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Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp (The Original TV Series)

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  • Actors: Dayton Allen, Joan Gerber, Bernie Kopell, Malachi Throne, Steven Hoffman
  • Writers: Mike Marmer, Stan Burns
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • Release Date: June 13 2006
  • Run Time: 281 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000F4TMI2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,223 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Move over, James Bond! Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp swings into action as the greatest super spy ever to foil international evil-doers, charm the ladies and drive a really cool car! In this hilarious all-chimp spy spoof airing from 1970 to 1972, Link and his stunning sidekick Mata Hairi adopt more and more outrageous disguises as they use their considerable wit and cunning to battle the Baron, his chauffeur Creto, the Duchess, Dr. Strangemind, Wang Fu and Ali Assa Seen. When he's not fighting diabolical criminals, Lancelot gets groovy as the leader of the psychedelic pop band Evolution Revolution, which rocks out in these 22 memorable episodes.

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First of all, my name is PAUL Cliffe. Lara is my wifes' name. I use her e-mail address because I myself do not have one. I am the person ordering all these DVDs from Amazon. Now, on to Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp. As a child, I used to watch this program on Saturday mornings with my three brothers, and I remember it to be extremely entertaining. We would laugh. We could easily see that it was a spoof of GET SMART, which was also one of our favorite shows. I have not seen a single episode anywhere since it was taken off the air in 1972 ( approx. ). I haven't even seen this DVD yet because I haven't RECEIVED it yet, thanks to a little fiasco with the seller: CALIBRIS. The first order ( I was informed ) was damaged and could not be sold, the replacement was sent on March 12th via Fed Ex and was held at the customs office until the 29th on which I instructed Fed Ex to return it to the shipper. I then re-ordered another copy on the 30th ( I had to deal with CALIBRIS again!) and I am waiting for it to arrive on April 17th or there abouts. My rating is based on the few memories I have of the original program, and not of the DVD. After all, I shouldn't be expected to rate something I have yet to see! Oh, by the way, the reason for the delay at customs was that the shipper ( CALIBRIS ) wasn't providing a "proof of value". And while I AM being reimbursed $104.18 CDN ( my cost ), the DVD I ordered on March 30th is costing me $112.51 CDN.
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I was thrilled to own all the shows I loved back then. If you liked Get Smart and chimps acting human make you laugh...you'll love these silly, crazy shows.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa35d1b34) out of 5 stars 49 reviews
70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35d9f30) out of 5 stars NOT the Complete Series but WAY FUN! June 14 2006
By Grahm Eberhardt - Published on Amazon.com
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This is NOT the complete series. This is 11 and a half episodes. (Each Lancelot Link episode is a pair of 10 minute stories with a musical intermission by the Evolution Revolution all chimp band.) If you count each episode half as an episode, there are 22 on this DVD set.
I can't find a complete episode guide online so I don't know how many were made. I can find titles for 14 episodes on the internet but one episode (or pair of episodes) from this DVD is NOT on that list. How many more are missing from that list? Does anybody know?

Here's what you get (with episode numbers courtesy [...])

Disc 1
1.9) The Dreaded Hong Kong Sneeze / The Great Bank Robbery
1.6) The Reluctant Robot / The Royal Foil
1.7) The Great Great Race / The Great Plane Plot
?) The Lone A.P.E. / Missile Beach Party
1.13) The Evolution Revolution / The Great Water Robbery
1.1) There's No Business Like Snow Business parts 1 & 2

Disc 2
1.5) Bonana / The Greatest Chase In The World
1.12A) The Chump Code Caper
1.3) Lance Of Arabia / The Doctor Goes A.P.E.
1.4) The Surfin' Spy / The Missing Link
1.11) The Golden Swwword / The Chilling Clump Chase
1.8) Landlubber Lance / The Temporary Thanksgiving Turkey Truce

The ones we're missing:
1.2) The Great Brain Drain / The Great Double Double Cross
1.10) The Sour Taste Of Success / The Baron's Birthday Ball
1.12B) Weather Or Not
1.14) The Spy Who Went Out In The Cold / Too Many Chumps

I find it strange that they'd leave off a handful of episodes and VERY strange that they chopped episode 12 in half, showing only the first part of it. The Weather Or Not segment is missing. End Credits roll after the musical interlude. Weird.

Still, it's Lance Link and Mata Hairy on DVD so I'm happy. Well worth the [...]. The show hasn't been cleaned up and is rather grainy and faded but that's part of the charm, really. The only special feature is an option to play just the musical segments.

Here's hoping Image releases a volume 2.
50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35d1a74) out of 5 stars Extremely Disappointing June 14 2006
By P. Rose - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a very confusing DVD selection to try and purchase as different sources made mention that this would be the "complete" series. Well, after viewing the DVD's it's very clear that numerous episodes were ommitted which makes me glad that I still own the "complete" series on videotape. My second complaint is the terrible production quality of these recordings. Could they have put any less effort into these reproductions? Very POOR POOR quality! I'm sorry I wasted my money! Missing episodes include: Chump Secret Code, Weather or Not, The Sour Taste of Success, The Barron's Birthday Ball, The Spy Who Went Out in the Cold, Too Many Chumps, The Mysterious Motorcycle Menace, The Great Beauty Contest, Chump Takes a Holiday, To Tell the Tooth, The Great Brain Drain and The Great Double Double Cross.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33f9be8) out of 5 stars Oh, Lancie! May 10 2008
By Lonnie E. Holder - Published on Amazon.com
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As I grow older, I become more nostalgic for the things of my youth. That is my excuse for liking this two-disk set, regardless of its faults. "Lancelot Lot Link - Secret Chimp," was simultaneously campy and clever, and the most expensive Saturday morning television show of its time, costing more than one million dollars for the 14 episode season.

