Quincy ME Season 1 & 2 DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 9.0
Video 8.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features    
Total 7.0
Distributor: Universal
Running Time:
TBA
Classification:
 M15+
Reviewer:
Mike Bourke

7.0


Quincy ME Season 1 & 2

While this six-disk set contains the first two seasons of episodes of the memorable police forensic series, people might be surprised by the number of actual episodes on the disks. Season 1 of "Quincy ME" actually consisted of 4 episodes of a shared crime-genre show, NBC's "Mystery Movie" series in 1976 (which I had always thought was a compilation made here in Australia - guess I owe someone an apology for that)! Quincy was the last of the series added to a rotating group of shows which also contained Columbo, McCloud and McMillan and Wife. Since these shows were 70 minutes long, they were what we would now call telemovies. Season 2 of Quincy began airing only 2 days after the last of the Quincy telemovies and contained 13 episodes, including the notable "Has Anyone Here Seen Quincy" (Season 2, episode 7)which is notable for the absence of the star of the show, Jack Klugman (the producers were testing the feasibility of a spin-off show).

I remember when these shows first aired; they were enjoyable television then, and are equally so now. However, it's interesting to compare these to the modern equivalents, the CSI franchise series, Bones, etc; the pacing of Quincy is more casual, the shows have a slightly lower emphasis on homicide and violent crime and more emphasis on melodrama, the dialogue is less gritty and realistic, and T-shirts were worn by the trendy as fashion statements. Just like the 70s really were, as I recall! The one element of the series that I found jarring, both then and now, is the apparent inability of any reasonably attractive female to resist Quincy's charms for more than ten minutes. But if you can suspend your disbelief long enough, or ignore this unnatural compulsion that has clearly been scripted in, the series remains as watchable today as it ever was. The episodes are absolutely complete, including the trailers that were designed to be used in promotional advertising by the televising networks.

Picture Quality is excellent, despite the 4:3 ratio (i.e. normal TV). Sound Quality was also absolutely fine, if mono in some cases. There are no extras to speak of other than the menu, but that deserves special mention; it is extremely counter-intuitive. The selection on the menu that you are actually choosing is the one where the bullet is not highlighted bright white, but is an almost-invisible pale green, with the menu items themselves grayed out. There is also an item on the menu, "UK Market Only" which is nothing but an advertisement for this and other classic-TV DVDs.

This DVD set will appeal to anyone who watched the original series of Quincy, or who enjoys classic police television programmes. Younger audiences might struggle a little with the pacing, the shortage of special effects, and with the disconcerting "sex appeal" (or lack thereof) of Jack Klugman, but if they can get past those flaws, they will discover a source of entertaining mysteries laced with an idealism that, however corny, is still at the heart of the best police television even today. These shows are classics, and the series is heartily recommended for those who enjoy this sort of thing. The only shame is that this series has taken so long to be made available, and that even now many seasons worth remain in the vaults.

DVD CONTENTS (6 Disks)

Season 1:
1. Go Fight City Hall... to the death! (3 October 1976)
2. Who's Who In Neverland (10 October 1976)
3. A Star Is Dead (28 November 1976)
4. Hot Ice, Cold Hearts (2 January 1977)

Season 2 (4 February 1977 - 27 May 1977):
1. Snake Eyes: Part 1
2. Snake Eyes: Part 2
3. ...The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone...
4. Visitors in Paradise
5. The Two Sides of the Truth
6. Hit and Run at Danny's
7. Has Anybody Here seen Quincy?
8. A Good Smack in the Mouth
9. The Hot Dog Murder
10. An Unfriendly Radiance
11. The Deadly Connection
12. Valleyview
13. Let Me Light the Way






 
 



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