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  • Actors: Mary McCormack, Michael Hayden, J.C. MacKenzie, Barbara Bosson, John Fleck
  • Writers: Channing Gibson, Charles H. Eglee, Steven Bochco
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 2460 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VF63S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,768 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

All 41 episodes of the LA crime series. In Season 1, a single case is chronicled from its opening trial arguments to the final judgment over the course of the entire season. Theodore ('Teddy') Hoffman (Daniel Benzali) is a highly-regarded defense attorney in a prestigious Los Angeles law firm. Having successfully defended the wealthy but suspicious Richard Cross (Stanley Tucci) in a much-publicised murder trial, he is now involved in the defense of Neil Avedon (Jason Gedrick), a famous young actor who has been suffering from severe drug and alcohol problems - and has been charged with the murder for which Cross was acquitted. In Season 2, Jimmy Wyler (Anthony LaPaglia) has taken over from Ted Hoffman. Unlike the first season, which followed one case in detail throughout the entire season, this time round there are a string of new cases for the legal team - including a police officer who has been accused of brutality, and the murder of the governor of California.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Anita on 10 Jun. 2007
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I have totally missed this on TV. OK, having developed a substantial allergy for ads, I miss almost everything on TV, except football. But the reviews at Amazon were enthusiastic enough, and the name of Steven Bochco seemed quite trustworty, ditto the cast. As you can buy Seasons 1 AND 2 for the same price as Season 1 OR Season 2 (separately), I had little doubts in my choice.

The result? After the boxset arrived, I've witnessed several sunrises. The verdict for Mr. Bochco and Co: guilty!!!!!

My advice for anyone: grab it now! It's really amazing. OK, maybe it's my personal opinion, and tastes is not a subject for discussion, but if you are not interested in stuff like this in general, you are not reading this review, are you?

On more serious note. I tend to disagree with those, who say, that Season 2 is a setback in comparison with Season 1. Just the two seasons are quite different. Season one concentrates on just one case. (What?? One case for 22 episodes?? Sounds boooooring! Just check it, you'll see, how wrong you can be.) An exceptionally detailed insight to the process of trial, and wonderfully played, just let me mention the constant duel between Ted Hofman (Daniel Benzali) and Miriam Grasso (Barbara Bosson), enemies-on-court-friends-in-everyday-life. It's up to their wits to win the sympathies of the jury, and you never get tired to watch their efforts. Of course, there's much more to be mentioned... just too much.

In Season 2 we have no more Ted Hofman, but we do have Jimmy Wyler, and that means having Anthony LaPaglia, and that is always a tremendous pleasure. Quite a different character, by the way.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Denise Gallagher on 2 Sept. 2009
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I had not seen any of this series before buying this 2 series pack.
Case one is by far the better but case 2 is still interesting. I did get pretty addicted to case one and ended up watching all 17 hours of it almost back to back!
There are enough twists and turns to keep you wanting to watch and not getting bored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Romy W on 25 Nov. 2011
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Both series are brilliant- from the pen of Steven Bochco whose groundbreaking 'Hill Street Blues'formula of fast moving camerawork & multiple storylines began American cop/lawyer drama's now the norm. The first series follows a single case with through 23 episodes with lead actor Daniel Benzini as Ted Hoffman, a formidable actor if an unlikely looking lead but absolutely mesmerising in the role that required a principled, detached and at times sinister characterisation. He was dropped from the second series- a mistake I feel as this suggested that the viewer was unintelligent enought to need a conventially handsome leading man.

Anthony LaPaglia took a central role as the maverick rainmaker James Wyler brought into the law firm after Ted Hoffman moved on. This series looked at three complex murder cases as they progressed. These are compelling intelligent well acted drama's with fascinating plots that keep the viewer on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Broadbent TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2014
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A good, but very dated show.
The stories are decent, although the plots do stretch credibility a little, but the picture and sound quality are poor.
Overall it's worth a view if you have run out of other things to watch, but it's not my first choice.
Okay.
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By toots on 29 Jan. 2011
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I saw the first season with the ' ideal ' defence lawyer Daniel Benzali back in the 90's and never forgot the stunning impact of it. Work colleagues discussed it with real excitement as the day of the next episode drew near and it is the first legal/political series in almost real time I can recall. Very memorable characters ( with the exception of Ted's wife). I cant help thinking that the Good Wife is a spin off without the raw power of the original.

I thought watching it again would be less absorbing but it retains the power and impact and I cant remember the end even pausing at episode 11. Am wary of finishing it and not having any of it to look forward to.

Buy it and if you dont enjoy the second series, which I remember as not great, its still a real bargain.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jayne on 20 Mar. 2010
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this is exceptional for a t.v. series. the acting is unlike the usual soap or detective junk. there are multipal plots running throughout and the characters are much more realistic than in "24". the price is good because there are so many feature length episodes.

it is full of political manouvering and is exceptionally well paced.
iwatched it over a few days and i think it benefited from intense viewing and i am sure it lost much being spread out endlessly.
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By Pete on 2 Feb. 2011
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My wife loved this show when it was originally shown on TV. She still mentioned it from time to time, so as Christmas was approaching I had a quick search and was more than pleased when I found this edition with both series for such a great price. Needless to say, she was very happy when she opened this one. It's not really my cup of tea, but we all like different things and that's fine.
She would also agree with other reviewers that although series two is good, series one is the brightest jewel here.
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