Dragnet 1967: Season 1 (1967)

Genre(s): Crime / Drama
Universal || NR - 432 minutes - $39.98 || June 7, 2005
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2005-06-12


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Jack Webb (creator)
Cast: Jack Webb, Herry Morgan


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

"This is the city, Los Angeles..."

"Dragnet 1967" was reintroduced to the public after its initial airing that ran from 1951 to 1959. This time, the show is in color with a new partner to Sgt. Joe Friday (Webb) named Officer Bill Gannon (Morgan). Years ago, I remember watching this show on a station like TV Land and found it intrigueing... but for different reasons than why it was popular back in the day. When "Dragnet" aired it was considered a serious drama but in today's media where shows like "Law & Order" (as well as its spin-offs) provide a much more involved plot where more than one person is a suspect.

"Dragnet" isn't a great show really. It's cheesy, filled with cheap set work and acting ranging from average (from Gannon and Webb) to downright poor for each episode with the "punk of the week". And even though the show is bad, it's still fun to watch. It's simple and to the point (each episode has an after school message - like why LSD is bad).

Episode-wise, each one is basically the same. Friday and Gannon are working the day shift in some division (robbery, homicide, etc), they interview witnesses, figure out the crime and the events and then they catch the bad guy (or girl). And then the show's trademark showing what kind of sentence the vile criminal gets.

Jack Webb not only created the series but he also directed, produced and starred in every episode. For his part, Webb doesn't change his persona one bit. He's dry (to say the least) and stiff (reminded me of the woman who didn't swing her arms on "Seinfeld").



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Once again, Universal fails to provide any special features... How 'bout a retrospective, huh? There must be someone still around to talk about the show. Now, technically there is one special feature... a CD with a radio episode entitled The Big Cut...



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Given the age of the show (more than 35 years now), the picture - presented in full screen - is pretty good with the occasional wear and tear. It isn't anything great, but good enough all things considered. The sound on the other hand truly sounds like it came from the 60s. It's screechy in places and just doesn't sound well using surround sound.

I can't be too harsh toward the sound and picture here because of its age.



.::OVERALL::.

No, if you're looking for good entertainment, you won't find it here. For the people who remember the show, then you might find this to be a good trip on memory lane. Outside of that, you won't find anything of value here. No special features, it's just the facts...