Kojak - Season One
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Kojak came at a perfect time for Savalas and cop dramas in general. The actor's career was slumping in the early '70s (he'd just appeared in the Italian horror film Lisa and the Devil), and he quickly put his personal stamp on the role with street-wise sarcasm and trademark lollipops (a perfect prop that Savalas adopted to quit smoking). Consistently well-written, the series was realistically rooted in a broad spectrum of New York City crime. These qualities attracted plenty of fresh and established talent, and these 22 well-preserved episodes include guest appearances by Harvey Keitel, James Woods, Richard Jordan, Hector Elizondo, John Ritter (in one of his first TV roles), Paul Michael Glaser, Dabney Coleman, Tina Louise, and a host of familiar TV veterans. For this debut season, Savalas won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and Kojak ran for five well-rated seasons, followed by several TV-movie revivals in 1985, 1989, and 1990. The enduring popularity of Kojak was further proven when the show was revived yet again in March of 2005, with Ving Rhames in the title role. --Jeff Shannon
- 22 episodes on three double-sided discs
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I believe that, unfortunately, the makers of these products are just out to make a quick buck, so they just rush, crank 'em out as quickly as possible, not worried so much about the quality of the final product.
As for the Kojak shows themselves, in my opinion, they're excellent. The show plots, dialog, and action (and Telly Savalas) are worth the price of the DVDs themselves (and the shots of '70's New York are priceless!!). The picture quality is good, although I do have to turn up the volume a bit to hear the sound. You can read more indepth reviews of "Kojak" on this site.
I brought these DVDs in March of this year and just a few days ago found out that there was a defect on one of them, on the third (3 of 3) DVD, of course! I didn't suspect anything wrong with the set, since while I have only a few DVDs, none of them have had this "sticking" problem. I was taking my time, watching one episode about one to three times every month after having just brought them. Then I get to the third DVD, episode 19 to be exact, and near the end, the DVD freezes, then about 5 minutes later (after a few tries to get it to play) skips to the end credits, freezes a few more times, then ends. And it was soooo good up until this point! And I can't return it because its waay after the 30 day return period. s***!!
Again, check the DVDs you buy right away. You don't want to be stuck with a DVD you can't watch.
the PILOT aired as a 3 hour TV movie
(Yes, it runs over3 hours!)and
a brilliant pilot it was- entitled
THE MARCUS NELSON MURDERS is NOT
included? And for everyone's
information it was produced
by Universal. They own it,. and yet
they fail to give us the Pilot.
That pilot was realistic and shot
not far from where I gew up
In East new York. There
are scenes of streets
and streets and streets
of burned out buildings.
Does anyone REMEMBER
when most of Brooklyn
was burned out?
Maybe they considered
this pilot in some
way 'racist" or
Yet if you WATCHED
the pilot (I have
a POOR quality VHS tape
of it). It is neither
racist nor even politcally
incorrect. It is a solid
writing. A great mystery
plot and introduction
Again..SHAME on UNIVERSAL.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In one word, Telly Savalas. He was Kojak. The alpha male of the 1970's.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Who loves you, baby! Enjoyed watching these old shows at my convenience instead of at 2 AM like the local TV channel shows it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JC
A great movie, well acted all around. Social issues then are about the same today.
Highly recommend this movie. Telly Savalas plays Lt Kojak to perfection.
I enjoyed watching this classic and was amazed by the famous stars who guest starred on the show.Published 4 months ago by pammie
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