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on 11 January 2011
Brilliant 60's spy series that is unfortunately unavailable in it's entirety outside the U.S. I imported the series from the U.S. last year but before I knew of it's availability I also bought this series of U.N.C.L.E. movies In truth they are two part episodes from the four tv seasons edited together for European cinema release during the series heyday.Nevertheless these movies are very entertaining and are sure to appeal to all fortysomethings It's not a recent release so the extras consist of pdf documents I can't elaborate as i've never viewed them. The movies are good fun and don't take themselves too seriously
and at the current asking price,under 9 pounds represent good value for a 5 movie box-set.A thought to leave you with both the leads in the show are still working in mainstream tv Robert Vaughn plays Albert in Hustle and David McCallum plays Ducky Mallard in NCIS what other 40 year old show can claim that? If you liked U.N.C.L.E. first time around your on a winner here if your a first time viewer try your luck you may be surprised
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on 1 February 2011
Although not the entire series of UNCLE films, I wish it was, some of them are still enjoyable for uncle fans. Not too be taken too seriously enjoy them for what they are just a bit of fun.
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on 24 June 2004
Frankly I am rather Disappointed with this box Set! ,As it Is missing 3 of the Films! The Missing Films Are-
As Follows- To Trap A Spy- which also stars Luciana Paluzzi, (She Played Fiona In Thunderball) How could they not include this in box Set!
The Spy In The Green Hat! with Janet Leigh & Jack Palance, this is the the one with the retired Gangsters reliving their bootleg days, A brilliant send up, Rather Disappointing not to be released!
One of Our Spies Is Missing, This is the one where Ilya is trailing Cats! To see who is stealing them!
Anyway I wont say anything about the films included apart from- Karate Killers -This stars Kim Darby, who starred alongside John Wayne in True Grit!
There is no Booklet In The Box Set!, This would of been nice ,telling something of each film, other stars in them & what else they have been in,
Lets Hope They Release another Box Set which Has the 3 Missing Films In!!...
I have to see my U.N.C.L.E. Now!
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on 16 December 2008
The Man From Uncle has the distinction of being the Bond rival partially created by Ian Fleming himself when, in 1963, he developed a format for MGM Television called Solo about a pair of American intelligence agents called Napoleon Solo and April Dancer. The series eventually debuted in the year of Fleming's death, 1964, as The Man From Uncle, with Mr Solo (Robert Vaughan) now accompanied by a male partner, Illia Kuryakin (David McCallum) and headed up by Mr. Waverley (Leo G. Carroll). The concept of a mixed male/female crime busting partnership was not really considered acceptable by the American networks at the time - it took a certain John Steed and Mrs. Peel to later change their minds.

The series was an immediate hit and ran the course of the 1960s. There was even a one season spin off, The Girl From Uncle, starring Stephanie Powers as April Dancer. And of course, the eight movies ... or rather two part television episodes stitched together and re edited with additional footage (bedroom scenes, etc) to justify theatrical release. So they were not really cinema films.

In 1983, the two UNCLE operatives returned under a new boss played by Patrick MacNee in the TV special, The Return of The Man From Uncle, which saw arch enemies THRUSH finally becoming nuclear terrorists (the original script had them develop a world dominating super computer). The show's roots were acknowledged with a guest appearance of George Lazenby as British agent JB complete with tricked up Aston Martin. It proved a one off comeback and no further assignments followed.

A welcome release of the show's first colour season, but could with have the premier series out soon, in all its glorious black and white?
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on 12 September 2003
These 5 feature length movies are a wonderful box set tribute to a classic spy show with 2 very talented actors.
Video and audio quality is par for the course - lets face it they are not going to do a massive restoration job on tv stuff - but if you were ever a fan of Napolean and Illya - you want these discs. 7.5 hours of pure nostalgia.
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VINE VOICEon 18 October 2007
Suspend all disbelief and settle back for another ride into the past! This is another wonderful series of films, ready for us to enjoy.

Don't expect to be convinced by it, just as you don't expect to be convinced by James Bond, Harrison Ford and by a great many more 'up-to-date' films and DVDs. just relax and enjoy it! The characters are every bit as good as you will remember from the past, and the adventures they get into are FUN! Forget about the fact that it seems dated - just enjoy the history, the drama and the characters! (My favourite still has to be Kuryakin - no wonder I'm also addicted to NCIS! LOL!).

