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Profit - The Complete Series (1996)

Adrian Pasdar , Lisa Darr  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adrian Pasdar, Lisa Darr, Lisa Blount, Jack Gwaltney, Allison Hossack
  • Producers: John B. Moranville
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005
  • Run Time: 405 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WQGZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Profit - The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 7 Hour Long Episodes, plus 2 Hour pilot that shocked the viewers
  • 4 Never Aired Episodes
  • Featurette: Greed Kills
  • Audio Commentary with Creators David Greenwalt, John McNamara and Star Adrian Pasdar

Editorial Reviews

Jim Profit works for a multinational company, and isn't above using any means necessary to get ahead, and that includes bribery, blackmail, intimidation, extortion, and even murder. Now everyone at the company, including the president, Charles Gracen are oblivious to his dark side, as a matter of fact, Gracen thinks of him as a golden boy. But Joanne Meltzer, the company's security chief looks into his eyes, she sees something sinister. And when her boss, Jack Walters is looking into some irregularities at the company, he asks Joanne to look into and initially, the person she cornered said it was Profit who was behind it, but when Profit learned of this, he convinced this person to change the story she told Joanne. But Joanne knows that Profit is evil and so she tries to get the goods on him, at the same time, Profit tries to find a way to neutralize her and anyone else who might believe her.

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120 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, Profit Pays Off! June 27, 2005
I'll never forget watching the first episode of this series during its initial run on FOX. I think I knew, even as the episode unspooled, that Jim Profit and his co-workers wouldn't be long for this world. The end came too soon, and was a loss for anyone who looks for intriguing, intelligent, thought-provoking and conversation-stirring entertainment. As is all-too often the case, a network refused to stand behind a show and give it the necessary time to find an audience. Truth be told, I think Profit would be a much better fit on today's television landscape, where many cable outlets are able to survive - and thrive - with smaller audiences, such as those for programs like The 4400, Rescue Me and Nip/Tuck.

Profit is a show you won't soon forget, with imagry that will burn itself into your mind. It is also a show that won't leave viewers with mixed emotions... they will either love or hate it, as was the case during its original run. Those who fall in warped, twisted love with the series will find themselves wanting to defend their show voraciously. Those who loath it will argue just as loudly.

But honestly... when was the last time a network television show inspired such intense feelings - good or bad - in an audience? Those looking to see just how good television can be when it thinks outside the box - ironic, considering a classic scene in the series involves the lead character sitting inside one - will not want to pass up the opportunity to add this DVD to their collection.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb show ahead of its time... November 27, 2005
Profit was one of the best and one of the darkest shows to ever grace television. It was a show where you actually root for the bad guy...even though you know you shouldn't. I was so upset when this show was cancelled after just a handful of episodes. The debut is still to this day the singular best debut that I ever seen for a television show, and not many shows can boast the caliber of acting that Profit displayed. Even with so few broadcasted episodes, this show made such an impression on me that it is to this day one of my top five favorite television shows ever. I was so excited to see it become available on DVD. I never thought it would since it didn't even last one half a season before the network yanked it. It's so sad how networks yank truly great shows before they've even had a chance to build an audience. I had thought Fox would have kept the show considering they kept The X-Files on even after less than stellar ratings the first couple years. That show eventually became their flagship show because they allowed it to build it's audience over time. Too bad they didn't allow Profit the same chance. The X-Files is my all-time favorite show, but I have a feeling had Profit lasted, it would have usurped The X-Files in that number one spot. Sadly, it was never given the chance to do that.

