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The Rockford Files: Season 6

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As the final season of The Rockford Files comes to DVD, say “goodbye” to the five-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning series that earned 18 nominations during its six-year run! James Garner returns as ex-con-turned-private-eye Jim Rockford – the role that earned him the Primetime Emmy Award. Join the wisecracking Rockford as he dabbles in the world of the elite, flirts with an old flame, and takes on the mob in the series’ last – and most exciting – season. This must-own three-disc set, available for the first time, includes all Season Six episodes and features incredible guest stars, such as Tom Selleck (Magnum P.I.), Michael Des Barres (Nip/Tuck), Larry Manetti (Magnum P.I.), and more! Intelligent and entertaining, it’s no mystery why The Rockford Files remains the most celebrated detective show of its time!

Private eye Jim Rockford (James Garner) begins his final year--not counting eight TV movies--by trying to hang on to his beachfront property ("Paradise Cove"). That matter settled with the aid of legal eagle Mariette Hartley, with whom Garner made a series of Polaroid commercials, Rockford proceeds to tangle with socialite Lauren Bacall ("Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs"), rival P.I. Tom Selleck ("Nice Guys Finish Dead"), and hooker-turned-hairdresser Rita Moreno ("No Fault Affair"). All his closest companions are along for the semi-final ride: Angel (Stuart Margolin), Lt. Becker (Joe Santos), and his father, Joseph (Noah Beery Jr.), who continues to needle his son about settling down. "When I'm ready, Rocky--not when you are," Jim replies.

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

Product Details

  • Actors: James Garner, Stuart Margolin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: 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: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 593 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JFKWE4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,942 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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If ever a star had that certain something which put him in the same category as those shining ones from the 1930's and 1940's, it was James Garner. He had a fine film career, to be sure, but it was his laconic charm as Jim Rockford on television with which he will always be most identified. He was an ex-con given a full pardon when it was discovered he was innocent after all. Working as a P.I. and parking his gold Firebird in front of his trailor on the L.A. beach, Rockford could never quite shake the ex-con tag, nor could he shake his old cellmate, Evelyn "Angel" Martin.

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.
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Im shocked that reviewer smuthdude is the only one who even mentioned and noticed this. But these are all the edited syndication versions, and on some the quality is soso.

On "Lions Tigers Monkeys & Dogs", which was my fave episode of the final season, the audio is warped in the first 10 mins or 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 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.
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First of all kudos to Universal for finally finishing up the Rockford series on DVD. That being said, why did they use the washed out, soft focus prints that we saw for years in syndication? It appears there was no restoration performed here. To make matters worse, parts, and in some cases whole episodes were mastered from *video* sources! Some scenes contain slight ghosting, rippling and tracking distortion problems consistant with aging videotape. The color is faded, the contrast is poor and the focus is soft on nearly all episodes. Why!? These obviously aren't the same crisp, clear prints used on seasons 1-5. Also, "Lions Tigers Monkeys and Dogs" is released here in two parts (like in syndication). It was released on VHS as a single two hour episode in the 90's. Again, why? I'm curious if it has anything to do with last year's fire at Universal Studios which destroyed its film archive. Studio officials said everything was backed up. But what was the quality of the backups? I'm curious if the original Rockford prints were lost and these syndication prints are all that's left. That would be a shame.
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The Rockford Files was always a fun show to watch but this show definitely saved the best for last. This is a short season of 12 episodes. But it has two of the best ever - the reunion show with his commercial partner Mariette Hartley and recent movie costar Lauren Bacall.

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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