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Best of Naked City

4.6 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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Gritty and realistic, this is one of television's finest police dramas which aired from 1958 to 1963 on the ABC television network. Filmed on the streets of New York City, this ever-popular series puts a human face on crime, going beyond a simplistic portrayal of good vs. evil to delve into the complex personal dramas of the people involved. Filled with swift-moving action the stories are often violent and tragic but also contain their share of humor, absurdity and even fairy tale romance. Starring Paul Burke and Horace McMalion, this landmark collection features many top film and television actors for guest-starring roles. Episodes: Death of Princes, Debt of Honor, The Man Who Bit a Diamond in Half, Murder Is a Face I Know, A Hole in the City, Button in the Haystack, Shoes for Vinnie Winford, Vengeance Is a Wheel, New York to L.A., The Hot Minerva, The Night the Saints Lost Their Halos, A Case Study of Two Savages, The Fingers of Henri Tourelle, Which Is Joseph Creely?, Requiem for a Sunday Afternoon, Ooftus Goofus, The Face of the Enemy, The Contract, Let Me Die Before I Wake, To Walk Like a Lion, Prime of Life, The One Marked Hot Gives Cold, Hold for Gloria Christmas, A Horse Has a Big Head - Let Him Worry, Portrait of a Painter, Alive and Still a Second Lieutenant, Don't Knock it Till You've Tried It, The Tragic Success of Alfred Tiloff, Spectre of the Roses Street Gang, Goodbye Mama, Hello Auntie Maud, Torment Him Much and Hold Him Long, Five Cranks for Winter, Ten Cranks for Spring, The Virtues of Madame Douvay, King Stanislaus and the Knights of the Round Table, Her Life in Moving Pictures, Robin Hood and the Clanence Darrow, The S.S. American Dream, One Two Three Rita Rakahowski, Golden Lads and Girls, Barefoot on a Bed of Coals

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Product Details

  • Actors: Paul Burke, Adam Flint, Horace McMahon, Ed Asner, Burt Reynolds
  • Directors: Alex March, William A. Graham, Arthur Hiller, Buzz Kulik, Elliot Silverstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Madacy (Music Distributor)
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 2030 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008XB2UCE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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At a glance, it would appear there won't be any episodes in this box set that weren't in the Image releases of several years ago. As a "Naked City" lover, I got each of those volumes as they were released, I have kept them all, and I do rewatch them from time to time.

Disappointing if you're like me and have wished for a complete series set, or at least the complete hour-long episodes. I would buy them all over again if they were part of a complete set (hear me, Madacy?)

That said, this set does look like a great deal for the price if you don't have these already. Four stars for the content. Very highly recommended ... a great slice of early 1960s attitudes and styles. Thoughtful dramas, terrific looking on-location scenes in New York City, inspiring music by Billy May and Nelson Riddle ...
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When I was about nine or so my grandfather would get home from work and watch with me a television line-up that included Kojak and The Naked City. I loved both programs, but there was always something about the early Sixties black and white TNC that was all engrossing - like a box of chocolates, you never knew what you were going to get, except that it was always going to be good.

Until I received this ten disc set last week I hadn't seen TNC in over 30 years. I had fond memories but no clear recollection of the series format. So I'm delighted to say that each episode follows the lives of any one of the eight million New Yorkers the opening credits mention and the inclusion of the three police detectives are virtually incidental.

Similar concurrent "story oriented" programs that are still popular today, like the Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents", will seem positively mainstream in comparison with TNC. TNC is existential, and there is a dream like quality to each episode I've seen now. Characters pour their souls into the dialogue - they say the things we never would have the nerve to in real life, with their hearts and minds open - painfully so. Being a drama, it is appropriate that each major character seems like a walking talking raw nerve, but the honesty in their portrayals goes beyond what is required to entertain and demands a response from the audience. In one episode, when the father of a lost legally blind boy tells the police that when his son was born blind, after two prior miscarriages, he stopped going to church, the moment is painfully real - yet dreamlike because we conceive that no one would ever actually admit that to a stranger. In TNC, all hearts are open and the audience is required to look and feel.
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Great show from the Black & White TV past. These DVD's were flawless and played well. Excellent video & audio. The first few discs didn't seem to have an Episode index, but the last 7 or 8 discs did. 10 DVD's in all. Great crime stories, set in NYC with lots of stars and big names of the 1960's era. Loved all the old cars in the scenes. Plenty of older Pontiac's, used as Police Cars, but all the other makes and models of the 1960's were in attendance also. To Me, New York City and older (classic) cars make these DVD's a plus.
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Based upon a 1948 movie with Barry Fitzgerald, this series is GREAT and likely underatted. Filmed on location and pushes human interest which I think it brilliant. Goes beyond mere crime drama. High class and attracted excellent actors/actresses who later became big. I particularly loved the episode, "A Horse Has a Big Head - Let Him Worry!" with Diahann Caroll about a kid with low vision, roaming streets of New York (included in this set and is priceless). Film quality is excellent.This set has 40 episodes.
BTW, the 1948 movie is also brilliant and worth purchasing and watching, particularly if you're a senior.
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I remember my parents watching these when I was a kid on their old black and white RCA television. Only had one channel we could get at the time. Channel 9 KGUN, out of Tucson, Arizona. A video document of time gone by. The attitudes, dress, actions of a lost era. Stories are much the same as now, without the sex, etc. that plague our society now. Gave it three stars because disk #3 is defective and I am just getting around to watch them. Can't return them now.
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This program was ahead of its time when first broadcast. There are 40 episodes in this package from 1960,61 and 62. The picture, although in black and white, is crystal clear with perfect sound. The people who put this package together have done a marvellous job in presentation and packaging. When viewing these programs one has to put themselves in the context of the times but you can't help but enjoy seeing stars such as Robert Duval, Gene Hackman, Martin Sheen and Dustin Hoffman get their great carreers going with their roles on these episodes. Like other cop shows like LAW AND ORDER or NYPD BLUE, New York is the backdrop for NAKED CITY as well. I throughly enjoyed watching these programs as I am sure you will.

John Walsh
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Wonderful Collection! This beautifully packaged collection of a great show. The transfers are pristine , and the stories very interesting. Seeing alot of today's stars as they were just starting out is alot of fun,. Seeing NYC as it was in the 50's and 60's is very interesting. No complaints here, this set will provide hours of great viewing.
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