Although the Harrison Ford/Tommy Lee Jones film (and its unfortunate sequel) was a memorable hit flick, "The Fugitive" was - of course - originally a TV series that ran from 1963-1967 and starred David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, a man falsely accused of the murder of his wife. While originally caught by Lieutenant Philip Gerard (Barry Morse), Kimble escapes when the train that they're on crashes and derails.
Kimble manages to scramble to freedom and Gerard takes off in hot persuit. Kimble is convinced that a "one-armed man" (played by Bill Raisch) is responsible for the crime and the series followed Kimble as he tried to track down the culprit while the authories tried to track down him. Each of the episodes saw Kimble heading to another location in order to try and evade capture. The series offered strong performances (Janssen was especially terrific as Kimble) and the changing locations and situations kept the chase fresh and engaging for audiences.
This first volume of the series offers the first 15 episodes of the first season.
1- 1 17 Sep 63 Fear in a Desert City
1- 2 24 Sep 63 The Witch
1- 3 1 Oct 63 The Other Side of the Mountain
1- 4 8 Oct 63 Never Wave Goodbye (1)
1- 5 15 Oct 63 Never Wave Goodbye (2)
1- 6 22 Oct 63 Decision in the Ring
1- 7 29 Oct 63 Smoke Screen
1- 8 5 Nov 63 See Hollywood and Die
1- 9 12 Nov 63 Ticket to Alaska
1-10 19 Nov 63 Fatso
1-11 26 Nov 63 Nightmare at Northoak
1-12 3 Dec 63 Glass Tightrope
1-13 17 Dec 63 Terror at High Point
1-14 24 Dec 63 The Girl from Little Egypt
1-15 7 Jan 64 Home Is the Haunted
VIDEO: Paramount offers up the episodes in the first volume of "The Fugitive" in their original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. Despite not being all that far from their 50th b-day, the episodes looked surprisingly decent for their age. While there are some minor specks and marks on the elements used, the majority of the show looked pretty clean (again, especially considering the age of the series.) No edge enhancement was seen, but some minor artifacting was spotted. Sharpness and detail were fine, as the show looked reasonably crisp and detailed throughout. The transfers for the episodes are taken from the original negative, according to the back cover.
SOUND: The mono soundtrack sounded somewhat thin at times, but mostly sounded clear and clean.
EXTRAS: Unfortunately, nothing.
Final Thoughts: "The Fugitive" still stands up well years later, as the terrific cast, excellent pacing and changing locations make for a brisk, compelling show. Recommended.