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Booker was an hour-long television drama (Fox 1989) starring Richard Grieco that featured now-disgraced former Vancouver cop and Jump Street Squad member (21 Jump Street) Dennis Booker working within the Private Investigations division of a Vancouver-based, Japanese-owned mega-conglomerate. The series also starred Carmen Argenziano, Marcia Strassman, Katie Rich, and Lori Petty.

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  • Actors: Richard Grieco, Katie Rich, Carmen Argenziano, Alicia Rudd, Doug Penhall
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DH20QU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,727 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on October 4, 2009
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If you read previous reviews, they will state missing Music..which is true

Previous reviews state the BB King episode Someone Stole Lucille is missing...Which is true

What the other reviewers didnt mention is the Deals and Wheels episode which was a 21 Jump street cross over is missing from this collection as well the Jump Street second part. You can get this episode and the jump street episode on the 21 Jump Street - The Complete Fourth Season

Now if you are a fan of the acting, other than noting that most the music is gone, then you will enjoy this collection for what it is worth. Grieco shines as the off beat Booker. He is no Sam Spade, but it gets the job done. His character holds the show together. He alone is why you want to watch this show.

However It was a show the changed styles from an off beat cop show to a quirky detective show with punkish chic overtones. The show got weaker by the end of its run. Also Losing Kstie Rich (after rpisode 14) and putting in Lori Petty was a waste of acting talent and character. It also under used the acting talents of actress Marcia Strassman, who proved she is much more than Mrs Kotter (Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete First Season) was another nail in this show's coffin.

There is no special features or commentary tracks.Just the shows to fill this incomplete collection.

I have one thing to say to those studios who make films and those who release DVDs. Wy not spend the money and release the shows as they were. I know music costs.
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Ever wonder why after many years a show like Babylon 5 holds at $25 plus per season, while shows like Booker and 21 Jump Street pale at $8-13 brand new, directly off the starting line? That's right folks, face the music. In the real-estate industry the mantra is "Location! Location! Location!" In the business of old 80's releases it's "Soundtrack! Soundtrack! Soundtrack!" Although somewhat obscure and perhaps not as successful as Grieco and 21 Jumpstreet fans might have hoped, Stephen J. Cannell's Booker was sort of the tail book end of the 80's. It was a series that reflected the culture and sort of celebrated the end of the New Wave Era. It was a show, unlike most television shows of today, that proved quirkiness can be an effective tool in entertainment, but only if coupled with an equal amount of style. It was a style fortified by a number of prominent musicians whose music helped create the manner of storytelling Booker became so famous for. Those were musicians like Thomas Dolby, BB King, Billy Idol, and Tone Lôc.

Without them the show is half-assed at good moments, sacrilegious in its worst moments. The brilliance of the opening scene in Hacker once accompanied by Thomas Dolby is now overlaid with some horrible dumbed down hip hop song that has absolutely no consistency with the spirit of the scene. As some other users said, the BB King episode, which was an excellent episode, was cut entirely. The main theme song was replaced by some retarded, repetitive jingle that sounds like it's written by a ten year old boy in search of a rain dance to bring on puberty. Not to mention, the omission of the two 21 Jump Street Crossover episodes is aggravating. You have to buy Season 4 of 21 Jump Street, a show I refuse to buy because of the altered sound track.
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To put it in perspective it's a bit hard to knock down a DVD release with a few shortcomings when just to get it out to the public was a major achievement. When I saw this Mill Creek DVD release of Booker at the store I was both ecstatic and surprised because it was one of my favorites shows, but also because Booker was one of those old TV shows you were pretty sure was never going to be brought out anymore in public other than perhaps a short Saturday night syndication run on some local TV station and even that would be a stretch. Factors against Booker ever being released on DVD include relatively small episode count, a lack of a large, vocal cult following since the years after the show's cancellation, the ratings for the show during its initial TV run were far from stellar (putting aside the supposed botched Nielsen ratings theory that states the company flubbed it due to their system and boxes). Perhaps the biggest hurdle for a Booker release on DVD was the same problem that has held up other DVD releases from time to time of Stephen J. Cannell produced shows like 21 Jump Street and Greatest American Hero, heavy use of popular songs of the time within the show that require large royalty fees to license them. With all the various factors playing against Booker on DVD it somehow beat the odds and got it's own release with some glitches here and there. Now taking into consideration this is probably going to be the only Booker release on any media format for awhile (well aside from a Region 4 release I'll talk about later), if your simply dying to see the show again after almost 20 years or are curious about this 21 Jump Street spin-off you can probably disregard the rest of this review by knowing the picture and sound quality is better than when it was on TV and the writing still seems fresh.Read more ›
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