[[ASIN:B000LE16VC The original version of Hawaii Five-O]] was regarded as one of the great police dramas ever. It ended its twelve-year run in 1980, and three decades later CBS brought the series back as a 'reboot.' This DVD set contains all 24 episodes of the first season of the new version of the series originally broadcast from September 2010 to May 2011.
In this version of the show Steve McGarrett is a former Navy Seal played by Alex O'Loughlin. After his father is murdered, Steve is joined on the Five-0 team by Danny Williams (Scott Caan), Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park). There is great rapport, banter, and humor between Steve and Danny, and the series portrays side issues like Danny's relationship with his ex and battles for custody of his daughter. The team is based in Honolulu and solves the crimes of murder, kidnapping, gang war, jail break, robbery, and piracy, and also chases arch-villain Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos).
The series incorporates high tech into the forensics that the team uses to solve crimes, and the writing in these episodes is great--it is so tightly written that if you let your mind wander for even a minute or two you can lose track of important parts of the storyline. In many series today men are portrayed as buffoons, but the new "Hawaii Five-0" is old school in that the lead character embodies the traditional masculine traits of toughness, courage, competence, honor, and decisiveness. The music is also good, and recognizable guest stars this season include Greg Germann and Rick Springfield. Season One even has a great finale/cliffhanger.
Special features on this DVD set include promos, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and features on the show's theme song, on life in Hawaii, on comparisons to the original show, and on the production of the series.
It seems that most of the time (we can all [[ASIN:B0080GTA0M think of examples]]), when a network remakes a show it is far inferior to the original version. But with its great writing, technology, action, and superb cinematography of Hawaii, this new iteration of "Hawaii Five-0" is even a little bit better than its predecessor, great as it was. One thing both versions have in common, though, is the best theme song in television history.