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Banacek: The Complete Series Box Set
Banacek The Complete Series Box Set
Actors: George Peppard, Margot Kidder, Brenda Vaccaro, Michael Lerner, Victoria Principal
Director: n/a
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2008     21hr 16min

George Peppard stars as Thomas Banacek, Boston's leading freelance investigator. When a crime proves too difficult for insurance investigators to solve, Banacek is called on in this classic series from the early 70s that w...  more »


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Actors: George Peppard, Margot Kidder, Brenda Vaccaro, Michael Lerner, Victoria Principal
Director: n/a
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Arts Alliance America
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 09/30/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 21hr 16min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaDVD Credits: 5
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 15
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Amazing Series
David Solomon | East Brunswick, NJ USA | 08/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Those of you looking for a traditional whodunnit may be disappointed in this series. "Banacek" is more like waiting for a magician to explain his trick than finally knowing who committed the crime.

What makes the series amazing is how the writers came up with such elaborate robberies.

As I rewatched the episodes, not only did I appreciate this complexity, but I also started laughing at the hysterical Polish proverbs Banacek quotes and the dry and occasionally double entendre humor that George Peppard delivers perfectly.

When you add the humor and complexity to the great guest stars (Anne Baxter, Linda Evans, Dick Van Patten, et al.), you get a series that's a absolute treat.

There's an old Polish saying....
Susan C. Zelenal | Pittsburgh PA | 11/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I slightly remember this series from the 1970s. Seeing it again is wonderful. Thomas Banacek works with insurance loss agents to recover property that has been stolen or lost. And it's always this impossible situation i.e. a football player from the middle of a huddle; a huge scientifc gizmo; a be-jeweled wedding carriage; a rail car carrying an auto prototype; a thorougbred horse from a racetrack. Only late actor George Peppard could pull off the character. He is so smug and overly-confident, but funny in a sexy way. It's also interesting to see what the styles and buzz were decades ago."
Just as I remember it!
A. Brown | 11/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"So ... I last saw BANACEK in my early teens. Now a vague memory. Yet this CD box set has it all there and I am sharing with my 16 yr old (youngest) daughter all the (sometimes) improbable plot lines. The world has changed a lot since the 1960s ... but this is an example of very good American television that still works today ... some 40 years later. A very worthwhile buy. Andrew B - Australia."
Forhasta | Sweden | 11/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I loved this show and still do. Banacek is a very cool and swelte Polish-American. Banacek always solves the crime, and always gets the prettiest lady.

Peppard was born to play Banacek. Rumor has it that Peppard's real mother was half Polish, and that that played a part in his playing the role. Andrzej Wajda: History, Politics, and Nostalgia in Polish Cinema and My Name Is Million: An Illustrated History of the Poles in America and They Came from Poland: The Stories of Famous Polish-Americans.

Everytime I watch an episode, I see something new. As I mentioned, I love the Polish Proverbs, as they touch deep into the heart of pure Polish culture and history. The proverbs are neatly tied in to the story line to make an important point. Our book club even ordered Polish Proverb books here on Amazon.

The Polish proverbs, together with George Peppard make the show unique or just something PLEASANTLY different, for a nice change of pace. We ordered:Treasury of Polish Love: Poems, Quotations & Proverbs : In Polish and English (Treasury of Love) or Polish Proverbs and Dictionary of 1000 Polish Proverbs (Hippocrene Bilingual Proverbs) We will review them and let you know.

It's nice to see that people, even today, appreciate a classic like Banacek still. Call me old fashioned, but I love the music, especially when the show cuts to Banacek rowing or skulling in the beginning of show after the teaser intro.

Banacek is so well written and done that all can feel a pride about the show, especially Polish-Americans that Banacek does a superb job in representing the Poles. Banacek even looks Polish, (I've been to Poland)with those big common Polish blue eyes The Polish Way: A Thousand-Year History of the Poles and Their Culture

This wonderful show is pure escapism for all and really takes you back.

Banacek is also a wonderful and well deserved moment for Polish-Americans: Pope John Paul II; Heart of Europe: The Past in Poland's Present and God's Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 2: 1795 to the Present

Enjoy! Jane Kooyeh!"