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NYPD Blue - Series One [DVD] [1993]


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  • Actors: Dennis Franz, David Caruso, Sherry Stringfield
  • Directors: Farrel Levy, Dick Lowry, Alan Rosenberg, Clark Johnson, Nelson McCormick (II)
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2003
  • Run Time: 1036 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WQ8O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,758 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The entire first series of this hard-hitting cop drama set in the 15th Precinct of New York and created by Stephen Bochco. The series broke new ground for US television shows, was notable for showing subjects not normally covered such as vigilante violence and bribery, and has gone on to win over 20 Emmys. The episodes included are: 'Pilot', '4B Or Not 4B', 'Brown Appetit', 'True Confessions', 'Emission Accomplished', 'Personal Foul', 'NYPD Lou', 'Tempest in a C-Cup', 'Ice Follies', 'Oscar, Meyer, Weiner', 'From Hare to Eternity', 'Up on the Roof', 'Abandando Abandoned', 'Jumpin' Jack Fleishman', 'A Sudden Fish', 'Steroid Roy', 'Black Men Can Jump', 'Zeppo Marks Brothers', 'Serge the Concierge', 'Good Time Charlie', 'Guns 'n' Rosaries' and 'Rockin' Robin'.

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First broadcast in 1993, NYPD Blue was created by Steven Bochco and David Milch, the team responsible for the magnificent, mould-breaking Hill Street Blues, which had featured both of NYPD's principal stars, David Caruso (Detective John Kelly) and Dennis Franz (Detective Andy Sipowicz). Here, their partnership takes up most of the screen time, a break from the ensemble feel of the earlier show (though he's the boss, James McDaniel's Lieutenant Fancy, for instance, is a peripheral figure). But there are familiar Bochco themes. Tough-but-put-upon cops struggle with their own problems as well as the criminal element: Kelly is going through a divorce, while Sipowicz is fighting alcoholism, though these are as nothing compared with officer Janice Licalsi's dramatic means of escaping her involvement with the Mob.

Although fast-cut and street-sharp, NYPD Blue arguably betrays a right-wing bias: the villains are invariably irredeemable scum, too often let off the hook by a slack and excessively liberal judiciary, with victims of crime often forced to take desperate measures of their own. The fate of one 4B (a young David Schwimmer), however, acts as a warning against vigilantism. Unleavened by much of Hill Street's humour and with plots more designed to keep the pulse racing than reflect social realism, NYPD Blue is simmering, downbeat, compelling viewing that edged mainstream American TV nearer to the knuckle than it had previously dared to venture.

On the DVD: NYPD Blue, Series 1 has a number of special features, including a making-of documentary in which creator Steven Bochco explains the lengthy negotiations he had to undertake with the network in order to get the show aired in anything like its original form. "Cast Blotters" is a feature about the characters and players. There's also a short piece on the love interest in NYPD Blue and biographies of the cast and programme makers. --David Stubbs

