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Banacek: Season 2 (2010)

George Peppard , Christine Belford , Andrew V. McLaglen , Bernard L. Kowalski  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Peppard, Christine Belford, Linden Chiles, Don Knight, Richard Gautier
  • Directors: Andrew V. McLaglen, Bernard L. Kowalski, Bernard McEveety, Herschel Daugherty, Jimmy Sangster
  • Writers: Anthony Wilson
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arts Alliance Amer
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 576 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,535 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Banacek: Season 2" on IMDb

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A self-made millionaire and living in Boston's posh Beacon Hill area, Thomas Banacek (played by George Peppard) has a taste for only the finest things. Being of Polish decent he also loves to recite enigmatic Polish proverbs. Banacek is aided in his efforts by his limo chauffer and gofer Jay (played by Ralph Manza). Jay usually has his own ideas on how the items were taken and also has dreams of recovering the items himself first and get the reward. Banacek also relies heavily on his close friend and bibliophile/bookstore owner Felix Mulholland (played by Murray Matheson) to help in background research. Insurance companies are loath to call on his services for the recovery of lost or stolen insured items because of his fees. Nevertheless they call on him when they get stuck, as no one else can solve these impossible cases. CAST: George Peppard (TV's "The A-Team," "Breakfast at Tiffany's") - Guest stars include Michael Lerner, Margot Kidder, Brenda Vaccaro, Mike Farrell and many more.

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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "MYSTERY SOLVED" December 4, 2007
Fans of "Banacek" will be excited to learn that the mystery of the missing pilot episode has been solved. According to Arts Alliance America studios, the missing pilot episode "Detour to Nowhere" will be included in the second and final season of "Banacek" on DVD. Along with the missing pilot, the remaining eight season two episodes will be included for your viewing pleasure. My biggest complaint with the season one set was the lack of extras and the missing pilot episode that started it all.

The distributor of season one Hart Sharp Video was bought by Arts Alliance America and we have them to thank for the upcoming three disc release of "Banacek" season two. In my opinion the quality of the first season audio and video was better than I expected and I hope season two will be comparable in quality as well. Season two of "Banacek" had quite an array of guest stars such as Cesar Romero, John Saxon, Dick Van Patten, Linda Evans, Victoria Principal and many others. In Season two of "Banacek" there's more Capers, Cigars and Commission to be had.

DVD Episodes & Features Include:

Disc #1 - Episodes 1-3

Episode #1: No Stone Unturned
Episode #2: If Max Is So Smart, Why Doesn't He Tell Us Where He Is?
Episode #3: The Three Million Dollar Piracy

Disc #2 - Episodes 4-6

Episode #4: The Vanishing Chalice
Episode #5: Horse of a Slightly Different Color
Episode #6: Rocket to Oblivion

Disc #3 - Episodes 7-8

Episode #7: Fly Me - If You Can Find Me
Episode #8: Now You See Me, Now You Don't

(Bonus Feature)
Pilot Episode: "Detour To Nowhere"

