Created by acclaimed detective noir author Mickey Spillane, private eye Mike Hammer (Stacy Keach) is a hard-boiled, two fisted detective who mixes it up with tough guys on a mission, clean and dirty cops on the beat and dr... more »op-dead gorgeous dames with plenty of attitude. A steamy throwback to the classic film noir thrillers of the '50s, Mike Hammer is one tough cookie.« less
Sharron N. from AZTEC, NM Reviewed on 6/24/2010...
Glad to have those 3 episodes replaced. An interesting series to watch.
Barbara B. (GrannyGamer) from KEIZER, OR Reviewed on 2/22/2008...
A 4 DVD box set featuring 26 full length episodes, the complete series that ran on television. Keach makes a great Mike Hammer, although it's a bit disconcerting that the action takes place in the present rather than in the 50s. Great music track!
Not close-captioned, but good show
J. Otto | Winder, GA USA | 08/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Despite the info above, this item is not close-captioned! So if that kind of thing is important to you, bear this in mind. As for the show itself, I find any Mike Hammer vehicle with Stacy Keach in the role worthwhile. True, the 80's version of the show had a better budget and (usually) bigger name guest stars. (When is that show coming out on DVD, by the way?) But Keach is as good as ever as an older,wiser Hammer trying to deal with modern-day appliances such as cellphones, computers, etc., while still remaining the gumshoe we know and love. As soon as I hear that saxophone and Keach's voiceover, I'm hooked. You will be too. Highly recommended."
"When CBS has the First incarnation of Stacy Keach as Mike Hammer, it was harder and gritter like the books. Then Keach got busted for drugs in England and they canceled Hammer.
I do not remember who revised Hammer. This time saddling with an assistant (played by Robert Conrad's son Shane) and a younger, perkier Velma (played by Shannon Whirry). Thes new adventures of Hammer seek weaker and died a quick death as a series in a season of 26 episodes
All twenty six episodes are here in this box set. One can only wish the first incarnation will be available soon--then you can see the real Mike Hammer as it was in the shows Hayday and glory
Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD
Mickey Spillane's Best Character EVER
carl womack | north carolina | 07/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What I've always liked about Mike Hammer, is he's down to earth. I love CSI, and I've got perfect vision, but even I would have a hard time spotting the micro sized evidence CSI agents see with their naked eyes from across a room. Come on guys, I know it's just a show, but you've got to be a little realistic, yet that's just what they do. They walk into a crime scene and see a single hair all the way across the room in the carpet. I mean come on!!! Now back to Mike Hammer, He wins most of his fights, and loses a few (even some of the best fighters in the world have lost a few). He collects baseball cards, eats pizza hot or cold, and loves a good looking lady. He figures out his cases by deduction, logic, and luck, and he's often behind on the rent. The series has well timed action, but not overly done like many shows today, and it's not nearly as gory(CSI has gone too far even though it is a favorite program). There's drama, horror, comedy, and of course Spice. And no other actor has ever portrayed the part better than STACY KEACH (bring back the series America!!!) I've watched these episodes so many times I feel I could quote them word for word. I love'em, and if you like "as real as it gets" detective stories, you'll love it too. "
NOT THE REAL THING!
golden girl | Pennsylvania | 08/07/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Except for Stacy Keach, this show was a complete bomb I had bought the dvd at an auction....because when I was looking at the credits, Lindsay Bloom, who played Velda, was listed....but to my surprise (yikes) this wasn't the Mike Hammer from 1984 Don't waste your money!"
2nd Mike Hammer Not As Good As First
Larry C. Adams | Columbus, GA | 03/17/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"When I bought this video I thought it was the 1980's series. Although it has its good points, I would not recommend it. There is more violence as well as sexual aspects that make it more unappealing to me. Stacy Keach does a good job, but the plots are predictable and the narration by Keach is so complicated that it is hard to keep up with. Again I have enjoyed it, but it is not nearly as good as the Mike Hammer series in the 1980's. The fact that it did not last long on the air should tell you something about it."