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I found some brief clip of Jack Lord accepting an Oscar at the 1964 Academy Awards ceremony for Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects. I don't know what connection Lord had with this film, or why he was appearing at the Oscars at all. (Stoney Burke had finished the year before, maybe JL was considered a "hot new star"?) You can see this clip by clicking here. Jack Lemmon was the host at the Oscars, and Shirley MacLaine was the presenter. This requires QuickTime which you can get from apple.com. The reason I convert the file to QuickTime is so it ends up about 10 megs in size as an MP4 file (still kind of large) instead of over 70 megs as a regular MPEG. MP4 files are iPod, iTouch and iPhone compatible, by the way.
Vancouver, BC, Canada - Monday, June 30, 2008
S#1 fave episodes:ya gotta watch the pilot "Cocoon",one of the truly most sinister ever to be aired on TV,"Full Fathom 5" for Kevin McCarthy role,Ricardo Montalban's Japanese"Samurai"&"Yesterday Died &Tomorrow Won't Be Born".Mahalo!
Sandy Springs, GA USA - Monday, June 30, 2008 at 13:47:02 (PDT)
Many TV shows have tried unsuccessfully to take 5-0's place but all have quicky failed including "One West Waikiki" (1994-5)starring Cheryl Ladd of Charlies Angels fame and the most recent show, Cary Tagawa's short lived cop drama "Hawaii" 2004-5)--- Five-0 rules! I wonder what the Hawaii Five-0 theme song would sound like today if it were preformed by my cousin from Brooklyn, Dan Hedges friends from the rock bands the "Rolling Stones"- or maybe "Yes" or by his good buddy "Eddie Van Halen?" Just a thought!
Honolulu, Hi USA - Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 01:07:57 (PDT)
Well folks , I just finished up the Season 4 DVDs. A shame I now have to wait til Fall for 5. But I guess that is part of the pursuit of happy. If I catch it I guess I'll be bored. Cannot call a fave episode because I thouroughly enjoyed all of it. I waited on 90 Second War for the last viewing. Donald Pleasence gives a couple of Emmy moments for sure, just before he falls out into the ad break. I've most enjoyed the endings though as usual. With Steve simply walking off and/or giving the criminals these incredible looks/sneers as he books them. Finales that immediately come to mind are "Skinhead, Bring Me the Moon-classic, White Brick Road-when they tells Danno the guy is dead, and Cloth of Gold, 9-10 You're Dead-hippety hop. And you cannot forget "The Burning Ice-where the Dr. shoves an engine at Steve. I went on-line to see if anyone had compiled a Top TV Crime Fighters data base. I found a few and NON of them included McGarrett. A travesty!!! He is at the TOP of the stack IMHO. Him and Dillon. I'd like to compile a greatest/most drmatic 5-0 moments DVD.
Cincinnati, OH USA - Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 15:50:57 (PDT)
i have always loved the series ever since i was little now i am so glad they have come out on dvd and i can watch them when ever i want too
lancashire, england - Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 13:50:37 (PDT)
Mr. Mike: Yes, I have emailed you several times, using the email link on your main page. I don't know why you didn't get them. Anyway, your posting answered my questions. Thanks!
elkhart, Indiana USA - Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 03:44:38 (PDT)
Happy to say I just put in my order to MQ for the unaired Pilots package mentioned below. Believe me! it looks like a great deal for 5-0 fans. So if you can, put your order in too and show your support for the MQ homepage. It's as easy as 1-2-3! and he accepts Paypal too.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 00:16:04 (PDT)
If you want certain Five-O related things on DVD, contact me through the e-mail address above. Among the things available: Seasons 10-12, Bored She Hung Herself (suppressed season two episode), 1997 failed TV pilot (Gary Busey), M Station Hawaii (1980 failed TV pilot directed by Jack Lord), 1972 PBS documentary (Leonard Freeman, et al), Kam Fong interview from Hawaii public TV and more. When you e-mail me, tell me where you are located, or I will be very cranky.
Mr. Mike (the boss)
Vancouver, BC Canada - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 12:55:00 p.m. (PDT)
The Hawaii Five-0 theme song is also played on the Honolulu Hawaii Police Department's Motorcycle club chapter's homepage/ link - Blue Knights Hawaii 1 ... I'm not in the chapter but I ride a 2008 Harley Davidson Fatboy 1583cc motorcycle painted in the Patriotic stars and stripes colors and ride it almost daily in or near Waikiki Beach. On this rock they call me "Five-0."
Honolulu, Hi USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 10:10:57 (PDT)
To Harry: Thanks for the comments on all 4 seasons of the WWW; I was contemplating (but cautiously, given the "editing environment" that collectors are wading through) buying WWW in addition to Mannix. But, H50 is still my #1 collection that I focus on. MQ, my apologies for briefly diverting the topic off of H5-0 temporarily.
