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The Rockford Files - The Complete Series
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For only two hundred dollars a day, plus expenses, the original and quintessential anti-hero detective, Jim Rockford, is on the case! Primetime Emmy® Award-winner James Garner stars as the ex-con-turned-private-investigator who stays under the radar and takes on the cases of the lost and the dispossessed, chasing down seemingly long-dead clues in the sunbaked streets and seamy alleys of Los Angeles. And now, all 120 episodes from its six seasons 22-disc anthology! Filled with wry humor, chilling suspense, and engaging cases, it s no mystery why The Rockford Files remains the most celebrated detective show of its time.
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2 No extras.
3 No subtitles. Sad when the dvd had them, but millcreek is too cheap to pay an extra $35 to port them over.
4 Not enough holders for the discs. Each case has 2 holders and 4 discs. So you have to stack the discs on top of each other.
5 Flimsy outerbox. Not made to last.
6 Watching changing styles in fashion and cars in the 70's through this show is cool.
7 One episode so far has been edited. Jim leads a tail into a parking lot and loses him, while In the original dvd Jim waits for the guy to leave the lot and comes flying across the street and forces the tail to gun it in reverse back over the tire spikes. The climax of the scene is gone.
Update... Several more episodes in season one are edited by 20 seconds each, I guess thats an extra commercial. Watched about 2/3 of season One so far, but I don't think Ill watch anymore, since I know from another review that later episodes are edited.
Overall I'm not happy about having to switch to my dvd set to watch an entire episode. I guess I could log the run time of each episode for both original dvd sets and bluray set...and compare to find the un-edited ones on bluray...
Finally, comparing the total run times from the First complete set with this Millcreek version(minus the 8 movies) its missing 23 minutes.
The disks are packaged in heavy paper/light cardboard that stands better upside down than right side up. The case is so flimsy that when mine arrived it was crunched like a soft loaf of bread inside a tight bag of groceries. I had to inspect every disk to make sure none had cracked. A more traditional cardboard case would have survived the shipping with no cosmetic damage.
Because the set doesn’t even include an episode guide, I moved the disks into a 24-CD wallet (Case Logic, under $10) where, at least, you can leaf through the pages to find specific season or even a specific episode, which are listed on the disks. The poor usability factor of the cheap cases makes this additional trouble and expense almost a necessity.
The 24-disk wallet offers other advantages; it takes up less space and is more secure.
Now here’s the good news. The episodes look good, if a bit grainy. Most of the scenes have been cleaned up (we’ve only watched Season One and a few from Season Three) based on my recollection from when the show was on Netflix.
This is one of the most engaging TV Detective series of all time, and it provides a “jump back” to a more innocent time… almost like watching a Bond movie with Sean Connery.
Jim Rockford may just be the James Bond of TV Detectives.
One last thing, 18 of the episodes were written by David Chase, who went on to create The Sopranos for HBO. It seemed important to add that.
My biggest complaint is the packaging and that's why I took off 1 star. The discs are stacked on top of each other so now I have to put them in alternate holders. This is not acceptable.