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Wiseguy: Season 1 (2009)

Ken Wahl , Jonathan Banks , James Whitmore Jr.  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ken Wahl, Jonathan Banks, Jim Byrnes, Kevin Spacey, Ray Sharkey
  • Directors: James Whitmore Jr.
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 960 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Long before Donnie Brasco brought similar drama to the big screen, Ken Wahl brought charisma, credibility, and chutzpah to his small-screen role as Vincent Terranova, a handsome 30-year-old agent with the FBI s Organized Crime Bureau. As conceived by co-creators Stephen Cannell (of The Rockford Files and The A-Team fame) and Ken Lupo, Wiseguy followed an innovative story-arc structure, allowing Vinnie s deep-cover missions to last only as long as necessary to bring each case to a sensible conclusion. Since copied by countless TV shows, this unique approach to storytelling attracted a devoted following of viewers addicted to the self-contained plots that forced Vinnie, his sourpuss OCB handler Frank McPike (Jonathan Banks), and disabled covert liaison Dan Lifeguard Burroughs (played by double-amputee Jim Byrnes) to achieve their objectives.

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here's the good and the bad with this release... August 28, 2009
Having picked up the original WISEGUY releases a few years ago from Ventura Distribution, I was naturally curious to see what Mill Creek has done with the property in the new release (The Complete First Season) that came out this week. If you don't have the previous sets, I recommend it and give it 4 out of 5 stars on the strength of the material moreso than the set itself. Here's my initial observations, positives and negatives...

-Price is MUCH more affordable (It's $9.99 on Amazon for the complete first season, whereas the previous releases were around $40 for each half of the 1st season)
-Release is indeed the entire 1st season (the previous releases split it in half, with one DVD set of Steelgrave, and another DVD set of Profitt)
-"Knights in White Satin" song has still been replaced in the Steelgrave finale (it was replaced with the same instrumental music in the original DVD as well)
-The song originally used in the first part of the Mel Profitt arc as Vinnie and Roger arrive at the yacht party was substituted with generic music on the original release, but in this DVD, that particular song HAS BEEN RESTORED!
-The prints used appear to be the same remastered prints from the original release, but they don't look as sharp (in fact, they look fuzzier) simply because there is more compression and probably a lower bit rate being used in the disc authoring (they have placed 5 episodes each on Discs 1 and 2, and 6 episodes each on Discs 3 and 4)
-The audio is Mono, compared to the 5.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars StudioWorks offers a fix January 22, 2005
By Mike
Studioworks oversight of the missing 'setup' feature on the bonus disc is simply inexcusable. However, Tony Mills, who is the account executive at SW sent me this response about a possible replacement...

Thank you for purchasing Wiseguy: Between the Mob and a Hard Place. We have received your correspondence regarding the box set.

We apologize for any inconvenience and will gladly send replacements.

Please email with your mailing information including phone number. Your replacement should arrive within 3-4 weeks.


StudioWorks Entertainment

Hopefully, there won't be any technical 'oversights' on the replacement copies.

After reading some of the other reviews, hopefully I can answer a few of the questions other fans have posted here.

The 'official' story behind the first 15 minutes of "A Rightful Place" is that the original master tape was in extremely poor condition. What is on the disc now is the best that Studioworks could do as far as cleaning it up.

Yes, the 'music arc' was to come after the 'garment district arc', but due to all of the copyrights that have to be obtained to keep the music in those episodes, SW decided to release that box set last, so that no legal issues hold up the release date.

No word yet on whether or not those rights were obtained.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Poor DVD set! January 19, 2005
Despite music omissions, I bought the earlier 3 volumes of this fantastic show and enjoyed them immensely, particularly the first 2 sets, which had some great extras. It was all downhill from there, as this set was vomited out of the factory and onto the store shelves by Cannell Productions and Studioworks!

As others have pointed out, disc 1/episode 3 has practically unwatchable video due to poor compression, and disc 4 has no option for show only audio, you are stuck with Ken Wahl's audio commentary and nothing else. Even Ken Wahl must have been frustrated by this when he got his comp set, as the 2 episodes on the set are 2 of his most favorite, and even he can't watch them without listening to himself talk over it!

