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Crime Story - Season One
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But the transfer to DVD is shockingly bad. Apart from the image quality, which is a standard TV grain, they have replaced much of the original music. This is most dramatic in episode four, "The War," which used to have John Coltrane and Duke Ellington playing their classic, meditative version of "In a Sentimental Mood" and now features a studio saxophonist playing music that, at best, would be appropriate for a meaningless hot tub encounter.
The four-page booklet inside does not track the episodes--the only way to know what's included on each disk is to insert the DVD and check the menu--nor do the episodes include any chapter breaks. Given what's possible now, this packaging is genuinely third rate.
This set is not as disappointing as the cancellation of the show, but it's close.
As for audio, some have had their panties in a wad over replacement music. Expecting the worst, I did A/B comparisons between this set and older tapes of the series. Episodes compared were The Kingdom of Money (one of my favorites) and The War. Sequence for sequence from opening scene to closing credits both versions of The Kingdom of Money were virtually identical-not a single note of music was different (I suspect this is indicative of most of the episodes as well).Read more ›
As an owner of the VHS box set that came out in the early '90s, I was really looking forward to a DVD version mainly for the better picture and sound quality. I was not let down and this alone makes the set worth the price. The picture is sharp and clean and the sound, although mono (remember, this is from the pre stereo TV days), is clear and free of chops and drop-outs. Anchor Bay did a great job transferring the series to this medium.
About the only thing I can fault is the lack of extras. There are no bonus features at all. No interviews. No original trailers/teasers. No press photos. Nothing. Although the liner notes for the set are extensive with some really nice background info, it doesn't make up for the utter lack of extras that could have been included.
And one plea to Anchor Bay. Back when the show was first on TV, New World produced a full video for the theme music. I saw it a few times on late night TV and it was a bonus on the VHS version of a New World movie called The Demons. When the season two box set is released, how about putting that on there?
Regardless of the lack of extra features, this is a wonderful collection of a wonderful series. Whether you're a Crime Story fan or just looking for something to watch when the network shows are in reruns, do yourself a favor and grab this set. You won't be disappointed.
I rate the series 5+ stars, the DVD rates a zero.
I'll hold on to my old VHS copies (as beat to hell as they are) and continue to wait for SOMEONE to treat these shows with the care they deserve. Meanwhile, anyone that is new to the show, you could pick this set up - the acting will stand up on its' own - but the overall quality and soundtrack mastering mistakes will prevent one from getting the exhilirating viewing experience of the original shows as they aired.
Also - as a long-time fan of the show since it originally aired - don't even bother with season two. In fact, cut your losses and stop watching after the next-to-last episode ("Top Of The World"). Everything after that is a mere cartoon charictarization and pale shadow of what came before it. The second season lost most of the orignal writers (and is an outright abomination), but that does not excuse the poorly-written "season finale" of season one (which plays out like it was written on a matchbook cover during lunch), especially following the excellent episode that preceeded it.
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An enjoyable crime series by Michael Mann, with excellent writing and acting, albeit with a generous dollop of cheesiness. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this show, purchased both seasons. I love this Michael Mann, Miami Vice inspired TV series!Published 8 months ago by Yooperhunter
OUT OF SIGHT..Takes place in 1963..Gangsters & great Classic Cars.It stars the great & late Dennis FarinaPublished 8 months ago by Bronson McQueen
Entertaining to hear 60's music and see styles from my teen years. Awesome seeing actors so young. Enjoyed Dennis and Tony especially . Read morePublished 9 months ago by Suzanne E. Kerley
Quality and clarity of the CDs were very good. If you liked Godfather, Scarface, The Sapranos, etc. You will love this. Even my Grandkids love Crime Story.Published 14 months ago by lde
Just as I remembered the series. So refreshing to watch a crime show without all the unnecessary cussing. It is violent however...Published 17 months ago by Janet from another planet
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