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Honey West- The Complete Series [DVD] [2006]

4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Anne Francis, John Ericson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: delta home entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Nov. 2006
  • Run Time: 769 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IY0BPM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,254 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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All 30 episodes from the American crime drama starring Anne Francis. The episodes are: 'The Swingin' Mrs. Jones', 'The Owl and the Eye', 'The Abominable Snowman', 'A Matter of Wife and Death', 'Live a Little, Kill a Little', 'Whatever Lola Wants...', 'The Princess and the Paupers', 'In the Bag', 'The Flame and the Pussycat', 'A Neat Little Package', 'A Stitch in Crime', 'A Million Bucks in Anybody's Language', 'The Gray Lady', 'Invitation to Limbo', 'Rockabye the Hard Way', 'A Nice Little Till to Tap', 'How Brillig, O, Beamish Boy', 'King of the Mountain', 'It's Earlier Than You Think', 'The Perfect Un-Crime', 'Like Visions and Omens and All That Jazz', 'Don't Look Now, But Isn't That Me', 'Come to Me, My Litigation Baby', 'Slay, Gypsy, Slay', 'The Fun-Fun Killer', 'Pop Goes the Easel', 'Little Green Robin Hood', 'Just the Bear Facts, Ma'am', 'There's a Long, Long Fuse a-Burning', 'An Eerie, Airy, Thing'.

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This is yet another of those shows I would never have known about but for the wonder that is DVD. What is even more special for us Brits is that it doesn't appear to be available in America even though the show is from the U.S.A so make the most of it because this is a real gem.
Starring the amazingly beautiful Anne Francis, this is a detective show in the vein of the Avengers (not too surprising as the show was designed as a vehicle for Honor Blackman) but shares a lot with the spy shows popular at the time, and it's better that most of them! Anne Francis should have been a major star after this but unfortunately the show lasted only one season due to stiff competition in the ratings.
Still, let's just revel in what we have here,which is 30 episodes of superb entertainment. Everything about the show is pure class, from the cinematography to the acting (especially from Anne Francis) and to the super cool theme music, and at the price Amazon are charging this really is too good to miss.
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This is a spectacular DVD set of 1960s television series Honey West, similar to Rockford Files but with a difference. The show stars Anne Francis as a private investigator who works with a male partner named "Sam" (John Ericson). She runs her late father's Los Angeles detective agency with such gadgets only to be seen in a James Bond movie; tear gas earrings, a radio transmitter disguised as a martini olive or a pendant necklace and many other forms of electronic devices. Honey is not only sexy and glamorous, but also proficient in karate and judo and not afraid to use a firearm to defend her-self. The first episode, "The Swingin' Mrs. Jones" establishes the show's cool vibe and cult appeal in which she goes undercover as a society matron to quash a blackmail ring that preys upon wealthy women. In the episode, "Whatever Lola Wants...." Honey is hired to escort a man to a charity ball; unaware that he is a murderer. She gets caught in a scam involving the horse racing. Ultimately with the help of her partner she manages to catch the bad guys. In the episode, "The Princess and the Paupers" Honey is called by the father of a kidnapped rock musician for help. First it appears as a publicity stunt, but turns into extortion and a murder mystery. In another episode, Honey saves young girl when she is lost at the airport ("In the Bag"). This cleverly plotted half hour black-and-white episodes feature witty dialogue, jazzy scores and great action. In 1965, when Honey West premiered, spies and detectives rivaled cowboys in popularity. Honey was the first female detective with her own series, the first season aired 30 great episodes and they are available in 4 DVDs (one set). Supporting role is greatly provided by Sam; he usually sits in the high-tech surveillance van talking to Honey via a radio.Read more ›
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Honey West was publicised in 1965 as "Televisions pretty private eye-full" introducing Anne Francis as the blonde PI and Judo expert, and pretty she certainly is. The series pilot was embedded in an episode of the quirky "Burke's Law" with a gritty tension between Burke and West with her ex marine side kick Sam Bolt.

Unfortunately from then on tension becomes a thing of the past and the thirty minute black and white episodes whilst high on nostalgia become pretty routine, (however the 1960s high tech surveillance van is great fun), and when towards the end of the series they try to emulate the weirder aspects of "The Avengers" (the Avengers was the catalyst for this series based on novels by G. G. Fickling) with disastrous results.

Oh, and Bruce the Ocelot, merely a very uncuddly gimmick, he is just an exotic household pet appearing in a few episodes.

However Honey West is enjoyable as a nostalgia kick and reminder of the time when crime series were entertainment.
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Sheer 60's escapism with an ass-kicking blond heroine - Honey West a la Cathy Gale!

I loved it and it really is a bit of sheer Americana from sadly a now long lost era in TV.

Worth every penny.
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By takingadayoff TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 April 2012
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Great show! Not as camp as Batman or as self-mocking as The Avengers, Honey West comes across as stylish and likable.

I was unaware of Honey West when it first aired in 1965, so it was brand new to me when I saw it recently. It's obviously influenced by The Avengers, which had been on for a few years in Britain and was enormously popular there but wouldn't be on American TV until 1966. Honey West (Anne Francis) is a detective who owns her own agency, which she inherited from her father. Her partner in crime detection is Sam Bolt (John Ericson), but the name on the door of the office is Honey West - she's the boss. This is progressive stuff for the era of Rob and Laura Petrie.

Honey and Sam, a former marine, are equals when it comes to proficiency in martial arts and use of firearms - no mean feat when you observe that even when dressed in her ready-for-action black catsuit, Honey is usually wearing stilettos. What a sense of balance.

I thoroughly enjoyed these shows, although a thirty-episode season proved to be a bit much for the writers. On the last disc, there were several clunkers that featured ridiculous villains such as a guy in an ape suit, a guy in a robot suit, a guy in a bear suit, gypsies, and a guy in a Robin Hood suit. Fortunately the final few episodes were more believable.

For the most part, these were average TV detective stories, but a little more action-packed because they were only a half hour long. No long explanations or tedious subplots, just right into the story and away we go. Honey and Sam have more than a professional relationship, but we don't know how serious they are.
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