Hart To Hart: The Complete First Season  [DVD] 
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The complete first season of the popular US drama series starring Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a pair of wealthy amateur sleuths. As a self-made millionaire and head of Hart Industries, Jonathan Hart would seem to have it all. He and and his beautiful wife Jennifer, a former freelance journalist, are able to live the high life. However, their inquisitiveness and love for hard work still keeps the Harts active and busy. And as amateur sleuths, they seem to always be finding themselves on the brink - or right in the middle - of danger. Episodes comprise: 'Hit Jennifer Hart', 'Passport To Murder', 'Jonathan Hart Jr.', 'Death In The Slow Lane', 'You Made Me Kill You', 'Murder Between Friends', 'Cop Out', 'Max In Love', 'A New Kind Of High', 'With This Gun, I Thee Wed', 'The Man With The Jade Eyes', 'Colour Jennifer Dead', 'A Question Of Innocence', 'Night Horrors', 'Which Way, Freeway?', 'Downhill To Death', 'Raid', 'Sixth Sense', 'Does She Or Doesn't She', 'Cruise At Your Own Risk' and 'Too Many Cooks Are Murder'.
Created by Sidney Sheldon (I Dream of Jeannie), Hart to Hart was a Thin Man for the 1980s. Self-made millionaire Jonathan (Robert Wagner, It Takes a Thief) and part-time journalist Jennifer Hart (Stefanie Powers, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.) even had their own Asta-like pooch, Freeway. Unlike Nick and Nora Charles, however, children weren't part of their globe-trotting, crime-solving plan. Fortunately, they had trusty butler/Bentley driver Max (Golden Globe winner Lionel Stander) to keep them company. Mr. And Mrs. H., as Max referred to them, were introduced by 1979's two-part pilot ("Hart to Hart"), which features Roddy McDowall and Stella Stevens as devious doctors and Wagner's future wife, Jill St. John (Diamonds are Forever), as a wealthy patient. Natalie Wood, his wife at the time, also has a cameo (under the name Natasha Gurdin). Other highlights of the first year include "Jonathan Hart, Jr.," in which a stranger (Dee Wallace-Stone, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) claims Jonathan is her son's father, and "You Made Me Kill You," in which an obsessed Jonathan fan (Kathleen Lloyd, Magnum P.I.) plans to eliminate the competition--Jennifer Hart. Other notable guests include Markie Post (Night Court), Daniel J. Travanti (Hill Street Blues), René Auberjonois (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Juliet Mills (Nanny and the Professor), and Eve Arden (Our Miss Brooks). Hart to Hart ran on ABC for five seasons and went on to inspire such popular detective dramas as Remington Steele and Moonlighting. After a move to NBC, it was followed by eight made-for-TV movies. Sadly, Stander passed away shortly after filming 1994's Secrets of the Hart. Three years later, Wagner gained a new generation of fans by spoofing the urbane manner that helped make Hart to Hart such a hit in the Austin Powers trilogy. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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The dvd itself is everything we would expect, although, after years of watching this series on dodgy vhs, I'd have been pleased with anything! It is beautifully packaged with an assortment of images and pleasantly pleasing menus.
The extras are worth the money alone. Included with the 23 episodes (including the extended pilot) is a half hour documentary 'The Hart of Season One'. It features interviews with RJ, Stefanie, Leonard Goldberg and Tom Mankiewicz as well as some out takes. All very interesting but the gem on this dvd is the commentary featured on the pilot episode. I am a great fan of commentaries but this one beats all.
The affection that RJ and Stefanie feel for the series and each other is obvious in every comment. Tom Mankiewicz (director and sometime writer) also adds his tuppenceworth, mostly about the girls but he does also have some very interesting background information on the show and the filming. There are some great stories involving Lionel Stander (Max) and his refusal to read the script, the Malibu fire that was burning on the first day of filming and lots of other treasures which I won't spoil for you.
I can't recommend this dvd enough and can only hope that series 2 (with more commentaries please!) will follow shortly.
The two hour pilot is included here and it is embarrassingly awful. Robert Wagner in a white onesie and what looks like an ill-fitting toupee has no end of cheesy lines. I thought it would be the story of how the Harts met but it isn't. Set in a health-farm the plot is laughable and the acting as hammy as anything I've ever seen. We will swiftly move on. My review would have been five stars if it hadn't been for this hammy horror.
The plot to most of the series episodes goes like this: Jonathan & Jennifer flirt outrageously with each other, every single man Jennifer meets tells her how beautiful she is, she gets kidnapped and Jonathan saves her. Alternatively Jonathan gets into danger when investing in a new business. Whatever the variation on these storylines the Harts will almost certainly end up in fluffy his'n'hers bathrobes by the end and you just know Jennifer never goes to bed with a headache. The Hart's don't have any children to get in the way of their escapades, Max the gruff-voiced butler and Freeway the dog make up their little family.
This is perfect rainy day viewing. Yes Robert Wagner may be a bit smarmy and the plots are hardly taxing on the brain but it is glamorous, romantic and fun. Wonderful.
Now, I'm all for a spot of romance, don't get me wrong. I always walk on the outside of any lady and I would only ever break wind in front of one in the very direst of emergencies. And I can definitely appreciate the 'romance' of this programme. Jonathan Hart ('a self-made millionaire' - try saying THAT in any other voice than Lionel Stander's), together with his somewhat sinister cigar-chomping manservant, manage to ensnare the quite magnificent Stefanie Powers and convince her to abandon her hard-hitting journalistic career in order to join Jonathan in a matching 'His and Hers' bath robe set. So far, so normal. Right?
The fact that Jonathan is devoid of either personality or facial expression and yet can still get Stefanie Powers to share an en-suite with him makes me hate him and his money even more. Then again (if I can manage to control myself for ten seconds - and it's lucky I'm not watching Stefanie Powers at this moment, or else even that would be about five seconds more than I could ever hope for), the show is supposed to be fantastical. It's supposed to be glamorous and it does achieve that. The theme tune alone is a piece of seventies' magnificence.
Series One is pretty standard in terms of plots and character relationships.Read more ›
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I love hart to hart it's one of my favourites . I'm really hoping that the complete season collection gets added soon as I really want to buy them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kate Steptoe
Loving it - really bringing back the memories of this great series!!Published 14 months ago by Ellen Watts
Excellent value, present for my Mum who is enjoying every episode.Published 18 months ago by Lorna Eastwood