Follow the clues to mystery, adventure and thrills as Season One of the The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries comes to DVD for the first time ever! Teen sensations Shaun Cassidy, Parker Stevenson and Pamela Sue Martin star a... more »s brave super-sleuths in 14 spooky episodes loaded with spellbinding action and smash-hit pop songs, including Shaun Cassidy?s #1 hit "Da Doo Ron Ron." Inspired by the hugely popular books and with an amazing lineup of guest stars, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon, Bob Crane, Rick Nelson and more, it?s no surprise that The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries is an open-and-shut case for fun!« less
Lee Fratantuono | Irving, TX, United States | 01/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those of us who are nostalgic fans of this 1977-1978 ABC Sunday night show, the word that this first season would be released on DVD is pure magic. This is the great first season, when Parker Stevenson/Shaun Cassidy alternated with the beautiful Pamela Sue Martin in a series of weekly detective adventures. This is the season with the underrated, divine Lisa Eilbacher as Callie Shaw, the Hardy Boys' best friend and frequent helper. This is a show one could never have expected would come to DVD. Until now there were SOME episodes on videos (not all easy to find), and the usual Ebay bootleg crowd with lousy picture quality. So, if you were a fan of this great late '70s innocent fun, get ready for March...we've waited a long time for this."
Bring on the nostalgia...and Seasons Two and Three!
L. J. Ouellette | Connecticut, USA | 02/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thank you to Universal for bringing back a classic television program that features REAL teen idols: Shaun Cassidy, Parker Stevenson, and Pamela Sue Martin. I must also applaud the supporting cast of William Schallert as Carson Drew and Edmund Gilbert as Fenton Hardy. Universal, please do not keep us waiting for seasons two and three! The season two premiere found Nancy and the Brothers Hardy working together for the very first time - a concept which has since found its way into many novels. For fans of the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Casefiles (novels written in the late 1980s), I encourage you to check out these DVDs! The Casefiles would've inspired some wonderful scripts for this series. It's unfortunate they didn't come along a decade earlier. Overall, the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries is a very cool tv series that deserves to be seen in its entirety once again. Let's show a new generation a Frank, Joe, and Nancy who value respect, trust, independence, perseverance, confidence and so much more! After all, REAL idols are so difficult to find these days. "
Blast From The Past
Janet Boyer | Pennsylvania | 06/17/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries DVD features 14 episodes in this 2-disc set. Seven Nancy Drew episodes are on one disc, while the seven Hardy Boys episodes are on the other.
I've been a fan of the Nancy Drew books since I was a little girl. In fact, I read them all by the time I hit Junior High. I read a handful of the Hardy Boys books, as well.
When this show hit TV, I wasn't able to watch it clearly. I lived in a rural area, and the station that was airing the episodes was very fuzzy. But I was oh-so-intrigued by the haunting theme song! As a fan of the books, I yearned to be able watch the TV show-and squinted my eyes to try to make out the dialogue and the action.
I was delighted to find the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries on DVD, and purchased it from Amazon.com Surprisingly, I enjoy the Hardy Boys episodes *much* more than the Nancy Drew ones. In fact, the glaring discrepancies between the Nancy Drew books and the TV episodes are downright irritating. For example, in the books, Ned Nickerson is an athletic college student that Nancy dates when he's in town; Ned sometimes joins Nancy and her friends for sleuthing, but isn't in every book. Hannah Gruen, the beloved Drew housekeeper who serves as a mother figure to Nancy, makes an appearance in every book. Bess Marvin and George Fayne are two female cousins who accompany Nancy on her adventures.
Yet, in the episodes on this DVD, Ned is now a shy, serious, bespectacled geek who works for Nancy's attorney father, Carson Drew. With way too much air-time, he's in every episode. Bess Marvin isn't in any episodes (in fact, she's never mentioned)-and fearless tomboy George, who is paired with Nancy (played by Pamela Sue Martin) in every episode-is a girly scaredy-cat. (In the books, Bess is actually the scaredy cat.) And housekeeper Hannah Gruen? Nowhere to be seen.