Raleigh, NC USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 09:58:13 (PDT)
Yesterday I came across someone who was selling a limited number of copies of the un-aired Hawaii Five-0 movie from 1998 on a CD in which Governor Danno was on someones hit list. Unfortunately the CD's are currently sold out although I did put my name on a call list so if any more come available I will be contacted. My sincere appoligies to MQ about the interactive blog thing... So Five-0 fans- please disregard the make up a crime idea and limit your corespondance to the real Five-0 series.... I am glad MQ's page is picking up steam lately and hope many new 5-0 fans are introduced to the series VIA MQ and his creation. If anyone punches up my homepage(thats if I ever figure out how to get it working right) MQ's homepage link is also shown.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 09:52:33 (PDT)
Stephen, I don't recall ever receiving any e-mail from you about creating a Five-O blog -- or any other e-mail, for that matter. I am really not interested in doing this, since the Guestbook sort of functions as a blog (but not with many comments by me so far). It was a major pain in the ass to get the guestbook functioning without having to remove tons of spam every day. Because the scripts used for this guestbook are easily available, people have figured out how to spam them automatically. I was able to circumvent this. But I don't feel like repeating this procedure for a blog in addition to the Guestbook, since then I would have to police people if they posted something in one in error which should have gone in the other, etc., etc. Anything goes for discussion in the Guestbook as long as it concerns Five-O. One thing I do not want is any kind of fan fiction, whether it's something people have written themselves or the I-write-one-sentence-you-write-one-sentence (or paragraph) kind of interaction. I hope this will answer your question.
Mr. Mike (the boss)
Vancouver, BC Canada - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 8:50:00 a.m. (PDT)
I know Michael, and email him frequently, and he does have good ideas! I've also emailed MQ himself, concerned about how we use the guestbook more as a blog instead of its intended use of being for remarks about his website(worried that we may be offending him). I have asked if he would consider setting up a seperate blog or message board so all of us Five-O fans could chit chat and not tie up the message board, but have gotten no reply. If MQ doesn't mind us talking back and forth about episodes on the guestbook, then ok. Maybe he intended for his guestbook to be used that way too. I don't know. But, for all those of you out there who support a message board or Michael Hedges"s idea, I encourage you to email MQ and add your support.
elkhart, Indiana USA - Friday, June 27, 2008 at 04:11:28 (PDT)
Are you 5-0 fans interested in starting up an Interactive blog with me on MQ page? I just woke up and must have had another one of those 5-0 dreams I've told you about... I call it "Six of one- half a dozen gone" ,,, I set up the story and everyone else on the page can either pick the next victim/ set up the murder/investigation/ect. For now we'll have 1 Assassin- a beautiful but deadly woman found guilty of a serial killing spree. She is adeath row inmate and a professional homicidal female with spy/ espionage/ military or police training. She is given six assigned targets to claim her freedom.... The 6 targets are prominent figures either in the local or public sector that are somehow in the way of a very influential mob boss/or evil politician/businessman/ect who wants them eliminated... Their identity is always a secret.... The convict/ assassin is selected by the secret panel, offered a deal, given a false prison identity on some petty charge and her general appearance changed before entering into the general population. .... The stealthy assassin and her official overseers leave the prison on a work release and make final preparations/disquises ect in a luxury mountainside home. When the deed is done they return to the protection of the prison so that while 5-0 is running all around town looking for the murderer, she is already under the protection of the big house.... Assisting her will be assistants/overseer guards all belonging to the secret vigalante group and some members of the Honolulu Corrections Dept/ police dept/ ect.... When the selected Convict has completed his/her agreement and made the sixth predetermined kill, he/her is given a new identity and a one way air ticket to international freedom. You got the idea, so who wants to pick the first "Target?-" how do they intend to innitiate the unsolvable murder?/ and don't forgrt the Clues!
Honolulu, Hi USA - Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 20:38:47 (PDT)
One other thing of interest - I have all four seasons of THE WILD WILD WEST, also put out by CBS/Paramount and the episodes are ALL complete - in fact, the "Episodes may be edited" disclaimer is NOT on any of the boxes - it just goes to show you that CBS can go back to the "original" master elements and put out a great product without tampering with it. BTW, the picture and sound on the WWW sets are first-rate!...:-)
NEW YORK, NY USA - Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 17:21:08 (PDT)
This is the first that I have heard of this. It seems that CBS Home Video cannot resist the urge to screw up masterpieces, one by one (reference "Bored" omission). It makes one wonder what deletion/alteration is forthcoming in a future H5-0 season?
Raleigh, NC USA - Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 14:48:01 (PDT)
You're right , Mike - What CBS/Paramount is doing to THE FUGITIVE DVD's is a crime - removing and/or changing the music in ANY way really trashes the DVD sets - I know I won't be buying any of them! I'm just glad they are not doing this to the HAWAII FIVE-0 DVD's - just imagine watching these shows with the Morton Stevens or Richard Shores music removed - I would stop buying these sets right away!...:-(
NEW YORK, NY USA - Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 11:54:22 (PDT)
OK, let's stop talking about Mannix and stuff, even though Robert Reed was in some Five-O shows. Reed was in 22 Mannix shows as Lt. Adam Tobias according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB). The reason his name gets featured in the Mannix listing I think has something to do with the IMDB (which amazon.com owns) ... you will often find various directors in a field at the top of the listing of some shows at amazon.com, rather than the series' producer, for example. If you want to discuss something interesting, how about the recent flap where the music in the recent Fugitive box set (season 2, volume 1) was almost all replaced because of music rights? How would you feel if this was done to Five-O? If you need to look this up, go to Google and search for "Fugitive music replaced" without the quote marks.
Mr. Mike (the boss)
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 11:26:24 (PDT)
Robert Reed? Who's robert reed? Connors IS Mannix! Just like Mc Garratt is 5-0 and Stallone is Rocky!
