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One of the most critically acclaimed shows in history, this complete collection captures the gritty reality of life for a team of homicide detectives in the front line of crime fighting. Groundbreaking in its time, it focuses on the gruelling work of solving murders and features an ensemble cast including Ned Beatty (Superman II), Yaphet Kotto (Alien) and Andre Braugher (Poseidon) Homicide won multiple Emmy and Writer's Guild of America Awards and is one of just two shows in history to claim three Peabody Awards.
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#1
was just about to post this!! great deal.
#2
How has this aged given the high quality of modern tv series? Am curious, remember seeing some episodes and them being good but having seen The Wire etc am wondering how it holds up today

Good price though OP
#3
The original intention of the show was to be "gritty" so it was shot in such a style. It looks good on the transfer (or at least the series 1 I have does), although it may look dated, as you would expect.
#4
David Simon, one of the main writers on The Wire, was a writer on Homicide. Having read his book, Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets, you'll find alot of the threads, characters that run through the book run through Homicide, the tv series, and The Wire.
#5
Hot from me as I hear this is meant to be very good and it's a bargain at £40 for 7 series. Thanks for posting.

PS Don't forget 6% Quidco.

Edited By: alasrati on Aug 22, 2010 23:11: Quidco.
#6
I've never seen this. Is it better than The Bill?
#7
Bunf
I've never seen this. Is it better than The Bill?
What a stupid question. Of course it's not!

Nice to see Reg making the most of his retirement though:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/08/21/article-0-025C5ACD00000578-26_224x347.jpg

Edited By: alasrati on Aug 22, 2010 23:41: .
#8
HOT! This is almost as good a deal as when the Sopranos was £40 (that I missed out on by leaving it in my basket for too long).

Fantastic show though it is difficult to define what genre it falls under. It unexpectedly shifts from gritty drama to comedy. It also has the ocassional scrubs-style cutaway fantasy/subconscious scene. Certain episodes do feel a little dated, in particular the ep about the broken air con unit, which I think could be the second episode which has this highly distracting jazz track playing all the way through it. Its like a 50 minute Jam sketch- incredibly disorientating. Despite this terrible episode try not to let it put you off watching the rest. The great thing about Homicide is that it develops through characterisation, rather than quirks. All these characters have their strengths and weaknesses, and what I like most is that it is a job to them, they don't slap their heads and say "Dammit!" when they find a dead body.

Fans of OZ will notice a stream of familiar faces as it is from the same producers. I'd say Oz is still the better of the two, though the quality of Homicide doesn't fall like Oz did in the the latter 2 series.

Does this boxset contain the movie that served as the finale? I bought all the individual boxsets (6 seasons even though there is meant to be 7) and there was no end of series movie with it. This movie is unavailable in UK so had to torrent it.
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cjblfc
How has this aged given the high quality of modern tv series? Am curious, remember seeing some episodes and them being good but having seen The Wire etc am wondering how it holds up todayGood price though OP
In terms of the picture quality S1 looks dated but the rest look fine. In terms of overall quality the four seasons I have watched so far have been top drawer. The idea for HLotS was from David Simon's book "Homicide: A year on the killing streets". He later went on to create The Wire.
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pandpand
cjblfc
How has this aged given the high quality of modern tv series? Am curious, remember seeing some episodes and them being good but having seen The Wire etc am wondering how it holds up todayGood price though OP
In terms of the picture quality S1 looks dated but the rest look fine. In terms of overall quality the four seasons I have watched so far have been top drawer. The idea for HLotS was from David Simon's book "Homicide: A year on the killing streets". He later went on to create The Wire.

Cheers for the feedback, I purely meant in terms of quality of story but seems they are still as relevant and engaging as they were back in the day. Picture quality I can deal with having sat through Oz which looks pretty dated.
#11
dodoegg1
HOT! This is almost as good a deal as when the Sopranos was £40 (that I missed out on by leaving it in my basket for too long).

Fantastic show though it is difficult to define what genre it falls under. It unexpectedly shifts from gritty drama to comedy. It also has the ocassional scrubs-style cutaway fantasy/subconscious scene. Certain episodes do feel a little dated, in particular the ep about the broken air con unit, which I think could be the second episode which has this highly distracting jazz track playing all the way through it. Its like a 50 minute Jam sketch- incredibly disorientating. Despite this terrible episode try not to let it put you off watching the rest. The great thing about Homicide is that it develops through characterisation, rather than quirks. All these characters have their strengths and weaknesses, and what I like most is that it is a job to them, they don't slap their heads and say "Dammit!" when they find a dead body.

Fans of OZ will notice a stream of familiar faces as it is from the same producers. I'd say Oz is still the better of the two, though the quality of Homicide doesn't fall like Oz did in the the latter 2 series.

Does this boxset contain the movie that served as the finale? I bought all the individual boxsets (6 seasons even though there is meant to be 7) and there was no end of series movie with it. This movie is unavailable in UK so had to torrent it.


The movie, and crossover episodes of other shows are only available in the region 1 boxset, which is annoying.
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Bunf
I've never seen this. Is it better than The Bill?

lol - the bill is crap, this is excellent!
#13
Hot price but untill they release the COMPLETE edition, i wont be buying it.
#14
bivis87
Hot price but untill they release the COMPLETE edition, i wont be buying it.


Buy the Region 1 set.

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