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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series (2008)

Robert Vaughn , David McCallum , Eddie Saeta , James Goldstone  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll
  • Directors: Eddie Saeta, James Goldstone, Theodore J. Flicker, Alex March, Don Medford
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 41
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 5620 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JM5Z
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,621 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All four seasons (105 episodes) on 41 discs
  • Rarely seen color pilot episode, "Solo"
  • U.N.C.L.E. theatrical feature One Spy Too Many
  • Secret Intelligence: Nine featurettes explore the series' phenomenon, gadgets, and style
  • Official Debriefings: retrospective interviews with filmmakers and cast, including stars Robert Vaughn and David McCallum
  • Special Recon: celebration of the series' many guest stars
  • TV award-show excerpts
  • Design/photo galleries
  • Tom and Jerry's "The Mouse from H.U.N.G.E.R." and more

Editorial Reviews

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For Baby Boomers, owning a season or two of a fondly remembered TV series on DVD is enough to satisfy any nostalgic yearnings. The Man From U.N.C.L.E., though, warrants the full-series treatment. It's a wild '60s flashback to the Espionage era that was ushered in by Ian Fleming's James Bond adventures. According to a series retrospective that's just one of this cleverly packaged set's prodigious extras, Fleming himself was recruited to create a spy series for American television. His contribution was the name "Napoleon Solo," the moniker of a crime boss in Goldfinger. That movie, which would kick Bond and spy mania into overdrive, had not yet opened when viewers were introduced to Robert Vaughn's Solo and David McCallum's Illya Kuryakin, agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. This covert agency operated out of Del Floria's Tailor Shop in New York under the command of true Brit Alexander Waverly (Leo J. Carroll, playing much the same character he portrayed in North by Northwest). The Man from U.N.C.L.E. offered a bit of hope in Cold War America that an American and Russian could work together to stop a common enemy, THRUSH, a ruthless organization bent on world domination. The intriguing conceit of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was to give audiences an empathetic surrogate who would be plucked from their humdrum lives for whirlwind adventures with Solo and Kuryakin. In the pilot episode, Patricia Crowley guest-stars as a housewife who acts as bait to foil the plans of her former college boyfriend, who is plotting the assassination of a world leader. In a series benchmark, "The Never-Never Affair," a pre-Get Smart Barbara Feldon stars as an U.N.C.L.E. translator who unwittingly becomes involved in actual espionage. Seasons one and two are the series' best, with a stellar roster of guest stars ("The Project Strigas Affair" features the first onscreen pairing of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy), stylish direction by directors who would go on to some renown (Michael Ritchie, Richard Donner), smart scripts, and great action (a movie theatre shoot-out in "The Never-Never Affair"). In its third season, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. adopted Batman's campy and absurdist tone with shark-jumping results While this season has its share of groaners (in one episode, Sollo watusis with a gorilla), several "Affairs" stand out. Jack Palance and Janet Leigh as a long cool woman in a white dress are great villains in "The Concrete Overcoat Affair." Harlan Ellison wrote the witty "The Pieces of Fate Affair," in which he takes some sly digs at television and literary critics (a THRUSH operative is a book reviewer). Joan Collins makes like Eliza Doolittle in a dual role as a Bronx stripper and a countess in "The Galatea Affair." The series went back to basics in Season Four, but by then, The Avengers was a bigger hit and the writing was on the wall for this once trendsetting series. This lavish box set affair contains upward of ten hours of bonus features, including the unaired series pilot, a series retrospective, an interview with a reunited Vaughn and McCallum, dossiers on each season's guest stars, one of the U.N.C.L.E. feature films edited and expanded from a two-part episode, segments about the great gadgets and cool music, U.N.C.L.E. designs and blueprints, and season-specific booklets.This definitive box set does full justice to a series that had such an impact on popular culture (as witness the bonus Tom & Jerry cartoon, "The Mouse From H.U.N.G.E.R."). More than a blast from the past, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is still a potent blend of "cloak and swagger." --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

It was the height of the Cold War, a time when most Americans had only the vaguest understanding of international espionage. Then, in 1964, the televised spy genre exploded on the screen in the U.S. and around the world when the groundbreaking series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. pulled the covers off of the spy game in what became must-watch television for the next four years on NBC. Here is The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series, beautifully packaged in a 60's style high tech attach‚ case, complete with all episodes along with hours of viewing extras.

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110 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Home Stretch Affair . . . August 15, 2008
Format:DVD
Fans had been waiting for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to come to DVD for years, when Time Life finally released a megaset containing all four seasons (105 episodes) and extensive bonus materials, late in 2007. This boxed set is still currently being sold by Time Life for $249.95. Last week, Amazon was apparently selling this same `briefcase' set at a presale price of $139.95, which was a fabulous buy. This week however, the set is now listed as `unavailable' for preorder, and there is no sales price listed. This is not the first time Amazon has pulled this collection off the shelf. We will soon see what Amazon's price will be. Keep your fingers crossed, Best Buy's presale price for the set is $179.99.

Time Life also had exclusive rights to Get Smart, which is only now beginning to be released to the general public. Fortunately, it appears that the U.N.C.L.E. set will be made available much, much sooner. Rather than wait, I got my set through a private sale some months ago. It is a very attractive collection, and while the cardboard briefcase packaging is pretty cool, you may not want to test its durability, as 41 DVD's do weigh quite a bit. Each season is arranged in a separate binder, that can easily be stored like a normal multi DVD set. Two bonus discs are in cardboard sleeves. The photo of the contents of the set is a bit misleading, as some items are shown more than once.

