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Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp (Authorized Edition) (1970)

Bernie Kopell , Dayton Allen , Pat Shields  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bernie Kopell, Dayton Allen, Joan Gerber, Steven Hoffman
  • Directors: Pat Shields
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Film Chest
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006OT0U5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,506 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In the spirit of Get Smart, ABC s action-adventure/comedy spy series (1970-72) aired Saturday mornings, starring a cast of chimpanzees whose performances were dubbed with human voices, including those of Dayton Allen, Joan Gerber, Steven Hoffman and The Love Boat s Bernie Kopell, among others. All 17 episodes have been transferred from the original studio ABC masters. In a world inhabited by chimps instead of humans, Lancelot Link (Allen), along with partner Mata Hairi (Gerber), is one of the top agents of the Agency to Prevent Evil (APE), a secret organization led by Commander Darwin (Allen) that protects the world from wrongdoers. Their chief nemesis is Baron Von Butcher (Kopell), who leads the Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan (CHUMP), an evil league bent on world conquest. Assisting the Baron is a band of bad apes including Creto, Wang Fu, the Duchess, Dragon Lady, Ali Assa Seen and Dr. Strangemind. Episodes also included musical segments featuring the psychedelic music group Evolution Revolution (even spawning the release of a soundtrack album).

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! The Complete Series! May 30, 2012
Format:DVD
Just in case the other reviews are unclear: reviewers who mention an incomplete, two-disk set with barely-acceptable video and audio transfer are talking about an unofficial release from 2006. The current edition was released in 2012: it contains every episode, three DVDs, a superior transfer from the original ABC archive masters, is officially sanctioned by one of the show's producers, and includes several bonus features. So don't be put off -- if you're ordering the three-disc set, you're okay.

I adored this show as a child, and my fondness for it hasn't diminished one bit. Essentially, it's "Get Smart" with chimpanzees as the cast, which makes it the most bizarre spy-spoof ever. All the sets and props were constructed at 3/4 scale, and costumes were all custom made, so you have this constant nagging sense of disbelief that any sane television producer would spend the time and money (it was the most expensive children's TV program of its time) to do all this in the service of such DUMB storylines, LAME jokes and SILLY parodies, but thank goodness for insane television producers! The overall effect is a funny, fully-realized fantasy world where apes rule instead of humans and where one well-meaning but incredibly stupid secret agent is our last, best hope against the forces of evil.

A portion of the proceeds of this edition go toward the Wildlife Waystation, a non-profit animal sanctuary in Los Angeles, where Tonga (the chimp who played Lance) is still alive and happy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The OFFICIAL Lancelot Link Coming in May March 30, 2012
By Joe Boo
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I wanted to write an early review for the NEW Lancelot Link Secret Chimp 17 episode Complete Series set coming in May 2012. There are so many bad reviews here for the unofficial release, that I had to post something. I own the unofficial release and it has gone from $20 to $200, which I think needs to come down now that the official release will be out soon. I found a product preview ad from Film Chest Inc. on Youtube and I have to say that it looks amazing. All of the complete 17 episodes have been restored from the original ABC masters and they look incredible. The set will include the documentary film "I created Lancelot Link", which came out in 1998, which I purchased, on VHS. It never found it's way to DVD and now it's going to be included in this set. The video in the preview looks so clear that it seems as if it were made yesterday. The DVD also contains a visit to see the Lancelot link, alive and well, at the Wildlife Way Station. I can't wait until it arrives in May

If you would like to see the advertisement from Film Chest, just search on Youtube for "Lancelot link film chest" It is worth watching and you will not be disappointed.

