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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why was it edited?
In the first television showing Kevin Spacey had a wonderful diatribe about how people will eventually rip open the bellies of others for the food inside. In the re-runs a couple of minutes were cut from each episode to make more room for more commercials. For some reason the DVD uses the "edited for more commercials" versions, so this wonderful scence is...
Published on January 25, 2004

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2.0 out of 5 stars A Glaring Oversight!
I was thrilled when this set was released. True, it's way overpriced for one half of a season (the ALIAS box sets, for example, offer much more for the money)! But the video and audio are adequately restored and Kevin Spacey, in particular, and most everyone else makes it highly entertaining stuff. However, with this being the ONLY DVD I own that has neither closed...
Published on January 23, 2004 by richard_hackler


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why was it edited?, January 25, 2004
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This review is from: Wiseguy - Mel Profitt Arc (Season 1 Part 2) (DVD)
In the first television showing Kevin Spacey had a wonderful diatribe about how people will eventually rip open the bellies of others for the food inside. In the re-runs a couple of minutes were cut from each episode to make more room for more commercials. For some reason the DVD uses the "edited for more commercials" versions, so this wonderful scence is missing. You can hear a brief audio segment of the diatribe during the episode where Roger Lococco plays a tape of Mel Proffit in order to drive Susan insane.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars only the toes knows....., December 27, 2003
This review is from: Wiseguy - Mel Profitt Arc (Season 1 Part 2) (DVD)
OCB boss assigns his top agent Vinnie Terranova (Ken Wahl) to investigate Roger Lacocco (the always brilliant William Russ), they have no idea where the thread will lead them. In quick time, Vinnie learns Roger is the strong arm for the Profitts - Mel and Susan (Kevin Spacey in a tour d force performance and Joan Severance). They are a brother and sister (a little too close perhaps to Vinnie's eyes), but they are big business of the shady kind. Vinnie works his way into Mel's confidence and into Susan's desires, causing Vinnie to have to tip toe around both profits very carefully. Vinnie, for a hardened OCB agent, never can see to keep his distance from the people he is sent in to bring down and ends up emotionally involved. As the drugged out insanity of Mel seems to grown more paranoid, Vinnie finds it harder to keep that emotional balance - AND HIS LIFE - as Mel does not like his sister getting too close to any man.
Somewhere along the way, only Roger seems to be quite sane and able to distance himself, but even that will be tested as his past going all the way to Vietnam is dragged into a military plot to throw over the leadership of a small island.
It keeps you guessing, the acting and writing is Telly at it's best. With super performances by all, along with the droll Jonathan Banks as Vinnie's immediate boss, this is one that bears repeat viewing. But then so do all the WiseGuy arcs...cannot wait for the Winston Newquay Arc with the magnificent Tim Curry!! Bring them on already!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Profitt Arc Soars!!!, December 29, 2003
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Wiseguy was truly a ground-breaking entrant into the episodic world of television, and the first "arc" featuring Sonny Steelegrave took the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster. Just as we were getting off of that "ride", along came the Mel Profitt arc to throw us back onto the 'coaster! Kevin Spacey burst onto the scene with an amazing performance as the brilliant, psychotic criminal mastermind, Mel Profitt. His "balance", sister Susan, (the sexy Joan Severance) was herself twisted by her own genius and inability to distinguish right from wrong. Her familial attraction to Mel drove her to both protect him emotionally yet dispense his heroin "as needed" (0nly the toes, knows...), with more than a hint at familial lust, displaying the ongoing duality prevelent in this arc. Vinny Terranova works for the OCB and poses as a criminal...Roger Lacocco (the great William Russ) poses as a criminal and actually works for a splinter group of the NSC (?)...Mel Profitt is a criminal genius and an emotional cripple...Susan Profitt is his counter-balance and emotional guide, yet is herself an emotional cripple as well, waiting for Vincent's strong embrace to take her away from it all...words won't do these episodes justice, so please, run, don't walk, to purchase this DVD series. You won't be sorry!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never..., February 5, 2004
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Never in your life will you ever see acting like this in a television series! Kevin Spacey, Joan Severance, William Russ, Jonathan Banks and Elsa Raven and others shine like newly minted dimes in this incredible show. Elsa Raven, a likeable, grandmotherly actress, seems to be every casting director's idea for a chubby, middle-aged mama, except for her turn as Gertrude Stein in "The Moderns".
I caught about three or four episodes of the "Sonny Steelgrave" arc of this show just channel surfing and noticed how intense and gritty the acting was. I watched for about four episodes. THEN the Mel Profitt arc started, and it was a roller coaster ride from then on! Spacey chews the scenery like a piranha as the paranoid, charismatic and reputedly brilliant Mel Profitt, an enfant terrible of organized crime who runs his empire of weapons-trading and illegal drugs with the help of his sister, Susan, played by the gorgeous and talented Joan Severance.
