It was the height of the Cold War, a time when most Americans had only the vaguest understanding of international espionage. Then, in 1964, the televised spy genre exploded on the screen in the U.S. and around the world wh... more »en the groundbreaking series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. pulled the covers off of the spy game in what became must-watch television for the next four years on NBC. Here is The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series, beautifully packaged in a 60's style high tech attach? case, complete with all episodes along with hours of viewing extras.« less
Clark B. Shaffer | Columbia, Maryland USA | 02/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Man from UNCLE was the first and at times the best secret agent TV show on during the sixties.Cashing in on the James Bond craze of the mid sixties it went from cult show to top of the ratings in 1965 to losing it's focus on what made the show great and eventual cancellation in January 1968.If you weren't around during this time believe me this show was much more popular than Star Trek. If this show had continued in reruns on syndication and promoted the way Paramount promoted Star Trek in the last 35 years we would be talking about UNCLE the Next Generation and UNCLE the Motion Picture. The only reason I can think of why all of the episodes (over 100) are not on DVD along with the inferior spinoff Girl from UNCLE is the poor management history of MGM who own the rights. If they are reading this why don't you put these out as soon as possible and generate yourself some cash revenues. You might want to tie-in David McCallum now on CBS's Navy NCIS with the promotion.Oh by the way Star Trek fans I wasn't putting it down I was just stating the facts and what can happen when something fans care about is promoted (Star Trek) or ignored (UNCLE). I am updating my review from early 2004. At the time, I believed that MGM had the legal rights to "The Man from UNCLE" but learned that was no longer the case. That is not surprising with the long history of bad business practises MGM has had over the last thirty years. Norman Felton the producer of the show believed that he held those rights and hired Ember Entertainment to represent him. Plans had been made to release the first season set of DVD`s at the end of July 2006. When that was announced Warner Home Entertainment jumped in and stopped the release claiming they own the rights since they had acquired MGM . So now it is summertime 2006, we are back at square one, and Warners has no intention to release the DVD's in the near future. The only suggestion I can make is a write-in campaign to Warner Home Entertainment telling them that you want "The Man from Uncle " on DVD"
UPDATE to save you a little time...
Catharsise | Washington, D.C., District of Columbia United Stat | 06/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What we know now about the contents is as follows. DISC COLLECTION SEASON 1 EPISODE LIST
DISC ONE 1. The Vulcan Affair 2. The Iowa-Scuba Affair 3. The Quadripartite Affair
DISC TWO 4. The Shark Affair 5. The Deadly Games Affair 6. The Green Opal Affair
DISC THREE 7. The Giuoco Piano Affair 8. The Double Affair 9. The Project Strigas Affair
DISC FOUR 10. The Finny Foot Affair 11. The Neptune Affair 12. The Dove Affair
DISC FIVE 13. The King of Knaves Affair 14. The Terbuf Affair 15. The Deadly Decoy Affair
DISC SIX 16. The Fiddlesticks Affair 17. The Yellow Scarf Affair 18. The Mad, Mad Tea Party Affair
DISC SEVEN 19. The Secret Sceptre Affair 20. The Bow-Wow Affair 21. The Four-Steps Affair
DISC EIGHT 22. The Sea-Paris-and-Die Affair 23. The Brain-Killer Affair 24. The Hong Kong Shilling Affair
DISC NINE 25. The Never-Never Affair 26. The Love Affair 27. The Gazebo in the Maze Affair
DISC TEN 28. The Girls of Nazarone Affair 29. The Odd Man Affair
DISC ELEVEN SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES include: - Featurette--The Spy-Fi Tour: Archives, Art and Artifacts - U.N.C.L.E. Feature Film--One Spy Too Many - Bonus Feature: U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.S.--A Celebration of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Guest Stars
DISC COLLECTION SEASON 2 EPISODE LIST
DISC ONE 1. Alexander the Greater Affair, Part I 2. Alexander the Greater Affair, Part II 3. The Ultimate Computer Affair
DISC TWO 4. The Foxes and Hounds Affair 5. The Discotheque Affair 6. The Re-Collectors Affair
DISC THREE 7. The Arabian Affair 8. The Tigers Are Coming Affair 9. The Deadly Toys Affair
DISC FOUR 10. The Cherry Blossom Affair 11. The Virtue Affair 12. The Children's Day Affair
DISC FIVE 13. The Adriatic Express Affair 14. The Yukon Affair 15. The Very Important Zombie Affair
DISC SIX 16. The Dippy Blonde Affair 17. The Deadly Goddess Affair 18. The Birds and the Bees Affair
DISC SEVEN 19. The Waverly Ring Affair 20. The Bridge of Lions Affair, Part I 21. The Bridge of Lions Affair, Part II
DISC EIGHT 22. The Foreign Legion Affair 23. The Moonglow Affair 24. The Nowhere Affair
DISC NINE 25. The King of Diamonds Affair 26. The Project Deephole Affair 27. The Round Table Affair
DISC TEN 28. The Bat Cave Affair 29. The Minus-X Affair 30. The Indian Affairs Affair
DISC ELEVEN SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES include: - Featurette--The Cloak & Swagger Affair: The Untold History of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - "Solo"--The Original Color U.N.C.L.E. Pilot - Bonus Feature: U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.S.--A Celebration of U.N.C.L.E. Guest Stars!
