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Matt Helm Lounge: The Silencers / Murderers Row / The Ambushers / The Wrecking Crew (1966)

Dean Martin , Stella Stevens , Henry Levin , Phil Karlson  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dean Martin, Stella Stevens, Ann-Margret, Karl Malden, Senta Berger
  • Directors: Henry Levin, Phil Karlson
  • Writers: Donald Hamilton, Herbert Baker, Oscar Saul, William P. McGivern
  • Producers: Douglas Netter, Euan Lloyd
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RCPWK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,285 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Matt Helm Lounge: The Silencers / Murderers Row / The Ambushers / The Wrecking Crew" on IMDb

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Dean Martin stars as the original swinger agent, Matt Helm, in this four-disc set including: THE SILENCERS, MURDERERS ROW, THE WRECKING CREW, and THE AMBUSHERS.

THE SILENCERS: The first of the series of Matt Helm films, the big cheese of Big O, an organization that wants to sabotage the American atomic missile system. It's up to secret agent Helm to save the day.

MURDERER'S ROW: The handsome top agent Matt dies a tragic death in his bathtub - the women mourn about the loss. However it's just faked for his latest top-secret mission: He shall find Dr. Solaris, inventor of the Helium laser beam, powerful enough to destroy a whole continent. It seems Dr. Solaris has been kidnapped by a criminal organization. The trace leads to the Cote D'Azur.

THE AMBUSHERS: A government space saucer is hijacked mid-flight by a powerful laser beam under the control of Jose Ortega, who then proceeds to rape the female pilot, Sheila Sommars. ICE sends agent Matt Helm to Acapulco with Sheila to recover the saucer, under the guise of Matt taking fashion photographs of beautiful models. Matt is temporarily sidetracked, falling prey to the seductive charms of enemy agent Franceca Madeiros.

THE WRECKING CREW: The count has stolen enough gold to cause a financial crisis in the world markets so I.C.E. sends in ace spy Matt Helm to stop him. As Matt works alone, the British send in Freya to aid Matt, but it seems that Freya causes more problems than she solves.

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148 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOW THAT'S COOL, BABY!!! August 24, 2005
I admit to having a great affinity for Dean Martin. To me he was the essence of cool in the 1960's. Considering he was 49 years old when he did the first Matt Helm movie, The Silencers, that's really saying a lot about his popularity and influence back during that period. I Just loved watching these films on TV as a kid. My brother always preferred the Bond films, but even as a youngster I appreciated the humor and charm that martin brought to his role as Super Spy Matt Helm. The plots of the four films are almost secondary to Martin's scenery chewing, and that's just how I like it.

In "The Silencers" Helm, an agent for ICE (Intelligence and Counter Espionage) is out to stop the usual baddies The Big O from detonating a nuclear bomb and starting world war III. The gorgeous Stella Stevens is along for the ride as is dancer Cyd Charisse. Victor Buono best know as Batman villian King Tut, plays a Chinese baddie!

"Murderer's Row" is the second Matt Helm film and this time Karl Malden plays the villian role as Julian Wall who has kidnapped a scientist with the intention of using his new device to blow up Washington D.C. This time Dean is joined by the lovely Ann-Margaret who plays the scientist's daughter, Suzie.

"The Ambushers" is up next and there's a lot of debate on if this film is better or worse than Murderer's Row. I rate them this one a bit below the previous one due to there being no real top name female co-star this time. An experimental U.s. space ship has been stolen and it's up to Matt to get it drinking and lusting after the ladies!

The "Wrecking Crew" is the last Matt Helm film and I think one of the best.
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152 of 173 people found the following review helpful
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This is a review of the DVDs and not the movies. I like all four movies and I am a big Dino fan. However, I am greatly disappointed in the current presentation of these movies. None of the formats are in widescreen and they have all been edited for television. This is ridiculous and unacceptable. With the world moving to high definition, these formatted to fit your tv DVDs will soon be outdated. You know that once this occurs the DVD company will re-issue this box set in widescreen format and charge us more money !!! Booo !!! As for the editing, I am calling it censorship. If you want to edit your product for whatever reason, then let us (the buyer) know somewhere on the package. I bought these movies under the false pretense that I was getting the full version of each picture. I don't care what is edited out or the reason why, but the DVD producer should inform us that these are edited versions and let us determine whether we want to buy them. Don't waste your money on something that will be replaced in a few years and for which you will eventually have to shell out more money !!!!!
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swingin' Sixties Party August 16, 2005
It wasn't until 1971's DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER that the James Bond films decided to cut loose and have some fun, but Dean Martin had already started the Sixties spy party four times with the Matt Helm series. The OUR MAN FLINT movies (2 of them) with James Coburn seemed hipper, partly because of Coburn's serious convinction as he went through the spy motions, but Dino's spoofs mixed the spy film with the party atmosphere of a Rat Pack show and the casual cool comedy of his TV show.