Stephen J. Cannell must have been on one of those legendary rolls that writers, specifically TV, movie and sci-fi writers, get on sometime, becaue he has everything covered here....humor, pathos, psychoses, sociopathology, charisma, situations, and a VERY good sense of governmental corruption. Sadly, he never equalled his work on "Wiseguy" again, and never got the same quality of cast for any of his other projects on TV. "Wiseguy" was one of a kind.
Kevin Spacey's take on Profitt is unlike any protrayal of a crime boss you've ever seen...he parlayed him as self-educated, witty, playful, unpredictable and moody, and it was done perfectly! As the unassuming Vinnie Terranova, Ken Wahl is very unsuspicious in his role as an FBI mole, in this case, perhaps developing too much of an affection for his targets, Mel and Susan, (a major fault of his in the other arcs as well). He is especially enarmored of Susan, who is truly good-looking, as in supermodel, and much saner than her squirrelly brother. She also seems to be attracted to _him_. As a mole for the OCB faction of the FBI, he takes quite a bit of guff from Mel, who scares the bejeebers out of him in one scene early in the arc where he plays Russian roullette with Vinnie over his sister's attraction to him. It is hinted, throughout the arc, that there is an unnaturally close relationship between Mel and his sister.
Vinnie and Mel actually become best buds eventually, despite this, believe it or not.
The odd thing about this whole arc is that Vinnie was actually supposed to investigate another major player in the piece, a Roger Lococo, played by William Russ, who eventually led him TO Mel and Susan.
Severance handles herself beautifully throughout, but really shines when Mel finally dies "A Viking's Death" near the end of the arc, and she is left alone to run his vast organization. Susan mentally collapses when Russ' character, the scheming Roger Lococo, another government mole (CIA) sucked in too deep, leads her to believe that Mel might still be alive. She deludes herself into thinking that she and Vinnie are going to have a baby, complicating Terranova's mission when she can't communicate with FBI officials and has to be committed. Severance, unfortunately, like too many talented ladies in my long list of gems, had a career that went nowhere after "Wiseguy". She essentially became window dressing for a few totally mediocre films and was cast as social director in a lame revival of "The Love Boat". In the "easter egg" interview on the 4th disc of the DVD set, she also, apparently, has bleached her hair blond recently. CHEZ INFAMIE!! She looks like one of Charlie's Angels with that towheaded mess! Please, Joan, go back to brunette!!
Roger Lococo, I might add, worships the ground Mel walked on, a very bad thing when you're supposed to be investigating somebody for the government. If there is any character anywhere near as unpredictable or dangerous as Spacey's Mel Profitt in this arc, it's definitely Russ' Roger Lococo. William Russ, oddly enough, ended up playing a sitcom dad for six years on a show called "Boy Meets World" after his run on "Wiseguy", but here, he gives Spacey his only real acting competition, though everybody's good.
Jonathan Banks plays Vinny's ascerbic immediate boss, Frank McPike. Jim Byrnes, a man who has a knack for being in interesting TV shows, (he was also in the "Highlander" series later on,) plays Vinnie's mole's mole, "Uncle Mike". People like Clyde Kusatsu and Franklyn Seales are also in this arc, to good effect. Kusatsu plays one of Vinnie and Frank's colleagues and Seales is very good as a hot-tempered associate of Mel's who turns on him.
Through it all, the acting, music, writing and production values are pure top notch CBS....cinematography is typically good CBS dramatic, with saturated colors and excellent scene composition. An urban sophistication no other network has been able to duplicate is apparent as well, and NO OTHER NETWORK had anything during this period in the eighties to equal it: not "L.A. Law", not "Twin Peaks", NOTHING was ever like the Mel Profitt arc of "Wiseguy"! I became a fan of this show from the moment I saw the first Profitt episode to the last series episode with Wahl in it. Unfortunately, they tried to foist another actor on us in place of Ken Wahl in the last two or three episodes of the fourth season, and it just didn't work, and "Wiseguy" was history. Damned shame, too. The same thing happened to "Moonlighting" and "The Equalizer", the only shows even close to being in its class.
After the Mel Profitt arc, there were arcs starring Jerry Lewis as a 7th Ave. garment manufacturer. Ron Silver played his hotheaded son. Paul Winfield, Patti D'Urbanville and Tim Curry were feuding record producers and Robert Davi was a REAL "wiseguy". None of these arcs were as gripping and entertaining as the Mel Profitt arc of this show. I might go so far as to say that even the revered Sonny Steelgrave arc wasn't as good! Honest!
If you appreciate good television crime drama and terrific acting, you could do MUCH worse than buy this entertaining arc of one of the best crime shows ever on television...
"Only the toes knows..."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal!!!, February 2, 2007
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C. Chow (Leesburg VA) - See all my reviews
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Wow! I saw the Mel Profitt arc when it first aired in 1990 and again when Court TV reran it during a summer season. I remember it as one of the greatest sagas in the history of television. This amazing DVD collection does it justice and reminded me that like all great TV sagas, `V', `Twin Peaks', `Murder One' it's fresh every time you see it. I am really kicking myself for not buying this the very day it was released and waiting so long to get reacquainted with Mel and Susan Profitt.

