Inside Pulse » Cops A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:30:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Cops Disc News: Police Story Anthology Series Gets Busted This September Thu, 07 Jul 2011 15:30:29 +0000 Police Story was the prime cop show of the ’70s. Sure there was The Rookies, McCloud, S.W.A.T. and Columbo.Police Story had the advantage of a rotating cast of leads. It’s kinda like Cops in that function. The series lasted five seasons. Fans of cop shows have been asking for years about the DVD release. There’s finally an answer. Police Story: Season One will be released on September 6th courtesy of Shout! Factory.

Police Story: Season One arrives as six-disc set and will feature 21 original episodes from 1973-1974, the TV pilot film, Movie of the Week and a newly produced interview with series creator Joseph Wambaugh, the ex-cop-turned-author.

Police Story is an anthology series detailing the lives of LAPD officers in a collection of realistic and gritty accounts of what it meant to be a cop in 1970s Los Angeles. The series became the archetype for many critically acclaimed shows that followed, including Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and Homicide: Life on the Street.

Police Story: Season One DVD set is priced to own at $39.97 SRP (currently listed at 10% off at Amazon).

DVD Bonus Features:

* “Slow Boy”: Pilot Film
* “Big John Morrison”: Movie of the Week
* Cop Talk: New interview with show creator, author and former LAPD Detective Sergeant Joseph Wambaugh×120.jpg

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Life On Mars: Series 1 – DVD Review Sun, 02 Aug 2009 22:36:28 +0000 Life-on-Mars_UK

When watching cop shows from the 70s, you must remember that their police work is hampered by the lack of 21st century conveniences. They dont have cellphones to connect with headquarters while chasing down suspects on foot. They dont have the Internet for quick background checks. They dont even have computers on their desks. Theyre lucky to have manual typewriters. Theres no talk of DNA or tracking credit cards. Theyre almost like cavemen hunting down suspects with barely enough technology to spark a fire. Leave it to the BBC to develop a show that mixes modern police smarts with 70s cop gut instinct. Sam Tyler (John Simm) is a Detective Inspector Chief in Manchester. Hes on the trail of a serial killer when he gets hit by a car. When he wakes up, he finds himself in Manchester of 1973. Life On Mars: Series 1 gives us the first eight episodes where Sam Tyler struggles to get back to his time while maintaining his job on the police force.

Sam is no longer the DCI in 1973. He has to report to DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) at a police station that looks more like a military bunker than an office building. Hunt is a brute who believes knocking heads is the best way to solve a case. Hes not afraid of asserting his alpha male nature around headquarters. His two main assistants dont even come close to challenging his authority or envy his job. Detective Sergeant Ray Carling (Dean Andrews) has less grace and social skills than a police dog. Hes not much for thinking. He merely awaits Hunts orders. He does not like the new approaches to crime fighting suggested by Sam. Detective Constable Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster) is a bit of a wimp and simp. What differs him from Ray is his desire to learn from Ray. WPS Annie Cartwright (Liz White) is a policewoman who wants to do more than paperwork. Shes believes that Sam is really from the future. She also has a crush on him.

Sam is unsure whats really happening to him. Did he somehow get knocked through a worm hole and was projected back into time? Has he entered an alternate universe? Is this a sleeping dream? Is this a coma dream? During the eight episodes, clues are offered as Sam hears voices from the future discussing his health condition through radio and on TV. He fears hes in a coma and theyre going to pull the life support if he doesnt find the secret to getting back. Is there a case he must solve to project him back to the 2006 reality? Or will Gene Hunt merely punch hard enough to launch him 33 years into the future?

Even with the culture shock and confusion over whats really happening to him, Sam maintains his gig as a police detective. He sees it as part of his job to introduce future crime scene investigations to Gene Hunt and his crew. It does get complicated when he asks about cellphones and computers. His first case in the pilot episode has him tracking down a killer with a murder pattern similar to his 21st century suspect. Except the prime suspect in 2006 would be a child in 1973. He mixes evidence from the future with this new case even though he cant explain things to Hunt. He has to get them to trust his instincts even if they are scientifically based hunches.

