Kojak - The Complete Series (30 DVD Box Set) DVD|
On the timeline of successful TV cop dramas, Kojak offered bold authenticity and paved the way for NYPD Blue. As immortalised by Telly Savalas, veteran detective Theo Kojak was introduced in the 1973 TV movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders, a ratings hit that encouraged CBS and writer-producer Abby Mann to create a trend-setting series (based on a book by Selwyn Raab) that premiered on October 24 of that year. The Greek, bald-headed, snappily attired Kojak brought no-nonsense bravado to homicide cases in South Manhattan--a setting that lent a gritty, urban edge to intelligent plots that won the respect of real cops with an emphasis on diligent police work instead of overblown action and phony glamour. While working cases with his captain Frank McNeil (Dan Frazer) and closest colleagues Crocker (Kevin Dobson) and Stavros (played by Savalas's brother George, credited as Demosthenes for the first two seasons), Kojak had a knack for bending the rules (but never breaking them) if he knew it would solve a crime. Kojak came at a perfect time for Savalas and cop dramas in general. The actor's career was slumping in the early '70s (he'd just appeared in the Italian horror film Lisa and the Devil), and he quickly put his personal stamp on the role with street-wise sarcasm and trademark lollipops (a perfect prop that Savalas adopted to quit smoking). Consistently well-written, the series was realistically rooted in a broad spectrum of New York City crime. These qualities attracted plenty of fresh and established talent, including guest appearances by Harvey Keitel, James Woods, Richard Jordan, Hector Elizondo, John Ritter (in one of his first TV roles), Paul Michael Glaser, Dabney Coleman, Tina Louise, and a host of familiar TV veterans. For the debut season, Savalas won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and Kojak ran for five well-rated seasons, followed by several TV-movie revivals in 1985, 1989, and 1990. The enduring popularity of Kojak was further proven when the show was revived yet again in March of 2005, with Ving Rhames in the title role And now, it's an open and shut case for this slick, well plotted, entertaining series, with all 118 newly remastered episodes, from all 5 seasons, available together for the very first time in this 30 disc box setfrom£38.95 | RRP:
* Excludes Voucher Code Discount
- 17 November 2014
- Charles S. Dubin^Jeannot Szwarc^Sigmund Neufeld Jr.^Russ Mayberry
- Telly Savalas^Dan Frazer^Kevin Dobson
- 5651 minutes
- Box set, Dolby, PAL
All episodes from all five seasons of the hard-hitting American detective drama following the investigations of Kojak (Telly Savalas), the bald, no-nonsense cop who is never without a lollipop in his hand. Season 1 episodes are: 'Siege of Terror', 'Web of Death', 'One for the Morgue', 'Knockover', 'Girl in the River', 'Requiem for a Cop', 'The Corrupter', 'Dark Sunday', 'Conspiracy of Fear', 'Cop in a Cage', 'Marker to a Dead Bookie', 'Last Rites for a Dead Priest', 'Death Is Not a Passing Grade', 'Die Before They Wake', 'Deliver Us Some Evil', 'Eighteen Hours of Fear', 'Before the Devil Knows', 'Dead On His Feet', 'Down a Long and Lonely River', 'Mojo', 'Therapy in Dynamite' and 'The Only Way Out'. Season 2 episodes are: 'The Chinatown Murders: Part 1', 'The Chinatown Murders: Part 2', 'Hush Now, Don't You Die', 'A Very Deadly Game', 'Wall Street Gunslinger', 'Slay Ride', 'Nursemaid', 'You Can't Tell a Hurt Man How to Holler', 'The Best Judge Money Can Buy', 'A Souvenir from Atlantic City', 'A Killing in the Second House', 'The Best War in Town', 'Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die', 'The Betrayal', 'Loser Takes All', 'Close Cover Before Killing', 'Acts of Desperate Men', 'Queen of the Gypsies', 'Night of the Piraeus', 'Elegy in an Asphalt Graveyard', 'The Goodluck Bomber', 'Unwanted Partners', 'Two-Four-Six for Two Hundred' and 'I Want to Report a Dream'. Season 3 episodes are: 'A Question of Answers', 'My Brother, My Enemy', 'Sweeter Than Life', 'Be Careful What You Pray For', 'Secret Snow, Deadly Snow', 'Life, Liberation and the Pursuit of Death', 'Out of the Frying Pan...', 'Over the Water', 'The Nicest Guys On the Block', 'No Immunity for Murder', 'A Long Way from Times Square', 'Money Back Guarantee', 'A House of Prayer, a Den of Thieves', 'How Cruel the Frost, How Bright the Stars', 'The Forgotten Room', 'On the Edge', 'A Wind from Corsica', 'Bad Dude', 'A Grave Too Soon', 'The Frame', 'Deadly Innocence', 'Justice Deferred' and 'Both Sides of the Law'. Season 4 episodes are: 'Birthday Party', 'A Summer Madness', 'Law Dance', 'Out of the Shadows', 'A Need to Know', 'An Unfair Trade', 'A Hair-Trigger Away', 'By Silence Betrayed', 'A Shield for Murder: Part 1', 'A Shield for Murder: Part 2', 'The Pride and the Princess', 'Black Thorn', 'Where Do You Go When You Have Nowhere to Go?', 'Dead Again', 'The Godson', 'The Condemned', 'When You Hear the Beep, Drop Dead', 'I Was Happy Where I Was', 'Kojak's Days: Part 1', 'Kojak's Days: Part 2', 'Monkey On a String', 'Kiss It All Goodbye', 'Lady in the Squad Room', 'Sister Maria' and 'Another Gypsy Queen'. Season 5 episodes are: 'The Queen of Hearts Is Wild', 'A Strange Kind of Love', 'Laid Off', 'Cry for the Kids', 'Once More from Birdland', 'Caper On a Quiet Street', 'Letters of Death', 'Tears for All Who Loved Her', 'The Summer of '69: Part 1', 'The Summer of '69: Part 2', 'Case Without a File', 'I Could Kill My Wife's Lawyer', 'Justice for All', 'Mouse', 'Chain of Custody', 'The Captain's Brother's Wife', 'No License to Kill', 'The Halls of Terror', 'May the Horse Be With You', 'Photo Must Credit Joe Paxton', '60 Miles to Hell' and 'In Full Command'.
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