Don't wait. Mel and Susan miss you. If you are new to Mel and Susan you're in for a real treat.

A coup de'ate, smuggling $1 billion in cocaine, blackmailing the French Foreign Legion for military arms, dinner with New York's Mafia, manipulating Wallstreet, beating the CIA at their own game, just an ordinary day for Mel and Susan Profitt. They're madly infatuated with each other but do not bare the same last name because of marriage but because they're brother and sister. VC Andrews fans take note. As bad seed orphans they murdered their way out of foster care to inflict their insanity on the global world of espionage and terrorism. They are genius to the point of being insane and share a physic bond.

Their story is told through Vinnie Tarinova (Ken Wahl) a deep deep deep cover agent for the fictional OCB (Organized Crime Bureau) of the FBI. Similar to great under cover sagas like `City On Fire' and `Deep Cover', Vinnie becomes infatuated by the Profitt's power and opulent lifestyle. He has no sympathy for the devil, rather envy. For him the morals of crime and virtue become clouded. How far will Vinnie take it? Will he dance with devil and sleep with his woman.

As the cloak and dagger plots work themselves out, greater mysteries evolve whom is manipulating the Profitts and for what purpose? Ever second of the Profitts is on the edge of your seat.

Not to be too negative but Mel Profitt's death was a bit of a let down. It seemed tacked on as a hurried way to wrap things up. To kill a character that powerful deserved a better climax.

If you enjoy a great saga with high adventure this is the DVD for you. You'll also be blown away by the phenomenal acting of Kevin Spacey and Joan Severance. Their chemistry is amazing. Just like the psychotic characters they play we see them as one mind in two bodies. I highly recommend any of VC Andrews' novels which focus on incestuous sibling relationships formed by intense situations.

