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5.0 out of 5 stars "Why not on DVD Affair", February 28, 2004
This review is from: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series (DVD)
The Man from UNCLE was the first and at times the best secret agent TV show on during the sixties.Cashing in on the James Bond craze of the mid sixties it went from cult show to top of the ratings in 1965 to losing it's focus on what made the show great
and eventual cancellation in January 1968.If you weren't around during this time believe me this show was much more popular than Star Trek. If this show had continued in reruns on syndication and promoted the way Paramount promoted Star Trek in the last 35 years we would be talking about UNCLE the Next Generation and UNCLE the Motion Picture. The only reason I can think of why all of the episodes (over 100) are not on DVD along with the inferior spinoff Girl from UNCLE is the poor management history of MGM who own the rights. If they are reading this why don't you put these out as soon as possible and generate yourself some cash revenues. You might want to tie-in David McCallum now on CBS's Navy NCIS with the promotion.Oh by the way Star Trek fans I wasn't putting it down I was just stating the facts and what can happen when something fans care about is promoted (Star Trek) or ignored (UNCLE).
I am updating my review from early 2004. At the time, I believed that MGM had the legal rights to "The Man from UNCLE" but learned that was no longer the case. That is not surprising with the long history of bad business practises MGM has had over the last thirty years. Norman Felton the producer of the show believed that he held those rights and hired Ember Entertainment to represent him. Plans had been made to release the first season set of DVD`s at the end of July 2006. When that was announced Warner Home Entertainment jumped in and stopped the release claiming they own the rights since they had acquired MGM . So now it is summertime 2006, we are back at square one, and Warners has no intention to release the DVD's in the near future. The only suggestion I can make is a write-in campaign to Warner Home Entertainment telling them that you want "The Man from Uncle " on DVD
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Initial post: Nov 13, 2006 8:48:41 PM PST
J. Wong says:
thanks for the comments as it contains some good information about who owned rights to the show.. and explains the delays in releasing to DVDs.. however I would say that none of these detective shows had the same following and appeal as Star Trek.. I gre up on shows like U.N.C.L.E, the Avengers, The Wild Wild West, and the Saint were all good and I recall all of them, (except the Saint), there was no write in compaign like Star Trek, no fan run conventions, so therefore I believe the opportunity for syndication did not happen and the guage of the success of these programs as DVDs are based on the syndication success of such shows.. I am however hopeful that they will eventually release The MAN from U.N.C.L.E on DVD..

Posted on Feb 23, 2007 5:15:20 PM PST
B. Andrews says:
How in the heck can somebody give a DVD a four star rating, then rant how it's not out yet?!!

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 11:07:02 AM PDT
John Bruce says:
According to tvshowsondvd.com TimeLife now has the rights to the show and will be releasing all seasons in one package. Robert Vaughn and David McCallum are both involved in bonus features.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2007 6:48:21 AM PDT
The original series of Star Trek was never a ratings hit when first aired from 1966-1969. Only 3 seasons and 80 episodes. It was always on the verge of cancellation. It's popularity grew in the 1970's thru syndication. MFU wasn't really syndicated. One reason was Congress was investigating violence on Network TV and shows like MFU became a scapegoat.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2007 6:51:06 AM PDT
I was explaining what the show was about since a lot of people have not seen it. I guess it's pretty easy to be critical on the internet.If people like me didn't post interest about the show it would probably never be released on dvd.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2007 6:52:16 AM PDT
It's been a long time overdue. Just in time for Christmas this year.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 4:41:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2007 4:43:41 AM PST
C. A. Luster says:
I am sick and tired of people that have no interest in anything but deriding people nice enough to give us news on a TV series or movie. I appreciate the information Clark has given here. I DON"T CARE IF HE HASN"T SEEN THE QUALITY OF THE DVD!!!!!!! I care that he can tell me about the series and the status of the rights. If all anyone wrote in their reviews was: "The DVD is good quality and the color and sound are sharp". HOW BORING!!!!!! When will they get a hint that we have the RIGHT to talk about the content and background rather than just the quality of the product it is put on? Thanks Clark and please continue to write your informative reviews and ignore the crass critics. Especially those that stick their noses in when they haven't even taken the time to review anything or fill out any information on themselves.

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 6:08:38 AM PDT
D. Hoppe says:
Ted Turner aquired the Man From UNCLE series when he purchased MGM & its film library back in 1986 from Kirk Kirkorian. (I recall that Turner ended up selling the MGM trademark and UA studios back to Kirkorian while retaining ownership of the film library). The show was run for a while on TNT. When Turner Broadcasting merged into Time Warner the series became part of the Warner library within TW. I believe this is how the DVD's end up being released under the Warner brand

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2008 6:29:19 PM PDT
Bridge to D Andrews, the answer to your question, how can you give a DVD that is not out 4 stars is so absurdly simple that I'm surprised you don't know. The program content is 40+ years old and the reviewer may remember seeing it on TV then or in reruns in more recent years, remembers certain programs and their plots and how he or she liked them. QED, you can give a review to program content that you remember. Hence the 4 stars.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 12:07:19 AM PDT
So now that the show has come out on DVD (Time Life purchased the exclusive rights a year ago and issued the same case that Warner is now releasing this year), isn't it time for an update to your 2006 update of your 2004 review?
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