Blu-Ray News #282-A: Dragnet (1954).

Directed by Jack Webb
Starring Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Richard Boone, Ann Robinson, Stacy Harris, Virginia Gregg, Victor Perrin, Georgia Ellis, James Griffith, Dennis Weaver, Dub Taylor

Update: Kino Lorber has announced a November 17 release date for their Blu-Ray of the 1954 Dragnet feature. They’ve also provided some info about what’s coming.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
• NEW 2K RESTORATION 
• TWO PRESENTATIONS OF THE FILM: IN 1.75:1 & 1.37:1 RATIOS
• Audio Commentary by Toby Roan
• Theatrical Trailer
• Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

When you do one of these commentaries, of course, you end up going through the movie many, many times. You can get kinda sick of it by the time you’re through. Not with this one. There was always a rant from Jack Webb, a cool LA location or something around the corner to look forward to. It never got old. 

It’s easy to recommend this one, and if you get it, I encourage you to stick to the 1.75 widescreen version. It gives it a fresh, crisp look — and it’s what Webb and DP Edward Colman were going for. Highly, highly recommended.

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Filed under 1954, DVD/Blu-ray News, Jack Webb, James H. Griffith, Kino Lorber, Television, Warner Bros.

3 responses to “Blu-Ray News #282-A: Dragnet (1954).

  1. Walter

    Toby, I really look forward to watching this Blu-ray of DRAGNET the movie. I first watched this movie on the WREC-TV Channel 3 Memphis, Tennessee “Late Movie” in the early 1970’s. I first watched the TV show(1951-59) as syndicated reruns in the early and mid 1960’s.

    The famous four-note musical signature of “dum-de-dum-dum” is probably the most famous in TV History. Also, the variations of the phrases, “All we want are the facts, ma’am” and “All we know are the facts ma’am” are timeless and will continue on as long as the shows are rerun somewhere out there. I could discuss DRAGNET all day long.

    This TV series and the movie were so influential throughout our mainstream and pop culture at the time and afterwards, but it seems unreal in today’s world. I think that Sgt. Joe Friday is the most influential fictional policeman in History.

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    • It was weird to be preparing this commentary in the middle of all this “defund the police” talk. That’s a long way from Jack Webb’s world. I’m sure a lot of my respect for law enforcement comes from Dragnet and Adam-12.

      The 1966 TV movie that served as the pilot for the re-launched Dragnet (thought it didn’t air till years later) is really terrific, too. Vic Perrin is perfection as the slimy serial killer.

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  2. Walter

    Toby, the same thoughts ran across my mind about DRAGNET and today’s world of “defund the police” agenda. I don’t want to get too political here, because this is a fan site, but I will say that this “defund the police” movement isn’t Mainstream USA.

    I remember first watching the 1966 TV DRAGNET movie on NBC MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES in January, 1969 and again later when it was rerun on NBC SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES in May, 1969. Why the suits(executives) at NBC decided to air the 1966 pilot movie in 1969, instead of in December 1966 or January, 1967 is something I wondered about, even at that time. Yes, Vic Perrin is a good actor and what a memorable voice. The voice of Control on the OUTER LIMITS(1963-65).

    DRAGNET had a huge influence on all the TV police procedural shows that followed, as well as the audience of Baby Boomers and Generation X-er’s.
    Jack Webb the visionary that he was, should be given all the credit that he is due.

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