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Mannix: The Complete Series
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
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I remembered the series from its original appearance and thought it was okay in the day.

What a difference a couple of decades make! After a few episodes I was left astounded at the quality of writing, acting, and cinematography. It was a pleasure to see the guest stars. The fourth episode of the first season had scenes in a coffee house, featuring Neil Diamond as the entertainment! Mike Connors is wonderful and compelling in the lead. No metrosexual he, in the same episode that featured Neil Diamond Mike Connors worked undercover as a car mechanic and actually fixed cars! He leapt tall buildings. He had a way with a gun. It is also delightful that this show was written in pre-politically correct days. Unrepentant Nazis were bad guys, thieves were bad guys; today's bad guys are all armed forces service members, business owners, ministers.

You also do not see each plot point coming; each episode still has the power to surprise.

It is also a joy to see outdoor scenery, filmed in real deserts and zoos (not computer generated deserts and zoos or cheap, artificial sets).

Another remarkable feature is that the detective agency Mannix works for is a very early-on technology user. Computers were the size of closets in those days, full of blinking lights.

Mike Connors introduces each episode in audio. I would recommend this to anyone in search of an excellent viewing experience, and not just the predictable, politically correct white noise that most of today's shows resemble.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2013
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Mike Connors has always been a favorite actor of mine and "Mannix" was one of my favorite shows. I watched "Mannix" on TV as a kid and they are better than anything on TV today. I am not sure why it was is expensive as it is on DVD but I appreciate Amazon for putting them on sale so I could purchase all eight seasons. The quality (Audio/Video) is excellent and I would recommend them to anyone for sure. WAW
Wayne A. Warrick
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
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I used to watch these when I was a kid. I don't even remember seeing the first season, so this was all new to me. I do get much more out of these now than I did back then. I remember some of the episodes from the second season, and watched some of these from a distant TV station when they were blacked out or pre-empted from our local CBS affiliate. This was the summer of a peak in sunspot activity, and one of my hobbies was to experiment with TV reception. I was able to pull a station in from North Platte, NE to here in Northern CA and actually got the week's episode a couple hours earlier that the airtime would have been here. This was one episode I remembered where Mannix was up in a helicopter and spotted a man and woman struggling on a balcony, and no one believed him.
Picture quality and sound on these is first rate. The remastering makes these look pretty close to BluRay. The sound sometimes seems as if it were done in stereo, possibly they had a stereo track that was on the master that was not used in the days of the original airing.
I cancelled my DirecTV service, and for the price of a month of "expanded basic" I can enjoy the complete series of Mannix over and over as I please.
If you're sick of the low quality of the new shows, you owe it to yourself to own this!
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62 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2013
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Mannix was one of the best TV shows of the time. The Acting was AAA the story's AAA. You have to watch a good 50-55 mins to see what was going to come up, happen. Mannix can put 95% of the trash on TV now to shame. I got everything season at a time.Season 8 is on the way. Get Mannix you will be glad you did. Back in the 50's, 60's,70's and some of the 80's they new how to make great TV shows. And the actors could act. Now the trash on TV is a sad joke..
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
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Mannix has survived the test of time. This series is well worth the purchase. I bought each year as they were released. I'm waiting on the final #8 now to be shipped to me.
This heroic Detective series is very special. The finest TV actor ever Mike Connors, portrays MANNIX beautifully. His character is brave, honest and devoted to his friends and clients. And this series was filmed in a high quality that looks great on today's TV's.
And no series can top the theme music of Mannix. I am a huge fan and I am so glad this series is available. None are better.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2013
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It's nice to see all the seasons released of this classic detective show. Always plenty of action and great guest stars! I don't watch a lot of detective shows, but the action and good story line make this show worthwhile to me!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2013
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With all the poorly written sitcoms and "reality" shows cluttering up the airwaves, it's nice to be able to fall back on these DVDs.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2013
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Mannix was a series in a less busy time compared to today. The stories had a plot and a conclusion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
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I used to watch when I has younger I like the older style cars and buildings and to see how things have changes
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2014
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I've written reviews for seasons 4, 5, 6, and 7 of this series. I've also written extensively about this series on the "Mannix is Coming!" thread of the Home Theatre Forum.

This series is special.

It carries all sorts of labels, like "one of the most violent," that are simply absurd, especially by today's standards of the way violence is used in story as pure shock value -- not as something that fuels the hero's response We lose something important when we forget that violence in story goes back to fairy tales, and seems to be an essential part of working out some of the more fundamental stuff of life, like the importance of storied heroism in becoming a good individual. Cultures with violence in story tend to not be violent -- everything depends upon the way the violence fuels the story, the way the hero responds to it.

This series does it right and like no other. It hits a sweet spot that has not been hit since it left the air.

Joe Mannix is a classic hero. The more I study this, the more I believe he is one of the best constructed hero motifs to appear in story. He adds an element of vulnerability to his larger than life exploits. He gets hurt a lot. He isn't perfect. He keeps going. He fights the good fight. His heart is always in the right place. He is often described as the toughest PI on television. That is true. But, he also adds emotion to the mix.

If that sounds good on paper, it is even better on screen.

This is a series where the actor embodied the character as an alter ego (something observed at the time in numerous articles) and production qualities were at their very best -- from a production company that was known for not cutting corners during the golden age of television.

I know of no other series where the main character was such an important part of each episode that there was hardly any supporting cast, the episodes included a mix of physical action, location shots, emotional response and close-ups, and the series lasted for so long -- eight full seasons. And the series was back in the top 20 when it was canceled in its final season -- still going strong.

There will never be another Mannix. But, we would be better off if there was. Even better, just buy the DVDs.

Even just a few more people out there inspired by the likes of Joe Mannix just might do us some good.
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