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Starsky And Hutch: The Complete First Season [DVD] [2004]

David Soul , Paul Michael Glaser    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas, Bernie Hamilton, Marki Bey
  • Writers: William Blinn
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • 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: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 1127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000171RAE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,227 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In the rough-and-tumble, wildly entertaining world of Starsky & Hutch, impatient cops--anxious to join a foot race in pursuit of a villain--throw themselves out of moving vehicles and roll to a bruising stop. Undercover detectives Dave Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) and Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson (David Soul), hardly imbued with the powers of Spider-Man, routinely scale walls, hop from rooftop to rooftop, and fling themselves down steep hillsides to stop bad guys from doing what bad guys do.

Years later Hill Street Blues would redefine the cop genre as a mesh of overlapping storylines and workaday frustrations, but Aaron Spelling's iconic 70s show portrays LA's finest as madly heroic creatures of reckless determination and physicality. This first season is also startlingly brutal for a primetime US show—it was later significantly toned down, much to the regret of fans—while maintaining a delightful, often incongruous, self-deprecating humour. From the series pilot on, partners and best pals Starsky and Hutch work a fine line between predator and prey, relentlessly pursuing suspects while also snared by crime chieftains or short-sighted superiors. In "The Fix", Hutch's secret romance with the former girlfriend of a mafia boss (Robert Loggia) results in the lawman's kidnapping and forced addiction to heroin. Similarly, in "A Coffin for Starsky", a mad chemist injects the wisecracking cop with a slow-acting but lethal poison. "Jo-Jo", written by Michael Mann, finds our guys at loggerheads with federal officers over a dumb deal the G-Men make with a serial rapist.

The 23 episodes in this set are all fun, if sometimes shocking, viewing. Expect each character to take as much abuse as he dishes out. Still, the comic sight of Starsky and Hutch (in "Death Notice") trying to conduct business amid busy strippers is well worth the surrounding violence. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

This five disc set contains the pilot and all 22 action packed episodes from the series' classic debut season. Produced by Aaron Spelling (TV's Charlie's Angels and S.W.A.T.), Starsky and Hutch roared onto small screens in 1975 to become one of the most popular, iconic series of the decade. This was TV's coolest buddy cop show, fuelled by full throttle car chases, offbeat humour, colourful characters and a hip vibe. The hit series (1975-1979), followed streetwise undercover detectives Dave Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) and Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson (David Soul) as they cruised around town in Starsky's red and white striped Gran Torino, battling thugs and hoodlums with the help of their gruff boss, Captain Harold Dobey (Bernie Hamilton - Blacula, Scream), and jive-talking informant Huggy Bear (Antonio Fargas - Shaft, Car Wash).

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful

The mid-70s on BBC1... it was Ironside (1967-1975), Cannon (1971-1976) or Kojak (1973-1978)... and then Starsky & Hutch arrived on the scene (1975-1979). All of these shows only included a handful of regular characters, and in the case of Starsky & Hutch it was Captain Dobey and Huggy Bear (and even they were often absent). So, for the majority of the 50 minutes of each episode we are with Starsky, or Hutch or both. We kind of got to know them, unlike later shows such as Hill Street Blues (1981-1987) where there were a myriad of characters and you perhaps got five or ten minutes with each.
I didn't realise it back in 1975 but Antonio Fargas as Huggy Bear, the informant is a great actor who really added a lot of humour. Bernie Hamilton as Captain Dobey was cool too.

What struck me most watching these shows (the first time since the original broadcasts of the mid-70s) was not how gritty they were but how grimy everything was. Starsky & Hutch was filmed on location in Los Angeles (they used the fictional Bay City in the series). It all looks dirty and downbeat, with shoeshine stores on every street, and countless sleazy dives! This really helps to give it an authentic feel despite the usual 'by the numbers' plots.

For 1975, some of the subjects approached in the season were also quite controversial - Rape and murder, heroin addiction, racist organisations, kidnap and exhortation. But with this being Starksy & Hutch you always know that they are going to get their man regardless.