Image and sound quality is very good for a program of this age, and all the episodes are subtitled. Series creator Norman Felton's original concept was to bring a James Bond like character to American television. He even consulted with Bond creator Ian Fleming in the development of the series, and it was Fleming that supposedly came up with the name `Napoleon Solo'.
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231 of 250 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UPDATE to save you a little time... June 28, 2008
Format:DVD
What we know now about the contents is as follows.
DISC COLLECTION SEASON 1
EPISODE LIST

DISC ONE
1. The Vulcan Affair
2. The Iowa-Scuba Affair
3. The Quadripartite Affair

DISC TWO
4. The Shark Affair
5. The Deadly Games Affair
6. The Green Opal Affair

DISC THREE
7. The Giuoco Piano Affair
8. The Double Affair
9. The Project Strigas Affair

DISC FOUR
10. The Finny Foot Affair
11. The Neptune Affair
12. The Dove Affair

DISC FIVE
13. The King of Knaves Affair
14. The Terbuf Affair
15. The Deadly Decoy Affair

DISC SIX
16. The Fiddlesticks Affair
17. The Yellow Scarf Affair
18. The Mad, Mad Tea Party Affair

DISC SEVEN
19. The Secret Sceptre Affair
20. The Bow-Wow Affair
21. The Four-Steps Affair

DISC EIGHT
22. The Sea-Paris-and-Die Affair
23. The Brain-Killer Affair
24. The Hong Kong Shilling Affair

DISC NINE
25. The Never-Never Affair
26. The Love Affair
27. The Gazebo in the Maze Affair

DISC TEN
28. The Girls of Nazarone Affair
29. The Odd Man Affair

DISC ELEVEN
SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES include:
- Featurette--The Spy-Fi Tour: Archives, Art and Artifacts
- U.N.C.L.E. Feature Film--One Spy Too Many
- Bonus Feature: U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.S.--A Celebration of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Guest Stars

DISC COLLECTION SEASON 2
EPISODE LIST

DISC ONE
1. Alexander the Greater Affair, Part I
2. Alexander the Greater Affair, Part II
3. The Ultimate Computer Affair

DISC TWO
4. The Foxes and Hounds Affair
5. The Discotheque Affair
6.
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241 of 281 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Why not on DVD Affair" February 28, 2004
Format:DVD
The Man from UNCLE was the first and at times the best secret agent TV show on during the sixties.Cashing in on the James Bond craze of the mid sixties it went from cult show to top of the ratings in 1965 to losing it's focus on what made the show great
and eventual cancellation in January 1968.If you weren't around during this time believe me this show was much more popular than Star Trek. If this show had continued in reruns on syndication and promoted the way Paramount promoted Star Trek in the last 35 years we would be talking about UNCLE the Next Generation and UNCLE the Motion Picture. The only reason I can think of why all of the episodes (over 100) are not on DVD along with the inferior spinoff Girl from UNCLE is the poor management history of MGM who own the rights. If they are reading this why don't you put these out as soon as possible and generate yourself some cash revenues. You might want to tie-in David McCallum now on CBS's Navy NCIS with the promotion.Oh by the way Star Trek fans I wasn't putting it down I was just stating the facts and what can happen when something fans care about is promoted (Star Trek) or ignored (UNCLE).
I am updating my review from early 2004. At the time, I believed that MGM had the legal rights to "The Man from UNCLE" but learned that was no longer the case. That is not surprising with the long history of bad business practises MGM has had over the last thirty years. Norman Felton the producer of the show believed that he held those rights and hired Ember Entertainment to represent him. Plans had been made to release the first season set of DVD`s at the end of July 2006. When that was announced Warner Home Entertainment jumped in and stopped the release claiming they own the rights since they had acquired MGM .
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was a sheer joy to see some of boyhood idols on the screen ...
If you are a Man From UNCLE fan, then this collection is for you. The first year is in black and white and that subtracts a little, but being able to watch the entire series is a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donald E. Gunther
4.0 out of 5 stars Met my requirements
This product was received as expected and works as advertised. My research surrounding competing products was well worth the time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul L Pierre
4.0 out of 5 stars U.N.C.L.E. fan
Really great. It has been sometime since I've seen all these episodes. They have kept me entertained for a long time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Entertained
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Find
Take a trip back in time. Great series. Does not include U.N.C.L.E movies. This was well worth the price, as it's hard to find out in the world. Super packaging with booklet.
Published 3 months ago by A. Pasqualini
1.0 out of 5 stars Discs Corrupt themselves
Avoid this product, after a while dics plays only to the half of the length, half the episodes can't be seen, same thing happened to my Guilligan's Island Collection, to my... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Oscar Logrono Brache
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series
The set is great, we are enjoying it. However, there is a problem, we are missing disc 7 from Season one and have two copies of disc 8 from season 1. I contacted Amazon. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dianna Wilmoth
5.0 out of 5 stars We love it.
It brings back old memories as a kid when we played out these actors. Still enjoying watching these shows after all this time.
Published 3 months ago by Frank Cavallo
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Series
This old time TV series is really awesome and is going to make a great gift for my grandfather birthday.
Published 4 months ago by Casteela
3.0 out of 5 stars not a bad series
if you were 6-10 years old in the 1960s then this series and star trek were the talk of the school yard. brings back great memories. Read more
Published 5 months ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection
I was excited when this box set arrived. I think the attache case is cool. I began watching the episodes right away. Great fun. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steve Andrew
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