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The Rookies - The Complete First Season
The Rookies - The Complete First Season
Actor: Sam Melville
Genres: Drama, Television
NR     2007     19hr 34min

The Rookies stars Sam Melville as Mike Danko, Michael Ontkean (Twin Peaks) as Willie Gillis, and Georg Stanford Brown (Roots) as Terry Webster. They portray three young and handsome new police officers learning to protect...  more »

     
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Actor: Sam Melville
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Television
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/17/2007
Original Release Date: 09/11/1972
Theatrical Release Date: 09/11/1972
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 19hr 34min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaDVD Credits: 5
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Classic 70's Cop Show
Terence Allen | Atlanta, GA USA | 05/20/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Aaron Spelling was in the beginning of his reign as ABC's personal hit-producer, having already contributed "The Mod Squad," when this show first aired in 1972. This show contributed to a era of cop shows that were as light and fluffy in content as they were heavy in pyrotechnic action.

"The Rookies" were a trio of newly-minted uniform patrolmen in a California police department. Terry Webster was a serious intellectual who had been a social protester, but decided he could make real change by patrolling the beat. Mike Danko was a serious minded ex military man married to a nurse, and Willie Gillis was a fun-loving college grad. Under the tutelage of their squad commander, Lt. Ryker, the three cops learned the ropes and how to take the bad guys off the streets.

Georg Stanford Brown played Webster with authority. Sam Melville, a veteran character actor, played Danko as a sober, but compassionate cop woh dearly loved his wife (played by Spelling's future Charlie's Angel Kate Jackson), and Michael Ontkean was the silly one, making jokes and always looking at things from a humorous perspective. (Ontkean would leave the series and be replaced by a different character played by Bruce Fairbairn in subsequent seasons). And Gerald S. O'Loughlin was marvelous as Lt. Ryker, a serious, almost unemotional superior who actually had a great sense of humor and was genuinely caring and concerned about his young charges.

This show wasn't going to set a high bar for plotting or originality, but it was well-written and well acted. It was entertaining and worth watching. And it continued to pave the way for Spelling's many other cop/detective dramas, including "SWAT," "Starsky and Hutch," "Vegas," "Hart to Hart," "Charlie's Angels," "TJ Hooker," and "Matt Houston." It's well worth remembering.
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WHERE IS THE PILOT film THE ROOKIES?
DICK YORK IS THE BETTER DICK | NEW YORK CITY | 06/21/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Ok.I know a LOT about this series. So I DO consider myself a kind of expert. First, this DVd set is a re-mastered digitally enhanced edition of uncut (MINUS previews to next week that originally aired!!) 49 minute episodes. That is the good news. The bad news. Where is the original PILOT movie called tHE ROOKIES that ran 75 minutes (no commercials) and featured the same cast (minus Kate Jackson and Gerald S O Laughlin) and featured Darren Mcgavin? It introduced the series and truly was a "pilot". Shame on SONY DVD. Also "missing" are the orignal bumpers that aired during eaach episode featuring a Police Siren "The Rookies will continueafter Station identifaction" and all the previews to next weeks shows.

Now--Here is some information on the series many of you may or may not know. Getting the rest of this series released on home DVD might take...YEARS. Season Two might come out but One episode--titled GFROZEN SMOKE stars John Travolta and for years he kept the episode out of syndication and it was never aired for 25 years until TV land did a once through run of PART of the series several years ago. They STOPPED airing episodes 1/3 throught the second season and no one else airs the series. if we do not get them on home dvd--we cannot get them.

For even more disturbing news--the original Pilot to the series SWAT--was a TWO hour episode of THE ROOKIES aired as BOTH a ROOKIES/SWAT cross over episdoe ONLY ONCE in 1975 during the third season of The Rookies. The episode was NEVER syndicated to reruns with SWAT OR The ROOKIES and is NOT available on the SWAT first Season DVD set (That's right---the fierst episode of SWAT on home DVD--is episode TWO!!) Even more disturbing, The series was the FIRST TV series to feature what is known
as "BLOOD SQUIBS". That is, when people are shot, they BLEED. You don't SEE people bleed a lot when they are shot on almost ALL TV series, its considering "a no no" for network series. You can shoot people but you need to be 'tasteful' and HIDE the blood. On THE ROOKIES, since it was fresh and a new technology (and it was the time of DIRTY HARRY!) they used Blood squibs in the ORIGINAL network versions on ABC TV. When they syndicated the show to VIACOM in the late 70''s 98% (that's almost ALL) of the gunshots and ALL of the blood SQUIB impact shots were REMOVED from the prints for TV, That's right--any print shown in syndication from 1977 to 2004 was a VICAOM print with edited violence. Some episodes were so badlt edited they clocked in at 43 minutes out of 50 minutes and othes made no sense wit the 'action/gunshots" cut out". it was done for marketing reasons so the show could be shown at ANY hour but it made the series virtually unwatchable and UNCUT episodes a RARE COMMODITY!!

SO I anxiously await the release of Seasons two, three and four on DVD. Will they ever be released? And will they include the SWAT 2 hopur pilot, FROZEN SMOKE starrign John Travolta and THE ROOKIES PILOT MOVIE?
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Glad I took a chance - don't make shows like this anymore.
lonesome crow | ca, | 03/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I remember this show in the 70's, but only vaugly, however one episode stuck in my mind called "A taste of terror". and I remember seeing it when I was seven. and it was pretty scary for me at that time. However over the years I forgot about the show , until I was checking on Amazon on the release date for "Emergency- season four",and found this as well.
Oddly enough I started to remember the episode, and read the reviews, and took a chance and purchased it. The first episode was kinda lame ,and I began to worry a bit , but as I continued to watch further episodes on this set I began to enjoy this series. This really was well put together
and the stories were great and although "taste of terror" doesn't scare me anymore , it is still a very good episode to watch. I might take a chance and get further season releases of this series , I especially would like to see the spinoff episode for S.W.A.T. now that I discovered that it was a spinoff of this series.For those who never seen this show and love the classic's this series is for you."
The Rookies Season 1
E. Domenoski | usa | 07/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The hit 1972-1976 television Spelling/Goldberg Production cop show about three rookie cops fresh out of the academy. The three rookies each come from vastly different backgrounds--Terry Webster, social worker; Willie Gillis, college graduate, raised in Ohio; Mike Danko, just discharged from the Air Force after a long stint; married--but share one common goal which is a more humane approach to law enforcement. Guided by their boss and mentor, Lt. Ryker, the rookies tackle some of the most prominent social problems of the 1970's from racism to drug abuse. Some of these problems can be seen to this day.

The Rookies is a no nonsense drama that successfully attempts to bring out the human side of the police force. Not only does the viewer see the rookies at work but the viewer can also see them in their private lives and how the job affects them and their families. Although the show does contain some violence, it doesn't rise to the occasion of today's television shows. This DVD is highly recommended.The Rookies - The Complete First Season

This paragraph has been added on 05/18/2010. I have been actively trying to get Sony Entertainment to release The Rookies Seasons 2-4 on to DVD format ever since season one came on the market. I just received a letter from to co-chief executive operating officer of Sony Entertainment Television Division who stated that there is just "not enough of a market" to warrant the release of another season of The Rookies. I say there must be some interest otherwise season one would have never came out to begin with. I've started a new petition to send to Sony Entertainment letting them them know Rookie fans won't let this matter rest until seasons two through four are released. Please sign the petition.

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