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The Sentinel - The Complete First Season (1996)

Richard Burgi , Garett Maggart , Scott Paulin , Danny Bilson  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Burgi, Garett Maggart, Bruce A. Young
  • Directors: Scott Paulin, Danny Bilson, Gail Morgan Hickman, Timothy Van Patten, Oley Sassone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1NXCM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,793 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sentinel - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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  • 10 episodes on three discs

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This 3-disc set includes all 10 action-packed first season episodes, each of which features our hero, Jim Ellison (Richard Burgi), learning to control the extraordinary -- but unpredictable – hyper-vigilant senses of perception he developed while fighting for survival in the Peruvian jungle. The series follows him as he adjusts to his new role as a police detective and sentinel of justice, using his powerful senses to be an ever-vigilant watchman in the war against crime.

A cool premise is the foundation for The Sentinel, a TV cop series presented here on three discs containing all ten shows from 1996. The pilot episode provides the backstory: Former Army Special Operations Captain Jim Ellison (Richard Burgi), sole survivor of a helicopter crash in the wilds of Peru, returns to the States, where, five years later, he's a detective on the Cascade, Washington police force. Seems his time in the jungle has had some unforeseen consequences, as Ellison's five senses have become, well, sensationally developed: he can hear things from so far away that Superman would be envious, smell things a bloodhound couldn't distinguish, see through pitch darkness, and so on. All of this is a mixed blessing; Ellison's sleuthing skills are clearly on a higher level than anyone else's, but his hyperactive senses are a little scary, not easy to control, and accompanied by some very weird side effects. Enter Blair Sandburg (Garett Maggart), a dorky-but-cute anthropologist who helps Jim sort out what's happening to him, in the process becoming his sidekick and the show's comic relief (it's a role somewhat like that of Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula's holographic mentor in Quantum Leap). The Sentinel's stories are all over the place, involving warped serial killers, paramilitary goons, gangs and drugs, crooked cops, mob hits, and more. Fairly ordinary cop stuff, basically, except when co-creators Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo go the extra mile to exploit their premise, as in "Night Train," when a dose of cough syrup sends Ellison on a trip of psychedelic proportions. Overall, the show is slickly realized, with snappy dialogue, appealing characters (Bruce A. Young is a standout as Ellison's boss, Capt. Simon Banks), and some pretty decent special effects and action sequences. At the very least, it's enough to make one hope that The Sentinel's three subsequent seasons will be released on home video as well--maybe with some bonus features, of which there are none in this set. --Sam Graham

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UPN's First Hit Drama Series March 22, 2006
The product discription describes this series fairly well. But what it doesn't tell you is that this is an excellent series. Every episode had you on the edge of your seat. This was Richard Burgi's first starring role. The first season was definitely the best.

If you like to collect TV shows that were ahead of its time and therefore, didn't last, this is one to add to your collection.

If you like edgy detective shows, this is one to add to your collection.

If you like breakout performances, this is one to add to your collection.

I will definitely add this to my collection.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite show comes to DVD at last! April 3, 2006
I'm thrilled to see that Paramount has finally released my all time favorite show to DVD! This show had a great premise and wonderful, interesting characters with a great rapport. Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart were excellent and made a potentially unbelievable partnership completely engaging. Now everyone can finally see what all the Sentinel fans were so passionate about! Yay! Jim and Blair are coming home!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start April 26, 2006
The Sentinel was one of those fun shows from the late 1990's; fun cop drama with lots of humor. There was some cheesy-ness, but over all it was a good series.

As for the DVD's pictures and sound is superb. Honestly, the picture quality is better than when the series ran on UPN, and the sound, while only being 2 channel is still wide open and fills the room nicely.

