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  • Actors: David Janssen, William Conrad, Barry Morse, R.G. Armstrong, Bruce Dern
  • Directors: Abner Biberman, Alexander Singer, Don Medford, James Goldstone, Jerry Hopper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • 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: June 10, 2008
  • Run Time: 771 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014FAIX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,869 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fugitive: Season 2, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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  • 15 episodes from the 1964 season on four discs

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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 relentless Lt. Gerard (Barry Morse) has always insisted that capturing fugitive Richard Kimble (David Janssen) was just "unfinished business." But in "The Nemesis," an essential episode that is one of the highlights of this half-season set, it’s personal. An unwitting Kimble has stolen Girard’s car to make a getaway, not knowing that it contains Girard’s young son, Phil, Jr. (Kurt Russell). Phil Jr. is a chip off the old block (he cleverly leaves a trail of his precious football cards to point his father in the right direction), but a selfless act by Kimble raises doubts in the boy’s mind. "You and dad can’t both be right," he questions. This is just one of the compelling human dramas at the heart of one of television’s Most Wanted series. Now in his second year on the run after escaping from the Death Row-bound train, Kimble is "tired of looking over his shoulder… tired of running." In "Escape Into Black," he visits a small-town diner and loses his memory after the gas stove explodes. In "When the Bough Breaks," he hops a freight car that also carries a traumatized woman who has abducted a baby. Until he can find the one-armed man (Bill Raisch) he witnessed running from his home the night his wife was killed, he will have to endure "another shabby room, another lonely night." Not that Kimble doesn’t have his champions. In the season-opener, "Man in a Chariot," a college law professor, argues Kimble’s case before his students in a mock trial. In "World’s End," the daughter (Suzanne Pleshette) of his former defense attorney contacts Kimble with potentially devastating news about the ever-elusive one-armed man and schemes to run away with him. In "Escape into Black," a compassionate hospital welfare caseworker (Betty Garrett) tries to find the one-armed man while Kimble recovers.

The episodes in this set maintain an unflagging pace, thanks to taut direction (the late Sydney Pollack directed "Man on a String," in which Kimble is a very reluctant witness in a murder case) and excellent scripts (George Eckstein, who wrote "Man in a Chariot" and "When the Bough Breaks" would co-write The Fugitive’s final episode, a television benchmark). Among the great character actors who guest star in these episodes include Tuesday Weld as a manipulative and very twisted sister in "Dark Corner," Slim Pickens as a poacher in "Nemesis," and Ivan Dixon as a doctor who discovers Kimble’s identity in "Escape Into Black." The Fugitive taps into the primal fear that was one of Hitchcock’s favorite themes: What would you do if you were falsely accused? Janssen is unforgettable in his signature role as the man whose every instinct is to flee the scene and not get involved with the strangers whose paths he crosses. But we offer viewers the same advice the professor gives Kimble in "Chariot": "All I ask is that you stay around and see what happens." --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews

All CBS/Paramount cares about is money, that's why they cut out the original scores.
Eric Williams
After waiting so long to see this classic series on DVD, and after the encouraging quality of the first two volumes, this is a huge disappointment.
H. Ramsey
People who don't notice the music or think it's important to the show just don't mind the change.
Scott Mcintyre

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131 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Harry Gene Neyhart on June 10, 2008
[Addendum added below]

Back in June of 2008, when this set was first issued, CBS/Paramount had replaced all of the original underscore with newly commissioned music. It ripped the heart and soul out of the show and its fans. But CBS/Paramount wisely listened to its fans, through letters to the company, from online reviews at places like this, and Internet chat forums where the subject was discussed at great length.

In February of 2009, CBS/Paramount announced and instituted a program whereby purchasers of this set could send in their proofs of purchase and receive a revised set with nearly all of the original music restored. Early returns are in among fans, and overwhelmingly this set is now back to where it should be, given the limitations of some "minor" music replacements.

Music replacement is a reality in this litigious society, so if it has to be done, then CBS/Paramount has done its homework and given us an acceptable Season Two Volume One set for THE FUGITIVE. The vast majority of Peter Rugolo's magnificent music cues are back, as are most of the CBS library cues that originated with shows like THE TWILIGHT ZONE and GUNSMOKE. There are minor instances of some apparently troublesome cues now replaced with fairly innocuous newer cues. The important thing is that the soul of the show (the music) has largely been returned.

As Amazon doesn't allow revised ratings in edited reviews, unfortunately, the star rating system for this release will tend to skew lower than it should. I'm unable to change my initial one-star review to anything higher, but if I could, I'd raise it to four-and-a-half.

The video, as is customary from CBS/Paramount is exceptional, and the series has never looked so good.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Brian R. Greenhalgh on July 16, 2008
I really did not like the concept of colorization, but at least when Ted Turner issued a colorized version he also issued a straight B&W one, often bringing some titles out for the first time and making them available. The buyer had a choice, but not so with this edition of "The Fugitive" TV series. No choice is possible as only this altered version of the 15 episodes with new music is on offer. I purchased it before I realized this was the case. I actually need a magnifying glass to read the disclaimer on the back as it is in as small a font as possible without disappearing from view, "Some music has been changed for the home entertainment version." From what I gather from CBS Video's own admission is that "ALL" the background music has been replaced, so this is not only almost hidden, it is not honest and would not fit into very many people's definition of "truth in advertising." But even more dishonest is the fact that in a much larger font and all caps and in a much more prominant place on the back cover is the statement, "TRANSFERRED FROM THE ORIGINAL NEGATIVE WITH RESTORED AUDIO"... As I have read from another review, this is not a "restoration" as the audio portion should really be termed "desecrated" as the music is not restored at all. To restore something in my opinion is to bring it back as close to the original as possible, not re-do it almost entirely.

The only way I know to really get the attention of the marketing folk at CBS is to vote with our pocketbooks. I will not buy any future releases that have altered music such as this volume. The majority of people posting reviews here are very disturbed by this release and I would guess sales have been affected compared to the prior two volumes where the background music was in place.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dave W on August 5, 2008
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Well, I'm certainly not the only one who caught the music snafu....they even added credits for the new music into the original credits in the same font style as the original to make it look original to the new viewer. Shame on all connected to this rape of original content. And just a little note on the bottom of the packaging "Some music has been changed for this home entertainment version" SOME! how about ALL! I will not buy any future sets unless all original music is restored.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Gary H on July 6, 2008
From the start the Fugitive could easily have been too depressing a show to watch. An innocent man mercilessly hounded, forced to run for his life, "to hide in lonely desperation." One big reason that it wasn't unwatchable is that Richard Kimble did have a traveling companion. It was his theme music. Particularly during the superior first three seasons, his theme helped form him and his world. Along with Kimble himself, it was what remained most familiar to fans from one story to the next. The Fugitive theme continually reminded us that this was Kimble's story, and reassured us that he would survive, as it urged him to move on. It even added prestige to his quest. Kimble seemed nobler because of his theme. But Paramount/CBS has destroyed all of that in their Season Two Volume One release by stripping the original music from the body of the show. What remains is a kind of disconnected "vanilla" dramatic mix that offers none of the previously existing sense of reassurance. In part because of the condition of American society when the Fugitive was born, the show's message of hope made it much more than just a TV series for many Americans who were feeling pretty alienated and isolated at the time, and that's part of the reason Fugitive fans are taking Paramount/CBS's mutilation of our memories so personally now. The show had also used other recurring music themes, such as that used to underscore the appearance of the police (especially Gerard), and to otherwise sensitively and effectively maximize the emotional potential of each adventure. Not all of the music used in the show was original of course, but it all represented the choices of those who had a moral right to make those choices, and it came to be part of the memories of the fans.Read more ›
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The only acceptable solution to this problem is a product recall and a re-issue of S2 V1 with its proper music score.
Jun 18, 2008 by Retronaut |  See all 37 posts
The Fugitive TV Series Complete DVD Set?

It's 2 months later now since you suggested to contact these people at Paramount and CBS and I'm wondering if you ever received an answer from Mr. John Nogawski or Mr. Ken Ross???
Does anybody know what CBS/Paramount is going to do about the whole Fugitive desaster?
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Oct 24, 2008 by C. Mathieu |  See all 58 posts
Still has Heyes music. Offputting.
Some hardcore fans restored every cue to the DVD transfers. They're available on the Internet under the name Fugitive Audio Restoration Team (search for "Fugitive F.A.R.T.)
Mar 13, 2009 by David Alan Hall |  See all 8 posts
BOYCOTT all CBS/Paramount products 'til they fix The Fugitive
I definitely will not buy any CBS/Paramount products unless "The Fugitive" debacle is corrected. "The Fugitive" is one of the greatest shows of all time and deserves much better than this ridiculous Season 2 Vol. 1 presentation. "The Invaders" will be the first... Read More
Jul 19, 2008 by Poewen |  See all 11 posts
Season 2, volume 1 replacement discs offered by CBS Paramount
Thank you CBS DVD / Paramount for listening to the fans! Now how about My Three Sons?
Feb 17, 2009 by Chris D. |  See all 5 posts
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