It Takes a Thief: The Complete Series
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Airing for 3 seasons from '68-'70, we got 66 episodes of espionage, heists, and of course, romance in exotic locales. We got a cool theme song from Dave Grusin, spun over psychadelic opening montages, featuring 3 different opening tags through the three seasons. In '68 you had Noah Bain, expertly played by Malachi Throne, uttering "Look, Al, I'm not asking you to spy, I'm just asking you to steal." In '69 and into '70 it was Wagner responding with "Let me get this straight, you WANT me to steal." And also in '70, there was none other than Alistair Mundy (Al's thief of a Dad) with "I've heard of stealing from the government BUT FOR the goverment!"
When Malachi Throne departed during the '69 season, he was replaced by Ed Binns as Wally Powers, who was never as strict as Noah. Noah made Al stay in a government monitored house, under close wraps, but Al was quickly roaming free under Wally. While the 3rd season was a whole lot of fun, featuring Fred Astaire as Al's Dad, the shows never had as much pinache as some of the superb 1st and 2nd season hits, and one of my favorite shows in TV history was canceled far too early.
What made this show so grande was the performance of Robert Wagner, and the premise of the shows, where Al was sent in (almost always under an alias and spying in various disguises) to steal something, spy on someone, or protect something.Read more ›
I've been waiting for this on DVD for years. The eOne set was announced, and I kept an eye on the release date like Al and Alistair would keep an eye on diamonds. The set arrived yesterday.
'Digitally re-mastered'? Hardly. The episodes on Hulu were of higher quality. Specks, static, etc. on every episode watched or looked at so far. No idea what these were manufactured from, but they are not *remotely* re-mastered. Color balance varies widely in each episode. The video quality is on a par with 10-15 year old well cared for VHS recordings.
Second season theme is incomplete. I know the full 60 second S2 intro is out there, because I've seen it intact (rarely, I'll admit, but it is out there) on brief syndication runs. Not on every episode, true, but at least one or two, so it does exist. No excuse for it not to be used here.
So far, third season is also using the abbreviated version of the theme on about half the episodes. Again, no excuse.
The 'Special Feature' film version of the pilot was dubbed from the VHS release years back: the disclaimer about "copying this VIDEOTAPE is prohibited," and "This VIDEOTAPE is for private use only" (emphasis added) is intact and displays before the opening credits.
The packaging is flimsy at best, awkward at worst. The Special Feature Interviews with Robert Wagner and Glen Larson are nice to watch, but the quality of episode transfers and lack of substantial extras make this one a 2, and that's only due to my affection for the series overall. It's nice to have un-edited and complete episodes to watch when the mood strikes, but one has to wish eOne had done things right and proper. One day, I may have to look into the German and Australian sets.
But I do go on about this tacky protection and appearance. I do confirm the other reviewers' main observations about the poor quality of the videos. Much older, fuzzier series have been digitally remastered with skill and care to look much better than this. There are many, many techniques and tools to produce DVD's from old film and tape. Too bad this producer/distributor did not care to put out a fitting quality tribute to the series. Some of the discs appear to have no remastering at all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a good, albeit brief show. I enjoy the mix of humor and cunning that Robert Wagner brings to the show. Read morePublished 8 days ago by owlie
It's apparent Universal didn't consider the fans when putting this package together. Sturdy plastic DVD cases with a nice photo in a box with a booklet containing decent-sized... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Barbara - Bklyn Pet Mom
As a kid I thought this series was unique. So, I ordered it, but it is not a memorable as I remember. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Roberta Merrill
Love it! Great show & great CDs. Some discoloration but I this love every episode.Published 15 months ago by FineThings