Wiseguy 4 Seasons 1987

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Season 1
(141) IMDb 7.8/10

1. Pilot TV-14 CC

Street-wise undercover Federal agent Vinnie Ternanova is released from prison after serving a false rap to establish his cover, and infiltrates the organized-crime Syndicate in Atlantic City--where, with one slip of his cover, he could end up a dead man.

Starring:
Ray Sharkey, Adriana Baron
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes
Original air date:
September 16, 1987

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Season 1

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Genres Drama
Starring Ray Sharkey, Adriana Baron
Supporting actors David Berner, Alex Bruhanski, Gary Chalk, Peter Chapek, Ralph Cole, Alex Diakun, Sydney Filkow, Jack Ging, Tom Heaton, John M. Jackson, Dwight Koss, Robert Miranda, Alan C. Peterson, Leon Pownall, David Purdham, Mark Rolston, Gianni Russo, Jessica Steen, William S. Taylor, Frank C. Turner, John Wesley, Colleen Winton, Adam Yawrekno
Season year 1988
Network Cannell Productions
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

The good guys can sometimes be bad as well good.
Bennet Pomerantz
The package is not complete (only 16 of the original 22 episodes), the sequence is not correct and the video/audio quality on some of the episodes is very bad.
One Sad TiVO Monkey
I enjoyed watching this on t.v. and its good to have the dvd set so I can watch this whenever I want.
Rocco1965

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By J. Herman on August 28, 2009
Format: DVD
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 By Mike on January 22, 2005
Format: DVD
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 info@studioworksent.com with your mailing information including phone number. Your replacement should arrive within 3-4 weeks.

Sincerely,

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.

Visit the alt.tv.wiseguy newsgroup for further information

and/or discussion about the best dramatic series ever made.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. Herman on January 19, 2005
Format: DVD
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 By Robert Brant on July 2, 2004
Format: DVD
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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