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Magnum P.I.: The Complete Second Season

Tom Selleck , John Hillerman    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Return to the Big Island for more adventure with Tom Selleck’s charmingly roguish detective hero, Thomas Magnum, courtesy of this three-disc set, which compiles the entire second season (1981-1982) of Magnum, P.I.. The 22 episodes included here (among them the two-part "Memories Are Forever") crystallize the key to the series’ success: an appealing blend of action, drama, mystery, and comedy, cemented by Selleck and his likable castmates, especially John Hillerman, who would earn a Golden Globe for his work on Magnum in ’82. Highlights of the season include Magnum’s attempt to stop an international assassin ("The Jororo Kill," with Tyne Daly), the arrival of Hemingway-esque author Mad Buck Gibson (Darren McGavin) in the episode of the same name, and the aforementioned two-parter, which reunites Magnum with a woman he thought to have died after marrying her while serving in Vietnam. The usual array of classy guest stars are also on hand for this season; in addition to the aforementioned actors, there are turns by Mimi Rogers, Vic Morrow, Vera Miles, Jill St. John, and Elisha Cook Jr. (who plays a much different character than his recurring role as "Ice Pick" in future seasons). And Magnum obsessives should note early appearances by Gillian Dobb, who played Agatha Chumley in numerous subsequent episodes, as well as one of Higgins’s colorful, estranged half-brothers in "The Elmo Ziller Story." It’s unfortunate that the set itself doesn’t match the quality of the episodes--extras are limited to second-season episodes from Knight Rider and The A-Team--but Magnum fans should be pleased to have all the episodes in a single set, and best of all, commercial-free. --Paul Gaita

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Tom Selleck, John Hillerman. The Naval Intelligence officer turned private eye keeps the streets of Hawaii clean as he catches crooks and troublemakers in this sophomore season. Includes all 22 second-season episodes plus bonus episodes of Knight Rider and The A-Team on 3 DVDs. 1981-82/color/60 min. each/NR/fullscreen.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing on TV beats Magnum PI May 14 2009
What Can I say.....this is worth watching....but shop around for a better price than Amazon.ca is offering...I found Season 2-3 AT zELLERS FOR $14.99 a piece. Why Amazon can get away with ridiculous prices for him...I don't know....
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it Dec 17 2013
By Franca
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wonderful old series enjoyed watching it all over again, it seems like only yesterday that it was on tv! i'm a big fan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goota love Magnum Dec 6 2013
By Don J
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Was great to relive the 80's and this CD was a wonderful flashback. My wife is a big Tom Selleck fan.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnum PI 2nd season Nov. 24 2011
By Scotty
Package arrived in good condition and after only 2 days. Very pleased with service and condition of product.
Have always found Amazon to be trustworthy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite season of my favorite show. Feb. 2 2005
By grundle2600 - Published on Amazon.com
Magnum P.I. is my favorite TV show of all time, and season 2 is my favorite season. Here are the episodes:

Billy Joe Bob - A cowboy from Texas, who is searching for his younger sister, runs around the island and punches everyone in the jaw.

Dead Man's Channel - In a tribute to "Raiders Of The Lost Ark," the archaeologist's daughter in this episode is named Marion. Tom Selleck had been the original choice to play Indiana Jones in the movie. Selleck would eventually play a satire of the character in the season 8 episode "Legend Of The Lost Art."

The Woman On The Beach - This is my favorite season 2 episode. It's full of action, adventure, mystery, and romance. Guest actress Judith Chapman gives an absolutely brilliant performance. The final scene of this episode would be redone as the final scene in the season 5 episode "Mac's Back."

From Moscow To Maui - A Soviet military pilot defects and lands his airplane in the U.S.

Memories Are Forever - This two part episode is extremely important to the history of the series. We learn a lot about Magnum's activities in Vietnam. This episode introduced the Michelle character. This episode will be referenced through flashbacks in quite a few future episodes.

