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Hazell - The Complete First Series [1978] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Nicholas Ball, Ben Aris, Sam Dastor, Nick Edmett, James Faulkner
  • Directors: Alastair Reid, Brian Farnham, Colin Bucksey, Don Leaver, Jim Goddard
  • Writers: Gordon Williams
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2004
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018HU0E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,610 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Nicholas Ball plays James Hazell, a struggling private detective, in the complete first series of this television crime drama, set against the gritty backdrop of 1970s London. Co-created by Terry Venables. Episodes are: 'Hazell Plays Solomon'; 'Hazell Pays a Debt'; 'Hazell and the Walking Blur'; 'Hazell Settles the Accounts'; 'Hazell Meets the First Eleven'; 'Hazell and the Rubber Heel Brigade'; 'Hazell Goes to the Dogs'; 'Hazell and the Weekend Man'; 'Hazell Works for Nothing' and 'Hazell and the Maltese Vulture.'

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This series was a big favourite of mine when originally screened in the late seventies and I was very pleased when I learnt of the DVD release.
Hazell still cuts a stylish figure driving through 70's London Town in his 'new motor', a resplendent Triumph Stag.
The use of plenty of location shoots gives the series a more authentic feel and certainly makes it a more watchable experience than other programmes of a similiar vintage.
The voice overs are superb and Hazell's dialogue with Cousin Tel is excellent.
Some of the episodes are a little slow paced at times; however overall a highly recommended although expensive buy.
Incidentally the release of series 2 originally planned for 19/7/04 seems to have faded into mist.
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This is a welcome DVD release featuring, for my money, one of the best ever private detective series. This DVD release comprises ten episodes across 3 discs and includes three episodes only ever screened during the original run in the 1970s in the UK. All the episodes have been digitally enhanced and include scenes cut from the limited repeats that were screened in the 1980s and on UK Gold.
I have one criticism of this package. It is advertised as having new interviews with both Nick Ball (Hazell) and co-writer Terry Venables. These interviews are NOT on the DVD for whatever reason - I have made enquiries (which are on going)as to what happened to them. Maybe they will be included on the DVD of the second series if and when it comes out.
Despite this omission, I do recommend this series.
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Hazell was amongst my favourite TV memories of the 70's, and I greatly enjoyed reliving that period of my life.

It's a pity that Hazell only went to two series, and its even more of a pity that series two isn't available on DVD.

Hopefully that will be recified soon.

I would highly recommend Hazell to anyone interested in a well made (and acted) example of the "private investigator" genre, and for a look back at London of the late 1970's.
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As indicated in my earlier review, this first series release, omits the advertised interviews with Terry Venables and Nicholas Ball. Well, the good news is, both interviews are included on the second series release - information via manufacturers - whenever it is eventually released, that is the bad news, it was pulled from distribution on the very day it should have been issued because, I was informed, that certain 'signing rights' had not been signed off. That aside when it does come out, it should be worth getting as it will include episodes not seen since they were originally transmitted twenty odd years ago. Watch this space. I shall definitly buy this series.
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Brilliant. What more can you say!!!!
I am too young too know this programme but knew Terry Venables was involved in the writing and making the programme and wanted to see what it is like.
It is very dated but would have been well ahead of its time in 1978 when it was shown on TV.
Nicholas Ball reminds of Paul Nicholas from Just Good Friends.
Choc Minty is an excellent character and Brilliantly played.
Buy this DVD. You will be glued by the end of the series.
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Hazell is classic 1970s TV. It's a shame that series such as this are no longer produced; its an even bigger shame that series 2 is not on DVD.

I really enjoyed watching the cheeky chappie cockney boy all over again.
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By A Customer on 1 Nov. 2005
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This is, by far, the best 70's detective series. Nick Ball is a terrific actor and is at his best in this role. The plots are excellent and the 70s decor and cars are a joy to watch. Choc Minty (Roddy McMillan) is just brilliant with great lines and classic acting. Hazell's clothes are stylish (for the time) and great to look back on.
An absolute masterpiece, bring the series back.
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For anyone who lived in London during the late 70s early 80s, this will bring back many memories. Hazel was the best part that Nick Ball ever had, a pity it only went to two series(Series 2 HAS been realsed i got mine from an australian seller.) Fantastic dialogue between Hazel and 'cousin Tel' is pure "landarn tarn" brilliant. Hazels ex boss nemesis 'Choc minty' is however a bit carboard cutout hardboiled Jock copper, but fun to watch nevertheless. Last but not least the last reacuring character is Hazel's Landlady and ocassional agent, finding him work and taking her %20, is 'Dot Willmington'. An interesting part that i was sad to learn was not in series 2, as her character had tons of dark corners to explore.

Great stuff. Buy it.
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