Enjoy the naivety of it all, and relax!!! This is a set well worth buying (especailly at this price!)

I LOVED it and looked forwards to watching another 'episode' in the series of films. i just wish they would release some of the missing films and more episodes as well.
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on 10 July 2010
The person who didn't get that these were the films obviously didn't read the box cover image. As I teenager in the 80s I got hooked on the Man from Uncle films when they were shown on BBC2 at dinner time. Quite silly, lots of fun, bit of edge of the seat and always saving the world and, I confess, fell in love with David McCallum. I did see some of the series when some time later they showed some of them in the middle of the night. These were also good. I wish they were available in UK!
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on 12 February 2016
OVERVIEW:

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. It follows secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who work for a secret international counter espionage and law and enforcement agency called U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement). The series consisted of 105 episodes originally screened between 1964 and 1968, with the first season in black-and-white, with the rest in colour. Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) was to have been the focus, but a scene featuring a Russian agent named Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) drew enthusiasm from the fans and the agents were paired. Leo G. Carroll played Alexander Waverly, the British head of the organization (Number One of Section One).

In Season 1, it was against the always very popular “The Red Skelton Hour” from CBS, and the rating was quite poor, with the show almost cancelled. When the show was moved to a new time slot, the rating improved, amassing a huge and exceedingly loyal family of fans. In an attempt to emulate the success of ABC's mid-season hit, Batman, in 1966, U.N.C.L.E. moved swiftly towards self-parody and slapstick, resulting in severe rating drop with near cancellation. It was renewed for a fourth season and an attempt was made to go back to serious storytelling, but the ratings never recovered and U.N.C.L.E. was cancelled midway through the season.

CONTENT:

In this Complete Series, there are 41 DVDs with 105 episodes:

Summary (for details at the end of review):
SEASON 1 (1964-65) 10 DVDs; 29 episodes.
SEASON 2 (1965-66) 10 DVDS; 30 episodes.
SEASON 3 (1966-67) 10 DVDs; 30 episodes.
SEASON 4 (1967-68) 6 DVDs; 16 episodes.
BONUS SPECIAL FEATURES: 5 DVDs.

VIDEO:

All the videos are 1:33:1, with Season 1 in B&W, while the rest in colour. The pictures were quite acceptable, with the best looking ones in Season 4, all 16 episodes digitally remastered. No complaint.

AUDIO:

All the episodes are in Dolby Mono. Dialogue was clear. The theme music was very good, with the initial episodes supplied by Jerry Goldsmith, followed by Morton Stevens, Walter Scharf, Lalo Schifrin and Richard Shores.

GUEST STARS:

There were many major or future guest stars, such as Rip Torn as Alexander in “Alexander the Greater Affair”, Vincent Price as Thrush agent Victor Marton in “The Foxes and Hounds Affair”, Bernard Fox as Brutus Thor in “The Thor Affair”, Jack Palance as Louis Strago and Janet Leigh as Miss Diketon in “The Concrete Overcoat Affair”. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy appeared together in a 1964 episode, "The Project Strigas Affair", a full two years before Star Trek aired for the first time. Other prominent guest stars include Barbara Feldon in “The Never-Never Affair”, and Robert Culp in “The Shark Affair”. Jill Ireland, who was married to David McCallum at the time, appeared 5 times. Other guests include even Sonny & Cher, Joan Collins, a very young Kurt Russell, Angela Lansbury and Eleanor Parker, just to name a few.

