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5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I got this!, December 22, 2008
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This review is from: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series (DVD)
I've been waiting so long for this set, and then add another year for the price to come down... It comes in a goofy "attache," which of course won't fit on anyone's DVD bookcase, but otherwise everything's great.

I'm almost finished with the 2nd year now, and for the most part the episodes have been a lot better than I expected. There's even some marvelous acting -- catch Maurice Evans in action! -- as well as much better acting than I recalled from Vaughn. Of course David McCallum is the sexiest thing going, then or now, but I was surprised that his mojo-factor is not only what I recalled but moreso. The three main UNCLE men's roles are much more three-dimensional than I recalled. Why, Mr. Waverly cracks a few great jokes here and there. And Napoleon's not ALWAYS interested only in women; he knows his stuff. He's got a brain!

Yes, there are some real dud eps. And some fabulous ones as well. Interesting themes that one wouldn't expect pop up. And the guest stars/background cast--! Everyone who is anyone is on these episodes. Look carefully for James Doohan (Star Trek's Scotty) whom you will not recognize until after the end credits have rolled and you have to go back through to spot him.

The Girl from UNCLE pilot was surprising not only when you think about the "liberated" ladies on TV at the time (That Girl, right?) and compare (this comes off in an excellent light), but that the setup for it was so very different a balance than what eventually appeared. (Young woman teamed with older [good heavens, he's over the hill, over 40!] man.) Mr. Roper as Mark Slade? Holy moly: it worked. They decided to go for the teen market instead, I guess, and make Mark into a happenin' Brit dude. (Now I'll have to get the Girl series as well, darn it. My recollections of that are NOT very positive, but Solo and Kuryakin guest-starred once or twice iIrc.)

All in all: what great fun! Not only a trip back to childhood but an adult treat as well.
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