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4 Film Favorites: Police Academy (Police Academy, Police Academy 2, Police Academy 3, Police Academy 4)

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4 Film Favorites: Police Academy 1-4 (4FF) (DVD)

POLICE ACADEMY 1, POLICE ACADEMY 2: THEIR FIRST ASSIGNMENT, POLICE ACADEMY 3: BACK IN TRAINING, and POLICE ACADEMY 4: CITIZENS ON PATROL

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  • Actors: Steve Guttenberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 364 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GSXKPG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,554 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A. Snyder on September 21, 2009
Years ago I used to own the Police Academy box set but had to sell the darn thing as I was a broke college student (those were sad years). The Police Academy films were never art but I enjoyed them for what they were - dumb comedies with fun characters. Now I am happy again because Warner Bros re-released the Police Academy films in 2 separate value packs (The first four are available in this collection called "4 Film Favorites: Police Academy 1-4 Collection" and the last three are in the set "4 Film Favorites: Cop Comedy Collection" packaged with Loaded Weapon 1). The packaging of these value packs isn't nearly as cool as the original releases (despite the dreaded snap cases) but overall the price for these collections is unbeatable.

All four films are presented on 2 double sided discs. I don't like double sided discs as they are easy to damage but then again the price makes me forgive this. Be warned though as the top of the second disc can come with some scuffs because the drawer the first disc sits on rubs against the top of the second disc.

Warner Bros did screw up on the details on the back. The back states that Police Academy 1 is in 16X9 widescreen and is loaded with special features - the same as the special edition release. This is not true. The edition they used for this DVD set is the original out-of-print full screen edition. This didn't upset me too bad because some of the sequels are also only available in full screen...however this screw up could make a lot of buyers mad. You have been warned. This isn't the first time Warner has screwed up on the details on the cover art. The Dirty Dozen/Kelly's Heroes double feature proclaimed Dirty Dozen was anamorphic. It wasn't.
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### ABOUT THE 4 FILM FAVORITES SERIES ###

Warner Brothers/New Line's "4 Film Favorites" is a line of two-disc sets consisting of four films that are part of a series/franchise or center around a common theme. Each disc is dual-sided, with the contents of each side being a bit-for-bit copy (a "disc image") of a previous DVD release. Usually the very first DVD release of a film is used as the master for each side, which could be either single-layer or dual-layer. If the DVD master that is used first came out at the infancy of DVD production (the late 1990s), there may be little to no extras, and even a poor film transfer when compared to a later re-release. Also, if that original release was a two-disc set, or a dual-sided disc (see: Lethal Weapon 4), only Disc 1 or Side A will be used. The "4 Film Favorites" line is priced with the budget-conscience consumer in mind, with Target having the lowest price at 9.99 each (occasionally on sale for 8.99). Other stores will inevitably be priced higher, though I don't recommend paying more than ten dollars for each two-disc set.
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The first two reviews are correct: the version of the first film is the out of print fullscreen edition without the extras. However, the rest are the same as the released versions, along with Police Academy 4 still being (bafflingly so) a fullscreen version.
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This DVD set contains the first four movies, arguably the best four, of the POLICE ACADEMY series. Once Steve Guttenberg left the franchise the following movies were of a direct-to-video quality. The original POLICE ADADEMY is now a classic. There are some truly funny bits in this film. Michael Winslow was at his freshest and funniest. The trailing three films were okay, but for the most part they were repackaged versions of the first film.

This specific collection is a very economical way to collect the original four movies. So my bottom line is that it is well worth the nominal price, under $10 in some stores, to pick up a copy. It certainly allowed me to finally dispatch my VHS copies.

As noted in other reviews this collection has a few nitpicky drawbacks: These are double sided DVDs which are awkward to handle and more prone to scratches. The picture quality is superior to that of the VHS versions, but not quite the digitally remastered product we have come to expect in this day and age. Finally only two of the movies are presented in widescreen. Whether the lack of widescreen was intentional or not is anyone's guess.

This DVD set is a great value if you enjoy the POLICE ACADEMY movies, but are not an absolute die hard fan.
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