Somehow `Wiseguy' has been forgotten as one of the greatest series ever. It is legendary as a show which focused on story "arcs" which lasted for as many episodes as needed, sometimes only 3 sometimes more than 10. This way the plot is never rushed like `L&O' or dragged out like `24', or broken up like `LA Law'. `Murder One' was one of the very few shows which also used the arc format. THANK YOU DVD MAKERS FOR RELEASING `WISEGUY' BY ARC AND NOT SIMPLY BY SEASON.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Drama, June 13, 2004
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This was an arc of outstanding quality. I find some of the official reviews a bit misleading. While this arc starts about the Profits, the writers were smart enough to realize their strange quality would only last so long. About the middle of the arc the focus starts to shift to Roger. But this focus is so slow and subtle! I can remember as a teen watching each week for Roger and being sure that something was happening with that plot. How wonderful for the audience to be treated to not one, but two complex stories in one arc and not be insulted by a poor transition. There were at least 5 wonderful plots here, two major, three or four minor, but all wonderfully realized. So if a possibly incestuous couple isn't your cup of tea, don't let that stop you from watching this outstanding arc.
I also think that people should know that this is not straight crime drama, it is more like the story of Vinny so we follow him along but aren't bored by the more formula parts of the tales of an FBI agent. This show never takes the "law and order" type formula of crime, arrest, trial, jail, and the good guys aren't always good but they aren't bad in the more cliche' ways I have seen in other dramas. Everyone in this show is a human first and agent, crime boss, etc second.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Spacey steals the show, August 16, 2006
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Very few tv shows reach this quality. I had never seen Wise Guy when it was on television, but this was recommended to me and I decided to try it. I am so glad I did! I could not tear myself away from the screen! Kevin Spacey was unbelieveable as Mel Profitt. To watch his insanity grow out of control over the course of the show was fascinating; like watching a train wreck... I dare anyone to begin this arc and not finish it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spacey & Russ : Breakout Performances, November 12, 2003
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This review is from: Wiseguy - Mel Profitt Arc (Season 1 Part 2) (DVD)
Once again, the writing and performances stand out in this batch of episodes.
This is the arc which introduced America to the brilliance of Kevin Spacey and William Russ!
It kills me to see a talent like Russ taking jobs on 'Boy Meets World' to pay the bills, when he's so good in 'Wiseguy'.
If you liked the 'Sonny Steelgrave' arc, then this is a no-brainer purchase as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! - So Unexpected, Underrated and Overdue!, December 26, 2003
This review is from: Wiseguy - Mel Profitt Arc (Season 1 Part 2) (DVD)
Wisegy, like classic Star Trek, was very different in tone each season, but this was the season where it rewrote the book. Of course, Kevin Spacey was great, but so too were the writing and supporting cast. I always hope for Spacey to comment on Mel Profitt and the Wiseguy series, but it never happens. This arc was a blast!
This storyline twists to and from strange comedy, drama, taboo, suspense and underworld machinations in a beat each episode. Through Vinny's eyes, we are going along for the ride trying to understand Mel, his sister, their staff and never knowing what is around the corner or who could be trusted. The icing on the cake are the Twin Peaks inspired scenes which aired at the same time as Lynch's masterpiece. What could come off as kitchen-sink elsewhere, was instead an eccentric and eclectic mix of characters and subplots weaving in old horror movies (really!) and riddles. Wow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vinnie vs. mel = classic, December 25, 2003
This review is from: Wiseguy - Mel Profitt Arc (Season 1 Part 2) (DVD)
this awsome series continues, as vince terranova takes on the proffitt organization(mel + susan) and henchman roger loccoco, a vietnam vet and special forces reject. this arc is classic. it's got everything you could ask for in a drama. set on the west coast, vince is set up to meet loccoco by chance by the pool, sharing bloody mary's. next thing you know he's on a jet to meet mel-(kevin spacey) a paranoid genius and junkie,and his beautiful sister, ( i still have a crush on her) joan severance, both turned in exelllent performances, as evil brother and sister, meanwhile roger (william russ) and vinnie are bonding and becoming friends. and go on a series of crazy adventures. the usual cast members, johnathan banks, jim byrnes, elsa raven, gerald anthony are all solid in their roles. a must see and must have for the wiseguy afficianato.
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Wiseguy - Mel Profitt Arc (Season 1 Part 2)
Wiseguy - Mel Profitt Arc (Season 1 Part 2) by Charles Correll;Jan Eliasberg;Larry Shaw;Peter D. Marshall;Helaine Head;William A. Fraker;Aaron Lipstadt;Robert Woodruff (II);Kim Manners;James A. Contner;James Whitmore Jr.;Rod Holcomb;Zale Dalen;Douglas Jackson;Jonathan Sanger (DVD - 2003)
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