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M Squad...Thank GOD!,
This review is from: M Squad: The Complete Series (DVD)
Yes, the quality of the episodes varies from not so good to totally watchable, and the sound is about the same on the scale of things, but I'm thrilled just to be able to take a few hours at a time and treat myself to a batch of M Squad's in any form! I had low expectations when I read about how this set came together, and thus far, after watching 5 discs, my expectations have been exceeded. I've not seen an episode I couldn't make sense out of and to be honest, watching these late at night on my cathode ray tube makes me feel like I'm a kid again watching something clandestine and forbidden, mostly due to the quality. It's like being out in the sticks and then after everyone has gone to bed a signal is being beamed into my living room thrusting me into a time warp where the signal comes over the air instead of a cable or satellite feed and if I aim the rabbit ears just right Frank Ballinger comes into focus and solves the heinous crime in question...and the music, and the black and white photography, and the Chicago exteriors and dingy interiors...I love this set and highly recommend it to any fan of Lee Marvin, hard-boiled crime procedurals, and noir milleu.....I'm happy to have it and if you have issues with pristine images versus down and dirty, then maybe you should stick with your Heroes and King Of Queens box sets and leave this one for the real fans! When I get to the end I'm going to start over as this set stays right by the TV Set at least until someone releases the complete Johnny Staccato series and then Marvin can alternate with Cassavetes.....
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Initial post: May 31, 2009 12:42:41 PM PDT
Paul Riesebeck says:
Your review hits the nail on the head. What you wrote was exactly how I felt when I was watching this set. I was so immersed in the stories that I ended up watching this entire collection in less than two weeks. It didn't matter that it wasn't the best quality images because somehow that was part of the allure of watching the episodes.
Posted on Sep 8, 2010 8:59:40 PM PDT
88 Keys says:
Johnny Staccato will be released October 12, 2010.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2011 5:46:42 PM PST
J. A. Goodman says:
Had my set pre-ordered!! Loving it as much as M Squad and wishing there were more than 27 episodes!!!
Posted on Sep 5, 2012 8:48:13 AM PDT
J. Nolan says:
By now you should have got the Johnny Staccato set, as I have, although I've only watched one of it, so far.
But I couldn't agree more with you when you say
".I'm happy to have it and if you have issues with pristine images versus down and dirty, then maybe you should stick with your Heroes and King Of Queens box sets and leave this one for the real fans!" .
Being spoiled by modern pristine DVD images I was of course disappointed when I saw the relatively poor quality of the first episode I watched, - particularly the external night-time shots, - but then I chided myself because I'd got a top of his game Lee Marvin, some great character actors, - not to mention a gorgeous young Angie Dickinson that I watched last night, - and I have always been able to follow the mostly pretty decent storylines
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