Magnum P.I.: Season 1
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Get ready to enjoy each adventurous episode from Season One of one of the greatest television series of all time. Hang out in Hawaii for an action-packed thrill-ride with Higgins (John Hillerman), T.C. (Roger E. Mosley), Rick (Larry Manetti), and of course, the charismatic Magnum P.I. (Tom Selleck).This dynamic gift set includes a bonus disc with additional episodes featuring special guest stars Sharon Stone, Morgan Fairchild and fellow P.I.s Simon & Simon and much more. It's a must-own for every Magnum P.I. fan!
A ratings hit for eight seasons on CBS, the action-mystery series Magnum, P.I. makes its DVD boxed set debut in an impressive five-disc package that offers not only the entire first season, but some rarely seen episodes. Positioned in the old Hawaii Five-O time slot (Thursdays at 9) in December of 1980, Magnum quickly became a hit, thanks to the combination of smart and witty scripting, gorgeous locations, and the considerable charm of lead Tom Selleck as former Naval Intelligence officer Thomas Magnum, who gives up his position to become a private investigator on Oahu with the help of fellow Vietnam vets T.C. (Roger E. Mosley) and Rick (Larry Manetti). Magnum also provided security for the lavish estate of wealthy (and never-seen) mystery writer Robin Masters, which gave him access to the author's expensive vehicles (including a prized Ferrari), much to the disapproval of Masters's manservant Higgins (Jonathan Hillerman).
A rare series that skillfully blended action, humor, drama, and suspense, Magnum, P.I.'s first season gets the boxed set treatment its fans have been hoping for, with all 18 first-season episodes (including the two-part pilot, "Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii") included on four discs. The fifth disc contains four rarely shown bonus episodes, including season 3's "Ki'ls Don't Lie," which featured a crossover plot with Simon and Simon, as well as its conclusion ("Emeralds Are Not a Girl's Best Friend"), which kicked off S&S's second season; the latter episode has never been aired as part of Magnum's syndicated package, which is another reason for fans to pick up and enjoy this long-awaited set. --Paul GaitaSee all Editorial Reviews
- All 18 episodes from the 1980-81 season plus four bonus episodes: the two "Simon & Simon" crossover shows and 2 1984 episodes guest starring Sharon Stone
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
You have great characters..like Thomas magnum, Jonathan higgins (Higgy baby !) Tom's war buddies T.C, and Rick..as well as supporting characters like Ice Pick, mack, Lt tanaka, luther Gillis ,,...all these characters are well written. and you actually care what happens to them...
theres great locals (hawaii) stunning sunsets...action, drama, beautiful women, romance... exciting storylines .. theres Zuess and apollo plus, the Ferrari too :) hmm did i mention the beautiful women? lol :) magnum P.I has it all...
plus, its also cool when Thomas "breaks the 4th wall" and looks right into the camera...it makes you feel like your right there plus the voice overs are done as an homage to the 40s detective stories...
this show was the soul of the 80s...and it still rocks in the 21st century thanks to dvd..
work the lock...dont look at the dogs..work the lock..you looked at the Dogs!!
Like all the detective series of its era, MPI (as it was called by its fans) had to find something to make itself unique among a crowd of other such shows, and what it chose was the relationship between Magnum and Higgins. Higgins, despite having been only a noncom, was clearly reared an aristocrat (in future seasons we learn that he attended Sandhurst, the British equivalent of West Point), and has a tendency to look down his nose at Magnum, whom he regards as a lazy, uncultured freeloader--which is unjust, because while Magnum does prefer to live in faded jeans and aloha shirts, he runs the eight-mile beach route from the estate to the Club every morning, swims, paddles a surf-ski, plays sand volleyball and (when he can con Higgins into letting him use the estate courts) tennis, looks quite dashing in a suit, is cool-headed in moments of peril and capable of fast, graceful action--it's a treat to watch him move. Higgins also has what Magnum considers an annoying habit of launching into long tales of his army service during and after World War II at the drop of a hat ("This reminds me of...," he'll begin, and you never know whether the story will end up perilous or humorous), and flatly states that he doesn't "like the way you live...[or] the way you drive [the Ferrari]...[or] your friends..." He and Magnum are perpetually locked in conflict over the car, Magnum's use of the estate wine cellar/tennis courts/hot tub/big-screen TV, and Higgins's two Dobermans, Zeus and Apollo, who share their master's dislike of him. Yet as the series proceeds, Higgins apparently finds Magnum growing on him: he once says that he's "glad you're all right," and another time, after Magnum has agreed to move out in order to get Higgins's help in clearing T.C. of a smuggling rap, Higgins not only provides the help but ultimately maneuvers him into staying on.
Magnum is a slightly quirky, very attractive, soft-spoken but definitely masculine character who often provides voice-over narration that brings us up to speed on his thoughts on a situation or what's been going on when the camera wasn't looking. The series exteriors were filmed on location in Hawaii, and some of the scenery--especially the sheer cliffs past which T.C.'s chopper sometimes flies--is incredible. The set includes three double-sided discs and a single, containing all 18 first-season segments (including the pilot, aired as a two-parter), plus "Kiis Don't Lie/Emeralds Are Not a Girl's Best Friend," the crossover with Simon & Simon: Season Two (which isn't on the latter) and "Echoes of the Mind," a two-part fifth-season episode featuring Sharon Stone, which is also available on the Fifth-Season set.
Magnum PI broke television ground in addition to just being entertaining. There are references to Magnum's "team" in Vietnam throughout the series, and it was always positive. This portrayal of Vietnam vets may make sense now but in 1980, it wasn't always the norm. Beginning with the first episode, the two-parter, "Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii, "flashbacks to the team's Vietnam experiences are used as both plot and background on the characters.
On a lighter note, the guest stars are great too. I especially liked some of the hotter female stars, particularly Erin Gray as J."Digger" Doyle. Also, the bonus episodes feature Morgan Fairchild and Sharon Stone from later seasons. This show's got it all: wit, suspense, sex-appeal, even history. Wouldn't we all love to live like Magnum?
Most recent customer reviews
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Look for similar items by category
- Movies & TV > Boxed Sets > Action & Adventure
- Movies & TV > Boxed Sets > Drama
- Movies & TV > Boxed Sets > Television
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Action & Adventure
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Comedy
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Drama
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Mystery & Thrillers
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Universal Studios Home Entertainment > Action & Adventure
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Universal Studios Home Entertainment > All Universal Studios Titles
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Universal Studios Home Entertainment > Boxed Sets
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Universal Studios Home Entertainment > Television
- Movies & TV > TV