Crime Story: The Complete Series
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Set in 1963, CRIME STORY is the story of the Chicago Police Major Crime Unit headed by tough-as-nails Lieutenant Mike Torello (Dennis Farina, Get Shorty) and his obsessive pursuit of slick and ruthless gangster Ray Luca (Anthony Denison, The Closer), one of organized crime’s brightest young hoods. As Luca murders, steals, and extorts his way to the top from the mean streets of Chicago to the glitter of Las Vegas, Torello remains hot on his trail. From Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Heat) comes CRIME STORY, one of the most influential action dramas in television history. Featuring a stellar supporting cast that includes Stephen Lang, Bill Campbell, Ted Levine, Darlanne Fluegel and Joseph Wiseman. Guest stars include David Caruso, Julia Roberts, Gary Sinise, Kevin Spacey, Ving Rhames, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Madsen, Pam Grier, Steven Weber, Laura San Giacomo, Stanley Tucci, David Hyde Pierce, Andrew Dice Clay, Deborah Harry, and more! This special collection includes the two hour pilot and both seasons from the cult classic television series. Episodes: Pilot, Final Transmission, Shadow Dancer, The Saint Louis Book of Blues, The War, Abrams for the Defense, Pursuit of a Wanted Felon, Old Friends Dead Ends, Justice Hits the Skids, For Love or Money, Crime Pays, Hide and Go Thief, Strange Bedfellows, Fatal Crossroads, Torello on Trial, Kingdom of Money, The Battle of Las Vegas, The Survivor, The Pinnacle, Top of the World, Ground Zero, The Senator the Movie Star and the Mob, Blast from the Past, Always a Blonde, Atomic Fallout, Shockwaves, Robbery Armed, Little Girl Lost, Love Hurts, MIG-21, Moulin Rouge, Seize the Time, Femme Fatale, Protected Witness, Last Rites, Pauli Taglia's Dream, Roadrunner, The Brothel Wars, Byline, The Hearings, Pursuit, Escape, Going Home
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The production values of the series are great, which ultimately led to it's demise as the cost of shooting was almost 1 million per episode when all was said and done, but the 50's/60's style is just great. The soundtrack is that of the era, mixed with 80's syntha-stuff but it all works okay.
This boxed set is great in that it comprises the entire two-season series. Unfortunately this means that in order to fit it all onto 9 discs the compression of the video needed to be high enough to fit about 5 or 6 episodes per DVD, thus the quality of the overall picture from episode to episode and DVD to DVD is lacking. However this is probably the only video release you're ever going to see of this series in it's entirety so you don't really have a choice if you're a fan of the show.
Also, the last episode on Disc 8 is ACTUALLY placed out of broadcast order, and you should watch the first episode on Disc 9 FIRST, then go back to the last episode on Disc 8 as this is a continuing. We were puzzled when we watched "The Hearings" and it started with the Prologue "Last week on Crime Story" and showed a bunch of scenes and characters we hadn't previously seen. We backtracked on the DVD to see if we missed any episodes and then when we got to Disc 9 realized what had happened. BUT as it turned out it was much like the current trend in TV where you see the result and then see what happened HOURS or DAYS earlier....Read more ›
Well, season one is FANTASTIC, near perfect.
Season two, while still good, not a strongly plotted.
As others have reviewed, the video transfer is poor, it looks like old VHS, but don't let this detract you from watching. This was breakthrough tv and it still stands up by todays storytelling standards. Highly recommended!
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Truly horrible. Hackneyed writing, stiff terrible acting. Dennis Farina ugly face is so off putting that when he kisses pretty women it makes you want to puke. Read morePublished 18 months ago by ian c malcolm