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|Miami Vice The Complete Series|
Actors: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television
The Primetime Emmy® Award-winning series that defined a decade lives on in the must-own Complete Series gift set! Available together for the first time, this action-packed anthology allows you to revisit every powerful ep... more »
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The Most Seminal Cop Show in The History of Television
Unlucky Frank | Lalaland, CA United States | 07/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Despite some implausible storylines, cornball humor, and over-the-top melodrama, MIAMI VICE was the SEMINAL TV Cop Show of The 80s Me Decade. No Cop Show before it had dealt with the realities of drugs, power, corruption, and money in Multi-cultural America the way this show did. And it was FUN to watch! Created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by famed movie director Michael Mann.
Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett, Phillip Michael Thomas as Ricardo Tubbs, and Edward James Olmos as the stoic Lt. Martin Castillo, were perfect in their respective roles. If they were one thing; THEY WERE COPS! The rest of the supporting cast fit in well. As well as providing comic relief to the more serious themes of evil, vice, and crime.
Jan Hammer created one of the most recognizable themes in all of Television History as well as composing background music for nearly every episode of it's five year run. (Jan Hammer dropped out of the series towards the end. Tim Truman was chosen by Michael Mann to compose some great music for the final 22 episodes.)
Seasons Four and Five are considered the years that MIAMI VICE "jumped the shark." If you're a fan, you know where you stand. I love them all. Even the hilarious THE BIG THAW from Season Four, with it's cryogenically frozen Reggae Star, is TOPS in my book. Fans hate this epsiode. It's one of the episodes I remember vividly from the 80s and it's a scream!
Tight and loose fitting pastel fashions. 80s New Wave, Pop, Top 40, and Reggae provided some of the cinematic background Music Video sequences for a brand new MTV Generation. Fast exotic cars, like Ferraris and Lamborghinis. They too, were characters in the show. Fast exotic car chases. Wealthy well-dressed eccentric cocaine and heroin dealers. The Miami Club Scene. Beautiful modern luxury dream homes. Fast Cigarette boats and luxury yachts. Brutal and blazing police shootouts. Cultures as diverse as Haitian, Columbian, Cuban, Asian, and Jamaican. An all inclusive cast of characters and a rich story history from the Vietnam War to the Golden Triangle. The DEA and ATF to the CIA and KGB Coldwar. From third world Afro-Caribbean Voodoo and Santeria to Japanese Bushido philosophy, this show was about the hippest thing happening in commercial Pop Culture entertainment at the time. Once the show caught on and took off, it was the first time people actually stayed home on Friday nights to watch television. My girlfriend and I were big club goers in the 80s. We stayed home quite a bit to watch it. Nothing would ever be the same in the visual medium of Television and Cinema. VICE was a TRENDSETTER.
Some of the cameos and performers include: Frank Zappa, Glenn Frey, Gene Simmons, Ted Nugent, Phil Collins, Bruce Willis, Bianca Jagger, Pam Grier, Ving Rhames, John Leguizamo, Dennis Farina, Ben Stiller, Alfred Molina, Liam Neeson, (rightwing wacko) G. Gordon Liddy, Lawrence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, Wesley Snipes, Miles Davis, Willie Nelson, Steve Buscemi, Helena Bonham Carter, Brad Dourif, Viggo Mortensen, Annette Bening, Melanie Griffith, George Takei, Ian McShane, Benicio Deltoro, Chris Rock, (Sonny's wife in later epsiodes) Sheena Easton, R. Lee Ermey, and Julia Roberts.
On to the product.
Ever wondered what happened to Sonny's pet alligator, Elvis? Individual SEASON BOX SETS are contained in a large imitation white alligator skin box with an imitation satin lining which looks hot on the shelf.
Fans that bought the individual SEASON BOX SETS complained about the double-sided DVDs being cheap, defective, or not playing correctly. Universal has always been a cheap bottom-line company. I feel your pain. Maybe Universal heard these complaints. Because THE COMPLETE SERIES episodes are on ONE-SIDED DVDs in the individual SEASON BOX SETS, and I haven't noticed any defects. I waited. Sometimes it pays to be patient.
Fans also complained about the epsiodes not being cleaned up. TRUE. They look as if they have been transferred directly from the original broadcast tapes complete with grain and scratches in some cases. You won't notice a lot of scratches, but you will notice some grain, especially in the night sequences and in the earlier epsiodes. The later espisodes are much better quality, probably because they were spending more money on the show (it shows) and taking better care of the tapes for syndication purposes when they knew they had a Hit Show. Still, the majority of the epsiodes look pretty good. Just pretend you're watching this series like you were in the 80s and it's almost unnoticeable. Younger audiences should act accordingly. (Younger audiences should also remember this series is not as realistic as the Cop Shows of today. MIAMI VICE was more like a cultural hyperrealism. Some of you will not buy into it. Again, in the 80s it was SEMINAL TV.) FOUR STARS for the Visuals.