However, there are no special features here and no close captioning. Fans know there are blooper reels in existance and I hope for future seasons we see some extras. Commentaries with Richard Burgi, Garett Maggert, and Bruce A Young would be nice as well
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wait Is Over December 27, 2005
I was one of the people who wrote to Paramount when the series was cancelled, and later, was one of those who wrote requesting that the series be released on DVD. I began to gain hope when Paramount released the War of the World TV series. Yes, I know they were cashing in release of the movie DVD with Tom Cruise, but it was a glimmer. With Richard Burgi being in Desperate Housewives, that would be a very good reason to release The Sentinel now and cash in. The series was well written and well acted. One of the few series I made sure I taped. You truly believed that lead characters were the best of friends. And from the bloopers I've seen both lead actors seem to like each other. I hope the bloopers are released on one of the seasons DVD sets.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at long last January 2, 2006
The Sentinel has had an incredibly strong fandom lasting many, many years after its demise. Much of this was due to overseas syndication, reruns, and word of mouth. The show was originally made by guys and for guys, with lots of blow-stuff-up action. But it's the sexy appeal of the lead characters that has kept female fans interested - VERY interested. So if you're reading this review and you haven't seen the show before, there's my plug. Something for everyone. If you're already a fan, you need no encouragement to buy and support this fantastic show. :-)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show Finally on DVD April 21, 2006
After what seems like too many years, fans of The Sentinel have finally been rewarded for their perserverance with Season One on DVD.

My rating is actually split between my rating for the show and for the DVD set itself. The show earns 5 stars for it's interesting premise, exciting action sequences and talented actors who gave these characters so much charisma. Especially of note is Richard Burgi as Jim Ellison - a police detective with enhanced senses, and Garett Maggart as Blair Sandburg - the university graduate student who is the only one who really understands what Jim is and is able to help him.

The DVD set contains 10 episodes and while that's plenty of entertainment, the set has absolutely none of the extras that seem to have become standard. That was a little dissapointing and lowered my final rating slightly, but I'm still delighted to finally have this show on DVD.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sentinel Season 1 April 3, 2006
Sentinel fans have been waiting for this for years. I don't even have to see it to give it five stars out of five. I nearly had a happy seizure when I saw it and pre-ordered right away!!!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this? May 19, 2007
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I worked nights when this series aired in our area and missed it completely. Thank heavens for the release of the season one dvd set, but when are the next three seasons coming out? It isn't what I expected, it was so much more. There seemed to be an honest liking and respect between the three main actors that made their parts shine. More please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great show, Great price.
Great show. I just discovered this recently, and I've fallen love with the characters. It is definitely a show of the '90's, which I love. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Catherine R
5.0 out of 5 stars the sentinel
I am glad that they came out with the first season. I just wish that they would come out with the rest of them.
Published 8 months ago by aimaru
4.0 out of 5 stars Seasons 2-4?
When will CBS DVD release seasons 2-4? Clearly, there is a demand for them. I have no idea why there's a hold-up, but seven years is a long time to wait for another release.
Published 9 months ago by phj
5.0 out of 5 stars We need more than just the first season, Please!
I loved this show when it first came out, and love it still. Richard Burgi is fantastic as the Sentinel. It makes you want to believe in a
super-man. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JudyK55
5.0 out of 5 stars Great television series.
This series is about a detective who has amazing abilities and he uses them to help people. And his side kick gives the show even more to watch this series.
Published 12 months ago by Lyn
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I wish I could find the second season cause this one is so good! Can not get enough of the sentinel.
Published 12 months ago by minerba aguirre
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Good purchase. Came quicker than I expected, was in essentially mint condition, and the discs all play without a scratch. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Beth Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have at least the 1st season on dvd
Now I can get rid of some vcr tapes. Looking forward to seeing the remaining seasons for purchase on dvd. Read more
Published 14 months ago by K. Valdez
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love this series! Just really want the rest of the series! It is so nice to able to watch on DVD!
Published 14 months ago by Tucson at peace
5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Mentalist Mind Games
Great cops and robbers show with a different kind of hero. One liners and smirky sardonic hero with a witless side-kick. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Barbara N. Sullivan
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Second Season?
You're not the only one worried about that. Particularly considering that this is Paramount who tends to do that to you, release some and not others.
May 19, 2007 by L. S. Tucker |  See all 19 posts
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