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Starsky & Hutch - The Complete Second Season

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Paul Michael Glaser, David Soul, Bernie Hamilton, Antonio Fargas. Full-speed car chases, original characters and hip humor made this cop drama a hit for all four seasons it was on the air and inspired a motion picture remake starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. This set includes all 22 episodes and more. 25 episodes on 5 DVDs. 1976-77/color/16 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

Starsky & Hutch: The Complete Second Season proves the 1970s ABC series, in its sophomore year, both codified its earliest strengths while continuing to evolve into a sharper, wittier, and often darker show. Contributing to those improvements were the stars themselves: David Soul (who plays maverick police detective, intellectual, and health nut Ken Hutchinson) and Paul Michael Glaser (as Hutch's more impulsive, junk-food-junkie partner Dave Starsky), each of whom directed exemplary episodes in season 2. Series creators also struck a more entertaining balance between the comic and dramatic possibilities inherent in Starsky and Hutch's bluntly honest, fraternal relationship. A number of stories placed the guys in intentionally funny undercover situations: as garish gamblers in the two-part opener "The Las Vegas Strangler;" entertainment directors (named Hack and Zack) on a luxury cruise ship in "Murder at Sea;" gigolo-like dance aficionados in the playfully-titled "Tap Dancing Her Way Right Back into Your Hearts;" and, most amusingly, stunt men in "Murder on Stage 17."

Those are all good shows, and the duo often bicker within them, to great comic effect, like an old married couple. (Soul and Glaser's commitment to their schtick as well as their more emotionally raw collaborations is truly admirable.) But it's the relentlessly tougher episodes that prove each character's mettle and demonstrates the depth of Starsky and Hutch's mutual trust. Among these is the powerful "Gillian," in which Starsky discovers Hutch's classy new girlfriend is a prostitute and breaks the news to his shattered friend. Somewhat lighter but just as revealing is "Little Girl Lost," starring a young Kristy McNichol as an orphaned street urchin whom Hutch, lately in a misanthropic, anti-Christmas mood, takes into his home. Glaser's directorial debut, the harrowing "Bloodbath," gives Soul a lot of room for an intensely physical and psychological performance as Hutch scurries to find his kidnapped partner. Soul returns the favor with "Survival," in which Starsky desperately seeks his missing pal, trapped and slowly dying beneath a car wreck. All in all, a very good season, with (of course) Antonio Fargas still sharp as sidekick Huggy Bear. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • 25 episodes on five discs
  • Original TV promo spots narrated by Paul Michael Glaser

Product Details

  • Actors: Bernie Hamilton, David Soul, Antonio Fargas, Paul Michael Glaser
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 1224 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023GGAI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Cozyjo on August 22, 2004
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As a die-hard fan of "Starsky & Hutch", I eagerly awaited the DVD release of the second Season.

This Season showed Paul and David in prime form (characteristically and otherwise) and acheived a nice balance between comedy and drama. The chemistry, still strong as ever, is what makes this show MAGIC, and there's plenty of it here.

A nice mix of episodes.."Las Vegas Strangler"..and one that I barely remember seeing till this release, "Little Girl Lost"..which is now among my definite favorites.

Comedic moments abound in "Murder at Sea", "Tap Dancing...", "Long Walk Down a Short Dirt Road" and (especially)"Murder on Stage 17", but that isn't to say that this Season was turned into fluff. Despite First Season complaints that the show was too violent, the series still managed to hang onto their edge with eps like, "Vendetta", "Gillian", "Nightmare" and "The Psychic", to name a few.

"Bloodbath", directed by Paul..and "Survival", directed by David, both were chock-full of angst and hurt/comfort, and showed that these two talented actors could do more than just look pretty for the cameras.

..and speaking of angst, "Gillian" is a definite tearjerker, as is "Starsky's Lady"; both of which nicely showcase both actors' ability to express raw, gut-wrentching emotion.

Through it all..I think it is the CHEMISTRY that makes this series fly. No other show (that I've seen) has ever had two leads so effortlessly feed off each other with the warmth, humor, compassion and genuine understanding that these two actors seemed to have. Their "dance" is a treasure to watch and a gift to us all.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Sieruga on July 14, 2004
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Starsky and Hutch was the quintessential 70s action show. The editorial reviewer got it right that the second season improved on the first in terms of darker stories and character development. Of course there are the cliches' but they handled them in unique and honest ways. The tag at the end of the episode Starsky's girl is poignant and unusually detailed. I remember the second seasons episodes being attacked by the press as being too violent and graphic at the time. Nowadays, after shows like Miami Vice (which Glaser directed some episodes), and Hill Street Blues, the violence seems tame, but there were some attempts (unfortunatly successful) to tame the show down after season 2, and rely more on the comedic angle. Season 2 still has Huggy Bear without his bar, and that always bothered me why they took that away from his character. Season 2 also has the truly horrible spin off attempt, Turkey and the Bear, which thankfully never got picked up. Buy this DVD, you won't be dissapointed. It's great period piece drama, right before the advent of disco. I see that they are releasing this set in conjunction with the release of the movie version, so I hope they decide to release the 3rd and 4th seasons soon and not leave us hanging. Oh...and please PLEASE forget about putting out a CHiPs DVD!!!! That dreadful series was everything that S&H thankfully never became, bland, bloodless and deviod of any real emotion.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Hunter on January 30, 2006
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I am somewhat a newcomer to the S&H series. I stumbled across it because my cable provider has something called OnDemand, and there is a section on it that has a lot of the older TV series. I saw the movie not too long before, so I thought I would check it out. Ive been hooked ever since. I love the show, the characters, and how they all flow with each other. I have watched this and the first season a LOT already, and Im about to get the third one now. :) I'll be 27 in March, but I know this will always be one of my favorites
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kit Sullivan on March 18, 2005
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This is the entire second season's worth of episodes, from a total of four seasons. With this set, you're halfway to having every episode!

And this is arguably the best season of the entire run of the show, with the premiere season a close (very close!) second.

The surprise hit of the '75 season, 'Starsky & Hutch' was a monster success for ABC, Spelling-Goldberg productions, the actors and everybody involved.

When the second season rolled around, Paul Michael Glaser as 'Starsky' and David Soul as 'Hutch' had settled comfortably into thier roles, and the writing and production staff finally got around to creating some stories written specifically for this show, as opposed to the first season's episodes, which were all originally written for other shows, with the exception of only two episodes.

The insane level of ultra-violence (by 70s-era TV standards, anyway)was still there from season one, but instead of merely being action tacked needlessly onto the story-line, it was seamlessly written into each story as an integral part of the plot. In this way, even though there was still plenty of fist-fights, car chases and gun battles, they seemed less gratuitous and therefore did not detract from the story.

The action of this show is one of the stand-outs, and the series' stunt-coordinator Charles Picerni must be given the lion's share of the credit for making it seem so realistic and exciting. Not only was Picerni the stunt-coordinator, but he was Paul Michael Glaser's stunt-man also. The fact that he looks remarkably similar to Glaser is one reason for the great realism.
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