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Miami Vice: Season 1 (1984)

Don Johnson , Philip Michael Thomas  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Edward James Olmos
  • Producers: Michael Mann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 1146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,834 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Miami Vice: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • The Vibe of Vice
  • Building the Perfect Vice
  • The Style of Vice
  • The Music of Vice
  • Miami After Vice

  • Editorial Reviews

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    To hear the opening beats of Jan Hammer's percussive, propulsive Miami Vice theme is to be instantly transported back to 1984. But this groundbreaking series, with its cinematic sensibility, cool clothes, and killer soundtrack is no mere blast from the past. It still rocks. This three-disc set would be worthless if it didn't. Music was an integral part of Miami Vice's hip vibe. The soundtrack propelled the stories and established the mood like no series before it. So the first thing you want to know is: Have the music rights been secured for this DVD release? In the pilot episode, does Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight" still play ominously as vice undercover cops Crockett and Tubbs speed toward a bust? Does Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" serenade Sonny and Gina on his boat in the episode "One-Eyed Jack?" And what would the benchmark episode, "Smuggler's Blues" be without Glenn Frey's instant classic? From the Rolling Stones on a boombox to Elvis Presley singing "Rubberneckin'" on a TV, Vice's cutting-edge soundtrack has been preserved and honed in 5.1 surround sound glory.

    Miami Vice made stars out of Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, and Edward James Olmos, who won an Emmy as the intense, taciturn Lt. Castillo (watching him bust some martial arts moves in "Golden Triangle" is like Yoda cutting lose in Attack of the Clones), but the first season also offers time-capsule glimpses of actors on the cusp of stardom, including a pre-L.A. Law Jimmy Smits in the pilot, a pre-Crime Story Dennis Farina in "One-Eyed Jack," and a pre-Moonlighting Bruce Willis in "No Exit." Miami Vice put a neon sheen on cop-show convention. Its fashion sense (pastel suits, no belt, no socks), and the brilliantly employed freeze frames are still arresting. Miami Vice was a TV watershed, and this DVD set does it full justice. --Donald Liebenson

    Product Description

    The cops. The cars. The clothes. Miami Vice: Season One is the explosive, groundbreaking detective show that redefined the word "cool." Set against the seamy and steamy Miami underworld, ride shotgun with suave Vice cops Sonny Crockett (Golden Globe winner Don Johnson) and Rico Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) as they battle a never-ending gallery of criminals. Set to an electrifying soundtrack of rock legends, including Glenn Frey, Phil Collins, U2 and Peter Gabriel, every episode crackles with excitement and stylish flair. Also starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Edward James Olmos and a powerhouse roster of guest stars including Ving Rhames, Jimmy Smits and Bruce Willis.

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    182 of 187 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars VICE IS NICE!!!! February 10, 2005
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    One happy camper here!! After seeing the trouble Wise Guy and Lovejoy had with "Nights in White Satin", I gnawed bullets when they announced Vice would come out on DVD. I loved this show, saw a lot more to the creativity and inspiration than critics did. But Vice is not just the story, the style -- it's the MUSIC! I know these episodes and ever tune that was perfectly picked to set the stage of each scene. What if they messed with the soundtrack??? Heaven forbid!

    Well I am here to say - It's VICE Heaven!! The pristine episodes, in full movie stereo sound (stereo sound only can in the middle of the series) shown at their full running speed, not compressed for time so they can get more commercials in. This is VICE perfection. The transfer is beautiful, you could not ask for more, loaded with extras, but the main thing it's Season one as it was MEANT to be. The MUSIC!! Exactly, not changes!

    Applause to Mann and Universal by doing right by Vice fans. All I can say is bring on Seasons 2-5 ASAP!!!

    Episodes include

    1) Vice Pilot (with a very young Jimmy Smitts!
    2) Heart of Darkness
    3) Cool Running
    4) 5) Calderone's Return Parts 1 & 2
    6) One Eyed Jack
    7) No Exit
    8) The Great McCarthy
    9) Glades
    10)Give a Little, Take a Little
    11) Little Prince
    12) Milk Run
    13) 14) Golden Triangle Part 1 & 2
    15) Smuggler's Blues
    16) Rites of Passage
    17) The Maze
    18) Made for Each Other
    19) The Home Invaders
    20) Nobody Live Forever
    21) Evan (just doesn't get better than this!)
    22) Lombard

    It's captioned in English. Language options: French and Spanish
    Music is remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.
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    38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Miami Vice Possibly on the way ? November 8, 2002
    Format:DVD
    I grew up with Miami Vice on it's initial run here on the BBC in England. It's combination of music, photography and locations made such a strong impact on me, even to this day. I have all the episodes on VHS but am desperate to get them on dvd, if only the first 2 seasons which were the best.
    I have recently contacted UNIVERSAL PLAYBACK in the UK, and they told me that they are trying to put together a season one release, but that it was proving difficult to gain the rights to include all the original music from so many artists in each episode. I was told that it would be a year at the earliest, so let's keep our fingers crossed.
    Miami Vice was a groundbreaking show, and I advise anyone who ever watched it to get the DVD should it be released.
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    49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It's time to put Miam Vice on DVD January 6, 2004
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I work for Universal Music and suggested 2 years ago to put out a CD with all of the songs that were on the Miami Vice series and got the same answer, that it was to hard to get all of the artist to agree and figure out how to distribute the royality fees. So trying to get the series on DVD is the same thing, it's all about money. If I had any clout they would be working very hard on getting this done. I was and still am a great fan of that show and believe it was the best of the 80's. I have 10 VHS tapes of the series and then they stopped producing them. Trust me, if they wanted to do it, they could and would. Come on Universal, put out the DVD series and combine all of the music on a CD box set. You know you can. Let's just keep the pressure on and hope for the best. Since the 80"s style is coming back in vogue, maybe they will produce it.
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    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Gritty Cinematic Vice February 9, 2005
    By bpesti
    Format:DVD
    As a long-time Miami Vice fan who experienced the original shows in the 80's, then in syndication, the two Pilots on laser disc, and the overpriced Columbia House VHS set, it's great to finally experience it on a digital format like DVD in all it's authentic glory.

    It was worth the wait for Universal to track down the rights to the original music. Russ Ballard's 'Voices' on 'Return of Calderon Part II' is a pivotal song that was replaced on the Columbia House tapes that makes all the difference in the world having it reinstated on these DVDs.

    There have been reports comparing these DVD's to tapes of the original NBC broadcasts that there might be some slight discrepencies in missing incidental dialogue in 'Heart of Darkness', 'Calderon's Return' and 'Smuggler's Blues' which only die hard fans familiar with the original broadcasts would notice. I can appreciate such concerns, especially if a favorite bit of dialogue isn't present as you've experienced it in the past. But that's a can of worms that can be opened and explored on Miami Vice forums more appropriately and in better detail.

    At $1.3 million per episode in the 80's, the show was shot on film, so the popular episodes and most of the opening titles are worse for the wear in terms of dust and scratches, but along with the increased resolution and crystal clear remixed surround track, it gives the First Season a grittier, authentic, cinematic feel that was lacking in previous releases. The color is filmlike while the pastel hues still come across as vibrant but not overly saturated, which produces a appropriately realistic feel.
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