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Police Story

4.8 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

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

Special Features

90 minute pilot movie Slow Boy

Video interview and commentary with Creator Joseph Wambaugh

Short essay by Wambaugh


Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 1170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00266PDZ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,432 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Police Story" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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.

UPDATE: Five years later (September 1, 2015) and still no release of the rest of the seasons of Police Story. Some of the best episodes were in seasons 2-5 and fans of the show would surely purchase DVDs of those seasons.
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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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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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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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Where is the second season of this Remarkable Show
Shout Factory evidently has the rights. As recently as a few months ago,its rep stated they had no plans to release further seasons. Possibly if they hear from enough people, they'll reconsider.
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Sorry for late reply but I'm just noticing thread. There are no subtitles.
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