Sam finds himself in a one man crusade to not merely clean up crime in Manchester, but to turn the police department into something more than the Goon Squad. He wont follow Hunts rules of order. Sam discovers Gene and other cops are on the payroll of a local mobster who patrols his own neighborhood. Things get personal when Sam discovers his family lives in a house controlled by the mobster. Can Sam stay off the take? During the investigation at a cloth mill, Sam realizes his future apartment will be inside the renovated factory. He hasnt the heart to tell everyone that the industry will fail. Sam puts his police career on the line when he investigates how a drug suspect died while in police custody. Hunt and the others dont like Sam acting like Internal Affairs. The final episode of this season has Sam meet with his family. He discovers his dad sold more than cleaning goods. Sam wants to clear his fathers name, but cant tell anyone why hes sticking his neck out.

Life On Mars is able to wrap the time traveling element around a cop show without making it a farce. The writers keep us interested in both the police work and Sams fate. What really make this show essential viewing is DCI Hunt taking charge. Hunt is a TV cop on par with Kojak and Steve McGarrett from Hawaii Five-O. He would have been a great character on CBS in 1973. Although they would have cleaned up his language, his violent outbursts and severe drinking. Life On Mars: Series 1 is addictive viewing worthy. Make time to see if Sam Tyler gets back to his real time.

The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic. From what Ive read, the series was shot on Super16 to give it a grainy 70s cop feel. It works in making the show look authentic instead an episode of That 70s Show. The audio is in stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1. The volume is set to enjoy the classic rock songs used over the top of various chases. The various accents from Manchester might be confusing. Luckily theres a subtitle option to keep the dialogue straight.

Audio commentaries are on every episode. The best is Episode 4 with John Simm, Philip Glenister, co-creator/writerAshley Pharoah, director John McKay and producer Claire Parker. Nice to hear the voices of Sam Tyler and Gene Hunt have a casual chat.

Take a Look at the Lawman (63:54) is documentary with cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. The piece is split in half and spread over the first two DVDs. The creators discuss the long process of developing the show. Originally it was going to be a time traveling comedy. Thankfully they didnt make it a farce.

Interview with director Bharat Nalluri (2:51) is a few more answers from the guy calling “action” on the first two episodes.

The Music of Life on Mars (14:04) has composer Ed Butt discuss his approach to creating music for a time traveling cop show.

Get Sykes (7:59) has production designer Brian Sykes explain what it takes to bring 1973 back to Manchester. He based his work on the way the 70s looked in movies instead of TV shows of the time.

Out-Takes Reel (5:55) is blooper-fest. Theres a load of blown lines and blocking moves. Guess which cast member has the dirtiest mouth. Remember actors that when you are starring in a show that takes place in 1973, turn off your cellphone.

Life On Mars: Series 1 is the perfect blend of Dr. Who and Police Story. Sam Tylers fate is compelling. Can he get back to the future? DCI Gene Hunt is a force of nature who will occasionally bend to Sams new methods. Not to spoil the series, but theres only 8 more episodes to come. This limited nature to the show keeps it from being frustrating since it doesnt have to pace itself to 100. There will be an ending so enjoy the beginning. If you enjoyed the American version of Life On Mars, youll be stunned by the greatness of the original series. Life On Mars: Series 1 is as colorful as the times Sam Tyler woke up to find.

Acorn Media presents Life On Mars: Series 1. Starring: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster and Liz White. Boxset Contents: 8 episodes on 4 DVDs. Released on DVD: July 28, 2009. Available at×120.jpg?rand=491596

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Rookies: The Complete Season One – DVD Review Tue, 12 May 2009 00:45:32 +0000 rookies1

Police work is something that I’ve always been interested in and wanted nothing more than to be a part of someday. Sadly it would never come to pass and that’s mostly because it just wasn’t a career I ever pursued, but wish I had. Crime dramas have become some of my favorite shows on television to watch and it sort of makes me wish I could skip through all of basic training and being a street cop just so a detective could be my initial position with the force. But then COPS comes on and who doesn’t want to take down a perpetrator with a billy club or well-executed tackle? It’s the beat cops that keep us all safe and travel the dangerous streets in order to bring criminals to justice. That may not seem like much, but a series like Rookies show us just how much more goes into all the work that they do.