Honolulu, Hi USA - Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 10:39:06 (PDT)
To Big H Re: Mannix. Yeah, Conners clearly was the star, but I think they list Robert Reed because by now he's probably more recognized (possibly an advertising scheme). I remeber when Mannix was on, and Robert Reed was appearing there while doing the Brady Bunch (he had to change his hair for Mannix). Anyway, the name recognigtion may be why you see Robert Reed over Conners. I know, it's not right.
elkhart, Indiana USA - Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 03:56:42 (PDT)
Dr. Phil: You are right. I watched "I want some candy..." the other night and there are clearly 2 people that get out of the chopper (Danno and the Doc), but when they landed, only 2 people show (Danno and the pilot). Big continuity error. If you look closely during the landing sequence you'll see that the stunt guy "playing" Danno in the passenger seat is not even wearing a suit! Last night I checked out the "Air Cargo" episode and I must admit that the scam in that one is a little tougher to follow than that of "3000 Crooked Miles" w/ Buddy Ebsen. What was laughable was Marion Ross of Happy Days fame primping her hair all the time like she was some beauty queen! LOL So far, Season 4 is a winner....someone below asked about the main theme/music change. I do remember when season 4 originally aired that the music and percussion/horns had significantly changed...just a new arrangement by Mort Stevens, no doubt. Question to all...has anyone bought the first season of "Mannix" and if so, how do you like it? I am hesitant of buying it through Amazon b/c it lists the actor as Robert Reed when clearly the show's star was Mike Conners. What is up with that?? Mahalo to all fans....
Raleigh, NC USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 10:09:59 (PDT)
In addition, Season 3 offers 2 two hour specials:F.O.B Honolulu (Wo Fat) and The Grandstand Play. Also, "To Kill or Be Killed","The late John Louisiana", and the timeless"Over Fifty? Steal". Countering any claims that 5-O fell off after the first 2 seasons !... Warning to all the Vasons will be back soon with Vengence !
Henry P Tercyak
North Haven , CT USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 06:40:00 (PDT)
Among the Season #3 episodes,in addition to "And a Time to Die"(any episode w/Wo Fat will be great episodes)there are 2 of my favorites that originally aired back-to-back,"The Ransom" & "Force of Waves"-great.Mahalo!
Sandy Springs, GA USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 13:41:28 (PDT)
Corrected! OK, I just watched "I want some Candy and a gun that shoots, I must say the editing is pretty funny. If you notice the opening sean where McGarrett standing looking up at the mountain with his black car parked off the side of the road. Then the credits come on who directed the show, as Dano and McGarrett drive down the road in the car LOL. Then the other sceen, where the chopper comes in for a landing on Diamond Head Point, you see two people in the chopper, then all of a sudden Dano helps the doctor out of the chopper, there are three people in the chopper? Hummmm, wonder if that was in the orginal episode. Check out people and look carefully, you'll see what I'm talking about. Can't believe Hawaii Five-O is now 40 years old and still running strong. where Dano gets the doctor from the chopper but when you see the chopper land you only see two people in the seat.
Half Moon Bay, CA USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 10:44:05 (PDT)
Here's how the whole traveler's check scam worked. The mob had a large sum of "bad" (stolen)checks that they needed to convert to "clean" money...ergo, the professor (wonderfully played by Buddy Ebsen) had them (the traveler's club members, who were crooks anyway) to go out and spent the checks, but the example of buying a pack of gum with a $50 check was a little extreme. No, the club members actually bought nice items, paid with either a $50 or $100 and KEPT the goods as their payola and turned in the cash change with receipts back to the mob. The receipts were for accountability to make sure no one was pocketing the mob's money. The mob gets "clean cash"...probably 75 cents on the dollar and the club members get the goods...nothing is returned. When the checks are all gone, they split the island. The vendors are left holding the bag with all the bad checks in their possession. Aloha, suckers.....
Raleigh, NC USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 10:01:01 (PDT)
Nine, Ten, You're Dead. OK. Another one of my moments here. When Moses Gunn/Willie Stone starts to break down at the end. "The legs ain't got no hippity-hop, he keeps getting tagged and tagged and tagged". Sorry but man I just lost it here.
cincy, oh usa - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 20:44:51 (PDT)
"recently purchased season 4- at the GREAT price of $35.00 from wal-mart- these episodes keep on getting better each season thats released- lets keep the pressure on for cbs to keep releasing these dvd sets of H5O much sooner!"
gastonia, n.c. usa - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 18:35:47 (PDT)
Hello, all you Hawaii Five-O Fans,are you enjoys Season #4. My favorite so far is "3000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu". Just wanted to let you all know that Season #5 will be released sometime at the end of November of 2008 or first week in December of 2008. I have a friend of mine that has comfirmed that information. Also I would like you all to know that Season #4 has been editied slightly, according to the small print on the back of the DVD cover. I'm on Disk number #2 of Season #4. But if any of you come across anything let me know. Thank god I have the original TV version of "She was bored and hung herself". Remember that was in Season #2. OK CBS, lets keep those Five-O DVD's coming, were on a roll now! Mahalo, Dr. Phil Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay, CA USA - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 15:36:05 (PDT)
Thanks to everyone for the comments regarding the traveler's check scam. I agree, it is a classic episode, and the last line is priceless, I actually remembered that line even though I hadn't seen the episode in probably fifteen or twenty years.
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 13:19:34 (PDT)
Thanks Chris for responding. That lawyer must have been finagling something they did not tell us about behind the scenes. I figured early on he was in on it, but it was never really revealed as to how. Now the Buddy Ebsen episode was a 'lil easier to figure out and of course I almost fell off of the sofa when McGarrett delivered that final line. I had to put the DVD player on repeat, LOL. I just love it. I get these thru an on-line video source and am patienly waiting for the last 2 discs and part two of the Wo Fat episode where Steve meets his double. Man when Wo Fat emerged from that sub going into the ad break I had another one of my moments. I lost it and had to put the player on repeat mode again!! My wife was like what is wrong with you?!? I told her I could not help it.
