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Very Best of Hill Street Blues (4 VHS Boxed Set) (1981)

Daniel J. Travanti , Michael Warren  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking, Joe Spano
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 4
  • Studio: Mtm Video
  • VHS Release Date: November 18, 1997
  • Run Time: 350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767005651
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,568 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If your only memory of Hill Street Blues is its hit theme song or Sergeant Esterhaus’s warning, "let’s be careful out there," now is the time to take a closer look. Hill Street Blues debuted January 15, 1981, and television was never to be the same again

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Hill Street Blues was a pivotal show in television history. It was a move away from the larger-than-life cop action shows such as S.W.A.T. and Starsky and Hutch, although it was still stylistically a while before the gritty realism of NYPD Blue or Law and Order. Hill Street Blues was more down-to-earth: cops could get shot, relationships were difficult, characters you loved could be killed (remember that painful moment of silence for the beloved Sergeant Esterhaus?). But there was also the occasional surreal moment that gave each episode a rare energy.

The Very Best of Hill Street Blues showcases the magic of the long-running series: the wonderful ensemble cast headed by Daniel Travanti and Veronica Hamel, the consistently excellent writing, and the multi-episode plot lines, which were engaging and significant. The moving force behind the magic was Steven Bochco, whose ingenious concept for the look and the feel of the show changed the way television was made. This seven episode series is a testament to just how good a TV drama can be. --Brendan J. LaSalle


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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful
"Hill Street Blues" is a pivotal show in television history, not only because it brought a flinty-realism in terms of both the style and substance of the program, but because it proved that a show could survive despite low Nielsen ratings as long as people with large amounts of disposable income were the ones doing the watching. Created by Stephen Bochco and Michael Kozoll, "Hill Street Blues" used cinematic techniques associated with the films of Robert Altman ("M*A*S*H") with an unusual mixture of drama and comedy, fast-paced and deliberately choppy editing. Each episode usually began with morning roll call and ended late at night, with several stories interwoven in between. The seven episodes collected here do an excellent job of providing the very best of "Hill Street Blues" from start to finish:
Episode 1: "Hill Street Station," (January 15, 1981, written by Michael Kozoll & Steven Bochco) introduces us to beleaguered Captain Frank Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti), who has to defuse a tense hostage situation despite the aggressive inclinations of the leader of his EATers, Lt. Howard Hunter (James B. Sikking) and the uneasy help of gang leader Jesus Martinez (Trinidad Silva). Meanwhile, Public Defender Joyce Davenport (Veronica Hamill) tries to find a client lost in the system and boy are we surprised after watching Furillo and Davenport but heads all episode long to learn they are secretly lovers. Meanwhile, Sgt. Esterhaus (Michael Conrad), confides to Fay Furillo (Barbara Bosson) about his teenage girlfriend.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hill Street Blues, The Very Best of (Boxed Set) July 27, 2000
Back in the ancient age of television, there was a cop show that surpassed all others. It was down to earth, dealt with people as people and made you forget that this was TV. I watched HSB when it was on prime time and I watched the reruns during the summer and the syndicated reruns. Steven Bochco broke into prime time with this show. It's hard to put into words what living with each character every week meant. If you are a TV viewer and haven't seen this show, then you've been on a desert island. Highly recommended for it's cast, suspense and relevant content.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ground breaking television February 18, 2001
WOW! Too bad there is not more of this series on video.
Hill Street was the best show on TV by a mile, and to my mind is still the best police drama ever. This was the show which really did make Thursday night "must see TV". It had a fabulous ensemble cast, including D. Travanti, Veronica Hammel, Charles Haid, Mike Warren, and a host of others.
The writing was like nothing else ever on TV at the time. One episode sagely included here, "Trial By Fury" still was the most intense television I can recall, and when that story line ended with the execution of the mentally challenged murderer of a nun, words were inadequate to desrcibe the horror.
Hill Street also brought us the first look (to my recollection) at a great character actor who in several seasons portrayed two different slimeball cops: Bad Sal Benedetto and Norman Buntz. Both played to perfection by NYPD Blue's Dennis Franz.
Great TV
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best November 16, 2003
By Craig
Certainly the finest TV series I've ever watched. It sometimes brought tears almost simultaneously with laughter. The only thing to regret about this tape is that its not a complete DVD collection of Hill Street Blues.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian's Comment on HSB The Very Best of August 12, 2001
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In Hill Street Blues you have the best ever TV Cop series. In the 7 episodes in this collection you have a complete cross-section of the characters across the 7 series 147 episode mega series.
Simply brilliant television. When will all the episodes be available on DVD or VHS to buy and enjoy.
Thamk you to the cast, writers and producers of Hill Street Blues for a wondeful show.
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