Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The A-Team - Season Two|
Actors: George Peppard, Mr. T, Dirk Benedict, Melinda Culea, Dwight Schultz
Directors: Arnold Laven, Bernard McEveety, Bruce Kessler, Christian I. Nyby II, Craig R. Baxley
Genres: Action & Adventure, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 04/12/2005 Run time: 1108 minutes Rating: Nr
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Where the show really takes off.
Inspector Gadget | On the trail of Doctor Claw | 09/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'll admit the first season of The A-Team (that's Alpha Team for the uninitiated) was a bit dodgy and had a rough quality to it. But season 2 is where the show really found it's groove and began to develop the characters and plots more. And you just gotta love all those silly inventions. But hey, it gets the job done. Season 2 also sees more guest appearances from more well-known actors such as Dennis Franz, Michael Ironside, Ken Foree, John Amos and the supercool Lance Henrickson.
People often complain about the same things when moaning about The A-Team. They say that every show had the same plot. Well, this can be said about a lot of TV shows if you go into technicalities. But the A-Team diversified enough for this statement to be simply not true (a 2-hour episode is included in this season, for example). They also complain that no one ever got shot or died. Also not true. People do die. People are shot. Just not very often and certainly not by one of the team. I mean if they are on the run for a crime they didn't commit then it would be stupid of them to shoot people. And Amy just doesn't disappear without a reason halfway through this season as so many people complain. Her character is made a foreign correspondent in Jakarta and is frequently referenced in her abesence. People just love to hate this show because it's easy to pick apart but I doubt something like Lost will be so fondly remembered in 20 years time. However I was kinda let down when the last episode turned out to be cheap clip-show.
With rumors of an A-Team movie abound I have to express my disapproval, at the moment at least. Currently there are FAR TOO MANY old shows being made into heartless movies. Some of them were already worth nothing (Charlie's Angels, Honeymooners) but the A-Team was something special and there is NO WAY you can replace the original cast with Hollywood actors.
The late, great George Peppard is the only Hannibal. I miss him. It's sad that he passed away at the too young age of 66 but you can really see what caused his illness when watching this show. He is always chomping on a cigar. George Peppard was a heavy smoker (and drinker) and although he quit both of them soon after the show it had already taken it's toll on him. It's a real shame and no one can replace him. And despite this coming in over 20 years after Breakfast at Tiffany's, there is still enough youthful handsomeness in him to prove the drink didn't really cripple his career.
Dirk Benedict is the only Templeton 'Face' Peck. A man who lies and cons like there was no tomorrow. A man who wouldn't tell you the truth even if you held a gun to his grandmother's head. Only Dirk pulled this off perfectly and the role will always be his.
Dwight Schultz often displays Jim Carrey-esque levels of zany humor as Murdock and there's no doubt the man is a terrific actor. Carrey could pull this off I guess but he's much older than Schultz was at the time and he did make Murdock into the wild, 'is he crazy or just faking it' character we all know and love.
And finally there's Mr T. If I absolutely HAD to choose my fave Team member, if you really made me. I would be him. He's the one that gave the A-Team something special. And although his acting is a little amateur (he gradually got better) he's just hilarious.
Of course you could bring back the original cast but Benedict, Schultz and T are all 60, 57 and 53 now and can you really imagine them taking orders from a new Hannibal? I don't think so!
And then there's the A-Team theme music. THE best TV theme ever. There are, as of yet, undiscovered tribes in the heart of the amazon jungle that know and love the A-Team theme. Immediatly starting on a high and not letting up for 60 seconds of one of the most heroic fanfares ever...could there be a better theme tune than this? Never!
The DVD presentation is just a little bit better than last time. The picture is still in desperate need of a digital remastering. Sometimes it can come across as very clear and colorful but too often the colors are washed out, bland and have a 'sun-bleached' look.
The sound is okay. Nothing to write home about. But certainly no complaints.
Extras this time consist of a bonus Knight Rider episode and trailers of A-Team Season 1, Miami Vice, Airwolf and Knight Rider."
An modern day television classic...