Cincy, OH - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 12:05:17 (PDT)
Yes, they bought merchandise, then got change on those checks. Plus, depending on how the system worked back then, they probably bought their airfare and all with checks, so why would they not be bold enough to claim their checks had been lost or stolen when they got back home and get a refund or replacement? Not sure why they wanted receipts, as they didn't try to get cash refunds since they had boarded the plane for home. Oh well, a great episide for sure!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 08:58:49 (PDT)
On the traveler's check scam, it's even simpler than that. All you do is buy a pack of gum with a $50 check and get $49.50 in cash as change. No need to return the gum....
Washington, DC USA - Monday, June 23, 2008 at 07:52:53 (PDT)
Regarding my previous comment, the more I thought about it, I was able to figure out the traveler's check scam, they save the receipts so they can return the items for cash. Duh! Guess it's been a rough weekend. It still doesn't seem like a way to make all that much money, though, seeing as how they're splitting the money among all those people. At any rate, like Rob, I'm still a little confused by the Bait Once Bait Twice motivation.
Columbus, OH USA - Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 12:39:38 (PDT)
To Rob: I had the same confusion regarding Bait Once Bait Twice, and in fact watched the scene between Loretta Swit and the lawyer again to see if I missed anything. The only thing I can figure out is, the lawyer somehow manipulated his client's papers so that he would get the murder victim's money. But even this seems odd, because the lawyer resigns from defending the mobster, which, I would think, would abrogate any such agreements. So if anybody has a better explanation, I'm all ears. I'm also confused about the traveler's check scam episode. I'm not sure how the scam works. They steal a truckload of traveler's checks, distribute them to a bunch of crooks to spend, so how are they supposed to make any money? And why is it mandatory that the crooks spend ALL the money, and that they save the receipts? Did the prof and his cronies sell the traveler's checks to the crooks at less than face value? But then why would they have to travel with them and supervise the spending, and why would the crooks have to spend all the money and save the receipts? Apparently I'm ignorant as to how the whole traveler's check system works, so if anybody could explain this to me I would appreciate it. Thanks.
Columbus, OH USA - Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 10:03:47 (PDT)
Thanks for the info, Mike! I'm sure that this is the case in most cities across the entire world in the last 30-40 years. More people, more buildings, more of everything. They call it progress. I call it losing our precious past. But we can't stop it.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 05:25:26 (PDT)
My first trip to Honolulu was in 1992... The malls seem to be getting bigger every year, Alamoana just opened up a new wing with Nordstrums as an anchor store and lots of Ewa plantation lands and dilapidated old houses seem to have fallen prey to thousands of Condos. Of course high rises just seem to be going up everywhere you look. Unfortunately beach erosion has also taken its toll especially in front of the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and ewa of the Royal Hawaiian all the way to the beginning of Fort DeRussey where at 6pm the high tide the water meets the wall. Gone are the beachfront shacks you so often see on 5-0 except maybe a few way out on the far side of the island. Chinatown and Hotel street is currently getting a facelift too- at least thats what they say.. like at Club Indido- the place looks great now. Also the airport has enclosed terminals now. Only the smaller planes like Go load on outside ramps. Aloha Air is out of business. Of course the landmarks like the Aloha Tower and the Palace are just like you remember them.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 09:49:42 (PDT)
Well, I for one found all the information and explanations about the music scores quite interesting and helpful! Thanks, to all! I do have one curious question to those who either live in Hawaii, or have been there many times. Over the decades, since Hawaii Five-O was made, have the islands and terrain changed so much that today's first time tourist would never find or recognize the basic landmarks seen in the show? Has society, population, etc., changed so much?
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 04:16:50 (PDT)
Just a note on the arrangement of the theme tune. In total there were ten versions of the 5-0 theme tune used for its 12 season run - 11 versions if you include the pilot movie. Only two seasons, therefore, had the same unique arrangement for more than one season - these being seasons 2&3 and 5&6. In my opinion, the theme tune (with the exception of seasons 7 and 12) is one of the few if not only aspect of the show that improved post in the post Leonard Freeman era.
UK - Friday, June 20, 2008 at 12:22:32 (PDT)
Mr. Mikje, do u know for certain if the Mel Taylor who produced the FIVE-O Soundtrack album is the same Mel Taylor who was the drummer of the Ventures from the early 1960's till his death in the mid 90's. [No idea -- why don't you inquire through http://www.theventures.com/? - MQ] I did a little background checking and it seems to fit. The engineer of the soundtrack Ted Kepp worked for Liberty Records,a subsidary of Captiol Records, providing another tie-in. If this is the case, then perhaps the great Nokie Edwards is playing the stinging lead guitar on the soundtrack album. Nokie is one of the most influential guitarists of all time, just ask Joe Walsh, or Eric Clapton. Paul McCartney if you're still not convinced. I ordered the Soundtrack through Juno Records and got it within a week for a mere $20, shipping included. Brand new 180-Gram Virgin Vinyl, original artwork intact. No more pounding the pavement for that elusive used copy I know is floating out there. There is also a clip of the soundtrack album available on YouTube, the guy plays a snippet of "Call to Danger" the percussion part on his turntable and films it. It is actually quite cool if you are an LP geek like me, to see the proud vinyl spinning on the dandified platform. Neway, you do a great job bruddah! Thanks for everything
- Friday, June 20, 2008 at 08:52:57 (PDT)
The credits rush by pretty fast, but there aren't any content edits that I could find. All of Mike Q's points and quotes from his ep guide are present, and the theme did change a few times during the course of the series' run. [The first thing I checked was whether the very racist comments in 'A Matter of Mutual Concern' were removed because of political correctness. They were not. Also -- the conversation in Hawaiian between Mondrago (Herbert Lom) and his servant (Moe Keale) in the first episode, which was reportedly left out of the Columbia House tape of the show, was present as well. - MQ]
Miami, Fl USA - Friday, June 20, 2008 at 05:44:33 (PDT)
Bait Once, Bait Twice. While I am enjoying season 4 I cannot figure out the plot here and it is bugging the devil outta me. Will someone please kindly explain what the lawyer had to gain by framing the gambling don? I don't get it. He is not listed anywhere in the will Loretta Swit tells about in the end. Then he mumbles something about a perfect frame, he messed up half a million dollars. What is he talking about? Why did he frame him in the first place, I don't see motive or tie in. Please help!!
