Homicide: Life On The Street: The Complete Series
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One of televisions most acclaimed and riveting dramas of all time, Homicide: Life On The Street, arrives in its entirety with this comprehensive 35-DVD collection.
Executive produced by Barry Levinson (director of Rain Man, Wag The Dog and Bugsy) and Tom Fontana (the creator behind HBOs Oz), and based on the book Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets by David Simon (creator and executive producer of The Wire), Homicide: Life On The Street presented viewers with a gritty and realistic examination of detectives working the homicide division in Baltimore.
Featuring an outstanding ensemble cast, including Richard Belzer, Andre Braugher, Yaphet Kotto, Melissa Leo and Ned Beatty, Homicide also featured guest appearances from such notable actors as Robin Williams, Paul Giamatti, Rosanna Arquette, James Earl Jones, Joan Chen, Bruce Campbell, Jerry Orbach and many more.
A critical smash and a three-time Peabody Award winner, Homicide: Life On The Street remains one of televisions finest hours about one of Americas toughest jobs.
Featuring all 122 episodes from the original series
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The acting and the show are as wonderful as I remember them. Even having just rewatched the first episode, the characters feel fully formed and deep--they go far beyond the tip of the iceberg that's shown in the programs. I'm a complete David Simon fanboy, and I truly love this show and the book it's based on. Can't recommend this enough.
Yes this set is pricey, but since my second favorite show in history (The Wire is #1) isnt streaming anywhere, this is well worth it.
Each episode is in grainy B&W with a lot of artifacts moving around. Dialog is muddy (good luck understanding Yaphet Koto now). I'm not deep enough into the set to comment on earlier reviews that cite odd background music at odd times, but there has been music in a few scenes. In these cases, it seeming to fit the story and scenes. We'll see what crops up as I get into the discs further.
For 7 seasons and 122 episodes culminating with a made for TV movie, this series captivated TV audiences. The main actors who contributed much to this excellent series were Daniel Baldwin, Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor and Andre Braugher.
Most episodes were indeed set out in the streets of Baltimore where the crimes occurred. All personal relationships between the detectives were interwoven into each case. These personal problems and relationships carried on in the theme of the program.
Homicide's signature standard was the scenes set in the interrogation room. Detectives Pembleton and Bayliss excelled in solving crimes in this room given the name of "The Box". As "The Box stood as a symbol in where criminals were essentially forced to make their confessions, "The Roof" of the Police Headquarters became a confessional for the Detectives. Many scenes were filmed on "The Roof" of the Police Headquarters in where the Dectectives hashed out thier professional problems as well as their personal problems. Essentially Attanasio was creating sanctuaries where the essence of series was carried out.
Also prevalent throughout the series was the rather paternal command of Lt. Al Giardello's handling of this eclectic group of detectives.
This depiction of police work on the streets of Baltimore held its grip on TV audiences for 7 seasons. I saw all the episodes as they were aired. When I bought this complete DVD set, I saw things I did not see the first time. With no commercial interruptions, I was able to better understand the full concept of what Paul Attanasio was trying to convey.
This is a classic series. You can't go wrong in purchasing the entire series. Five Stars! No problem!!