Peter Gunn: The Complete Series
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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
You can read my review of the set on COMICS BULLETIN.
*****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!
For that I had to deduct 2 stars.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Havn't seen this series since I was a little girl. and now to see it on DVD is amazing. I enjoyed every story. The picture is clear even though it is all black and white.Published 8 days ago by Skygirl
I have only completed the first disc and the obvious difference between this series and the Mike Hammer series I have just completed is the atmospherics of the series. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Anthony Youell
Good value for the entire series of Peter Gunn shows. High quality audio and video. Recommend for people who enjoy programs from the best age of TV.Published 27 days ago by Value Appreciator
Great nostalgia for me as I watched them both as a kid. I don't think they would do so well now. The Peter Gunn musical background is probably the best ever done for television.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought it was a little pricey for a CD of the Henry Mancini jazz music from the TV show Peter Gunn, but the music is fantastic, and comes with 12 bonus DVDs of the complete TV... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brad Mathis
This is what you need to get-to date, at least-if you want the complete series. Timeless Media assured me that these DVDs were made from the best film or digital transfer they... Read morePublished 4 months ago by walker
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