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The Equalizer - Season One [DVD]

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  • Actors: Edward Woodward, Adam Horowitz, Meat Loaf, Adam Ant, Melissa Hart
  • Format: Box set, 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: Fabulous Films
  • DVD Release Date: 13 May 2013
  • Run Time: 1015 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BSVJ8P8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,808 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Your life or the life of a loved one is in danger and you don't know where to turn for help anymore. Then your eyes catch a small newspaper ad: Gotta problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer. You call the number and a friendly, reassuring voice tells you where to meet him. Robert McCall (EDWARD WOODWARD) is THE EQUALIZER and he promises to even out the odds in your favour.

Stars Golden Globe® winner EDWARD WOODWARD as THE EQUALIZER with guest stars including: Brad Dourif, Alex Winter, Adam Horowitz, Melissa Hart, Jim Dale, Meat Loaf and Adam Ant.

This edition is a re-release of the Playback version designed to compliment the recent Fabulous Films releases of Seasons 2,3 and 4.

DVD includes: Episode Guide Booklet Original Cast Biographies Original Series Concept

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ManWithGoodTasteSays: on 22 July 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
There are many shows out there, some more known than others. Some are certainly much more heard of than The Equalizer. So, why pick this one up?

Well, to put it short, this show is smart.

Robert McCall is a self-retired operative of "The Agency". He left because of all the suffering and killing he caused, believing he was doing good for the people (he actually was, most of the time). Deciding that on his own he would help more people and cause less harm, he walked out. Now he works for little pay to protect the lives of those who are not in position to help themselves. In New York, of all places.

Let's start with saying that Robert is not a simple one-sided "good cop" character. He lived for quite some time, did a lot, seen a lot. He has flaws, and his character is rich. And he has a piano, on which he plays from time to time. His grown up son and his ex-wife play a large role in several episodes, mainly to show that he doesn't only care for his job. He also has many friends and contacts, which he often calls for help if the going gets really tough. His clients are not simple, and they can be anyone of any age or gender. Robert does not only rescue "damsels in distress". Young boys and 30-something men need help quite frequently. The "bad guys" are also well done, being corrupt businessmen, serial killers, VERY stupid teenagers... and sometimes even women.

The acting is top-notch, as is the cinematography. The picture quality is quite good for a TV show from the 80's. The action scenes are professionally done, and the violence (where without it?) is not held back, making 15+ rating quite reasonable. There is some good fighting and... at least one death per episode (almost every one).
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Jan. 2008
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For starters, The Equalizer was a great show. It's also one of my favourites. This DVD release is very much anticipated, not least by myself as my VHS recordings (from when it was repeated on ITV in the very early 90s) are wearing out. I've ordered Season 1 as a pre-release, and eagerly awaiting it's release day.

So, why do I think it was such a great show? The show's main premise, of a semi-retired ex-intelligence officer (called Robert McCall) who hires his `services' to ordinary people, was a great starting point. This provided a refreshingly different take on the usual run-of-the-mill cop shows. It led to some fantastic stories, with far more variety than the more usual cop-hunts-bad-guy routines. It ran for 4 seasons - hopefully they will all be released on DVD in due time.

The show tackled some taboo issues well before any other show dare - there are episodes on HIV, child abuse (both physical and sexual), baby kidnapping, rape, deafness, blindness, learning difficulties and gun control. In fact, no other show has ever tackled some of these subjects, even since. This is along with episodes where McCall takes on the mafia, muggers, drug gangs, street gangs, Russian spies (remember the cold war was still on in 1985-87), a variety of hitmen, corporate bad guys, evil landlords, rogue ex-intelligence agents, bad cops, pimps, dodgy lawyers, peeping toms, ex special service soldiers, arms dealers, etc. In one episode he's hired to deal with a classroom of rowdy kids. In another he gets set up and is arrested for murder, but is then broken out of jail by his agency friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Mason on 5 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
Like many other reviews on here, I was another who was but a boy when this show was on tv back in the 80's. It was on after 11pm if I rightly remember and I remember I was NEVER allowed to watch one episode but always managed to just sneak through the music before being ordered to bed! So as you can imagine the suspsense and mystery built from those opening credits and that awesome theme, has last yearrrrrrs. Twas a bit similar with that crazy alien series V they did, but when I was able to watch that at a later age it turned out to be complete crap! Unlike this!

Edward Woodward is outstanding! Excellent script, great stories, he protrays the complete hero all of us would love to be in life. The only slight disappoint I have about it is that of a similar thing I have with The Professionals. If they'd just spent more money on effects, ie more blood from shootings, as mostly there is NONE which makes things look really fake, and also with some swearing thrown into the mix it would have been even more perfect than it was. But we can't have everything. In today's day and age where there's effing a blinding and blood n guts at 9.01pm, the problem is they have no talent to create the types of shows they did in the 80's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DL Productions UK VINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2008
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Edward Woodward stars as Robert McCall, a retired Secret Agent who's decided to dedicate his life to helping those less fortunate than him by helping them fight injustices. Some of his tasks include fighting bad landlords, dodgy street gangs who want to terrorise a doctor, a gang of thugs that want to ruin his weekend away and even sometimes people who are meant to be on his side.

I really enjoyed re-watching The Equalizer and remembered why I wanted to see it again, McCall's charm, his dedication to getting to the bottom of things, and just simply because of his character, without Edward Woodward I don't think this would have been as great - he's got such flair and character it bursts out into the show.

McCall is described as a loner, but really he's far from that, he's got all his friends from the service and in the police too, and he always seems to find time to talk to people. He's got this great way of being calm, though you know he's rather annoyed with something. His dark side can be shocking, but I think that he needed that as an agent.

I like the way he has different tasks, but sometimes they do feel rather similar, but the stories are that good it really doesn't matter. The cameos from the likes of Jerry Stiller (Ben Stiller's father), and even the legendary Meat Loaf shows up, as a gun dealer.

The DVDs are good, but the lack of audio remastering really is quite a let down, I funny understand the fact they can not be made stereo, but it could have been remastered in some way. Also the fact some die hards say the music has been replaced, well it really doesn't make a huge difference to me, it's about the stories, the action and the backdrops, I know music plays a great role in this, but I think Michael Slone has done a pretty good job.

Very good box set, well worth getting, they've kept me hooked for weeks now.
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