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HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET – THE COMPLETE SERIES (REPACKAGED)
July 8, 2013  | By David Bianculli  | 3 comments
 

The original release of this set was packaged in a tiny replica of a filing cabinet. Now in a more standard (and less expensive) issue, it’s still a keeper. It’s also still one of the best cop series ever made, and no wonder: It’s inspired by David Simon’s work as a Baltimore Sun reporter, and brought Simon to TV as his first step to The Wire. Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson are the producers who made this, at the time, the best show on television – and the entire set would be worth buying just to watch Season 1’s “Three Men and Adena,” among the greatest hours of TV ever. This is where Andre Braugher became a star, and many others, too. Watch for early roles by Edie Falco, Melissa Leo and lots more. (Full disclosure: I’m on the DVD Extras somewhere, moderating some panel of Homicide folks, but that’s not why I’m recommending this set. I’m recommending it because it’s superb.) – DB

 
 
 
 
 
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TinMan
Best cop show ever, at least until The Wire.
Dec 3, 2015   |  Reply
 
 
Martha S
I was so excited to finally get Homicide: LOTS on DVD a few years ago only to be totally disappointed by the video quality. The old version looks as if it was transferred off a VHS aircheck. That Season 2, Episode 1 with Robin Williams was a great example. There's so much noise and pixelation on the recording that Robin Williams' nose looks like it's moving of its own volition. It's nearly unwatchable. So please, please, please tell me this version has better video quality! I don't expect it to be full screenor hi-def, but is it too much to hope it was actually transferred from the masters? A higher res would make me go out and buy it all over again.
Jul 11, 2013   |  Reply
 
 
Donna L Dale
Season 2 episode 1 with Robin Williams, a 13 year old Jake Gyllenhaal, with Stephen Gyllenhaal directing. Riveting.
Jul 9, 2013   |  Reply
 
 
 
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