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The Untouchables: Season 2 Volume 2 (2008)

Robert Stack , Paul Picerni  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Stack, Paul Picerni, Nicholas Georgiade, Abel Fernandez, Steve London
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 805 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019F02VW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,706 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Untouchables: Season 2 Volume 2" on IMDb

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Robert Stack, Anthony George, Bruce Gordon. Eliot Ness, the fearless lawman of legend works with his team of handpicked agents to bring down Al Capone's illegal empire in 1920s Chicago. 16 episodes on 4 DVDs. 1961/b&w/13 hrs., 25 min/NR/fullscreen.

In one of the 16 gripping episodes that close Season Two of this landmark crime series, a pesky reporter asks the famed Prohibition era Treasury Agent, "Mr. Ness, don't you ever smile?" From the "Big Syndicate" to an unending parade of mobsters, killers, bootleggers, and dope pushers trying to muscle in on the incarcerated Al Capone's territory, Chicago in the early 1930s doesn't give Ness and his incorruptible squad much to giggle about. No, Robert Stack's Ness isn't a barrel of laughs (when one killer asks if the jury will go easy on him, Ness replies, "They'll put a cushion on the electric chair"), but what he lacks in personality, he more than makes up for in his relentless drive to break the mob. Each of these tautly written and directed episodes is like a noir of the week, all menacing shadows, hard-boiled dialogue, insidious corruption, heartless goons, slinky femme fatales, and overwhelmed cops. The criminals, as ever, make the most lasting impression. Lee Marvin is at his glowering best as Nick Acropolis, rising underworld titan, who in a climactic moment, comes after a traitor in his organization with a pair of gardening shears. In "Death for Sale," James MacArthur stars as a fresh-faced "kid" cornering the market on the opium trade. In "The Nero Rankin Story," Will Kuluva stars as an elderly, ailing successor to Capone's chair, who tries to make a deal with Ness to lay off for a year until he dies, after which he'll turn over the company books. Ness replies, "I don't make deals with punks." In these episodes, The Untouchables further pushes the envelope on TV violence. There are grisly murders, ferocious beatings and maelstroms of gunplay. The violence, often sudden and shocking, takes no prisoners, claiming not only guest stars whose credits would suggest they'd stick around for the full hour (Ned Glass in "Death for Sale"), but, more of a dilemma for Ness and company, innocent bystanders. In "The Nero Rankin Story," Rankin tries to intimidate Ness by having his gang shoot at ordinary citizens in the street. "How many dead bodies before you lay off, Ness?" is one pointed message left at a crime scene. From top to bottom, these episodes are cast with indelible character actors who often muscle in on better-known guest stars. In "The Antidote," Joseph Wiseman co-stars as a handicapped killer in Telly Savalas' mob who pathetically tries to play the victim card when Ness nails him. "What else could I be?" he wails. Ness shows him a front-page headline about Roosevelt's election and replies, "Yesterday, you could have been elected the President of the United States." The Untouchables is 100-proof vintage television that just keeps getting better with age. --Donald Liebenson

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic G-Men vs. Mobsters Saga May 24, 2008
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Retro television shows have never done particularly well unless they were set in the Old West. Shows set in the 20's, 30's, 40's, etc, any era outside of the one in which they aired have never lasted long except in three major exceptions - Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and The Untouchables.

The Untouchables succeeded for a number of reasons. First, the veil that had been on the Mafia for a number of years was slowly but surely being peeled off due to gangland killings and the fame of gangsters such as Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, Dutch Schultz, Lucky Luciano, and others. Even before the Godfather and its outstanding first sequel, the public had a fascination and curiosity with the mob. So take some true events, ture characters, heavily fictionalize them with Hollywood gloss and pathos, and you get a very successful show that made a star out of Robert Stack and brought new fame to a Treasury agent named Eliot Ness.

The Untouchables' collection should not have been split up into multiple sections. That's greed, pure and simple. But the lure of this show - its great characters, performances, grit and intelligence will draw buyers even though they know they're being ripped off. Stack's Ness is one of the best alltime detectives - fearless, relentless, and absolutely ruthless with the bad guys. The supporting casts were always excellent, and Bruce Gordon brough the right amount of humor and menace to Frank Nitti, Capone's chief lieutenant.

