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Dragnet [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Square Sgt. Joe Friday and his hip new sidekick nab a pagan televangelist in Los Angeles.
In 1987 moviegoers had yet to be crushed under the weight of the 1990s TV remake mania, and Dragnet comes off as fresh and funny. The line between parody and tribute can be hard to draw, but any marginally hip baby boomer who has ever watched Jack Webb's straight-laced Detective Joe Friday caught a glimmer of the comedic vein waiting to be mined beneath Dragnet's gritty Los Angeles streets. Dan Aykroyd plays Joe Friday, the straight-arrow nephew of Webb's iconic cop. This part was made for him (in fact, he's given top writing credit), and under his steely exterior you can tell he's having a ball delivering those rapid-fire recitations of regulations and deadpan expressions of moral outrage. Tom Hanks plays Pep Streebek, the laissez-faire narco agent who is Friday's new partner. Their assignment: bust the Pagans, a wild-and-woolly gang of dope fiends, deadbeats, and beatniks behind a bewildering array of bizarre robberies. Hilarity ensues. Friday and Streebek outfox a corrupt televangelist (Christopher Plummer), bicker over chili dogs and cigarettes, alternately revile and fawn over a porn millionaire (Dabney Coleman), wrestle a 30-foot-long anaconda, and rescue the virgin Connie Swail--the only girl capable of stealing Friday's heart. --Grant Balfour, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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Not going to review the film itself as one's own views differ to another's.
There are a five "let downs" which is me probably being picky.
1. No commentary track.
2. No documentary
3. No music videos for "The City Of Crime" - Dan Aykroyd & Tom Hanks; "Just The Facts" - Patti LaBelle; "Dragnet" - The Art of Noise
4. The budget price DVD cover being used as the basis for the Blu-ray artwork, with the icon badge logo missing the "Dragnet" text that was included at the top of it as part of the design. (If anyone at Fabulous Films is interested I am a fully qualified graphic designer and could come up with better artwork)
5. The "special features" are the same as the DVD: cast & crew info (not thrilling) but at least the trailer is still included.
So as I said those five "let downs" are my own opinion and that is why I am giving this 5 stars.
and i really enjoyed it all the more
it was very funny a nice relaxing film to watch
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Look out for the rap at the end of the film.
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