Kolchak The Night Stalker - The Series

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Overview

Most television series that get a DVD release run at least a few seasons, their broadcast success being evidence of the level of interest in them. But there are exceptions, series that ran no more than a season or two but still justify themselves on DVD, either through their sheer quality -- The Honeymooners' "classic 39" filmed shows are a good example -- or when their subject matter creates a cult following. Kolchak: The Night Stalker, derived from the character (played by Darren McGavin) in two ...
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Overview

Most television series that get a DVD release run at least a few seasons, their broadcast success being evidence of the level of interest in them. But there are exceptions, series that ran no more than a season or two but still justify themselves on DVD, either through their sheer quality -- The Honeymooners' "classic 39" filmed shows are a good example -- or when their subject matter creates a cult following. Kolchak: The Night Stalker, derived from the character (played by Darren McGavin) in two made-for-television features, The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler, fits into the latter category. McGavin plays a somewhat down-at-the-heels veteran reporter who has a penchant for stumbling onto news stories involving the bizarre and supernatural, including Jack the Ripper appearing in modern-day Chicago, a vampire-prostitute stalking Los Angeles, the occasional government or industry conspiracy and cover-up; and, in a burst of unexpected modern relevance, one instance of a politician who has literally sold his soul to the devil, with dire consequences for all around him. A premature venture into the same territory mined more successfully by Chris Carter in The X-Files, the series ran for one season on ABC in the mid-'70s, all-but-buried in a Friday-night time slot, but it's been extremely popular in syndicated and cable reruns for decades and was also successfully recut into a string of feature-length television programs. Universal has done a good enough job on this release, but nothing special -- there are no bonus features and each of the 20 episodes is divided up into four chapters marking the major commercial breaks in the program. The transfers (full screen, 1.33:1) do the show greater clarity than some reruns of it on television, with the fact that the episodes are full-length particularly appealing to those who only saw it cut for syndication or recut to feature programs. The sound is also clean and sharp. The three double-sided discs all open to multi-layer menus that are easy to use, and contain eight, eight, and four episodes, respectively, running slightly more than 50 minutes each, and the first disc opens with a promo reel for other Universal TV shows on DVD, which can be skipped. The best of the programs, and that's well more than half, still hold up for creepiness and their underlying notions and ideas. Comparisons with The X-Files are inevitable, although both the horror and the humor here are decidedly more extrovert, and the series was also known for its cold-bloodedness regarding the treatment of sympathetic characters who, up to this time in television, would almost always be expected to survive in the stories. Writers and directors included first-rate talent such as Jimmy Sangster ("Horror in the Heights") and Don Weis ("The Vampire"), and the series also sported a memorably creepy, cello-dominated main theme by Gil Melle.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
Before Mulder met Scully and The X-Files came into existence, intrepid reporter Carl Kolchak Darren McGavin handled TV’s weird-things-that-go-bump-in-the-night beat. A pair of Kolchak TV movies -- The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler -- were huge hits in 1972, so it was only natural that Kolchak: The Night Stalker would debut as a series. It did, in ’74, with McGavin returning as the titular man in the rumpled seersucker suit and straw hat, a reporter with a keen nose for the strange and mystifying. Kolchak, transplanted from Las Vegas to Chicago for the new series, still reports to harried, disbelieving editor Tony Vincenzo Simon Oakland, who is unable to dissuade his man from looking into crimes that seem to point to a Jack the Ripper copycat; voodoo priestesses and the walking dead "Zombies"; a coven of warlocks "Vampire"; and an extra-hairy luxury liner passenger with a taste for his shipmates "Werewolf". Kolchak: The Night Stalker only lasted 20 episodes, but it remains a fave among genre fans, including The X-Files alumnus Frank Spotnitz, who helped bring a new version of the series to ABC in the fall of 2005.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • UPC: 025192226526
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Slip Sleeve / Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 17:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,065

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Darren McGavin Carl Kolchak
Simon Oakland Tony Vincenzo
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Disc 1, Side A
1. Main Titles [1:23]
2. Trapped, Treed and Cornered [7:52]
3. Psychotic Cannibal [27:28]
4. X-Ray Eyes [14:57]
1. Main Titles [1:23]
2. Twice Dead [13:29]
3. Lucky Number [12:52]
4. Voodoo [23:41]
1. Main Titles [1:24]
2. Death & Disappearance [15:11]
3. Cover-Up [15:14]
4. Stop for Repairs [19:59]
1. Main Titles [1:23]
2. Missing Blood [10:51]
3. Satan Worship [16:49]
4. Hammer & Stake [22:43]
Disc #1, Side B -- Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Disc 1, Side B
1. Main Titles [1:24]
2. Wild Animal Attack [11:37]
3. Silver Bullets [19:55]
4. Full Moon [17:53]
1. Main Titles [1:24]
2. Spontaneous Combustion [12:29]
3. Burning Up [12:17]
4. The Doppelganger [25:10]
1. Main Titles [1:23]
2. Mad Dog [10:13]
3. Ruthless Attack [18:50]
4. Costly Contract [21:12]
1. Main Titles [1:24]
2. Vanishing Suspect [10:15]
3. Tribal Sorcerer [14:02]
4. Burst of Light [26:06]
Disc #2, Side A -- Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Disc 2, Side A
1. Main Titles [1:23]
2. Green Stuff? [11:29]
3. Sleeping Suspect [18:09]
4. The Boogey-man [20:41]
1. Main Titles [1:24]
2. Shock to the System [14:54]
3. Mechanical Stress [19:41]
4. Corrective Construction [15:49]
1. Main Titles [1:23]
2. Drastic Measures [14:00]
3. Hungry Rats [19:22]
4. The Rakshasa [16:24]
1. Main Titles [1:24]
2. Maniac on the Loose [12:48]
3. Classified Information [15:53]
4. Survival Instinct [21:12]
Disc #2, Side B -- Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Disc 2, Side B
1. Main Titles [1:24]
2. Hospital Trespassing [15:54]
3. Dangerous Ground [11:48]
4. Voracious Carnivore [21:21]
1. Main Titles [1:23]
2. High Fashion [10:47]
3. Witchcraft [23:03]
4. Looks That Kill [15:14]
1. Main Titles [1:24]
2. Decapitating Blow [12:00]
3. Paying Respects [20:38]
4. Headhunting [16:29]
1. Main Titles [1:24]
2. Dropping Dead [11:11]
3. Taste of Antiquity [14:54]
4. Beautiful Creature [23:02]
Disc #3 -- Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Disc 3
1. Main Titles [1:23]
2. Deadly Call [10:08]
3. Executive Asssistants [14:56]
4. Sacrificial Ceremony [23:59]
1. Main Titles [1:24]
2. Rumors of the Press [12:05]
3. Armored Assault [15:17]
4. Lies & Chicanery [21:41]
1. Main Titles [1:24]
2. Rapid Aging [13:14]
3. Identity Crisis [13:11]
4. Imperfect Offering [22:42]
1. Main Titles [1:25]
2. Industrial Accident [10:37]
3. No Admittance [16:09]
4. Reptile's Lair [22:16]
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Menu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just love some Carl Kolchak!!!!

    I remember watching this show as a child and I still love Carl Kolchak just the same today. They don't make shows like this anymore and it's a shame. I'm glad I have it on DVD.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful series

    This was a wonderful purchase. This was a great series and it was very fun to see it again. I also received a great price during a sale at the Barnes and Noble store. The characters have held up over time and it is a lot of fun to watch. Darren McGavin is a classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome! This was a Christmas gift for my husband who loves the old shows on TV. My daughters, ages 14 and 12, love the series also. He was so excited when he opened it and has watched all the episodes at least once, if not more. Thanks!!!

    A great series for those Kolchak fans. Has the great episodes. You feel like you are watching the original series.

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