The Untouchables - Season Two, Volume 2 is not untouchable, but it is irresistable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers everything it promises September 27, 2008
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I have purchased all four of the DVD's for seasons 1 and 2 and they are all I'd hoped for and more. They bring back all the excitement from when they were first shown. A real fun part is seeing all of the future stars when they were much younger, using the show as a springboard for their careers (Lee Marvin, Telly Savales, Peter Falk, Charles Bronson, Elizabeth Montgomery etc.). The quality is excellent. If you liked the original series, I guarantee you'll love the DVDs. Worth every cent.
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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Enough is Enough! June 23, 2008
The Program is first rate but Paramount's performance rates a "F".
We as fans of the Untouchable Series showned our loyalty by buying the first season in half season sets at inflated prices.
I will continue to purchase other series such as Mission Impossible where Paramount issues complete seasons for less than $35.
However for the Untouchables I'm through.
I will buy no more Untouchable programs at nearly $60 a season.
If the execs at Paramount think this plan is good marketing just watch them drive loyal Untouchable fans away.
In my case they have already succeeded.
In the end Paramount will lose revenues, fans will lose the programs and Paramount will blame their mistakened greed on "lack of buyer interest".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show but sloppy restoration on second season DVDs September 5, 2008
I was very pleasantly surprised when I bought the first DVD disc a couple of years ago. I had forgotten just how good of a series The Untouchables was when I saw it on repeats in the 70s and 80s. Now I eagerly await the newest release every few months after watching each episode at least a couple of times. After the first full two seasons, I have yet to watch one that I can call a bad episode. There are just some episodes that are not as good as the others. Which one is the best so far? Hard to say, but if you like hard-core, tough-guy gangsterism, The Purple Gang is your best bet.

That being said, however, I have been perplexed by the sloppy restoration of the second season on DVD. Whereas the first season had a crisp, even video quality in each episode, the second season has a very uneven video quality in most of the episodes. Some of the scenes, especially the closeups, are crystal clear, while the more distant shots usually have some graininess and less focus. This is bearable, but every so often, some of the scenes (usually brief reaction shots) are horrible quality, and they look like they were taken from tapes made on someone's video recorder in the 1980s. Some of the other reviewers have also mentioned that they think a minute or two are missing from the episodes this season. What gives, Paramount? Give a great show the great restoration on DVD that it deserves as you did for the first season. Here's hoping that the next two seasons of The Untouchables on DVD are given the total loving care that they deserve. Don't force us to call Frank Nitti.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Untouchables April 13, 2012
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Great Shows.. Walter Winchell was a terrific narrator, Robert Stack was superb as Elliot Ness. I will buy more and watch every episode again and again. Sure beats what's on TV now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Untouchable September 11, 2008
I've collected all four collections so far, I know they are expensive but to me I think they are worth paying for. Robert Stack in particular is a delight. His portayal of the character is just right. He is electrifying. One thing I am desperately hoping for on a future DVD is the inclusion of 'This Is Your Life' episode of Robert Stack, they included his appearance in the Lucy show on the back of Season two Volume 1. so I think it would be a great and fitting tribute to him as the star of the show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Untouchables TV Show May 14, 2011
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These DVDs are great. They're remastered and the sound is a LOT better. The picture resolution is about as good as it can get, even on my big screen TV. Came on time and in perfect condition. I'm still waiting for Season 4 to come out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Purchase
I love watching the Untouchables! I have ordered the complete series.
Published 23 days ago by Tater
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great series if you like ganster movies.
Published 1 month ago by Keith A. Schilling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
just what i expected !!
Published 3 months ago by Srephen D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by ARTHUR TRAVIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Television at its Best
I was concerned that the series would run out of story lines and lose its ability to hold our interest and entertain. Not to worry. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MaricopaBaptist
5.0 out of 5 stars good show
this is a good show to get and a good way to get so you can watch it when ever you want
Published 9 months ago by Marguerite Poll
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the first TV shows to hit hard at the MAFIA....
All THREE albums contain beautiful prints that are great to watch. Plenty of slam-bang action in each episode that never dissapoints.
Published 10 months ago by J.Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars The Untouchables - season 2 volume 2
This is part two of season 2 with the remaining 19 episodes. Definitely fun to watch and again covering the Capone crime era. This is a good one to own.
Published 11 months ago by R. B. Benedictson
I was two years old during Season 1, and in first grade for Season 4. I wanted to see what I've been missing. Talk about an all-star cast!!! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Maurice W. Buck Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Putting my collection together.
The untouchables is something I grew up with on late night television. I thought it was gone for good but now I have the opportunity to have the entire collection. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. O
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