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here it is - the classic black and white series.,
This review is from: The Saint: The Complete Monochrome Series [DVD] (DVD)at long last, every black and white episode from "the saint" is released in one boxset for the first time on d.v.d.
this is the series that really started the "cult t.v" craze in my opinion. i can't think of another british programme that is as popular as this one, except maybe "the prisoner" or "the avengers."
the black and white programmes ran from 1962 until 1965 and amount to 71 in total.
only roger moore could bring leslie charteris's creation of simon templar to life, as he has easily made the character his own. i have noticed attempts by other actors to play the part; george sanders being one of the better ones.
there is an interesting documentary on the making of the early series, but should have been on for longer than it is.
despite the fact that very little was done in the way of location shooting, the script, acting and direction more than compensate.
in each episode you will notice quite a few familiar faces in the supporting cast; derren nesbitt, patrick troughton, anthony booth, nigel davenport, john carson, dudley sutton, oliver reed, honor blackman, shirley eaton plus many others.
also included are a few audio commentaries which are good at explaining what went on during the making of an episode.
the company who released this should hopefully be doing the same with other similar programmes. let's hope so.