Naked City: Season 3
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There Are Eight Million Stories In The Naked City...One of the most innovative police shows in television history, and hailed by Time magazine as “Not just another cop show,” NAKED CITY puts a human face on crime, going beyond a simplistic portrayal of good vs. evil to delve into the complex personal dramas of the people involved. This landmark collection includes all 33 episodes from the third season of the acclaimed Emmy® Award-winning TV series. FEATURED GUEST STARS INCLUDE: Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Burt Reynolds, George C. Scott, Peter Falk, Al Lewis, Peter Fonda, Maureen Stapleton, Jack Klugman, Robert Loggia, Doris Roberts, Martin Balsam, Audra Lindley, Mickey Rooney, Rip Torn, And more!
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It seems to me that by the time the Naked City writers got to the year 1963 (the show's last season), they must have started to get burnt out on story lines. With the other disks, I found myself watching the whole four one-hour episodes in one sitting, but these disks (it's a three-disk set) I found myself stopping mid-way to go to bed.
The investigation plot was somewhat confusing, compounded by a script made up of inane wording requiring the viewer to stop and think, "What did he just say, and what does it have to do with the story?" Basically...and sadly...it seemed that the writers had a hard time filling the the one-hour show.
All-in-all, the shows are good, if for only the NYC scenery and watching then-unknown actors (like Dustin Hoffman and Christopher Walken, and "Law and Order" DA Stephen Hill as a young man) play some of their first roles in show buisiness.
If you are an old-time New Yorker, and a fan of old black-and-white TV, you'll enjoy having the whole Naked City set.
Buy this DVD, however, and watch it with a good stiff drink. Superb performances by everyone...but mostly by the city of New York, circa 1959-63. (A very different place then!) Film noir at its best before film noir was a buzzword...gritty, real, filmed on the streets..an incredible look at NYC with believeable heart-wrenching stories (with humor, too) and totally unreal performances. This set of DVDs is worth the price just for one of the hour-long episodes, starring pekingese-faced Madeleine Sherwood and John Larch. Such brilliant performances. As a bonus you get Paul Burke and lovely Nancy Malone (epitome of NY sophistication when I lived there)...plus all the other regulars. You are transported back to the 50's and 60's in NYC. If you don't want to go, don't buy it.
I just wish the DVDs played better on my player. Hard to move around on them...and sometimes they won't play at all...but then I throw them onto my computer and they play perfectly. But any problems are worth it...the soundtrack, the Naked City theme, the reality of the plots and characters, and being transported magically back to New York in those somehow simpler days.
Try it, you'll like it.