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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XMKU3Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,600 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lady Sharon on 2 Jun. 2011
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I remember seeing the Pilot which was shown in a feature length TV film a few years ago but don't remember actually watching the series itself in the 80's. However, I enjoyed the feature and the purchase price was too good not to buy the complete series. Sadly it only seems to be available as a US Import but thankfully we have a multi-region DVD player, which you will require if you purchase this DVD. The series does resemble others, you have the Stingray car [ Knight Rider had a sporty car but this car doesn't talk!] you have the good looking mystery guy known only as Ray played by Nick Mancuso [similar story to The Equalizer although The Equalizer uses more fire power] helping others in need through an advert placed in the paper offering a '65 black Stingray for Barter Only to the right party', Ray doesn't work for money but favours, he helps you, if he decides to take on the case [some of his clients have heard about him from word of mouth], and you will see him one more time after that, when he comes to you for the favour you owe him, which could be something quite simple or something quite complex but you must repay the favour when asked. Ray has many skills and there are a few flash backs to his past; just when you think someone has found Ray's true identity you find that it is someone completely different and you are left wondering again who he really is. Lots of twists and turns, action, it's a series I will happily watch time and time again. However my only disappointment with this series is the Pilot has been cut, the one shown on television features more than the Pilot on the DVD and the parts that have been cut from the DVD episode give a little more insight into Ray, the TV version shows him looking for a kidnapped girl which has been cut from the DVD version. Don't let that put you off buying this though.
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By sheila anderson on 23 April 2014
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Nick Mancuso is a very good actor and the film was very good to watch it keeps you on the edge of your seat
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By Silvia Pooley on 7 Feb. 2015
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Very pleased, just what I expected and more. Good quality to a very good price
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Howard on 6 Aug. 2011
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This particular series hasn't aged well. Not the fault of the series of course, but it has suffered over time. It's the 70's in all its glory. The stories are OK, the hero in Nick Mancuso is fine, even the acting is up to standard; but oh dear, the music! The theme tune isn't the best I've ever heard, however it's the dreadful incidental music that spoils things for me. It's way OTT, much overused and does not add anything to the drama, but rather detracts.
Apart from that, it's OK.
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152 of 154 people found the following review helpful
Great DVD SET!!!! 9 April 2008
By matt - Published on Amazon.com
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As advertised the 5 disc contains all 24 episode including the 2 part pilot version. I was very apprehensive about the quality as they would have to use a great deal of compression to fit that much video on to 5 discs. But I was very pleased, as I checked each disc the quality is much better than I expected! Yes there is a small amount of artifacting but very little, they did a very good compression job for 5 eps. per disc.
The color looks good and accurate, the print or source material is totally clean and the picture is nice and sharp and clear.
The sound is in true stereo!!! Has most of the original music is intact -All the songs are the original up till the last 2 episodes of season one, from then on, most original songs (NOT the theme or background effect music they are all original and intact) were replaced with new dubbed material , they did in my opinion a good job, and it seemed to fit nicely with the episodes - they might have had licensing problems - which might have delayed the series from being released
The only problem I have encountered is there are some problems with motion. It has a look of a PAL disc converted to NTSC - the motion at times seem unnatural and not fluid - this may be a result of the rendering or capturing process that was not done correctly.
When you load each disc there is a disclaimer That anomalies may be present due to source material.
I wouldn't be too concerned about the motion problem, it is slight and you notice it mostly when the camera is panning a moving shot, or when people are walking in the scene.
If you liked the show you will not be disappointed with the set and it is a very good quality product.
Yes it could have been slightly better, but it could have been much, much worse. Im very Happy with the DVD set - and it's great to see the show again with a nice clean picture - and stereo sound!
Go ahead and order it - Im very picky about my reviews and this set is thumbs up!
101 of 105 people found the following review helpful
Good Transfer, but the Pilot episode is Incomplete 9 April 2008
By B. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I got my copy of the DVD set and was delighted to have all 24 episodes. VEI has even gone so far as to include the 30 second promos (with Mike Post music) that began most of the episodes. Some of the footage looks a tiny bit aged, but that ageing is surely due to the original medium in which the episodes were stored. Good job, VEI!

However, there are no bonus materials and it turns out that VEI was provided with an edited down version of the 2 hour pilot episode. Like many shows, Stingray was launched with a 2 hour premier. Later, when the series was renewed for a second season, the 2 hour pilot was edited down to make it into a two-part episode of 45 minutes each. In order to make room for a review of what happened in the "previous episode," editors cut scenes from the original 2 hour pilot. It is this latter, edited version that is included on the DVD set. Thus, for example, there was a scene in the pilot episode where Ray does Tai Chi while he researches his planned identity as a businessman from Fort Worth. There was another brief scene where he was on a completely different case and returns a kidnapped child. These scenes are not in the two-part episode version and are not on the DVD.

I e-mailed the staff at Stephen J. Cannell's website about the issue (Cannell is the guy who wrote the show) and received a very polite reply indicating that "The pilot was separated into 2 episodes for syndication. The show was remastered for syndication and that is what was given to VEI for release on DVD. The original pilot was never remastered and could not be used."
81 of 90 people found the following review helpful
STINGRAY...STARRING NICK MANCUSO 19 Feb. 2008
By PALADIN - Published on Amazon.com
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I obviously cannot review the actual DVD set as yet ( at this date, it is delayed until later in 2008).

