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21 Jump Street S1

Johnny Depp , Dustin Nguyen , Various    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Best known today as the series that helped launch Johnny Depp to stardom, Stephen J. Cannell's 21 Jump Street was also one of the first hit programs for the fledgling Fox network, a status that lasted for most of its five-year run (1987-91), thanks to its engaging mix of youth culture and police drama. As outlined in the pilot, Depp's baby-faced Ofc. Tom Hanson is transferred to the special Jump Street division, a unit that utilized young cops to infiltrate juvenile crime. Unlike many of Fox's youth-oriented shows of the period (i.e., Beverly Hills 90210), Jump Street took its stories seriously, and addressed numerous social issues in its episodes; though some of the fashions and slang seem dated, the program remains entertaining decades later. The Jump Street set compiles all 13 episodes of the debut season, including the two-part pilot; the solid extras feature commentary by co-star Peter DeLuise, as well as interviews with fellow Jump Street officers Dustin Nguyen, Holly Robinson Peete, and Steven Williams (whose Captain Fuller replaced Frederic Forrest's Jenko halfway through the first season), as well as the prolific Cannell. --Paul Gaita

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, but HADN'T seen the ORIGINAL version! July 15 2005
I had never seen 21 Jump Street when it was aired 'cause I live in Italy. I'm a huge Stargate SG-1 fan, so I bought the show 'cause Peter DeLuise was in it. I LOVED it, it's fun and not boring at all, and touches some serious issues quite well.
That said, I'm quite annoyed with the people who put it on DVD... I've experienced "music-changes" on the Quantum Leap Season 2 box set and I admit that in some occasions it REALLY made me mad... what the h**l are people thinking??? Just put the ORIGINAL music and UNCUT episode d**n it!!! I AM WILLING TO PAY A BIT MORE SO THE STUPID MUSIC INDUSTRY GETS THEIR SHARE, BUT I, AS A CUSTOMER, WANT THE COMPLETE (!!!!!) SHOW. Sorry for shouting.
And as far as the word "ass" being dubbed over... I read somewhere that THAT had been done already when the show aired. If that's the case, ok. If not... we get shows for teens like Dawson's Creek and Charmed (no offence to either show), nowadays... they have pretty heavy stuff there: do we really need to dub over the word "ass"????
Still, buy the dvd, I think it's worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brought back memories Jan. 2 2005
By A Customer
I watched the entire first season and extras of this set in 2 days, i was hooked as soon as the pilot started. This brought back tons of memories of my teenage years, seeing the clothes, the hair, hearing the music, it was all great.
For me the show still holds up even today, i've watched old reruns of the dukes of hazzard or the a-team and ask myself what the heck i use to like about them, but with 21 JS i didn't feel the cheesiness as i did with the others. Of course the show is not as dark or violent as if it would be if it was made today, but change the clothes, the hair and the music and i think the show would still fit in today.
The only thing i didn't like about the set was the menues because it keeps playing the first 15 seconds of the team song over and over and over and over... Which kind of gets on your nerves when your looking through the episode, scene and extra selections.
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3.0 out of 5 stars GLAD TO SEE IT, NOT AS GOOD AS I REMEMBER Nov. 17 2004
By A Customer
I recently picked this up and couldn't wait to see it. The last time I had seen the show I was 12. I was a little dissopointed about the music. It sounds like the music from Scarface. I don't know. I just remember more rock n roll style music. There's thirteen episodes in total. Out of that I would say there are probably 4 or 5 really great episodes. The rest fall in between good and poor. My biggest problem is the story develops very slowly and it's kind of hard to stay interested. Took me over two weeks to get through it. Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast do have great moments throughout but it's not what I remember. Hopefully the next seasons will be better. Great buy if you can find used.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ah...good ol' season 1 Aug. 18 2008
This is where it all started....5 years of 21 jumpstreet goodness! This season starts off a little less than I expected...the change to Captain Fuller made it the show I remembered. It only took one episode to see the chemistry between the jumpstreet cops. It is worth checking out where it all started. All the characters are still learning how to be themselves (and boy...Johnny Depp is very young!) and learning how to play others. There is also a great commentary from Peter DeLuise. Watch it...you'll watch the entire series in a different light. When I finished watching this series I found myself immediately putting it back in...starting at season 1. That should say something.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  104 reviews
66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! Great stories ... terrible music Feb. 25 2005
By B. Doyle - Published on Amazon.com
I was very excited that they released 21 Jump Street on DVD. It was a launching point for many careers and provided entertaining moral lessons. So I go to play the first show and within the first 15-20 minutes I notice something. They redid the music. Maybe it was just a couple of songs. Nope, it was pretty much all of them. And it was done in such a way that it was obnoxious and often detracted from the stories. I had a VERY hard time watching the remainder of the season because the the remastering was done so poorly.

21 Jump Street was that really cool hip show that had some of the latest music of the time. And whether it was record companies wanting to charge for using their music or someone deciding that the music needed to be less "dated" ... whatever the reason, they made a bad choice.

I highly recommend that people rent this DVD before they buy it to make sure they are okay with it. I am not and will not purchase any more seasons until they put the original music/soundtracks back in.

Later Gators!
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Requesting Anchor Bay remove head from butt Feb. 8 2005
By Shamanie K. Peters - Published on Amazon.com
A fantastic TV series should be:

1. Groundbreaking - There is no show like this on television. It is not some clammy rehash of a rehash like, for instance, "The OC".

