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Starsky And Hutch: The Complete First Season [2004]

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4.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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  • Actors: David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas, Bernie Hamilton, Marki Bey
  • Writers: William Blinn
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar. 2004
  • Run Time: 1127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000171RAE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,413 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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This five disc set contains the pilot and all 22 action packed episodes from the series' classic debut season. Produced by Aaron Spelling (TV's Charlie's Angels and S.W.A.T.), Starsky and Hutch roared onto small screens in 1975 to become one of the most popular, iconic series of the decade. This was TV's coolest buddy cop show, fuelled by full throttle car chases, offbeat humour, colourful characters and a hip vibe. The hit series (1975-1979), followed streetwise undercover detectives Dave Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) and Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson (David Soul) as they cruised around town in Starsky's red and white striped Gran Torino, battling thugs and hoodlums with the help of their gruff boss, Captain Harold Dobey (Bernie Hamilton - Blacula, Scream), and jive-talking informant Huggy Bear (Antonio Fargas - Shaft, Car Wash).

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In the rough-and-tumble, wildly entertaining world of Starsky & Hutch, impatient cops--anxious to join a foot race in pursuit of a villain--throw themselves out of moving vehicles and roll to a bruising stop. Undercover detectives Dave Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) and Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson (David Soul), hardly imbued with the powers of Spider-Man, routinely scale walls, hop from rooftop to rooftop, and fling themselves down steep hillsides to stop bad guys from doing what bad guys do.

Years later Hill Street Blues would redefine the cop genre as a mesh of overlapping storylines and workaday frustrations, but Aaron Spelling's iconic 70s show portrays LA's finest as madly heroic creatures of reckless determination and physicality. This first season is also startlingly brutal for a primetime US show—it was later significantly toned down, much to the regret of fans—while maintaining a delightful, often incongruous, self-deprecating humour. From the series pilot on, partners and best pals Starsky and Hutch work a fine line between predator and prey, relentlessly pursuing suspects while also snared by crime chieftains or short-sighted superiors. In "The Fix", Hutch's secret romance with the former girlfriend of a mafia boss (Robert Loggia) results in the lawman's kidnapping and forced addiction to heroin. Similarly, in "A Coffin for Starsky", a mad chemist injects the wisecracking cop with a slow-acting but lethal poison. "Jo-Jo", written by Michael Mann, finds our guys at loggerheads with federal officers over a dumb deal the G-Men make with a serial rapist.

The 23 episodes in this set are all fun, if sometimes shocking, viewing. Expect each character to take as much abuse as he dishes out. Still, the comic sight of Starsky and Hutch (in "Death Notice") trying to conduct business amid busy strippers is well worth the surrounding violence. --Tom Keogh



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