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Burke's Law Complete Series 1 [DVD]

 Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: 12
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 3865384137
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,115 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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