I Spy - Season 1
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Robert Culp and Bill Cosby star as international espionage agents Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott on highly dangerous missions in this ever-popular, award-winning series. Culp poses as a world-class playboy/tennis player, and Cosby goes undercover as his trainer. Together they travel the world, trading quips and fighting high-level crime with cool bravado and extraordinary savoir-faire. Combining humor with action/intrigue, "I Spy" was the first adventure TV series to be shot in exotic international locales, establishing a new standard for television dramas.
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They were partners, friends and at times seemed like a married couple. Never dull and always so much fun to watch.Oh yea, No foul four
letter words. Remember those days?? My two favs are Tatia and So Long Patrick Henry. I won't tell you the plot, get your own :> You'll
love it. On those days when there isn't anything on tv good to watch, pop some corn and enjoy.
The episodes on this disk, specifically Magic Mirror and Home To Judgement, are some of the best television scripts ever produced.
This is part of a double-DVD set, with all episodes written by series star Robert Culp. I've read where Culp locked himself away in a secluded house with no phone to write these episodes, and the dedication shows.
Magic Mirror is more than just a cold war thriller, it's plot is a Shakesperean tragedy for the jet set set against the backdrop of a small country being tugged over like a rope caught in superpower's jaws.
Home To Judgement illustrates that television heroes aren't always shaved and well dressed, and that sometimes things do go wrong. The end sequence has Robinson and Scott shooting it out inside a cramped farm house with hoods whose faces you never quite see ... it is quite sureal.
Great series. A big screen movie with Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson is in the works, but I don't think it'll live up to the small screen rendition.
In 'The Warlord' he wrote and directed in addition to playing his leading man character, Kelly Robinson, and the Chinese warlord who not only walks between the two cultures of his English schooling and his culture and rank, but also his ancient Chinese noble heritage and its clash with the 20th Century and the Communist rule of China.
Home to Judgement is an episode written by Robert Culp. It is an edge of the seat mystery coupled with a reunion with and aunt and uncle not seen in years. We find out a lot about Kelly Robinson, the child, and Kelly Robinson, the family man not the jet set tennis star and spy.
Face in the Mirror shows the human side of Kelly and where choices take him from the possibility of being with the woman he loves, to letting the life he leads taking him away from that and driving her to someone else; a someone who could lead her to worse than death. This is a divers package
Back in March 2010, I purchased the individual seasons 1-3 by Image Entertainment from Amazon for $15.49 each. I loved the series. So the question I have is: What will I get that's more than I have now? It looks like there's a booklet of some kind. That would appear to be a plus since no such booklet came with the Image set. The three seasons are presented here on 18 discs instead of the 15 discs that made up the Image Entertainment set. I assume the 3 additional discs in this set contain "extras." But I can't find any details on exactly what extras are offered, either on this site or on the Shout Factory site.
Now for the big question. Have the episodes been remastered? I believe that Image Entertainment cleaned up the episodes somewhat, but has Shout Factory done anything over and above that? I guess I'll have to wait until the sets begin arriving to find out if I need this one.
UPDATE 6/2/14: Well, I found what appears to be a review over at dvdtalk.com under reviews that seems to indicate the episodes in this release will not be remastered. Moreover, it appears that the commentary tracks by Robert Culp in the earlier Image Entertainment release are gone. In fact, it appears the only extra (notwithstanding this set having three more discs than the Image release) is an informative booklet. So, if the reviewer over at dvdtalk.com is correct, those who already have all three seasons of the Image release, might want to wait and think hard before putting down over one hundred dollars for a booklet, even though it does appear to be a nice one. FWIW
UPDATE 7/05/14: Yep, it's pretty well confirmed now that this release has no special features other than the booklet mentioned above. It looks like the Robert Culp commentary tracks are gone. This is based in part on a review on veryaware.com dated June 28, 2014, so the guy actually had the set in hand. On the positive side, the reviewer did note the packaging is excellent. However, excellent packaging and an informative booklet is not enough for me to shell out more money to replace my Image Entertainment season sets. I wonder if Shout Factory would sell the booklet alone for five bucks . . . probably not.