Monday, December 27, 2010

Watch The Pink Panther Story free online

This documentary examines the making of The Pink Panther movies starring Peter Sellers, directed by Blake Edwards and with music by Henry Mancini. Offering behind-the-scenes info on the genesis of the series -- one of the funniest movie franchises in history -- the documentary includes several interviews, including extensive comments from Edwards. Watch it online free, courtesy of Hulu:

The Pink Panther Story


Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Space Precinct: The Complete Series on DVD

Hitting retailers Nov. 23 is Gerry Anderson’s Space Precinct: The Complete Series, available as a 5-DVD set or for Digital Download. From the creator of Space 1999, Thunderbirds and UFO, Space Precinct chronicles of two cops battling the cosmic criminals that menace their new world.

Lieutenant Patrick Brogan (Ted Shackelford), a veteran of New York’s mean streets, and his rookie partner Officer Jack Haldane (Rob Youngblood) have been transferred to the planet Altor -- where it is their job to protect the law-abiding citizens of Demeter City. Lost amongst planetary felons, galactic gangs…all the debris of criminal constellations…it is their job to investigate crimes committed by aliens as well as humans.

The Space Precinct DVD will be available prior to the Syfy Channel marathon from Nov. 30 through Dec. 1. For more information, check out SpacePrecinct.com, featuring over 500 never-before-seen behind the scenes photos from the making of the series, along with complete episode guides with full cast & crew, as well as breaking news about the series and links to all things Gerry Anderson.

Space Precinct Opening Titles


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Monday, November 15, 2010

DANGER MAN, RUMPOLE 60-percent off

Until Nov. 21, Amazon is running a big sale on select DVD box sets -- including 60-percent off the 18-disc Secret Agent AKA Danger Man: The Complete Collection (SLIMLINE) and the 14-disc Rumpole of the Bailey: Complete Series Megaset.

Details:

Secret Agent AKA Danger Man: The Complete Collection
It was 1965 when American audiences first welcomed handsome secret agent John Drake (Patrick McGoohan of The Prisoner) into their homes as CBS ran the unique spy series known as Secret Agent. Wielding brains and a moral outlook instead of weapons, Drake traveled to the corners of the globe on the trail of international criminals, corrupt politicians, and stolen secrets.

Now, all 86 episodes from John Drakes entire crime-solving career are available together on DVD. Each episode of this exciting spy thriller is presented in the original broadcast order, from the original season that aired only in the U.K. as Danger Man to the 47 episodes of Secret Agent that were seen internationally, including the two color episodes that provided a vivid finale to the long-running suspense thriller.

Rumpole of Bailey: Complete Series Megaset
All Rise! The Critically Acclaimed Legal Drama RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY holds court on DVD.

An immensely popular series broadcast on PBS from 1978 to 1992, RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY set a new bar for all courtroom dramas to come. Balancing suspense and satire as deftly as the scale of justice, Horace Rumpole tirelessly defends the downtrodden while undressing the upper classes. A timeless mixture of comedy and drama, RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY was one of televisions most celebrated courtroom dramas.

Flawlessly adapted by John Mortimer from his best-selling Edgar Award-winning novels, and starring the esteemed Leo McKern (A Man for All Seasons), this 14-disc DVD Megaset includes all 42 episodes from the seven seasons of RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY.

BONUS FEATURES: Feature-Length Bonus Movie Rumpole's Return; Mortimer's Musings--An Interview with John Mortimer; McKern's Memories with Actress Abigail McKern (Daughter of Leo McKern); Episode Introductions with John Mortimer; Spot the Barrister-Highlighting John Mortimer's Impromptu Appearances; Newspaper Evidence; John Mortimer Biography; John Mortimer Bibliography and Selected Credits; About the Old Bailey; Official Executioners of Newgate Prison

Saturday, October 30, 2010

20 Classic Spy-Fi Shows on DVD

Mission: Impossible
An assortment of classic television on DVD featuring spies, undercover agents, and other international crime fighters:

01 Mission: Impossible (171/35 episodes)
02 The Avengers (161 episodes)
03 Get Smart (138 episodes)
04 The Saint (118 episodes)
05 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (105 episodes)
06 The Wild Wild West (104 episodes)
07 The Six Million Dollar Man (100 episodes)
08 La Femme Nikita (96 episodes)
09 The Equalizer (88 episodes)
10 Danger Man AKA Secret Agent (86 episodes)
11 It Takes a Thief (66 episodes)
12 The Bionic Woman (58 episodes)
13 The Baron (30 episodes)
14 The Champions (30 episodes)
15 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (29 episodes)
16 Department S (28 episodes)
17 The New Avengers (26 episodes)
18 The Invisible Man (26 episodes)
19 Jason King (26 episodes)
20 The Prisoner (17 episodes)