Tropical Madness - Magnum and Higgins get involved in a love triangle with a young British lady who is visiting the estate. Higgins punches Magnum in the jaw. No one believes Magnum when he says he was attacked by a Sumo wrestler and a dwarf.

Wave Goodbye - A Vietnam veteran, who's suffering terrible psychological pain from the war, is the lead suspect in the murder of a young female surf champion.

Mad Buck Gibson - Mad Buck Gibson is an eccentric writer who is visiting the estate. His character is very interesting, and makes this a great episode. There is no villain in this episode.

The Taking Of Dick McWilliams - Relatively boring episode about a man who gets kidnapped.

The Sixth Position - Magnum and a ballet dancer get into some arguments, which leads to romantic attraction.

Ghost Writer - This episode is a satire that makes fun of big corporations. The villain here is a big corporation. I love capitalism, and I found this episode to be very entertaining and funny. Guest actor Elisha Cook Jr. plays a character that is different than the "Icepick" character that he would play in future episodes.

The Jororo Kill - This episode is elevated to greatness because it has one of the most interesting villains of any episode. The villain is a professional assassin who dresses up as a woman, and he is very skilled at both of these things.

Computer Date - Magnum tries to find out which employee is stealing secrets from a corporation.

Try To Remember - Magnum gets in a terrible car accident, but he can't remember what happened.

Italian Ice - Magnum rescues a young lady who is being held prisoner in an Italian castle. The young lady turns out to be a crazy psycho who becomes obsessed with Magnum.

One More Summer - Magnum joins a football team so he can protect one of the players.

Texas Lightning - Magnum gets hired by a rich woman from Texas. Her character is quite interesting. I love this episode.

Double Jeopardy - A movie is being filmed at the estate.

The Last Page - Magnum is hired by a Vietnam Veteran who can't get over what happened during the war.

The Elmo Ziller Story - This episode introduces a running joke that will continue throughout the rest of the series: during World War I, Higgins's father was in the British military and traveled all over the world. As a result, Higgins has many illegitimate half brothers and illegitimate half sisters who are scattered all over the world.

Three Minus Two - Magnum gets involved in the fashion industry.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnum, P.I. Season 2 is BETTER THAN EVER! July 15 2005
By Carrie G. Koens - Published on Amazon.com
Magnum, P.I. is a classic TV show that never ages. Although the clothing can be humorous, the acting is timeless and the scenary is breathtaking as it ever was...both the actual coastline AND the Ferrari! :-)

Season One was great, and Season Two doesn't disapoint either. Tom, T.C., Rick, and Higgins are at their best after a season of getting into the groove of working with each other, and I think it shows in the comradery and chemistry that they have in the second season of the show. It is not a stretch to believe that the Tom, T.C., and Rick served in Vietnam together, or that Higgins and Magnum really DO have a love/hate relationship. Which can only mean that they did their acting job really, really well.

After watching the first two seasons, the only thing that I was left to ask was, "WHEN ARE THEY COMING OUT WITH SEASON THREE?!" It can't be soon enough for me.

Recommendation for purchase (as opposed to renting it) of this series: ***** (5 Stars)!
57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the show not the production March 10 2005
By Christopher B. Prentiss - Published on Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed it for years and admit to having about 40 VHS tapes commercials and all. So, needless to say, I was thrilled when I heard that the show was going to be produced on DVD. I bought Season One and there were a number of eps that I had never seen - cool. But I have had to ration my watching while waiting to see if Universal would indeed release Season Two.

My basic review is that for the fan and semi-fan, having the EP's on DVD is indispensible. This show is one of the best series of the 80's - it is hysterical to see people hustling to find a pay phone to use and to see the 80's Hawaiin clothing. Season Two contains some of the better episodes of the show and this set will be a great addition.

However, as a caveat, UNIVERSAL has done a TERRIBLE job producing both the Magnum and Miami Vice series. Here are a few of the problems primarily for Magnum but which relate to Vice too.

