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The Streets of San Francisco - Season 1, Vol. 2

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Karl Malden, Michael Douglas. Now you can experience the excitement of this acclaimed police drama over and over again! Ride along with detective Mike Stone and his young partner as they patrol the City by the Bay in Deathwatch" (1/13/73), Legion of the Lost" (4/12/73) and 11 others for a total of 13 episodes on 4 DVDs. 1973/color/13 hrs., 20 min/NR/fullscreen.

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These 13 chronological episodes that concluded season 1 were just the ticket to launching one of the 1970s' most arresting cop shows. The first season of The Streets of San Francisco was nominated for an Emmy for Best Drama Series and its stars, Karl Malden and Michael Douglas, were nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. But as this inaugural season unfolded, the veteran cop/rookie cop dynamic that charged the first 14 episodes matured into a more paternal mentor/student relationship (Malden's Mike Stone refers to Douglas's Steve Keller, throughout as "the boy" and "buddy-boy"). These episodes are particularly engrossing, and provide Malden with some of his finest primetime hours. In "Trail of the Serpent," a street gang bent on freeing their captured leader takes Stone hostage. Stone plays it cool, appealing to the humanity of one of the more sensitive gang members, while the more hotheaded Keller almost jeopardizes his rescue. In "Legion of the Lost," Stone goes undercover on skid row to investigate the murders of three homeless men. In two episodes, Stone does not allow personal relationships to compromise his sense of duty. In "Deadline," a newspaper editor tries to cover up the murder of his mistress, and in the process, unwittingly implicates his own son, who was also the victim's lover. In "Shattered Image," a woman from Stone's old neighborhood is now the socialite wife of a murdered senatorial candidate. "Beyond Vengeance" echoes Cape Fear as a vengeful sociopath, freed on parole, seems to be stalking Stone's daughter.

Malden and Douglas are a terrific team, and they are aided and abetted by literate scripts ("Room with a View" alludes to Hemingway's story "The Killers"), with clever twists. In "The Albatross," a killer is freed when it turns out he wasn't wearing his hearing aid and did not hear Keller when he read him his rights. In the Emmy-nominated "The House on Hyde Street," an elderly recluse becomes the prime neighborhood suspect in the death of a young boy. Guest stars in these episodes read like a Hollywood's Most Wanted List, with veteran character actors (Joseph Cotten, Jack Albertson, Leslie Nielsen, Barbara Rush) and future TV Land favorites (Victor French from Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven, a pre-Cheers Nicholas "Coach" Colasanto, Jamie Farr, and Clint Howard). Of course, the real star is San Francisco, an intriguing backdrop with its roller coaster hills and funky neighborhoods. For series fans who left their hearts here, Streets still calls to you. --Donald Liebenson


Special Features

  • The final 13 episodes of season 1 on 4 discs

Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Karl Malden, Robert Wagner, Andrew Duggan, Tom Bosley
  • Directors: Walter Grauman
  • Writers: Carolyn Weston, Edward Hume
  • Producers: Adrian Samish, Arthur Fellows, Howard P. Alston, Quinn Martin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RZIGSQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Streets of San Francisco - Season 1, Vol. 2" on IMDb

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Although I always swore that I wouldn't buy the second of any seasons that the powers that be split in two, I'm making an exception here. Volume I was fantastic and left me hungry for more. The locations are fantastic, the relationship between the leads and the chemistry between the actors is great, and though some of the episodes plod a bit--most of them are pretty tense and thrilling. The look of the series is just gorgeous, most of the directing is top notch, and it's fun to watch.

