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“Dragnet 1967-Season-1“
Reviewed by: Wayne A. Klein
Genre: Police drama
Video: 1.33:1 Full screen
Audio: Dolby Digital 1.0 (mono)
Languages English
Subtitles English
Length Approximately 380 minutes
Rating NR
Release Date 6/7/05
Studio Universal Home Video
Commentary: None
Documentaries: None
Featurettes: None
Filmography/Biography: None
Interviews: None
Trailers/TV Spots: None
Alternate/Deleted Scenes: None
Music Video: None
Other: CD with 1954 Broadcast of the radio show “Dragnet”
Cast and Crew: Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross
Written By: Richard L. Breen, Robert C. Dennis, John Randolph (Jack Webb)
Produced By: Jack Webb
Directed By: Jack Webb
Music: Miklós Rózsa
The Review:

Many people believe that “Star Trek” was the first franchise series with multiple series. That honor would go to “Dragnet” which began life as a radio show and spawned 3 TV series and 2 movies and 1 TV movie. Jack Webb makes playing a police stiff an art form in the series. The best of the three series had to be the 60’s revival featuring Harry Morgan as Joe Friday’s partner Officer Bill Gannon. None of these characters had personality nor did they have a home life that we truly saw much less a fantasy life. The 60’s series had a touch of humor to it that made it more memorablethan the original 50’s version. ***

Universal has issued the first season of “Dragnet” (called “Dragnet 1967”) sans the 1966 TV pilot movie that aired prior to the first 17 episodes of the series. We do get the first season here in all its stiff glory to enjoy. ---

Image and Sound: There is a considerable amount of dirt and debris which probably was unavoidable with this series. However, Universal could have cleaned these up a bit for their DVD presentation. The colors are, for the most part, quite vivid considering the age of the series. The picture quality varies quite a bit from time to time with some scenes sharper than others. Any stock footage looks the worse for wear. The mono sound isn’t bad considering the age but the fidelity could be improved a tad. ---
The Extras:

Universal has included a CD of a 1954 radio broadcast of the series as an extra here. ---

Commentary: No commentary tracks ---
Final Words: This will probably be the only transfer this series receives to DVD so it is a bit disappointing that Universal didn’t clean this series up a bit more. It doesn’t look as good as “Baa Baa Black Sheep” or even “Airwolf” by comparison but it’s not a complete disaster. Fans will be happy to have the series at all although it’s strange that Universal issued this on a two disc set. Both appear to be double sided but the second disc has nothing on the second side.


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