Homicide Life on the Street - Seasons 1 & 2
Homicide: Life on the Street -- The Complete Seasons 1 & 2 utilizes the series' full-frame transfer and offers an acceptable presentation. The images contain a significant amount of grain, unfortunate for such a long-awaited show. However, much of the hazy atmosphere stems from the original style of the early seasons, which conveyed muted colors and little backlighting. This release's 2.0 channel audio transfer does not incorporate overwhelming sound experience. However, the memorable opening sequence and musical interludes remain an essential part of its success. This four-disc collection includes a few notable extra features, but it lacks the depth needed to please fans of the series. It does contain a commentary from creators Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana during the opening episode. Neither of them had viewed this entry for a long time, which makes their comments seem less rehearsed. Disc one also provides cast and crew biographies and the commercials for the Super Bowl premiere of the show. Disc two's extra feature is "Homicide: Life at the Start," a ten-minute documentary narrated by Richard Belzer. Levinson and Fontana give insights while speaking about their initial ideas. While far too brief to offer a comprehensive depiction, it does provide more info about the stylistic devices used. Located on disc three, "To Catch a Killer: Homicide Detectives" is a 45-minute episode of the A&E series, American Justice. It describes several peculiar murder cases and the methods used by homicide detectives to solve them. A list of the musical numbers from the two seasons appears on disc four.