Britt Gillette | Chesapeake, VA USA | 04/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the many hit TV shows inextricably linked to the 1980's is The A-Team, an action series with plenty of bombs, machine guns, and bazookas - where miraculously no one ever seems to die! Short for "Alpha Team," The A-Team is a Vietnam-era crack commando unit wrongfully accused of robbing the Bank of Hanoi. Having escaped from a maximum security prison, the four man team survives in the anonymity of the Los Angeles underground. And with the government still hot on their trail, they're forced to work as soldiers of fortune, providing aid and assistance to the helpless victims of various injustices...
The A-Team is led by cigar aficionado Col. John "Hannibal" Smith (George Peppard), a wise-cracking officer who always has a plan in the works. Hannibal is flanked by Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck (Dirk Benedict), the consummate ladies' man; Sgt. Bosco "B.A." Baracus (Mr. T), a gold-drenched muscleman afraid of flying; and Captain H.M "Howling Mad" Murdock, a lanky mental case who nevertheless carries out his missions with flawless precision. Together, they travel the country in B.A.'s trademark black van, fighting for justice and attempting to elude the clutches of the nefarious Colonel Decker (Lance LeGault) who wants nothing more in life than to capture The A-Team...
The A-Team (Season 2) DVD features a number of action-packed episodes including the season premiere "Diamonds 'N' Dust" in which The A-Team is hired to transport explosives to a diamond mine in Zimbabwe after the owner of the mine is murdered in his attempt to deliver them himself... Other notable episodes from Season 2 include "The Taxicab Wars" in which a small, family-run taxicab company hires The A-Team to help them ward off the strong-arm tactics of a ruthless competitor, and "The White Ballot" in which Face's attempt to run against a corrupt sheriff tips off the government in regard to the whereabouts of The A-Team...
Below is a list of episodes included on The A-Team (Season 2) DVD:
Episode 15 (Diamonds 'N' Dust)
Episode 16 (Recipe for Heavy Bread)
Episode 17 (The Only Church in Town)
Episode 18 (Bad Time on the Border)
Episode 19 (When You Comin' Back, Range Rider? Part 1)
Episode 20 (When You Comin' Back, Range Rider? Part 2)
Episode 21 (The Taxicab Wars)
Episode 22 (Labor Pains)
Episode 23 (There's Always a Catch)
Episode 24 (Water, Water Everywhere)
Episode 25 (Steel)
Episode 26 (The White Ballot)
Episode 27 (The Maltese Cow)
Episode 28 (In Plane Sight)
Episode 29 (The Battle of Bel-Air)
Episode 30 (Say It With Bullets)
Episode 31 (Pure-Dee Poison)
Episode 32 (It's a Desert Out There)
Episode 33 (Chopping Spree)
Episode 34 (Harder Than It Looks)
Episode 35 (Deadly Maneuvers)
Episode 36 (Semi-Friendly Persuasion)
Episode 37 (Curtain Call)
The DVD Report"
BRING IT ON
The Commish | New Amsterdam, NY | 03/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with the English dude ~~~Hurry up and bring series 3, 4 and 5 out, we want them now!!! This DVD comes packed with a Knight Rider Bonus Episode which makes it even better value. Additionally in my view this package comes with some of A-teams finest humor and wit. Howling Mad Murdock takes on the persona which he feels will best handle the horse rustling situation as the Range Rider. In part this requires cutting masks out of the back of cereal and his has the horse Thunder, his invisible trusty steed, whom he has to leave behind because B.A. doesn't like invisible animals in his van~~GREAT. I'm especially looking forward for session four with Cowboy George [Boy George], Insane Wayne & Uncle Buckle-Up.
So, if you have a problem and there's no one else who can help, and if you think you can find them, maybe you can hire "The A-Team." I say to all the A-team fans out there they should write to Stephen J. Cannell and Universal Home Studio to bring these episodes out so the public can enjoy. We love when a plan comes together....
An A+ for the A-Team
E. Perrault | 09/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With season one behind them, this team made up of diverse backgrounds and talents shines in their sophomore season. The action is more intense, the plot lines more twisted, and the emotions more heartfelt. The writers of the series really knew how to attract the male audience through action and gun battles while drawing in the female audience through heart wrenching tales of heroism and heraldry. This is a must buy for any person wanting an experience of a lifetime. Hannibal is more cunning, Face is more of a philanderer, Murdoch is crazier, and Mr. T. is tougher. It's all around an Emmy winning performance from the entire cast."