Anyway, Profit was ahead of its time by about 8 years. I think had the show debuted today it would be given a chance to prove itself. Dark shows like Profit are much more common today then they were in the mid-ninties. If you like shows with a dark premise that has great acting, then you are sure to like Profit. The main character Profit is probably the darkest character, human or otherwise, that I have ever seen on television.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Profit - Complete! August 20, 2005
Wow! From the opening moments until the final shocking image two hours later, Profit had an amazing pilot. The show was too bizarre for its time, but now its time has come! Now we can see the COMPLETE series, including the 4 shows that Fox never showed in its original run. While the show is a five star show, I've got to give this collection 4 stars for minor flaws. The shows are not divided into chapters. If you want to see the ending of the pilot again, you've got to fast forward through the show by, well, fast forwarding like a video tape. Also, there are no subtitles or foreign languages offered. There are a couple shows that have commentary tracks, however, which offer some insight into the construction and development of the show.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
I have been on a mission for months. As someone who appreciated "Profit" on its short and glorious run ten years ago, I purchased this DVD on the first day it came out. In the last year, not only have I watched and re-watched it with several friends (it's a lot of fun to view with beer or cocktails)--but I've loaned it to many people who have simply never heard of it. To me, there are two types of people in this world: You're either or "Profit" person or not! And, trust me, if you don't see the appeal in "Profit"--you aren't invited to my party.

"Profit" is a show that was simply a few years ahead of its time. The primary character is one of TV's suavest villains and the show was bold, merciless, ruthless and wickedly funny. We weren't ready for an antihero--someone with no moral code other than greed and manipulation. Many people have astutely referred to this show as something that might be made for the FX network today. I think this is a fair statement--but many of those shows try so hard to be provocative, it's just something that felt more natural with "Profit."

Adrian Pasdar is phenomenal as Jim Profit. Psychologically damaged as a child, he sleeps naked in a cardboard box at night and ruthlessly attempts to take over a business empire by day. His performance is deadly smooth, compelling, dangerous, but very very charming. It's a tremendous performance in a fantastic role. It's great to see Pasdar again in the current "Heroes"--he has a unique presence. But of course, any villain needs a partner in crime. So here we get Lisa Blount as Profit's amoral stepmother. And if the thought of a sexual liaison between a guy and his stepmother seems too racy, this might not be the program for you.

Not everything in "Profit" is perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliantly concieved and executed show that ended far too soon
a brilliantly concieved and executed show that ended far too soon.
Probably because some exe didnt "get it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by infinte_variety
4.0 out of 5 stars The first 3 episodes were some of the best tv I'd ever seen
The first 3 episodes were some of the best tv I'd ever seen. Unfortunately it can't keep up the momentum. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sean Labat
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Series, Ahead of It's Time
Think of Profit as the precursor to "Dexter". Jim Profit is the original sociopath, and even though you know he's definitely not a nice guy, you root for him - or rather... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jennifer Windham
5.0 out of 5 stars Profit
It was intriging, inspiring, unusual and kept my attention. I would recommend to anyone who likes intrigue. I would purchase again.
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Just awesome!
I bought this after recalling when I watched it on TV years ago, and I wasn't disappointed when watching it again! My wife loves it as well. Read more
Published 13 months ago by T. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I remember when this show came out in the '90's... It was way before its time. Definitely worth having in the collection.
Published 16 months ago by Steven J. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
This was a great series. A very interesting idea, and followed through Really well. The characters were great, and the writing was excellent.
Published 18 months ago by JanS
3.0 out of 5 stars i like this one
I enjoyed this. recommend this purchase. I enjoyed this. recommend this purchase. I enjoyed this. recommend this purchase. I enjoyed this. recommend this purchase.+
Published 20 months ago by Sara L Mora
5.0 out of 5 stars Profit is a brilliant tv series
Profit is about corporate America, about winning at the highest level of business, at all costs, using every means. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Wynand Meyering
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the close-minded or faint of heart!
The masterful way viewers are sowly invited into Jim Profit's world is an experience unlike any other! It is unlike any series I've ever seen. Read more
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I bought the DVD and discovered that it only has english closed captions. Hope this helps.
Jun 11, 2009 by Diego Castro A. Santos |  See all 2 posts
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