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Excellent US crime series,
This review is from: The Untouchables - Season 1: Volumes 1 and 2[DVD] (DVD)
This first series was broadcast from 1959-60, and tells the story of the 1930's prohibition era battle between the law enforcement team led by Eliot Ness, (Robert Stack) and various gangsters and criminals, which includes Al Capone, Frank Nitti, Dutch Schultz, Lucky Luciano, Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll, plus Ma Barker and her boys.
The feature-length opening episode "The Scarface Mob" introduces us to Al Capone, (played by Neville Brand) and his Chicago empire, and tells the story of the battle to bring charges against Capone, followed by the charge of tax evasion and subsequent court case.
Although the info on the case states that the series was "dramatic fiction", this is still great entertainment, each episode is directed at a good pace, with no "padding out" in the scripts to slow proceedings down. The occasional few words from narrator Walter Winchell bring a nice documentary feel to the show.
With excellent performances from the regular cast and guest stars, this very enjoyable US crime series thoroughly deserves its great reputation, with the rest of the series maintaining the high standards of the first.
As well as the feature-length pilot, This 8-disc set contains all 28, fifty-minute episodes, (with a brief episode synopsis on the inside of the case). The black and white picture and sound quality are good. The special feature is "Lucy The Gun Moll" - an episode from "The Lucy Show" starring Lucille Ball.
The soundtrack languages are: English, French, Spanish.
The subtitle languages are: English, Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish.