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The Fugitive: Season 1, Vol. 1 (1963)

David Janssen , Barry Morse  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: David Janssen, Barry Morse
  • Format: Box set, Color, Digital Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 760 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q6GUSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,461 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fugitive: Season 1, Vol. 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 15 Episodes from the 1963 Season on 4 discs
  • Transferred rom the original negative with restored audio

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Dr. Richard Kimble is accused to be the murder of his wife. The night before his execution, he escapes. The only chance to prove his innocence is to find the man who killed hi wife. Kimble, persecuted by the Lt. Gerard, risks his life several times when he shows his identity to help other people out of trouble.

The hunt for one of DVD's Most Wanted TV series is over! The Fugitive, ranked by TV Guide among the top 40 shows of all time, is just as gripping as when the falsely convicted Dr. Richard Kimble's "twisting and turning" odyssey to find his slain wife's real killer began nearly 45 years ago. David Janssen's Kimble is a TV icon (No. 22 on Bravo's list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters), the haunted, hunted man desperately trying to find the elusive one-armed man he witnessed fleeing his home on the night of the murder before the relentless Lt. Philip Gerard (Barry Morse) finds Kimble. But at the heart of these 15 inaugural black-and-white episodes is not so much the chase, but instead the compelling human dramas that convey "how it is" with Kimble, who moves from town to town, taking odd jobs, and reluctantly becoming involved in the lives of troubled strangers he meets. His presence is usually greeted with suspicion and hostility as in the episode "The Other Side of the Mountain," in which he no sooner enters a bar in a rundown mining town then the locals (led by a pre-Gomer Pyle Frank Sutton) rough him up.

The Fugitive has a palpable noir sensibility. In the first episode, an upstanding citizen (guest star Brian Keith) is actually an abusive husband, whose wife (Vera Miles) Kimble is compelled to protect. Acting at the husband's behest, two cops lean on Kimble to leave town. "Why would the average man be scared of the police?" one of them taunts Kimble. In "The Witch," Kimble nearly falls prey to mob justice after false accusations from a young girl. There are several Kimble-Gerard near misses, the most memorable occurring in the two-parter "Never Wave Goodbye," in which Kimble, tired of running, puts down roots as an apprentice sailmaker in Santa Barbara. In the storm-tossed climax, Kimble must decide whether to let Gerard drown or save his life. Essential to The Fugitive mythology is "The Girl from Little Egypt," in which Kimble, recuperating after being hit by a car, flashes back to the events preceding his wife's murder and his subsequent trial, conviction and escape from a Death Row-bound train. We also get our first, harrowing glimpse of the one-armed man (Bert Raisch). Another benchmark episode is "Home Is the Hunted," in which Kimble returns home following his father's heart attack and gets a less than warm welcome from his embittered brother (look for young Billy Mumy and Clint Howard as Kimble's nephews). The change of scenery in each episode allows for appearances by an impressive gallery of character actors, several at the beginning of their careers, including Sandy Dennis, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Jack Klugman, and Jack Weston. No collector of classic TV can afford to let The Fugitive get away. --Donald Liebenson

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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time.. May 23, 2007
By Mark
I'll never understand why every terrible movie and television show that was ever made was released on DVD ages ago and perhaps the finest television series of the 60's - or perhaps of any decade - is only now being released.

I just don't get it, but better late than never.

I am so pleased that this series is finally being released. I was a young boy in the 60's and I recall getting hooked on this show early in the 1st season. Great story lines - great performances (both by David Janssen, Barry Morse and the guest stars) - excellent writing and wonderful suspense / drama at times.

I can't think of a single negative about this show. The first season was filmed entirely in black and white and this only contributed to the sometimes "dark" and serious tone to the series. The narration at the beginning and end of the series by William Conrad was a pleasure to listen to. And David J. was the perfect actor to play the part. He could be both strong and vulnerable at the same time and his character - Dr. Richard Kimble - was so honorable and admirable it was no wonder that so many people helped him to elude capture for so many years.

You look at the sorry state of television today - where networks continue to churn out the most stupid reality shows possible- and you wonder when it began to unravel. In fact, it's only getting worse. Is it any wonder that so many people are buying DVDs of classic tv shows and watching them over "America's Next Top Model" or whatever.

I'm getting ahead of myself here, but I sincerely hope the powers-that-be follow up season 1 with the release of season 2 and subsequent seasons as quickly as possible.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Picture & Sound August 13, 2007
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I got my set a day early and wanted to let you guys know this DVD collection has amazing picture and sound. Transfers from the original camera negative and magnetic tracks and you can tell. No special features. Decent packaging with synopses inside the liner.

Box says some music has been changed and some episodes may be edited. I have only watched a couple and have found no changes thus far. It may be that CBS/Paramount simply puts this disclaimer on all their packaging, or it may have simply been on the template used for GOMER PYLE season two and someone forgot to change it.

In any event, this is a great series and we can only hope the next volume hits stores around Christmas.

