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Homicide: Life on the Street - The Complete Collection [DVD]

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  • Actors: Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor, Andre Braugher
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 33
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 5724 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003110MR6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,146 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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Homicide: Life on the Street is one of the most acclaimed shows in US TV history. Based on a book by David Simon (creator of The Wire) it captures the gritty reality of life for a team of Baltimore homicide detectives.

Contains all 122 episodes over 33 discs.

Based on 'Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets' by David Simon.

Review

One of the most hard-hitting, darkly comic and critically acclaimed American drama series of recent years --The Independent

Where Hill Street Blues meets The Wire... The coolest, most compulsive, cult cop show on TV --Jim Shelley, The Guardian

Where Hill Street Blues meets The Wire... The coolest, most compulsive, cult cop show on TV --Jim Shelley, The Guardian

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"Homicide: Life on the Street" (Jan, 1993 - May, 1999)

As far as I'm concerned, the aforementioned "Law and Order" crossover episodes (see below) not having been included doesn't bother me at all. To me, that series with its rather mundane script and dialogue is a par below "Homicide" anyway. Having said that, I concur that the omission of "H: The Movie", the great roundup of all the detectives and other characters that ever appeared in the seven-years-course of the series AND a worthy coda for this invaluable piece of recent TV history is indeed deplorable. So you'd better compare the prices of the US and the UK edition and decide for yourself.

In hindsight, a decade after watching the finale and having inevitably missed several (but not many) episodes, I can see the full scope of the series and its huge, if not always appreciated or even perceived by the general public, impact on contemporary TV entertainment. It's been called realistic, gritty, engrossing, moving, exciting. It's also as truthful as it gets, not only to the book, i.e. the first two seasons, but as a depiction of life in an American city and actual, non-glossy, yet intriguing police work in particular. In terms of realism, I'd rank it above "The Wire" (which IS excellent), the cast is terrific AND utterly believable, as the actors were either native Baltimoreans or rather unfamiliar faces, at least they were when the series originally aired, ideally suited to the characters they played. The idea of interspersing amateur actors, true originals from Baltimore, was indeed ingenious and adds considerably to the flavor, no phony accents and mimicking of street lingo here, it's the real McCoy, not to speak of the insightful script that makes this motley crew come to life so convincingly.
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Homicide: Life on the Street is a truly brilliant drama that has unfortunately maintained a low profile over the years. This is a shame, because it is undoubtedly the best show of it's kind, boasting wonderful writing, innovative directing, detailed character development, and a warm sense of humour. Here is a brief overview of each season:

Season 1&2: These two seasons are so short (9 and 4 episodes, respectively) that they are practically the same season (they were released as "Series One" here in the UK). These early episodes are probably the most realistic, as the events in them are mostly fictionalised versions of real events depicted in David Simon's excellent book "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets". The main storyline is Detective Tim Bayliss' investigation into the death of an 11-year old girl. Includes guest appearances from Robin Williams, Chris Rock, and a young Jake Gyllenhaal.
9.5/10

Season Three (20 episodes): Arguably the best season, filled with classic episodes and storylines. These include a serial killer who leaves white gloves on the victims, the suicide of one of the main characters, the shooting of three of the detectives and the subsequent hunt for the perpertrator. The show can be very harrowing, but here manages to balance this with humour and warmth, and makes the characters very human and easy to relate to.
10/10

Season Four (22 episodes): Still great, though not quite as good as the previous season. There is a notable reduction in the amount of story-arcs, meaning that most of the episodes are more sensational stand-alone episodes.
9/10

Season Five (22 episodes): A slight step down from the previous season, but still very good.
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Great price for the complete collection of this series. I remember watching it back in the day on channel 4. A very groundbreaking series and great to see all of the seasons available over here.

If your a fan of The Wire you will love this as its based on the book written by David Simon (The Wire).

There are some amazing characters in it, like Bayliss, Munch and Pembleton. Some amazing lines in the series.

One thing though - its a shame as noted by the other reviewer that it doesn't have the features which the American version of the box-set does, like the movie and the cross-over episodes.

Other than this its a good buy, but might be worth checking out the America box set though first if you want any extras as this has no extras at all.
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I originally watched all seven series when they were shown on TV all those years ago - too long ago for me to remember when. However, I've never forgotten the quality of the drama, the storylines, the acting, the direction and the build up of characters. This alone is testament to how good the series' were. For years I tried to find David Simon's book 'Homicide - A Year on the Killing Streets' as I couldn't give up my love for the characters and their lives, loves and casework. I tried 'The Wire' but couldn't get into it. Devotees of that series surely must find their way to 'Homicide Life on the Streets' as the forerunner and in my view, better collection of police procedural stories. Ironically I've just found my way to the boxset and this review via 'The Killing', the excellent danish equivalent of crime noir. There are similarities - not least the darkness, the flawed characters and the political machinations. 'Homicide' was the first to show cop TV warts and all however and has no rival as far as I'm concerned. Dismiss it at your peril - you'll have missed hours of addictive viewing with characters you'll come to regard as friends, that will stay with you long after you put the last disc back in the box.
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