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About 4 months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Jack Klugman during his "Tony and Me" book tour and he took questions from the audience; not just about The Odd Couple, but about Quincy. He is extremely proud of Quincy. He said the research that went into each episode was quite extensive and detailed; and it was this way at his insistence. Every word spoken relating to Pathology and Forensics in the show was 100% accurate. There was no guessing on this show. He made sure everything was right on.
Some of the audience members asked him to compare Quincy to CSI, and he boldly replied there IS no comparison. Quincy was about accuracy, drama, good acting, and believeable story lines and it was accomplished WITHOUT the need for blood and gore and sex. He called CSI "awful". And I believe he is qualified to call it that.
You will thoroughly enjoy this series! Hopefully Seasons 3 and beyond will follow soon...
By the way, someone mentioned that this will not be the "complete" series release, but a "Best Of.." release. That's not right. Here's what Universal says:
"Universal will deliver the first two seasons of Quincy, M.E. on June 7th. This 3 disc set will contain the 4 episode season 1, and 13 episode season 2, and be packaged in slim cases with an outer box to hold them. The set will sport a full frame (1.33:1) transfers, Mono soundtrack, and English, French and Spanish subtitles."
Like many of you, no doubt, I'm A. in my mid-thirties, B. have some vague wonderful memories of these shows, C. having no cable, sometimes sit on the fence and comtemplate a purchase and D. am an avid collector of days gone by. I've "Netflixed" what I could and have come to realize all those warm fuzzy memories do not always translate into a satisfing "present day purchase". Most, I would say pan out (The Bob Newhart Show), but then there are others that leave you feeling as though you will never watch it again and it sours the memories you stored up all at once (Land of the Lost). In short, Quincy was a worthy purchase.
One thing intrigued me about Quincy beyond the vague memory of Klugman being very good and the show being interesting. A reviewer here at Amazon stated Quincy, Season One was part of the Mystery Movie format of the 70's and that they were "2 hours". Sadly, they seem to be of the "90 minute" variety (read: 73 mintutes) but still after 2 episodes in I can see why this show stuck with me. The casting is very good (sans some hammy villians), the show's pacing is patient, and Klugman has a passion I just do not find in present day TV. Something as a child I seriously doubt I noticed was the dialogue; it is often witty and has a blend of sarcasm that suits me well.
Not to go on a rant about present day TV but the text on the boxart for Quincy S1/S2 makes a bid for your dollar by name dropping the "CSI's" of today etc, and reminding you Quincy started it all. While I do realize this is a business it just seems so unnecessary because for one, "time" and "quality" have already done for Quincy what was needed by keeping it relevant. Beyond this I still find present TV hollow and empty by comparison.Read more ›
Like "Baa Baa Black Sheep", "Quincy M.E." actually looks surprisingly good on this DVD transfer. They aren't perfect but I don't think fans are expecting perfection from a series nearly thirty years old. While there's the usual amount of dust and debris that I've come to expect from these releases from Universal, the colors remain vivid and while there's a hint of edge enhancement on these discs, it's nothing too distracting. Skin tones tend to be more orange than pink in these vintage episodes. The image quality looks sharp overall although there are a few episodes where the image softens a bit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very very happy! I've always loved Quincy and I'm thrilled to finally own the first two seasons.Published 24 days ago by Lorelei
LOVE Quincy, but CD so jammed with episodes that the DVD skips. All of them. Bummer.Published 1 month ago by LisaLou
What a treat! The story lines are great and still relevant. The acting is great. The wardrobe is dated but that just adds to the appeal for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BrenRona
Third dvd seems to have something wrong with it. Does not play right. Otherwise it is fine. Good show.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer