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It Takes a Thief: The Complete Series [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Robert Wagner , Fred Astaire , Allen Reisner , Anton Leader    DVD
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Product details

  • Actors: Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire, Malachi Throne, Julie Newmar, John Williams
  • Directors: Allen Reisner, Anton Leader, Barry Shear, Bruce Kessler, Don Taylor
  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 18
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Ent. One Music
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 816 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B005DKS1Z8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,553 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Region 0 24 Nov 2011
No, this is not a region 1; It is a region 0. It plays perfectly on my DVD player in France. Unfortunately the quality is not as good as the german "Ihr Auftritt Al Mundy" but it brings back good memories !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like Alexander Mundy, I'm in like flint; Mercedes limousine with the hardcore tint 4 Dec 2005
By Doctor Trance - Published on
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And so goes a Public Enemy rap song from the late 80's, as the ultra chic thief of the late 60's got immortalized on vinyl two decades later, and should continue to be an icon for decades more. The coolest burglar in TV or movie history is none other than Robert Wagner, as Alexander Mundy.

Airing for 3 seasons from '68-'70, we got 66 episodes of espionage, heists, and of course, romance in exotic locales. We got a cool theme song from Dave Grusin, spun over psychadelic opening montages, featuring 3 different opening tags through the three seasons. In '68 you had Noah Bain, expertly played by Malachi Throne, uttering "Look, Al, I'm not asking you to spy, I'm just asking you to steal." In '69 and into '70 it was Wagner responding with "Let me get this straight, you WANT me to steal." And also in '70, there was none other than Alistair Mundy (Al's thief of a Dad) with "I've heard of stealing from the government BUT FOR the goverment!"

When Malachi Throne departed during the '69 season, he was replaced by Ed Binns as Wally Powers, who was never as strict as Noah. Noah made Al stay in a government monitored house, under close wraps, but Al was quickly roaming free under Wally. While the 3rd season was a whole lot of fun, featuring Fred Astaire as Al's Dad, the shows never had as much pinache as some of the superb 1st and 2nd season hits, and one of my favorite shows in TV history was canceled far too early.

What made this show so grande was the performance of Robert Wagner, and the premise of the shows, where Al was sent in (almost always under an alias and spying in various disguises) to steal something, spy on someone, or protect something. Who didn't want to emulate this globetrotting expert thief, who could steal things legally, sneak in and out of dangerous countries with the help of the US government, and seduce foreign diplomat's daughters.

There were numerous classic episodes, often with lots of swinging 60's style and humor, but one very tense and dramatic story I remember was the two part Hans Across the Border, where Al had to smuggle a defector out of East Germany in a vehicle's hidden compartment. Great stuff, but the shows with biting humor were the best, like the one where Al posed as a Magician with an assistant, or the one when he was a photographer during a United Nations beauty contest, in the aptly named episode 38-23-36.

There wasn't a show as fun as this one, a leading man as suave as Al Mundy, or a premise as sweet as this. It wasn't exactly a success at barely 3 seasons, but it should have gone on longer. Many shows have tried to capture the thief gone good scenario, and until recently with the excellent White Collar, we had gone many years where carbon copies of this show have failed.

***DVD Quality update***: Wow, I can't believe it's been 6 years since I initially wrote this, pining for a DVD release. Now that it's finally out, many have complained of the picture quality. Well, after finally getting my boxed set, I can honestly review the DVDs. The clarity differs slightly with each episode you watch. In some, there is a ton of graininess, and in others, the picture is clearer but the sharpness is low. A few episodes have good picture quality and sharpness, however none are up to today's standards. If you are a picky about image quality and like to watch everything in HD, this will be a strong disappointment to you. However, if you are a fan of the show, and don't mind watching a lower quality picture, I don't think this becomes a deal breaker. It is similar to watching a VHS quality tape, and for some episodes, it's like watching a 2nd generation VHS copy. Hey, that's all we had back then and we still watched stuff, right? It's up to you whether you think the price and quality are worth paying for, but I am glad to own the entire series. It will stay in my collection and is still very watchable to me.