2. Has a sense of gritty realism - Watching a kid do a speed ball, or watching a kid fleeing from the police, crash, seemingly not on purpose.(I'm saying to myself, someone got hurt doing that stunt.)

3. Advances on its own terms - 21 Jump Street doesn't succumb to political correct speak around. A pleasant surprise upon viewing will be how people talk to one another. The first episode displays this when a kid refers to another kid as a "Homo". What show in recent memory has that type of dialogue? I can't think of any that are geared toward the age group that are viewing 21 Jump Street. And not to say that it's good or bad either way, but at least the show allows you to make up your mind about what you are viewing. Most will buckle and just take a phrase like that out for fear of reprisal.

4. Acting sincerity - I can't stand people who can't act and or get miscast. They can ruin an otherwise decent film/tv show, see Rhada Mitchel in "Man on Fire". The acting in this show is superb. Everyone flows together seemlessly and no one actor feels out of place, with the exception of the Capt. Richard Jenko, played by Frederik Forrest; Who is a very good actor, whom I felt was miscast in the part, and mightily replaced(was this the case?) by Steven Williams.

My girlfriend had never even heard of this show when I told her about it and upon viewing the first 1/2 of the pilot episode insisted we finish it that night.

Unfortunately I cannot recommend the company that put this to DVD. They did an abismal job. The picture looks grainy, I noticed some serious dubbing over the word "Ass"(throws shoulders in air? Who cares!) and like all of the others, the music. If you can't release it in the shows original form, don't release it.

The show gets 5 stars and the release gets 2. 1 for releasing it period, and another for decent packaging.

Let's hope the second season is original.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jump! Oct. 14 2004
By D. Reyes - Published on Amazon.com
21 Jump Street launched two careers: one, most notably that of Johnny Depp and the other would be that of the young upstart TV network called Fox. It premiered in 1987 and was, in a way, a 1980's version of the mod squad. But it was original in storylines and ahead of its time in storylines as well. The storylines were dark and gritty as was the subject matter that fueld the episodes back then. There were topical issues touched upon on this series such as AIDS, death, rape, even incest and abuse. But despite those subject matters the series had many great comical aspects to it as well due to the fact that the cast through seasons 1-4 had great chemistry. Two people on the series that had the best chemistry were probably Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise and that shown through when their characters "Hanson" and "Penhall" donned the alias' of "The McQuaid Brothers" in episodes where their characters had to go undercover in high schools.

The series ran strong for 4 seasons as a first run show, but during his last season (season 4) it was well known that Johnny Depp wanted out of his contract to move on to bigger and better things, and he also disliked the concept of cops going undercover in high schools and had some sort of moral objections. Season 5 is easily forgettable as Johnny Depp and Dustin Nguyen had left the show and the ratings dropped drastically so the show was put into syndication. So that was pretty much the death of the show as it became a shell of its former self.

Another thing about this series, though it was a show about young officers that looked young and were able to go undercover in high schools, in actuality a lot of the episodes didn't even revolve around that type of scenerio. As the series progressed and characters had developed personalities a lot of episodes revolved around their own struggles on the show most notably the episode about the death of Johnny Depp's character's girlfriend and his character's struggles with the death, and also Peter Deluise's character's struggles in the later seasons involving his wife in El Salvador.

It's great to see this series finally be put out on DVD and despite being a show from the late 80's the only thing dated about the show would just be the fashion of the time. The episodes and topic matter still hold up I believe. One other thing about the show was it's choice of great late 80's music, as REM and U2 songs were featured in episodes along with a handful of other songs from hit bands of the time, hopefully the songs featured in episodes will be kept on the DVDs as they are released. One also has to wonder if season 5 will even be released.. Time will tell. And though shows like Married with Children and The Simpsons helped Fox become a major player, this show did help a lot as well by drawing in a young teenage demographic and helped shape Fox into a "hip" and "edgy" network.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't throw the videotapes! Dec 25 2004
By Steve Lockwood - Published on Amazon.com
I just got the DVD for Christmas and just got done watching the first episode and it seemed like something was amiss (besides the music). The last scene is missing the beginning AND the end. I have them all on tape off of syndication no less and the DVD version has been cut even more. I don't understand this at all. It's worth owning the DVD if you don't have the shows on tape but if you have the tapes already, don't waste your money, and don't throw the tapes away!!! 5 stars for the show itself and 0 stars for the repackaging!
60 of 72 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for the truth and Amazon's reviews Dec 1 2004
By DocSmithers - Published on Amazon.com
21 Jump Street was and remains a wonderful series. I remember as a young boy gleefully watching almost ever one of these episodes on the Fox network. This show and the Simpsons made me fall in love with the Fox network, at the time, the joke of the network community. 21 Jump Street's actors are all still around today, a testament to how well the acting was. The mature material made me feel like I was watching an important show, rather than mindless dribble. Few are more dissapointed with the problems with this DVD than I.

Unfortunately, the music has been changed due to licensing roadblocks. As far as I am concerned, this is a dealbreaker plain and simple. Then there is the talk of the pilot being the wrong one. Why? It makes you realize that whoever was in charge of this DVD release at Anchor Bay wasn't a true 21 Jump Street Fan. Too bad.

The rumors are going around that Miami Vice has succumbed to the same music licensing problems, another dealbreaker.

I'm so glad we can all report the truth about these DVD screw ups here at Amazon.com. I'd give it zero stars if I could, as we are not getting the original material. Maybe Anchor Bay should have spent the money to get this right, b/c in the end, less people will buy this DVD as a result.
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