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Police Squad!
DVD disk
11.07.2006 By: Scott Weinberg
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Director:
Multiple directors

Actors:
Leslie Nielsen
Alan North
Ed Williams

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Dizzy detective Frank Drebin stumbles his way through a variety of cliche-ridden police parodies.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The six-episode ABC series that came right after AIRPLANE! and TOP SECRET! before inspiring the three-flick NAKED GUN series, POLICE SQUAD! is finally making its DVD debut -- and considering that the series once appeared on two separate VHS releases, one has to wonder what the damn hold-up was all about.

But now my ZAZ collection is complete (if you don't own RUTHLESS PEOPLE already, you can get it for 6 bucks at most mall stores), and I must say that it was a whole lot of fun getting reunited with Frank Drebin's earlier and more obscure misadventures.

All the pratfalls, wordplays, slapsticks and absurdities that you'd expect from the ZAZ team are colorfully present and accounted for in POLICE SQUAD! -- although I will confess that the first NAKED GUN! movie is probably the pinnacle of Drebin's career.

Chock-full of bizarre cameos, quotable quips and enthusiastically bizarre humor (not all of which flies, but the batting average is still pretty impressive), POLICE SQUAD! is a relic of a happier, sillier time. And this kind of humor just doesn't age, really. When it's done right, anyway.

THE EXTRAS
Some solid goodies found here!

Three audio commentaries are included, two with Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker and producer Robert Weiss and a third with series writer Robert Wuhl. If you've ever heard the AIRPLANE! or TOP SECRET! chat-tracks, then you know what to expect from ZAZ & Weiss. Wuhl's track is a bit mellower, but informative enough for the fans to enjoy.

You'll also find a 5-minute gag reel, a 9-minute Leslie Nielsen interview, a silly 4-minute behind the freeze frames featurette, a pair of casting tests for actors Ed Williams and Alan North, a producers' photo gallery, a list of the series celebrity death shots, and some rather amusing production memo highlights from the show's original network run.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
It's only six episodes, but it's got as many laughs as NAKED GUN 2 and 3. More, probably. Toss in some solid extras and a low sticker price, and you're looking at a pretty solid DVD.
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