Having mentioned COPS already, it’s kind of hard for those that have never watched Rookies to see what the difference is between the two shows. Rookies is virtually the same in many aspects, but the episodes focus on different rookie cops straight out of the police academy as they try to learn the job as it happens. They head out onto the streets with different FTOs (Field Training Officers) to make sure that they are doing things the correct way without getting themselves or fellow officers killed. No longer are they in the classrooms and studying out of books but they are dealing with real situations and dangerous suspects that makes it get very serious, very fast. This is real stuff people and it is not always the easiest things to watch because you will start getting a feel for some of these recruits and knowing them almost on a personal level. Next thing you know, they didn’t make the cut and are no longer with the force.

The first season of Rookies takes us into the lives of some new on the beat cops in the Tampa Police Department and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department near New Orleans. Throughout the season on television, episodes alternate back and forth between the two departments as we follow along with the rookies. I must admit that seeing the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department really kind of hits home because I lived in that parish for almost ten years. My brother-in-law’s father also worked for that department and knew plenty of the cops showcased in the different episodes. No matter what, though, the episodes are all entertaining and show a lot of things to civilians that they’d never even know about. Good stuff all around.

You’re going to have a lot of fun with this series if you enjoy real-life cop adventures and training. There is fun to be had as you see new friendships and partnerships created while also forming trust bonds as these men and women trust each other with their lives. At times you’re going to laugh and at times you’re going cringe as you even will feel a bit awkward when grown adults are yelled at and made to look like small children for messing up. Rookies even has its emotional moments when a department loses an officer in the line of duty and had me in tears. It’s a rollercoaster journey of emotions and education as civilians learn just what the life of brand new police officers is like.


Disc One:

City Of Tampa Police Department: Class Begins
City Of Tampa Police Department: Size Doesn’t Matter
City Of Tampa Police Department: The Birth Of A Rookie
City Of Tampa Police Department: A Deer In Headlights
City Of Tampa Police Department: There’s A New FTO In Town
City Of Tampa Police Department: It’s A “Deadly” Profession
City Of Tampa Police Department: Command Presence
City Of Tampa Police Department: Finding The Cop Voice

Disc Two:

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department: My Name On A Plaque
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department: One More Time
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department: The Shootout
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department: Toy Gun
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department: Riding Solo
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department: Rookie Love
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department: The Lost Rookie
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department: Step Up Or Step Off

The episodes are shown in Widescreen format but some of them seem to come across a bit compressed or squished. It’s not really all that big a deal, but it certainly is an obvious issue.

The episodes are heard in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound and all sound comes through just about how you’d hear it when watching the episodes on television. All sound and dialogue is heard clearly and without any problems.

Additional Footage – Each disc contains about twenty minutes of extra footage for each department and it’s as good as the stuff you see in the episodes. The taser test is by far one of the most interesting things to watch.

Rookies is a television series that I caught onto some months ago and it automatically sucked me in. COPS has always been one of my favorite shows, but you only get small clips and such here and there. Rookies gives you background on these people as they train for a new career and go through all the rigors of becoming a police officer while making it entertaining in the process. This is about as close as I’ll ever get to joining the force because it is evident that I couldn’t possibly step into the shoes of those brave men and women. Everything is detailed here showing what people must go through to become a protector of the innocent and it is intriguing, educational, enjoyable, and intense all at the same time. Some extra footage, which you know there had to be plenty of, makes for a great special feature even though it’s kind of short. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this first season and find out what you’ve been missing.


A&E Home Video presents Rookies: The Complete Season One. Starring: Various. Running time: 352 minutes on 2 discs. Rating: Not Rated. Released on DVD: April 28, 2009. Available at×120.jpg

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“One of the greatest limited run television series I’ve ever seen”
– Stephen King for Entertainment Weekly

Silver Spring, MD; March 3, 2009 – Acorn Media Group partners with Kudos Film & Television for the highly-anticipated DVD release of Life on Mars, Series 1, the original, BAFTA and International Emmy-winning U.K. series. The first series of the British science fiction and police drama will be released on July 28, 2009 as a 4-volume DVD boxed set (SRP: $59.99; 8 Episodes). Starring John Simm (State of Play) and Philip Glenister, the hit U.K. series has been remade in the U.S. with Jason O’Mara and Harvey Keitel, and currently airs on ABC.

