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Miami Vice: The Complete First Season
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The cops. The cars. The clothes. Miami Vice: Season One is the explosive, groundbreaking detective show that redefined the word "cool." Set against the seamy and steamy Miami underworld, ride shotgun with suave Vice cops Sonny Crockett (Golden Globe winner Don Johnson) and Rico Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) as they battle a never-ending gallery of criminals. Set to an electrifying soundtrack of rock legends, including Glenn Frey, Phil Collins, U2 and Peter Gabriel, every episode crackles with excitement and stylish flair. Also starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Edward James Olmos and a powerhouse roster of guest stars including Ving Rhames, Jimmy Smits and Bruce Willis.
To hear the opening beats of Jan Hammer's percussive, propulsive Miami Vice theme is to be instantly transported back to 1984. But this groundbreaking series, with its cinematic sensibility, cool clothes, and killer soundtrack is no mere blast from the past. It still rocks. This three-disc set would be worthless if it didn't. Music was an integral part of Miami Vice's hip vibe. The soundtrack propelled the stories and established the mood like no series before it. So the first thing you want to know is: Have the music rights been secured for this DVD release? In the pilot episode, does Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight" still play ominously as vice undercover cops Crockett and Tubbs speed toward a bust? Does Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" serenade Sonny and Gina on his boat in the episode "One-Eyed Jack?" And what would the benchmark episode, "Smuggler's Blues" be without Glenn Frey's instant classic? From the Rolling Stones on a boombox to Elvis Presley singing "Rubberneckin'" on a TV, Vice's cutting-edge soundtrack has been preserved and honed in 5.1 surround sound glory.
Miami Vice made stars out of Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, and Edward James Olmos, who won an Emmy as the intense, taciturn Lt. Castillo (watching him bust some martial arts moves in "Golden Triangle" is like Yoda cutting lose in Attack of the Clones), but the first season also offers time-capsule glimpses of actors on the cusp of stardom, including a pre-L.A. Law Jimmy Smits in the pilot, a pre-Crime Story Dennis Farina in "One-Eyed Jack," and a pre-Moonlighting Bruce Willis in "No Exit." Miami Vice put a neon sheen on cop-show convention. Its fashion sense (pastel suits, no belt, no socks), and the brilliantly employed freeze frames are still arresting. Miami Vice was a TV watershed, and this DVD set does it full justice. --Donald Liebenson
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The transfer to DVD is very good. The series still oozes that "pastel and art deco meets the dark underbelly of Miami" feel to it. At times some of the episodes do suffer from the wrap it all up in an hour arc of network TV.
On this set you get the two-hour pilot which has Jimmy Smits (say what?) as Crockett's partner. I won't give anything away but Tubbs shows up in the pilot. Also, Crockett's boss in the pilot is Gregory Sierra. James Edward Olmos takes over later in the first season. Anyway, just FYI, guest stars that first season included Bruce Willis (with hair!), the Eagles' Glenn Frey, the aforementioned Dennis Farina, Joan Chen, Hawaii 5-0's Keye Luke and Pam Grier.
There's also the famous Switek and Zito (the other two less-sartorially splendored cops in the vice squad) episode which is as hilarious as I remembered it.
You may not be into watching the entire season as it does have its excellent and duff episodes and I found myself picking and choosing. Even so I'd say if you're a fan of the show, it's worth at least having a gander at. You won't be disappointed.
Glad to say, all 20 episodes have remained intact as I recall them. Each and every episode brings back a lot of memories. I know some people "goofed" on the show but in my opinion the first season of Miami Vice ranks up there as one of the best ever on television. Exotic locales, fast cars, shoots outs, beautiful women, great fashion and great music. Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas and Edward James Olmos were complimented by a great supporting cast. Fleshing out the cast were the recurring roles of character actors, Martin Ferrero and Charlie Barnett as Izzy Moreno and Noogie respectively. Both actors gave the show comic relief to offset the frequent dark storylines.
Miami Vice will be forever etched in my mind. Like clockwork, I recall watching the show on Friday night's, while getting "dressed" up to go clubbing. I still have many of these originally aired vice episodes from season one on VHS. Now I can toss those to the trash to make more room on my DVD shelf. I eagerly await for season 2 to be released (soon I hope). To gear up for that I just watched the season 2 premiere "Prodigal Son" on VHS.
The image transfer is not always perfect but generally very good. Music is original from the show. Each dvd is double sided. I would have prefered single sided with image on each dvd. This looks cheap. How about an episode guide booklet inside the pocket ? Picture on interior of dvd is from later season! come on! Couldn't find a picture of the first season to put inside??? Geez. The cover artwork is great though. Extras on the dvd mediocre in my opinion. This show deserved better and so did the fans. I hope they improve on the next season dvd.
Episodes stand up well as great tv. If you enjoyed this show before you will enjoy this dvd but don't expect super extras.
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Just what my husband wanted! Love watching these old shows.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
had to return,item was used,one disc missing,and stated it was new????????????Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This item came within days and was in great condition! Thanks so much! Going to make a great gift!Published 7 months ago by Chantel
Brought back great memories from some years back and really liked seeing Don Johnson sock less.
My husband stopped wearing them for awhile because of the show.
wonderful ! It's still a great series and it is fun to see the 80's (clothes, cars, technology). the actors, the movie, the colors ... it's amazing !Published on June 8 2013 by Nicole Borremans
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