Naked City: Button In The Haystack opens with the first episode ("A Hole In The City") of the hour-long version of the crime series, which ran from 1960 until 1963. As it happens, "A Hole In The City" is one of the strongest opening episodes that one could hope for in a series, especially one that was on its second go-around (a 1/2 hour version of the program with a different lead cast had been cancelled the season before) -- a band of hold-up men led by sociopath Lewis Nunda (Robert Duvall) end up holding the occupants of a Bronx apartment building against a police siege. The familiar faces are amazing, and not just Robert Duvall and Sylvia Sidney as the key guest stars, but also Edward Asner as the commander of a precinct where the hold-up men are hiding, Richard X. Slattery as a uniformed officer, Godfrey Cambridge as a victim, Lou Antonio as one of the killers, and -- shadow of Yankee Stadium the walk-up layout of the building and its staircase, built around a narrow square, which will prove essential to one of the most violent denouements of any police show of its era. "Button In A Haystack," directed by Tay Garnett, settled into the actual tenor of the series, which was less focused on violence and action than the human dimension to crime, the people who commit it, and the people who solve it. Albert Salmi plays a poor slob with a record who finds himself implicated in a murder he didn't commit, and who has no way of clearing himself -- in his fear of being accused of the crime, he inadvertently destroyed a key piece of evidence that could have cleared him. Nancy Malone plays detective Paul Burke's fiancee, and could easily have made male viewers of the era envious of the character. "Shoes For Vinnie Winford" is a very strange story -- one which might easily have been written for the Alfred Hitchcock Hour -- about the mentally unbalanced heir (Dennis Hopper) to a fortune who may be responsible for the disappearance of a dancer who was fired from a club that he runs -- the detectives need convincing at first that the supposed victim even existed. The direction, by Elliot Silverstein (Cool Hand Luke), allows the acting to go a way over the top; Hopper is as guilty of it as most of the rest of the cast, but more interesting to watch; the others look foolish and awkward. "Vengeance Is A Wheel" is a story of family revenge against a trio of robbers, set largely in Little Italy, without too many special flourishes. The disc opens automatically on the first episode and can be played straight through across four hours of material. The transfers are excellent, and the episodes look better than many black-and-white movies of the same period -- the shows are virtually a travelog of New York City circa 1960. Each show gets seven chapter markers, which includes a separate one for the closing credits -- the menu, which must be accessed manually, is a little bit difficult to maneuver around, though the chapters are well named and chosen.