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The Untouchables: Season 2 Volume 2
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The Untouchables succeeded for a number of reasons. First, the veil that had been on the Mafia for a number of years was slowly but surely being peeled off due to gangland killings and the fame of gangsters such as Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, Dutch Schultz, Lucky Luciano, and others. Even before the Godfather and its outstanding first sequel, the public had a fascination and curiosity with the mob. So take some true events, ture characters, heavily fictionalize them with Hollywood gloss and pathos, and you get a very successful show that made a star out of Robert Stack and brought new fame to a Treasury agent named Eliot Ness.
The Untouchables' collection should not have been split up into multiple sections. That's greed, pure and simple. But the lure of this show - its great characters, performances, grit and intelligence will draw buyers even though they know they're being ripped off. Stack's Ness is one of the best alltime detectives - fearless, relentless, and absolutely ruthless with the bad guys. The supporting casts were always excellent, and Bruce Gordon brough the right amount of humor and menace to Frank Nitti, Capone's chief lieutenant.
The Untouchables - Season Two, Volume 2 is not untouchable, but it is irresistable.
We as fans of the Untouchable Series showned our loyalty by buying the first season in half season sets at inflated prices.
I will continue to purchase other series such as Mission Impossible where Paramount issues complete seasons for less than $35.
However for the Untouchables I'm through.
I will buy no more Untouchable programs at nearly $60 a season.
If the execs at Paramount think this plan is good marketing just watch them drive loyal Untouchable fans away.
In my case they have already succeeded.
In the end Paramount will lose revenues, fans will lose the programs and Paramount will blame their mistakened greed on "lack of buyer interest".
The best thing about this faux history of organized crime is to get you to look up the real history of the characters and events. Hollywood took real license to make the series more dramatic and action-oriented. But it is enjoyable entertainment if you are not one of the anti-gun crowd. If anything, the series shows that when guns are banned, only criminals will have guns. And not the type that you register.
The character of the individuals portrayed span the spectrum from evil to good. From that perspective, the whole gauntlet of human relations and motivations are laid bare. That may come as a big shock to those who think that rhetoric solves problems.
That being said, however, I have been perplexed by the sloppy restoration of the second season on DVD. Whereas the first season had a crisp, even video quality in each episode, the second season has a very uneven video quality in most of the episodes. Some of the scenes, especially the closeups, are crystal clear, while the more distant shots usually have some graininess and less focus. This is bearable, but every so often, some of the scenes (usually brief reaction shots) are horrible quality, and they look like they were taken from tapes made on someone's video recorder in the 1980s. Some of the other reviewers have also mentioned that they think a minute or two are missing from the episodes this season. What gives, Paramount? Give a great show the great restoration on DVD that it deserves as you did for the first season. Here's hoping that the next two seasons of The Untouchables on DVD are given the total loving care that they deserve. Don't force us to call Frank Nitti.
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I got what I paid for and at 1/3 the cost of your big competitorPublished 5 months ago by samuelhusner
Having a father who was in law enforcement and with whom I used to watch this program faithfully, I was thrilled to have the entire Untouchables series come out on DVDs. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tarheel Barry
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