cincinnati, oh usa - Friday, June 20, 2008 at 04:38:17 (PDT)
Harry, all I can say is what I've said in my recent postings. I don't have the DVD's, but I'm sure that whatever the technical. music, or video changes that people may find on them are just as apt to be as changing as the series itself has become as I watch it on TV. I am currently seeing the end of season 4 on TV for the first time in my life, so I'm getting a fresh perspective of the changes, and they are not for the good. Definitely changing, but I will admit that the story writing in most episodes is still excellent!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Friday, June 20, 2008 at 03:55:03 (PDT)
I just received the season 4 set, but have not watched any of it yet - my DVD Player was down for a little bit, so I'm still catching up with season three. Anyway, the season four arrangement did have more percussion and the end title credits is a little shorter - I would not call it "sped up", however. I will know more when I start this set - perhaps, someone else could chime in on this subject.
NEW YORK, NY USA - Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 12:40:11 (PDT)
What is the deal with the theme on Season 4 ? Seems pretty noticeably different, sounds sped up and extremely percussion/drums heavy, anyone know the story on this ? Was the theme completely re-recorded for S4 and does it stay this way for the remaining seasons ?
Millersville, PA USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 06:19:18 (PDT)
Are there any content edits in S4? That is, apart from the music changes, which were done back in the late 1990s when Family Channel saved money by using the syndicated opening for the first four seasons...
Miami, Fl USA - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 10:24:00 (PDT)
Frank: I agree in that as Hawaii Five-O progressed, it definitely changed to the points you mentioned. However, I also think that there's been a lot of changes that can be blamed on today's technology. Digital remastered sound, music, video, may be in theory good, nut it takes completely away from what we remembered. Nostalgia? Anyway, despite the technical attempts to enhance the shows on DVD, you are right that the changes made as the series itself progressed were not positive. Not sure if I've run into you before, but as you can see by my earlier postings, I only saw the first two seasons when they were being make before heading out to college. It is only NOW that I am catching up on the rest of the series, through reruns on TV, and I'm only up to the late 1973 season now in this area. Definite changes already, but still, excellent writing in many of the stories. I miss Kono, but until I see the remaining episodes, I suppose I'll be in for some negative surprises as the series reaches its 12th season? As for that Website Michael mentioned, I'd love to check it out, but I'm using ancient dial-up, and am sure I couldn't access anything there. Have a good day!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 03:39:25 (PDT)
First, my thanks to Mr. Quigley for his extraordinary site -- it's easily the best website devoted to a classic television show on the Internet, and that it's constantly updated to include information as new seasons appear on DVD is a real bonus. When I have a chance to watch an episode, this is the first place I visit, to compare notes and impressions. As far as the Season 4 set is concerned, it's indeed a disappointment that the opening credits still feature what appears to be the season one visuals (i.e., "Danny" instead of "Dan Williams") since, if nothing else, the Time-Life tapes are still around to compare. The odd thing is that despite the *visuals* being the same, the music (although apparently the same length) *sounds* different, as if there were more bongos or other percussion added. CBS is going to have to do something, though, because beginning with Season 5, the cast (and hence, the opening credits) changed about every season or two, so they'll have to begin updating them. I also found it interesting that although from Season 2 on the end credits used Reza Badiyi's "rowing" sequence, those credits were significantly truncated beginning in Season 4; I watched "3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu" today, and the end title music was noticeably shorter; in earlier seasons, it ends with a drawn-out crescendo that builds and builds until it climaxes just before the fadeout, whereas now it has one small crescendo and then it's done. I was also somewhat disappointed that the "extras" were limited to a few of the episodic promos; it's impossible to say whether they did one for every episode, but on the disc I watched today, only two episodes had them -- "No Bottles...No Cans...No People" and "Wednesday, Ladies Free." Considering how many of the cast members have already died (more than almost any show from this era), one would think that they could have signed up James Macarthur or even Al Harrington for some intros and selected voice-over commentary similar to what one finds on the seasons sets of "Get Smart" or the one season of "Mannix" that was just released. Considering that Macarthur participated in the "reunion" that was included with the Season 1 set, he's obviously not hostile to the show. On the plus side, the transfer from the original film looks great on all four seasons, and finally having all of the episodes (except, of course, "Bored, She Hung Herself") and what promos they do include is a marvelous gift after the availability of most of the episodes (and all of the promos) has been so spotty for so many years. In particular, one of the earlier season's promos gave us definitive proof how to pronounce Khigh Deigh's name -- since McGarrett himself says it! -- and I was glad that the "Wednesday, Ladies Free" promo was at least one of the ones that was included, because even after more than 35 years, I remembered that promo from watching the show in 1971, and it was a little like stepping back through a time warp to see it again.