By the way, it's a myth that you pay more for split season sets. You actually pay a couple of dollars less for a combined complete season than you would if you boiught the whole thing at once.

UPDATE - I have watched the set and found no scenes missing or music changed (that I remember). In fact, a few bits of scenes that did not air on the syndicated versions were restored for this release. I am 99.9% certain everything is here. If not for the disclaimer, I'd be 100%.

Even stock music is included unchanged, as well as local jukebox music.

The only problem...not enough episodes on the set.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, Dr. Kimble Runs Toward Our DVD Player May 18, 2007
At long last, the groundbreaking television series, "The Fugitive" comes to DVD. This show, which lasted from 1963-1967, was suspenseful, moving, engaging, and original. This was the first successful television show that took the dramatic formula of putting the hero with new characters and in new situations every week to another level. In previous shows such as Cheyenne, Maverick, and many others, the hero was a wanderer going from town to town to earn a living. In this show, the hero had no choice. He had to run to stay out of jail.

Charged with murdering his wife, a crime he did not commit, Dr. Richard Kimble, played by David Janssen, escapes from the law when the train taking him to his execution wrecks. Tracked doggedly by police inspector Gerard, Kimble wanders across the country running from the law while trying to track down the one-armed man he saw leaving his house the night his wife was murdered. As he wanders the country, he helps many people with their problems, all the while trying to find the one armed man and trying to avoid Gerard.

This classic show had all the goods - great acting by Janssen, Morse, and the many guest stars, fantastic narration by William Conrad, clever, well-written scripts, and taut direction. This show had it all, and made Dr. Richard Kimble one of the most famous and sympathetic characters television history. We can be glad that it has finally made it to DVD.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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What is it that makes a television show a particularly great one, or that makes it highly memorable, or that makes it eminently rewatchable time after time?

Is it the actors? The characters and the interaction between them? The surroundings? The writing? The direction? The photography? The atmosphere? The music? Or the believability of the stories being told on the screen?

The answer, of course, is "All of the above". And when a TV series comes along that earns very high marks in every single one of the above-mentioned categories, as I believe "The Fugitive" (the original 1960s version) easily accomplishes, then I think it's safe to say that such a television program is deserving of an ample amount of attention (and praise).

And it's for those reasons I am proud to call Quinn Martin's "The Fugitive" one of my favorite TV series of all-time....and certainly my very favorite drama series ever shown on television.

For four seasons, David Janssen starred as Richard Kimble, a soft-spoken doctor who was falsely convicted for the murder of his wife.* Dr. Kimble was kept running for 120 TV episodes from 1963 to 1967.

The first 15 of those shows are presented in this nicely-done, 4-Disc DVD boxed set from Paramount Home Entertainment.

* = For those people who are totally unfamiliar with this TV series, the above declaration of Kimble's innocence is not a "spoiler" of any kind. And that's because the viewing audience is told, point-blank, within the first few seconds of the opening credits of the very first episode that Dr. Richard Kimble is "innocent" of the murder charge for which he was convicted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fugitive: a great program.
A great old television program that contains action and adventure. This is a high quality DVD that is very entertaining.
Published 2 months ago by The Pumpkin KIng
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by John J. Wedrall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
These movies were liked by everyone, including myself.
Published 2 months ago by Michael P. Mckenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FUGITIVE
Published 7 months ago by John W. Bosch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Season!
"The Fugitive," has to be one of the best tv series. It had the human element, adventure, a little bit of
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Published 8 months ago by Rosella Myles
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Classic TV Show
It is a good story! The show is believable due to David Janssen making the character and role seem true.
Published 10 months ago by Robert J Holman
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but Goodie
I was a big fan of this show and was pleased to get it on DVD. Only problem was it took several years of acquire.
Published 10 months ago by dusty530
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama
Just pure drama, emotional..... a good story. I love simplicity. Even the sound track of that day fits the bill.
Published 10 months ago by jTilmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it...You won't be disappointed!
Excellent quality video discs with the original music scores intact here. We've really enjoyed watching these...We're pretty serious about The Fugitive series. Read more
Published 10 months ago by KnoxWatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required viewing!!
Of course David Janssen made this series what it was! Great to relive the great episodes. Get your copy and start enoying the the show again!!
Published 10 months ago by W P Rogers
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The Fugitive - Season 1 - Volume 2
According to TVShowsOnDVD.COM Season 1 - Volume 2 will be available on 02.26.08.

This is GREAT news!
Nov 13, 2007 by Glenn M. Schoditsch |  See all 7 posts
Season 2 and Beyond
they haven't even finished releasing Season 1, this is just Season 1, VOLUME 1
Aug 25, 2007 by JOLUBOGA |  See all 4 posts
Product Details (Read: FORMAT)
Amazon is notorious for getting the Color vs. B&W info incorrect on its site.

Rest assured, this 15-episode DVD release of "THE FUGITIVE" will be in its original "Glorious B&W", as first seen in 1963-1964. Of that I have absolutely no doubt at all.

I anxiously look forward... Read More
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