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The Untouchables: Season 4 Volume 1
The Untouchables: Season 4 Volume 1
DVD ~ Untouchables
Price: $27.69
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Pilots for Other Series, August 1, 2012
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This is very disappointing. I loved the first three seasons, but this is beyond lame. Desilu was using the show to showcase proposed new series: Barbara Stanwyck and Ed Asner tracking missing persons, Dane Clark and John Gabriel as contagious disease investigating doctors and Scott Brady as a one eyed globe trotting reporter.. All dominate the episodes they're in and it's a waste.

There's a few goodies. Frank Nitti returns in a later episode and makes you realize how important Bruce Gordon is to the show. Lee Marvin, James Caan and Roy Thinnes star as brothers in a great episode. The best, though, is when the ever present Nehemiah Persoff returns as Jake Guzik to team up with Harry Morgan as Bugsy Moran. But these great moments, so prevalent in the first three seasons, are just too few in this volume.

New Life
New Life
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Musicianship, Boneheaded Lyrics, June 17, 2011
This review is from: New Life (Audio CD)
I am 58 years old and bought this album right off the racks when it came out, which is amazing because Southern Rock made me ill. I live in New York State and just about everything about those good ole boy bands just rang false with me. Plus, not even the Allman Bros were good enough to go on playing the same song for 25 minutes. Maybe it was because I heard this stuff coming out of every dorm window as I walked around campus that I was turned off by it. I dunno.

So why did I buy "A New Life?" Because it was outstanding. MTB could slide between musical styles in a heartbeat and make it work. And they played each style with exceptional ability. I didn't care much for any other MTB album, but they sure got it right on this one.

The music, that is. The lyrics are cringeworthy. They were back then and are even more so today. Lots of evil women, guys getting shot, eagles flyin', truck drivin', huntin' dawgs..oh well, not my thing.

But when they shut up and play? WOW!!
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The Untouchables: Season 3 Volume 1
The Untouchables: Season 3 Volume 1
DVD ~ Robert Stack
Offered by westcoastmedia
Price: $21.75
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Penultimate Season!, August 28, 2009
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The third season for many series can be a turning point. It can settle in and run on pure formula, in which case it will start to sink in the ratings. It can "jump the shark," have actor issues and simply implode. Or, it can do what the great series do - up the ante. Check out the third season of any long-running, accomplished series - it is invariably the best. Season One feels its way, season two establishes relationships and routines, and season three? Well season three stretches the formula. And that's what happens here.

Corruption moves perilously closer to Ness in Season Three. Peter Falk does a masterful turn painting Ness as a bad cop with the help of a crooked newsman. Watching Stack act drunk and depressed in this episode is alone worth the price of the DVD. We actually meet Ness's old partner (Martin Balsam) who now works for the mob. The dialogue between the two is terrific and Balsam is simply outstanding. I think Scorsese ought to watch The Genna Brothers episode and make a movie from it. The quality of the black and white filming is amazing, better than any film noir movie you ever saw. These episodes are verging on true art.

Nit picks? Guys who had names like Rodini in seasons one and two are now named Rader (in deference to previous outrage from Italian-Americans)and the guys sitting around Nitti's table at the Montmarte are now named Sidney, Melvin and Arnold (oy!!) Ness and Hobson running in place in front of a screen of the Tunnel of Horror is a bit cheesy. BUT....Steve London, as Rossman, actually gets some lines!!!

Still...lots of smoking, drinking and method acting galore. And the reperatory company is still in place, with some actors (Nehemiah Persoff, Jack Warden, Will Kuluva, Steve Cochran, Joe Wiseman, etc) back for the 4th or 5th time since the start of the series. And time? Well, it's STILL not linear, but who cares?? You can watch this stuff for hours!! More, please!
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The Untouchables: Season 2, Vol. 1
The Untouchables: Season 2, Vol. 1
DVD ~ Robert Stack
Offered by Outlet Promotions
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series, Great DVD, Don't Sweat the Bumpers, August 19, 2009
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Honestly, anyone who enjoys The Untouchables and who liked the DVD releases from the first year of the show, that passes up this superb collection of the series' best episodes simply because they changed the commercial break bumpers is foolish. Actually, the way they were handled in the first two sets was aggravating. How many times do I need to look at that foolish book anyway!?

Now on to fun stuff from Season Two:

1) Paul Picerni joins the crew as Lee Hobson, making Ness's line, "Rico, Lee" as famous as "Book 'em, Danno." However, Picerni was nowhere near as magnetic or interesting an actor as Anthony George, who was featured as Cam Allison during the first season. Evidently, George caught somebody's eye as he became one of the stars of Checkmate! the next year. If Picerni joined the cast as a reaction to Italian complaints, why give him such a whitebread name?

2) Steve London, as Rossman, must have examined the script each week and said, "Damn! No lines again!"

3) Character actors ruled!! The more European the better. And it becomes clear by this set that The Untouchables used a reperatory group of actors. Nehemiah Persoff had already starred as Jake Gusik, Johnny Fortunato and Waxey Gordon and Jack Warden was also featured three times, once as Ness's best friend. Makes me wonder why someone doesn't say, " look awfully familiar!" Joseph Wiseman, Luther Adler, Will Kuluva and Val Avery are all over the place, too.

4) Time is not linear in The Untouchables. Frank Nitti is alive, then dies, then is featured again. Lee Hobson was not around when Capone was convicted, then "oops' there he is in a flashback when Capone was sent to jail in "The Big Train Part One" episode. It's 1931,'s 1933, wait, it's 1932..hmmm'34? This week Prohibition, next week no Prohibition..wait this episode Prohibition again.

5) It is a real kick to see Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) and Larry Tate (David White) make out in "The Rusty Heller Story"

6) Look for 30 seconds of a 20 year old Ryan O' Neal at the end of "The Legs Diamond Story"

7) The sets are pretty cheap. The Dew Drop Inn shows up whether they're in Chicago, New York or St Louis. Same thing with the Turkish Bath.

8) Lots of smoking! Wow, do these guys smoke. Same thing with drinking! And method acting galore!

I love these DVD sets, mostly because when The Untouchables came on when I was a kid, I had to go to bed and I always felt like I was missing something really good. Turns out, I was! These shows are incredible fun. Highly recommended!
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