Ukiah, CA USA - Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 10:47:38 (PDT)
I just watched "The Singapore File" 1969 on Fancast free TV on my desktop... It was great, especially near the end in a shoot out at the "Valley of the Temples" near Kaneohe. Only a few very short Cannon camera commercials during reloading and no hassles, small or full screen great quality. I have fed many a koi there and rung that bell at the temple many times... as a matter of fact the site director said I ring it better and louder than most when I spoke to her about using the Temple grounds in my story "Shattered Reflections" where Teddy meets his lost soulmate once again. There's about 39 shows to choose from just in 5-0 plus hundreds of other famous TV shows all for free. If you have high speed internet you'll love it!
Honolulu, Hi USA - Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 10:38:07 (PDT)
ATTENTION: I have just found a place on the computer which you can play several 5-0 shows for free Punch up www.orderfreetv.com select the FANCAST page and enjoy your selection on line anytime you like Dont pick the other one they have a survey, this one starts right away Mike
Honolulu, Hi USA - Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 09:29:39 (PDT)
I think constant exposure to the acids you get from picking some fruits and maybe even pineaples can damage the skin, but anyone out there picking pinapples for a living is probably wearing pretty sturdy gloves and even double layered jeans and armwraps cause that stuff can really hurt... But than again anything is possible on TV.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 09:28:18 (PDT)
Norma i think the show you are referring to is the season 6 episode titled the flip side is death. If this is wrong can someone let me know?
Stephen R. Dunn
Burt, ny usa - Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 09:14:39 (PDT)
~ I got my copy of season 4 on 6/10, but only after shopping around a bit. Where I live in Gaston County, NC, I went to Best Buy first and saw that they were selling for around $45.00. Then I went to Wal-Mart, where I bought it for around $ 35.00. In this situation, Best Buy truly didn't have BEST PRICE! Enjoy! ~ Be(ing) there. ALOHA! ~
Mt. Holly, NC USA - Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 08:36:40 (PDT)
Does anyone know of an episode where men steal money and don't think they will be caught because their fingerprints don't show because of pineapple juice. How will you answer me if I don't put in my e-mail?
Bristow, OK United States - Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 06:14:32 (PDT)
Yes christine it is coach from cheers
Stephen R. Dunn
burt, ny usa - Friday, June 13, 2008 at 12:28:42 (PDT)
Didn't even know about those knock-off shows, but most productions today don't contain the quality or morality like the old show did. Just one of the many reasons why Hawaii Five-O stands alone, and always will! There are few shows that I watch which are current. Some start good, but go downhill fast. And Christine C, sorry, not sure what episode that was you mentioned, or if the coach guy was in it.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Friday, June 13, 2008 at 11:34:12 (PDT)
Check out- "Hawaii" on NBC: The Early Returns -on the net. There is a lot of critique and comparison to 5-0 by the locals... This 5-0 copycat cop show was a big bust... I stopped watching it after the 3rd show- Heads in a trunk- naked female cop flaunting her stuff to the whole unit in the hottub- Stereo-typing the Hawaiians as being fat- Not even close to the real 5-0 although I did return to Honolulu from the mainland to try to hobnob and rub elbows with the shows inner circle... but by the time my plane landed later in its first season the show was already off the air and the specially painted Honolulu "Metro" police cruiser they were using was just sitting there parked outside the Waikiki Sub Station #2 ... They used the courtyard behind the Royal Hawaiian Shopping center (Waikiki) in some of their merging scenes from street to the real HPD station house where from time to time you see Cary.(it's on the top floor) I thought the script was aweful and hoped I could interest them in my 5-0 "Hawaiian Knights" Screenplay to consider for their future shows but as usual I am always a day late and a dollar short.
Hollywood Ca / Honolulu, Hi USA - Friday, June 13, 2008 at 10:27:46 (PDT)
I saw where a Nicholas Colassanto directed some episodes of this great show and wondered-Is that the same guy who played Coach on "Cheers"? (another one of my favorite shows) If so, that is so cool!!!
