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I Spy Box Set #3

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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 three includes commentary by Robert Culp, who also wrote for the show. Includes "The Lotus Eater," "Tag, You're It," "This Guy Smith," "Pinwheel," "Bet Me a Dollar," "So Long, Patrick Henry," and "The War Lord." 7 DVDs, with a total run time of nearly 24 hours.

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  • Actors: Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Kenneth Tobey, Arthur Batanides, France Nuyen
  • 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: 1328 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IJNK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,898 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Spy Box Set #3" on IMDb

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Reel on August 25, 2005
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I've just completed watching all three boxed sets of this fantastic television series. I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed every episode. This is an incredibly entertaining and ground-breaking show. At the time this series came out, the cold war was in full swing and many of the issues they deal with were very "in the now" at that turbulent time. It's interesting to see that many of these issues have resurfaced in today's world making I Spy less dated than you'd think it might be.

What sets box set #3 apart from the rest are the fascinating audio commentaries by Mr. Culp. They are truly entertaining and I wish there were more. It's wonderful to hear such a terrific actor expound on many of his experiences as well as the life lessons he learned during the filming of the series and throughout his life. The only thing that would have improved this set was if there was also input from Mr. Cosby. I'd love to have seen his side of things as well.

It's a sophisticated show dealing with both entertaining and sometimes pretty serious issues. There's plenty of action, romance, intrigue, and danger. But through it all, it's filled with a wealth of wit and loyalty between Kelly and Scotty. I've enjoyed every minute and I can't wait to start on my second viewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on February 5, 2007
How often can a television series lay claim to having helped to change television, and, yes, even the world? I Spy did just that. This was the first series to star a White and a Black together, and I Spy marked the first time a Black actor won an Emmy ... three back-to-back Emmys, no less, for Bill Cosby as Best Lead in a Drama. Racial barriers were pushed aside when I Spy hit the air in September 1965. This was also the first series to shoot around the world and ushered in the technology to make that possible - film making techniques that are still used to this day! And this is where the "buddy picture" began. "Miami Vice, "Starksy & Hutch," "Lethal Weapon" all owe much to I Spy.

To find out how the makers of this series did it, how they accomplished the near impossible, read "I Spy: A History and Episode Guide to the Groundbreaking Series" ... then watch these episodes in a whole new light. They are more historic than you may yet know.

For the three box sets from Image, the DVD transfers are very good; the Robert Culp commentaries are well worth hearing; and you can use the above mentioned book as a guide to the proper order that the episodes were intended to be viewed - which will enhance the viewing experience.

This series should be remembered and cherished. TV was never the same again after it, and, in some ways, either were we.
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As a little boy, I loved watching I-Spy. Although I couldn't understand a whole lot of what was going on, it seemed obvious that the two guys were cool, the places they visited were exciting, and it held my interest. Of course, lots of things can seem interesting to a five-year old. When you get older, and watch something that you haven't seen in thirty years, it's painful, but you're almost resigned to be disappointed. Watching I-Spy now is even more enjoyable than it was then because not only can I understand what's going on, it's still a fun, entertaining show.

We have to remember than when this came out in 1965, it was a HUGE DEAL to have black and white co-stars together in a show. And while it was obvious that the show was cautious about Bill Cosby's role in the beginning, it was obvious even in the very first episodes that he would more than hold his own with Robert Culp. Their byplay, born from genuine, offscreen friendship, is still the gold standard for two-person partners and teams in television and films. Their interaction was natural, spontaneous, and genuine, and no duo has come anywhere close in matching it. If Spenser For Hire had lasted longer, perhaps Robert Urich and Avery Brooks may have come the closest, but no one has managed, not Miami Vice, Lethal Weapon, or any other attempt.

The simple concept of having two globe-trotting spies working together in the guise of a world-class tennis player and his trainer seems so basic, but adding the team of Culp and Cosby, exotic locales, and good directing and editing makes all the difference. A complete first season collection would be better, but this is still a treasured momento from a not-so bygone era.
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