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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Collection

Robert Vaughn , David McCallum    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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For Baby Boomers, owning a season or two of a fondly remembered TV series on DVD is enough to satisfy any nostalgic yearnings. The Man From U.N.C.L.E., though, warrants the full-series treatment. It's a wild '60s flashback to the Espionage era that was ushered in by Ian Fleming's James Bond adventures. According to a series retrospective that's just one of this cleverly packaged set's prodigious extras, Fleming himself was recruited to create a spy series for American television. His contribution was the name "Napoleon Solo," the moniker of a crime boss in Goldfinger. That movie, which would kick Bond and spy mania into overdrive, had not yet opened when viewers were introduced to Robert Vaughn's Solo and David McCallum's Illya Kuryakin, agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. This covert agency operated out of Del Floria's Tailor Shop in New York under the command of true Brit Alexander Waverly (Leo J. Carroll, playing much the same character he portrayed in North by Northwest). The Man from U.N.C.L.E. offered a bit of hope in Cold War America that an American and Russian could work together to stop a common enemy, THRUSH, a ruthless organization bent on world domination. The intriguing conceit of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was to give audiences an empathetic surrogate who would be plucked from their humdrum lives for whirlwind adventures with Solo and Kuryakin. In the pilot episode, Patricia Crowley guest-stars as a housewife who acts as bait to foil the plans of her former college boyfriend, who is plotting the assassination of a world leader. In a series benchmark, "The Never-Never Affair," a pre-Get Smart Barbara Feldon stars as an U.N.C.L.E. translator who unwittingly becomes involved in actual espionage. Seasons one and two are the series' best, with a stellar roster of guest stars ("The Project Strigas Affair" features the first onscreen pairing of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy), stylish direction by directors who would go on to some renown (Michael Ritchie, Richard Donner), smart scripts, and great action (a movie theatre shoot-out in "The Never-Never Affair"). In its third season, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. adopted Batman's campy and absurdist tone with shark-jumping results While this season has its share of groaners (in one episode, Sollo watusis with a gorilla), several "Affairs" stand out. Jack Palance and Janet Leigh as a long cool woman in a white dress are great villains in "The Concrete Overcoat Affair." Harlan Ellison wrote the witty "The Pieces of Fate Affair," in which he takes some sly digs at television and literary critics (a THRUSH operative is a book reviewer). Joan Collins makes like Eliza Doolittle in a dual role as a Bronx stripper and a countess in "The Galatea Affair." The series went back to basics in Season Four, but by then, The Avengers was a bigger hit and the writing was on the wall for this once trendsetting series. This lavish box set affair contains upward of ten hours of bonus features, including the unaired series pilot, a series retrospective, an interview with a reunited Vaughn and McCallum, dossiers on each season's guest stars, one of the U.N.C.L.E. feature films edited and expanded from a two-part episode, segments about the great gadgets and cool music, U.N.C.L.E. designs and blueprints, and season-specific booklets.This definitive box set does full justice to a series that had such an impact on popular culture (as witness the bonus Tom & Jerry cartoon, "The Mouse From H.U.N.G.E.R."). More than a blast from the past, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is still a potent blend of "cloak and swagger." --Donald Liebenson

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to see it all over again! Dec 5 2008
What a blast! I've waited a long time for this to come out on DVD. If you were around in 1964, this will REALLY take you back. I've been watching an episode each night and it's one of the high points of my day. One caveat: If you didn't see it the first time around, you'll probably find it pretty hokey and dated. If you can watch it in historical context or if you saw it when you were a kid, you'll probably love it. Remember: This was made during the Cold War, 25 years before the first cel phones, and television was still black and white. The gadgets were super high-tech at the time. James Bond films had just triggered the espionage craze and this was TV's answer. Watch for the compulsory judo throws and karate chops; also very cutting edge in 1964...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Times Jan. 27 2013
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This series was always lots of fun. The later seasons are better than the first, as the relationship between the two leads developed and matured. Younger viewers might struggle to understand its fascination, but more "seasoned" veiwers will get a real kick out of seeing it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun! Oct. 22 2011
I've had so much fun watching all four seasons of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I only have a few to go. Most episodes are excellent, all are entertaining. The extras are very infomative. Worth every penny I paid. I've already recommended it to friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful blast from the past!! Jan. 16 2011
This is a fabulous, complete collection of the old television series
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
For anyone who enjoys watching the old programs many of us grew up on like Maxwell Smart, Mission Impossible or old James Bond movies, this is for you! A perfect gift, especially the way it is packaged in a mini briefcase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery and Intrigue April 15 2014
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Action filled adventure. When some of the spyware was used in this show, they were a great imagination on the part of the writers but later became a reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value and a great collection Jan. 1 2014
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Love the attache case packaging.

Each season packages with it's own dossier with information and an additional DVD with extras.

Well worth the buy
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