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Mickey Spillanes Mike Hammer: The Complete Series [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Darren McGavin
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 2028 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004QC6HGY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,460 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JGR on 8 Mar 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Delivery was no bother, product itself is fine, no problems with it. Note if you are a fan this is Region 1, couldn't find it Region 2 so you will need the correct player - or know how to convert your player if that is possible for your player.
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
A Fight And A Flirt--A Groundbreaking Detective Noir Hits DVD For The First Time 13 Aug 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer surely ranks as one of the most famous (or infamous) detectives in modern fiction. A lot of actors have embodied the hard boiled Hammer through various film and TV projects, but the quintessential representation for me has always been Darren McGavin in this series from 1958-1959. Obviously as a product of the late fifties, the show can seem tame and dated by modern standards--but that certainly doesn't decrease its "cool" quotient. Ironically, the show was lambasted upon its debut for its use of excessive violence by contemporary critics--but that didn't detract viewers from embracing the program's offbeat charms. Always a fan of McGavin, his television work (particularly this as well as the before-his-time Kolchak) is what truly stands out in a career resume spanning over sixty years. His Hammer plays up tough guy cliches with refreshing humor and unapologetically sexist machismo. And when pushed to action, he moves quickly and with relentless determination (not to mention a healthy dose of contempt for authority).

As the episodes are short and action packed, character development often plays second fiddle to moving the narrative along. As such, many guest roles can seem fairly one dimensional. Women, in particular, get short shrift--usually portrayed as either simpering victims or as evil incarnate with little moderation. In many respects, therefore, the show's success sits on the reliable shoulders of McGavin. The stories themselves are better than expected, with plenty of twists and surprises. In fact, looking back at some of Hammer's cases--many are more intricate than what can be seen in today's cookie cutter procedural crime shows. It's all very brisk, exciting, and genuinely funny with a tough guy hero you can't help but root for (despite your better instincts and modern sensibilities).

As a representation of its time, "Mike Hammer" ranks as a strong five star recommendation that pushed the boundaries of acceptable television politeness. Anyone looking for an old fashioned noir reconfigured as a TV serial should appreciate this DVD release. It contains all 78 episodes from its two season run at a list time just shy of 33 hours over 12 discs. When you revisit any old TV show, there is a certain nostalgia factor that kicks in intrinsically. Part of the fun can be seeing actors pop up in guest roles long before they became famous. "Mike Hammer" is no exception with appearances by Angie Dickinson, Marion Ross, DeForest Kelly, Ted Knight, Lorne Greene and Barbara Bain among others. If you like hard edged detective fiction and aren't scared by classic TV--this is a must-have entertainment. One of the coolest and most risk-taking shows to emerge from fifties era television. KGHarris, 8/11.
42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Another example of how great tv crime shows USED to be... 3 Oct 2011
By Stantana Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
First off, let me preface this by saying I am 32 yrs old and honestly did not know this particular program had ever existed until I found it on Amazon. In the last year I had purchased a couple other classics of the genre (such as Johnny Staccato and M Squad) so I was happily suprised to find this set listed in my "coming soon" recommendations. As soon as I saw it was starring Darren McGavin I clicked pre-order without hesitation and waited for its arrival. When the set arrived I ate it up. Sure there are some clunkers, but the good outweigh the bad and McGavin makes even the lesser episodes watchable. The physical violence and eroticism are fairly heavy for the time which leads to it standing out among his peers. While its certainly not "the Wire" and only "popcorn" enterainment it is better acted/better written than other crime/detective shows on tv today...so if ya are considering making the purchase just click that order button.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
the episodes look great!! 5 Oct 2011
By Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I was one of those reading these great reviews from reviewers who seemingly love the series but haven't seen the set so let me be the first to say....THEY LOOK GREAT! I found this set at costco for $49 and took a chance knowing I could return it if it proved to be substandard but they look like film not video. I'm a long time fan of Darren McGavin and this reminds me of the character he played so well in Kolchak Kolchak - The Night Stalker. These are not in a league with Twilight Zone or as moody and retro as Peter Gunn so don't expect film noir sort of lighting and drama....but they are still good viewing at 25minutes an episode.

As others mentioned it is always fun to see the future stars in their guest roles. Anyway....others go into much better detail about the series and I've only scratched the surface but I did want to let all who were , like me, wondering...they are very good prints you will not be disappointed.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Darren McGavin as Mike Hammer: Brilliant 28-minute film noirs 15 Feb 2012
By Alan W. Petrucelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer: The Complete Series has been released by A&E Home Video, all 78 episodes, and the only reaction possible is: WOW! Only two seasons (1958 and 1959) were shot, and it must have been a grueling schedule. Darren McGavin plays Hammer with charm, insouciance and exactly the right amount of threat to make him consistently interesting and always somewhat surprising.
Somehow, by adding magnetism and menace, the actor is able to avoid the misogyny of Spillane's alter-ego. Remember, the three women involved with Hammer in the 1955 film Kiss Me Deadly end up painfully dead. Mike may refer to the women as "chickies", but he treats his amours as the knight in slightly rusted armor he is.
Considering the age, the quality of the sound and the visuals are nothing short of miraculous. Evidently, the interiors were filmed in Hollywood (as the credits suggest), but the exteriors are pure mid-century New York City, and a treat they are themselves. Dave Kahn's jazz infused score is a perfect background for Hammer's world: flawed, sometimes down and dirty, but always with hope and confidence.
McGavin is, as always, spot on; as an actor, it's a shame he remains tremendously underrated. Here, he worked with everyone from Anna May Wong to Hershel Bernardi to Angie Dickinson. The faces that pop up from the series are amazing, so extraordinarily young, preserved on film forever.
One complaint: 28 minutes is simply too short a time for such interesting characters and situations. Each episode would make a perfect film noir; still, as is, we are truly blessed in having this collection of "noirettes'
Any fan of old TV, noir or just darn good acting, writing, directing and presentation, should do themselves a favor and buy this collection. Today.
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Standout series with Darren McGavin! 9 Aug 2011
By Dee J. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I wasn't around to see this great series when it premiered on TV (though I remember a few reruns a few years later), so I was thrilled to learn that A&E is releasing it on DVD! Darren McGavin was the perfect choice to play the somewhat rambunctious, though intelligent and tough detective Mike Hammer and I remember that you never really knew who the killer was until the very end of the show - usually quite a surprise! I can't wait to watch all of the episodes.
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