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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
This brings back some great memories, as soon as the memorable theme tune by Randy Edelman kicks in you know you're due 40 minutes of mostly light-hearted escapist fun. Refusing to carry a gun MacGyver works his way through all 7 seasons and 2 TV movies. Carrying not much more than a Swiss Army knife and duct tape and utilising all sorts of everyday chemicals Richard Dean Anderson manages to construct all manner of contraptions and instruments from a hang-glider, hot-air balloon, mortars and Breechers Bouy type rigs to escape from tight spots as the bad guys close in on him.
I've finished the first 2 series and have just started on series 3 and it is even better than I remembered. Starting off as a lone troubleshooter for hire working all across the globe; when the series started in 1985 there was still a major divide between Western and Eastern Europe so understandably a large portion of the early years are spent breaking in and out of Communist camps/prisons etc.
Part way through series 1 MacGyver stops working alone and we are introduced to the Phoenix Foundation and MacGyver's friend, and soon to be boss, Pete Thornton (Dana Elcar) who is with him throughout the rest of the series. Reading up on the show it was a nice touch when Elcar began to lose his sight through glaucoma that his character was given the same medical condition. It's details like this that would have made commentaries or cast interviews an invaluable addition.
Even without that though we get 39 discs containing all 139 episodes and the two made for TV movies filmed after the series had been cancelled.
There's a few supporting cast members who made return visits including Teri Hatcher as the dizzy Penny Parker, MacGyvers dubious friend Jack Dalton and an arch nemesis Murdoc who is forever seemingly escaping from the jaws of death.
In the main it's good light hearted fun, almost always carrying the message that good wins out, although it's not without the odd tragedy on route and as the series goes on the environmental message gets stronger, season 5's rhino poaching episode is particularly moving.
You can see echoes of MacGyver's laid back style surfacing later when Anderson starred as Colonel Jack O'Neill in Stargate SG-1.
In the main it's fun for all ages and highly recommended.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 25 December 2010
I watched MacGyver as a kid, and hadn't seen an episode in years. This collection is very nice, and if you are a fan of the series it's well worth having.

Happily the DVDs do not include any rubbish at the start, such as anti-piracy messages, or ads, just a language selection and then you're into the DVD menu. The DVDs are in individual card sleeves, which works okay in use, and allows the box to be quite small despite containing 39 discs. The episode guide is also a nice inclusion, helping you locate your favourite MacGyver moments quickly.

As usual Amazon did a great job with packaging and it arrived in perfect condition, and earlier than expected.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2011
Packaging.
The Macgyver complete series arrived. A Stylish gloss printed carton box that I am happy to display on my TV Cabinet with my swiss army knife right next to it - just in case:)The box is roughly in cm L26xW7x13H so packaging for shipping is not too big which was cool. Inside the individual DVD's are individually packed in carton sleeves. (Some peeps don't like this as they would have wanted cd jewel casings for each. I can't even think how big and heavy this package would have been (cost for international buyers like me in South-Africa would have been double) So carton sleeves is what Macgyver would have chose as well. They are neatly packed in sequence of seasons etc. I want to watch Macgyver, not admire the disc packaging ;)
The episode guide.
It's a very simple fold up leaflet. It lists the disc number and the name of each episode with a small brief of storyline. I think it's more than enough and adequate.
The DVD's.
Each DVD has good quality print on it like normal shop DVD's. So the quality there is good. For fun, each disc is different. For instance one has a paper clip on, the other a stick of gum and wrapper, the other a bottle cap :)
The Root Menu for the DVD gets loaded directly, no lengthy intro stuff. Straight to simple direct Macgyver style menu :) I love it! Choose episode - go!
Visual and Sound quality.
I have a 32inch LCD TV, so the image is fairly large. The quality is very good. The picture is clear and there is no signs that it "looks copied" from the originals. The quality of viewing in my opinion is better now on my LCD than the original aired back in the day on our home tube TV. The shows have subtitles in english and 12? other languages which is wow. The Sound quality is clear, bright and explosions have a lot of Boom! :) I say if you gonna buy the Mac series, get this particular one. I know there are one or two other boxed series of Mac out there, I took a chance with this one and it was the correct choice. I am fully satisfied.
Now if you'll excuse me I have to dismantle my toaster, remove the nichrome wire, use the TV remote battery to heat the wire up so it can slowly burn through a string that's dangling an ice cube suspended above two naked wires hooked up to .......
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2013
I watched MacGyver when I was young, I've nearly seen them all three times and the last time it was.... years and years ago.
Yes, I agree the Cold War is no more, the time of 2 Germany is done since 1989-1990, but what a pleasure to watch again (and again, I'm sure) this TV serie which get old very well. MacGyver stays a very simple hero (able to do anything with very few things) as the new TV series don't succeed to create anymore.
It is sure again our children would laugh about the computers or mobile phones which are showned in it, but I'm sure they would appreciate it as well.
This pack is really good. You have the possibility to watch it in the language you want (English, French, Italian, Spanish). And you have the 2 movies... which is great!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2012
This morning I opened the "MacGyver the complete series" box with my Swiss Army Knife. (My favourite TV show when I was young and still..)
I give it 5 stars and 3G.
3G means:
- Great packaging and delivery time by Amazon.
- Great solid box set with individual carton cases for each DVD.
(Including the two TV movies and also subtitles for Netherlands,Portugal and
Greece).
- Great picture quality.
Recommended for all the fans. Now let's make a bomb out of a chew gum...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2011
Fantastic, just fantastic to be able to get every MacGyver episodes all in one strong, and compact box. The box is home to all the DVDs and they in turn are housed in small cardboard sleeves. Don't be fooled into thinking this is to make the whole box set feel cheap, it's to keep the weight down. If all the DDVS came in boxes the whole set would be 10 times bigger than it is.

