Best TV Show Ever Comes to DVD End of April

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  1. J.T.B.

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    I got the discs on Thursday and have been checking them out. Audio and video quality is good. You'd never mistake them for a re-mastered Blu-ray transfer, but they're in line with similar series-to-DVD releases. As far as I can tell the content is all there, I checked a couple of scenes that were missing from some bootlegs I've seen of UK-tv origin (a severed arm, Celestine Gray in The Chair, Belker naked after being beaten [and worse] by a gang of bums) and they were there. I don't know what episode the above-mentioned "Mr. Sandman" is in so I haven't checked it, but I suspect not: The first two seasons discs seem to be a straight carry-over from the 2006 Fox release. Teasers with Taurean Blacque's "Previously on Hill Street Blues..." are included. Packaging is standard quality, the artwork not exactly top-dollar, but adequate. The brochure and extras are fairly thin, compared to my Shout! Larry Sanders Show set, which seemed like a generally more elaborate production. There are some good interviews with Steven Bochco, some actors and some writers, but nothing that really breaks new ground. The booklet has a nice essay by Tom Shales on HSB's place in TV history.

    So, all in all I am satisfied with the product as released.
     
  2. Gary Mitchell

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    Great. Thanks for the review.
     
  3. Brolan

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    I was a huge fan of HSB when it came out. It seemed gritty and more realistic than other police shows. Problem is police shows have advanced pretty far in the past decade and it just doesn't hold up against The Shield and The Wire.
     
  4. Star Wolf

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    It has been decades since I have seen the end of the run but as I remember it it seems to stand up, except for the gang summits which seemed like something out of West Side Story even during the original run.
     
  5. the G-man

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    I think it's all but certain that life didn't go on for Tony, even before Gandolfini's untimely death.

    Whoa. It's available already. I thought it didn't come out for another month?
     
  6. J.T.B.

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    Personally, I disagree. HSB was never intended to be a "cop show" as much as a more broadly-focused show about the lives of people who happened to be cops. As much as I love it, even The Wire didn't reach the breadth and depth HSB did with exploring its large cast of characters. As I plow through the later seasons, I have been pretty impressed at how well the stories and writing do hold up. It should be understood, though, that it often functions as drama, satire or even comedy more than "crime genre." My wife, who never saw the show back in the day, has been completely riveted.

    Agreed. Those scenes always feel like they should end with one of the gang leaders standing up and repeating "Can you dig it?!"

    Shout!Factory had a deal for advance orders direct from them to ship early.
     
  7. Harvey

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    Shout! is still shipping the set early (since it doesn't street until 4/29 elsewhere). :)

    http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/hill-street-blues-complete-series

    I'm looking forward to finally getting a chance to see this series. I saw sequences from the pilot episode in grad school and again at a career tribute for director Bob Butler a few months ago. The relevant parts are below, for those interested:

     
  8. J.T.B.

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    Yeah, that was great to read, thanks again. Bochco gives Butler a big share of the credit for setting the feel of the entire show with the early episodes he directed. It was cool that James Sikking was there, he always seems like an amiable gent and ready to talk about HSB. In his interview on the new disc he says he was asked on a later job whether he'd ever done comedy. He replied "Have you ever seen Hill Street Blues?"