Albuquerque , nm USA - Friday, June 13, 2008 at 09:53:11 (PDT)
Has anyone else seen episode #133 "Here Today, Gone Tonight"? It was an early 1973 episode, and although the reviews on the home page call it dumb, I thought it was well written! When I watched it, it took me just as long to figure out how Monte Marham could have been in two places at once, and fool Danno in the elaborate way he did (with the fake helicopter dials, fake island light beacons on the ground at night, and the duplicate house theory which became the answer. Anyone else see it, and agree? I for one, thought it was the best episode I ever saw, in terms of trying to figure out how the bad guy did it! And as for the review which demotes danno for drinking while Monte Markham excused himself, that looked like selzter water to me. At any rate, an excellent show. Like I said, I only saw the first two seasons when they were being made, and everything since I'm seeing in reruns, for the first time!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Friday, June 13, 2008 at 06:00:18 (PDT)
Most definitely, the theme song from Hawaii Five-O is an inspiration. Like Michael, I listen to it like clockwork. I have it downloaded here at the computer and sometimes just have it play over and over while I'm working online. The ventures theme is good, but the CBS production theme is my favorite
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Friday, June 13, 2008 at 04:12:05 (PDT)
Like clockwork when I arrive at work around 10PM and turn on the radio to the oldies station the first thing I hear is the Theme song to "Hawaii Five-0' and every time also like clockwork I find myself singing along to the melody. It is such an energizing record I can't help myself... Since I work nights unfortunately I sleep right through 5-0 on syndicated TV channel 11 here. But the DVDs rental place is just a few blocks away across from Don Quiote if I'm in the need for a quick fix of some nostalgia. Well I already have 30 hours overtime in since Saturday so I better sign off now and catch some Z'sss so the bad guys don't get away next time... Mike
Hollywood , Hi USA - Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 09:20:40 (PDT)
You're welcome, Christine C. You are lucky to have visited Hawaii, and I'm delighted to hear your positive remarks about the conditions and beauty over there! Few places remain in this world that haven't been trashed over the years! I see you are from New Mexico, and I have been through your city many times, although not for some time. Used to pass through there on my way from Indiana to Tucson Arizona for college. I think these days, you more or less pass around major cities, but back then, you went through them! Still the beauty of the mountains and sky are remarkable!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 08:46:39 (PDT)
And one more factor plays into trusting the places like Hawaii. The people. For sometime now I have been corresponding via email with Michael Hedges who lives in Hawaii, and I'm come to trust him as a good friend. In fact, I'm honored to be his friend, and how he replies to my emails and my interactions. So, knowing people at places you've never been does help take away the unknowns of fear. Hawaii Five-O has brought a lot of us together, and I doubt that the producers or actors could have foreseen such an impact back then. Everyone out there have a great day
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 05:35:58 (PDT)
Hawaii Five-O did more than any other show to demonstrate the beauty and culture of Hawaii. Some of the previous remarks reminded me of shows that had such themes, and I had forgotten about them, but Hawaii Five-O stands out among them all. Any city, whether it be Miami. Las Vagas, or any tourist attraction, looks nice but I'm sure travel agencies make sure their clients are well provided for and taken to the safest areas. Any city can look beautiful, and yet have crime and poverty just a few miles away. Shows like Hawaii Five-O helped take that fear away, and made us all see the beauty of the location, and not the possible bad aspects that lurk in all places. On top of that, the Five-O team made us feel extra safe!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 03:35:49 (PDT)
To Robert Young- are you related to the late actor Robert Young? of "Father knows best" and "Marcus Welby MD??? The show you are probably thinking about is "Route 66", but that was filmed mostly in Nevada... A couple of drifters cruising from town to town in a baby blue Corvette ... Hawaiian Eye was around than too but they were PI's also "77 Sunset Strip" with Cookie and his comb but that was LA... he has a convertable sportscar too. Anyone remember "Markers" that's a Hawaiian primetime flick too with Dr. Crusher from Star Trek TNG and the guy who drove the big rig with a chimp partner. "??? Benny and the Bear???" or something?
Honolulu, Hi USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 10:13:47 (PDT)
Thanks Stephen. Michael H-I've been to your city and to Waikiki (and other places on Oahu)and felt quite safe. In fact I had told my aunt (who also lives in Honolulu) that I was impressed at how CLEAN the beaches were-no trash, no shells or vegetation from the ocean, etc.
Albuquerque, nm USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 09:50:33 (PDT)
It says the show started in September of 1968. I remember seeing Hawaii show on television on Army TV in 1967(?) I thought it was 5-0 with it's rambling driving all over the island to get to someplace it was not. What show was I watching? Didn't 5-0 start earlier than that?
Kahului, Hawaii USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 18:00:20 (PDT)
Oh! Smoking is banned inside all public places now including resturants nightclubs and bars. You can smoke 20 feet away from the entrance doors to any building though. Ahhhh Clean tropical air!!! Finally!!!!
Honolulu , Hi USA - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 19:16:42 (PDT)
Shoots Christine, if there were no crime in Hawaii they wouldn't need HPD,Sheriff, or me- Five-0 Mike! But don't worry, the tourist areas are still relatively as safe as any other vacation resort- specially in Waikiki and during special events. "Book em' Danno!"
Honolulu, Hi USA - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 19:12:03 (PDT)
The episode christine with the football players is called touch of guilt.This show will be availabe when they release season 8 on dvd
Stephen R, Dunn
Burt, ny usa - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 12:48:08 (PDT)
I'm sure this is mentioned in the archives but I don't have time to look through all of them. A.what is the name of the episode where a young woman is sexually assaulted by football players? that's the show that really stands out for me-I was surprised that tv was tackling that subject in the 70's B. I watched "Just Lucky, I Guess" the other day & noticed that everyone seems to light up a cigarette or pipe. Mr. Lord allowed this? I think I read in People magazine's obituary that he didn't like smoking
Albuquerque, nm USA - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 10:26:38 (PDT)
Can you imagine if all the filmed copies of Hawaii Five O had been destroyed? Of course, in the case of the fire at Universal Studios where thousands of movies also were lost, there existed back-up copies. Obviously, the chances of losing a show completely due to a disaster, since copies are everywhere, are almost impossible. So, Hawaii Five-O will always be around, and I'm so happy to see so many fans of the show still around. Not just those of us who grew up watching it, but people who weren't even born yet when the series first came out. A true test of a great show!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Saturday, June 07, 2008 at 03:50:27 (PDT)
To Mike Santore: Well, I can't answer why you don't have any reruns of Hawaii Five-O in your area. Strange, as so many places do. Here in Indiana, on cable, we have reruns of Hawaii Five-O every weekeday between 1pm-2pm(est). They are currently up to the 1973 season. But many people, as you can see from reading the posts, clearly are watching Hawaii Five-O on TV, besides watching it on tapes or DVDs. Contact your local television station or cable, and find out why?
