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With a theme song known worldwide and catch phrases forever etched in American pop culture, this four-time Emmy® Award-winning series is one of the most triumphant crime dramas in television history. In 22 classic episodes, no-nonsense LAPD Sergeant Joe Friday (five-time Emmy® Award nominee Jack Webb) and his partners solve cases taken from actual Los Angeles police department files.
FEATURING 22 EPISODES

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander
  • Directors: 22 Episodes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 555 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ULNJOO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I picked up this particular set in Target for five bucks, which I thought was a pretty good deal for 22 episodes of the 1950's TV Dragnet that appear (based on the package copy) to be two double-sided DVDs, 1 side having 7 episodes and the rest having five each. (This listing claims 4 DVDs, not so!)

It turns out, there are two DVDs, 1 is double-sided and 1 is not. Disc 1 has 12 episodes on it, in four "movies" of 3 episodes each, strung together with no breaks and just the titles for a menu. Kinda difficult to pick just one episode to watch that way. Disc 2 both sides have direct-access menus, but all five episodes on them are again strung together in one long "movie" (each ep is a chapter). Side 1's menu calls it "Vol. 3", side 2 is "Vol 4", both have a photo of Jack Webb and different color backgrounds.

Since the 50's Dragnet is in the public domain -- anyone can sell them -- I imagine this could be a repackage of the dollar-store DVDs I've been seeing for years, it would account for the inconsistent appearance of the separate discs. If so, I overpaid at $5 for what would have been $2 or $3 in dollar-store packaging. But, it was an impulse buy and there are a lot of releases of the 50's series, you could do worse.

Episodes included is identical to this other release : Dragnet Classics V. 1 4-DVD Pack (presently more expensive than this one)

Picture and sound quality is about what one would expect from a 1950's TV show; reasonable, but not fantastic, with tape hiss in the audio and scratches on the film. There is a disclaimer about the age and quality at the start of the discs.
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I grew up watching Dragnet when I was a kid and have enjoyed collecting watching the old black and white episodes from the 1950-1959. The one problem is that prior to his death, Jack Webb sold all the master prints. If you get any of the collections you are bound to get some of the same episodes. There was a pretty good dose of repeated episodes in this collection, so beware what you buy. Also time hasn't been kind to some of the prints, depending on the source.
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This box set marks the first opportunity I've had to see original "Dragnet" episodes from the 1950s. While the prints of the 22 episodes included are pretty battered, with some in worse condition than others, I'm glad I finally got to see this important and innovative series. What impresses me most about it is the attention to detail in each of the cases presented and an emphasis on the minutiae of the investigations. Each case is completely different from all the others and all are based on actual cases. This is what police work is like, not the endless shootouts, fistfights and car chases we became used to in so many 1970s police dramas. In only a handful of the episodes in this set does Sgt. Joe Friday even pull out his gun. I only recall two in which he actually fires it. Instead we see him question a steady parade of witnesses and grill a stream of suspects, intercut with scenes in the police lab as forensic scientists break down the secrets held by the various crime scenes. We see the human side of the equation as crime victims and family members confront the criminals with the human cost of their actions, as when a grieving husband (played by Michael Ansara) confronts a callous hotrodder who ran down and killed his pregnant wife or when the father of a boy killed in a shooting accident visits the boy responsible and offers forgiveness. While Joe Friday (Jack Webb) usually kept a tight lid on his emotions (which sometimes boiled up in barely-restrained anger at the criminals), the loved ones of victims did not. Friday himself has a moment of self-doubt and recrimination after he kills a man for the first time in one episode, but is talked through it by his understanding girlfriend.

While the series was shot on a low budget, using a mix of cramped sets and L.A.
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Disappointed. Series DVD was marketed with a different cover but it contained basically the same shows from earlier purchased DVD (with different cover).
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It's Dragnet kids---what can I say !!!
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