The box is small and neat and fits well on shelves and tables etc. There is a pull out episode guide inside as well, so you can hunt for your favourite episodes right away.

Considering how old some of the seasons of the show are, they are done well to put them onto DVDs without any sign of loss of sound or picture quality. If you are a fan of MacGyver then you simply must get this fantastic collection while you can. If you are new to the show then I am sure that you will find something that you shall love about this show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2012
I remembered seeing this series when it first came out and hoped it would be repeated but alas it was not to be. Imagine my suprise when I saw a boxed set on Amazon. So I got my order in quick. When the box arrived I was amazed at how many DVD's there were and how many episodes were in the collection. At first sight it looks expensive but when you break the cost down it is very cheap indeed. If you want to be entertained and enjoy a good yarn this is the set for you. At the moment I am on my second viewing and no doubt these DVD's will be played over and over again. SO go on treat yourself and I hope you get half the pleasure that I have had from watching McGuyver. Happy veiwing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2013
bought this for son for christmas present last year but just watching macgyver is a nice thing for mammy as well. seriously he is yummy anyhow watched this as a kid loved it then so decided to buy for my son, by the time it was time to go back to school he was all macgyver ed out he loved it and now my daughter is watching it. my son has tried out a couple of macgyver tricks and is still trying to figure some out. typical action tv of the 80s but i was suprised how much the kids were interested in it and using google and practical methods to see how these things work. better then sitting in front of a computer game
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2012
I wasn't sure before I bought this box set whether it would include the tv films from the series....it does!! It's basically everything it says on the tin. I was slightly disappointed with the packaging inside the box as the dvds are just in cardboard sleeves, however, the outside box is sturdy enough for this to not be a prob. If you like anything with RDA in it and haven't seen Macgyver before, buy it anyway! Same humour and entertainment as Stargate, only with more explosions and a slightly corny edge you'd expect from 80's tv!
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on 27 January 2015
The full series from start to finish, plus both the TV films. Good quality, although keep in mind that this is an 80's TV show so film quality will suffer on modern large screen TV's.

Comes in a large cardboard box, with each DVD in a cardboard sleeve. While I'm not a fan of cardboard sleeves for DVD's in this case I can understand the need as otherwise the box would be massive. A pamphlet with the episode listings and brief summery as to the basic plot is included, if maybe printed a little to small for easy reading.

The series itself is actually rather good, showing both a better and more consistent quality of writing - if not more 'adult' and 'realistic' - than many shows from the same period. Sure, there are bad episodes here and there but on the whole each season, even the last, is enjoyable for the vast majority of episodes. Even the early seasons, which were written and aired when the Soviet Union still existed, don't seem to have aged quite as badly as they could have.
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