The Fugitive: The Fourth and Final Season, Volume One
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As usual, the video is excellent. Colors are realistic without being oversaturated.
Have the episodes been remastered from the original negatives? I just don't know. The picture is sharp, but not as sensationally sharp as Season One. This is not attributable to color versus black & white, since other color shows of the same era have been remastered to spectacular sharpness, e.g., THE TIME TUNNEL. I'd give S4V1 a rating of 9.8 out of 10 for sharpness.
I have not heard one single note of the dreaded Heyes replacement music. That doesn't mean that there aren't any replaced cues, just that CBS has done a much better job of blending the replacements.
I'm suspicious that some of the cues that I heard were indeed replacements, but they were so well blended that they could easily have been mistaken for original cues. I won't know for sure until I can compare side-by-side with original broadcast recordings. And anyway, most of the replaced cues are incidental music -- radios, jukeboxes, and background music in bars & restaurants.
One oddity is a line of replaced dialogue in THE SHARP EDGE OF CHIVALRY. At time index 37:59, Kimble hears a voice coming from the other side of a closed door -- a policeman's voice saying, "IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE HE GOT AWAY."
But in the original episode, the voice is that of Lieutenant Gerard, asking, "THERE'S NO OTHER WAY OUT?", followed by Richard Anderson's character replying, "NO."
Will CBS please tell us WHY it was necessary to alter this one bit of dialogue?
CBS heard fan complaints of no subtitles on previous volumes, and has included English subtitles for the hearing impaired on these dvds.Read more ›
And while I think it's definitely true that the episodes in the fourth and final year of the series are generally not as high in quality (script-wise) when compared to the three previous black-and-white seasons, there are still several very good shows to be found in the last year of the series, including some worthy cat-and-mouse encounters between Kimble and the one-armed man (whom we see a lot more of during season four).
"The Evil Men Do" is my favorite episode in this DVD collection, with guest star James Daly doing everything he can to help out Richard Kimble by attempting to kill Dr. Kimble's pursuer, Indiana Police Lieutenant Philip Gerard. Kimble must then decide what his priorities are: his own freedom or Gerard's life? Some tense moments are in order in Act IV.
These 15 episodes appear to be complete and uncut (about 51 minutes per show), and the color video looks very sharp and clear. In some of the episodes, there is some dirt visible during the title sequences, which I've noticed is a common occurrence on a lot of DVDs.
For some reason, the credit portions of some TV shows and movies on DVD haven't been cleaned up to remove all of the dirt and speckles. Such is the case with some of the title and credit segments in this "Fugitive" set.
But I'd say that CBS/Paramount, overall, did a really nice job with these DVD transfers. The colors look very true and accurate, and the mono audio sounds nice and full and clean too.Read more ›
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Show was as good as I remembered it. There were no problems with any of the disks.Published 6 months ago by LT
David Jenson made this show. Four years of teaching everybody who watched it how to make a fool out of the cops. Too bad Jenson's bad leg keep him from being able to keep it going. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dave KFØJY
David Janssen finally gets to stop running, and some thanks to Philip Garrard. This whole series is some of the best TV there is. Read morePublished 11 months ago by E. L. Kemp
We are enjoying the Fugitive series. I remember watching it when I was a kid and my wife is enjoying it for the first time. Read morePublished 13 months ago by David Lynch