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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steele fun July 8 2006
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The debonair ex-con-man and strait-laced detective return in the last two seasons of "Remington Steele," where Steele and Laura solve new mysteries -- and uncover old ones. While the final season is weak compared to the previous ones, the last two seasons are still quite enjoyable and amusing.

As the season opens, Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) returns to England, trying to keep Steele (Pierce Brosnan) from running afoul of Scotland yard. He's masquerades as an assassin while looking for clues to his past -- and a murder happens. But even back in America, their problems don't cease -- and some of them are very funny.

Among other things, the agency investigate a wrestler, missing experimental pigs, faux obituaries, a body that fell onto a airline luggage carousel, a self-improvement spa where "accidents" keep happening, tell-tale butlers, missing caviar, and deal with an inept would-be detective whose latest scheme gets a man killed. Steele and Laura are even declared dead -- and Mildred (Doris Roberts) is the prime suspect in their "murder."

And on the personal front, Laura finds a doctored photo of her in a porno, Steele apparently gambles away the agency, and Mildred becomes a radio star. But the fourth season takes a nasty turn when Steele finds that he'll be deported unless he gets a green card -- and it seems that Laura is the only one available...

The fifth season was done for contractual reasons, and the stars didn't want to do it, since it led to them losing out on roles they wanted. So, they only did a trio of movies, which rather hastily wrap up the threads of the series -- mainly Steele's past, Steele and Laura's relationship. It's very light on detective work, but it does give us a satisfactory finale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful despite Season 5 May 27 2006
By Heidi Anne Heiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I can't give this collection less than five stars despite the mostly horrible Season 5 included in the series. Steele, I would rather have Season 5 than not. I'm just thankful I will have the entire series on DVD as of August 15, 2006 and can finally retire my deteriorating video tapes forever. My favorite episodes are in the previous seasons, but I enjoy them all, especially "Steele at Your Service" and "Beg, Borrow, or Steele." Just try to forget about Jack appearing in Season 5 and enjoy these final seasons of RS on DVD.

Here's a list of the episodes:

Season 4

67. 4- 1 Steele Searching (1)

68. 4- 2 Steele Searching (2)

69. 4- 3 Steele Blushing

70. 4- 4 Grappling Steele

71. 4- 5 Forged Steele

72. 4- 6 Corn Fed Steele

73. 4- 7 Premium Steele

74. 4- 8 Coffee, Tea, or Steele

75. 4- 9 Dancer, Prancer, Donner and Steele

76. 4-10 Steele on the Air

77. 4-11 Steele, Inc.

78. 4-12 Steele Spawning

79. 4-13 Suburban Steele

80. 4-14 Santa Claus is Coming to Steele

81. 4-15 Steele Blue Yonder

82. 4-16 Sensitive Steele

83. 4-17 Steele in the Spotlight

84. 4-18 Steele at Your Service

85. 4-19 Steele in the Running

86. 4-20 Beg, Borrow, or Steele

87. 4-21 Steele Alive and Kicking

88. 4-22 Bonds of Steele

Season 5

89. 5- 1 The Steele That Wouldn't Die (1)

90. 5- 2 The Steele That Wouldn't Die (2)

91. 5- 3 Steele Hanging in There (1)

92. 5- 4 Steele Hanging in There (2)

93. 5- 5 Steeled With a Kiss (1)

94. 5- 6 Steeled With a Kiss (2)
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steele fun after all these years July 8 2006
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The debonair ex-con-man and strait-laced detective return in the last two seasons of "Remington Steele," where Steele and Laura solve new mysteries -- and uncover old ones. While the final season is weak compared to the previous ones, the last two seasons are still quite enjoyable and amusing.

As the season opens, Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) returns to England, trying to keep Steele (Pierce Brosnan) from running afoul of Scotland yard. He's masquerades as an assassin while looking for clues to his past -- and a murder happens. But even back in America, their problems don't cease -- and some of them are very funny.

Among other things, the agency investigate a wrestler, missing experimental pigs, faux obituaries, a body that fell onto a airline luggage carousel, a self-improvement spa where "accidents" keep happening, tell-tale butlers, missing caviar, and deal with an inept would-be detective whose latest scheme gets a man killed. Steele and Laura are even declared dead -- and Mildred (Doris Roberts) is the prime suspect in their "murder."

And on the personal front, Laura finds a doctored photo of her in a porno, Steele apparently gambles away the agency, and Mildred becomes a radio star. But the fourth season takes a nasty turn when Steele finds that he'll be deported unless he gets a green card -- and it seems that Laura is the only one available...

The fifth season was done for contractual reasons, and the stars didn't want to do it, since it led to them losing out on roles they wanted. So, they only did a trio of movies, which rather hastily wrap up the threads of the series -- mainly Steele's past, Steele and Laura's relationship. It's very light on detective work, but it does give us a satisfactory finale.