DISC COLLECTION SEASON 3 EPISODE LIST
DISC ONE 1. The Her Master's Voice 2. The Sort of Do-It-Yourself Dreadful Affair 3. The Galatea Affair
DISC TWO 4. The Super-Colossal Affair 5. The Monks of St. Thomas Affair 6. The Pop Art Affair
DISC THREE 7. The Thor Affair 8. The Candidate's Wife Affair 9. The Come with Me to the Casbah Affair
DISC FOUR 10. The Off-Broadway Affair 11. The Concrete Overcoat Affair, Part I 12. The Concrete Overcoat Affair, Part II
DISC FIVE 13. The Abominable Snowman Affair 14. The My Friend the Gorilla Affair 15. The Jingle Bells Affair
DISC SIX 16. The Take Me to Your Leader Affair 17. The Suburbia Affair 18. The Deadly Smorgasbord Affair
DISC SEVEN 19. The Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum Affair 20. The Napoleon's Tomb Affair 21. The It's All Greek to Me Affair
DISC EIGHT 22. The Hula Doll Affair 23. The Pieces of Fate Affair 24. The Matterhorn Affair
DISC NINE 25. The Hot Number Affair 26. The When in Roma Affair 27. The Apple a Day Affair
DISC TEN 28. The Five Daughters Affair, Part I 29. The Five Daughters Affair, Part II 30. The Cap and Gown Affair
DISC ELEVEN SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES include: - Interview--Double Agents: The Robert Vaughn and David McCallum Reunion - The Secret Tapes of Illya Kuryakin: Home Movies from the Set of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - Bonus Feature: U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.S.--A Celebration of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Guest Stars
DISC COLLECTION SEASON 4 EPISODE LIST
DISC ONE 1. The Summit-Five Affair 2. The Test Tube Killer Affair 3. The "J" for Judas Affair
DISC TWO 4. The Prince of Darkness Affair, Part I 5. The Prince of Darkness Affair, Part II 6. The Master's Touch Affair
DISC THREE 7. The Thrush Roulette Affair 8. The Deadly Quest Affair 9. The Fiery Angel Affair
DISC FOUR 10. The Survival School Affair 11. The Gurnius Affair 12. The Man From Thrush Affair
DISC FIVE 13. The Maze Affair 14. The Deep Six Affair
DISC SIX 15. The Seven Wonders of the World Affair, Part I 16. The Seven Wonders of the World Affair, Part II
SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES include: - Featurette--MGM's Secret Operations - Bonus Feature: U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.S.--A Celebration of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Guest Stars
PLUS... The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Bonus Disc 1
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Bonus Disc 2
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Attaché Case"
Tell me you are kidding, no "Man From U.N.C.L.E." in DVD???
Martin Zeitschik | 05/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Man, of all the t.v. series in DVD format, to do a search for: "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," to find nothing, not even a single episode or movie, is a huge shock and disappointment, to say the least. The person in charge of deciding which shows to put on DVD really blew it as in "No DUH." Most people who grew up in the 60's, grew up watching and loving the show. That would be the so-called baby boomers who make up a sizeable portion of today's purchasing population, your's included. So, what are you waiting for? What is the hold-up? This series is much better than "I SPY," "The Avengers" or even "The Saint" (even if they, too, are good ones) and you have them on DVD already. I still have to pinch myself, I gotta be dreaming, no Illya Kuryakin or Napoleon Solo? No Mr. Waverly or United Network Command for Law and Enforement, battling Thrush on our behalf??? Woe is me. I'm searching again because I gotta be dreaming this."
