"The Streets of San Francisco" #1-1
Ben Masters | Fountain Inn, SC | 12/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the first half-season's worth of ABC's classic '70's police series, "The Streets of San Francisco." For the uninitiated, "Streets" was a police drama that starred famed actor Karl Malden as Lt. Mike Stone, a 23-year veteran detective of the San Francisco Police Department. Michael Douglas (who currently does the opening V/O for "NBC Nightly News") costarred as his young partner, Inspector Steve Keller. Together, they patrolled the City by the Bay, with Stone acting as a mentor, a father figure if you will, to the rookie Keller. This first half-season's worth (I say that because this series was cut into volumes for DVD release) spanned from Sep. 1972 to the first week of 1973, and included the following outings:
Pilot (a.k.a. "The Streets of San Francisco") (9-16-72)
"The Thirty-Year Pin" (9-23-72)
"The First Day of Forever" (9-30-72)
"45 Minutes from Home" (10-7-72)
"Whose Little Boy Are You?" (10-14-72)
"Tower Beyond Tragedy" (10-28-72)
"Hall of Mirrors" (11-4-72)
"In The Midst of Strangers" (11-25-72)
"The Takers" (12-2-72)
"The Year of the Locusts" (12-9-72)
"The Bullet" (12-16-72)
"Bitter Wine" (12-23-72)
"A Trout in the Milk" (1-6-73)
All of the abovementioned outings (including the pilot) are contained on four single-sided discs in two slipcases. The discs are packaged against a backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge at night. The first and third discs have images of Karl Malden; the second and last discs have images of Michael Douglas. The discs have the names of the outings on the left at the top. The fronts of the slipcases have images from the series on top, the release title near the top, and the disc numbers at the bottom, all against another backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge. The episode listings are on the back of each slipcase. The box says that the first 16 outings of #1 are included; I didn't count 16. I counted only the pilot and 13 regular outings, for a total of 14. Perhaps Paramount thought that the pilot could be split into two separate outings for syndication-- who knows?
This first release has two bonuses, both on Disc 1. The first is a "pilot presentation" that details what the series is about, and introduces the characters. Clips from the pilot are used in this 9-min. feature. The other is a short interview conducted by famed entertainment writer Army Archerd with Malden and Douglas; the setting is that of Stone's office.
A lot of people here have been disappointed in the fact that this series was cut in volumes for DVD release. They bemoan the fact that you're paying full-season prices for only half-season releases, therein paying the price of two normal full-season releases to get a full season's worth of a volume series. This is seen by some people, I believe, as a profit-maximizing measure for Paramount. The volume format (as used for this series and several others), once you finish all of the outings in a specific volume, leaves you wanting more. I know I am-- this first release of "Streets" had some pretty darn good entertainment for a `70's series.
In short, despite the fact that "Streets" was cut in volumes for DVD release, this first release gets my personal purchase recommendation because of the sheer entertainment value."
Grande entre las grandes series...
Marquiño | Costa Rica | 02/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Las series policiacas, siempre me han gustado, mi papa las veía y yo me ponía a verlas con el, me acuerdo de el FBI en accion, Barnaby Jones, Matlook, entre muchas otras, pero Las Calles de San Francisco señores, es una de mis preferidas, la astucia de Mike, personaje inrterpretado por Karl Malden, es increible y sus dialogos y enfrentamientos verbales con Michael Douglas, entre juventud y experiencia son memorables, aqui los sospechosos son dificiles de hallar y de atrapar, los personajes tienen que jugarse la vida para poderlos detener, no como en las series actuales como CSI, donde simplemente aparecen y los encuentran muy facil, esta serie viejita si que tiene accion y emocion. No me que da mas que decir, que les recomiendo este volumen y todos los demás , la calidad del producto es inmejorable, viene en español, y se ve como si no fuera de hace 35 años, estoy seguro de que si la volvieran a dar por TV, seria todo un exito, y el precio, me parece increible que por menos de 30 dolares, pueda darme el lujo de ser dueño y volver a ver este tesoro de serie, muchas gracias por darnos a los fans la oportunidad de volver a vivir este recuerdo."
Man with a golden horn
bonnie dean | 05/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"did enyone notice in the first show that in the tv guide stone was looking the movie was a kirk douglas movie with doris day? what a trubute to dad. we really enjoyed these shows. perfect color and very good picture. sound is great. now for the rest."
Reason for half season releases
Neil L. Hudson | 06/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"the reason for ALL half season releases in my humble opinion is as follows=how many of the younger generation know or CARE about the older series we grew up with?THEY arent growing up with it--WE did!!mention gunsmoke to a youngster and you get a blank look-so in order for the studio to make a profit AND give us what WE want!! they have to make it by releasing half seasons-as its only popular with us older folks--make sense now? bet it does-seems fair to me--and im a senior retired-just be glad they are available---enjoy"