Friday, October 15, 2010

BIONIC WOMAN: SEASON ONE

Official press release:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Fans can finally experience one of television's most memorable television series when The Bionic Woman: Season One debuts on DVD on October 19, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Relive the excitement of this groundbreaking television series starring Primetime Emmy Award-winner Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers, a woman leading the ultimate double-life. Never-before-released on DVD in North America, this four-disc set includes every episode from the show's premiere season plus five crossover episodes from The Six Million Dollar Man, and a "Bionic Beginnings" featurette, which tracks the evolution of television's first Bionic Woman and includes an all-new, exclusive interview with Wagner.

The Bionic Woman's 1976 premiere introduced delighted television viewers to a thrilling new kind of action hero -- the blonde, brainy and beautiful Jaime Sommers. Armed with an astonishing range of superhuman abilities, Jaime goes undercover as a schoolteacher to take on a host of evildoers in 13 action-filled adventures that take her to every corner of the globe.

The Bionic Woman: Season One DVD comes with exciting bonus features, including:

* Five The Six Million Dollar Man Crossover Episodes
* "The Bionic Woman" -- the original second season The Six Million Dollar Man episode where Jaime Sommers becomes the Bionic Woman.
* "The Bionic Woman: Part II" -- Jaime Sommers is sent on her first assignment for the Office of Scientific Investigations in this second season The Six Million Dollar Man episode.
* "The Return of the Bionic Woman" -- Steve Austin (Lee Majors) learns that Jaime Sommers is still alive after seeing her die from a Bionic rejection. However, Jaime has suffered brain damage and no longer remembers anything about her past life, including Steve.
* "The Return of the Bionic Woman Part II" -- In an attempt to restore her memory, Austin takes the recuperating Sommers to their hometown of Ojai, California. However, facing her past results in violent headaches and confusing flashbacks.
* "Welcome Home, Jaime" -- Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson) arranges a job for Jaime as a schoolteacher, but she also insists on taking on the missions for the Office of Scientific Investigations.
* Bionic Beginnings Featurette: Featuring an all-new interview with Lindsay Wagner, this featurette tracks the evolution of television's first Bionic Woman from her introduction in a two-part episode of The Six Million Dollar Man to the launch of her own series.
* Episode Commentary: Commentaries featuring director Alan J. Levi, writer James D. Parriott and writer/director Kenneth Johnson
* Gag Reel
* Photo Gallery

SYNOPSIS
She can run faster than 60 mph, bend massive steel bars, jump from insane heights and hear sounds you can only imagine. She's no ordinary schoolteacher ... she's "The Bionic Woman." Relive the excitement of this iconic TV series starring Primetime Emmy® Award winner Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers, a woman leading the ultimate double-life. After her unforgettable appearances on "The Six Million Dollar Man" as Colonel Steve Austin's (Lee Majors) true love, Jaime's story begins anew in these entertaining Season One episodes as she learns to deal with her new bionic abilities, becomes a top-secret agent for the Office of Scientific Investigations and deals with her changed relationship with Steve. Now available in a four-disc set that includes five original episodes featured in "The Six Million Dollar Man" and a never-before-seen Bionic Beginnings Featurette, "The Bionic Woman" Season One promises non-stop action, excitement and adventure with the world's first female cyborg.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

TV producer, writer, creator Stephen Cannell (1941-2010)

The man who more or less defined crime television in the 1970s and '80s, Stephen Cannell, passed away Thursday due to complications from melanoma.

A prolific TV writer and producer, Cannell, 69, started as a writer for It Takes a Thief, Ironside and Columbo, then story editor for Adam-12. He went on to create or co-create nearly 40 series.

His credits include:
The Rockford Files (1974-1980, 1994-1999)
Baretta (1975-1978)
The Greatest American Hero (1980-1983)
The A-Team (1983-1987)
Hardcastle & McCormick (1983-1986)
Hunter (1984-1991)
Riptide (1984-1986)
21 Jump Street (1986-1991)
Wiseguy (1987-1990)
Booker (1989-1990)
The Commish (1991-1995)



In recent years, Cannell appeared as himself on Castle. This morning, Castle star Nathan Filliontweeted: "Stephen Cannell, For shaping my youth, influencing the pros around me, and participating in Castle, thank you. You will be missed."

Cannell was also a spokesman for the learning disorder dyslexia.