The Hardy Boy episodes are a bit more faithful to the original books, with the fearful character Chet Morton making the occasional appearance. Aunt Gertrude, the stern but loving older sister of Fenton Hardy (the father), is also featured. Feeling the need to "balance" the Yin/Yang element (I suppose), there is another character added for the TV show: Callie Shaw, a young female assistant to private detective Fenton Hardy.
On the DVD, each episode is 41 minutes long. There are no extras, save for a Parker Stevenson/Shaun Cassidy pin-up from Dynamite! Magazine. (Remember that one, gals?! Gosh, I had a huge crush on Shaun Cassidy, and was so jealous when my childhood friend got his lunch box AND album.) Another irritation is that the Hardy Boys DVD includes trashy previous of Miami Vice and other shows; I have to usher my 6 year old son out of the room or tell him to close his eyes! Sheesh.
There are some goofs in the episodes, as well. For example, the Hardy boys will be driving a van at night, but then the camera pans to a scene of them driving in broad daylight...then back to a night shot! In the Secret of the Jade Kwan Yin, one close-up focuses on a jade statuette. In another close-up, the statue looks completely different...as if it were made of plastic. In Wipe-Out, the boys go undercover and cleverly hide jewelry in an ice tray. One shot shows the jewelry encased in ice, while another one (a few seconds later) shows them dumping a mass of dry jewelry out of a completely dry ice tray. Still, I was utterly delighted with most of the episodes, especially the Pilot and The House With the Disappearing Floors.
Here are the 14 episodes and a short synopsis:
Disc 1 Side A
1. The Mystery of the Haunted House (Pilot) - In this pilot episode, Joe and Frank Hardy (played by Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson) find themselves involved with an amnesiac ex-soldier and the many people who are out to get him. The chase takes them to a club called The Haunted House, where they find mazes, mirrored rooms, trapdoors-and a killer.
2. The Mystery of Witches' Hollow - When the brothers travel to visit a family friend, a strange woman claims the man has disappeared and is the latest victim of the mysterious forest known as Witches' Hollow. The brothers are in for the fright of their lives as they try to rescue the man from the eerie shadows of a place said to be haunted.
3. The Disappearing Floor - This sci-fi adventure finds the boys doing research work for their P.I. father, which leads them into a case involving a mystifying house, a missing Russian scientist and a UFO. Even in another dimension, Joe and Frank must crack the case-or else.
4. The Flickering Torch Mystery - While doing routine investigation for their detective father, Joe and Frank uncover a part to murder a famous pop star. When the singer's sound engineer suddenly disappears, the young detectives become body guards in a race against the clock to save two lives. (Ricky Nelson guest stars as Tony Eagle)
Disc 2 Side B
5. The Mystery of the Flying Courier - Joe's singing debut hits a sour note when Frank recognizes a girl at the club who's been missing for years. What begins as a record piracy case leads a motley crew of shady music industry personalities-and maybe even murder.
6. Wipe-Out - When the brothers hit the beaches of Hawaii for a surfing contest, they find themselves victims in an outbreak of hotel robberies. The two join forces with local police and everyone's in for a surprise when the duo finally uncovers the truth. (Shaun Cassidy sings "Surfin' USA" in this episode)
7. The Secret of the Jade Kwan Yin - While snorkeling, Frank and Joe discover a wooden box containing a priceless-and stolen-Chinese treasure. What starts out as just another day at the beach leads into a dangerous smuggling ring where their lives are on the line.
Disc 1 Side A
8. The Mystery of Pirate's Cove (Pilot) - In the pilot episode, Nancy investigates a mysterious beam of light coming from a supposedly haunted lighthouse. When a "ghost hunter" and a curious professor try to stop her clue gathering, it's up to Nancy to throw a little light on the crime surrounding the desolate place.
9. The Mystery of the Diamond Triangle - Nancy witnesses an accident from a sail plane that ends with a car plunging into a ravine, but when she reports the tragedy to the sheriff, no one believes her since there's no evidence and the road has been closed for years. Nancy investigates, driven to find the secret to the missing accident scene.
10. The Secret of the Whispering Walls - Terror strikes close to home when a thief steals important documents from Nancy's aging aunts. But when does some sleuthing, a series of strange events-and even stranger neighbors-reveal that there may be even more danger lurking around the corner.
