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Banacek: Season 1 (1972)

George Peppard , Ralph Manza , George McCowan , Jimmy Sangster  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Peppard, Ralph Manza, Murray Matheson
  • Directors: George McCowan, Jimmy Sangster, Lou Antonio, Theodore J. Flicker, Bernard McEveety (II)
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hart Sharp Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 576 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OCY7OE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,008 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Banacek: Season 1" on IMDb

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Sauve,sophisticated, and wealthy...Thomas Banacek is Boston's leading freelance investigator. When a crime proves too difficult for insurance investigators to solve, Banacek is called in.

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NBC Universal should be ashamed of themselves March 27, 2007
Universal was the leading supplier of tv in the late '60s well into the '70s. Their catalog is vast with classics: Kojak, Ironside, Marcus Welby MD, The Name of the Game (the most expensive series at the time, 1968), Columbo, McMillan & Wife, McCloud, and of course Banacek. I'm a huge fan of this show. Apparently, Universal did not deem this one "important enough" to give it the same treatment some of the others have gotten, so they licensed the DVD rights to Hart Sharp Video (?). Well, what they've done here is taken the old masters and simply transferred them to DVD. No remaster, no sound re-mix to 5.1, nothing. Even the DVD menu looks like something a kid could do on his computer. The transfer displays a somewhat pink image (more apparent in exteriors), seemingly faded from age. At some points even the sound is distorted (reference "Let's Hear it for the Living Legend"). And during the episode "Project Phoenix" (about 18 minutes into chapter 3), as a guy is running down a hill to catch up with Banacek's limo, the picture does a quick fade to black (and in the midst of a music cue, which also fades), then fades back into the next shot! What the %@#$&! Additionally, the DVD extras are limited to a cheesy photo gallery and "TV Guide" crosswords! And, where's the original pilot ("Detour to Nowhere")?? This set should have been treated by Universal as the classic it is, with a box set of all episodes, remastered picture & sound, with extras and liner notes. Fox gets this, and treats their classic shows with the respect they deserve. Just look at what they're doing with the release of "Land of the Giants". It too, was on for only 2 seasons, but Fox is boxing it as one set with a staggering amount of extras. Then there's also the great sets of "Lost in Space" and "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea". And by the way Universal, no I don't work at Fox, but I am a classic tv on DVD fan!
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing scenes - come on guys!!! May 26, 2007
First, let me say that I will probably buy the second season when it comes out because the DVD is still better than the tapes I have of the old A&E showings. But, if you are going to charge money for a TV favorite why cut scenes? I watched Banacek when it orignally aired in the 70's so I knew that A&E cut some great scenes to put in additional ads. I was looking forward to the DVD to see the cut scenes once again. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that while the DVD did restore some of the missing scenes they cut scenes that had appeared in the both the original and the A&E versions! Two examples that long-time Banacek fans should notice:

(1). In Project Phoenix the DVD cut part of the scene where Banacek is in his limo talking to the hobo Paddle. In the original aired version (and even in the A&E version) Paddle says: "Used to be in one of the largest banks in Florida - trust officer. By 10:00 in the morning I'd be sweating, literally. Like I'd been running a couple of miles. That's no way to live, not if you ever hope to see 60." However in the DVD version this entire conversation is cut to "Used to be in one of the largest banks in Florida."

(2). In The Greatest Collection of Them All almost the entire scene beween Banacek and the receptionsit played by Penny Marshall is cut from the DVD version so one is left wondering how Banacek found out that the security guard was at the bar.

Banacek aficionados beware, these are not the compete Banaceks as originally aired!!
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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What will be missing? April 2, 2007
This is indeed one of the great TV shows from the Mystery Movie Series. Universal Television will not be producing these DVDs. I just checked the production companys (Hart Sharp Video) website and found that only 8 episodes will be offered in the first season. It appears that the Pilot will not be included with the set. The Hart Sharp website indicated that 8 programs of 72 minutes in length would be offered in this set of DVDs. Nothing was mentioned of the image quality of the transfer. Hope this is helpful.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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Well, finally we have Banacek available on DVD. The only other missing link is perhaps "The Name of the Game" of 1960's through 1980's Television sleuths that represent the Golden Age of Television Detectives. Banacek is different. A private investigator of recovery in insurance scam attempts and thefts. The classic of course is our famous weekly series that featured Columbo, MacMillan & Wife, McCloud and the ever changing 4th slot in the monthly rotation. This series was different and interestingly plotted. The location scenery, the '41 Packard, and especially that Used Antiquarian Bookshop of his friend,Mulholland bring some fresh air to the standard formula of murder in other series. Here we deal with aristocrats but unlike Columbo, there is no need for Homicide. Our rich are involved in insurance fraud for Gold coins, Ancient books, Paintings and therefore we can believe the characters here as a little closer to reality. Banacek can be counted on to succeed where other minds fail, get the girl, and live extravagantly at the same time. All within 90 minutes a case! Now, as to the DVD, well, I know it is not top notch but I am just glad to have a copy of these episodes. Perhaps the company felt it was not as important as some other longer running shows. I no doubt will buy the second half when it is released, but it should include the pilot and some sort of commentary would be appreciated.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good movies
the series is better than I remember them. Will probly get more in the future.and this is the end.all done
Published 4 months ago by Larry Spector
5.0 out of 5 stars George Peppard is totally underrated
Banacek was one heck of a show. This is a must-buy if you can't get one of those old time cable stations on TV.
Published 7 months ago by Gregory J. Abate
2.0 out of 5 stars Redunant
Every episode is the same. They change the item that Banacek is hired to find. His companion always has a stupid
solution, which is way off the mark. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Banacek
The whole series is only 16 or so episodes and while some a re bit of a stretch plus they don't give you a full clue of what Banacek is thinking and what he talks with people about... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert S. Cohen
4.0 out of 5 stars Banacek video
This DVD package contained the first season of Banacek. It arrived in perfect condition and played without any flaws. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Terry D. Mahon
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifica
Por fín he podido ver de nuevo después de mucho tiempo a Banacek , volvemos a los nostálgicos años recomendable totalmente saludos desde España... Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by Javier Velasco
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps You Guessing
From the shot of him rowing on the Charles River to the moment he makes his amazing deductions, Peppard has you guessing on what seems like the impossible.
Published on July 1, 2011 by LuckyLotus
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Dvd
Good dvd to watch when you really do not know what you want to watch other than reruns of the season of shows you normally watch. Read more
Published on April 6, 2011 by Christine A. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
This is a great detective series from the 1970's. I remember watching the originals on TV as a kid like it was yesterday. Read more
Published on January 10, 2010 by C. Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering George Peppard
I loved watching the Banacek Series on Television way back when. Getting the two DVD's that encompass the entire series was the best thing I have done in a while. Read more
Published on June 26, 2009 by Queen Bee
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