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Hawaii Five-O Season 1 - Hallmark of great TV,
This review is from: Hawaii Five-O: The First Season [DVD] (DVD)
First of all, kudos to Amazon UK for launching free shipping to India. This has allowed me to buy numerous TV serial dvd's and boxsets that i ordinarily could not purchase.
Now coming to Hawaii Five-O - this serial has been universally lauded as one of the all time great serials - not just detective but overall and it's not hard to see why. From the classic opening soundtrack by Mort Stevens, to the gorgeous settings of Hawaii to the plots - all the ingredients just seem to be in place. But what sets this apart is the character of Steve McGarrett and even more importantly the actor who portrayed him for a stunning 12 consecutive years - Jack Lord.
There is something about Steve - calm, cool under pressure, relentless, analyzes every lead to the end and his work ethic and hardwork. But above all it is his integrity and dedication to his job and colleagues and that right amount of compassion that sets him apart. If only we had such people in the real world - things would have been so much better.
The rest of the cast is more supporting, though from time to time Danny Williams (played by James McArthur), a son if there ever was to Steve gets his fair share of camera time.
Coming to the discs - while i am still halfway viewing them, this is what i know
Hawaii Five O - Season 1
7 dvd discs in 4 boxes - Discs 1&2, 3&4, 5&6, 7
All are single sided discs
Subtitles: English and English Hard of Hearing (other language options are there as well)
Audio: English (other language options are there as well)
Quality: I'll be the first to admit, i am not a videophile who analyzes frame rate, aspect ratios etc - but i merely want to relax over the weekend and enjoy quality TV. To that extent the quality of the video is pristine and the audio clear as well (though in fairness i am so used to watching TV serials with subtitles on that i have resisted and at times refused to buy my favorite serials because the manufacturers are callous about this - companies like Network, Mill Creek Entertainment, Shout! Factory are the biggest culprits. But the tragedy? They own the rights to so many great TV serials. There should be a rule that bans them getting rights unless they agree to insert subtitles)
What makes this quality even more stunning is this is nearly a 44 year old serial so obviously a lot of care and even love has gone into remastering them
On the whole, this is a great serial to watch with the lights dimmed and popcorn in your hand.
The only sad thing? Every actor has passed on and you cannot but have a lump in the throat when you see them on the screen. Thanks for the memories guys.
This is my first ever review for Amazon so i hope you all found it useful
Thanks for stopping by
ps: I will try and update this review when i complete viewing all the discs