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Original Hawaii Five-O Complete Series Package

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    401 "Highest Castle, Deepest Grave"

    The style definitely changed from season three to four. Not sure what to make of it yet.

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    But I liked the season opener; I especially liked the effect the painting had on McGarrett. The style of this episode had a haunting effect. I get the feeling this season is going to be markedly different from the first three.
     
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    You will be encountering one of my favorite episodes when you watch episode 4; 3000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu, starring a post Beverly Hillbillies, pre Barnaby Jones, Buddy Ebsen.
     
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    I just encountered it and loved it!

    404 "3000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu"

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    When I saw Buddy Ebsen I knew the episode would be fun, but it turns out this is one of the best Five-O episodes I have seen so far. Not just because of Ebsen's skill, but the script was first rate. The editing was first-rate too, in that the style fit the tone of the show and made it better. I loved the music, the mood, even the resolution was done so well.

    Already on my short list of all-time favorites! It will be fun re-watching this one sometime soon...
     
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    My take on S4, which I also noticed had a different feel from the first 3 seasons, is that many of the episodes are darker and grittier than before, with some very dark subject matter on occasion (keeping in tune with the turbulent US political situation and the ongoing war in Vietnam). There are episodes this season involving rape, hardcore drug addiction, blatant racism, body part dismemberment, gruesome body disposal, pornographic films, and other less than savory themes). However, there are also some fun caper episodes too, some whodunnits, the fun Buddy Ebsen episode, the return of Filer, another good international espionage two-parter, great guest stars, great new music scores, and much more. I recall, the show also had some new producers involved, plus fashions and hairstyles began changing too.

    BTW, I encourage all H5O fans here to check out the fan page I created on Facebook, which took me months to put together a number of years ago, and it was all done with love and humor for the series. The link is in my sig at the bottom of my HTF posts, and you don’t have to be a Facebook member to view it.
     
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    "Two Doves and Mr. Heron"

    When I started this season, I calculated that it was probably the first season I ever watched with any regularity. And when this episode came up, I believe it's the first one I remember from Night of original Broadcast. It aired when I was eight.

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    It's the John Ritter character, the way he dressed and spoke and twirled around, that I vaguely remember.

    I couldn't realize then what a great depiction of that time this episode encapsulated. I love Five-O when it's loose and creative and free-spirited. Perhaps that's when it's at its best with a voice all its own. It sure was nice to see this odd episode again after 45 years. Surely I watched it with my mom, dad, and brother right there, all of us sitting around the TV, not multitasking but paying attention, simply being with each other. :)
     
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    406 "And I Want Some Candy and a Gun That Shoots"

    This was a nice "shootout" episode. Some really epic moments.

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    I love that the Five-O team is human and sometimes misses. And sometimes we're just left with senseless acts of violence. At first I had mixed feelings that this story didn't tie everything up in a neat bow. But that's life. And it's part of what makes this show so good.
     
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    You’ll soon see in S5 that the producers opted to remake this episode in “Little Girl Blue”, but they’ve sanitized it slightly, changing the villain from a psycho shooter to a pair of nutty kidnappers seeking refuge in the bunker after shooting the police officers down below. They reuse a lot of footage from the S4 episode, even bits of dialogue are reused. Upside is that Jackie Coogan plays one of the kidnappers.
     
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    Jackie just had that flair, I reckon. He played a good guy gone bad in an episode of Barnaby Jones.
     
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    Jackie always had a flair for playing some shady characters in classic crime dramas. He guest-starred on H5O 3 times (S1, S2, S5).
     
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    407 "Air Cargo--Dial For Murder"

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    I loved this cool close up of McGarrett's badge. He also has another bade with his signature. This one almost looks like a business card.
     
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    409 "The Burning Ice"

    I enjoyed the episode, but my favorite thing about it was a quiet moment, easily missed, when Chin brings Steve some takeout and they sit together for a moment around his desk and talk about good food and the people who make it. Moments like this lend so much authenticity to this show. I love when they take a minute for slice-of-life scenes like this, and wish they would do it more.

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    Sadly those types of wonderful scenes always get cut in syndication. Thank goodness for uncut DVD versions (or almost, anyway...there are a few music edits here and there).
     
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    410 “Rest in Peace, Somebody”

    Beyond this being a gripping episode, one of the things that keeps me watching this series is it being shot on location. Shots of the parade, for instance. I love the local color being worked into the show. My bet is the vast majority of this wasn’t stock footage. The grain matches. It’s such a rarity. And such a pleasure to see.

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    Those scenes never happen now because the time they would take (and more) is filled with commercials and promos. Shows run 40-42 minutes now, not the old 48-50.
     
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    411 "A Matter of Mutual Concern"

    I hope they do more intelligent mobster episodes like this one. Kept me interested till the very end.


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    And I really loved some of the cinematography.
     
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    My brother just opened his complete series set. He was amazed at the quality of the packaging "like a high end coffee table book set" I wish every loved classic tv series on DVD were treated as nice as this set with such wonderful packaging. Little House On The Prairie could use packaging as beautiful as Hawaii Five-0,
     
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    If you look back earlier in this thread, I said how much I hated the packaging. I must have been sick with a fever or out of my head (it was the cardboard damaging the disc that I was afraid of). Now that I have actively used it for almost two months, I love it, especially that it is divided into two albums, so to speak.

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    Here's where I'm currently at....
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    With the exception of the missing episode, this is a dream set with really cool packaging. I've got a head of steam that will at least see me through album #1, if not beyond.

    Wikiwiki!
     
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    412 "Nine, Ten, You're Dead"

    I always hold a boxing episode from any series up to THE FUGITIVE'S "Decision in the Ring" as the gold standard. I really enjoyed FIVE-O'S take. Like THE FUGITIVE, it's a critique of boxing, a look at the price paid for aspiring to--or achieving--the pinnacle of the sport. This is a fine episode definitely worthy of mentioning with "Decision in the Ring."

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    414 “Odd Man In”

    A worthy sequel to “Over Fifty? Steal.”

    I enjoyed The Godfather-type "dunce" music for Filer, because the dunces are actually the men of Five-O! My wife kept saying, “Why are you giggling so much in there?” And I said, “The music is freaking perfect”! :laugh:

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    I love this shot of the Five-O team as Filer watches and manipulates them. It's like a classic hero shot--except they're dunces!

    I hope to see Filer again down the road, but if not, I have these two gems to watch again.

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    When I start stacking up the truly superior episodes in this series so far, there's a nice number of them. :thumbsup:
     
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    I love the dunce music, too. It reminds me of the dunce music in The Great Race (1965).

     
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