Dragnet '67: Season 1

Dragnet '67: Season 1

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This is an oddly configured but very rewarding triple-disc set that also marks the first authorized DVD release of any version of the Dragnet television series. Dragnet: 1967 was the revival of the classic police procedural program, created by actor/producer/director Jack Webb, which had gone on the air as a radio show in 1949, jumped to television inSee more details below

Overview

This is an oddly configured but very rewarding triple-disc set that also marks the first authorized DVD release of any version of the Dragnet television series. Dragnet: 1967 was the revival of the classic police procedural program, created by actor/producer/director Jack Webb, which had gone on the air as a radio show in 1949, jumped to television in 1951, and then lasted eight seasons, ending in 1959. In the eight years between the end of the original series and its revival in January of 1967 (which, thereafter, advanced year-by-year in its name), the social and political landscape of the United States had been completely transformed; this fact reflected in the newer version of the program. Where the original series had been concerned with traditional crime -- robberies, auto theft, morals violations -- the updated series had a special axe to grind where drugs and the counterculture were concerned. The first season opened with what quickly became a classic and defining episode, "The LSD Story" (often referred to by longtime fans as "the Blue Boy episode"). Opening in 1966, when the substance was still legal, the show tells of a teenager (played by Michael Burns) who freely experiments with LSD (and paints half his face blue, hence his nickname) and then starts selling it to other teens, while his overly indulgent parents remain oblivious to what he's doing. Other episodes involve encounters with neo-Nazis, police shootings, embezzlement, kidnappings, robbery/homicides, insurance fraud, drunk driving, and other criminal activities. The show acquired a reputation at one time for being something of a joke, because of Webb's ramrod straight approach to his subject and his acting, but over time these concerns have been borne out. What's more, looking at these new transfers -- which are much sharper and brighter than the versions of these episodes seen on Nick at Nite and other cable channels -- the episodes come out as not only easy on the eye but quite clever. The use of color in certain scenes of the episodes involving drugs gives emphasis to colors of near psychedelic intensity. Otherwise, the full-screen (1.33:1) image is clean and detailed, and each show has been given four chapter markers, which essentially separate the segments around the commercial breaks. The first disc has been given over to 14 shows (and opens with a string of Universal television-related DVD promotional clips that can be skipped) on both sides of the platter, with three additional shows shunted over to one side of a second disc. A third disc is actually a 30-minute audio CD containing a special bonus 1954 radio episode of the series; the episode, entitled "The Big Cut," has got good sound quality, contains the original radio spots for sponsor Chesterfield cigarettes, and is quite engrossing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
UPC:
0025192785429
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
7:12:00

Special Features

Hard-hitting bonus CD; Radio Spirits presents "The Big Cut," based on actual case files of the Los Angeles Police Department (originally aired Septmeber 14, 1954)

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1, Side A
1. The Big Search/Main Titles [2:04]
2. Strange Behaving Juvenile [6:47]
3. Dangerous Drug [5:24]
4. Further Out [11:02]
1. Dynamite Day/Main Titles [1:33]
2. Volatile Situation [6:27]
3. Passing the Time [4:38]
4. Emotional Charge [12:45]
1. Easy Money [1:46]
2. Routine Questions [5:59]
3. Emergency Procedures [8:20]
4. Caught in a Jam [9:19]
1. Internal Affairs/Main Titles [2:04]
2. Straight Story [6:47]
3. Nine Lousy Minutes [5:24]
4. Detecting Lies [11:02]
1. Shopping at Gunpoint/Main Titles [1:46]
2. House Arrest [5:59]
3. Juvenile Suspect [8:20]
4. Shakedown [9:19]
1. Protecting the Elders/Main Titles [1:50]
2. Bad Interest [6:00]
3. Swindled Star [9:19]
4. In on the Pitch [8:11]
1. Going Away Suddenly/Main Titles [2:12]
2. Domestic Disturbance [11:01]
3. Bargain Haircut [5:14]
4. Pointless Interrogations [6:53]
Side #2 -- Disc 1, Side B
1. Armed Bandit/Main Titles [1:54]
2. Sweet Tooth [7:00]
3. Stakeout [5:21]
4. Double Trouble [11:11]
1. Catching Thieves/Main Titles [2:11]
2. Setting a Trap [4:55]
3. Expert Furrier [9:18]
4. Hard Bargain [8:58]
1. Million Dollar Loan/Main Titles [2:04]
2. Phony Claim [9:19]
3. Unusual Circumstances [5:03]
4. Wrong Combination [8:52]
1. Calculated Risk/Main Titles [2:10]
2. Gunned Down [8:39]
3. Eyeball Witness [7:47]
4. Character Assassination [6:48]
1. Rush Hour/Main Titles [2:09]
2. Hit & Run [13:05]
3. Felony Manslaughter [4:57]
4. Critical Condition [5:19]
1. Illegal Percentage/Main Titles [2:17]
2. Daily Recreation [6:50]
3. Closing Time [7:32]
4. Heart Problems [8:47]
1. Doing a Favor/Main Titles [2:06]
2. Petty Schemes [7:11]
3. Swindle Victim [7:54]
4. Forged Check [8:11]
Side #3 -- Disc 2, Side A
1. Spilled Blood/Main Titles [1:44]
2. Personal Involvement [10:22]
3. Holy House [5:15]
4. Living Doll [8:00]
1. Right & Wrong/Main Titles [1:51]
2. Youth Gone Wild [5:46]
3. Mod Squad [9:47]
4. Parental Neglect [7:59]
1. Code Two/Main Titles [2:56]
2. Marital Strife [9:39]
3. Attempted Suicide [5:56]
4. Telling the Truth [6:49]

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