Honey West Complete Series [DVD]
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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.
I loved it and it really is a bit of sheer Americana from sadly a now long lost era in TV.
Worth every penny.
My main gripe is that the discs don't work properly and I can't play some of the episodes and I suspect it is a problem across the production run. I've tried contacting the manufacturers who are based just up the road from me and they have never got back.
It might be worth buying the region 1 copy from the USA as they might work properly. This would have been five star poduct otherwise.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The stories are OK but great for the price - if you don't mind black and white and you do like Anne Francis and Bruce.Published 18 months ago by Philter
Bought this on the off chance it might be worth a try and was not disappointed. Probably ahead of it's time and had it been made in the early 70's rather than the 60's it might... Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2012 by Mart
This deserves to be up there with the Avengers and Batman as a great example of sixties escapism. Slick production and the right mixture of pacy detective stories, spy gimmicks... Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2012 by G. P. Worley
bought this on a whim ,i haven`t regretted it , its a good series , and anne francis is excellent as the no nonsense p i , don`t know why it didn`t last longer though .Published on 26 Aug. 2012 by John R. Gidley
Very good quality,engrossing stories - has hardly dated at all. If you like tight, well told stories, go for it & enjoy!Published on 7 Dec. 2011 by smooth jazz
Anne Francis is superb as the female detective, Honey West. The b+w production lends itself to the nostalgia of the show. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2010 by J. Stevenson
VCI Entertainment presents "HONEY WEST COMPLETE SERIES" (17 September 1965) (30 Episodes on 4 DVD's) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- Actress Anne Francis portrayed Honey West on... Read morePublished on 31 July 2008 by J. Lovins