I like many other fans bought the UK release as I live in England, but on hereing about This Shout factory Dvd and all that I read I just had to buy it and I must say this version is amazing. What I undersatnd about old T.V. shows is they are filmed in 35mm then its transfered to 2.1/4inch Video for television Broadcasting but they make hundreds of copys to ship around the networks/world and all these large format videos can rot after a time if not looked after, much like 35mm film, so unless its restored it will not work well as we've seen from Mediumrare UK season 2 & 3. but 4 & 5 are very good. Theres no info on any remastering on this Shout DVD but somthing has been done as its so very good, colour dos not bleed picture is much clearer shaper and the sound is much improved. After its been shown many times the Video tapes are returned to the studio where the just get stored this info came from worker in the industry some years back so I recon there must be some truth in this, I`m not in the bizz but I`m sure theres people out there who know, I like everyone whos a fan have waited so long for KOJAK to comeout so I can't recommended this enough its a well worth the purchase enjoy.
Back in the 70s a T.V. Special was made on the making of Kojak and it had interviews with all the actors and loacation filmimg. the set thats Kojaks office and the squad room was infact an old factory in New York which once filming had ended it was pull down but for those who have shaper eyes will noties that as the seasons go by the Squad room changes size pehaps they moved some of the filming to another loacation, I remember seeing an a eposide being made and Telly salavas had to step over all the cables on the floor used for the filming, it would be so very cool if that show could be found it must be out there some place but I can`t remember who made it. Once again the filming around New York is amazing.
Theres no other show I can think of that had such amazing Scriped Telly Savalas had most of the best lines and I find myself quoteing them, in parts very funny lines also the storys where very good as well, so all in all a Superb show many shows have tryed to copy the style of KOJAK but to me failed Kojak to me is the BEST. Thank you SHOUT for this and try and find that television Special.