FEATURED FILMS:

Every two-part episode of this series was reedited into a series of theatrical films which were initially released in Europe, and later to American TV. In each case, additional footage was shot. Among the films in this series:
1 To Trap a Spy (1964) from TV episode “The Vulcan Affair” (September 22, 1964)
2 The Spy with My Face (1965) from TV episodes “The Double Affair” (November 17, 1964)
3 One Spy Too Many (1966) from double TV episodes “Alexander the Greater Affair, Parts 1 & 2” (September 17 & 24, 1965)
4 One of Our Spies Is Missing (1966) from double TV episodes “The Bridge of Lions Affair, Parts 1 & 2” (February 4 & 11, 1966)
5 The Spy in the Green Hat (1967) from double TV episodes “The Concrete Overcoat Affair, Parts 1 & 2” (November 25 & December 2, 1966)
6 The Karate Killers (1967) from double TV episodes “The Five Daughters Affair, Parts 1 & 2)(March 31 & April 7, 1967)
7 The Helicopter Spies (1968) from double TV episodes “The Prince of Darkness Affair, Parts 1 & 2)(October 2 & 9, 1967)
8 How to Steal the World (1968) from double TV episodes “The Seven Wonders of the World Affair, Parts 1 & 2” (January 8 & 15, 1968)
For those who are interested, there is a box set of the above 8 movies available called “Man from U.N.C.L.E.: 8 Movies Collection”

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I am glad that I bought this set when it was on a One-Day Special of $75 on Amazon.ca. Of course, I would have preferred the similar set enclosed in the handsome briefcase, but that set never went on sale. Of course, the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Complete Series) is highly recommended.

PS. If you are interested to know the exact content of different episodes, please read on:

SEASON 1 (1964-65): 10 DVDs; 29 episodes:
Disc 1: episode 1 “The Vulcan Affair”; episode 2 “The Iowa-Scuba Affair; episode 3 “The Qwadripartite Affair”
Disc 2: episode 4 “The Shark Affair”; episode 5 “The Deadly Games Affair”; episode 6 “The Green Opal Affair”
Disc 3: episode 7 “The Giuoco Piano Affair”; episode 8 “The Double Affair”; episode 9 “The Project Strigas Affair”
Disc 4: episode 10 “The Finny Foot Affair”; episode 11 “The Neptune Affair”; episode 12 “The Dove Affair”
Disc 5: episode 13 “The King of Knaves Affair”; episode 14 “The Terbuf Affair”; episode 15 “The Deadly Decoy Affair”
Disc 6: episode 16 “The Fiddlesticks Affair”; episode 17 “The Yellow Scarf Affair”; episode 18 “The Mad, Mad Tea Party Affair”
Disc 7: episode 19 “The Secret Sceptre Affair”; episode 20 “The Bow-Wow Affair”; episode 21 “The Four-Steps Affair”
Disc 8: episode 22 “The See-Paris-And-Die Affair”; episode 23 “The Brain-Killer Affair”; episode 24 “The Hong Kong Shilling Affair”
Disc 9: episode 25 “The Never-Never Affair”; episode 26 “The Love Affair”; episode 27 “The Gazebo in the Maze Affair”
Disc 10: episode 28 “The Girls of Nazarone Affair”; episode 29 “The Odd Man Affair”

SEASON 2 (1965-66): 10 DVDs; 30 episodes:
Disc 1: episode 1 “Alexander the Greater Affair Part 1”; episode 2 “Alexander the Greater Affair Part 2”; episode 3 “The Ultimate Computer Affair”
Disc 2: episode 4 “The Foxes and Hounds Affair”; episode 5 “The Discotheque Affair”; episode 6 “The Re-Collectors Affair”
Disc 3: episode 7 “The Arabian Affair”; episode 8 “The Tigers Are Coming Affair”; episode 9 “The Deadly Toys Affair”
Disc 4: episode 10 “The Cherry Blossom Affair”; episode 11 “The Virtue Affair”; episode 12 “The Children’s Day Affair”
Disc 5: episode 13 “The Adriatic Express Affair”; episode 14 “The Yukon Affair”; episode 15 “The Very Important Zombie Affair”
Disc 6: episode 16 “The Dippy Blonde Affair”; episode 17 “The Deadly Goddess Affair”; episode 18 “The Birds and the Bees Affair”
Disc 7: episode 19 “The Waverly Ring Affair”; episode 20 “The Bridge of Lions Affair Part 1”; episode 21 “The Bridge of Lions Affair Part 2”
Disc 8: episode 22 “The Foreign Legion Affair”; episode 23 “The Moonglow Affair”; episode 24 “The Nowhere Affair”
Disc 9: episode 25 “The King of Diamonds Affair”; episode 26 “The Project Deephole Affair”; episode 27 “The Round Table Affair”
Disc 10: episode 28 “The Bat Cave Affair”; episode 29 “The Minus-X Affair”; episode 30 “The Indian Affairs Affair”