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Friday, June 06, 2008 at 05:39:36 (PDT)
Not sure who paddled the boats Chritine, but one thing's for sure...it sure cuts down on the use of gasoline! Haha. Yeah, I always wondered if some of those statues and landmarks still exist today as shown in Hawaii Five-O, but on this webspage, a lot of those questions are answered. This is a great website, and I am thrilled to see so many people out here who still love the show.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Friday, June 06, 2008 at 05:33:57 (PDT)
Aloha, I was fortunate to live in the Pacific Islands for 10 years, Saipan 3 yrs, Guam 6 yrs and Hawaii 1 yr. My son still lives there and with any luck at all I will be back there soon. I never miss "Hawaii 50". Native Hawaiians loved Jack Lord as he really cared about the Hawaiian culture and her people. Mahalo
Galveston, Tx USA - Thursday, June 05, 2008 at 17:08:42 (PDT)
Just read the synopsis of the opening theme. Now that we know who the boy, girl, hula dancer, and creepy statue (I saw a commercial for a re-run in the early 1980's when I was 8 years old and that zoom-in scared me!!!) are, who are the gentlemen paddling the outrigger canoe in the closing credits? I'm guessing it's the University of Hawai'i's rowing team.
Albuquerque, NM USA - Thursday, June 05, 2008 at 14:41:52 (PDT)
Yo! Mike Santori from Long Island- Don't you have cable- or dish? When I lived in South Jersey 5-0 was on channel 11 at 11am mon-fri... But alas- help is on the way. Just mosey on down to your nearest Blockbuster Video and you can rent it and enjoy! They may even give you free popcorn!
Honolulu, Hi USA - Thursday, June 05, 2008 at 12:08:41 (PDT)
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: WHY HAS THERE NEVER BEEN RE-RUNS OF HAWAII FIVE-O? IT'S ONE OF THE BEST POLICE DRAMAS, AND MY WIFE & I ARE REALLY FLABBERGASTED THAT IT HAS NEVER BEEN SHOWN IN RE-RUN. WE KEEP SEEING ALL OF THE "OTHER GARBAGE," BUT NO HAWAII FIVE-O.
Hicksville, Long Island, NY United States - Thursday, June 05, 2008 at 10:31:35 (PDT)
Ok, thanks Mike. I doubt that I'll ever have the opportunity to visit Hawaii, but you never know. In the meantime, I was just wondering if they had a websites here in the mainland. I'll check on the tips you gave me though. Thanks!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Thursday, June 05, 2008 at 03:45:41 (PDT)
Oh- the 5-0 vanity plates are sold mostly in the International Marketplace - they also have a book em Danno plate. I'll check on them too. I used to live just down the block from there at The Island Colony- on the AliWai Canal... Good room rates there about $100 a night I think- and that is for the whole family. Has a pool and Jacuzzi and is much cheaper than a beachfront hotel but a 3 block walk. Another moderate rate hotel on the canal is the Sand Villa, its a little more expensive but really nice for a low budget vacation room price also for the whole family. I rarely stay at a regular Per Person double occupancy hotel, it can cost well over $200 a night in one of those beachfront hotels, so stick to the off beach accomodations between Kuhio and the Ala Wai if you come here and you will save a fortune.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Wednesday, June 04, 2008 at 10:08:49 (PDT)
Stephen, I can give them a call and find out the price... It's a little cloudy out now, but unless it rains today or through the weekend, maybe I can stop by the Marilyn Monroe Memorabelia/soda pop store (not sure of the real name)in Kings Court shopping center or Rangers Sports Honolulu in the Royal Hawaiian center and pick one up for you at cost plus shipping which should be around another $4.60 USPS priority mail... Last time I looked they had some. I'll let you know the price... their (Rangers) phone # is 808-926-7220. I'm not sure if they take mail orders but you can try. Last I noticed they cost around $35 to $60 and came in silver and gold tone...But I don't know if they raised the prices lately. Maybe if you are lucky they might have a catalogue they can send you. I could not find them on the net, probably because of post 911 restrictions.
Honolulu , Hi USA - Wednesday, June 04, 2008 at 09:55:50 (PDT)
Anyone in the USA here know of a decent website where we can purchase Hawaii Five-O items (badges, vanisty plates, etc.)?
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Wednesday, June 04, 2008 at 08:50:24 (PDT)
I am so, so, so happy that someone has finally decided to put Hawaii Five-O on DVD!!! I got season 2 for my birthday this year and am really enjoying it. I think I've become an official fanatic now (I went to visit my aunt in Honolulu in 2003 and bought a vanity license plate that says "BOOK EM DANO"). I find it funny that Hawaii never seems to change.
Albuquerque, nm United States of America - Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 13:05:25 (PDT)
Not sure,Mike. if that was from a line in a show, but the way it appeared out of nowhere, without any further explanation, just made me wonder. Maybe they will write again and clarify.
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Monday, June 02, 2008 at 09:20:47 (PDT)
I don't know what that was Stephen... Maybe it was dialogue from a show" By filling in the blanks, maybe he was trying to say?--- "Remember my ever so trusting friend- She will do you in long before you do her! So you better lay low for a while and call the cops the next time she shows up at your doorstep!" --- Sounds like a woman with a grudge- or a double agent... What show was that from?
Honolulu, Hi USA - Monday, June 02, 2008 at 07:10:16 (PDT)
Jerry Williams: What in the world does that mean?
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Monday, June 02, 2008 at 04:03:35 (PDT)
remember she will do you faster than you will do her we will need a witness.
nevada, missouri u.s.a. - Sunday, June 01, 2008 at 15:30:59 (PDT)
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