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  • Actors: John Cassavetes, Michael Landon, Martin Landau, Shirley Knight, Alexander Scourby
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, 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: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 675 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Z3C728
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,751 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Johnny Staccato starring John Cassavetes! 3 DVD Box Set! Johnny Staccato, starring legendary actor, writer and director John Cassavetes, first appeared on television in 1959, and although it lasted only 27 episodes, the unique mixture of big-city mystery-adventure and jazz left an indelible impression on a generation of television viewers. Johnny Staccato (Cassavetes) is an ex-jazz musician/detective who would prefer to play the piano, relax on a beach, or just talk about life. At his home-away from home, Waldo's Jazz Club in Geeenwich Village, Staccato is often joined at the piano by jazz musicians the likes of a young John Williams (Star Wars, Jaws), Shelly Manne, Barney Kessel, Red Norvo and Red Mitchell. Each week, Staccato finds himself drawn into cases where his distaste for crime, criminals and injustice is put to the test. From his base at Waldo's, Staccato often finds himself following leads to Rome, Paris and beyond to find the solutions to the puzzling cases he takes on. Guest stars include Michael Landon, Martin Landau, Shirley Knight, Alexander Scourby, Gena Rowlands (Cassavetes real-life wife), Elizabeth Montgomery, and many other notable Hollywood stars. Long absent from the small screen, this 3 DVD set of Johnny Staccato from Timeless Media Group and NBC brings you all 27 exciting episodes of this ground-breaking and important series, fully restored and re-mastered to fully capture the noir atmosphere of New York City in the 1950's!

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Quality of video is better than I expected.
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And you will witness him actually walking through the bustling streets, train stations, amusement arcades, and dance clubs of New York City, usually at night.
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There are crisp, dark, well-crafted stories.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jack Shatter on November 22, 2010
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Is this cool or what: the cynically-smiling but engaging N.Y.C.-Greek actor-writer-director John Cassavetesas as frustrated jazz pianist who has to be private-eye for the pay (although many cases he takes on for free). While tickling the ivories at cellar jazz-joint Waldo's (the distinguished count-like Eduardo Ciannelli), dynamic Johnny Staccato is called upon to save the innocent and fight the forces of evil. And you will witness him actually walking through the bustling streets, train stations, amusement arcades, and dance clubs of New York City, usually at night. When it comes to fistfights and shoot-outs with bad guys, Johnny can both take it and dish it out.

I especially liked seeing Johnny slowly smooching with feline Elizabeth Montgomery, and bristling insolently at obnoxious N.Y.P.D. sgt. Bert Freed. There are plenty of other top actors, like Martin Landau, Shirley Knight, Cloris Leachman, Harry Guardino, and Gena Rowlands. Dig the exciting "crime-jazz" music scores from the great Elmer Bernstein. Cassavetes himself directs many episodes, as do some directors who would helm episodes of "Thriller" a year later, like John Brahm and Paul Henreid. A multitude of scriptwriters drop the Staccato character into many varied odd kinds of adventures, but he is always the cool cat with a warm heart and a six-shot gat! "Johnny Staccato" was much too cool a show to last long, but now we can savor every thrilling b&w/film noir episode. Unleashed from dark vaults after fifty years, crisp in picture and audio, "Johnny Staccato" is cause to celebrate. Highly recommended!!
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell J. Mehdy on October 18, 2010
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Possibility, one of the most underated tv shows of all time, jazz, beatniks,hip script, great acting...wow and I thought I had seeen it all, JC has great acting and also directed some of the shows...I cannot recommend this higher, 5 starts and I like the facts of the outdoors shots of JC walking NYC......wow...check out "aintitcool.com weekly dvd reviews for the second week of oct 10....this review made be buy this set......wow
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2011
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It's great to have this underrated TV series available on DVD at last! John Cassavetes prowls through late 1950s NYC's rain-slick streets & darkened alleys, grinning in hard-edged bemusement at the petty criminals, the beatniks, the dangerous dames that populate his neon-lit world. And there's jazz, always jazz, playing in the background, sometimes played by our hero himself, between jobs as a private eye -- or is that the other way around?

The half-hour drama is a lost form these days, but this single season shows just how much could be done with it. Dark, often violent stories of the human condition unfold compactly, with dialogue that's a heady mixture of hipster lingo, jazz slang, noir one-liners & semi-Freudian literary prose from Greenwich Village theater. Johnny Staccato lives in a sort of Limbo made of cigarette smoke, dirty secrets, subterranean stairs & tunnels & bare-bulbed little rooms -- but there's the occasional gleam of honest love & human decency as well -- there's even the remote possibility of actual justice from time to time.

It's a pity there aren't any extras on this set, but the episodes themselves are a pleasure, and the price is quite reasonable. Frankly, I'll take it over most contemporary TV shows without hesitation -- if you want to make the scene, it's highly recommended, baby!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adam on February 27, 2011
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First of all, I have to compliment Timeless Media on the quality of the recordings in their complete Johnny Staccato Box Set. I'm pretty well used to the somewhat poorly aged prints that dominate TV reruns and public domain video. Somebody put a lot of work into making Johnny Staccato a great release. The video and sound are great even on my old analog set. It was a pleasure to see and listen to. While some would complain about the lack of extras, I can't really expect many extras when we're dealing with a 51 year old show that was cancelled mid-season and where the star has been dead for 20 years. I'm thankful they got the show out and in such a beautiful form.

It can be tempting to write Johnny Staccato off as merely a ripoff of Peter Gunn. After all, both Staccato and Gunn are New York P.I.'s that hang around the jazz scene. The big difference with Staccato is that jazz isn't just something he hangs around for information, but he's truly a part of it as a musician. The scenes of Staccato on the piano are priceless. The music of the lates 50s pulses through Johnny Staccato.

In addition, every episode of Peter Gunn seems to end with at least two, and usually four dead bodies. Staccato often ended the show with no dead bodies. Cassavettes influence made Johnny Stacatto much more a Detective Drama than it did Peter Gunn's shooting gallery.

Also, another big difference between Peter Gunn and Johnny Staccato is that while "Mother" in Peter Gunn seemed to exist in the story primarily as a plot device and the owner of Peter Gunn's favorite hangout, Waldo (Eduardo Ciannelli) who owns Johnny's favorite spot is a far more fleshed out and there's an almost father-son dynamic of their relationship.
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