But the series deserves some PR...

"Someday I'll see you again, and I'll ask you to for a favor, and whatever it is... you must do it" -- `Ray's stated terms for his assistance.

STINGRAY, as portrayed by Nick Mancuso, was a former American Intelligence Operative who chose to become an enigmatic loner, helping ordinary people with their problems when they contacted him through a newspaper ad: "Stingray. For Barter Only."
Ray would tackle anything from suspicious death to drug-running to blackmail and his price was always simply ; "a favor", which could be any thing, any time, and would be asked in order to help Ray help someone else later on (a gimmick, incidentally, that resurfaced years later on The Equalizer and Vengeance Unlimited) A nice continuity touch was that previous clients did in fact, resurface during the series as Ray would call upon them to help others. Ray was computer savvy at a time well before the proliferation of personal computers, and kept his Stingray Client List, complete with occupations and locations of past clients on a PC which he consulted from time-to-time.

One of many nice touches was that whenever anyone attempted to run Ray's fingerprints, the match would come back either as someone he clearly was not, or as "Classified" by the D.O.D. When his car license plate was run, it would come back as registered to the White House Motor Pool or to the Governor of the State. The man was A CYPHER from start to finish of each episode, with only a few glimpses into his past and his life as the series progressed.

Ray was an extremely competent investigator, adopting disguises that went beyond simple make-up. He could assume a complete personna instantly, complete with appropriate dialect, accent and mannerisms whether he was posing as an effete European hair stylist or a poor, illiterate laborer. Ray was highly skilled in several martial arts and multiple weapons use.

Although he never called himself "Stingray", the name `Ray` was apparently derived from his car, a classic black 1965 Corvette Stingray. Ray tended to favor black in his wardrobe as well.

The short-lived series had smooth class and a cinematic style. A marvelous job was done matching background theme music with the action. Nick Mancuso made a slick action/adventure hero and the plots were gripping -- if at times a bit far-fetched. The show ran for 25 episodes, and to the best of my knowledge, would have continued had Mancuso not become a "problem" for the production company -- supposedly because he couldn't hack the pressure of a weekly series. Too bad.

Overall, an excellent series, ahead of it`s time, which still stands up as some great entertainment.

Can`t wait for the dvds !
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Revival of all-too-quickly-cancelled series 12 May 2008
By Stephen R. Crow - Published on Amazon.com
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Would add my favorable review to the others here. The audio/visual quality is good. The liner notes are okay although a little more detail would have been nice. The plastic case is adequate.

The show itself? The interesting thing is that it's an anthology: Ray is the only main character, so you've got an almost anonymous character who can easily be slotted into any number of stories. During the course of the series they did Amerindian supernatural ("The Ninewah"), a technology breakdown ("Playback"), a viral outbreak ("Less Than the Eye Can See"), serial killers, street gangs ("Blood Money"), Bond-style villains (an unnamed villain in "Abnormal Psych" who sadly didn't return), psychodramas, political intrigue ("Sometimes You Got To Sing the Blues"), and comedies. The comedies are among the best: check out "Caper" (a near-perfect parody of "Mission: Impossible"), "Autumn" (a parody of "Murder She Wrote"), and "Cry Wolf" with a hilariously over-the-top Jeff Conaway as an actor who ropes Ray into a showdown with the Mafia and the Yakuza.

As suits an anthology, Nick Mancuso plays many different roles within the role, able to take on the persona of a surgeon or a revival preacher at the drop of a hat. While good with a gun and martial arts, he's just as capable of getting through to a brainwashed killer just by being persuasive ("Abnormal Psych"). He also displays a photographic memory and the ability to temporarily stop his heart.

The musical scores are good, and each show ends with shots of the production crew taken during the episode.

Overall, highly recommended. Comes across as a bit dated with the 80s clothing styles and computer tech, but as noted elsewhere, it's really a pretty timeless kind of show. Wonder when someone will do a remake in these years of remake-heavy TV revival shows?
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
a Modern Day Lone Ranger....Stingray 18 Jan. 2011
By Bennet Pomerantz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The 1980's action TV to me was Wiseguy, The A Team and Stingray. Stingray, Created by Stephen J Cannell, was an adventure series, like the A Team. A man who takes a case who the deal that he will ask a favor. His identity was unknown to anyone. The pilot hinted a vietname vet and a P.O.W

The action adventure is nonstop. Think the Lone Ranger with a Stingay auto instead of a horse. Nick Mancuso takes the lead and makes the mysterious Ray an enigma to keep watching.

NBC were idiots in 1986, they moved this show from time slot to time slot instead of giving this show a chance to grow. It lasted only two seasons (25 episodes), but enough for this show to have a cult following

This Mill Creek product has the clearest master recording for 1986 shows. This 10 hours of this show will make you wanting for more.

The powers that be in Hollywood been remaking shows like the Bionic Woman, Knight Rider, Hawaii Five O and Charlie's Angels, I wish someone would be smart to remake this one. Until then you will enjoy this show on DVD

Bennet Pomerantz
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