Here's an episode list:
Death Watch (Fishermen as witnesses to a crime--San Francisco!)
Act of Duty (Policewoman as bait in rape case)
The Set-Up (common 70's plot--hitmen)
A Collection of Eagles (a coin collecting episode!)
A Room with a View (witnesses and hitmen)
Deadline (involves a newspaper--duh!)
Trail of the Serpent (Stone is held hostage)
The House on Hyde Street (a boy disappears after school)
Beyond Vengeance (an ex-con is after Stone)
The Albatross (grieving father as vigilante)
Shattered Image (politics, of course--love these titles!)
The Unicorn (a common 70's plot: priest shielding a criminal)
Legion of the Lost (killer of homeless men--another great title)

Some guest stars: Brenda Vaccaro, James B. Sikking, Stuart Whitman, Jack Albertson, John Saxon, Belinda Montgomery, Jamie Farr, Richard Anderson, Shirley Knight, Brad Davis, Lew Ayres, Joyce Van Patten, Joe Don Baker, Dick Sargent, Leslie Nielsen, and Dean Stockwell.

I'm looking forward to the coin episode--there's a great coin episode in the Kojak set, too--"Deliver Us Some Evil." That was one of the best eps of season one of Kojak.
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That is on releasing the series in a decent manner. WE are finally get the second volume of the first season and Paramount should have just released the First Season in one season set... instead this is costing fans a lot of money to collect. In a way I don't mind as long as all the seasons get released. I don't want them to delay and cancel future releases because they say there are poor sales because that would be the studios fault for a higher price tag for a half a season. It is a really good series and I'm speaking from a younger generation. Only 29 here.
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This series is one of the greatest tv crime shows of all time.
It just looks fantastic and was filmed on location in san fransisco, this is something that other tv shows should do more often. Los angelos just doesn't look like san fran at all. The stories and guest stars throughout the series run were always first class and the series looks great on this dvd set There are no lines or blemishes on the prints. The splitting of the series into two boxsets is bogus but at least we finally get this one on dvd. Karl Malden and Michael Douglas really shine in this show and even season 5 which featured another actor as the Maldens partner was great. This is where the series began and it is a great show from the start , the series improved each season and made Michael Douglas a major star. The music also adds to the shows greatness unlike todays terrible machine made hip hop music this is original stuff made by real artists. Anyone who loves a good cop show should check out this series it's high quality and done very well.
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Can't wait until tuesday for the second half of Season one of Streets of San francisco, growing up during the 80's here in the San Francisco Bay Area i recall that the old KOFY TV 20 would show reruns during the day along with other great shows but streets was something always something to look forward to. Their was another tv show that was a predate to Streets of San Francisco it ran from 1954-1960 it was San Francisco Beat/The Line-up. With alot of old tv shows coming to dvd hopefully San Francisco Beat will be next up for dvd with Highway Patrol with Broadrick Crawford.
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I grew up as a teen-ager watching this cop show and always loved it. So I was absolutely thrilled when I saw they were releasing the seasons on DVD (not some cheap bootlegs). Karl Malden & Michael Douglas are excellent together and as the seasons expand their relationship and characters develop into one the viewers come to love and identify with.

The crimes and detective work that goes into their solving them is always engrossing and the numerous and varied special "guest stars" that appear always add some spice to the drama and acting. Cop shows were a dime a dozen during this era but this was my favorite. And one of the reasons is that it was filmed on location. The beautiful backdrop of San Francisco add to the beautiful and realism of the show. So many modern cop/detective shows are set in New York but shot in L.A. or even Canada.

I have vacationed in San Francisco & always appreciated it's beauty and charm. Yes, it's a wild town but that doesn't detract from the wonderful Fishermen's Wharf or downtown area (those beautiful hilly streets and cable cars).

The theme music has always stuck with me (and anyone who grew up during that era) and the intro and the announcer's dramatic tone ("a Quinn Martin Production") still gives me goosbumps.

Since I can't find the show on any satellite or local stations I bought this (and other discs) to view at my convenience. For those who love classic cop shows this is one of the best. Being set in the 70's doesn't hurt it's value one bit. In fact, it helps bring back wonderful memories of that time growing up.

Buy it and you won't be dissapointed!
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