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The Saint Megaset

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Nineteen actors have portrayed Simon Templar, the gentleman adventurer created by Leslie Charteris in 1928. Among the most memorable incarnations were George Sanders (in a series of 1930s films) and Vincent Price (who voiced the character on radio in the 1940s). But for baby boomers, there is only one Simon: Roger Moore, who starred in this classic 1960s British TV series. Moore makes a better Templar than he did a Bond (and he is certainly better than Val Kilmer, who stared in the 1997 feature film), and the inside jokes include guest appearances by Lois Maxwell, best known to 007 fans as Miss Moneypenny. Except for the gadgets, The Saint has all the pleasures of the Bond films: a real international man of mystery impeccably dressed (these entertaining adventures are "more cloak than dagger"), exotic locations, cold war intrigue, sparkling bons mots, and beautiful (albeit chaste) women, and the highlight of any episode is the devilishly funny prologue, in which, no matter where he is, someone always identifies our hero as "the infamous" Simon Templar, prompting him to cast his eyes heavenward as he is crowned by his signature animated halo. This 14-disc set includes all 47 original color episodes presented in their U.S. broadcast order. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

  • All 47 original color episodes presented in their U.S. broadcast order
  • Original broadcast trailers
  • Roger Moore biography and filmography
  • History of the Saint
  • Production stills gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Pauline Chamberlain, Leslie Crawford, Justine Lord
  • Writers: Roger Moore
  • Producers: Roger Moore, Lew Grade
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 14
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 2444 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009M9DL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Saint Megaset" on IMDb

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This A&E megaset contains ONLY the later color episodes and in my opinion the weakest episodes in the series as a whole. These color shows were original tales written for television and not based on the stories of Saint creator Leslie Charteris. These color episodes come off lighter and more tongue-in-cheek. This could be because ITC was pandering to the US in order to sell the series to an American television network or it could be the simple evolution of a series entering its fifth year of production. On the other hand, it could be that the writers devising the color stories didn't know Simon Templar the way Charteris did.

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.
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It is true (as pointed out by previous reviewers) that the earlier black & white shows are better than these color episodes, but until recently the color shows featured in this Megaset were all that DVD collectors could get here in the United States. So almost two years ago now I picked up this set and was not disappointed.

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).
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Roger Moore was the ideal choice to play "The Saint", when the character came to British television in the early 60's. Besides being the proper age, and having an athletic physique, Moore possessed class, charm and a dry witty sense of humor. Even more importantly, he brought an air of irreverence and swagger that are essential to the role of "Simon Templar", AKA "The Saint".
"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.
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