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Hunter - The Complete First Season



DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005 (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 19 (20 if you include the two hour pilot as separate episodes)
Running Time: 953 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Brand New Interviews with: Stephen J. Cannell and cast member Stepfanie Kramer (32 minutes total)


At last, the 1984-1991 action crime series is available on this six disc season set. Fred Dryer stars as Det. Rick Hunter, a mobster's son turned cop. He likes to play by his own rules. He hates the pimps, pushers, creeps and killers that prowl the city streets. And he never fires a warning shot. Also starring as the sexy but tough Dee Dee ‘The Brass Cupcake’ McCall is Stepfanie Kramer brought a tough new attitude to television. Together, Dryer and Kramer form a fantastic team of LAPD homicide investigators that exudes humor and sexual chemistry and go to whatever lengths necessary to capture the criminals. Critics may have attacked its wild violence, but millions of fans embraced its extreme action, sly humor and sexual chemistry to make the show one of the most popular cop show hits in TV history. Hunter – Season One, includes all 19 episodes of the entire first season and features brand new interviews with Stepfanie Kramer and Stephen J. Cannell.

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The first season of the NBC ‘80s drama includes many notable episodes from the series such as "Pilot," which guest-stars Joanna Kerns and Hunter and McCall set a trap for a brutal country western murderer. "The Garbage Man," guest stars Ed O'Neill in which Hunter finds himself teamed up with an unwanted partner and "The Snow Queen (Parts 1 and 2)," with guest stars Dennis Farina and Dennis Franz in which A female cocaine dealer escapes from her escort - a cop who wants her dead. Some of the special guest-stars in the first season include recurring cast member John Amos as well as guest stars, as explained above, Brian Dennehy, Frances McDormand, Ed O'Neill, Dennis Farina, Dennis Franz, Bo Svenson and Joanna Kerns.


The packaging for this set is very simple. The box has a picture of Hunter and Dee Dee on it striking poses with their guns. It's a great design, sleek and edgy, not much else can be said about it. Inside the box, there are three individual cases, one for two discs each (each case contains two discs, so six altogether). Each case has a large mug shot of each cast member: Hunter on the Disc One and Two’s case, Dee Dee on the Disc Three and Four’s case and Dee Dee and Hunter on the Disc Five and Six’s case. On the back of each case, there are descriptions of each episode that is included on that disc. The descriptions themselves are about one sentence each. The actual disc cases are nice. Discs 1 and 2 have Hunter on them, Discs 3 and 4 have McCall and Discs 5 and 6 have them both, which coincides with who is on the cover of each of the three cases. The episodes are presented in air date order.

There are six discs in the set, two in each individual case (three cases in all). This is actually a really good way to go about putting the set together. The overall package isn't huge and it just strikes me as a better idea than six individual cases for just one disc. There are four episodes per disc, although Disc One has three episodes on it (because the first episode was two hours) and Disc Six only has the two interviews with Stephen Cannell and Stepfanie Kramer.

Menu Design and Navigation:

When you see the menu screen, you'll love it. I know I did. The main menu screen starts out exactly like the opening credits. It features a blue background, the badges of Hunter and McCall, the snazzy logo and simple episode selections as well as "Play All." But the best part is they play the opening credits in the right hand top corner. The menu is great but it hits a bit of a snag. You have a choice of going to either Play All or each individual episode from the main menu. While the Play All selection has no other menu to go to, the Episode Selection menu was a bit of a surprise. If you select one episode (it does this for all of them) it takes you to a scene selection menu for that episode. Although a neat feature, it was unexpected.

Video and Audio Quality:

The audio and video is very good. Crystal clear video and the sound are great. The audio is presented in Dolby Surround Sound. Each episode runs about 47 minutes, which means you get almost five minutes of extra footage you can't see in syndication.

Special Features:

There is one special feature and that is two separate interviews with Executive Producer Stephen J. Cannell and co-star Stepfanie Kramer. The special, located on disc six, runs about 32 minutes. In the special interviews, some highlights are Cannell explaining how the critics hated the show, and Kramer telling a story on how women stop her on the streets and say she empowered them. These are two really great interviews that really highlight this set.

Final Comments:

So, in conclusion, this is a great set for every fan of Hunter to own. The one special feature is certainly nice but let us hope that we get some more features next time, at least cast commentaries on future releases. Overall, I really wouldn't change anything. The menu was great; the design of the set is great and as Hunter would say "Works for me!"

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 01/06/05

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