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The Rockford Files: Movie Collection - Volume 1
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They are a follow-up to the original 6 seasons of the TV show. Garner's knee and back problems, which resulted from his insistence on performing most of his own stunts, especially those involving fist fights and car chases, caused him excruciating physical pain, and he opted not to continue with the show, and NBC canceled the program in mid-season.
It took 14 years for the ill will between his production company and the network to subside, during which time a decade-long lawsuit over profits was finally settled in his favor.
So beginning in the mid-1990s eight movies were produced. Its great to see Lt. Becker and Angel again in these movies.
Video quality is very high. The image is clean, colors are true. It looks better than we all saw when broadcast.
Note for fans: Not many actual location sets from 70s shows still exist, but the Sandcastle restaurant is still there on the beach in Malibu (and the food is high quality). Rockford's trailer no longer sits at the end of the parking lot, but its really cool to walk over and stand where it was! As a big Rockford fan, its a treat for me to visit the "set" whenever I'm in Southern California. 28128 Pacific Coast Hwy, Paradise Cove, Malibu, CA.
Here is a brief synopsis of the four movies in this first collection:
"I Still Love L.A." (1994) - Jim is trying to leave California behind him when a series of natural disasters, the L. A. riots and the murder of a wealthy mother make it impossible for him to go. Joanna Cassidy guest stars.Read more ›
I believe the scripts were good and Mr. Garner was incredible as well as the supporting cast. It says alot about Mr. Garner as a person and actor that many of the original supporting cast as well as writers and staff participated, some coming out of retirement to do so.
I have shared my thoughts on many things from music to movies, etc however, if anyone ever listened to a nobody like me I hope this review is taken in the respectful spirit it is intended. While meeting Mr. Garner just to shake his hand and thank him for the many hours growing up watching him, almost in some ways using his character as a role model, buy this and enjoy it for the wit and skill in writing and acting that seems to have been lost in a world of special effects and how many things can be blown up over skill. I anxiously await the remainder of the movies being released, maybe we'll even get the bonus of a movie not released or some great gag reel footage.Read more ›
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Great movies, nice to see Jimmy again, but not the same as series was. Missing Rocky is hard to overcome.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived promptly, was as described, was well packaged, was as expected, very satisfied.Published 5 months ago by Pat Hunt
The best detective series ever. This is a must have for any fan.Published 6 months ago by Skybluealien
Rocky is sorely missed, but James Garner had it to the end. All are older but their characters seemed to adjust to their age in life.Published 8 months ago by Rosa Maria Cortez
I loved the TV show. Seeing the movies with the same but more mature actors was like meeting up with old friends. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon User