Sunday, September 11, 2011

New on DVD: POLICE STORY (1973)

Now available on DVD is the first season of anthology crime drama Police Story (NBC, 1973-1978). Created by former policeman Joseph Wambaugh, the anthology series during its run generated three spin-offs: Police Woman, starring Angie Dickinson; Joe Forrester, starring Lloyd Bridges; and Man Undercover, starring David Cassidy.

About the new DVD set: Created by ex-cop-turned-author Joseph Wambaugh (The Onion Field), Police Story is an anthology series detailing the lives of LAPD officers in a collection of realistic and gritty accounts of what it meant to be a cop in 1970s Los Angeles. The series became the archetype for many critically acclaimed shows that followed, including Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and Homicide: Life On The Street. 

The series distinguished itself from its predecessors by a multidimensional portrayal of its protagonist: these cops were flawed, not cartoonlike heroes. From week to week, gripping episodes addressed difficult issues such as police corruption and the stresses and hell that can come with leading a cop’s life.

With no regular cast, the show featured different stars each week, as well as a rotating acting ensemble including James Farentino (Jesus Of Nazareth), Tony Lo Bianco (The French Connection), Don Meredith (NFL Monday Night Football), Laraine Stephens (Matt Helm) and Vic Morrow (Combat! ). Season One stars included Ed Asner, Lloyd Bridges, Angie Dickinson, Dean Stockwell and Kurt Russell. All 21 Original Episodes from 1973-74.

Buy Online:
Police Story
Police Woman - The Complete First Season

 

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