Police Story
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2009
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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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2010
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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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 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. Most people think that a police officer's job is crime prevention, writing tickets, investigating crime scenes and making arrests. Police Story reveals that much of the battle is actually contending with a broken legal system, a perfection-demanding public, one's own supervisors, internal affairs, police administrators and city government officials who are many times more interested in political correctness and self-interest than in actual public service or law enforcement. Those people are more concerned with how things look rather than how things really are. Police Story is the REAL DEAL and the honesty of the production is as relevant today as it was in the 1970's. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE REST OF THE SEASONS TO BE RELEASED. Semper-Fi and "10-7" "C" "O.D."..........Bravo-2 Lincoln-14 Jim

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2011
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2011
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2011
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2011
This show is now being shown on Retro-TV, and all I can say is.....WOW! I was five years old when the show first aired in 1973 and I think it was shown in the 10pm slot due to some of the violence, so I only remember small bits and pieces of the show. At the time (in the 1970's) I was too young to stay up and watch most of it (much less appreciate it), but being able to watch it now and follow the storyline is unbelievable. This is hands down one of the greatest cop shows of all time.

As an example, tonight they showed the episode "Line Of Fire" where Jan-Michael Vincent was training and promoted to the S.W.A.T. team (his name was Hauser). Hauser was singled out and picked on, as the head of S.W.A.T. (Cameron Mitchell) continuously put Hauser in training situations where Hauser was sure to make mistakes. The episode followed Hauser home to his relationship with his very supportive wife, which I thought was a very nice touch. In the end, Hauser gets his chance to shoot a crook down. After doing so, Hauser has mixed feelings afterwards about his job to kill when required....and that is how the episode ended (as a side note, Mitchell reprises his role as a S.W.A.T. member in one episode of S.W.A.T. season one, though the characters are different [1976]).

What I have just described to you is just a small snippet of one of the many outstanding storylines of the magnificent action/drama series Police Story - a five star classic cop show with a huge variety of five star actors.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2012
I used to watch POLICE STORY as a kid when it first came out. Even back then I enjoy the realism of it. Watching the episodes of DVD brought back a lot memories. However, I did find that disc #5 came through damaged. I used Scratch Out to repair it, but was not totally successful. Other than that, very satified. I received my order very quickly and was impressed. Thank you
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2011
I agree one thousand percent with the preceding laudatory reviews for the TV series "Police Story". Cop shows have always been among my favorite TV entertainment and this was my favorite cop show of all time. Not only were the episodes themselves very well written and acted but the musical theme was one of my favorites also.
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