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Hawaii Five-O – The Second Season thru The Seventh Season (1969 – 1975/CBS DVD Sets)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: B



As Hawaii Five-O kicked into high gear and became both a ratings and moneymaking powerhouse for CBS, the show kept its high quality, more money was put into the series and Jack Lord became one of the biggest stars on TV.  The show also slowly became better and smoother overall.  You can read about the show in its debut season at this link:





Wo Fat (Khign Dhiegh) was the big villain and The Cold War was still a factor at times, but the writers diversified and came up with all kinds of interesting one-shot stories that played on McGarrett’s past as an effective cop as old enemies and other haters surfaced to take another shot at him.  Because of all of the hard work, the shows hold up very well and the mystery aspects of the various schemes are better than I remembered after all these years.


I also wanted to take time this time to give credit to James MacArthur in his classic role as Detective Danny “Dan-O” Williams, one of the best police assistant characters in TV history still to this date.  For all the fandom and popularity surrounding the show, he is underdiscussed and his character too easily dismissed.  A good character actor, MacArthur was really good here and when Kam Fong was on as Detective Chin Ho Kelly, he was also a character ahead of his time.


Going from one end of the series to this mid-point, another thing that improves is the editing and flow of the actual episodes.   I liked the older shows too, but it is impressive how the editing works its way up to the shows moving as well as they do.  It is no wonder CBS continues to issue the series on DVD; they are being rediscovered and making viewers very happy all over again.


The full color 1.33 X 1 filmed image and Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono are as clean, clear and consistent as they have been since the first set, with only some limits, variations and flaws that are to be expected for an older such show.  All the more reason this should be a candidate for Blu-ray.  The only extra across these follow-up sets are the Episodic Promos that Lord voiced himself, ending in an amusing “Aloha” after telling us about the latest murders.  People loved the idea that bad things were happening in paradise and the show knew how to exploit that, while still delivering top-rate TV.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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