It seems that their faux honeymoon will be as peaceful as their job. Nasty insurance agent Norman Keyes (James Tolkan) is hounding Steele, and an Immigration officer is trying to woo Laura -- and get Steele out of the picture. And then their "marriage" is put to the test when a DIFFERENT woman claims to be Steele's wife. And in the two-hour finale, the duo discover the truth about Steele's inheritance and past... and finally deal with their tempestuous half-relationship.

The fifth half-season is a half-hearted, rushed finale to the series, but it does manage to wrap things up in a way that viewers will enjoy -- especially the final scenes. But the season preceding it is quite solid, with its mixture of romantic comedy, action and mystery.

Okay, few of these mysteries actually resemble anything in real life -- although the pirated music one is pretty entertaining, as is the one where Laura moonlights as a stewardess. But the mysteries are all tightly-written and intelligent, and even the fifth season's more drawn-out episodes are still fairly entertaining.

The writers had perfected the mix of comedy and mystery, and weren't afraid to be bizarre (gunsel Santas?). Not to mention that solid, moderately witty dialogue. ("If I were a man would you question it if I told you I was going to enter the Boston Marathon?" "I would question why anyone would want to run 26 miles without being chased!").

Laura and Steele finally deal with their tangled, complex relationship, after a stint at a "relationship issues" seminar that explodes in their faces. But fortunately the details of Steele's past seems to help. And secretary Mildred gets to be a bit more independent, dealing with a crooked televangelist and working as a hard-love radio commentator.

"Remington Steele" ended on a middling note, but the fourth and fifth seasons are "steele" entertaining viewing. Definitely worth seeing.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad to say that it's over. Steele hoping for more. Sept. 5 2006
By Phillip Nunemacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I was a big fan of this series when it first aired in the 80's. Like almost all of the fans I supported the effort to bring it back to life. Now twenty years later and purchasing all of the DVD sets, I can only say again that I'm sorry to see that it's over.

For those who haven't seen the show, season four continued the excellent plot lines and easy banter between the stars. The truncated season five was made up of three two-part episodes. I could have done without the Roselli character put in as a rival love interest for Laura. This may have influenced my rating of this set, but you aren't allowed half star rating so I went with the five star rating.

They did however bring a conclusion to the series and that is what's important. Now I can pull out the season one DVDs and start watching all over again.

Highly recommended for season four. Season five is a reserved recommendation but since they are packaged together you don't have a choice.

I just had an additional thought. Since all the stars are still alive, I'd like to see a 2 hour made for television movie that takes place 20+ years later. Maybe with the children grown and ready to take over Remington Steele Investigations.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad End to a Good Series -- But satisfying conclusion Sept. 9 2006
By Frugalshopper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The final episodes of Remigton Steele do not compare to the first three seasons, but that was the result of changing writers in the hope of giving NBC what it wanted to make the show "hipper and more marketable." There are a few episodes that are reminiscent of the earlier seasons -- not surprisingly, these were penned by original writers and directed by Seymour Robbie. The addition of Jack Scalia (who NBC was trying to make into the next big thing) to the cast was a dreadful mistake as his acting sinks every scen he is in like a lead balloon. The final episodes on disk five at least wind up the series nicely by addressing some of the key threads that were recurring themes, who Steele's father is, will Steele and Laura get together. Despite the dramtic shift in the quality of the series, I still found myself sad when he final episode ended -- a tribute to the greatness that was there. I love the bonus goodbyes to the show from the cast, and the writers. All shows should respect and appreciate their fans as much.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER FUN (with dozens of re-watchable episodes) April 16 2011
By Leon Rosiczkowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I constantly buy DVDs of TV series, as I am an American who has worked overseas almost continuously since 1982. Nearly every purchase has been given away. My Remington Steele DVDS will be with me forever!

Wow, have I enjoyed myself in watching all 90+ episodes of the entire series! Regardless of the DVD covers and the popularity of Pierce Brosnan, the show revolves around Laura Holt played by Stephanie Zimbalist. Laura Holt is a great female TV character! Laura is super intelligent, as brave as any male detective seen on TV, physically gifted, and feminine when called for. Laura Holt was a great model of a woman in a man's world of the 80s - today's viewers can quickly identify the obstacles put in the her path as a woman in a non-traditional career. Laura overcomes every hurdle, and it's perfectly clear to every viewer that she is the reason that the Remington Steele agency is described dozens of times as a famous, super-successful detective agency. And through the episodes she is nearly always the only real detective, asking great questions, logically placing the case info together, and 4 times out of 5 identifies the culprit first. The only real difficulty I have in her character is from the writers' having Remington Steele act chauvinistic too often and her lack of a verbal response. I guess that I am sensitive in this area due to my wife's experience in the 80s as she experienced many of the same career difficulties. During my watching of the entire collection of episodes, I became deeply committed to the idea that the Laura character be treated with respect! That may sound strange but Laura is a WONDERFUL PERSON, who became attracted to a handsome, charming con man.

