- Actors: David Caruso, Dennis Franz, James McDaniel, Sherry Stringfield, Amy Brenneman
- Directors: Brad Silberling, Charles Haid, Daniel Sackheim, Dennis Dugan, Eric Laneuville
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Dubbed: Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 6
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
- Release Date: March 18 2003
- Run Time: 1078 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00007I6FP
NYPD Blue: Season 1 (Bilingual) [Import]
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RIDE ALONG WITH THE BOYS IN BLUE. It was the groundbreaking series that broke all the rules and triggered what may be the biggest mutiny in TV history when some station affiliates across the country refused to carry the show. Some viewers also complained, but the majority loved what was being touted as TV's first R-rated series. Now in its tenth year, NYPD Blue has garnered an amazing 86 Emmy Award(r) nominations and 21 wins. So if you missed all the excitement back then, don't miss it now! Take a ride back to 1993 and join the cops of the 15th Precinct for the first season of NYPD Blue.
Within the first few minutes of the pilot episode, it's clear what made NYPD Blue stand out from the rest of the cop show pack, as the characters express themselves in startlingly colorful language. This, combined with glimpses of nudity, earned NYPD Blue the reputation as R-rated television--but just about every episode demonstrates the propulsive storytelling and superb ensemble acting that put substance behind the flash. The show revolves around two detectives: Tough, moralistic, but passionate John Kelly (David Caruso) and hair-trigger Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), who wrestles with booze and racist tendencies. Caruso rose to prominence as the star, but his intensity bleeds too easily into preening self-righteousness; it's Franz, with a much more complex role, who really drives the show.
NYPD Blue's writers skillfully navigate both single-episode criminal cases (ranging from tense procedural sequences like Kelly slowly drawing a confession out of a man who killed a cab driver, to lighter cases like a stolen Oscar statuette) and storylines that stretch dizzily across the entire season. These sustained plots are the real meat of the show: Kelly's hardline ethics are humanized by watching him clumsily come to a professional relationship with his ex-wife Laura (Sherry Stringfield) and work through an affair with Officer Janice Licalsi (Amy Brenneman), who is herself entangled with mobsters; while Sipowicz's near-death in the pilot has repercussions that crop up throughout the series, threatening his sobriety and his developing relationship with a lawyer (Sharon Lawrence)--and then there's his tense relationship with African American Lt. Fancy (James McDaniel), which affords some trenchant looks at racism inside and outside the department. The writing, directing, and acting only gets more subtle and complex as the show goes on, making this set a must for any fan. --Bret Fetzer
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Before all that, though, was this classic first series which is well worth investing in. I have problems with some of it. Halfway through, police brutality was introduced, and the constant beating up of suspects, which the series appeared to condone, quickly became repellent. I note that real NY cops didn't get away with this conduct in one particularly notorious case. Also, the lead characters were never on the take or anything. Real good guys, up to a point. Never the less, there are too many other virtues and great scenes to mention.
Certainly, part of the early criticism surrounding the show at the beginning was due to the "adult content", but it really wasn't anything you wouldn't see or hear in a somewhat tame PG-rated film. Once the initial ire died down, viewers and even the show's detractors saw that the show was masterfully written, brilliantly acted, and totally engrossing.
This 6 disc set offers running commentary on selected episodes, plus a small handful of other features. But you shouldn't need any of those carrots dangled in front of you to get you to buy this box set. It's just a great show, period.
**** Only drawback: The John Kelly character exited after the 4th show of the second season, so with this box set we don't get to see the conclusion of his story arc. It would've been great if Fox could have included those 4 episodes.
So buy this box set, and also purchase "The Shield - Season One". Own the two best cop shows ever made!
If you follow the show, Dennis Franz has created one of the greatest characters in the history of television. Sipowicz is one for the ages, and seeing the tortured man in the initial episode, unable to know what we know...he calls his (unbeknownst to him) future wife a "p***y little b***h" within the first minutes of the first episode, for example...it's a bit like going back in time.
Again, looking at that first episode. The cast includes, of course, the outstanding David Caruso (you can't take your eyes off him when he's onscreen...now he's on CSI: Miami), Amy Brennemann (Judging Amy), Sherrie Stringfield (ER), Nicholas Turturro, James McDaniel, Daniel Benzali, even David Schwimmer (Ross from Friends)...is a delight. The video transfer is eye-popping. The crisp yellows of the NY taxis, the cool blues in the station, Caruso's hair...all delivered vividly, with killer sound as well.
Oh yeah...this is great stuff.
The first season certainly does illustrate the promise of BLUE to come. This was landmark television... Gritty, realistic, and compelling,.. pushing the envelope.
The story line with Janice, the beat cop who is mobbed up, and Caruso is nice. He is such a moralist and she is so hung out to dry here. She's damned if she does and if she doesn't.
Sipowicz grabs us from the get-go and shows us what he's about. His near-death, sobreity, new relationship with Sharon Lawrence, and his fledgingly understanding of Lt. Fancy is an interesting relationship twister to watch.
Just a fabulous show and we can watch it from the beginning.
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