1) There are simply NO SPECIAL FEATURES. Except for five very short documentaries on the Vice set, there is nothing about the particular show beyond the eps themselves. How difficult would it be to track down the actors and interview them?! There are minimal notes attached to each ep which gives information that any fan, or anyone with an internet connection already has.
2) There are multiple times on both series where the audio is out of sync with the video...and not just barely. Magnum's or Crockett's lips will move and the words will come about a half a second later.
3) Universal must have some serious manufacturing problems. I bought Magnum Season One and have had to return it three times - I am on my FOURTH brand new copy of Magnum and am close to taking my Vice set back too. The first two times I returned the DVD's because the first disc had issues (scratches, etc.) the second time bc the audio and video was so out of sync on the second disc it was unbearable. (Maybe Universal will get the picture when all these defective returns start showing up on their doorstep!)
4) Universal gets the theme song in Magnum wrong. In the broadcast version the theme song changed to the well-known version used for 7.5 seasons in the ep entitled "The Ugliest Dog in Hawaii." However, on the DVD, the new theme song pops up strangely in ep 13! What?! And no explanation is offered - this may have been an interesting note to put in special features or in the intro materials. On Vice, the theme song kind of evolved rather than changed drastically. But no mention of this is made and the intro to the first ep will seem rather strange to the casual fan or newcomer.
5) Magnum Season Two - significant improvements with the packaging. Each disc gets its own plastic sleeve which is significantly better than the hard-to-balance packaging of Season One. However, there is nothing to hold the plastic sleeves in the case, they just slide in and out of the cardboard box. Concerning extras, again, there is nothing except for an ep from season two of the A-team and Knightrider. These are not so much bonus features as they are advertisment for other Universal dvds. The A-team ep is pretty cool but Knightrider is too cheesy to finish.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Magnum hits its stride March 4 2006
By Craig MACKINNON - Published on Amazon.com
The first season of Magnum was plagued by poor production values, poor acting by the extras (and often the guest stars too), and a "sameness" that made watching episodes close together (as happens when you have a DVD) a little dull. With the second season, all these issues are alleviated to a great degree (although not entirely eliminated), and the show becomes more fun to watch.

It's not that the average episode is written much better - that will have to wait for later seasons, although the last disc in Season two is solid from top to bottom. No, it's that the characters are now in full form and the stories are richer for the interplay between the 4 main characters (Magnum, Higgins, TC and Rick). In fact, the extended universe starts to finally take the form it would keep for the rest of the series, with first appearances by Michelle (Magnum's wife), Agatha (if not the character, at least the actress), and the first of Higgin's legendary half-brothers (Elmo Ziller, from Texas, which allowed us to finally hear John Hillerman's real accent!). Similarly, the shows "feel" more like Magnum, leaving some episodes with bittersweet conclusions, and others without real conclusions at all - like the episode "Mad Buck Gibson" where we never learn if Mad Buck survives his last death-defying stunt. Why not? Well, it wasn't the point of the show, and the show ends just as it should, with Mad Buck appealing to Magnum mano-a-mano and talking him into allowing him to try hang-gliding to Maui.

Unfortunately, I had to deduct a star for the quality of the DVD set. Like all 2-sided DVD's, it's difficult to keep both faces clean, so there were issues with episodes seizing up, or the menu not initialising, etc. Similarly, the presence of the intrusive and extremely annoying Universal fanfare at the beginning of every single episode - luckily the first chapter break occurs right after the theme, but it's still annoying to have to skip ahead every time (Columbo Season 2 has the same thing - what were the Universal execs thinking?!). Finally, there are no extras, except a couple episodes from other shows (A-Team and Knight Rider), although these episodes do set off how well Magnum has aged relative to other pop-dramas made at the time.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CrossGen Appeal Feb. 26 2005
By sinisterLemon - Published on Amazon.com
You know it simply continues to amaze me just how much this show seems to appeal to people across the age spectrum. Although I was too young to catch the series its first time around; watching it through A&E, and then through the First Season DVD I have to say that this show has only gotten better as time goes by.

I can't really think of anything that can compare to it that is currently airing on TV today. If you haven't seen it, this is certainly a no risk venture since I you will come to LOVE this show!
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