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Peter Gunn: The Complete Series (1958)

Craig Stevens , Herschel Bernardi , Blake Edwards , Robert Altman  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Craig Stevens, Herschel Bernardi, Lola Albright, Hope Emerson, Minerva Urecal
  • Directors: Blake Edwards, Robert Altman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Timeless Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 2850 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008MIYKS0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Before Miami Vice, before Law and Order, the coolest and most sophisticated TV detective was definitely Peter Gunn, created and produced by Blake Edwards The Pink Panther, SOB.

Set in a nameless waterfront city, the series features stylish film noir cinematography and a stylish musical score written by Henry Mancini, whose The Peter Gunn Theme earned him two Grammy® Awards as well as a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination. In fact, Peter Gunn was the first TV show featuring modern jazz for a soundtrack. Edwards himself directed many episodes, as did an impressive roster of Hollywood's best TV directors, including Robert Altman.

Craig Stevens plays Gunn, Pete to his friends, a handsome, suave detective tough enough to take on the hardest of hard cases, but a soft touch when it comes to the ladies. His girlfriend, the gorgeous singer Edie Hart, Lola Albright is the featured singer at Mother's , a smoke-filled jazz club used by Gunn as his unofficial office. Other regulars at the club include a colorful cast of musicians, pool hustlers, artists and a sculptor. His standard fee is $1,000.00, and his reputation keeps the customers lined up for his services, sometimes referred by Mother, Hope Emerson, season one; Minerva Urecal, seasons two and three, or his police buddy Lt. Jacoby, Herschel Bernardi. A man with expensive tastes, Peter Gunn drives a stylish two-tone Plymouth Fury Convertible, equipped with a mobile phone! So settle into your favorite easy chair, dim the lights, and enjoy this classic series, one of the best TV detective shows ever!

Bonus CD: Music from the original Peter Gunn Soundtrack. The Peter Gunn Theme earned Henry Mancini two Grammy® Awards, a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination and has been subsequently covered by many jazz, rock, and blues recording artists. It was rated as #17 by the Neilsen ratings for the 1958-1959 TV Season. 114 Episodes. Over 47 Hours B&W


