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Hawaii Five-O: The Complete Second Season [DVD]

Jack Lord , William Smith , Richard Benedict , Herschel Daugherty    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack Lord, William Smith, Zulu, James MacArthur, Al Harrington
  • Directors: Richard Benedict, Herschel Daugherty, Alvin Ganzer, John Peyser, Charles S. Dubin
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 1500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UG4LFO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,154 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Solving crimes and putting the perps behind bars is Steve McGarrett's bag. Why, he says so himself, and in so many words, in the very first of the 24 episodes collected in this five-disc set comprising the complete second season (1969-70) of Hawaii Five-0. Portrayed by Jack Lord, and described by no less an authority than the New York Times as "a model of steadfast decency" and "beyond cool but still so square he could have been Lawrence Welk’s cop brother-in-law," McGarrett is the leader of the islands' crack, four-man police unit, and as usual, he has his hands full. Perhaps that's why the man has no discernible sense of humour and only the merest suggestion of a social life. Between keeping his famous hair in order, delivering stern lectures about right and wrong to clueless lowlifes, and, as he puts it in another Second Season episode, constantly worrying "about a world without law and justice… where no one gives a damn about anything," who has time for such trivialities?

This season finds McGarrett and cohorts Danno (James McArthur), Kono (Zulu), and Chin Ho (Kam Fong) dealing with the usual complement of sleaze: murderers, gamblers, druggies, prostitutes, insurance scammers, low-rent terrorists, and so on. But Hawaii Five-0 offers its share of weirdness as well. In "Forty Feet High and It Kills!", Red Chinese uber-criminal Wo Fat (Khigh Dhiegh) and his crew orchestrate a fake tsunami warning so they can kidnap a brilliant scientist (an amusing performance by Will Geer) and force him to conduct genetic-tampering experiments designed to create a master race. In the fairly ridiculous "King Kamehameha Blues," a group of young folks steal the legendary king's robe from a museum, just to show they can; it's a measure of McGarrett's ultra-hardline attitude that the governor's offer of amnesty to the thieves if they'll return the precious garment really sticks in his righteous craw. And in "The Singapore File," McGarrett travels overseas in order to accompany a comely murder witness back to Honolulu; though tempted by her charms, he's far too scrupulous to indulge in any extra-curriculars while on the job (and Steve McGarrett is always on the job). Hawaii Five-0's other elements are a mixed bag. As always, the Hawaiian scenery is gorgeous. Morton Stevens' theme song remains one of the best ever, and much of the other music, especially the jazzy stuff, is also terrific. However, the show isn't big on either action or tension; too many scenes are slow and talky. And in the final year of the '60s, when men walked on the moon and Woodstock and Altamont marked the respective high and low points of the hippie movement, its depiction of the counterculture is laughably square; it's as if the entire decade barely happened. --Sam Graham

Product Description

All 25 episodes from Season 2 of the 1960s Hawaiian crime drama starring Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett, head of an elite state police unit investigating organised crime, murder, assassination attempts, foreign agents and all kinds of other felonies. Episodes are: 'A Thousand Pardons -- You're Dead!', 'To Hell with Babe Ruth', 'Forty Feet High and It Kills!', 'Just Lucky, I Guess', 'Savage Sunday', 'A Bullet for McGarrett', 'Sweet Terror', 'King Kamehameha Blues', 'The Singapore File', 'All the King's Horses', 'Leopard on the Rock', 'The Devil and Mr. Frog', 'The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild', 'Which Way Did They Go?', 'Blind Tiger', 'Bored, She Hung Herself', 'Run, Johnny, Run', 'Killer Bee', 'The One with the Gun', 'Cry, Lie', 'Most Likely to Murder', 'Nightmare Road', 'Three Dead Cows at Makapuu (Part 1)', 'Three Dead Cows at Makapuu (Part 2)' and 'Kiss the Queen Goodbye'.

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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but....... 2 Aug 2007
By S. Ward
UPDATE - this review is in relation to the original series of 5-0 from 1969/70 and thus not the new version - Amazon glitch...

Well, what can I say, quality wise, the prints for this season's episodes are right up there with the high standard of the season 1 DVD boxset. For this reason and the fact that the episodes themselves are of a high standard, I'm happy to award this 5 stars. However, all is not great with this release. Sadly, Paramount have chosen to include only 24 of 25 season two episodes. "Bored She Hung Herself" has been omitted - this episode, which has never been broadcast here in the UK, was only shown once in America. Apparently, a misguided viewer decided to copy the 'hanging' techniques included within the show and thus ended up killing herself. Perhaps Paramount were concerned that a similar incident may occur upon this DVD release. Still, for me, there is no excuse for not having this episode here on this set - although admittedly and by all accounts, this episode isn't actually that great anyway! Also disconcerting is the statement on the back of the boxset that some episodes may be cut..! That aside, regarding the episodes themselves, pretty good all in all. In my opinion, the show really came into its own by the latter half of season 3 and maintained this mantle right through until season 6. Worth buying, with the only drawback being the fact its not a complete season 2 release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars hawaii 5-0 3 May 2014
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Nice to have an old favourite - brings back fond memories of past days. The theme tune has always been very memorable - not to mention McGarrets catch phrase - book them Danno!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 21 Mar 2013
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Knocks the new series into a cocked hat . Having just been to Hawaii it was great to see the location used for this series .
Would definatly recommend it .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 Aug 2014
By vicr
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Excellent all round....
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Hawaii 5-O 3 May 2012
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We are enjoying , once again , this very popular TV series, The DVD quality is excellent and the colour really good, unlike some American films the reds are true and not orange as in many older films. We are enjoying the DVD's immensely !! It says a lot that we have to look back to older series to get proper entertainment. !!!!!

The only thing which dates the show are the extremely long cars , also long forgotten. I'm glad I don't have to drive or park one.
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hawaii Five - 0 Season 2 11 Feb 2009
This series has been a complete success from the start. There is a good blend of action, humour, and somehow the episodes are not repetitive. All the filming is from the Hawaian Islands themselves.

Jack Lord who plays Steve McGarrett is the man who ultimately maintains the success of the series. His professional and class shine out. There is also a good combination of other actors including locals.

The theme tune to the series is legendary!!!

Has the series got cult status... Absolutely.

Jeremy G
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic hawaii five-0 20 May 2012
By kimss
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this almost defies a review. if you were there to see the original series, then it is a joy to step back in time to see it all again. the world may have changed but the characters and backdrop remain stunning. if you are new to this then simply put, it is a vibrant police drama within a time when everything was possible.
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