I have already purchased my copy from Amazon and I can't wait....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! June 2, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It's about time this classic series recieved a proper release! I was just a kid when Lancelot Link Secret Chimp origially aired, and never missed an episode! I loved it then and never forgot this show! It's as funny now as it was then.
I preordered this set as soon as i saw it announced and couldn't wait to see it again. All episodes are present along with a great bonus disc. I started watching the shows as soon as i recieved it, and just finshed watching the entire set! Hats off for a great job, and for an intesting bonus disc!
HIGHLY RECOMMEND! GREAT SHOW!!! Television will never be the same!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This was a Saturday Morning children's TV show that was spoof on Get Smart using chimps with dubbed human voices (Smart's own Bernie Kopell did several of the voices on this series!).
It had only a 17 episode run for 1970-72.
All 17 episodes (from the original ABC masters) are on this great 3-disc dvd set from Film Chest.
The first two discs contain the 17 episodes (disc 1 has episodes 1-9, and disc 2 has 10-17), the third disc is packed with great extras/special features (interviews/documantaries/etc)
Highly recommnded!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As much fun now as it was in 1970! December 23, 2012
Format:DVD
I was 10 years old and my brother 8 when we used to watch this show with jaws agape at how they were able to get these chimpanzees to act so convincingly. The Dragon Lady, Baron von Butcher, the evil chauffeur Creto and Ali Assa Seen are all as vivid and entertaining as ever - and Mata Hairi is just as charming and Lance is just as clueless. As an adult, you don't even have to retain a child's ability to suspend disbelief to thoroughly enjoy these silly plots such as C.H.U.M.P.'s theft of the $3 Million Dollar "Star of Karachi Diamond" or A.P.E.'s round-up of "chicken rustlers." The shows contain the same sort of "swinging 60's/70's" cultural cues as the Austin Powers series - only the Lancelot Link production is an "authentic" translation of the times as they were experienced contemporaneously.
This 3-DVD set is well-produced and the transfer to digital format is clean and crisp. This series could be run on cable TV and would be a hit with youngsters (just as "Archer" is a hit for mature audiences). The clueless secret agent never ceases to bring smiles to folks young and old.
I bought two sets for Christmas: one for myself and one for my 8 and 10-year old nephews. I may order another set for my 50-year old brother for his birthday in a few months. I know he'll love it for all the good childhood memories, too!
From a pure entertainment standpoint, Lancelot Link has stood the test of time better than has another series from the same period: H.R. PufNStuf. No matter my age, I have always enjoyed kid's fare: from the Transformers to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Power Rangers. Lancelot Link Secret Chimp is unique and wonderful - and comes highly recommended.
If you've got a sense of humor and appreciate well-produced, creative (and silly) children's programming, you won't regret buying this set. Enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 1 month ago by Donald Dade
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Chimp Throwback!
Retro for me and my kids loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Grad Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars What I missed.
There is a bit of "noise" on Disc 1 but it didn't stop the enjoyment of seeing Lance at his tricks. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jeff Carstensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Lance Link
Absolutely hysterical!! Remembered this series from childhood and it makes me laugh even more as an adult. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Chicago
3.0 out of 5 stars Memories...
Fond memories of my youth don't translate too well to my tech savvy 11 year old. I'll watch it solo and look for a prize in my box of froot loops.
Published 15 months ago by David Gilligan
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Monkeys acting out real scenes...What's NOT to love???
Brings back memories from the TNT network as a kid!!! If you like real monkeys mouthing the words to make it look like they're talking to one another in their character, voiced... Read more
Published 17 months ago by RF
5.0 out of 5 stars brings back good memories
I bought this for my grandson but he wasn't sure what to think, I enjoyed it so much that I kept it!
Published 17 months ago by GG
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as my husband remembers
My husband and his brother are simply nuts about this show! I got this and they were so surprised and my husband sat and watched every episode!
Published 18 months ago by S. Sparke
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Better than advertised. Talking monkeys can't get much better than that. I can't say anything bad about it. All good
Published 19 months ago by P. Passadino
5.0 out of 5 stars deleivered as described
my son loves it and I enjoy watching it better than the new cartoons that are on the TV today
Published 19 months ago by John
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