Stingray - The Complete Series
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First time available on home video in the US!
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The short-lived, but much-loved Stephen J. Cannell action drama series makes its U.S. DVD debut. All 25 action-packed episodes are now available in this 5 DVD collection starring Nick Mancuso as Ray, the illusive stranger who helps people in neeed... not for money, but for favors that must be repaid, no matter what.
STINGRAY, starring Nick Mancuso, is an enigmatic adventurer with no traceable past who travels from place to place fighting crime and helping people in trouble. He refuses to be paid for his services; however, those seeking his assistance must promise him a favor. Sometime in the future, Ray will come to them and ask to collect on that favor, giving them some task that is often arduous and/or dangerous. The title of the show comes from the vintage Corvette Stingray that Ray drives.
* Originally aired on NBC 1985-1987
* Created by the late, acclaimed TV writer/producer, Stephen J. Cannell
* Hailed as a fan-favorite among Cannell's wide range of successful TV series (A-Team, Rockford Files, 21 Jump Street, Hunter, etc.)
* Series is fondly remembered for its dark, edgy, fast-paced style reminiscent of a long-play music video.
Top Customer Reviews
The color looks good and accurate, the print or source material is totally clean and the picture is nice and sharp and clear.
The sound is in true stereo!!! Has most of the original music is intact -All the songs are the original up till the last 2 episodes of season one, from then on, most original songs (NOT the theme or background effect music they are all original and intact) were replaced with new dubbed material , they did in my opinion a good job, and it seemed to fit nicely with the episodes - they might have had licensing problems - which might have delayed the series from being released
The only problem I have encountered is there are some problems with motion. It has a look of a PAL disc converted to NTSC - the motion at times seem unnatural and not fluid - this may be a result of the rendering or capturing process that was not done correctly.
When you load each disc there is a disclaimer That anomalies may be present due to source material.
I wouldn't be too concerned about the motion problem, it is slight and you notice it mostly when the camera is panning a moving shot, or when people are walking in the scene.
If you liked the show you will not be disappointed with the set and it is a very good quality product.
Yes it could have been slightly better, but it could have been much, much worse. Im very Happy with the DVD set - and it's great to see the show again with a nice clean picture - and stereo sound!
Go ahead and order it - Im very picky about my reviews and this set is thumbs up!
However, there are no bonus materials and it turns out that VEI was provided with an edited down version of the 2 hour pilot episode. Like many shows, Stingray was launched with a 2 hour premier. Later, when the series was renewed for a second season, the 2 hour pilot was edited down to make it into a two-part episode of 45 minutes each. In order to make room for a review of what happened in the "previous episode," editors cut scenes from the original 2 hour pilot. It is this latter, edited version that is included on the DVD set. Thus, for example, there was a scene in the pilot episode where Ray does Tai Chi while he researches his planned identity as a businessman from Fort Worth. There was another brief scene where he was on a completely different case and returns a kidnapped child. These scenes are not in the two-part episode version and are not on the DVD.
I e-mailed the staff at Stephen J. Cannell's website about the issue (Cannell is the guy who wrote the show) and received a very polite reply indicating that "The pilot was separated into 2 episodes for syndication. The show was remastered for syndication and that is what was given to VEI for release on DVD. The original pilot was never remastered and could not be used."
But the series deserves some PR...
"Someday I'll see you again, and I'll ask you to for a favor, and whatever it is... you must do it" -- `Ray's stated terms for his assistance.
STINGRAY, as portrayed by Nick Mancuso, was a former American Intelligence Operative who chose to become an enigmatic loner, helping ordinary people with their problems when they contacted him through a newspaper ad: "Stingray. For Barter Only."
Ray would tackle anything from suspicious death to drug-running to blackmail and his price was always simply ; "a favor", which could be any thing, any time, and would be asked in order to help Ray help someone else later on (a gimmick, incidentally, that resurfaced years later on The Equalizer and Vengeance Unlimited) A nice continuity touch was that previous clients did in fact, resurface during the series as Ray would call upon them to help others. Ray was computer savvy at a time well before the proliferation of personal computers, and kept his Stingray Client List, complete with occupations and locations of past clients on a PC which he consulted from time-to-time.
One of many nice touches was that whenever anyone attempted to run Ray's fingerprints, the match would come back either as someone he clearly was not, or as "Classified" by the D.O.D. When his car license plate was run, it would come back as registered to the White House Motor Pool or to the Governor of the State. The man was A CYPHER from start to finish of each episode, with only a few glimpses into his past and his life as the series progressed.
Ray was an extremely competent investigator, adopting disguises that went beyond simple make-up.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Many shows don't stand up to the test of time, but this one was great. I enjoyed the star and the story lines. The Stringray looked great just sitting there or in the chase scenes. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome having this old TV Series on tape. They need to bring more of these series to DVD and keep the pricing cheap so people with purchase them.Published 11 days ago by timothy blackwell
great to find something you enjoy and get a deal on it...Published 21 days ago by jeffrey n langhorne
Great series! I am a Corvette owner and I remember my dad, another Corvette owner, watching this series when I was a little kid when it was in re-runs or maybe on self-recorded... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ironmanj13
Well, the dvd's are great the and the episodes are great but i do not like the way it was packaged with one dvd on top of the other.Published 1 month ago by Marilyn Jo Weaver
Great show, a classic for sure, if you were a watcher of the series. Would recommend to a friend.Published 2 months ago by Craig Charles