The Defenders: Season 1
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On the path to justice, there shall stand The Defenders.
One of televisions most respected dramas finally arrives on DVD with The Defenders: Season One. E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed star as Lawrence and Kenneth Preston, a father-and-son team of defense attorneys specializing in complex and challenging cases, many of which explored real-world concerns which still resonate with audiences today.
Created by Reginald Rose (Twelve Angry Men), The Defenders was an Emmy award-winning series many times over, with a well-earned reputation as one of the most socially conscious series ever to air on television.
In addition to its critical accolades, Season Ones thirty-two episodes feature guest appearances from a litany of tremendous stars, including Jack Klugman, William Shatner, Ossie Davis, Richard Thomas, Frank Gorshin, Eva Gabor, Robert Duvall, Robert Loggia, Martin Sheen, Julie Newmar, and more.
An unquestionable champion of quality television, The Defenders: Season One is at long last in session.
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The complete Defender episode from Studio One is included, and that sells on it's own for $25 here on Amazon, so when you figure that in you are really getting the first seasons 32 episodes for under $14 or under 50 cents an episode! Best deal around for one of the greatest television series ever made!
First season guest stars, and I assure you I am not kidding, include: Jack Klugman, Gene Hackman, William Shatner, Kermit Murdock, Clu Gulager, Harry Towns, Fritz Weaver, Godfrey Cambridge, Sam Wanamaker, Frank Gorshin, Pat Hingle, Marian Seldes, Simon Oakland, Joan Hackett, Ed Binns, Alfred Ryder, Robert Duvall, Robert Loggia, Martin Sheen, J.D. Cannon, Elizabeth Ashley, Kent Smith, Edward Andrews, Martin Balsam, Sam Jaffe, Murray Hamilton, Alexander Scourby, Andrew Prine, William Daniels, Michael Strong, Chester Morris, Warren Stevens, Edgar Stehli, Arthur Hill, Salome Jens, Robert Webber, Gene Wilder, Roscoe Lee Browne, James Earl Jones, Vincent Gardenia, and Harold J. Stone.
Please place an order for this Reginald Rose (12 Angry Men) masterpiece. If sales are strong, then possibly all four seasons will be released. Once I receive my copy, I will return with a review of the set's aesthetics. Thank you for taking the time to read my initial posting.
I just received my copy of the first season of The Defenders and I am delighted with the set. The first episode, "Quality of Mercy," featuring Jack Klugman, Gene Hackman and Philip Abbott is magnificent! Aside from the outstanding script and direction (Buzz Kulik), sound and picture quality is quite good. The opening shot of Robert Reed and E.G. Marshall greeting each other is somewhat dark and there are occasional flecks, but I am thrilled to finally be able to view this outstanding drama once again. Also, there are a handful of extras: a CUNY-TV interview with E.G., a discussion of the series with writer Larry Cohen (The Invaders and Branded), an extended episode of the pilot episode with Clu Gulager (obviously a dub from VHS tape) and the Studio One presentation of The Defender with Ralph Bellamy, William Shatner and Steve McQueen.
Thank you Shout! for making this remarkable series available!
My major prejudice in viewing older television is my awareness of how many restrictions are placed on the narrative. When you're used to a level of mature content, television from 50 years ago can feel staid or inert (or so my bias tells me). The Defenders is not that type of show. The show's willingness to confront morally complex cases made me quickly forget the form's limitations. Rather than being "dated," I found the show's time period an essential part of what made it so engaging and vital. I hope releases like these are picked up by people my age (25+). Great sitcoms of this time have been much better preserved than drama, but a show this alive deserves new eyes.