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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PETER GUNN: FILM NOIR COMES TO TV BIG TIME October 23, 2012
Format:DVD
PETER GUNN - FILM NOIR COMES TO TV BIG TIME
LA MovieGuy,
I have viewed the PETER GUNN set and I can tell you
I have never seen the series captured on DVD with
such vivid shades of light and dark, especially the
blacks against black areas. The black wet streets
emptied of parked cars, the neon blinking wash of
light and dark, all captured beautifully.
The audio is good enough to
really showcase how Blake Edwards and Henry Mancini
used variance in sound for dramatic effect.
I don't believe I realized how effectively they did it,
nor how concentrated an effort it was to pull it off.
TV sets in the late 50s weren't noted for sophisticated
sound.
You can read my review of the set on COMICS BULLETIN.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Like It Before Or Since December 9, 2012
By ThoMc
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
When Peter Gunn came on scene back in the late 1950s there had never been anything on TV like it before, and nothing since. Blake Edwards' creation was the coolest private eye anyone had ever seen on the home screen. Casting was inspired with Craig Stevens as Gunn, looking hip in expensive wardrobe, stylishly coordinated. His haircut - based on Cary Grant's hair style - was much admired and emulated. Stevens once said, "Basically it was a crew cut that was parted. Lola Albright was Edie Hart, his sexy, sultry girlfriend singing old standards backed up by an ultra hip combo at Mother's on the waterfront of an unnamed city. Herschel Bernardi's portrayal of police Lieutenant Jacoby was also something new on the tube. Jacoby and Gunn had a love-hate relationship that crackled on screen. Of course, the glue that kept it all together was and still is some of the hippest progressive jazz ever written and recorded by Henry Mancini. It made him in the music business. In season one Hope Emerson played Mother as a bold, brassy and well-connected old broad. Season's two and three she was replaced by another character actress, Minerva Urecal. Adding to mix were the myriad Gunn informants - a host of fabulously off-center out of main stream types portrayed by great supporting actors of that era. Edwards ran a tight ship as creator producer-writer-director with his hardworking staff writers and directors to turn out the half-hour black and white noir gems. The Timeless Video Group has made the entire series shine in sound and visuals. I do not hesitate to recommend this series to any one who loves polished economic production of action-humor-tight plotting-fine acting and one of the best jazz scores ever produced.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Detective Series March 25, 2013
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Overall, this is a nice set, with all 114 episodes of the series. For the most part, the picture and sound are superb, although it is less-than-great on a few episodes. Nearly all episodes are full length. (I did notice at least one that wasn't.) As an added bonus, the set contains a CD with Henry Mancini's original Music from Peter Gunn album.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By FRED
Format:DVD
My copy of PETER GUNN: THE COMPLETE SERIES (created & produced by the great Blake Edwards!) arrived the other week from Amazon and I've been watching it practically non-stop :)! The PICTURE & SOUND quality is (for the most part) FANTASTIC! Timeless Media did a bang-up job on this DVD release! Each season is safely contained in its own plastic DVD case, with 4 discs per case, 2 discs on each facing side (with slight overlap of the discs). All three seasons fit snugly in the outer box. The episode titles are printed on each disc and the series is presented in broadcast order. PETER GUNN is a top-notch DVD release--order it today--you won't be sorry!!!
*****Hopefully--one of these days--whichever studio (Fox? Paramount?) owns the rights to David Janssen's RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE [a.k.a. CALL MR 'D'] (1957-60--77 half-hour episodes) will release a Complete Series DVD set...!!! That would be a dream come true!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Video quality great - sound very bad July 1, 2013
By I. Alde
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I love this series, and for the content and the video quality I would have gladly given 5 stars. The picture is great, especially compared to some other series from the same era. But in the menus the sound is deafening, you have to turn it down for your ears' sake, I almost want to say, to keep your sanity. As soon as the story starts, you have to turn up the sound again, almost full blast to be able to hear what is going on. This means that you cannot let go of the remote control, especially since the show has one disadvantage, there is no "Play All" setting. Each episode has to be chosen separately, and if you forget that the sound is turned up high, your ears will suffer.
For that I had to deduct 2 stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series & jazz too. December 1, 2012
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This is one of my favorites. Finally a decent copy of these shows. Great jazz music too. Worth the wait!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! November 24, 2012
By JoeT
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Fantastic set! Not all the shows were equal in terms of quality, but it was better than expected.
Totally satisfied.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Gunn Series March 16, 2013
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The plots were good. I thought that Gunn got knocked around way too much as the hero. He took a lot of blows to the head, which should have resulted in several fractures.
Lola Albright always wanted Pete to marry her. I enjoyed her at first, for a large number of episodes, but, later she got to be too much, always coming on like honey, and too gooey. She almost never got ticked off about anything.
Albright was a very good singer. I don't know why she did not make it commercially. I probably would have bought her music at that time.
I had never seen a Peter Gunn episode when it came out, even though it was on for three years. I enjoyed the music quite a bit, and liked seeing some famous jazz players like Herb Ellis and, especially, Shorty Rogers.
The film quality is good. I recommend the set.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cool, cool classic early detective TV!
Published 11 days ago by Jack Hamlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Tell Them Mother Sent You
Classic hard-boiled private eye action with a cool jazz soundtrack. Perhaps the best theme song ever. Tell them Mother sent you.
Published 23 days ago by George D. Knox
5.0 out of 5 stars Codefree!
Received the set today, checked it in two devices (Computer & Player): The discs really are codefree, this is even better because the third season hasn't been released as Code 2... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tobias Muench
5.0 out of 5 stars Wewatch this together
We watch this together; we love it.
Published 1 month ago by V Kocian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT
Published 2 months ago by Edward B Froelich
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome series!
Love everything about this series....style, Mancini music, Craig Stevens, Herschel Bernardi, Lola Albright, MOTHER'S and all of the fabulous guest stars. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard J. Goldschmidt
1.0 out of 5 stars Great show - Bad Discs
Peter Gunn is an awesome old television show.
I think I would have enjoyed it more if all the discs worked. Read more
Published 3 months ago by LES WARREN
5.0 out of 5 stars He had a car phone!
Great Series and a lot of fun! This set brings back childhood memories and by the way: It's still cool today!
Published 3 months ago by Steven G. Summey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good shows with simple plots
My wife and I enjoy the shows because they are not overly filled with subplots like the shows of today. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. F. Karnitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the music
I love these old shows. Very little was spent on sets and special effects. But the writing, acting and directing was very good. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David J Geddes
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