The 80s TV sound has been remixed into Dolby 5.1. The volume is far too low and you won't hear anything coming out of your rear effects speakers. I wish they would have done it in 2.1 stereo so I could use my Prologic and get some sound out of my rear speakers. If you view the episodes from your TV speakers, you'll have to turn it up about 8 tenths to get a good volume. THREE 1/2 STARS for Sound.
The are only a few EXTRAS on the FIRST DISC of THE FIRST SEASON. A couple of documentaries on the fashion, sound, visuals, and impact of VICE. That's all. The show pretty much speaks for itself. Individual DISCS from SEASONS ONE and TWO contain a written synopsis of the individual episodes and a list of cameos when you click on them in the EPISODE MENU. They disappear after SEASON TWO and you must look to the SEASON BOX covers for a synopsis of each episode (sans a list of cameos.) ONE 1/2 STARS for the Extras.
Overall this BOX SET gets FOUR 1/2 STARS because the Series was the first of it's kind. And, the great sentimental value this holds for me personally.
If you're thinking about buying at least the first THREE SEASONS, stay away from the individual BOX SETS and buy THE COMPLETE SERIES. SEASONS FOUR and FIVE contain some great episodes and you'll get the 2 Hour Series Finale, FREEFALL. If you bought some of the individual SEASON BOX SETS, and think this SET is different, it's not. Aside from the single-sided DVDs, which may or may not persuade you to sell them off, you don't need to buy THE COMPLETE SERIES. Patient or wary fans will definitely want to purchase THE COMPLETE SERIES.
THIS WAS A MONUMENTAL TV SERIES. Warts and all!
A blast from the past that is a blast to see again
Carl Krampitz | Lebanon, PA | 01/03/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Miami Vice came on when I was 13 and I was hooked. It became a regular Friday night routine to sit in front of the tv to see this show. It has always been among my favorites from that era along with the Equalizer, Magnum, P.I., and Simon & Simon.
I have to admit I didn't get to see much of the fifth season when it was aired, though I did see the final 2-hour series finale movie. This box set gave me the opportunity to finally see what I missed 20 years ago.
One of the best things about the box set is that by following the show from season 1 through season 5, you can more readily recall characters that are referred to from previous seasons, or who show up in later seasons from earlier ones. Another neat thing is seeing the same actors play different characters who all still end up getting whacked. Also, seeing big name stars before thy became big, and offbeat guest stars make the show quite interesting, too. I also like seeing episodes again that I remember and never saw again from when they were aired. Seeing the fashions that seemed so commonplace then, in a new light 20 years later, is good for a laugh as well as making one react with "What were we thinking?"
This box set renewed my interest in Miami Vice again, whereas the movie was a disappointment to me. I highly recommend this box set to anyone who wants to relive the glory days of the 80s, who remember the show, or equally, to anyone who wants to get acquainted with the series."
Well Worth the Money--Wonderful!
Baxtermom | 12/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Miami Vice was my absolute favorite cop show, in the '80's and even now...No one else quite represented those wonderfully decadent '80's like a tanned Don Johnson, with that sexy smile, in a pink linen sports coat and Ray-Bans! I hesitated spending the money on this, but I realized that this Miami Vice Complete Series wouldn't be around forever, given that this show is already approx. 25 years old. And if I waited, I might end up paying a lot more, later.
I was concerned, howeveer, when I read one of the comments here, saying that when they got their order, one of the CD's were missing. Prior to ordering, I expressed my concerns in an e-mail to Amazon and got a prompt reply saying that, if I had any problems, they would correct it immediately, if I chose to order this product.
Well, I got it and evrything was there, beautifully packaged and really excellent quality DVD's....I am up to about #13 of the first season and thoroughly enjoying it! Thanks for excellent service and a quality product, Amazon! This is a real collector's item that I will always treasure."
Miami Vice: The Complete Series
That One Dude | 12/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a huge Miami Vice fan and saw no alternative than to get the whole series. Sure, there are some episodes during the later run of the series that are a bit out there; the James Brown episode and frozen Jamaican for example. However, I'm a fan of all episodes and recommend this to any hardcore Vice fan. For the casual fan, I would recommend this also, although fairweather Vice fans would probably just benefit from buying individual seasons. They are all great, though.
It would be great if there were some commentaries from Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas (or anyone), but there are some special features on the Season 1 DVD. There is a great number of featurettes on it, however.
If you love the music, the feel and vibe of one of the greatest 80s series, look no further than this great DVD set."