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Tales of the Gold Monkey: The Complete Series

Stephen Collins , Jeff MacKay    Unrated   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Stephen Collins heroically tries to keep up with the (Indiana) Joneses as rakishly charming soldier of misfortune Jake Cutter, who works as a pilot for hire on the South Pacific island of Boragora in 1938. Comparisons with Raiders of the Lost Ark are inevitable, but according to the series retrospective included as a bonus feature on this six-disc set, producer Don Bellisario (Quantum Leap, Magnum P.I., and NCIS) pitched this to the networks before Indy ever cracked his whip. It was only after Raiders became such a colossal hit that ABC saw gold in Monkey. Alas, this series never really took off, but nearly 30 years later, it's a grandly entertaining bit of escapist fare that packs old Hollywood Saturday matinee thrills and adventure into every episode. The colorful characters include Corky (Jeff Mackay), Jake's trusty (when he's not drunk) mechanic and sidekick; Bon Chance Louie (the peerless Roddy McDowall), the ethically questionable French liaison and governor, and owner of the disreputable hangout the Monkey Bar; and Sarah Stickney White (Caitlin O'Hearney), chanteuse and spy. Stealing nearly every scene he's in is Jack, Jake's one-eyed dog, always good for a comical cutaway. You can't beat the Nazis for villainy (check out John Hillerman's outrageous accent in the feature-length pilot episode), but Monkey steps over the PC line with deadly dragon lady Koji (Marta Du Bois) and her samurai henchman. These Tales are told mostly tongue-in-cheek. Expensive for its day, the series nevertheless has a B-movie look, which enhances its hokey charms. In addition to the newly filmed interviews with cast and creators, the bonus features include five immersive audio commentaries, as well as detailed character bios and a series "fact file." Virtually unseen since its original broadcast, Tales of the Gold Monkey is of more than nostalgic interest. Stephen Collins fans will surely be in--wait for it--7th Heaven. --Donald Liebenson

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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I remember watching this show and loving it. Couldn't remember a single episode....so naturally I was hesitant to buy this DVD package and destroy my memories and see how possibly cheap and bad the show actually was. When re-visiting fav moments from your youth, you are always rolling the dice. Well it does have some bad acting, not from Stephen Collins, he is perfectly cast as a likable hero but rather from some supporting and guest cast members. And some of the plots are pretty ludicrous and cheesy.... BUT...it is damn fun to watch! I have to say they did a great job at producing a high action/adventure show on a TV show budget. Obviously some of the special effects don't stand up by today's standard but this was produced more than 30 years ago so you can easily over look it and find it amusing rather than be critical of it.
The one thing I was surprised by was the high body count that this supposed light hearted/ fun & adventure Indiana Jones TV show rip off actually contains...whether heroes or villains, they drop like fly's on this show.
Stephen Collins and "Jack" the one eyed patch wearing, beer drinking, English language understanding dog, both steal the show. It is a shame it only lasted one season but at least we have that much. This one did NOT disappoint!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Monkey Uncaptioned !!! June 30 2014
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nice that they took the time to release the series...too bad it was not remastered or captioned as my wife and children would enjoy it with me if it were captioned....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show! June 13 2014
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Loved watching this as a teen back in the eighties and I am still loving watching it again! Great dvd package.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Retro City Jan. 14 2014
By Karl
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I remember watching this when I was teenager back in the late 70's, oh time has flown and watching them again, I wondered what the heck I was so mesmerized over. Anyway, it's a retro Indiana Jones type feel and it's good family entertainment.
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