DVD Verdict
Home About News Blu-ray DVD Reviews Upcoming DVD Releases Contest Podcasts Forums Judges Contact  

Case Number 23796: Small Claims Court

Buy Kojak: Season Four at Amazon

Kojak: Season Four

Shout! Factory // 1976 // 1200 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge P.S. Colbert // May 9th, 2012

• View Judge Colbert's Dossier
• E-mail Judge Colbert
• Printer Friendly Review


Every purchase you make through these Amazon links supports DVD Verdict's reviewing efforts. Thank you!




 

All Rise...

Judge P.S. Colbert would love to see a cage match pitting detectives Saperstein and Rizzo against Cagney and Lacey.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Kojak: Season One (published April 6th, 2005), Kojak: Season Two (published September 27th, 2011), Kojak: Season Three (published March 8th, 2012), Kojak: Season Five (published September 2nd, 2012), and Kojak: The Complete Movie Collection (published January 15th, 2012) are also available.

The Charge

"You are going to Hell, Mr. Harmon, and I shall take you there by the hand, if that's the only way to accomplish it. Hand in hand, we'll burn together."—Sister Maria

The Case

How do you solve a problem like Maria; a vengeful, bloodthirsty Nun from Dayton, Ohio?

But that ain't half of it. There's a shooting in the station. A woman detective (Joan Van Ark, Knots Landing) joins the squad. Two-time Oscar nominee Lynn Redgrave (Georgy Girl, Gods And Monsters) plays a junkie. Oscar winner Irene Cara (Flashdance) plays a hooker. Richard Gere, William Hurt, Christopher Walken, and F. Murray Abraham all stop by on their way to big screen stardom.

Uptown. Downtown. From the Brooklyn Bridge to Bedford Hills. Into the Barrio and out on the docks. Lieutenant Theo Kojak (Telly Savalas, Kelly's Heroes) and the hard-working detectives of New York's Manhattan South precinct are making their presence known all over the big rotten Apple during this, their busiest season so far.

Here's the duty roster, in twenty five episodes: •: "Birthday Party"
•: "A Summer Madness"
•: "Law Dance"
•: "Out Of The Shadows"
•: "A Need To Know"
•: "An Unfair Trade"
•: "A Hair-Trigger Away"
•: "By Silence Betrayed"
•: "A Shield For Murder, Part 1"
•: "A Shield For Murder, Part 2"
•: "The Pride And The Princess"
•: "Black Thorn"
•: "Where Do You Go When You Have Nowhere To Go?"
•: "Dead Again"
•: "The Godson"
•: "The Condemned"
•: "When You Hear The Beep, Drop Dead"
•: "I Was Happy Where I Was"
•: "Kojak's Days, Part 1"
•: "Kojak's Days, Part 2"
•: "Monkey On A String"
•: "Kiss It All Goodbye"
•: "Lady In The Squad Room"
•: "Sister Maria"
•: "Another Gypsy Queen"

Between deft drama and scene-chewing histrionics, Kojak: Season Four swings like a pendulum do.

Opinions will vary; mine is that the season premiere—which involves the kidnapping of Kojak's niece—is an overblown, hyper-emoted dud. Ditto for "Kojak's Days," a sprawling, multi-storied essay on the paces our Lieutenant gets put through on a daily basis. Then again, isn't that the basis of every episode?

On the other hand, there's the complex, multi-layered and thoroughly absorbing (Emmy-nominated) two-parter "A Shield For Murder," easily one of the series' very best. Following close behind are "A Need To Know," featuring Hector Elizondo (Pretty Woman) as a child molester protected by diplomatic immunity, and "An Unfair Trade," where a (white) cop's (justified) shooting of a minority teen becomes a toxic political football, in a game of political expediency versus justice.

Ying and yang, baby. That's what this season's all about.

Fortunately, Shout! Factory remains consistent in presenting these remarkably well-restored episodes. One complaint: The absence of English SDH subtitles. As good as the Dolby 2.0 mono restoration is, we're talking about a television show from 1976 that features quite a bit of heavy NYC dialect.

As I said, opinions will vary about the quality of individual episodes, and those that misfired for me were graded on a curve. In other words, middling Kojak beats the hell out of most cop shows at their most magnificent.

The Verdict

Coochy coo, baby…You gotta ask?!

Give us your feedback!

Did we give Kojak: Season Four a fair trial? yes / no

Share This Review


Follow DVD Verdict


Other Reviews You Might Enjoy

• Casino
• Cruel Intentions
• Righteous Kill
• Warm Springs


DVD Reviews Quick Index

• DVD Releases
• Recent DVD Reviews
• Search for a DVD review...

Scales of Justice

Judgment: 89

Perp Profile

Studio: Shout! Factory
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 1200 Minutes
Release Year: 1976
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Action
• Crime
• Drama
• Mystery
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None

Accomplices

• IMDb








DVD | Blu-ray | Upcoming DVD Releases | About | Staff | Jobs | Contact | Subscribe | Find us on Google+ | Privacy Policy

Review content copyright © 2012 P.S. Colbert; Site design and review layout copyright © 2014 Verdict Partners LLC. All rights reserved.