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The Rockford Files - Season Two

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Product Description

Jim Rockford is back and better than ever in all 22 Season Two episodes of the celebrated detective hit The Rockford Files. Join James Garner in his breakout Emmy-winning role as the cool, calm and collected ex-con-turned-detective who loves to mouth off but avoids using his fists at all costs. He takes his time, but always solves the crime - whether it be blackmail, theft, scams or murder! Along for the ride on this five-time Emmy-winning series are such stellar guest stars as Rob Reiner, Louis Gossett Jr., Linda Evans, Isaac Hayes and Dick Butkus. Also included for the first time on DVD is the original series pilot. With his no-nonsense approach and wisecracking wit, it's no mystery that Rockford always gets his man.

"The best detective series ever," according to TV Guide, the second Rockford Files set begins at the beginning. That's because the double-length pilot ("Backlash of the Hunter") appears as an extra. In this episode, Jim Rockford (James Garner) explains to guest star Lindsay Wagner, "I only handle criminal cases that are closed." The first Rockford file also introduces his errant father, Rocky (Robert Donley, who'll soon be replaced by Noah Beery Jr.), detective buddy Dennis (Joe Santos, The Sopranos), and squirrelly pal Angel (Emmy winner Stuart Margolin) with whom he did time at San Quentin (before being granted a full pardon). Season two highlights include the two-part "Gearjammers," in which Rockford discovers his dad's secret life, "Chicken Little Is a Little Chicken," in which Rockford helps Angel fake his death, and "The Hammer of C Block," with Isaac "Shaft" Hayes as a former cellmate who just can't get his name straight—he thinks it's "Rockfish." (The Oscar-winning Hayes also contributes an original number called "Gandy's Theme.") Even when the episodes are less memorable, Garner's easygoing Oklahoma charm and potent chemistry with his co-stars, including lawyer/ex-girlfriend girlfriend Beth (Gretchen Corbett), makes each one worth watching. Like most Stephen J. Cannell programs (Baretta, 21 Jump Street, etc.), The Rockford Files never had any difficulty attracting famous (and soon-to-be-famous) guests. The second year claims such notables as Linda Evans ("The Farnsworth Stratagem"), Stefanie Powers ("The Real Easy Red Dog"), Blair Brown ("The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club"), Rob Reiner ("The No-Cut Contract"), and Louis Gossett Jr. ("Foul on the First Play'). The only other bonus feature is a short, if informative interview with Cannell, who reveals that the character of Joseph "Rocky" Rockford was modeled after his own father. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

Disc 6:
  • Stephen J. Cannell On-Camera Interview
  • Bonus Episode: The Rockford Files Series Pilot

  • Product Details

    • Actors: James Garner, Jr. Noah Beery, Joe Santos, Stuart Margolin
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 6
    • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
    • Run Time: 1109 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000BF0C8E
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Rockford Files - Season Two" on IMDb

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    136 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on March 20, 2006
    Format: DVD
    Fans were ecstatic when "The Rockford Files" finally was released after many long delays. The first season was great and the second cemented James Garner and his pals as weekly visitors into our homes for years to come.

    James Garner's laconic charm as Jim Rockford kept us coming back for more each week and finally won him an Emmy in 1977. Garner, who would have been a star in any era, and sometimes seemed as if he would have fit more into films of the 1940's, had finally found the perfect role on television as Jim Rockford, 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 simply fantastic as the scheming Angel, always with an angle, and always certain to get Rockford into trouble when it backfired. Like Rockford, you just couldn't stay mad at Angel, no matter what con had blown up in his face or how much trouble he would get our favorite TV detective in from time to time. Rockford and Angel remained friends because of that unspoken bond all ex-cons have, and because deep down, Angel was a stand-up guy, though you couldn't always tell it from looking at the surface.

    Except for the 90 minute pilot episode, "Backlash of the Hunter," starring Lindsay Wagner as Sarah Butler, who would resurface in another episode from that first season, "Aura Lee, Farewell," Noah Beery Jr. portrayed Rockford's lovable dad, Rocky. Rocky was a retired trucker who loved to fish, and passed on the hobby to Jim. It was the little moments like fishing that were really the heart and soul of this show when you stop to think about it.
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    28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By givbatam3 on May 30, 2006
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    James Garner is probably the hardest working television

    actor of them all. My favorite shows are Columbo, Mission: Impossible and the Rockford Files, but as an actor, Garner outclasses them all. As good as Columbo is, Peter Falk is puts in uneven performances. In Mission:Impossible, the focus continually shifts from one character to another, so no one

    actor is on the spot all the time. In "Rockford Files", the story revolves around Jim so he is on screen much of the time,

    yet he NEVER puts in a bad performance, in spite of what must

    have been an exhausting schedule, putting out a new show week after week. Of course, the outstanding writing and directing add to the charm of the program. I was in college in Southern California while the show was being produced so I can attest to how well the show reflected the slightly wacky society of the time and in the various odd types of people Jim encounters.
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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By JOE BLOW on June 13, 2006
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    Universal did a lot better job of producing the season 2 DVDs. They got rid of the 2 sided "flipper" discs and replaced them with single sided DVDs. So instead of 3 "flipper" DVDs you get 6 single sided DVDs. It's nice to have one side printed so you can set these down on that side and not have to worry about scratching the data side. It's also nice to be able to easily read the label instead of the tiny one around the hole like in the season 1 DVDs. Also the DVD package looks better than the Season 1 DVD package. The package is one case that folds out to a tri-fold and contains all 6 discs. And unlike the Season 1 cases, the interior is not blank but contains scenes from the show. This Set of DVDs includes the series pilot "Backlash of the Hunter" with Lindsay Wagner, Stuart Margolin, Bill Mumy(of LOST IN SPACE and BABYLON 5 fame), William Smith(who took over for James MacArthur in the last season of HAWAII 5-0), and Robert Donley as Joseph Rockford, Jim's dad. In the rest of the series this was switched to Noah Berry Jr. as Jim's dad. This was a good switch because Berry plays Jim's dad with a lot more charisma. The DVD package includes a 9 minute interview with Stephen J. Cannell, the Co-Creater and producer of the show.
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    20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Zachary A. Barnhart on May 24, 2006
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    When I was 6 or 7 this was my favorite show, and it's so nice to see these again and realize that it's even better than I'd imagined. Watching it now as an adult it seems funny that as a child a show like this appealed to me, but that testifies to the show's balance.

    I miss the days of this kind of television that seem, alas, long gone. But I guess even then this show was something very special.

    I'm positively delighted that Season 2 is coming out.
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    14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Guilford on June 27, 2006
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    The boxed set of the 2nd season of The Rockford Files is a true pleasure to watch. In fact, I have to pace myself and only allow myself to watch one episode per day. Like a fine wine, this series is to be savored and enjoyed for the gem that it is. The packaging is much better than with season 1, and I found the interview with Steven J Cannell to be interesting. But the performances of James Garner are not to be topped by any dramatic series on television. I was particularly impressed by the way his relationship with his dad was handled: warm and caring, but not sappy. Gearjammers (2 part episode) was a great opportunity to learn more about Jim and Rocky's relationship. Noah Beery did an outstanding job. One plus that I haven't heard mentioned is that the season 2 box has the "better" theme song starting out each episode. If I recall, this is the edit of the Mike Post radio version that is more jammin' than the original first season theme song.

    In addition, the audio and print quality are excellent, even on a large screen.

    Great stuff, and I can't wait for season 3.
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