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5.0 out of 5 stars Aloha!, 13 April 2007
This review is from: Hawaii Five-O: The First Season [DVD] (DVD)
UPDATE: Please note - the comments below are in relation to the original Season 1 of Five-0 from way back in 1968. For some reason, Amazon has attributed my review to not only the original series, but also to the forthcoming release of Season 1 of the 'new' show.

Until recently (2003), Hawaii Five-0 was the longest running crime series in American Television history. For twelve seasons, Five-0 maintained law and order in America's fiftieth state - hence the `5-0' in the title. Season one is superb and, whilst some episodes have dated noticeably , by and large, the majority still hold up well today. In addition to this, the remastering process is nothing short of stunning. The pilot episode, 'Cocoon' which is included here in its unabridged format - when last shown on TV here in the UK, this was chopped in half and subsequently aired in two parts. 'Cocoon' in particular benefits from the remastering process - although this and other episodes are still in mono, this is two-track mono as opposed to one. Therefore all things considered, we've excellent audio reproduction here. However, not all episodes are remastered - `six kilos' for instance doesn't quite match its counterparts, although is better quality than the print broadcast on `Granada Plus' back in the late nineties.

Unlike with DVD releases of latter seasons, there are no episodic promotions included on this set for the episodes contained within. However, there is one special feature and that's the documentary from 1996, 'Emme's Island Moments: Memories of Hawaii Five-0' - for 5-0 fans this show (coming in just shy of 43 minutes), is a welcome inclusion within this set. Jack Lord didn't participate with this documentary as he was fairly ill at the time (Lord died less than two years later in '98) - however, a plethora of former cast members are included, such as Al Harrington (Ben '72-'74); Herman Wedemeyer (Duke '68-'80); Zulu (Kono '68-'72); Richard Denning (The Governor '68-'80); Kam Fong (Chin Ho Kelly '68'-'78) and, of course Danno himself, James MacArthur (who co-hosts this feature).

In total there are seven discs containing 24 episodes, each episode circa 50 - 51 minutes in length + the pilot feature which runs at approx 95 minutes.

All in all a good purchase, the first of six superb seasons - yes there were 12 in total, but trust me, the last six seasons deteriorate rapidly from that of the first six.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2007 10:43:26 GMT
Er - what's the difference between one track mono and 2 track mono?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2008 23:58:29 GMT
Steveo says:
Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is audio recorded in mono, but split to give the illusion of a stereo mix on home theater systems.

Posted on 23 Dec 2008 13:33:28 GMT
NEO says:
good review , but what about the show itself ? , not bothered about if it's got mono tracks or not !.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2009 22:46:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Feb 2009 13:40:51 GMT
Steveo says:
Well, the show itself is arguably the greatest of all the American cop shows of the seventies, Hawaii Five-0 ran throughout this decade, though actually started and finished its run outside of this era (1968 and 1980 respectively). At its peak (season five, in my opinion) it was unbeatable entertainment. Though entertainment it was and always will be if you learn not to take the show too seriously and realism isn't your bag! Seasons one to six represent the show's golden age, seasons seven, eight and nine show a noticeable deterioration in quality and the final three seasons aren't worth setting the video for! One of the primary reasons for the show's success can be attributed to Jack Lord's inimitable portrayal of tough no nonsense cop Steve McGarrett. From its inception in the 1968 pilot movie 'cocoon', McGarrett pitted wits with villain 'Wo Fat' and continued to do so on numerous occasions until the series ended in 1980. Other regulars included James MacArthur as Danny 'Danno' Williams (1968-1979) and Chin Ho Kelly played by Kam Fong (1968-1978) The show exuded coolness in every frame shot, the opening title sequence today looks as fresh and as exciting as it ever did - forty years on! Morton Stevens' pulsating theme tune without doubt is one of the most vibrant pieces of music to ever accompany a television series. In short, the show is pure escapism that has never and may never be rivalled again. Notable episodes are: Over Fifty? Steal (episode #59); No Bottles.....No Cans......No People (episode #74); and the Vashon trilogy from season 5 (episodes #105, #106 and #107).

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2010 11:06:37 BDT
Can you tell me if there are any subttitles?
Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2012 07:26:29 GMT
Kylie says:
[Customers don't think this post adds to the discussion. Show post anyway. Show all unhelpful posts.]

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2012 14:48:33 BDT
People that are deaf do care about subtitles!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2012 23:39:28 BDT
Bananaman says:
Exactly, what a stupid thing to say. Plus for those who like watching stuff late at night subtitles are an absolute bonus.
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