Life on Mars is among the greatest shows to ever come out of the UK, and Acorn Media is thrilled to be bringing it to DVD in North America,” said Don Klees, Vice-President for Programming, Acorn Media U.S.

Daniel Isaacs, Joint Managing Director, Kudos Film & Television, added, “We’re delighted to partner with Acorn Media to bring Life on Mars, Series 1 and subsequent series of the show to DVD in the U.S. This season one box-set will include some added extras for our fans who we hope will enjoy it as much on DVD as they did when the show was first broadcast in the U.S.”

An action-packed and innovative drama series, Life on Mars follows Detective Chief Inspector Sam Tyler (John Simm) a driven and ambitious young detective for the Greater Manchester Police in 2006. After a near fatal car accident Sam wakes up, dazed and confused, in 1973, struggling to understand what’s real. Has he gone back in time? Is he in a coma? Or has he simply gone insane? What follows is Sam’s 21st century account of 70s life feeling like a fish out of water while investigating some of the hardest cases he has ever faced. Sam’s new boss is hard-nosed DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister, Vincent), who gets results by trusting his gut instinct and, all too often, sheer brute force.

Life on Mars aired in the U.K. on BBC One for two series (2006-2007) and broadcast in the U.S. on BBC America. Acorn Media U.S. will release the second and final series on DVD in 2010.

Kudos Film & Television produces current hit U.K. dramas Hustle and the award-winning Spooks. Kudos also produced The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard, which Acorn Media released on DVD in the U.S. in October 2007 and is currently being remade by Lifetime Television.

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Barney Miller Gets Booked In March Sun, 28 Dec 2008 03:56:48 +0000 Crime fighting with Abe Vigoda?? Genius! Barney Miller is considered an elite crime fighting sitcom. The series rarely ventured outside the police station as the detectives constantly booked the dumbest criminals in New York City. Barney Miller: The Complete Third Season is slated to be released on March 17. The show still had Abe Vigoda as Detective Fish at this point. Check out the press release from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment after the cut.]]> Crime fighting with Abe Vigoda?? Genius!

Barney Miller is considered an elite crime fighting sitcom. The series rarely ventured outside the police station as the detectives constantly booked the dumbest criminals in New York City. Barney Miller: The Complete Third Season is slated to be released on March 17. The show still had Abe Vigoda as Detective Fish at this point.

CULVER CITY, CALIF. Barney Miller: The Complete Third Season makes its DVD debut March 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The Emmy Award® winning classic ABC comedy series stars Hal Linden (TVs Search for Tomorrow, The Other Woman) as everyones favorite cop, along with a top-notch ensemble featuring Abe Vigoda (The Godfather), Emmy Award® nominee Max Gail (Sons & Daughters), Emmy Award® nominee Ron Glass (Firefly), Jack Soo (Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Green Berets), James Gregory (The Manchurian Candidate), Ron Carey (History of the World: Part I) and Emmy Award® nominee Steve Landesberg (Head Case). Watch all 22 memorable episodes on your own schedule, in a three disc set available for $29.95 SRP.

Barney Miller premiered January 23, 1975 on ABC. During its eight successful seasons, Barney Miller was nominated for 32 Emmy Awards®, winning three — Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series.

This season, the trials and tribulations continue at New York Citys 12th Precinct in Greenwich Village. The detectives are quarantined at the police station with a hooker, a man thinks hes a werewolf and wreaks havoc in a park, Fish (Vigoda) goes undercover, and everyone on the squad except Barney (Linden) gets high from hash-laced brownies baked by Wojos (Gail) new girlfriend.

BROADCAST YEAR: 1976 – 1977 (ABC)

DVD Special Features Include:
· Full Screen Presentations
· Audio: English
· Closed Captioned

Barney Miller: The Complete Third Season Episodes are:

“Quarantine” – Two-parter
“Bus Stop”
“The Election”
“Power Failure”
“Christmas Story”
“Smog Alert”
“Community Relations”
“Rand Report”
“Fire 77″
“The Abduction”
“The Sex Surrogate”
“Group Home”
“Strike” – Two-parter

Barney Miller: The Complete Third Season has a run time of approximately 553 minutes is not rated. Artwork is available at Welcome to SPHE Connect. Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the Web at Sony Pictures.

