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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic collection!
Forget your Region 1 'Secret Agent aka Danger Man' sets - now is the time to upgrade. Much improved quality and sound, in production order with a wealth of extras will satisfy any McGoohan fan! As with the majority of Network DVD's cult TV sets (the Saint, Man in a Suitcase, Randall and Hopkirk etc) the extras really make this set worth the while:

* The...
Published on 26 July 2007 by Christopher Wray

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A must , for all " The Prisoner "fans of Patrick Mc Goohan
Danger man brings back good memories of the sixties when I was in school. TV was in black & white then, but it was just as exciting as it is today. McGoohan as secret agent John Drake had all his arsenal of gadgets which never ceased to amaze me. This DVD shows them all....miniture camera in his shoe, tape recorders, hidden weapons etc . There is always this sense of...
Published on 17 Nov. 2000


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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic collection!, 26 July 2007
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Christopher Wray (Skipton, N. Yorks, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Danger Man - (Special Edition) 47 Episode Set + Limited Edition Book [DVD] [1960] (DVD)
Forget your Region 1 'Secret Agent aka Danger Man' sets - now is the time to upgrade. Much improved quality and sound, in production order with a wealth of extras will satisfy any McGoohan fan! As with the majority of Network DVD's cult TV sets (the Saint, Man in a Suitcase, Randall and Hopkirk etc) the extras really make this set worth the while:

* The definitive account of the making of the hour-long Danger Man series by Andrew Pixley, presented as an exclusive book (the title of 'series notes' does not do it justice - excellent bed time reading!)
* Feature-length version of Koroshi (only previously available in the Danger Man magazine part works, featuring a scene NOT in the episodic versions).
* Extensive episodic image gallery (featuring colour press pack photos) accompanied by a suite of Edwin Astley's incidental music
* The Sidney Cole script archive - PDFs of almost every hour-long Danger Man episode (in fact all the episodes bar the first 'Fish on the Hook')
* Gallery of Somportex chewing gum cards
* Introduction to The Galloping Major by Earl Cameron
* Introduction to A Date with Doris by Jane Merrow
* Introduction to The Mirror's New by Wanda Ventham
* Koroshi Movie Trailer (audio only)
* Three trailers for Secret Agent
* Destination Danger titles (French)
* Secret Agent titles (US)
* UK Opener Rushes
* Commercial Break Bumpers
* Textless Material (mute)
* End Title Music Suite
* Book Cover Gallery
* Danger Man Annuals PDF

And a nice sturdy box with fantastic individual sleeve artwork (featuring extracts from the ITC press pack, covers of annuals etc). I swear that I was hyper-ventilating when this came through the post yesterday. If this is an example of what is to come with The Prisoner set this October, I'll be selling my Region 4 Prisoner set too!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not all episodes?, 11 Sept. 2007
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This review is from: Danger Man - (Special Edition) 47 Episode Set + Limited Edition Book [DVD] [1960] (DVD)
According to info I have looked up this set cannot include all episodes of Danger Man:

30 minute long episodes

Season (1) 39

60 minute long episodes

Season (2) 22

Season (3) 23

Season (4) 2 (both in colour)

There are 47 hour long episodes in seasons 2-4. The run time for this set is just over 39 hours. If season 1's 39 half hour episodes were also included then the run time would have to be around just under 60 hours!
Amazon's intro quoting 86 episodes must be wrong, or am I missing something here?
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The set to get...Network has done it again!, 30 July 2007
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Kenneth M. Pizzi (San Mateo, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Danger Man - (Special Edition) 47 Episode Set + Limited Edition Book [DVD] [1960] (DVD)
I discovered this series on KTEH 54-San Jose, a local PBS station, and I was astounded by the quality of the acting and of the writing. The dialogue is simply outstanding and far outpaces anything you will see on primetime tv today featuring the work of many well-known directors like Peter Yates (Bullitt), who are well-respected in the UK and abroad.

I think John Drake is the epitome of cool--examine the icy interchange between Darren Nesbitt and McGoohan in "Sting in the Tail" for example--you will be riveted to the screen. Supporting cast include reliable, stock actors from the ITC stable and some notable British film stars like John Fraser, Bernard Lee, (M from the James Bond films) and Finlay Currie.

Personally, I never grow tired watching these expertly written episodes over and over again--a product of Great Britain's when it still had something resembling an empire. The strength in Secret Agent lies in the scripts, characterization of the lead (McGoohan), and the gritty realism portrayed. In fact, McGoohan directed several of the episodes including "The Paper Chase" which has some whimsical, if not humorous, elements to it--I won't spoil it for you, but let's just say Drake's means of eluding the bad guys in this installment is a go-kart!

Drake is not infalliable and does not always win the day: watch the episode "Judgment Day" and see why. Personally, these hour long episodes are far superior than the 30 minute "Danger Man" episodes that were produced a few years before.

Secret Agent is played seriously--not like the candy coated sci fi James Bond "espionage entertainments" served up by Brosnan and Co. ridiculously replete with cars that fly or laden with machine guns and death rays. No, here is an agent that, although an expert marksman, refuses to use a gun, but instead relies on his wits to get the job done.

