The Fugitive The Fourth & Final Season,
Volume Two (1967) + The Guardian Season Three/The Final
Season (2003 2004/CBS DVDs) +
Single-Handed Set One (2007 2008/Acorn Media DVD Set)
Picture: B-/C+/C+ Sound: C+/C+/B- Extras: C/D/C Episodes: B+/C+/B-
many bad action and detective shows on today, it is a nice change of pace to
look at three that work well enough.
This includes the conclusion of the original Fugitive, with David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, finally
catching up to the one-armed men who killed his wife and managed to frame
are unfamiliar with the original series, here is a link to find our previous
The Fourth & Final Season,
Volume Two has
one of the best wrap-ups of any TV series of its kind, with the Quinn Martin
people understanding they needed to go out on top and wrap up the show before
people found it to be a spoof of itself.
As a result, it remains one of the most imitated TV shows ever and few
of the imitators (including a direct revival that did not work) but holds up
very well after all these years.
15 hour-long shows including the two-episode The Judgment conclusion are all here and that final episode remains
one of the most highly rated climax final episodes in TV history. It is so popular, it was always issued in
previous video formats (12 LaserDisc, videotape) that it stood alone as one of
the few consistently issued TV shows of any kind until TV on DVD (and now
Blu-ray) became commonplace. It is all
worth revisiting again with all of its suspense and twists, leaving the entire
series finally now on DVD.
at The Guardian with Simon Baker in
its Season One DVD release, so those
not familiar with the courtroom drama can see more about it at this link:
good and the show is not bad, just not great and in its Third & Final Season, the makers quit while they were ahead,
wrapping up the show as much as could be expected and all 22 hour-long shows
over six DVDs are at least intelligent.
Baker has some star quality and if you go back to the show and watch
from the debut episode, it flows better than most such shows like it since the
1980s. Plus, the 1500 hours of community
service he owed the public was only going to last so long.
is a nice, new, pleasant surprise set in Ireland
called Single-Handed, never picked
up on an U.S.
network for reasons that make no sense.
Owen McDonnell is a police sergeant going back to the west coast area of
the great country he grew up in, now to protect and serve, but must deal with
his own feeling about the past while trying to preserve peace, order and the
future. What could have been just another
tired, played out police procedural benefits from the location shooting and
dealing with a culture that we do not see enough in any TV series or feature
This Set One DVD collection offers all three
telefilm episodes over 3 DVDs and I was happy with the combination of mystery,
suspense, character study and a sense of dealing with Ireland in a genre piece
that goes beyond genre. This is a
quality series worth catching, especially if you like this kind of
X 1 color image on Fugitive is as
nice as it was on the previous Season
Four volume that can be soft, but also offers some exceptional color often
and from prints that are in incredibly good shape. It reminded me of the high quality of the CBS
DVD sets on The Invaders (reviewed
elsewhere on this site) and makes me want to see both come out on Blu-ray. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also good for
its age, cleaner than you might expect and includes music by Dominic Frontiere,
who is in the only extra on this set, a must-see featurette called The
Color Of Music that you should see after
watching the series.
enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on the newer shows are actually softer and not as
either colorful, rich or as defined, but you get some nice shots here ands
there on both, but these would likely benefit from Blu-ray releases as
well. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on
both are newer recordings that are good, solid and professional, but Handed actually has surprisingly good
and healthy Pro Logic type surrounds that make it one of the best overseas TV
productions sonically we have heard in a while.
Guardian has no extras, but Handed offers text production notes and
a text interview with the shows producer.
- Nicholas Sheffo