It Takes a Thief: The Complete Series
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(Nov 15, 2011)
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Alexander Mundy is the worldas greatest cat burglar... until the day he gets caught. But thievery skills are an asset in the world of espionage, so Mundy is pardoned when he agrees to use his wily ways to help steal for the U.S. Government.
The King of Thieves: Interview with Robert Wagner
A Matter of Larceny: Interview with Glen A. Larson
Limited Edition Senitype (reproduced 35mm film frame)
It Takes a Thief Exclusive 4-Piece Coaster Set
Collectible Booklet with retrospective essay.
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To be upfront the picture quality isn't PERFECT on this set. Many of the reviews complained about the quality and they need to do a "proper" transfer and cleanup from the film masters. Sadly in 2008 a fire ripped through one of Universal's film vaults with many reporting destroyed tape assets, and unfortunately master film elements, It Takes a Thief was one of them. Several "backup" copies survived in different locations on tape in different formats, and all of the existing elements were gathered, evaluated and cleaned up as much as possible for this release. Unfortunately many of the transfers were old and in the European PAL video format and needed to be converted to the American standard, NTSC. Because of the PAL format's 25 frames per second, transfers from film to PAL seem "sped up" (about 4%) so those episodes used for this set sound a bit fast, as many people noted. Also there is only so much a studio can do when cleaning up tape-based masters without the picture further deteriorating, so sadly, unless technology improves this is most likely going to be the best we're going to get. I also have several friends overseas who checked out the region 4 releases, but sadly it's the same case on those as well. Understanding this, this is still a FANTASTIC set! It's great to re-live many of the episodes I remember as a kid and even being introduced to many more I've never seen before! Even if you're a casual fan, it's still worth it!
A gem of series from the 1960's. Not unlike the old Mission Impossible series in feel and substance, with a new, seemingly impossible caper each week, set in a different exotic locale. The premise is similar to the new series, White Collar, with Robert Wagner as the jewel theif-turned-government-agent, Al Mundy, who risks life and limb on behalf of a shadowy government agency. Usually, Mundy has to find and steal (recover) a precious gem, a stolen document, an atomic bomb, or even a beautiful princess, all the while proving his worth and trying to find ways to keep his nervous, skeptical boss, Noah Bain, from sending him back to the slammer. Bain, played by Malachi Throne, is a sheer delight to watch. He's never really sure about Mundy's sincerity or devotion to Uncle Sam's cause. As the series progresses, though, his "admiration" for Mundy's unique skills (as a thief and as a woman's man) grows, and the chemistry between the two is hard to miss.
The third season was filmed entirely in Italy with Fred Astaire added to the cast as Al's father. Most fans consider the third season the weakest of the three, but personally I thought some of the stories were extremely strong and well-thought out.
It's a lot of fun - lots of familiar TV faces pop up looking so young. Oh, the jazz score is snappy, too. Season One features a couple of very interesting interviews with Robert Wagner and Glen Larson, co-producer and frequent writer in the third season.
They are a little bit odd on the extras - there is a disc with an interview with Robert Wagner and and interview with Glen Larson as well as an expanded version of the pilot "Magnificent Thief" all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. The package came with a Senitype of Robert Wagner as Al Mundy which is a nice little collectors item and a set of coasters. The coasters I didn't really understand - it was like they needed to throw something else in the package to make it marketable. Personally I would have preferred more interviews and commentaries on the various episodes. Oh well, that's just me. There was also a booklet which had additional information on the show which I appreciated. I guess the coaster was the only thing I found odd.
There isn't much in the way of video noise or audio noise which I found refreshing. It is a series from the 1960s so allowances are made. The audio is mono and it looks like it was done in Technicolor, but I knew this going in since I watched the series when it aired in the 1960s. I've been a fan of Robert Wagner for a long time, though haven't always appreciated all of his work. This series does not disappoint.
All in all it was a purchase that was well worth the money. Speaking of which, I received a promotion in my email to get this series for a reduced price. When I looked at the price online it was a little higher. I contacted Amazon though and they credited the difference back to me. Just one more reason I do business with Amazon.
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This series was TV viewed in the 60's and the picture quality was poor by today's standard.Read more