An (update) on the second and final season of "Banacek". It should run approximately 576 minutes and will be presented in its 1.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality could be better - But great to have! January 25, 2008
By ed
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It's great to finally have all the Banacek episodes avail. on DVD.
I am somewhat disappointed with the DVD quality on these.
The 2nd season box set - picture quality is very grainy with artifacting ( similar to a bad jpeg )and the picture is not too sharp either.
There are some sound problems where you can hear some scratchy noises like playing an old record on certain spots.
The second season has a more accurate color balance than season one, which had a very reddish overcast.
I admit I didn't expect pristine quality when they are cramming 230 - 250 minutes per disc - that's a lot of compression to fit that much time on to each disc. More compression = poorer quality.
The quality isn't much better than an old Vhs tape recorded from cable.
But I would still would rather have this than nothing.
It's too bad the quality is just slightly higher than you would expect from a bootleg copy. I would have gladly paid a little extra if the sets spanned a few more discs and had better quality.
The prints the 2nd season were transferred from aren't the cleanest either.
But hey it's Banacek - and it's great having them on DVD to watch.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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The series has now come full circle. The pilot episode, "Detour To Nowhere" is included as a "Bonus" feature on the 3rd of a set of 3 decorative TV guide style discs in a nicely arranged product that brings us the final season of an exceptional program. The crowning light of the Wednesday Mystery Movie of the Week. Banacek is a true visit to the past as it was. A calmer, well civilized and interesting world of antiques, friends, short love affairs and puzzling cases that bring to life the 1970's in a special way.
The second season featured less eccentric insurance claimants and more participation by Insurance agent regulars with the Boston company that pays Banacek his 10% finders fee. Also, Banacek's friend and information supplier, Mr. Mulholland who has the best job in the world as an Antiquarian Book Dealer is seen several times with the same Asian lady studying various Chess positions and 70s style "communication" techniques that bring lighter moments to the plot.
As always, women are attracted to Banacek's cool style but as a field player he rarely is serious with anyone save for a few repeat romantic engagements with his fellow investigator for the Boston insurance firm, Karly, a repeat character drawn from the original pilot as was his valet and our bookseller Mulholland.
All of the plots are interesting, colorful, slow paced but never lapsing, well written and worth the price! Well recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last the complete Banacek episodes on DVD January 1, 2008
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Over the years there have been a number of entertaining series on TV. But, as one looks back, it is clear that only a very few TV series stood out sharply from the crowd as both unique in concept and very well done. Banacek definitely was one such unique and outstanding series. Thomas Banacek (superbly played by George Peppard) was a free-lance insurance investigator with a charismatic personality and a knack for solving seemingly insoluble large-scale cases of theft and fraud -- for a hefty 10% fee. Every episode was both fascinating and enjoyable and the series never became predictable or boring. With this DVD of the pilot episode and the second season of we will now have available all of the episodes of this outstanding TV series. I bought the first season set as soon as it was available and thoroughly enjoying it -- it was every bit as good as I had remembered it. Although the eight episodes contained on the first season DVD were terrific, the pilot episode was missing. Supposedly this second DVD will include the outstanding pilot episode plus the eight episodes from the second season. I've pre-ordered it and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. Though it only lasted a couple of years, Banacek was one of the best series TV ever offered. If you're not familiar with it, please order it now and find out how good the best of TV once was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Banacek is great.
Published 20 days ago by Diane Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Series
Published 27 days ago by A. Co
5.0 out of 5 stars I Finally Get To See Them All
When Banacek was first on TV I was in high school. Our family had 1 television. I have 5 younger brothers and sisters and a very domineering father. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dana L. Packman
4.0 out of 5 stars BANACEK--THE SECOND SEASON
DVD of two season TV program from years ago. Plots are quite involved. Banacek solves what seems to be impossible to solve thefts.
Published 19 months ago by Eliza
4.0 out of 5 stars Banacek
I Loved it as a child on TV and it is just as much fun watching it now, one added bonus is seeing the progression of Peppard from an adult aimed Banacek Role to his A Team role.
Published 20 months ago by John F. Diefendorf
5.0 out of 5 stars Wished there were more seasons!
The "lost" pilot was included in this second and already final season of the series. Definitely wished there were more episodes of this sharp insurance investigator.
Published on July 1, 2011 by LuckyLotus
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 Banacek of Old, Rides Again
I have played one of the movies [eight in the series of the second season]and it is very good. I liked the Banacek series. I like
George Peppard. Read more
Published on October 3, 2009 by Frugal Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Banacek - You can't beat this show! It's great!
I had earlier purchased "Banacek" (First & Second Seasons) from another merchant supposedly in the USA. Read more
Published on October 30, 2008 by Banacek Fan No. 1
4.0 out of 5 stars A 70s classic
If you like the 70s and a mystery story that keeps your interest, this is it. The 70s style (dress, cars, lingo) abounds in this series and the storyline grabs your interest until... Read more
Published on October 22, 2008 by Victoria Y. Davis
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