11. A Haunting We Will Go - The stage is set for mystery when Nancy and her friends decide to launch a 20 year old play for charity at the allegedly haunted Palace Theatre. Surprisingly, all the original cast members volunteer for the production, but when tragedy strikes backstage, it's up to Nancy to read between the lines.
Disc 2 Side B
12. Mystery of the Fallen Angels - A case of missing jewels leads Nancy to a rebellious biker gang. In order to crack this case, she's going to have to go undercover for the ride of her life. (Guest stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Robert Englund a.k.a. Freddy Krueger)
13. A luxury cruise gets turbulent when a world-famous mystery writer and his daughter are attacked on-board. With trouble mounting on the high seas, it's up to Nancy and George to stay one step ahead of the mystery assailant.
14. Mystery of the Sold Gold Kicker - There's danger on the playing field when a start quarterback (guest star Mark Harmon) is accused of murder. Now Nancy must kick-off an investigation of the crime before Chip is benched for good.
Too bad this DVD set doesn't include interviews with Shaun Cassidy, Parker Stevenson, and Pamela Sue Martin-or, at least, a documentary about the amazing popularity of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mystery books.
If the Nancy Drew episodes were as good as the Hardy Boys, I'd give this DVD series 4 stars. But with the cheesy acting of the Nancy Drew episodes and departure from the book characterizations-as well as the lack of extras-I must award this DVD series only 3 stars. "
FINALLY...this is long overdue.
D. Ranieri | Chicago/Midwest | 02/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a true Nancy Drew fan, it is certain to say that only Pamela Sue Martin could ever really bring Nancy to life; She brought true moxie to the role. That, and a nice touch of sarcasm for those who were too afraid to enter the haunted lighthouse (George)or just too oblivious to notice that a mystery needed to be solved (Ned). Although there is no Bess or housekeeper Hannah, as in the books, the characters are great. William Shallert makes a seamless transition into attorney Carson Drew, Nancy's supportive father. ANY Nancy Drew fan will appreciate Martin's performance, she was beautiful, smart, quick-witted and just very "Nancy". These are a must have for any fan. Plus, there are some great guest star appearances before they had acting lessons (Jamie Lee Curtis). And in regards to the Hardy Boys...it only took one Nancy to do what it took two Hardy boys to do. (Universal-PLEASE don't make us wait long for Seasons Two and Three)."
Good clean fun and adventure
Tracy Christenson | 01/31/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I used to rent these shows from a video store when I was a kid, and I was thrilled when I found out that they were on dvd. Some things have been changed from the original stories, such as the elimination of certain characters from the books (Bess and Hannah from the Nancy Drew stories and Iola from the Hardy Boys). Ned Nickerson, who was Nancy's boyfriend in the books, is kind of a geeky guy who now works for Nancy's father, and Frank's girlfriend from the books, Callie, now works as a secretary for Fenton Hardy. Modern kids will also notice certain things that date the shows, such as the references to records instead of CDs and the kids using CBs in their cars to communicate with their parents instead of cell phones. Still, these are really fun shows. They have little violence (just a brawl or two with the bad guys) and no swearing, just good clean fun and excitement with some nice humor thrown in for good measure (ex. "You think he's suspicious of anything?" "What's suspicious about two men carrying a sarcophagus down an alley at midnight?" "You're right, good.").
I believe that the Nancy Drews have unfairly been given kind of a bad rap, even though Ned's cluelessness and George's craveness do make me squirm a bit (they weren't at all like that in the books). However, they I don't think that they're that bad, and in fact, I think that A Haunting We Will Go and Mystery of the Ghostwriter's Cruise are the two best episodes in this set. A Haunting We Will Go has more humor in it than the others, and Mystery of the Ghostwriter's Cruise is really rather clever because it does a good job of making all the suspects look equally guilty. For awhile, I really wasn't sure who did it.
I was also happy that the only previews occur on disc 1 and that they even provided a notice before they begin that you can skip them entirely by hitting disc menu on your remote. I have other dvds that don't let you do this.
