Complete Hill Street Blues Now Available on DVD
May 1, 2014

It’s one of the most important TV shows of the modern era, and now the complete Hill Street Blues series is available on DVD from Shout! Factory.

Shout! does really nice, fan-conscious packages. The show ran from 1981-1987, 144 episodes, contained here on 34 discs. There are extras, including a documentary and interviews and a handful of commentaries. The show was revolutionary, not just for bringing more realism to the cop show genre, but for its use of movie-style techniques, like overlapping scenes.

The New York Times has a lengthy oral history on the show and its importance, while CNN did a where are they now image gallery. Shout! put together a trailer for the release:

I wish Shout! Factory would do a complete WKRP in Cincinnati, because they’re the only company I know that would do it right. It would likely be pricey, with the music rights, but it would be worth it.

4 Responses  
Julia writes:  

I do love Shout Factory’s willingness to take up cult TV stuff from a variety of eras, but I envy the folks who get full series sets of shows they like. Two of my favorite Shout releases, Peyton Place and Ghostwriter, only got first season sets and no more.

Johanna writes:  

That’s unfortunate. I suspect that’s why they seem to have switched to mostly full-series releases. It’s a difficult circle, as those who’ve been burned wait to see if the whole set comes out, and the company gives up because sales on the first aren’t good enough.

Dwight Williams writes:  

Wondering if they could do something for us Da Vinci’s Inquest/Da Vinci’s City Hall fans. So far, we’ve been left behind by Acorn Media with three seasons on DVD and the other five left unaddressed.

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