The Home Stretch Affair . . .
trebe | 08/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fans had been waiting for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to come to DVD for years, when Time Life finally released a megaset containing all four seasons (105 episodes) and extensive bonus materials, late in 2007. This boxed set is still currently being sold by Time Life for $249.95. Last week, Amazon was apparently selling this same `briefcase' set at a presale price of $139.95, which was a fabulous buy. This week however, the set is now listed as `unavailable' for preorder, and there is no sales price listed. This is not the first time Amazon has pulled this collection off the shelf. We will soon see what Amazon's price will be. Keep your fingers crossed, Best Buy's presale price for the set is $179.99.
Time Life also had exclusive rights to Get Smart, which is only now beginning to be released to the general public. Fortunately, it appears that the U.N.C.L.E. set will be made available much, much sooner. Rather than wait, I got my set through a private sale some months ago. It is a very attractive collection, and while the cardboard briefcase packaging is pretty cool, you may not want to test its durability, as 41 DVD's do weigh quite a bit. Each season is arranged in a separate binder, that can easily be stored like a normal multi DVD set. Two bonus discs are in cardboard sleeves. The photo of the contents of the set is a bit misleading, as some items are shown more than once.
Image and sound quality is very good for a program of this age, and all the episodes are subtitled. Series creator Norman Felton's original concept was to bring a James Bond like character to American television. He even consulted with Bond creator Ian Fleming in the development of the series, and it was Fleming that supposedly came up with the name `Napoleon Solo'. Some of the early episodes featured Solo (Robert Vaughn) operating as a lone agent in the field, however the popularity and charisma of David McCallum as the ultra-cool Russian Illya Kuryakin, led the writers to expand what was intended to be a supporting role. The special chemistry between the two leads, was one of the key factors in the meteoric rise in popularity of the show. The dashing and debonair Vaughn, is quite a gifted actor, and Leo G. Carroll as Mr. Waverly, rounds out the U.N.C.L.E. team. Some fans feel that the first season, which was shot in black and white, was grounded a bit more in reality than the later seasons, but elements of fantasy were very much present from the start. The program had a ton of fabulous guest stars, and a bevy of beautiful women.
The bonus materials total over four hours, and cover many facets of the U.N.C.L.E. universe, including the gadgets, the music, collectables, and the fabulous women that appeared on the series. Trailers, promos, interviews, TV clips, and photo galleries are also included. Those that are hooked on all things U.N.C.L.E. may also want to check out the various soundtracks from the series, as well as John Heitland's informative book, `The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Book: The Behind the Scenes Story of a Television Classic'.
After a long wait, it appears that we are in the home stretch, with the finish line in sight. Once this megaset actually becomes available to the general public, hopefully at an attractive price, those that have been waiting for so long, can put everything in the past, and we can all just enjoy this classic program. It took a while, but it will finally be U.N.C.L.E. time! "
A trip on the "Wayback" machine to the mid '60s with Napolea
Martin Zeitschik | Tamp, Florida | 10/28/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This tv series, which ran even longer than Star Trek, 4 years in total, was borne out of the James Bond series of movies, and reflected the Cold-War times when the media was full of the US vs the Russians, as we could easily tell because all the so-called bad guys had a distinctively east european accents - even the deliberately-funny ones. This show was frequently tongue in cheek, as the UNCLE agents, Solo and Kuryakin, frequently had a quip or two up their sleeves, especially when the situation was it's most dangerous or even potentially deadly. Oh, yes, you may find this one bit of UNCLE trivia very interesting. It's about THRUSH. Just as UNCLE was an acronym, United Network, etc. - so was the adversary organization. THRUSH stood for: Technological Hierarchy (for the) Removeal (of) Undersirables (and the) Subjugation (of) Humanity. Anyone who followed the series closely and with a more critical eye knew that this organization comprised of scientists and business tycoons who were trying their level best to use their wealth and position to "take over the world". We call that megalomania. Robert Vaughn, David McCallum and the late Leo G. Carroll all played their parts with style, credibility and ease and we were all the more entertained for it. I really miss that show."