More links:
TV producer Stephen J. Cannell created 40 shows (Chicago Sun-Times)
Stephen J. Cannell dies at 69; TV writer, producer (Los Angeles Times)
Stephen J. Cannell 1941-2010 (Ain't It Cool News)

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Opening Theme: IT TAKES A THIEF

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

IT TAKES A THIEF coming to DVD?

UPDATE: 

The series comes out November. 

PREVIOUSLY:

TVShowsonDVD.com reports that the same folks who just put out the long-awaited 1970s show Ellery Queen on DVD have now set their sights on the classic 1960s series It Takes a Thief. A nifty hybrid of the "gentleman thief" and "spy-fi" genres -- think a cross between The Saint and Mission: Impossible -- the 1968-70 series It Takes a Thief starred Robert Wagner as Alexander Mundy, a professional thief released from prison in exchange for using his talents to serve the U.S. government.

Wagner, of course, had just recently played a similar character in 1963's Pink Panther -- as George Lytton, nephew of noted British playboy Sir Charles Lytton (played by David Niven), who led a secret life as a jewel thief called "The Phantom." In the film, the younger Lytton followed in his uncle's footsteps as both ladies' man and a thief. As such, when the new series rolled around Wagner was an ideal choice to play a debonair thief who stole hearts and treasures wherever he went.

Related link: Opening Theme: IT TAKES A THIEF

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

TV Themes: DEPARTMENT S (1969) / JASON KING (1971)

Celebrating the main titles and opening themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

"When a case proves too baffling for the minds of Interpol, they turn to the talents of Department S." British spy-fi series Department S (ATV, 1969-70) featured a trio of operatives who solved mysteries too perplexing for normal law enforcement agencies. The series starred Peter Wyngarde, Joel Fabiani, Rosemary Nicols, with Dennis Alaba Peters.

The next season the Wyngarde character got his own spin-off, Jason King (ATV, 1971-72). In the new series, King -- a "dilettante dandy and author" -- left Dept. S to concentrate on his career writing adventure novels.

The Department S theme is credited to composer Edwin Astley (The Baron, The Saint). The Jason King theme is credited to Laurie Johnson (The Avengers, The Professionals).

Department S Intro


Jason King TV intro theme


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Opening Theme: HAMISH MACBETH
Opening Theme: IT TAKES A THIEF
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mystery TV Themes: THE BARON (1966)

Spotlighting the great opening themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

British series The Baron (ATV/ABC, 1966-67) starred American Steve Forrest as John Mannering, an international art and antiques dealer tracking stolen treasures. Although inspired by the novels by John Creasey (written under the pen name Anthony Morton), the print version of the Mannering character -- a reformed jewel thief who was British and married -- became a straight-arrow bachelor from Texas who worked for British Intelligence.

The striking theme was created by British composer Edwin Astley (1922-1998), also credited with the themes for The Saint and the original British theme(s) for Danger Man.

The Baron Opening Theme from 1966


The Baron - Trailer


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Opening Theme: THE PERSUADERS
TV Themes: THE AVENGERS w/ THE NEW AVENGERS
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Opening Theme: HAMISH MACBETH
Opening Theme: IT TAKES A THIEF
Mystery TV Themes: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
TV Themes: CHECKMATE
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Jim Hutton as ELLERY QUEEN coming to DVD

TVShowsonDVD.com offers an update on the upcoming DVD package of Ellery Queen: The Complete Series. The whodunit series (NBC, 1975-1976) starred Jim Hutton as Ellery Queen and David Wayne as his father, Inspector Richard Queen. Created by Richard Levinson and William Link (who also created Mannix, Columbo, and Murder, She Wrote), each episode contained a "Challenge to the Viewer" with Ellery inviting the members of the audience to solve the mystery themselves -- before the solution was revealed. Among the show's guest stars were Eve Arden, George Burns, Milton Berle, Guy Lombardo, Rudy Vallee, and Don Ameche. The DVD set comes out September 28.

TVShowsOnDVD: Ellery Queen - Full List of Bonus Items, Including 'Too Many Suspects', for the Upcoming DVDs

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

M SQUAD (1957) vs. POLICE SQUAD (1982)

A pair of main titles from classic cop shows -- the original and its parody: M Squad (NBC, 1957-60) starred Lee Marvin as Detective Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a member of a special unit of the Chicago Police assisting other units battling violent crime city-wide. The 1982 parody series Police Squad starred Leslie Nielsen as Detective Frank Drebin; it only lasted six episodes on ABC, but led to the successful Naked Gun movies.

1957 M Squad TV Lee Marvin -- theme by Count Basie


Police Squad! Intro (In Color) -- theme by by composer Ira Newborn (parody of the M Squad theme)


M Squad Theme - Count Basie - 1959


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