The films go from best (first) to worst (last)--but who's squawling, baby?

One of my favorite moments happens in MURDERER'S ROW, when Dean wanders into an apartment, plays a record (where he sings "I'm Not the Marryin' Kind"), and helps himself to the bar--until a dead girl falls out of a refrigerator. Not a big deal, but there was something incredibly hip about it.

And another review points out the purely Sixties moment when Dean, driving a wood-paneled station wagon, pushes a button to pop out a fully-stocked bar--while he's driving!

The only part of these films that rises to the level of the Bond films--hear me out--is the ladies.

Stella Stevens, already a stunning Playboy model and the incredibly sexy actress who appeared in THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, and a couple of other Dino flicks, SHOULD have been a Bond girl. Daliah Lavi and Beverly Adams (as Lovey Kravezit). Ann Margaret and Senta Berger. Wow.

In the least film of all, THE WRECKING CREW, you have Elke Sommer, Tina Louise, Nancy Kwan, and Sharon Tate.

A Sixties Babe-a-thon Hall of Fame right there.

If you're brand new to these films, you'll probably be a little disappointed: they're really not that good.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good trashy spy fun July 22, 2005
Dean Martin's Matt Helm was a superspy who never let a good case get in the way of a drink, smoke or lady. My favorite moment in the films is when he's in his superspy car (a stationwagon) and he has a secret bar so he can drink and drive. Where else can you see a character get boozed up on the road and not have to pay the price.

This boxset was supposed to come out on August 2, and then Sony did something weird. Hopefully this will be out at the end of August so I can put it in the collection next to Our Man Flint, Danger Diabolik and Modesty Blaise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Glad to have this on time, great item to have purchased
Published 15 days ago by Kenneth Linnenburger
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody, And I mean absolutely nobody, Is more ...
Nobody, And I mean absolutely nobody, Is more of a die hard fan of dean martin then I am. Specially in the ambushers. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Erzsebet Bathory
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent collection
Published 25 days ago by Benny F Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love any movie with Dean Martin in it. This is a funny entertaining movie.
Published 28 days ago by Sunday K. Torres
3.0 out of 5 stars there's a lot to enjoy here from the art direction
Starts with a bang, but the sequels keep losing steam, imagination, and charm. If you're into 60's/70's fashion and design, there's a lot to enjoy here from the art direction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Paul Suszko
5.0 out of 5 stars Dino, where have you gone?
I miss good old Dean Martin. It's a shame he didn't make more Matt Helm movies. He really fit the part. He was the true 'Bond' guy with the girls. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Walter J. Dzubiak Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dino
Matt helm dino Martin the eye candy oh yeah this movie set has are you ready Sharon Tate yep lots of lady's who became stars in their own right I miss dino made awesome funny... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robertd5150
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, spies, buxom babes, bad guys, and very large cars
What can I say. These films are so bad that they are entertaining. Never understood why these so called "rat-Pack guys thought that they were so cool. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Larry
4.0 out of 5 stars Dino at his most macho
Fabulously cheesy in his rat pack style. A cross between Bond and Austin Powers. Love him, the ladies, and the movie.
Published 2 months ago by Chrystal
4.0 out of 5 stars MATT HELM DVD'S
I have only played one of the movies, and it was fine. I enjoyed it. The outter cover was a little ragged, but everythign else is fine. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joe Buz Cincurak
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cut or uncut
Having watched just one of these disks so far (The Silencers), I can definitely say that it is edited somewhat. The title sequence where Cyd Charise sings cuts off when she starts to unzip her dress. In the theatrical version, she unzips her dress all the way up to her armpit. The part where... Read More
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Matt Helm In Widescreen
Yes, All of these are in widescreen and are remastered wonderfully. WELL WORTH THE MONEY.
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