Season Five and Laura:
I cannot believe the callousness of the writers in season five. I found it painful how they jerked the Laura character around. The values you saw in her character for four seasons were suddenly throw away; she was now uncertain, indecisive and full of doubt; she was shown as moody; and worst of all was slighted (even insulted) constantly by Remington. Luckily this season lasts only six episodes! What a sad mess - there are a few great scenes in this season but they are mixed into a pathetic story line. The MAGIC LAST MINUTE: Laura and Remington almost always seem indifferent towards each other (not a couple at all) UNTIL the MAGIC LAST MINUTE of the episode when they suddenly act as a caring couple. Until the very last scene of the last episode, I was fearful that the writers would have Laura having wasted five years caring about Remington (It was that bad.). However the writers sobered up, this very last scene is a great ending to the series. The affection they show in this last scene should have been obvious through all the entire last season! Despite these below average episodes in season five, I still rated the entire series as FIVE STARS -- There are 90 other episodes that are too good to ignore.

As a light-hearted detective series, it has dozens of episodes that I have re-watched. The episode styles vary, some go as far as pure drama and some as far as pure farce. My favorite is a slapstick style comedy episode "Steele in the Chips" (written by Zimbalist). Carrying on for five seasons a romance between Laura and Remington was extraordinarily difficult task for the writers without a doubt. I would have understood if Laura and Remington had been allowed to marry after three. The sexual tension in their relationship had to be lowered constantly to extend the romance (I guess married people were judged to have lost their romantic urge?). The writers really do however keep you concerned about the relationship between Laura and Remington ; (Spoiler) they never marry plus they do make love until the end of the fifth year! Try that today, where sex is now endemically casual. The only sad part of their romantic development is the lack of romantic nuances from Remington (touches, hugs, soft words, etc.) until midway through the third year and the only time in the entire five seasons where Remington states that he loves Laura is during a physical beating where he hallucinates that it is Laura who is beating him and says "I love you" to her image. As I type this, I am reminded of the English play -- "Please no sex, we're British!".

Stephanie Zimbalist made me care about Laura! I found myself wanting Laura to be happy, and safe when danger was present. I attribute this to the success of Stephanie Zimbalist's portrayal of Laura. Stephanie was extraordinary in the physical "stunts", in fact she often was a stunt woman. I watched her in one amazing scene three times: It had her jump to grab a fire escape ladder, swing a leg onto the lowest rung, pull herself up onto the ladder, and climb two steps at a time = all in heels. My second viewing of the scene was to ensure it was Stephanie and the third viewing was to admire her ability. When asked Stephanie could do comedy as well as Pierce Brosnan (Steele) and Doris Roberts (Mildred Krebbs). Her voice inflections were outstanding - soft when needed, harsh when needed - what a wonderful voice in the series (she does several interviews found on the DVDs and there is a clear difference that can be heard, in the series where her voice is almost lyrical at times). There is one BUT about Stephanie's performances, when the scripts were weak the cast often exaggerated word pronunciations in a campy way. In 90+ episodes they all cannot be great, no TV series can say that, not even I Love Lucy. I admire Stephanie's work and am thankful she was cast as Laura.

Pierce Brosnan in an interview included on the DVDS mentions how he modeled his work on Cary Grant. In comparing the two - Pierce in physical comedy was superior (I still laugh as I visualize a scene where he steps into a box with his left foot as he rushes to help a woman and kicks it away - great acting). Pierce is excellent in stating short comedy quips with wonderful facial expressions. Looking at his full body of work as an actor (movies and TV), his best acting was as Remington in year three and year four. Pierce is no where near Cary when romance is the topic - too bad since Remington Steele is primarily a romantic comedy wrapped in a detective format. Frantic comedy (Arsenic and Old Lace or Bringing Up Baby for Grant) is a tie - they are both wonderful. Pierce has difficulty in matching Grant in voice inflections in quieter, dramatic dialog. Brosnan's "God given voice" is no match for Cary's. For a romantic comedy TV series in the 80s, he is perfectly cast - handsome, gifted in short bursts of comedy, and physically tall and slender. Despite any negatives I mentioned above, he was excellent as Remington Steele. I only wish that his Remington had been given far more romantic gestures to display his commitment to Laura. Yeah I realize that for five seasons no other women were in his life, thats commitment, but I would have preferred words spoken! I am sure Pierce would have sold the audience that he was a changed man and committed to Laura, no longer the con man she first met.

Doris Roberts, who played Mildred Krebbs, was a WOW in every episode she appears! I bet that her character extended the popularity of the series into lasting at least one extra season. I could say WOW a dozen more times about her acting, she was that good. She put everything into her lines! When she was motherly - she was perfect. When she was stern, she was perfect. When she was asked to be nervous - she as perfect. This is becoming repetitive, continuing adds nothing.

Gone after the first season were two characters, who did excellent work (receptionist and another detective). Both were effective in their acting and fit wonderfully in the story lines. As a wish I would liked Murphy, the male detective, to have hanged around to start season two and fade away during the year, as he was the rational counter balance to Laura's infatuation with Remington.

Bottom Line: I will enjoy watching episodes for decades more. The series is two decades old now and is GREAT to watch. It will be GREAT to watch after two decades. I have no doubt about that statement!
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