"Lancelot Link" was a campy send up of various spy shows of the 1960, particularly "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," but also "Get Smart," "I Spy," and even the James Bond movies. Lancelot had a beautiful associate, Mata Hairi, a boss who was a lot like M, Commander Darwin, and a host of baddies working for evil agency C.H.U.M.P. What more could you ask for in Saturday morning television?

Each week, Lancelot and Mata Hairi would thwart the evil schemes of C.H.U.M.P., using Mata's cleverness, Lancelot's cluelessness, and miscellaneous gadgets that appeared a lot like ordinary devices. The jokes were frequently corny, the chase scenes were laughable, and the script lines frequently elicited groans, and yet, it was all fascinating. Matching the voices to the movements of the chimpanzee's mouths was excellent. The chimps moved well and their training was phenomenal. Even now, I am amazed at the attention to detail and how well the chimpanzees appeared to perform everyday tasks.

Also included in this collection are a bunch of songs from Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution. The music is essentially late 60's pop, mimicking groups like The Archies and Josie and the Pussycats, only with fur; mostly forgettable, but still clever. Both disks permit you to select the music videos independent of the episodes.

I do like this collection, but only because the collection is the only one available. This collection, unfortunately, has flaws.

The biggest flaws are that these episodes are neither all the episodes nor are they the whole show. "Lancelot Link" was shown for an hour in its first season, with cartoons between the live-action portions, and for a half hour in the second season. All that is included on these DVD's are live action portions and a goodly number of songs from Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution.

I could probably forgive deleting the cartoon portions of the show if we got all the live action episodes, but out of the 33 episodes produced (counting "There's no Business like Snow Business" as one episode, even though it was two parts), this two DVD set only has 22 episodes. 11 episodes are missing. Why make the collection at all if you are not going to provide all the episodes?

The other problem I have is that the video has had zero clean up. The images are grainy and dirty. It looks like they put the film into a projector and copied the result. Okay, I understand that the audience is limited for shows like "Lancelot Link," but why charge a price for this collection that is comparable to the prices for collections that are in much better condition?

How can I recommend this collection? Missing episodes and grainy video are difficult to recommend. On the other hand, this collection is the most complete available, to my knowledge. If you have been waiting more than three decades to get your hands on Lancelot Link episodes, then maybe you should get these. If you would really like to have Lancelot Link but you want all the episodes, perhaps you should wait a little longer. However, a truly complete collection may never exist, and I am not getting any younger. As Mata Hairi frequently says, "Oh, Lancie!"

Good luck!
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa369ecf0) out of 5 stars No Second Banana! June 14 2006
By Rick Goldschmidt - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a funny show that I remember watching on SATURDAY MORNINGS. I have the lunchbox too. Just got my DVD set and they are 16mm prints in the half hour syndicated format BUT still very enjoyable to watch. I always liked the musical segments and LANCE is playing the same FENDER STRATOCASTER I have. The voice cast led by DAYTON ALLEN is worth the price of admission alone. Also, IMAGE did a nicer cover on the actual release (Not the one pictured here). Pure fun!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35ce7b0) out of 5 stars CHUMP Change for Lance Aug. 23 2006
By Bennet Pomerantz - Published on Amazon.com
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When I was a child of 11(9during 1970), I watched Lancelot Link. It satired the spy genre with chimps playing humans. I enjoyed it then.

It was James Bond/Man from U.N.C.L.E. (when is that series coming to DVD)like show combined with heavy dose of Get Smart (another missing DVD show!) thrown in for good measure, done for kids. the story was simple...Lance (Dayton Allen trying to voice a Don Adams wantabee) worked for A.P.E (Agency to Prevent Evil) again CHUMP, just like UNCLE and Control. He had a Mr Wavely type in the boss Darwin, and Mata Haira, his assistant similar to 99 on Get Smart, always solving before Lance

It also poked fun at all other genres other than the spy format show like Westerns (the Lone A.P.E.), Laugh-in (with their Chimpee), Ed Sullivan and even the cartoon band the Archies (with the ape band-the Evolution Revolution)

I recently recieved this two dvd box set. It said 12 episodes, originally there were 16 showsin the aired series-so four were missing. Then I started to watch this, the episodes were very grainy, scratched dirty copies, when I buy a DVD-I expect a clean, clear copy.

Now the good news, the satire is STILL cute and fun..simple saturday morning fare from 1970. The talent of Daytron Allen, Joan Gerber and Bernie (Siefred from Get Smart) Kopell as the voices of Lance, Mata Haire and the Baron works so well. It Takes a Thief's Malachi Throne as the narrator give this satire an over the top edge. and Mel Blanc did other voices!

I give it 3 stars for the show's biting satire which is still cute and watchable 36 years later and the show's good casting . Be on note, the DVD copies look TERRIBLE! It seems worse than a few Bootleg film copies I have seen over the years and this is a professional company, suppose to put out a profession product

Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD