If you weren’t around in the 1970’s, you might be surprised to find out that film superstar Michael Douglas was once in a television cop show. It was this influential crime drama that allowed Douglas to show off the acting chops that would earn him a spot in the
Inspectors 81 are back on the tough streets of
In case you don’t know the show, here’s a rundown. Detective “Iron” Mike Stone (Karl Malden) is a seasoned veteran of the San Francisco Police Department. He’s an old fashioned no nonsense detective whose life has taken some bitter turns of late. Much to his aggravation, he gets partnered with Keller (Michael Douglas), a green detective who hasn’t lost his belief that he can make a difference. Together they just might be able to teach each other something. Before long the two develop a teacher/mentor relationship that works well enough to solve the cases and get the bad guys.
In Winterkill we have a modern Robin Hood story. An elderly guy steals from the rich to buy medications for old folks who can’t afford their medicine. It looks like that was a problem way back in 1972; and here all along I was told George W. Bush was to blame for that. A psychic is involved in a in a kidnapping case in Chapel Of The Damned. A cop’s snitch is killed when an angry group of citizens form a vigilante group after getting fed up with crime in their neighborhood in Rampage.
Each episode of The Streets of San Francisco is presented in its original full frame broadcast format. Let’s be realistic here and admit that the picture is incredibly dated. There’s plenty of grain, and colors are often washed out. Still, you might be impressed with the level of detail the transfers are capable of. Nothing is really consistent here at all, but it holds up as well as you can honestly expect it to. Black levels might be the only real constant in each episode, holding steady, again making allowances for the 35 years of age. This isn’t going to dazzle anyone, but it is more than watchable, capable of delivering an entertaining experience if you are not too spoiled by the Hi-Def images delivered on a routine basis today.
The Dolby Digital Mono track serves merely as an adequate delivery system for sound. Dialog is clear and not at all distorted. Some of the music contains slight high end distortion which can be ignored without too much trouble. I also heard a bit of warble at times; that’s actually more common than you might expect even in far more recent productions. Again there isn’t anything high fidelity about this audio, but it does give you the bare essentials to enjoy a bit of classic television.
Move along. Nothing to see here.
It’s another half season, and the 12 episodes are spread out over just 3 discs. If you’re a fan of the show you’ll eventually get there. “You just stay with it.”