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I Spy Box Set #1


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  • Actors: Robert Culp, Bill Cosby
  • Format: Box set, 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: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 1428 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IJNI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,951 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Spy Box Set #1" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Robert Culp and Bill Cosby star as undercover intelligence agents. Culp takes the guise of a tennis pro and leads a fast life compared to his more intellectual "trainer" and colleague in espionage (Cosby). The first television show to cast a black man as the lead and show a friendship oblivious to race-and this during the tumultuous '60s. Set 1 Includes "A Cup of Kindness," "Dragon's Teeth," "Tigers of Heaven," "Turkish Delight," "Crusade to Limbo," "Sparrowhawk," and "So Coldly Sweet." 7 DVDs, with a total run time of nearly 24 hours.

Customer Reviews

Good stories well done.
H. McCulloch
Its Bill Cosby and Robert Culp interplaying with each other that seems so unscripted.
Bennet Pomerantz
The picture and sound quality on the discs are superb.
Bruce Burke

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By "adalton" on December 4, 2002
Format: DVD
"I Spy" BOX SET #1 (Image Entertainment):
- This appears to be a direct copy from master tapes of good condition.
- Video not redone. Some minor specs/lines, usually towards the beginning of each episode, otherwise crystal clear.
- No languages (English only).
- No subtitles.
- No Close Captioned.
- Audio not redone. Some words are a little muddled and you'll just have to figure out what was said. Rare.
- Container box for discs has classic picture, box set number, and episode titles.
- 7 discs each in its own slim transparent case. Each case is about 4-1/2 discs thick.
- Simple menu. 4 episodes per disc. 6 chapters per episode. All in color.
- Each case has a covering insert. Front cover has a classic picture, series title, and episode titles. Back cover has episode titles, each with a list of its guests and a short synopsis of the episode. 'Spine' has series title, disk number, and one episode title.
- No extras, neither on disc nor included written documentation.
- Each episode is 50 minutes long.
- No laugh track. The series was not recorded with a laugh track.
It's amazing that 1 hour TV shows were that long back then. Today's 1 hour shows rarely go over 45 minutes. I would have liked subtitles, close captions, and extras. Either more episodes per disc and extras together on other discs, or mixed together, would also have been nice. Obviously each disc contains lots of blank space. The series lives on DVD and can still deliver the incredible enjoyment of the show, commercial free.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Breyel on February 24, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"I Spy" the television series was a secret agent adventure that aired from 1965 to 1968. It teamed Robert Culp as international tennis player Kelly Robinson, and Bill Cosby as his trainer Alexander Scott. In reality, both were agents for the Pentagon and, while incognito as `tennis bums', they busied themselves tracking villains and spies.

The series broke new ground as the first American television drama to feature an African-American actor (Cosby) in a lead role. Cosby's Scotty played a straight-laced Rhodes scholar fluent in several languages, although he was really the brains behind the duo. Culp was the athlete and playboy who lived by the seat-of-his-pants.

I remember the show particularly for its exotic international locations a la James Bond, which was another first in American television. The joking banter and chemistry between Culp and Cosby was another highlight of the series, often in counterpoint to some serious subjects.

Season One included these 28 episodes:

1. So Long Patrick Henry -- Elroy Brown (Ivan Dixon) is an embittered American athlete who defects to China. Kelly and Scotty are assigned to bring him back, only to uncover a Red Chinese plot to expand their influence in Africa through Brown. (The first of seven consecutive episodes filmed in Hong Kong).

2. A Cup of Kindness -- Kelly must kill an old friend who is accused of being a double agent, and who has stolen some important scientific equipment. However, the man pleads innocent and asks Kelly to help him prove it.

3. Carry Me Back to Old Tsing-Tao -- Kelly and Scotty tangle with the greedy sons-in-law of an elderly Chinese merchant who claims he wants to pay a million dollars in back taxes so that he can go home to Formosa.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By P. Cornelius on June 4, 2009
Format: DVD
I don't intend to focus on the series, which is excellent, in this review. What I want to center on is the lousy packaging of the Newly Remastered version of I Spy by Image Entertainment. The previous release of I Spy, in 2002-03, had each season boxed in seven separate cases. The new release uses those multi-disc cases and the ones selected by Image are as cheap as they come. Not only did pieces of the cases break apart during shipping, leaving the DVDs to rattle around loosely, damaging them. But the interior flip holder broke away as well. I bought seasons 1, 2, and 3 from Amazon, and they were all like this. It isn't Amazon's fault. They could have shipped the order twenty times and Image's shoddy packaging would have yielded the same result everytime.

I have been a long time customer of Image Entertainment, going back to laserdisc days. But I shall never buy another product from them again and risk its mailing to me in such cheap, unacceptable cases. They saved a penny and lost a customer. Real stupid in these economic times to treat your customers like gum on your shoe, instead of gold. When I attempted to contact Image, their email for customer inquiries was dead. I telephoned them and they didn't want to hear about the problem. They REFUSED to take my name and telephone number.
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Betcha on October 22, 2003
Format: DVD
This is called box set 1. Box set 1 is a random collection of episodes from any given season. What I would like to see is 'I Spy-The Complete First Season'. I would like THAT box set to have a lot of bells & whistles--outtakes, commercials for the show, interviews (recent and from the era), tv guide covers and articles from everywhere!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. "Nick" Noble on May 22, 2003
Format: DVD
While the DVD is pretty basic (although Robert Culp's commentary is interesting), it is just wonderful to have this classic TV series available again. THIS is what collaborative television acting is all about. There is a poise and a maturity to this series that many of today's efforts lack (despite the slicker special effects and more complex soundtracks of today's TV dramas). Some of the Cold War issues may seem dated, but in fact this series had almost every international issue possible, and some things are back in fashion again. At the time "I Spy" was celebrated for its groundbreaking casting and for its lush locations. Today, while those remain interesting, the incredibly effective pairing of Culp and Cosby (and the creative contributioins of both these talented artists) make this series something very special.
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