The first series to have a handicapped person as a main character, "Ironside" starred Raymond Burr as Robert T. Ironside, who is paralyzed due to a sniper's bullet. Formerly the city's Chief of Detectives, Ironside now works as a consultant, teamed with a series of officers - policewoman Eve Whitfield (Barbara Anderson), Detective Sergeant Ed Brown (Don Galloway), and ex-con and assistant Mark Sanger (Don Mitchell) - who assist him in solving cases.
Despite Ironside's condition, the series was still exciting, with occasional moments of action and Burr's stellar portrayal of a man who does very well using his brains to solve cases that ranged from jewel thieves, protecting a vicious television talk-show commentator, searching for a talented artist accused of murder whose death Ironside believes is phony, an elderly aunt who becomes a detective-of-sorts when her friend vanishes, a widow who hears voices threatening her life and a baseball player exorted for $100,000.
Guest stars this season include: Ed Asner, Gary Collins, Anne Baxter, Burgess Meredith, Bill Bixby, Ricardo Montalban and Joseph Cotton.
The DVD set includes the entire second season:
2- 1 19 Sep 68 Shell Game
2- 2 26 Sep 68 Split Second to an Epitaph (1)
2- 3 26 Sep 68 Split Second to an Epitaph (2)
2- 4 3 Oct 68 The Sacrifice
2- 5 10 Oct 68 Robert Phillips vs. the Man
2- 6 24 Oct 68 Desperate Encounter
2- 7 31 Oct 68 I, the People
2- 8 7 Nov 68 Price Tag -- Death
2- 9 14 Nov 68 An Obvious Case of Guilt
2-10 21 Nov 68 Reprise
2-11 28 Nov 68 The Macabre Mr. Micawber
2-12 5 Dec 68 Side Pocket
2-13 12 Dec 68 Sergeant Mike
2-14 2 Jan 69 In Search of an Artist
2-15 9 Jan 69 Up, Down, and Even
2-16 23 Jan 69 Why the Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club Met on Thursday
2-17 30 Jan 69 Rundown on a Bum Rap
2-18 6 Feb 69 The Prophecy
2-19 13 Feb 69 A World of Jackals
2-20 20 Feb 69 And Be My Love
2-21 27 Feb 69 Moonlight Means Money
2-22 6 Mar 69 A Drug on the Market
2-23 13 Mar 69 Puzzlelock
2-24 27 Mar 69 The Tormentor
2-25 3 Apr 69 A Matter of Love and Death
2-26 10 Apr 69 Not With a Whimper, But a Bang
VIDEO: "Ironside" is presented by Shout Factory in the show's original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. The presentation is quite impressive, as while the series isn't without some noticable moments of wear, print flaws are pretty minor, considering the age of the series. Sharpness and detail aren't bad, as the series looked rather surprisingly crisp and clear, especially considering the age of the show. No edge enhancement or artifacting was noticed. Colors remained a little on the subdued side, but otherwise appeared natural.
SOUND: The mono soundtrack remained clear (although a bit flat, which isn't surprising, considering the recording limitations of the age) and no distortion was noticed.
EXTRAS: None, which is too bad, as a retrospective featurette would have been a nice touch.
Final Thoughts: Burr offers a fierce, compelling performance as the paralyzed Ironside, and he's joined by a superb cast. The storylines are familiar, but the dialogue is well-written and the performances carry the episodes. The DVD presentation offers very good audio/video quality, but no extras. Recommended.