Here's a list of the episodes included on the two dvds:
1. The Mystery of the Haunted House -- Frank and Joe's father, a private detective, has been acting strange and sneaking around town when he's supposed to be away on a fishing trip. Then, someone breaks into the Hardys' house in the middle of the night. Frank and Joe must brave a haunted house filled with spooky mazes and a graveyard to find their father and the answer to this mystery.
2. The Mystery of Witches' Hollow -- Callie's uncle, a former policeman, says that some strange things have been happening around his cabin in the woods that need looking into. However, by the time the Hardy boys arrive, he has disappeared. Could there be any truth to the local legends about a witch in the woods?
3. The Disappearing Floor -- Frank and Joe are tailing someone for their father when they see something really amazing: a flying saucer. Upon further investigation, they find a house nearby with many odd things in it, including a floor that isn't really there. Sound confusing? Imagine how the Hardy boys must feel, especially since no one else has seen these things or believes that they even exist. There is an answer, though, and it may have something to do with a mysterious missing scientist.
4. The Flickering Torch Mystery -- Frank and Joe are helping their father investigate the disappearance of an audio engineer who worked for a famous rock star (who is played by Ricky Nelson). Soon, they come to believe that the rock star's life is in danger. The question is, who is behind it all? (Note: They never actually mention it in the show, but the Flickering Torch is supposed to be the name of the rock band. The show was based on a book of the same name.)
5. The Mystery of the Flying Courier -- Joe's band is making its debut in a club near the airport. While Joe is singing, Frank spots a girl that he used to know who ran away from home years ago. It quickly becomes obvious that the girl is involved in something dangerous, but what is it?
6. Wipe-Out -- What's this about Frank and Joe turning into hotel thieves? The Hardy boys take a trip to Hawaii for a surfing contest, but if they don't watch out, they may get wiped out by something worse than a wave.
7. The Secret of the Jade Kwan Yin -- While diving for seashells with Callie, the Hardy boys find a Chinese statue that has been thrown overboard from a boat. Before they can return the statue to its rightful owner, it is stolen. Can they get it back and catch the thieves before it's too late?
8. The Mystery of Pirate's Cove -- Nancy and her friends see some strange things at a local lighthouse that has been empty for years. Then, a strange man offers to buy it, telling them an even stranger story about the place. Could the lighthouse really be haunted?
9. The Mystery of the Diamond Triangle -- Nancy is flying in her glider (Of course, Nancy can fly a glider! She can do everything!) when she sees a car accident. However, when the police go to investigate, not only is there no car but also no way to get onto that section of road because of a bridge that has been washed out. Nancy is determined to prove that what she saw was real and find the missing car.
10. The Secret of the Whispering Walls -- Someone steals some papers from Nancy's house regarding the sale of an old mansion belonging to Nancy's great aunts. Nancy is determined to find out who wants to stop her aunts from selling the house, but she may have to contend with the ghosts who haunt the old place to do it.
11. A Haunting We Will Go -- Nancy and her friends are helping to put on a play to raise money to build a new youth center on the site of an old, run-down theater. They are thrilled when several famous actors and actresses who once performed at this theater agree to come and perform in the play. Soon, strange accidents begin to happen, and Nancy has the feeling that the actors and actresses are hiding something.
12. Mystery of the Fallen Angels -- When a boy Nancy knows is accused of theft during a benefit carnival, Nancy makes it her mission to find the real thieves. Posing as a runaway and finding a job with the carnival, Nancy meets up with members of a juvenile motorcycle gang who take her on a terrifying ride.
13. The Mystery of the Ghostwriter's Cruise -- Nancy goes on a cruise with a friend whose uncle is a retired mystery author. As soon as they set sail, someone begins sending threatening messages to the author and playing some rather frightening tricks. A skeleton has popped out of the author's closet and is determined to frighten him to death -- literally.
14. Mystery of the Solid Gold Kicker -- After Nancy and George go to a party with a friend of theirs, who is a football player, George unexpectedly returns for her forgotten purse and sees what she believes is a murder scene. Unfortunately, when she returns with Nancy and the police, there is no body and no sign that anything has happened. Was it really a murder or a very different kind of crime?"