DVD Catalog #28920
UPC Code: 0-43396-28920-8
Order Date: 2/12/09
SLP: $29.95

The third season of Barney Miller will be Available at Amazon.

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Reno 911!: Miami (More Busted Than Ever Unrated Cut) – DVD Review Sat, 11 Oct 2008 18:00:03 +0000 here. With that there are two reasons you'll get this movie. Either you absolutely love Reno 911 and want to buy up everything regarding them you possibly can or you want the digital copy of the movie that you get with the "More Busted Than Ever" cut of the movie.]]>

I’m not going to talk too much about the main movie, as it’s the Unrated Cut that Mike Noyes reviewed here.

With that there are two reasons you’ll get this movie. Either you absolutely love Reno 911 and want to buy up everything regarding them you possibly can or you want the digital copy of the movie that you get with the “More Busted Than Ever” cut of the movie.

This isn’t the same Unrated Cut as the one Noyes did; the main film is, but the thing that supposedly made 20th Century re-release the movie this time is the “Lost Version” of the movie that is included. The Lost version is introduced in another extra, and the introduction may be funnier than the actual lost version. In the intro they basically say the only reason to watch the lost version is if you’re stoned. I disagree, if you watch it stoned, you’ll have even less of an idea what going on. The normal version you can watched stoned, but I’d straighten up before attempting to watch the lost version.

By now you’re probably wondering what the “Lost Version” is. It’s really quite simple, when they filmed the movie, they had enough footage to make the movie last about 3 hours. Then the editing took place and they chopped it down to about 83 minutes. The “Lost Version” is all the stuff they cut out to get it down to 83 minutes. There are couple of scenes that overlap, and a couple scenes that play out differently. But it is mainly an 80 minute deleted scene. Now, I’m not saying that it’s bad, it’s just completely useless.

The story line plays out the same way, they start in Reno talking about their jobs and then they get invited to a police convention. The bus ride is extended to show more of the antics from the bus. In the regular version most of the antics are the night time shenanigans, while in the lost version it’s more of the day time happenings. When they get to the convention they find out their tags have been lost, then all the other police get contaminated and it’s up to the Reno Sheriff’s department to keep the city of Miami safe while looking for an antidote.

And if you thought they didn’t pay much attention to trying to find an antidote in the regular version, they spend even less time looking in the second version. The lost version is basically parties and 911 calls and hey look we’ve got the antidote.

This version of the movie also comes with a digital copy for PC, Mac, or IPod. I moved it to my Vista running PC and the movie looked and ran fine. It’s the unrated cut of the movie and not the Lost Version, thankfully. It’s not too difficult to get the video from the disc to your computer. The menu should pop right up when you put the disc in. For PC it converts it to a WMV format and takes up about 970 MB.

The audio and video are both fine. They’ve been through all the post production, so it’s not grainy footage with the time code running at the bottom.

Reno 911!: Miami More Busted Than Ever cut is presented in 1.85:1 Widescreen with 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound.

Pretty much the same as before. Directory commentary with Garant, Lennon, and Kenney-Silver. The Introduction to the Lost Version and the Lost version. Then even with the Lost Version they still have some more extended scenes with Commentary. They’ve got 2 full length versions of the movie and they still have extended scenes, what should that tell you about the quality and usefulness of these extended scenes? There are also a couple new Public Service announcements including “Talking During the Movie”, “Cell Phone Etiquette”, and “Join the Reno Sheriff’s Department”. There’s also a hilarious blooper reel. The funniest one is when someone actually stops them to report an assault.

If you already own any version of Reno 911!: Miami, you do not need this. It’s useless and brain killing. If you do not yet own any copy of Reno 911! Miami, this is as good of version to get as any, you don’t have to watch the Lost Version and you get a digital copy to play on your computer or IPod, however it is not currently compatible with Microsoft Zune or Sony PSP. But it’s still a nice to have a digital copy of the movie.


20th Century Fox Presents Reno 911!: Miami (The Lost Version). Directed by Robert Ben Garant. Starring Carlos Alazraqui, Mary Birdsong, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash, and Cedric Yarbrough. Written by Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, and Kerri Kenney-Silver. Running time: 83 minutes. Not Rated. Released on DVD: September 23rd, 2008. Available at×120.jpg

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