Gritty and realistic, this is one of television's finest police dramas. Filmed on the streets of New York City, this ever-popular series puts a human face on crime, going beyond a simplistic portrayal of good vs. evil to d... more »elve into the complex personal dramas of the people involved. Filled with swift-moving action, the stories are often violent and tragic but also contain their share of humor, absurdity and even fairy tale romance. Starring Paul Burke and Horace McMahon, this landmark collection features many top film and television actors in guest-starring roles. Episodes include: The Fault in Our Stars; A Memory of Crying; Make-Believe Man; Take and Put; The Fingers of Henri Tourelle; Which Is Joseph Creely?; Requiem for a Sunday Afternoon; Ooftus Goofus; The Face of the Enemy; The Contract; Let Me Die Before I Wake; To Walk Like a Lion.« less
"When people of a certain age talk about the golden age of television, they mean television drama ("Lucy" aside, have you ever SEEN "My Little Margie"?). And, when they talk about drama they mostly talk about the live shows, Studio One, Kraft Theater, etc. But only a few talk about what was arguably the most consistently best drama series of all; the filmed-on-the-streets-of-New York "Naked City", and, if they do, they talk about it as if it were a cop show. Sure, the regular cast were all cops, and, sure, the kick-off for each episode was some sort of crime, but calling Naked City a cop show is like calling "Citizen Kane" a movie about newspapers. The real Naked City was a series of stories (each week one of "eight million") about people in extremis. There were (mostly) dramas, there were comedies, and, in keeping with its era, more than a few "Theater of the Absurd" pieces. Just watch the first episode in this box set, "The Fault in Our Stars", and be treated, not only to a masterful performance by Roddy McDowall as an actor who will, literally, kill to perform, but by some of the most intelligent writing and direction TV has EVER produced. Add to that what is easily the most realistic study of police work and you've got a sure winner. If you can watch this episode and NOT want to see them all, then my friend, you don't know what makes truly great TV!"
Wow! These DVDs include the original commercials
Larry J. Commons | Arlington, TX USA | 05/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Image doesn't even promote it on the packaging, but all 12 of these episodes include the original commercials. There are spots for Raleigh cigarettes, Bufferin, AC spark plugs, Listerine and many more. And, because Image went back to the original network prints to create these DVDs, they also include the original "Brought to you by..." billboards at the beginning and end of each episode.
I'm grateful to Image Entertainment for releasing NAKED CITY, and hope they'll release more episodes soon!"
A picture is worth 8 million stories, in the Naked City
Daniel Lee Taylor | GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas United States | 08/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Absolutely fabulous collection for any TV-phile. One of the great drama series form the fifties, this show featured many big stars of tomorrow before they were famous. The stories were thoughtful and dramtic. This is truly the forerunner of show like Hill Street Blues or NYPD Blue. Good acting in a great script and a black and white film noir style, WOW. As an added bonus, watch the original commercials. My favorite was the cigaretee with a filter made of tobacco! This is a lot of fun and enjoyment."
Absolutely Loved This Show
raja99 | FL | 04/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The gritty realism of police work filmed on location in the streets of New York, with terrific plots and great acting. One of my favorite shows from the golden age of television.
I am just very disappointed that Image Entertainment did not produce this show in complete season sets, as they did with The Twilight Zone. As it stands, there are 3 volume sets available that contain 12 episodes each and 6 additional sets that contain 4 episodes each. For a total of just 60 episodes of this great television drama. This show lasted 6 years and there were 137 episodes made. Less than half the episodes are available on DVD."
Thoughtfully Compiled - A Bargain - Excellent!
John | Ontario Canada | 05/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Image Entertainment must be pleased with sales of its seven previous four-episode DVDs. So pleased that it has released the first Box Set, comprising three DVDs - totaling twelve episodes from the 1961-62 seasons. At under $30 CDN, this box set is a bargain; especially since Image is "playing fair" by ensuring its content does not duplicate any episodes from the previously released single DVDs. Ironically, Disc 1 starts out with a weakly scripted "The Fault in Our Stars" that plays out like a bad Hardy Boys book. This is quickly forgiven when one sees "A Memory of Crying," an stellar episode that typifies everything that makes Naked City more than just a police drama. Disc 2 starts with "The Fingers of Henri Tourelle," a craftfully scripted whodunit, followed by "Which is Joseph Creeley," a brilliantly conceived and executed (no pun intended) episode that belies the brain-dead and simplistic nature of most other police dramas of the early '60s. Best of all, a trite happy ending is omitted, and the viewer is left to make his/her own judgment in this legal and moral dilemna. All four episodes are exceptionally strong on Disc 2 and I would suggest saving this one for viewing last! Finally, Disc 3 contains another four strong episodes, none of which will disappoint. I was particularly touched by "The Face of the Enemy," an episode laden with a strong message and a sympathetic bent for the tormented war hero. This viewer would give this collection a conservative 10/12 on episode satisfaction. Artwork and included literature is still modest, but Image has started to include original sponsor commercials and station breaks - something that will please the enjoyer of nostalgia. Overall, I would heartily recommend this Box Set 1 to any fan of Naked City, as well as those who aren't yet, like police dramas, but are sick of watching trite, predictable, and downright silly Dragnet re-runs and have much higher expectations of the genre. Naked City will meet AND exceed them by far."