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Banacek: The Complete Series Box Set (2008)

George Peppard , Margot Kidder , George Peppard , Reuben L. Watt  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Peppard, Margot Kidder, Brenda Vaccaro, Michael Lerner, Victoria Principal
  • Directors: George Peppard, Reuben L. Watt, Bernard L. Kowalski
  • Writers: Anthony Wilson
  • Producers: George Eckstein, Howie Horwitz
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arts Alliance America
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 1276 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AYMMO2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Banacek: The Complete Series Box Set" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

George Peppard stars as Thomas Banacek, Boston's leading freelance investigator. When a crime proves too difficult for insurance investigators to solve, Banacek is called on in this classic series from the early 70s that was part of the Sunday Night Mystery Movie series. Guest stars include Stephanie Powers, Margot Kidder, Michael Lerner, Brenda Vaccaro, Victoria Principal and many more. All 16 of the original shows and the original pilot program are now available in this five DVD set. Classic TV lovers rejoice! Bonus Features: Contains the Original Pilot Episode, Detour To Nowhere, Photo Gallery & TV Trivia Crossword Puzzles.

Customer Reviews

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81 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Series August 12, 2008
Those of you looking for a traditional whodunnit may be disappointed in this series. "Banacek" is more like waiting for a magician to explain his trick than finally knowing who committed the crime.

What makes the series amazing is how the writers came up with such elaborate robberies.

As I rewatched the episodes, not only did I appreciate this complexity, but I also started laughing at the hysterical Polish proverbs Banacek quotes and the dry and occasionally double entendre humor that George Peppard delivers perfectly.

When you add the humor and complexity to the great guest stars (Anne Baxter, Linda Evans, Dick Van Patten, et al.), you get a series that's a absolute treat.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's an old Polish saying.... November 5, 2008
I slightly remember this series from the 1970s. Seeing it again is wonderful. Thomas Banacek works with insurance loss agents to recover property that has been stolen or lost. And it's always this impossible situation i.e. a football player from the middle of a huddle; a huge scientifc gizmo; a be-jeweled wedding carriage; a rail car carrying an auto prototype; a thorougbred horse from a racetrack. Only late actor George Peppard could pull off the character. He is so smug and overly-confident, but funny in a sexy way. It's also interesting to see what the styles and buzz were decades ago.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remember it! November 16, 2008
So ... I last saw BANACEK in my early teens. Now a vague memory. Yet this CD box set has it all there and I am sharing with my 16 yr old (youngest) daughter all the (sometimes) improbable plot lines. The world has changed a lot since the 1960s ... but this is an example of very good American television that still works today ... some 40 years later. A very worthwhile buy. Andrew B - Australia.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BANACEK October 31, 2008
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Great for nostalgia nuts. This series only lasted two years, which is a shame. I thought that I had seen all of the episodes and the endings came right back to me. But there were two episodes that I had not seen before which made this purchase worth it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Banacek: With Video Problems December 18, 2009
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On the whole of it was great to view the whole series, well almost the whole series. When on Season Two, Disk 2, Episode 6 : Rocket to Oblivion there was definately a copy problem when they made the disk. Amazon has been great sending a replacement, but alas the replacement had the same video playback problem. ( I have tried on three seperate players to see if I could overcome the material defect). With no luck. I had to send both sets back to Amazon (Even though they had me download return labels for both sets: One Postal Service & One via UPS Ground) I opted to send back at my own expense as overnight UPS PAC. This way I can get my money back. I however really liked the series, just wish they could have replaced the defective disk. They did say however they would pull the sale item off the net until they can check the stock over. Now just waiting for a full refund (No way I will accept a partial refund when it was defective goods)

The rest of the series was just great, George Peppard as well as many other famous actors and actresses in the series brought back many memories from the early 70's

Hopefully Amazon will contact the maker of the recording (It says TV Guide on the cases) and have that problem fixed so I can buy it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series October 5, 2013
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This is a classic series, keeps you in suspense till the end. Series such as Banacek in the main seem far more real life than series which are similar today.. In this series Banacek investigates for an insurance company all different claims. The scripts are great the acting is extremely good and has several great actors with the leading part taken by George Peppard, who also took the lead in another great series the A Team.. He brings to the series a character of great understanding and depth and his performance enhances every episode ably assisted by his cast. This series is very popular, and is not cheap to buy but a must for your DVD collection if you enjoy a well acted mystery. I hope you buy and enjoy as much as I did, highly recommended .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great How-Did-They-Do-It December 28, 2012
This very entertaining short-run series alternated with Columbo and McCloud on the Sunday mystery Movie and even as I watched Banacek as a kid, I recognized the plots revolved around a simple vanishing trick by a cut-rate David Copperfield. Not that I could figure it out. (I especially recall the disappearance of the room-filling computer -size mattered in those antediluvian days.) The characters and settings were colorful window dressing to disguise the trick's mundane origins. With his stylish clothes, cigar, and Polish proverbs made up as the occasion demands, the high-living Banacek is cool and charming, an arrogant freelance insurance investigator who irritates his clients by demanding 10% of the value of what he recovers, and he always succeeds. He's so cool he can condescend to the guest actresses who provide the requisite eye-candy and romantic interest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy Classic VS. Reality Show Mind Vomit November 14, 2011
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No CONTEST....Banacek WINS!

In an age where a reality show "star" is produced every 10 seconds....

and American Reality Show Tiles like "12 Years Old....and NOW a Granny." can titillate and draw in hordes of brain dead American TV viewers.

Or when a moronic no-talent like Kim Kardashian can simply slip into an an extra strength "slim-n-lift" girdle and slap on some lip gloss and become an American national icon....

OMG....IT'S SO REFRESHING TO FIND an American TV gem from the past with excellent twists and plots, smart and charming dialogue. Where...HOW-DONE-IT is more important than the usual WHO-DONE-IT!

I love this series....wish there were more episodes....and YOU WILL TOO!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Chicago Polish PI does the job.
The series wasn't a hit but it is interesting. A Polish PI quoting proverbs and taking care of the bad guys. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Who cares
5.0 out of 5 stars Banacek fan
A great series of interesting plots. Surprised this has never been re-made!!
Published 1 month ago by W. J. Ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good old series
Published 2 months ago by michael ian hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Value. Good Servive. Recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Bozopol1
4.0 out of 5 stars George Peppard was great in this role as a Polish private Eye
Peppard plays a great part of a polish private eye who seems to look into some really weird things. It takes place in Chicago with lots of shots around the city. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Who cares
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery show
George Peppard's role as the wealthy insurance investigator, Banacek, was one of the most memorable in 70s television. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brent Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I like mystery and this is one of my favorites along with the people who play the roles give it character
Published 17 months ago by Thomas E. Pritchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Banacek: The complete series box set
Enjoy watching Banacek from the old days and love this mystery. You will enjoy it very much watching on TV
Published 17 months ago by Brownbats
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome retro series. Clever and rich.
This is a gem of a TV series that can't be found on re-runs. Polish-American Thomes Banacek (played by George Peppard) is urbane, smart, elegant, and an unabashed ladies man as he... Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Banacek: The Complete Series Box Set
I haven't seen Banacek in decades. Certainly, one of my more favorite series. They made great series in the 70s! No problems with the DVDs.
Published 21 months ago by Top Flite Golfer
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