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The Streets of San Francisco: Season 1, Vol. 1
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One of this series' retro-TV delights is the veteran/rookie casting dynamic that extends to the series' guest stars. The pilot episode features Robert Wagner as a slick and initially suspect lawyer, and a pre-Happy Days Tom Bosley as the victim's landlord. The future Starsky & Hutch show up, albeit in separate episodes. David Soul is a racist cop with a surprising genealogy in "Hall of Mirrors" and in "Bitter Wine," Paul Michael Glaser stars as a man who spent 12 years in San Quentin for his brother's crime. Other familiar faces from TV Land include Vic Tayback (Alice), Victor French (Little House on the Prairie), Edward Mulhare (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir), and Di ck Van Patten (Eight Is Enough). But perhaps this serie s' real star is San Francisco, an offbeat location for a cop show. Ghirardelli Square, the Golden Gate Bridge, and other landmarks are intriguing backdrops as the gruff but compassionate Stone and the more hotheaded Keller pursue criminals and killers, some of whom are as deeply twisted as Lombard Street. Throw in a vintage show-launch interview with Malden and Douglas conducted by former Hollywood columnist and Oscars red-carpet emcee Army Archerd, and you have a set that's a real San Francisco treat. --Donald Liebenson
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Perhaps the most impressive thing about STREETS, besides the solid scripts and beautiful location scenery, was its powerhouse roster of guest stars. The series featured performances by many top actors from both new and old Hollywood, including Martin Sheen, Joseph Cotten, James Woods, Ida Lupino, John Ritter, Leslie Nielsen, Patty Duke, Nick Nolte, Rick Nelson, Larry Hagman and even a young Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Michael Douglas left the series in 1976 to pursue a movie career. His final episode was the two-part fifth season premiere, "The Thrill Killers", about a radical organization that kidnaps an entire jury. The story was inspired by the Patricia Hearst kidnapping case, which was still making headlines at the time. Douglas was replaced by Richard Hatch for the final year.
The first season has quite a number of outstanding segments, and it's great to see it finally coming out on DVD. Praise should go to the artist who did the cover design -- it's one of the coolest DVD covers I've seen in quite some time. Yes, having the season split up into two separate volumes is questionable, but regardless of how it's released, THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO is definitely worth adding to anyone's classic TV collection.
The plots of SoSF are pretty good, the pace relaxing and the acting/guest appearances are superb. Buy this set (used?) or get it like I did at the library. Good times indeed! Enjoy!
I hope they release volume 2 and all the other seasons as this show deserves it.
Episodes on volume 1 and the air dates:
Pilot - 16 September 1972
The Thirty-Year Pin - 23 September 1972
The First Day of Forever - 30 September 1972
45 Minutes from Home - 7 October 1972
Whose Little Boy Are You? - 14 October 1972
Tower Beyond Tragedy - 28 October 1972
Hall of Mirrors - 4 November 1972
Timelock - 11 November 1972
In the Midst of Strangers - 25 November 1972
The Takers - 2 December 1972
The Year of the Locusts - 9 December 1972
The Bullet - 16 December 1972
Bitter Wine - 23 December 1972
A Trout in the Milk - 6 January 1973
I was thoroughly disappointed and disgusted that this DVD is PART ONE of Season One! Part One!!! And the price is what you'd expect to pay for a full season on most other TV series, except some like Wiseguy, whose distributors were clearly trying to bloodsuck money from the fans. Clearly, that is the case here, too: when a fan get the full Season One, he/she will pay double. I won't: I'll wait until an Amazon seller drops it down to half price and get it then.
Remember, this is a T.V show..so..it is tame and somewhat..less..than we currently expect..obviously..in terms of plot etc..SO what OTHER aspects warrent the purchase?
Well..for me, and..for anyone who was born, lived/lives in Northern California..or The City as it's known by almost everyone North of Frisco..well..this is a treat..
See the City BEFORE it bacame what it is today..which is..a TREND..a place to live for people who simply PURCHASED it AWAY from the people who built it..it's hard to imagine Gentrification of a WHOLE CITY..but so it is..thank the force of benevolent intelligence for Prop 13..or no one born in California without a silver spoon would still be here..and in this series..you get the tour.."Old Frisco"
Episodes that include old Murals..(like the "Jo Boc" mural by R.Crumb on the Mission Community Center..Douglas and Malden have a scene in front of it..and of course...it is GONE today..) and the streets of San Francisco..of course..as seen in perhaps the HEYDAY of the city...
For me, born in the city in '68..it is a treat to see the city of my childhood..the Purple Hippo Restaurant, the old Frisco..the way it was before "Yuppies" ruined it forever..
Also, this series is worth the Guest Star list...Our...illustrious(?) Governor...Der Arnold...appears..and MANY others..well worth it as a window into the history of the city, and of American culture..c'mon..it's The Streets of San Francisco...circa the 70's....it's great..and heartbreaking at the same time...
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We gave this to someone who is new to law enforcement in SF. It is fun to see the changes to the city.Published 28 days ago by Trade Wind Products
One of the great 70's police shows. Karl Malden and Michael Douglas were great. A must add to your DVD collectionPublished 6 months ago by E. L. Kemp
*Before Hill Street Blues and after Police Story. Very cool. Not a cheap production.Published 8 months ago by Ron & Anna Winship
I've spoken to a number of people that share my opinion here.
When we were younger, i.e., when this show was playing in prime time or when we watched it in syndication... Read more
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|Old school fun.||
Well, I'm not really a child of the '70's, or a native San Franciscan, but I have purchased a lot of DVD releases of series from that decade, and so far, I have really enjoyed those purchases. My mother purchased the "Waltons" releases (as that series is one of her favorites), and she's... Read More
Jan 8, 2009 by Ben Masters | See all 2 posts
I'm not quite sure about that. However, I do know that you can put up English closed-captioning.
Mar 28, 2009 by Ben Masters | See all 2 posts
|The 70's Nash Bridges||
Comparing SOSF to Nash Bridges is like comparing apples and oranges. By the way, did you ever catch the SOSF episode where a young Don Johnson starred in an episode called "Hot Dog" in which he plays a motorcycle cop who dates Karl Malden's daughter in the show.
There is no... Read More
Jul 24, 2008 by Steve Keller | See all 2 posts
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