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Cop Rock: The Complete Series

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  • Actors:  Barbara Bosson, David Gianopoulos  Anne Bobby
  • Directors: Fred Gerber
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • Release Date: May 17 2016
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B01BHCPQXA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,838 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Been waiting for this release for years. Big fan of this show when it aired. Ahead of its time when you consider the success of Glee. Some great music and although the actors are not professional singers, their performances were superb!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98d8d114) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x990ae1ec) out of 5 stars great writing, great lyrics May 14 2016
By Dr. Carole J. Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
I have been waiting over 20+ years for this to be released. It is an ethics course for law enforcement ... great writing, great lyrics, great stories. I had a vcr copy, even got permission to use it in class but somehow the tapes were erased. Its been on my Amazon wish list forever...finally...its here.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98da6948) out of 5 stars AHEAD OF IT'S TIME! June 14 2016
By KWJ - Published on Amazon.com
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They ALMOST got it right. So close. Don't get me wrong, even after all these years I love Cop Rock, and would always wistfully think back to when it aired, and admire their daring and groundbreaking attempt at musical drama for television. Now, all these years later, I'm thrilled that it's available on DVD (I wish a lot of other short-lived shows were also available!)... but the years haven't been as kind to Cop Rock as I remember.

In my opinion, about 80% of this holds up, and if it were produced today, with today's sensibilities, I think it would be a massive hit the likes of Empire, Glee, et. al,. The problem I have is that Bochco and company didn't really take the genre of musical theater seriously, nor were they experienced in the subtleties the genre affords when blending music and drama. The musical numbers are played a bit too earnestly in cases, and sometimes, as in the "guilty" number from the pilot, they're removed from the "reality" of musical theater altogether when an attorney flips open his desk to reveal a lighted piano keyboard that he begins to play. In musical theatre, the audience is already ready to suspend belief and accept the fact that the songs are an extension of the dialogue and the characters don't believe they're singing to each other, rather expressing the feelings of information of the scene in a perfectly natural way. At those times, the underscore will move in under dialogue and the actors will transition into the song in a perfectly natural manner. In Cop Rock, however, Bochco abruptly jumps into a musical number and, as in the courtroom scene, loudly screams "Hey, we're doing a musical number now, in case you didn't know it, that's why the guy opened his desk to show us a piano, because this all isn't real!"

That's a fatal error. Musicals never let the audience in on the gag, and they don't have to. Even the most bizarre of musical numbers, when played correctly within the context of a musical, will keep the audience engaged with belief suspended. Bochco doesn't give us that luxury here. And don't get me started on the farcical (and frankly, terrible) peformances of his wife Barbara as the city Mayor, and Ronny Cox as the police chief. Bochco has thrown oil and water together with the belief that it will all somehow mix together and it doesn't.

There ARE moments of briiliance and one in particular that I remember all these years later from the pilot (as did a friend when I told him I bought the Cop Rock DVD), is the final scene and musical number where a drug-addicted mother sits with her baby on a bus bench, and sings a hauntingly beautiful song about how beautiful life will be soon, as she prepares to sell the baby for drug money. It's beautifully shot, and sung, and performed (with the exception of a moment near the end of the song when the actress starts the final chorus and it startles the baby, and the baby jumps in her arms, causing the actress to laugh, upon which she stares at the camera with a look that wonders if she should go on, or will they cut and start again?) I assume, because it was late in the day, they were losing their light, they were doing this all in one take, and the baby to that point had been extremely cooperative, that Bochco didn't yell cut. He should have. The look into the camera was one more indication that the musical aspect of Cop Rock didn't have the respect it deserved.

All that to say, that even though it only lasted 11 episodes, all of which are included in this collection, it's still one of my favorite series of all time. I only wish it had been produced today, and by someone who knew how to produce musicals.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e95300) out of 5 stars Cops Rock on Out! May 14 2016
By H. Curl - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this show when it was on TV and taped several episodes. Audiences were expecting another police procedural, instead they were subjected to a variety of plots with actors breaking into song periodically, usually as soliloquies. Shakespeare did that all the time with actors voicing their inner thoughts, their doubts, their aspirations, their fears. Now, with improved production values, we would call Cop Rock a musical and put it on the stage. But as my music teacher said, "It's not for everyone!"
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x990ae690) out of 5 stars Glad Shout! is releasing this obscure show April 3 2016
By 80's TV Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Glad Shout! is releasing this obscure show. NOW, can you please release "The Charmings"!? I've read that Brian Ward of Shout! feels they would lose money since no one would remember it...but come on, its Snow White, it will have cross-over appeal! There are 86,000 views of the theme song on YouTube!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99dc62f4) out of 5 stars Brilliant, uneven mess! May 28 2016
By middlemoo - Published on Amazon.com
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Brilliant, uneven mess! The moments that work, work like gangbusters - but so many musical opportunities are squandered. Nowhere on this set (or anywhere else online that I could find!?) are credits given for individual songs, which vary in quality from stupendous to merely serviceable to just plain "meh!" - my suspicion is that Mike Post, in his usual M.O., claimed cowriting credits with every songwriter except Randy Newman and he doesn't want that info tarnishing his reputation. Whatever. For anyone interested in late 80s TV culture and music, Cop Rock is a trip!


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