The Rockford Files: Season 6
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Of the season, standout episodes include "No Fault Affair" due to Moreno's Emmy-caliber work (and despite a bad makeup job) and "Just a Coupla Guys," which writer David Chase (The Sopranos) presents from the point of view of two small-time hoods. Throughout, Rockford enters the 1980s in the same business-casual style he left the '70s. The times were changing--note the references to disco and new wave in the Chase-penned "Only Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die"--but Jim remained the same, which is as it should be, except the network landscape was also changing, and the meat and potatoes of The Rockford Files was giving way to flashier fare. Consequently, the sixth year tops out at 12 episodes. Though "Deadline in Parma" appears as the series finale, it's a fairly lackluster note on which to conclude six great years. Fortunately, the set as a whole serves as a welcome reminder why Rockford will always be one of America's favorite TV detectives--humble, chivalrous, and decidedly un-quirky--they just don't make 'em like that anymore. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Stuart Margolin was Angel, always looking for the easy buck, and getting his old buddy Jimmy into trouble with him. Neither Rockford or the viewing audience could stay mad at Angel for long, however, because in Margolin's hands, Angel was really a stand-up guy at heart and you had to admire his enthusiasm. Noah Beery, Jr. portrayed Rockford's lovable dad, Rocky, with equal aplomb.
Rocky was an easygoing retired trucker who loved to fish, and passed on the hobby to Jim. Between the car chases, cons, and mad scrambles to stay out of jail were simple moments of life we all recognized from our own. It was that down to earth formula, coupled with Garner's charm and some excellent writing from Juanita Bartlett which kept Jim Rockford coming into our homes week after week for years. Rockford would only work on closed cases in an effort to avoid the cops which, of course, never quite worked out.
Joe Santos was Rockford's often exasperated police pal, Dennis Becker. He was the buffer between Rockford and Becker's superiors, who in season 6 was James Luisi as Lt. Chapman. He hated Rockford and wanted any excuse to pull his P.I. license.Read more ›
On "Lions Tigers Monkeys & Dogs", which was my fave episode of the final season, the audio is warped in the first 10 mins or so..like a dying reel to reel tape. I can tell they cleaned up the picture pretty well, but the audio gets almost annoying. Thankfully it clears up after the first 10 mins.
What I dont understand is, why didnt they just grab the VHS copy exsisting of the original uncut print for this one and clean it up?
My other issue with this release is the menu. It looks very rushed, cheap and ALMOST like a home made bootlegg to be honest. You dont get the same style as on all the other seasons.
Like smuthdude said, the syndication edits may be due to the fact of the fire at Universal destroying the original masters..so guess we can take that possibly into concideration, also its quite possible that the entire season 6 original prints were gone years ago, and these were all that was left.
On season 5, I had noticed that "Black Mirror" was cleaned up and converted from a UK/PAL format video print with slightly pitched faster audio, if anyone realised that. But at least it was the original uncut!
I woulda taken that format for the entire uncut season 6 vs what we got here but hey, like I said, im happy just to have it in any format. Cause as we know, the youngsters that run Universal didnt wanna release any Rockford after season 1 to begin with. So we are lucky!
Bottom line, worth having to complete the series, but just dont expect the original NBC versions and the usual top DVD remastered quality.
3 stars not for the content or show, but for the form we got it in.
Paradise Cove - Jim gets hired to be the security guard at his trailer park. While on rounds he discovers three men digging up the beach -- what are they looking for? Guest star Mariette Hartley and yes the continue their Polaroid commercial antics.
Lions, Tigers, Dogs and Monkeys (parts 1&2)- Jim goes to a posh restaurant but when a party is seated before him, he makes a scene. When one of the party is almost killed, Jim is hired to investigate. This starts a romance between Jim and Kendall (and a real life romance between Garner and Bacall!) Guest Stars Lauren Bacall and Dana Wynter. This is the best episode of the entire series.
Only Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die (parts 1&2) - Jim is hired to find a missing friend of a rock star by an old prison mate.
Love is the Word - An old flame asks Jim to clear her fiance of murder.
Nice Guys Finish Dead - Rockford is ask to find the killer of a Senator with the help of another, and very vain private eye. Guest stars Tom Sellick and Larry Manetti (no this is not the pilot for Magnum)
The Hawaiian Headache - Jim is lured to Hawaii by his old Army Commander but winds up in a CIA plot.
No Fault Affair - Rita Moreno returns as the hopeful hooker and gets Jim into more trouble.
The Big Cheese - Jim is mailed evidence of union corruption by a murdered reporter.
Just a Coupla Guys - Jim goes to New Jersey to help a retired mob boss.
Deadlock in Parma - Jim gets involved in local politics.
This is was a great send off to a fun show.
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I purchased the complete series. Check the final season discs, because all, except one episode, were repeats from previous season.Published 2 months ago by Bentley Bloomberg
I can watch this on Netflix but I rather watch the DVDs from UMG. This was one great show. Too bad they don't make tv like this anymore. I love watching the old haunts of L.A. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Beatle Guy
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