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Jack of All Trades - The Complete Series

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Product Description

American spy Jack Stiles is sent by Thomas Jefferson to the tiny East Indies island of Palau Palau, where he teams up with British agent and inventor Emilia Rothschild to thwart the efforts of Napoleon and France in that region of the world. While acting as Emilia's man servant, Jack dons the mask garb of the legendary Daring Dragoon and fights the local French governor as well as thwarting various other schemes against America.

Jack of All Trades, starring Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) as Jack Stiles, and Angela Dotchin as his supervisor, Emilia Rothschild, is a campy, post-Revolutionary War-era comedy series that's fun because it's so bizarre. In each of the twenty-two episodes, Jack and Emilia, hired by Thomas Jefferson as undercover spies, fight French Imperialism while encountering history's greatest political celebrities. In a dynamic reminiscent of Moonlighting, Emilia's feminist savvy for espionage is repeatedly undermined by Jack's dumb-but-sweet naïvete. Their brains and brawn combo is unbeatable, as they continuously foil conquest plans hatched by French Governor Croque (Stuart Devenie) and his cousin, Napolean Bonaparte (Verne Troyer, a.k.a Mini Me). No one is sacred in this series: French plans for takeover are always obviously revealed in one idiotic swoop, as if the Governor and Napolean are The Joker and The Penguin in vintage Batman episodes. Jack, master of one-liners like, "Beat it turkey, I’m having Thanksgiving," pokes fun at America's love of corny jokes. Plots, too, are ridiculous. In "X Marquis the Spot," Jack and Emilia visit Marquis de Sade's "Agony Island" in search of King George's crown. De Sade, clad in absurd red and black leathers, forces everyone to wear leashes and engage in S&M master/slave tactics. In "Shark Bait," Jack and Emilia enjoy a submarine ride in a machine that looks like a giant, Victorian fish, when their sub is swallowed by Leonardo da Vinci's great, great, great, great grandson, Captain Nardo's bigger sub. Scripted fantasy elements commingle with slapstick humor, satire, and physical comedy in this odd show destined for cult classic status. With Sam Raimi as executive producer and Eric Gruendemann and Josh Becker, of Hercules and Xena fame, as directors, Jack of All Trades got that extra dose of twisted, off-color humor needed to make it a truly original show. --Trinie Dalton

Special Features

  • 22 episodes on 3 discs

Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce Campbell
  • Directors: Eric Gruendemann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: 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: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 489 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FJH5MC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jack of All Trades - The Complete Series" on IMDb

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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 16, 2006
Format: DVD
"Jack of All Trades" puts Bruce Campbell into the perfect role as a sort of swashbuckling hero that reminds me quite a bit of the Daffy Duck "Scarlett Pumpernickel" cartoon directed by Chuck Jones. Appointed by Thomas Jefferson to prevent the French from further colonizing, Jack tangles with Napoleon (played by Vern Troyer aka Mini-Me)in a number of episodes. He also rescues Ben Franklin from Napoleon who hopes that Franklin will come up with the ultimate weapon and Jack appears as a masked folk hero the Daring Dragoon (great name)when he tangles with the French governor Croque. His contact is a beautiful British agent (Angela Dotchin). Aside from the great chemistry between Campbell and Dotchin, the show has all the entertaining trademarks of Equal bits adventure and comedy the show was the best part of the ACTIONPACK hour that also featured "Cleopatra 2525". The DVDs look extremely good with nice full screen transfers and colors that pop off the screen.

Unfortunately Universal has decided to release the full series without any extras. There was a review that mentioned that Campbell was against the release of this show and Brisco on DVD--nothing could be further from the truth. He was probably referring to a money issue (or being sarcastic)and the haggling with Universal. Also, the show had such a small cult following I'm sure that impacted the release as well. Campbell was executive producer of this show with Robert Tapert and Sam Raimi.

Delightfully funny "Jack" makes a perfect compliment to "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." (through no accident its being released the same day at a much lower price--because there are no extras--Universal is hoping that Campbell/Brisco fans will see this, see the price and say, "hey this looks pretty good, too". Can't fault them for a brilliant marketing ploy).

The show is nicely packaged in those slimline DVD holders so they won't take quite as much space on your shelf.
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Steven Ashby on May 19, 2006
Format: DVD
At last one of the funniest shows on TV gets its due. Of course it still should be on the air but at least we can relive the show which had Verne Troyer as the funniest Napoleon ever. Bruce Campbell is one of the most underrated actors alive and does the role of Jack/Daring Dragoon justice. Please buy this wonderful piece of television as shows like this are hard to come by today.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Scheller on June 15, 2006
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One of my favorite shows-EVER. Bruce Campbell at his best, and Angela, WOW what can one say other than, wish I could see more of her as well.. I've been waiting for YEARS to find this series on VHS and/or DVD (bootlegs were OK, however... I'm sure Bruce and all the other actors would like their residuals!) Excellent show, great slapstick, wonderful acting and very entertaining. This is a must for christmas for the Bruce Campbell fan...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Scott on February 6, 2010
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I grew up when Bob Hope movies were still played on Saturday afternoons, and as a kid I loved his wacky antics. It was only later I realized how risque he was for his time with all the one line zingers that zoomed over my head at first.
Jack of All Trades reminds me of nothing as much as it does those zany Bob Hope movies. Bruce Campbell has nailed this "persona,' and while he's not aping Hope, he nails the essence of that style with flair.
You'll want to be careful who watches it with you as it's rather spicey tongue and cheek dialogue is not really suitable for teens (who might not want to watch a 10 year old series anyway.)
The series works great for my wife and I and we enjoy it as we do most Bruce Campbell offerings. I still scratch my head over why Bruce didn't become more popular, maybe he doesn't take himself seriously enough, but whatever the reason, he's easy to like and fun to watch, and he hasn't lost a step with Burn Notice.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Admire on August 24, 2006
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One of the goofiest shows I've ever seen (along with "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.", which was released on DVD the same day as this series) has finally been resurrected from the graveyard of unfairly-cancelled series! The plot is very simply told; an American secret agent, Jack Stiles (Bruce Campbell) is ordered by President Jefferson to go to the French colonial island of Palau-Palau in the South Pacific to thwart Napoleon's expansonistic schemes. There, he will work with a female British agent-merchant-inventor, Emilia Rothschild (Angela Dotchin). This provides the foundation for 22 episodes' worth of pure zaniness centered on the Moonlighting-esque relationship between Jack and Emilia, and their continuing misadventures as they elude the idiot French governor and his even more buffoonish army commandant, encounter historical figures including Napoleon himself (played by Verne Troyer, a/k/a Mini-Me), Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Lewis and Clark and Blackbeard, and exchange politically incorrect and risque one-liners. Campbell and Dotchin generate plenty of onscreen sparks; Dotchin is a gorgeous petite blonde with ravishingly expressive blue eyes which she deploys to splendid comic effect (I love watching her roll those beautiful orbs every time Jack lets loose with a particularly stupid quip!)

I can't give this DVD set 5 stars, though, much as I'd like to, because the episodes aren't presented in the proper order. This can confuse some people new to the series. Also, there don't seem to be any extras, which is a pity.
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