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The ultimate cop show of the 80s,
This review is from: Miami Vice - The Complete Collection [DVD] (DVD)
When you think back and remember the 1980s, you imagine the music, the fashions and the TV programmes we all loved. It would be impossible to ignore Miami Vice for these three things.
Miami Vice is the American TV series that was the brainchild of Michael Mann who has gone on to carve out an impressive film director career in which he now ranks high on the Hollywood raider for some of the excellent films he has put together in the last twenty years.
However in 1984, Mann put together a police series with a difference. Up until that point there had been a number of popular cop shows in the states including Starsky & Hutch, Cagney & Lacey, Hill Street Blues, T J Hooker and Chips to name but a few. Mr Mann's police series was to take cop drama to new heights by introducing a style and rhythm that would include featuring hit songs of the era and the latest catwalk fashions. Thus Miami Vice was born.
The stars of Vice have much to play in the success of the show. Don Johnson was up until that point a jobbing actor who had had a string of unsuccessful pilot shows under his belt. His role as the well tanned, cream suit wearing, chain smoking Sonny Crockett together with his prize Ferrari Daytona, his gold rolex and pet alligator Elvis made him one of the most recognisable people in the world at the time. Phillip Michael Thomas played equal measure as the cool, smooth, sassy, sharply dressed Riccado Tubbs. The two heros are supported by a small cast of decent actors who remain with the show from start to finish. Some recognition goes to Edward James Olmos who is outstanding as the humourless, no-nonsence Marty Castillo (boss to Crockett & Tubbs) complete with an undertaker's wardrobe and a face like a mexican bandit about to kill you - a man of very few words!
This is an excellent box set that contains all 111 episodes of Miami Vice that were aired over five seasons between 1984 and 89. The earlier episodes (particularly season one) are outstanding, however some of the later episodes (in particularly season four) leave a lot to be desired. The final year of the show saw a bit of a change in pace and style but did produce some impressive episodes. An excellent package and well worth the value.