The Defenders: Season One

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On the path to justice, there shall stand The Defenders. One of televisionís most respected dramas finally arrives on DVD with The Defenders: Season One. E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed star as Lawrence and Kenneth Preston, a father and son team of defense attorneys specializing in complex and challenging cases, many of which explored real-world concerns which still resonate with audiences today. Created by Reginald Rose (Twelve Angry Men), The Defenders was an Emmy award-winning series, with a well-earned reputation as one of the most socially conscious series ever to air on television. In addition to its critical accolades, Season Oneís 32 episodes feature guest appearances from a litany of tremendous stars, including Jack Klugman, William Shatner, Ossie Davis, Richard Thomas, Frank Gorshin, Eva Gabor, Robert Duvall, Robert Loggia, Martin Sheen, Julie Newmar, and more
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Truly One of Television's Finest Offerings!


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  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • High Production Value
  • Informative
  • Original
  • Thought-Provoking


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    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home

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    This is one show that definitely lives up to its hype and I wanted sincerely thank Shout Factory! for taking the risk of bringing a 55-year old program which had never been syndicated back out of the vault for old fans of the series to relish and to hopefully expose new generations to a legal drama of the highest quality. This is no Perry Mason where the defense lawyer wins every time or Law & Order where the audience is practically spoon-fed the clues but instead it is a riveting hour of television which fearlessly and thoughtfully confronted controversial issues in a mature and nuanced manner that ultimately leaves it up to the viewer to come terms with both the legality and the morality of the case. Just watching the first few minutes of Episode #1 "The Quality of Mercy" sets the tone of the series as you squirm with discomfort witnessing euthanasia principally through the dialogue of the doctors; this series definitely doesn't pull its punches. The writing and acting are top-notch and the video and audio quality are certainly more than acceptable given the age of the show. Shout! really went above and beyond with the special features as well which include The Studio One Presentation Of The Defender (1957) Starring Ralph Bellamy, Steve McQueen And William Shatner, the original and extended version of the pilot episode, new interviews with associate producer Bob Markell and writer Larry Cohen, and an interview with actor E.G. Marshall

    Just to hold a Region 1 DVD release of "The Defenders: Season One" in my hands is nothing short of a miracle; I honestly never thought I'd live to see the day and I hope I get the express the same sentiment at least 3 more times with the releases of the remaining three seasons! Apparently Shout Factory's possible release of seasons 2 through 4 is predicated on how well season 1 sells so I encourage everyone to support this release.

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