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Homicide: Life On The Street - Season 1 (4 Discs)

Featuring: Yaphet Kotto, Clark Johnson & John Polito

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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  Forget the bland CSI, Homicide rules

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American cop shows come and go. Youu have The wire, NYPD Blue, CSI, The truly great The Shield etc. The Best of them all, and the best tv show out right is Homicide: Life on the Street. I watched it when the first show was aired on British tv in the 90's and was hooked from the start. Considering it was a cop show it had very few "shoot outs" and the ones that happened were realisticly done and Brilliantly acted. A cast and characters to die for. Frank Pembleton is was probably the most complex character and a instant favourate. Forget the glossy and OTT (AND SOOOO SAMEY) CSI, Homicide is the show that all others should follow. For any one who hasnt seen Homicide i beg you to buy the DVDs and get stuck in. I promisre you you will not be dissapointed.

  The Wire, The Shield, Sons of Anarchy......started here

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I got this first season because of the David Simon link, being a big Wire fan I thought this would be interesting as it's set in B'more too.

The first thing that hits you is how much of this show is in the wire, the murder board, the cops tricks to get confessions and about half of the cast but significantly younger, a young valcek was the weirdest but there are so many.

Then you start to notice people from OZ and the sopranos, guest appearances by major stars.

Essentially it is like the wire just focussing on the Homicide unit (stating the obvious I know) but it has the documentary style of the shield, the shaky camera work, the final scene set to a cool piece of music.

As for sons of anarchy there is an episode about halfway through season two which Kurt Sutter must have been watching one day when he decided to write sons.

Once you get over the fact that it looks a bit dated it is genuinely funny and you quickly become invested in the characters. Ok so it may not be quite as slick as some of the more modern shows but it has it all where it counts, I was not aware of this show when it originally aired but I wish I had been as i can only imagine it was seriously ground breaking in it's style and content which would account for the awards. Definitely worth checking out.

  Anything else is just Homicide - Lewis (Homicide)

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Like so many other people I watched Homicide as and when TV decided to broadcast it and it should have been primetime. This cop drama broke the mould and reshaped it. It is with thanks to this series we have the likes of The Shield and The Wire (also set in Baltimore) and any fans of those series should be watching Homicide.

This is true to life drama following complex characters while they try and solve murders in the City. It shows the determination and tenacity of the Detectives and they do not always get their man and not all have a happy ending just like real life. The acting is superb, the characters are equally likeable and unlikeable but you always have respect for them and the work they do and also how the crimes affect the individual. There are some black comedy moments which falls into line with what the programme tries to show.

Perfect cop drama, buy it and love it.

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  One of the best...

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For those in the UK that missed it, i.e. people without insomnia and the patience to second guess C4's astonishingly evil/random scheduling in order to record it, this is one of the best programmes ever made - period.

One of the first (to me anyway) shows that allowed characters to develop over the entire series it allowed all to shine and is a far cry from the shiny CSI nonsense...

It requires work on behalf of the viewer as the dialogue is real and it assumes that you have intelligence enough to follow it.

As for extras, maybe a few would have been nice, but I personally am not fussed and you wont be bothered as the programme itself rocks...

  Nice programme, shame about the extras....

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Homicide is an excellent show, far removed from the car chases and gun battles of the 70s and 80s or the flashly filming and graphics of modern shows. Normally I'd love to give it five stars, but whilst the programmes are excellent the presentation on the discs is somewhat shoddy, with the R2 discs having no extras at all compared to the extra laden R1 versions, another case of us Brits getting a second rate release....

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