THE PLOT THUS FAR
Telly Savalas is back as the brilliant and brazen Lieutenant Theo Kojak for the final season of one of television s grittiest and most memorable detective dramas. Season Five cases involve a psychotic murderer, a homicide-ridden hospital, cops on the take and the reemergence of a killer from Kojak’s past: once thought dead!
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Kojak” never really changed much from 1973 to 1978. Well, what could you do? You had oppressive censorship from Network Censors that would probably drop dead after watching SVU or the cop shows of today. Plus, most of the writers on the first season were the same writers on the last. No new blood equals recycled stories that play like pulp tripe. Still, it was semi-accurate.
The last year of the show was more of the same. Sure, you get another weird episode with a cop in drag, but that’s it. I really couldn’t tell you if anything special happened this year, as I could barely remember the disc changes. There’s a lot of stuff with serial killers that tries to be edgy, but it plays like a Hardy Boys mystery. What more do you expect from a by-the-numbers cop show?
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty strong for older television. The transfer sports a lot of haze and digital noise. But, it’s typical for a show of this age as well as the thin audio. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!