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Louden on 4 Sep 2004
Format: DVD
This a terrific beginning to a brilliant show which has spawned 9 other great seasons of it. It shows the lives of tough street cops and how their jobs has affected their personal relationships. starring great actors David Caruso as Det.John Kelly and Dennis Franz as Det.Andy Sipowitz. Other terrific performances from Amy Brennerman and Sherry Stringfield, and if you look closely you will see a pre-Friends David Schwimmer.
A tough detective series like you have never seen before which will keep you wanting to watch more. My recommendation. Buy it!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By marc burns on 9 Jun 2003
Format: DVD
For true fans of this show this collection is a must. NYPD blue has long been my favorite show on the tv and to be able to sit down and watch the whole first series in one hit was great. All the emotion, comedy and realism takes hold of you from the moment it starts to play and does'nt let you go till the end of the very last episode. The added extras contained on the discs give a wonderfull insight into the making of the first series. It really is a great piece of television. You should buy it!!!! I only hope it wont take as long before they release the rest of this wonderfull programme on DVD.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Parry VINE VOICE on 20 Jun 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
NYPD Blue will always be remebered for the "shakey camera". The programme has all the hallmarks of a Steve Bochco/David Milch inspired series. The humour, drama, ensemble performances and slickness are very reminiscent of Hill Street Blues and LA Law. Not forgetting the catchy Mike Posy theme.
This series is dirtier and grittier than most UK and US cop shows. The spotlight falls mainly on David Caruso and Dennis franz as Kelly and Sipowicz. However as the series builds so the other characters are fleshed out and givenn their time in the light.
We follow Sipowicz through his alcoholism and clean-up and Kelly through his marriage break-up and troublesome affairs. The series follows their professional and personal lives and shows how they interact.
James McDaniel gives a fine turn as, what seems to be the obligatory black, Lieutenant and this helps to bring the racism and minority aspect into the storylines. It shows the problems he faces at work from his squad and his superior and also some of his home life.
Sherry Stringfield as Laurie Kelly brings realism to her job as as a DA and we are introduced to her conflicts with mobsters, lying boss and her own relatonship with the squad.
Nicholas Torturro as Martinez introduces the junior cop to the squad and follows his development. There is Licalsi's problems with the mob that ends her relationship with Kelly and could threaten his position.
As the series progresses we meet bent cops, family members, lawyers, drug dealers and victims. We follow the story of David Schwimmer's weak lawyer who, following a mugging, decides to arm himself and take revenge. We see Sipowicz get shot and his discussed at the way the shooter gets away unpunished.
This was the forerunner of the "down and dirty cop" shows.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Mullaney VINE VOICE on 8 Jun 2006
Format: DVD
I bought NYPD Blue on DVD despite having never seen a single episode. I love watching cop dramas like The Shield and wanted something else that I could enjoy on the same level.

Although NYPD Blue looks pretty dated now, none of the action or drama is diluted and it recieved much acclaim from both sides of the Atlantic when it was first screened. Audiences were hooked by the gritty realism of cases worked by detectives of the 15th precinct. The show also delves into the main characters personal lives and we learn about Kellys marriage break up, Sipowicz's battle with alcoholism and Martinez's pain caused by his junky younger brother. This personal touch is a nice contrast to seeing the detectives tough impersonal approach when dealing with homicides, drugs, corruption and mobsters.

NYPD Blue is gripping TV and paved the way for Law and Order, CSI and The Shield with it's uncompromising approach.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Phil Kelly on 30 July 2003
Format: DVD
For fellow NYPD Blue addicts - this is a must see again opportunity. The strength of the cast as well as the wonderful and very powerful dialogue are everything that you will remember from 10 years ago!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "loather_of_channel4" on 9 Jun 2004
Format: DVD
NYPD Blue is most likely the greatest police drama ever to come out of the U.S. It is an absolutely fantastic show and is still great in its 11th season! However, buyers of this set beware. Fox have stated that due to poor sales of the first two seasons, no further seasons of NYPD Blue will be released on DVD, and as a person who intended to buy the entire series as a collection, like many others, can no longer do so. So, I just want to say that the show itself is great, and having the first 2 seasons on DVD is fantastic, but fans of the show like myself who wanted to own the entire collection, won't be able to, so for most, its not worth buying the first 2 seasons at all, as you'll just have an incomplete set. Funny how FOX have neglected to make this easily available public knowledge isn't it?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R D McLean on 21 July 2004
Format: DVD
So FOX state they won't release more, but they recently retracted (again) and said they will tenatively release S3 at some point in the future (allegedly) which is good news considering that now I've bought S1 and S2 I need to go on with the show. I was a latecomer coming to the show on TV midway through the Sorenson saga, so its great to see the roots of all the drama presented in this slick little box set. Simply put, NYPD is the daddy of all modern cop shows and it still packs a hell of a punch. Franz's powerhouse performance and Caruso's intensity make for a great double act. The supporting cast are sidelined, but still deliver edgy, believable performances. If you like your cop shows, if you like a gritty edge to your drama, then NYPD Blue is the name of the game. Absolutely superb.
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