am sure I speaking for a lot of others.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "COP SHOW" For Cops February 21, 2012
It was a truly different America in 1964 when I first became a city police officer in the SF Bay Area/California. When I retired in December 2000, things had turned nearly upside-down........not all better and not all worse......but mostly DIFFERENT! To start with the pay was under $500 a month with few benefits...and that would have been in a high-paying agency! If you had a family your wife probably had to work or you had to have a 2nd. job. There were no women officers on the street and few minorities. Gays were discriminated against and had to remain in the closet or get fired. I discovered years later that I had worked with several Gay officers....some were very competent and others were just awful....about the same as the rest of the force! You got veteran's credit for military service and being a former Marine gave you a real leg-up. In later years, military service was almost held against you (post VietNam). On a hot call, if you waited for back-up instead of doing a John Wayne solo charge, other officers branded you a coward. Today, they would brand you stupid and probably fire you if you didn't wait for cover. In 1964 I was considered a freeking LIBERAL but by 2000 I was considered the ultra conservative. I didn't change that much but the law enfrocement community value system really did. The reason I have gone into so much detail about my experience is because if you are from a more recent generation, you might not understand how really authentic Police Story is about 1970's law enforcement. Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue were good for entertainment.....but both were somewhat extreme and really missed the mark as far as giving you the feeling of the "been there, done that" realism. Read more ›
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT TV SERIES July 28, 2010
This series should be appearing on some TV channel or at least DVDs should have been released. It was great TV that produced numerous excellent episodes featuring Vic Morrow and Chuck Connors in the first show in the series.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Police Show Ever July 14, 2011
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As a fan of Joseph Wambaugh and a former policeman, this is by far the best police anthology show ever. Several departments (State & Local City) used exerpts of this show as training aids during the 1970's.

I am happy that this series was released on DVD.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Police Series...Ever!! July 13, 2011
By fxrdan
This is by far the best police tv series ever. Realistic cop stories each week with different stars of the 70's, not like your typical 70's cop show with the same cast of characters each week. A&E played the episodes extensively in the 90's and I watched it again almost every chance I had. It is finally on DVD, long overdue. Now they need to get all the seasons on DVD. If you like cop shows - buy this DVD, you will not be disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time For This DVD Release! October 10, 2011
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I always liked this show when I was a kid(although back then some the subject matter was over my head)and since it wasn't really shown that often in syndication-I was holding out hope that Sony might release it- Low and behold, I get the Retro Tv channel out of Conneticut and start watching it and then I happen to notice that Season One was being release- I spent all my accumulated Amazon Points in buying it and that was good money spent.
The video quality is very good,as is the audio-The episodes appear to be uncut(not syndicuts),and best of all, It hasn't been divided into two dvd sets(volume 1 & volume 2)-I get to see all my favorite 60's and 70's actors playiing cops(or robbers)-Vic Morrow,Christopher George,Chuck Connors, as well as what was essencially the Police Woman pilot starring Angie Dickinson- These are great stories about the lives of police men during and after work told realistically- Not sugar-coated. The writers give you the good,the bad and the ugly side of police enforcement-Very few if any punched pulled--The extra is a recent interview with the creator Joe Wambaugh,who detail the origins of this series- I hope that it sells well enough for further Seasons to be released --
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic! Great stuff with old and pure production.
Published 2 days ago by Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST POLICE DRAMA EVER
Bring on the rest of the seasons!
Published 4 days ago by Ronald W. Devies
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
forgot how corny they dressed in the 70's
Published 29 days ago by arthur v von tetzlaff
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Police Shows
Next to Hill Street Blues and Cagney and Lacy this is one of the better cop shows I in joy watching the only problem is that they need to come out with the rest of the series I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jason Bourne
4.0 out of 5 stars Hill Street Blues is also better.. but then that's my opinion isn't it
I was cop during the original series so I didn't get to watch it much. Someone comments about the large host of stars ... it's true, you will see quite the variety. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gregory Knox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This series was ahead of it time they dried to make each show as real as it gets.
Published 2 months ago by Ronald D. Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars classic series
Fast delivery for a classic series!
Published 2 months ago by bosworth05
5.0 out of 5 stars This great series was a big change from the way cop ...
This great series was a big change from the way cop shows were done before. Police officers became human in Police Story, with all their human faults and weakness. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chancellor R
5.0 out of 5 stars Police Officer becomes novelist and TV creator
Joseph Wambaugh while still working for the LAPD wrote two novels,"The New Centurions" which was turned into a movie with George C. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe we found it!
*The ratest of rare.....good grief ,..have been looking for this for years. The best police series ever!
Published 3 months ago by Ron & Anna Winship
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