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The Return Of The Saint - The Complete Series [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ian Ogilvy, Linda Thorson
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LXHJIW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,601 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By T. Vernon on 12 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
In a way 'Return of the Saint' was / is a landmark TV series. It was without doubt the last of a genre that sporned action / adventure series such as 'The Saint', 'The Champions', 'Randall and Hopkirk Deceased', 'The Persuaders' and countless others. These ITC produced TV series were unique in that they were shot as feature films, rather than the video taped in studio with film inserts technique favoured by TV producers such as the BBC up until the late eighties.

The series is looked upon by some as being a failure, however this is an ill informed view based on the fact that a second series was never commissioned. The truth of the matter is that the series sold in excess of 70 countries worldwide, and won Ian Ogilvy a 'Most Compulsive TV Character Award' in 1978 at the then prostiguous 'TV Times Awards'. The main driving force behind ITC was the then Sir Lew Grade, however his retirement from the TV side along with the financial ITC Film disaster that was 'Raise the Titanic' both compounded to make sure that TV series of this type were never made again, and hence the second series of 'Return of the Saint' never happened.

In terms of production values, the series is, even now by television standards, almost without parallel. Whereas the Elstree Film Studios back lot was often utilised as an exotic local, albeit with rubber palm trees, for the other series previously mentioned. 'Return of the Saint' actually filmed in the countries / locations where the stories were set, locations such as Venice, Nice, The Camargue, Cortina, Rome, Florence to name a few - unheard of for a TV series back then and very possibly now.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Iredale on 16 Aug. 2007
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I can remember this as if it was yesterday; Sunday evenings, 8.00pm, ITV (the slot now owned by Heartbeat), this was essential viewing for me and my school friends back in 1979, probably with a side helping of a glass of milk and a Trio chocolate bar (remember them?). Glossy and comsopolitan (now, slightly amusing, chiefly for the fashions that were still very 70s, despite the 80s only being round the corner), with interantional locations, often in the sun and lots of women in bikinis. One of the last releases of Lew HGrade's ITC and still highly entertaining. If you remember Roger Moore's rendition of The Saint, then you'll probably prefer that version, but being a child of the 70s, this is the one for me. Not an item you are likely to race through in a short period of time, more something you will dip into when the mood takes. But, despite (or perhaps because of) the obvious age of this item, this is something to enjoy!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. Fitzgerald on 21 April 2008
Format: DVD
This was a completely contrived series that served the purpose of heralding the end of the ITC television format which usually involved a charismatic lead who always got their man (or in the case of Simon Templar, the girl too).

And yet, with tongue firmly planted in cheek I found myself enjoying some of the episodes, particularly the London based shows that were shot on location to pretty good effect with a good supporting cast. While the scenes based in Rome, Venice and Florence were quite picturesque, the decision to employ English actors with dubious foreign accents (it is almost worth having a competition to see who has the worst - there are plenty of candidates on offer) or Italian actors struggling to come to terms with an oversimplified English dialogue kind of spoiled the effect.

The ten year gap from the Simon Templar that Roger Moore left behind to the one that Ian Ogilvy acquired meant that a laid back playboy was more of an action hero aimed almost exclusively at impressionable six year olds (like me) who liked the white Jaguar XJS that he drove. But Ogilvy was still able to display some of the rakish charm that Moore had in the original series and he was a good deal more athletic despite of the shirts he wore being so tight fitting that if you painted him green you'd think he was the Incredible Hulk. However even this edgier Templar was still a lightweight compared to his contemporaries that included Regan & Carter, Bodie & Doyle and Starsky & Hutch (maybe he should have had a partner called Doom).

Return Of The Saint was an ambitious project in terms of the finance acquired through ITC's partnership with Italian broadcaster RAI.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jukeboxjohnnie on 8 Feb. 2007
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[...] I've waited years for this to come out on DVD, much prefer Ogilvy to Moore, he plays it perfectly, and episodes like Duel in Venice and One Black September are as good as it gets for me. The only critisism I can find is you can see the money run out towards the end as the final episodes seem to be filmed to a tighter budget. Great 70's telly, better than The New Avengers with that great theme tune. Highly Recommended!!!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luke Hadlow on 15 Mar. 2007
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I was really pleased to see that this tv series had finally come out on DVD having loved it as a child growing up in the 70's. It is fun,escapism with each episode appearing like a mini film with great locations and interesting storylines. Ian Ogilvy plays the leading role with the humour and looks of Roger Moore and the charm and speaking voice of Carry Grant. The other excitement is of course the beautiful actresses who appear in each episode and not forgetting the saint's wonderful white Jag and the brilliant theme tune which still sounds great today. My only critisicm would be the rather laughable fight scenes but these were obviously toned down to appeal to a wider audience so I can excuse these. All in all a marvellous trip down memory lane. Now all I need to do is get my girlfriend to stop drooling over Mr Ogilvy!!!!
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