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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 (88 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Scott Brady, Joe Santos, Dane Clark, Shelly Novack, Tony Lo Bianco
  • Directors: Virgil W. Vogel
  • Format: 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 (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00266PDZ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,868 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

Editorial Reviews


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

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

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68 of 72 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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74 of 79 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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35 of 37 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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24 of 24 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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15 of 16 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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14 of 15 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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8 of 8 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
Published 1 month ago by abramovich
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd collection
This series was 1 of the best shows out there. Looking back at all of the stars that played characters on that series is unbelievable in today's shows. Read more
Published 1 month ago by barb brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing These Stories Will Change You.
Scenes from "Police Story" will stay in your head


To this reader, nothing on TV has ever reached into

policing like this series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frank Hickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Back That Nostalgic Feeling For An Easier Time and the old...
The DVD has the first series of Police Story programs taken from the writings of accomplished author and L.A.P.D. Detective Joseph Wambau. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sam The Sham
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best. But where are the follow up seasons?
Top quality Police drama that I would highly recommend but where are the other seasons of this innovative show? C'mon release the others!!
Published 2 months ago by M. Behr
5.0 out of 5 stars Police Story Season One
Excellent old school show that paved he way for Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue etc.

Disc One was not included in the set.
Published 2 months ago by Gregory S hendricks
5.0 out of 5 stars Police Story - Season 1
This was one of my all-time favorite TV shows. Sure would like to see the rest of the seasons become available. The quality of this disc is outstanding. Very well done.
Published 3 months ago by Ron Elwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back a lot of memories. One of best and most realistic
very good quality, exactly as expected, wish later seasons were available. Anybody know where you can get more, not bootlegged episodes
Published 4 months ago by gr
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is Season 2?
Great police procedural from the early 70s before the dawn of the era of political correctness. Some of the story lines are a bit dated but most of them hold up in the present day. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Earl Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars police story continues
It was one of my favorite shows growing up. It's been a joy watching it after all these years. Thank you Amazon for all the movies and TV shows I've purchased.
Published 5 months ago by Tyrus Lemon
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