SEASON 3 (1966-67): 10 DVDs; 30 episodes:
Disc 1: episode 1 “The Her Master’s Voice Affair”; episode 2 “The Sort of Do-It-Yourself Dreadful Affair”; episode 3 “The Galatea Affair”
Disc 2: episode 4 “The Super-Colossal Affair”; episode 5 “The Monks of St. Thomas Affair”; episode 6 “The Pop Art Affair”
Disc 3: episode 7 “The Thor Affair”; episode 8 “The Candidate’s Wife Affair”; episode 9 “The Come with Me to the Cashah Affair”
Disc 4: episode 10 “The Off-Broadway Affair”; episode 11 “The Concrete Overcoat Affair Part 1”; episode 12 “The Concrete Overcoat Affair Part 2”
Disc 5: episode 13 “The Abominable Snowman Affair”; episode 14 “The My Friend the Gorilla Affair”; episode 15 “The Jingle Bells Affair”
Disc 6: episode 16 “The Take Me to Your Leader Affair”; episode 17 “The Suburbia Affair”; episode 18 “The Deadly Smorgasbord Affair”
Disc 7: episode 19 “The Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum Affair”; episode 20 “The Napoleon’s Tomb Affair”; episode 21 “The it’s All Greek to Me Affair”
Disc 8: episode 22 “The Hula Doll Affair”; episode 23 “The Pieces of Fate Affair”; episode 24 “The Matterhorn Affair”
Disc 9: episode 25 “The Hot Number Affair”; episode 26 “The When in Rome Affair”; episode 27 “The Apple a Day Affair”
Disc 10: episode 28 “The Five Daughters Affair Part 1”; episode 29 “The Five Daughters Affair Part 2”; episode 30 “The Cap and Gown Affair”

SEASON 4 (1967-68): 6 DVDs; 16 episodes:
Disc 1: episode 1 “The Summit-Five Affair”; episode 2 “The Test Tube Killer Affair”; episode 3 “The “J” for Judas Affair”
Disc 2: episode 4 “The Prince of Darkness Affair Part 1”; episode 5 “The Prince of Darkness Affair Part 2”; episode 6 “The Master’s Touch Affair”
Disc 3: episode 7 “The Thrush Roulette Affair”; episode 8 “The Deadly Quest Affair”; episode 9 “The Fiery Angel Affair”
Disc 4: episode 10 “The Surival School Affair”; episode 11 “The Gurnius Affair”; episode 12 “The Man From Thrush Affair”
Disc 5: episode 13 “The Maze Affair”; episode 14 “The Deep Six Affair”
Disc 6: episode 15 “The Seven Wonders of the World Affair Part 1”; episode 16 “The Seven Wonders of the World Affair Part 2”
Plus: Featurette – MGM’s Secret Operations; Bonus Features: U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.s: A Celebration of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. Guest Stars.

BONUS DISCS: 5 DVDs with many Special Features

I hope the above information is helpful to you.
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on 5 May 2015
I was just 4 when this show started ,but even then it captured my imagination .and my dad ,god bless him bought me some of the toy's of the show.
this is five Movies, spin off's from the TV series ,but they still capture that sense of the cold war .you know Russsian spys all over the place'
Robert Vaughn and David maccullen star as the uncle agents . and yes some of the acting is a bit wooden by todays standards,but it think that just add's to the films character .this was 1965 .
some of the gagets are very James Bond but that's good .and let's face it some of that technology is used today
I also remember the two main Actors; were heartthrob's in there day getting many female fan letters'
Well presented in a DVD box really worth buying. .
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on 21 September 2015
Corny and dated as they are, these films are the perfect way for old UNCLE fans to wallow in pure and unadulterated nostalgia! Sadly, the best of the UNCLE films - TO TRAP A SPY - is not included, but 5 films on 3 discs at a good price is a must for a bit of mid-60s comedy spy thriller movie watching. Don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed. Took me back 50 years! What a smoothie Robert Vaughn was - still is, witness his performances in HUSTLE.
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