The Saint Megaset
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- All 47 original color episodes presented in their U.S. broadcast order
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Top Customer Reviews
Prior to these color shows there were 71 black and white episodes produced over four years. Those original 71 shows are by far the best in the series (most, if not all, based on the stories of Charteris). In these stories Simon Templar comes across less cavalier and more forceful. Although he is still the charming crusader for the victims of the "ungodly" (as he might say), in these stories he dwells in a grittier monochrome underworld of crime. The stories themselves are great tales of murder, extortion, blackmail, racketeering, graft, espionage, etc.
So, if you want to experience the best years of The Saint then I would suggest acquiring the A&E The Saint: The Early Episodes collections. The first set contains all 12 episodes from series one (1962) and the second set continues with the first 16 shows from series two (1963-1964). All the episodes are brilliant transfers with crystal clear black and white picture quality. These sets are in very limited distribution. Sadly, Amazon does not carry them at this point. I hate to recommend other sales outlets so let Amazon know you want them to carry the Early Years sets.
NOTE: Since first writing this review Amazon has added the first two Early Episodes collections. I would strongly advise all Saint fans to acquire these terrific collections.
The transition to color was made to male this series more marketable to American and other international television networks.
What makes the first four seasons so good was that the majority of the episodes were based on stories penned by Saint creator Leslie Charteris himself. But, as the fifth season came into production they had literally exhausted the source material and were forced to rely on original scripts written by writers who were either not well versed in the character of Simon Templar or lacked an understanding of his character.
In the 47 episodes featured in this megaset (which also includes "The Fiction Makers" and "Vendetta for the Saint" that were also released theatrically as feature films) the character of Simon Templar is a lighter figure with a little more comedy. He is more of a dashing playboy than the adventurer he epitomized in the preceding 71 episodes, but the basic appeal of the character is still there.
Shot in a day and age when traveling to far off locations was exclusively in the motion picture domain this show does its best to give an international flavor with Templar globetrotting the world without leaving the studio backlot and sets. It's an admirable effort and less distracting than you might think. I personally enjoyed every single one of these it also inspired me to check out similar British tv series from that era (I bought the Emma Peel Megaset earlier this year).Read more ›
"The Saint" was a man with a notorious and mysterious past, who quite often found himself in the middle of adventure and intrigue. Author Leslie Charteris created "The Saint", and when the TV series started, had been writing "Saint" adventures for over thirty years. "Simon Templar", the "Robin Hood of Modern Crime", was a man never comfortable with accepting authority. Motivated by his own sense of justice, he had no qualms about taking the law into his own hands. His travels took him many places, including the Europe, Latin America, Africa as well as his native Great Britain.
"The Saint" TV program began airing in black and white in 1962. From the start, Charteris's original stories were the primary source material for the television episodes. Over time as these stories were used up, the program featured more stories written by others. That is where the Megaset begins. It contains the 47 color episodes produced from 1966 through the end of the series in 1969. "The Saint" is man who can get involved in adventure in a myriad of ways, and there is great diversity in these episodes.
The set may show the series at its best and worst. Though the good far outweighs the bad. Roger Moore is clearly in his prime, comfortable and in synch with the role. In a few of the later episodes however, his ability to maintain the integrity of the character, is severely tested by some ill-conceived scripts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are looking for a complete episode collection do not buy the A & E collections. Out of the sets that they put out there were still 43 episodes they never released for some... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Macahan
I remember watching The Sait on tv as a kid. Great to have the whole series now.Published 9 months ago by Tattooed Soul
The Saint is James Bond lite. The villains aren't evil enough. The women aren't hot enough. The gadgets are nowhere to be found. Chase scenes are few and far between. Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by T.R. Hammer
The Saint was and still is my favorite TV program of all time, the color megaset shows how much a cut above the series was. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by B. Konopski
I purchased this set while watching re-runs on TV and when I appeared to have seen them all one way or another I put the DVDs away. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by Charles Hall
The black and white episodes are better. The show started sliding with the color eps. It's still a good series and I recommend it for fans of Roger Moore and classic 60's... Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by John R.
Item was received within the promised time frame and in a very good condition. I highly recommend this vendor.Published on October 15, 2010 by Albert Gabriel
This is a fine box set of the colour episodes of the saint except that there are two problems worth noting. Firstly Amazon describe this item as having Digital 2.0 stereo audio. Read morePublished on April 30, 2009 by Marcia
Roger 's Moore THE SAINT series I watched long time ago.
Now for sentimental reason I wach bit by bit before I go to sleep.
Give me pleasent dreams. Read more
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