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5.0 out of 5 stars IS THIS WORTH THE WAIT?, 13 May 2008
This review is from: The Equalizer: Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
The reason for my title review is this: Upon its recent DVD release in the USA, many fans complained about the replacement of the 80s music, with a more generic 90s soundtrack, that sounds like something from a bargain basement! This was the same problem when Quantum Leap was released in the UK. So, my first question to anyone who's already viewed the episodes, or has the original VHS episodes, is: Does the music sound like it's from the 80s and are any well known songs from that decade still intact within this release? The royalty laws regarding music licensing are different here, but I am stil hesitant about purchasing a copy.

For the record though, the 1st season of The Equalizer rates as a 10 for me. Apart from Edward Woodward and his famous Jag, the other main character of the series was good old NYC. They really exploited all the not-so-glamomrous areas of the city and of course, the action was always coupled with great stories and acting. Woodward took to the role like bread & butter and being a teenager at the time (really showing my age!)I thought it was cool to see a middle aged man handle the bad guys in a very convincing manner. For example, in the episode Confirmation Day, Burt Young is being harrassed by 2 heavies and McCall walks to his aid, throwing one of them down the stairs! All of this preempted by McCall's calm & collective speech!

It's also worth pointing out that it was refreshing to see a well-spoken English gent kicking ass on US TV. As far as I can tell, this has not been repeated since, which qualifies this show as an instant classic.

For my money, if it's true that a film version is in the offing, then Victor Garber is the man to equalize the odds!
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Initial post: 12 Jun 2008 15:36:05 BDT
Yes it is the original music

Posted on 16 Sep 2008 15:03:16 BDT
MacGuffin says:
Hey, watch what you say about "the not-so-glamorous areas of the city"--I live here! In fact, the police station in the series is a precinct directly across the street from where I used to work (the fur district), which is a five-minute walk from my apartment. They used to film often near my old office and in fact, one of the bad guys said "hello" to me once on the street. Fun times. :)

Posted on 5 Oct 2009 01:45:34 BDT
D. Mason says:
All music in this R2 release is original. It was changed for the american R1 release for some bizarrio.
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