Take my word for it, Secret Agent Mega set is the ticket to hours of viewing pleasure and an interesting window into Cold War politics and intrigue--Enjoy! Like the Saint boxed sets and loaded with extras, Network has once again taken the lead in providing the very best in giving collectors what they want and expect in vintage British TV.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this is NOT Danger Man 'complete', 14 Sept. 2007
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John Steed "Emma Peel" (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Danger Man - (Special Edition) 47 Episode Set + Limited Edition Book [DVD] [1960] (DVD)
I've just bought this set, and as the last reviewer says, it does not include the original half-hour episodes, just the 50 minute ones from 1964-66.
Whilst I've got no criticism at all of the content, which is brilliant throughout, I think the description of 'Danger Man Complete' is very naughty. The product description clearly says "all 86 episodes from John Drake's entire crime fighting career" are included. This is not true - only 47 episodes are here.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want the other 39 half hour versions......, 12 Aug. 2007
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This review is from: Danger Man - (Special Edition) 47 Episode Set + Limited Edition Book [DVD] [1960] (DVD)
In reply to the previous reviewer. If the case is that this new release only contains the 50 minute versions, this is where you can get the First Season.

The box set that was released by A&E in the USA, comprising of 5 discs, is actually REGION O, NTSC, and will play on any UK DVD player that can output the signal, and most do, even the cheaper models. And if you shop around, you can pick the set up reasonable priced; I bought mine, brand new, from Amazon.com for £ 11.00, and was including P&P.

Buy this set definitely but if you want to complete the collection treate yourself to Season One.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Drake completely outclasses James Bond, 10 May 2008
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This review is from: Danger Man - (Special Edition) 47 Episode Set + Limited Edition Book [DVD] [1960] (DVD)
When asked why he refused to play James Bond in 1961 McGoohan replied "Take away the super armament - the muscle - the glamour - the sex -what's left. Nothing. Bond has no spirit."

McGoohan stamped his personality on Drake, never being involved with the plethora of lovely girls, never carrying a gun, relying on robust hand to hand combat combined with a highly professional cold relentless tenacity.

Backed up by excellent scripts and supporting actors every episode of Dangerman is a winner.

Almost certainly the greatest TV espionage series ever made.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danger Man Episodes 13 to 20, 8 Sept. 2003
Another excellent transfer to DVD of eight episodes of the 1960s TV series "Danger Man" starring Patrick McGoohan.
These are made in black and white, however the mastering to DVD is as usual excellent.
The productions are great and the acting is to a high standard.
As usual McGoohan plays the secret agent John Drake who gets into various adventures in different countries. He prefers to use his fists rather than a gun, and he does not get involved in sex.
This is an excellent collection of action/spy adventures.
I remember the series when it was on TV originally and it's great to be able to watch the episodes now on DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Espionage Entertainment, 29 Dec. 2003
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This is a glorious classic! McGoohan lends his character a sense of calm collectedness that Bonds like Connery or Brosnan never could. You know that even in the worst situation he's in control and he has some real experience and personal resources lodged up-his-sleeve for any tight situation. The atmosphere is enhanced by impressive locations, solid supporting actors and some great storylines. One can only hope that someone makes the right decision and complete the release of the whole series...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danger Man - Patrick McGoohan, 7 Sept. 2003
Several episodes from the TV spy series from the 1960s, Danger Man was definitely a cut above other TV series at the time and even today scores above many TV series.
The production is superb and the acting is spot on.
Being from the 1960s, it is in black and white, however the mastering and transferring to DVD is perfect, the fact that it is in back and white does not distract from the episodes.
Patrick McGoohan went on to star in The Prisoner.
Well recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One enduring pleasure!!, 23 Mar. 2007
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I had the rare pleasure of few birthday presents last week-plenty of money instead. This was one of my little indulgences and am I glad I indulged!!

First broadcast in Autumn 1960, this is the start of a consumate TV program that has lasted staggeringly well. The original 39 episodes begin with this set and share several winning ways:-

a) Half-Hour long:-no fannying about, thank you! The story has to be concluded in that time, so things move fast. Your bladder can stand the necessary cuppa beforehand, as you can't leave it midway, without missing something! Despite only having 30 mins, plot and character devbelopment are not inconsequental. Ok, it isn't Dostoeyevsky, but it ain't Micky Spillane, either!!

b) The Original theme music:-far more brassy and portentious than the later version for the one-hour shows-it just fits the whole concept so much better-dododo,dododo,dodododo do -dodododo etc. You'll soon remember it if you're old enough & if not, you'll soon enjoy it!!

c) Solid supporting cast-last night(episode 7), we had Lois Maxwell(original Bond Miss MoneyPenny) & Donald Pleasance with Patrick McGoohan-welcome guests, too, with the dessert and coffee. None of those dreadful old series habits here, either, ie extras standing around like lost sheep rhubarbing in the background or people fluffing their lines and the director being too idle to reshoot!!

d) The Opening and Closing Titles-grainy black and white, start and end, of McGoohan getting into his car at the start in front of a London(?) Skyscraper purporting to be NATO HQ and finishing with atmospheric even granier shots of the same office block at night with all the lights on-see, it even inspired Andy Warhol to make Empire State!!

e) Patrick McGoohan:-before he became self-indulgent, he was a gloriously good actor-combining here an elegant charm with a fist of steel, a brooding matinee idol you suspected MIGHT just develop a huge twitch to an eyebrow or punch your lights out if you didn't play the game correctly!!

Well, there's 5 good reasons for indulging in a TRUE entertainments package-apart from it being one of the most influential TV series ever AND putting everything else that imitated or learnt from it in the shade! Time YOU indulged yourself, don't you think??
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