The quality of the transfer to DVD is reasonable; there are moments when the picture occasionally jumps very slightly, or freezes for a split second.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cop show ever 16 Jun 2004
This was the best 20 or so I have spent in a long time. I always was a big fan of the show but seeing it on dvd after all these years made me realise just how good Starsky and Hutch was.
Sure it has its share of violence and all kinds of nastiness but Starsky and Hutch are jean-clad knights in their Gran Torino, bringing criminals to justice, helping the weak and defenceless, and do all this with style and humour. The chemistry between the actors is wonderful and they fairly spark off one another. Glaser and Soul, so different in looks and build, are handsome, charming and cool. The range of their acting is impressive and they are very believable in their roles.
Cop shows come and go but this show remains fresh today as it is really about the friendship of the two main characters. They are there for each other during good times and bad and that is very appealing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 2 Dec 2004
I can't believe it's taken so long for this series to come out on DVD but it's been worth every minute of the wait! I was in my early 20s when it was first shown and on Friday evenings no-one else in our house got near the telly while the programme was on.
This DVD set shows just how good the show was. It had everything - humour, pace pathos and excitement. We forget just what excellent actors David Soul & PMG are, and it's so wonderful to see it all again in such crisp and clear digital quality. When the series first aired I had a massive crush on PMG. Now I find myself drooling over him again again and freeze framing those amazing eyes!!!
Without doubt this series set a standard for cop shows that few have since measured up to - although Hill St. came close - and it's fantastic to have the full season 1 in one collection - complete and uncut. An absolute "must buy" and worth every penny!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning! you'll be hooked. 11 July 2006
By Ian
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This is such a good cop series. Great stories with action, great humour and a great red Torino car. like the other reviewers say, the lead cast work well together. Yes, there is some hard hitting stuff, but the humour always overcomes that. You are left feeling good after each episode. It's taken me a while to get through the excellent series one. Now I've just started series two and third outing is in the post. Great stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 25 Aug 2004
By Zak
I used to be a huge fan of the show when I was a kid. In fact I have an aunt that live right next door to Paul Michael Glaser and I had asked her for a autograph (still hanging at my wall). Years past, I am now at 33 and I forgot all about it. The movie came and I remembered the original series. Couldn't remember why I used to be such a fan though. So I bought the DVDs. It all came back to me! Fantastic!!! If you used to be a fan it is a MUST buy. If you introdused yourself to these two "cops" with the movie and liked it, you are sure gonna love the series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars As cool on the eye as its ever been. 20 Mar 2004
I always thought this series was pure class....and my opinion to this day still hasn't changed. In 1975 there appeared to be a long list of staid old character detectives in series such as 'Columbo', 'Cannon', 'Kojak', etc. But, the advent of 'Starsky & Hutch' turned all that around. It was a cop show with a touch of glamour and pinache and I'm not just talking about the Red and white-stripe Ford Gran Torino...I still see the 'third star' as cool on the eye as its ever been. You experienced a good mix of action, suspense, comedy and thrills in every new season of 'Starsky & Hutch', so it's guaranteed there is something for fans of every genre. For the most part, this classic cult series is well-written, produced, directed and acted, and hosts a good sample of thematic issues of the day, for example check out the episode called 'The Fix' on disc two of this DVD box set - a brilliant performance by David Soul and the overall story should raise an eye brow or two even in this day and age, if you are just watching this for the first time. It's great to see that 'Starsky & Hutch' are getting the right kind of treatment and recognition in this beautifully packaged DVD set of the First Season of episodes. You won't be disappointed in losing your money to this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars bloody great stuff, lots of good vibes from that time
Hi,not seen this show since the very early 1980s, and to be honest forgot all about it,just happened to be looking on this site for something worth watching from that time,and... Read more
Published 8 days ago by justin willats
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and still the best
I've always found the series better than any film version, even the pilot I had time for. The Lalo Schiffrin (mission impossible TV series) theme tune was more dramatic and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rickster69
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3.0 out of 5 stars Starsky & Hutch - Season 1 DVD
I bought this box set remembering the series from when I was a young lad. Back in the day I used to love Starsky & Hutch on T.V. Read more
Published 23 months ago by D. J. Tutton
5.0 out of 5 stars I,m Starsky he's Hutch.
This CLASSIC series is the best buddy show i have ever seen apart from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid movie. Read more
Published on 21 April 2012 by philip foy
5.0 out of 5 stars You really need to buy this... Trust me!
I wasn't even a twinkle in my parents' eyes when Starsky and Hutch first aired, but I can remember watching repeats with my dad when I was little. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2007 by S. L. Wadey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent
I never grew up watching starsky and hutch, but once watching it on tv i had to buy it. i love watching old tv shows and this is one of the best!! Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Starsky And Hutch - The Complete First Series [1975]
Watching Starkey and Hutch as a kid, I guess most of it went over my head, all I really got was the car chases. Read more
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