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Burke'S Law- The Complete Series One [DVD] [2006]

Diana Dors    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Diana Dors
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: delta home entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 1568 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IY0BPC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,934 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1960'S BURK'E LAW DVDS


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another super-cool 60's show 7 Oct 2007
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A great companion to 'Honey West', this is another classic 60's show and amazing value for money. Featuring Amos Burke as a millionaire detective investigating quirky crimes as you only see in shows of the 60's (think 'The Avengers' as the nearest comparison) this has a great atmosphere and is a change from the rather too gritty detective shows of today.
Picture quality on the set is fine and the black & white photography looks amazing. As with Honey West (highly recommended) if you time it right this dvd set can be had for a bargain price on Amazon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Improbable, but highly entertaining series.... 8 May 2008
How many of LA's Chief of Detectives, have been chauffeured to work in a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, live in a palatial mansion, and are the toast of society? Enter one, Amos Burke, played expertly by Gene Barry, whose only real distinction in the cinema was a starring role in George Pal's "War of the Worlds," (1953).

Barry, not unlike the character depicted in "Burke's Law," was well-suited to the role. Born into a family with musical credentials, (his father was a violinst; his mother a singer) Barry had a sense of effortless grace, charm and and attractive baritone voice and entertained the idea of an operatic career for the stage.

After appearing in several forgettable films, save "War of the Worlds," Barry embarked on a successful acting career throughout the 50's and 60's. He even had the distinctive honor to be the first villain in the pilot for "Columbo" entitled "Prescription Murder" (1968), as what else? An eminent psychiatrist suspected of killing his wife. In the 70's Barry starred in the short-lived series, "The Adventurer" with Barry Morse as a globetrotting, ultra wealthy, bachelor (although a little too old for the role)solving international capers.

Nonetheless, this first set of Burke's Law comes highly recommended. VCA has done a superb job of remastering the episodes and the show also stars a pre-"Land of the Giants" Gary Conway as Burke's indispensable assistant. The show has a bevy of recognizable guest stars that reads like recitation from Hollywood's Walk of Fame--even silent star Zazu Pitts and Anne Francis in the pilot episode, "Who Killed Honey West?"

If you like classic crime dramas as I do, here is yet another collection you will add to your DVD library.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Clean Watchable T.V. 16 Jan 2008
By PJR
What a great show & what a great DVD package. These shows bring back great memories of when television was decent. I want entertainment that is enjoyable - no gory stuff that today's television thrusts in your face. I don't know how many episodes were made but I hope there's more on the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun 2 Aug 2013
I have not seen these DVDs, but I recently I have watched taped copies of Burke's Law when it was rerun (sometimes slightly cut) on TV Land. I remember enjoying Burke's Law when it first aired and, thank goodness, the show is as much fun and as smart as it was when I was young. Burke's Law is a treat, especially for fans of T.V. detective shows prior to the admittedly powerful and well written but profoundly disturbing and often depressing genre typified by the Law and Order franchise.

Burke's Law is pure fun, smartly written, but definitely of its time, the mid-1960s, prior to the Summer of Love, when the Jack Kennedy/Hugh Hefner (Playboy) mode of male-centered, slightly smarmy culture dominated. Therefore, the predominate depiction of women, although placed in a light setting, is borrowed from film noir -- women either are loyal, strong but dependent and dominated wives/girlfriends, or women only out for a good time, or "black widows." The one continuing female character, police Sergeant Ames, is more a mannequin filling out attractively a tight uniform than a well-honed character. Burke's Law's relatively undignified treatment of women and the virtual non-existence of minorities, typical of American T.V. at that time, reminds us that in many ways we have become a more civilized society.

Preludes aside, I am not apologetic in recommending Burke's Law as entertaining escapism of the first order. The acting -- stoic, humorous leading man Gene Barry, handsome and capable young second lead Garry Conway (perhaps best remembered as the final incarnation of the creation in I Was a Teenage Frankenstein) and veteran character actor Regis Toomey -- is very solid, treating the lighthearted scripts with appropriate seriousness and never with campy mugging.
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