Video Tip: Change your TV setting from "wide" to "normal" when viewing It Takes A Thief, as it will zoom out the picture to it's normal ratio, rather than enlarging and stretching it to fit your screen. This will give the episodes slightly better sharpness.
54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Disappointed in eOne 17 Nov 2011
By William Simon - Published on
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Most, if not all, of the 5 star reviews are several years old, lobbying for the release. Sadly, the reality is considerably less than 5 star quality.

I've been waiting for this on DVD for years. The eOne set was announced, and I kept an eye on the release date like Al and Alistair would keep an eye on diamonds. The set arrived yesterday.

'Digitally re-mastered'? Hardly. The episodes on Hulu were of higher quality. Specks, static, etc. on every episode watched or looked at so far. No idea what these were manufactured from, but they are not *remotely* re-mastered. Color balance varies widely in each episode. The video quality is on a par with 10-15 year old well cared for VHS recordings.

Second season theme is incomplete. I know the full 60 second S2 intro is out there, because I've seen it intact (rarely, I'll admit, but it is out there) on brief syndication runs. Not on every episode, true, but at least one or two, so it does exist. No excuse for it not to be used here.

So far, third season is also using the abbreviated version of the theme on about half the episodes. Again, no excuse.

The 'Special Feature' film version of the pilot was dubbed from the VHS release years back: the disclaimer about "copying this VIDEOTAPE is prohibited," and "This VIDEOTAPE is for private use only" (emphasis added) is intact and displays before the opening credits.

The packaging is flimsy at best, awkward at worst. The Special Feature Interviews with Robert Wagner and Glen Larson are nice to watch, but the quality of episode transfers and lack of substantial extras make this one a 2, and that's only due to my affection for the series overall. It's nice to have un-edited and complete episodes to watch when the mood strikes, but one has to wish eOne had done things right and proper. One day, I may have to look into the German and Australian sets.
57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Box Set Definitely a Mixed Bag Quality-wise 18 Nov 2011
By Jim Harwood - Published on
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I've only watched the first episode "The Magnificent Thief" and scanned thru episodes 2-4. The first episode appears to be time compressed or has been taken off of a sped up PAL master. Also that episode runs at just over an hour. Has something been cut? I couldn't tell as I haven't seen the show for many years, but it's odd that it would run just one hour and a minute long. Also, no music over the end credits. Very strange. Image-wise, this episode doesn't look too bad, though it is a little soft looking. Episodes 2-4 don't appear to be time compressed though episode 4 is taken off of a substandard video master that has a lot of ghosting in the image. It's really tiring seeing some really great old television getting no respect on DVD. CBS/Paramount will often provide great transfers for most of their shows, but some of these other labels are really slip-shod. I wish Universal would quit farming out their shows to these low-grade producers and for once go back to the original film elements and provide first rate transfers. Also, the packaging for IT TAKES A THIEF is really cheap and flimsy. Standard DVD cases would have been preferable. I haven't had the chance to watch any other episodes, but the first 4 are a real mixed bag. OK at best.
45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a Way To Be Remembered... 30 Dec 2011
By SG - Published on
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Seriously - have you ever seen cheaper packaging on a "boxed set". How disrespectful to this A-list series to have it end up looking like this. The packaging is cheap, negligent, and IT DOESN'T EVEN FIT THE ITEMS. Did someone design the cheap cardboard outer box while not realizing there would be no inner covers for the disc sets? So there is 50% AIR. It doesn't look like any other first-rate boxed set.

But I do go on about this tacky protection and appearance. I do confirm the other reviewers' main observations about the poor quality of the videos. Much older, fuzzier series have been digitally remastered with skill and care to look much better than this. There are many, many techniques and tools to produce DVD's from old film and tape. Too bad this producer/distributor did not care to put out a fitting quality tribute to the series. Some of the discs appear to have no remastering at all.
39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring it to DVD 15 Feb 2005
By Kenneth E. Black - Published on
This is one of my favorite shows that I watched all the time growing up. Robert Wagner is brilliant as Alexander Mundy, and the series that followed this movie was excellent. Both this movie and the entire series need to be released on DVD. I hope whoever has the rights to the show realizes soon how many people would snatch this show up if they ever release it.
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