THE PLOT THUS FAR
Season Three finds Kojak embroiled in a series of high-profile cases involving the savage murder of a priest, a car theft ring, an 18-year-old homicide cold case, a cop killer and a Mob hit ordered on Kojak himself. Known for pushing the limits with a fiery intensity while keeping a cool head, Kojak never let the law get in the way of justice.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
For five years, “Kojak” dominated the airwaves with his crime solving dramatics. While most of the episodes have been covered before and better, there’s a special episode towards the end of the season that always stuck with me. It’s when a local thug accuses Kojak of taking a briber. The trumped up circus around a simple accusation leads to a suspension of disbelief that used to win awards in the 1970s. I almost regret the advent of “Hill Street Blues” for pushing us all away from this kind of melodrama. What can you do?
Kojak was a no-nonsense cop who cared about solving crimes and getting criminals off the street. But he can also display care and sympathy for the relatives of crime victims, as demonstrated during a phone call he makes to a murder victim’s mother in the episode “Girl In The River.” In that episode, Kojak could identify with the victim’s mother’s discomfort about the thought that her daughter’s killer has resurfaced, because he acknowledged his own inability to rest well with the killer still on the loose. But after the inevitable identification of the killer and the final showdown that results in the killer’s death, the episode ends with Kojak calling the victim’s mother again, this time to let her know that she can finally rest.
The DVD comes with no special features. But, the A/V Quality really makes up the difference. While we’re not going to see the same level of A/V Quality from a modern procedural drama, I do have to applaud Shout Factory for presenting such a clear transfer. Still, I would’ve liked to have some sort of supplemental material to put the material into a historical context. Bonus points to those of you that find the Sylvester Stallone episode. This would’ve been right on the cusp of “Rocky” hitting theaters. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase only to fans.
RELEASE DATE: 03/20/2012