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Johnny Staccato [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Z3C728
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,397 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2011
"Why did I leave the Village that night? Because I put my musicians union card in mothballs five years ago. When it dawned on me that my talent was an octave lower than my ambition. So while my heart is still on the bandstand, I pay for the groceries away from the piano. And when I get a business call these days, even at two in the morning, I answer it..."

Staccato - or Johnny Staccato as it became slightly better known through reruns - may only have lasted a single season in 1959, but it cast a pretty big shadow for those who saw it. Starring John Cassavettes as a former jazz musician turned private eye, it was a genuinely hip take on the genre with a voice-over riddled with jazz slang and some initially surprising production values that made many episodes look like a classy film noir in miniature and sound like nothing else on TV thanks to a superb Elmer Bernstein score that ranks alongside his classic Man with the Golden Arm. It didn't hurt that each episode included regular musicians like Shelley Mane, Red Norvo and Johnny Williams (later John Williams of Star Wars and Jaws) both on the soundtrack and sometimes on screen in the jazz joint that doubled as Johnny's office, while the lineup of directors wasn't too shabby either, John Brahm, Boris Sagal and Paul Henreid among them, with Cassavettes himself directing five episodes. The plots often didn't stand up to too much scrutiny, with neat hooks like scandal mags-cum-blackmail rackets, heroin addicted musicians and black market babies all wrapped up a little too neatly by the bad guys getting stupid before the 25 minute running time was up, and there was the odd bit of overacting from a hypercaffeinated Cassavettes, but the attitude and gritty location feel of the show gave it a real freshness that still endures.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Simon Butler on 9 Jan. 2011
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Oh they really don't make 'em like this anymore-this has got to be the coolest detective show i have ever seen-never heard of it b4-it was shown on NBC & ABC in 1959 & 1960-not sure if it was ever shown in the UK-filmed in New York City it stars John Cassavetes as jazz pianist Staccato who is also a PI. Each episode is like a mini film noir,a lot of the action takes place in the jazz club 'Waldos'in Greenwich Village-27 episodes full of violence,guns,cheap broads,booze,jazz,smoking-what more do u want to relax to? -great quality prints.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Thin Man on 18 Oct. 2011
I remembered this show as a kid on Australian TV around 1960-61 and along with PETER GUNN I guess it was my first introduction to jazz - Henry Mancini on the latter and on JOHNNY STACCATO music by Elmer Bernstein (themes) in jazz mode, and what was basically Shelley Manne and His Men, with John (then Johnny) Williams on piano in the scenes at Waldo's, where Johnny S. plays a little piano and takes his calls for his rather odd PI jobs. Over 50 years later, JOHNNY STACCATO looks and sounds great - with each episode containing almost wall-to-wall music for its 25 minute running time, a very noirish feel to its settings and shootings and the plus of quite a lot of on location shooting (clearly done on the run and without permits) which gives us a great look at NYC and Greenwich Village - when it was really cool. Cassavettes is terrific, and directed a few episodes himself. The Timeless transfers are actually pretty good overall. That we have this available to us at all is something of a wonder. Grab it while it's still available, it's a must for fans of 60s US crime TV and especially the jazz of the period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eeyore on 16 Jan. 2013
Just to endorse what the other reviewers have said, this is a great reminder of the kind of tough, laconic crime series that American TV was so good at in the fifties. Although I didn't notice at the time, when it seemed very hip and cool, it was really quite old-fashioned in some ways - very much in the noir style of ten years earlier. The New York locations, the music and John Cassavetes are excellent and, while no-one could claim that the shows were literary or thespian masterpieces they are thoroughly enjoyable - especially if you were around at the time, although my thirtyish daughters enjoy them too.

The only reason I bothered to file this review is to say that, if you fancy seeing these period gems, don't worry about the discs being Region 1 - they play perfectly well in a normal Region 2 player (at least, mine do) - and jolly good prints they are too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Matthews on 15 Jan. 2014
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Naked City and Johnny Staccato were my two favourite series in the late 50s and early 60s, and were an important part of my love for the city of New York and Jazz. I've was so pleased when I stumbled across the collection of all 27 episodes of Johnny Staccato featuring the great actor John Cassavetes and so many future-to-be well-known movie actors.
The stories hold up, are well produced and directed, and, being black-and-white, show off beat generation NYC to its nourish best. Lots of good on-the-street footage and great music. Highly recommended.
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