The only good thing about this set is disc 3, which has the great Washington, DC story arc. However, Cannell messed that up, too, as the opening title credit sequence features the one from the prior storyline, whereas I clearly remember that the DC episodes had a title sequence featuring characters from that arc!

And finally, more music has been replaced, as Ken Wahl HIMSELF points out on his commentaries!

What a cheap, shoddy job--I will not be fooled into buying further volumes of this series (and there are supposedly 2 more to come!) I will be sticking to my own VHS tapes instead!

(And by the way, I've read on Studioworks' own site that the manufacturers'suggested retail price was something like $39.99, so I'm not sure how other sites are charging more for it)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I got hooked on Wiseguy when it was a late-night staple on CBS 1989ish. After seeing all the garbage TV shows released on DVD I sent many an e-mail to Stephen Cannell's website asking if and when Wiseguy would be released on DVD. I was thrilled when I saw the Steelgrave Arc released and was hoping that it was not just a one time experiment. The first 2 sets were great. The interviews with Johnathan Banks and Stephen Cannell in the first set along with Kevin Spacey, William Russ & Joan Severance's in the second set were a terrific bonus treat for any fans of the show (or especially fans of Kevin Spacey).
The Mel Profitt Arc was released four months after the Steelgrave Arc and when nothing else was released four months later, I guess they figured: Thats all the buying fans would be interestred in. As the other reviews stated, it was definetly a let down going from the Millionare Mob Boss of Atlantic City (Ray Sharkey as Sonny Steelgrave) and the Billionaire, International Drug & Weapon's Contractor (Kevin Spacey as Mel Profitt) to the small time White Supremacy Group "The Pilgrims of Promise". Yeah Vinny's brother was killed but I guess they didn't think past those first 2 guys and were trying to keep it simple. It was still great story telling for broadcast tv at that time and I especially enjoyed the suspenseful "Revenge of the Mud People" where Vinny is wrongfully arrested for murdering a cop and the local police pull a Rodney King on him, while Vince is cut off from McPike and the Lifeguard.
The short four-story arc is a good appetizer to the brilliant Garment story with Jerry Lewis, Ron Silver and Stanley Tucci. Even though most of it was without Ken Wahl, the show never misses a beat.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
missign a dic to set
Published 1 month ago by james h mcelveen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cast, great show
Loved it the first time around. Ken Wahl & Jonathan Banks' characters started out slow, but their chemistry got better and better as the season wore on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by joe shlobotnik
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
flawless download
Published 1 month ago by TxTornado4
2.0 out of 5 stars Key Episodes Missing in Season 2 Amazon Instant Video
As with Season 1, I watched Season 2 of Wiseguy via Amazon Instant video. I was very disappointed to find that several key episodes are not available. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jack
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not nearly as good as I remembered it -- very stereotypical and un-PC.
Published 3 months ago by wutmeworry
3.0 out of 5 stars Closed Caption
The closed caption which I use as I have hearing problems is not correct. It seems as if it is for other episodes. I was very disappointed.
Published 7 months ago by DEBORAH HAVENS
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Spacey is brilliant
If you want to so the performance that started America's romance with Kevin Spacey watch him as Mel Profit! Intense, energetic and tender all wrapped up into one man.
Published 12 months ago by Gillian Io Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Where did Shakala Records go?
Very enjoyable for the most part. But roughly eight episodes are missing. These are the episodes where Vinny goes undercover with Shakala Records, run by Isaac and Amber Twine... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jim Rufer
5.0 out of 5 stars It is STILL great!
If you watch this show, you see the influence that it MUST have had on the more recent 24. Compared to that, it is VERY slow moving, but for those that didn't grow UP on 24, I... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sir John
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent TV Gangster Series
The Wiseguy series first season was always one of my favorites - for the Italian mobster gangster crime drama genera - it is one of the best. Read more
Published 15 months ago by C. Hitt
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I thought I was the only one who remembered that from the first release. When that episode aired, that song brought out the intensity of that scene with Sonny and Vinnie locked up in that theater. When I heard the song was omitted I didn't buy it. I guess I'll wait for whoever finds out if they... Read More
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