Zen Pulp, Pt 5

Crime Story: Michael Mann's influential pre-Miranda police procedural
by Matt Zoller Seitz   posted Jul 23, 2009

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Yeah, that stinks about the music, but it's better to have a sonically incomplete "Crime Story" than none at all. Music rights issues (from the pre-DVD and Internet era mostly) have caused problems for all sorts of series box sets, notably my beloved "Freaks and Geeks," which took forever to appear.
Matthew Seitz   posted 23.07.09

This is an excellent tribute to a show that inexplicably still flies under the pop culture radar. Unlike Miami Vice (which I'm still a huge fan of) Crime Story does not feel dated when seen again today. Farina and Denison were excellent leading men,and I hate seeing them used merely as character actors nowadays. I wish they'd take out a better edition of the series on DVD or Blu-ray. Because of rights issues with the music (that similarly held up Vice for some time) the current release has faux-music tracks replacing much of the original songs used in its first run. I guess the lack of an audience doesn't justify the expense for the DVD producers.
Tony Dayoub   posted 23.07.09


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Matt Zoller Seitz is a writer and filmmaker whose debut feature, the romantic comedy Home, is available through Netflix and Amazon. His writing on film and television has appeared in The New York Times, New York Press, and The Star Ledger, among other places. He is also the founder of The House Next Door, a movie and TV criticism website.

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