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Honey West Complete Series [DVD]

4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: PG
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Nov. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 3865384129
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,413 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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Surprisingly only 23 minutes per episode, as a consequence the direction is efficient and the plots fast moving. I can really get into the stories. Black & White doesn't detract from the presentation - it adds to it if anything. There's a nice jazzy soundtrack too. Anne Francis and her co-star, John Ericson, are very adept with the karate chops and kicks as Honey West was originally intended as a vehicle for Honor Blackman post The Avengers and Goldfinger, but she dropped out of the project.

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.
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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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